PHOTO ALERT: Iffland and Paredes dive into unspoilt Patagonian lake

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Red Bull Cliff Diving pair revisit Chile where they won dramatic 2017 titles.

Rhiannan Iffland and Jonathan Paredes revisited the country where they wrapped up their 2017 Red Bull Cliff Diving titles to dive at a beautiful, unspoilt lake in remote Patagonia. Here is all you need to know:

– The reigning three-time women’s champion Iffland and Mexican Paredes travelled to the Lago General Carrera in Chile to perform the first ever cliff dives into South America’s second largest freshwater lake.

– More than 2000km south of Chile’s capital, Santiago, the lakes, fjords and glaciers are only accessible via hundreds of kilometres of dirt roads. Travelling by boat from the town of Puerto Tranquilo, the athletes roped their way up to the 20m-high take-off spot.

– The pair then soared down into 7° Celsius cold glacial turquoise water near one of the world’s most isolated natural treasures – the Marble Cathedral.

– Australian Iffland enthused: “Patagonia is such a unique place and there are so many awesome places to dive here. The fascination of mixing my passion for travelling, adventure and cliff diving is the perfect combination. It was cold and the conditions were a bit challenging, but a very memorable experience. When it is quite tricky, it makes it all the more rewarding.”

– Paredes, who pipped current champion Gary Hunt to the 2017 title, added: “Being here in Patagonia means a lot to me. I am just fascinated by all the surroundings: big mountains and a beautiful lake. I am very curious. Nature provides us with these kind of places and we can use them respectfully. That’s the beauty of the sport and it’s what I love the most about cliff diving.”

– The 11th season of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series launches in spring 2019 with both divers out to collect even more aquatic trophies.

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