As regular readers of the Gossip will know, we look after the World Series websites for Red Bull. One of these sites is www.redbullcliffdiving.com, which takes place between May and October in amazing locations all over the World.
It's a high diving competition in which the athletes jump from cliff tops or bridges, performing a series of moves on the way down. Blueleaf designed and built the website that supports these events and in September, our Design Director Chris Jones and Project Manager Andrew Stanley were invited to attend the penultimate event of the season in Bilbao, Spain.
We met with some of the Cliff Diving team whilst there and discussed plans for next season and how we can improve our support. Watching the event at close quarters (from the media boat in the middle of the river), gave us a unique insight into how the event works, the height from which the divers jump and the extent of the crowd's participation.
The divers jumped from the 27m La Salve Bridge, each performing an intricate series of twists, turns and flips on the way down. They enter the water feet first (to protect their heads) and are scored on the difficulty and execution of their dive. Russian diver, Artem Silchenko came first, followed by Brit, Gary Hunt who scored enough points to be crowned 2014 Champion, with one more event to go a month later in Mexico.
It was a great opportunity to experience the event first hand and plans are afoot for 2015 projects that will improve the online experience even further for Red Bull Cliff Diving fans.