Adventure Travel News /blog From Adventure Travel Co. Thu, 16 Sep 2010 15:28:12 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.1 Home Run for The Duke but England gets the crown /blog/2010/09/home-run-for-the-duke-but-england-gets-the-crown/ /blog/2010/09/home-run-for-the-duke-but-england-gets-the-crown/#comments Thu, 16 Sep 2010 15:23:02 +0000 admin /blog/?p=546

2010 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series title goes to Gary Hunt
After more than 20,000 miles travelled, almost 200 three-second flights and
17,263.45 points awarded, the 2010 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series staged its
final showdown at the Kawainui Falls on Hawaii’s ‘Big Island’ on September 12.
In a spine-tingling competition, reigning World Series champion and Oahu
resident Orlando Duque took his first season victory in front of the divers’
families and friends and handed over the title to Gary Hunt. This year’s
dominator took four wins out of six and takes the crown from Colombia to
England.

Five podiums preceded his first victory and, coming home to his islands, nine-times
world champion Orlando Duque beat all 11 competitors of the 2010 Red Bull Cliff
Diving World Series. One day after his 36th birthday and almost one year and three
months after his last victory in Italy in 2009, the Colombian gave himself an eagerly-
awaited present: “I guess you could call it a present. They were three good dives of
mine and I’m happy that I got to win. This has definitely been my best competition. I
did really good dives and finally managed to put together a good competition. It
helped that Gary made two small mistakes so I was able to overtake him but it’s
definitely my best competition. All the locations we went to were special, but this has
got to be the best one for me. Winning here at home in Hawaii makes it for me. My
plan is to win the title back next year. I will practice a lot, get back to the gym and do
my homework. But Gary’s going to do the same.” Artem Silchenko from Russia
received the competition’s only two 10s, awarded for his third dive, and, after a last
place in round one, secured himself not only the third place in today’s final
competition but also in the overall rankings.

9.6 points behind Duque, 26-year-old Gary Hunt finished stop 6 in second place and,
only one point away from the title before this stop, he was finally confirmed as the
overall winner. “It’s great, I’m speechless. I only had to do one dive to get the title but now it’s really starting to sink in. It’s not just Orlando, Artem has shown his strength throughout the Series. There’s also Kent who’s working on new dives and is trying to
improve. I’m going to be working on my running take-off. That is now my aim in the off
-season to perfect that take-off and use it next year,” said the emotional Brit.
The grand final of the 2010 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series was hosted in the
sport’s birthplace. In the remoteness of a privately-owned waterfall, the top six
athletes in the overall rankings automatically qualified for the 2011 edition. The bottom
six will be required to requalify in a camp including up-and-coming divers hoping to
make their own mark in the beginning of next year.

Results Stop 6, Hilo
1. Orlando Duque | COL | 396.90 pts
2. Gary Hunt | GBR | 387.30 pts
3. Artem Silchenko | RUS | 380.10 pts
4. Eber Pava | COL | 303.90 pts
5. Kent De Mond | USA | 281.45 pts
6. Michal Navratil | CZE | 251.40 pts
B-Final
7. Steve Black | AUS | 301.05 pts
8. Slava Polyeshchuk | UKR | 299.50 pts
9. Hassan Mouti | FRA | 280.90 pts
10. Alain Kohl | LUX | 274.50 pts
11. Cyrille Oumedjkane | FRA | 273.90 pts
12. Andrey Ignatenko | UKR | 86.40 pts

Final standings
1. Gary Hunt | GBR | 109 pts
13 September 2010
2. Orlando Duque | COL | 94 pts
3. Artem Silchenko | RUS | 80 pts
4. Kent De Mond | USA | 56 pts
5. Hassan Mouti | FRA | 41 pts
6. Steve Black | AUS | 38 pts
7. Eber Pava | COL | 34 pts
7. Alain Kohl | LUX | 34 pts
9. Michal Navratil | CZE | 32 pts
10. Cyrille Oumedjkane | FRA | 25 pts
11. Slava Polyeshchuk | UKR | 23 pts
12. Andrey Ignatenko | UKR | 7 pts

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2010. The world’s best high divers, six
challenging competitions and 26 metres between take off and hitting the water
smoothly, via athletic perfection. A selection of famous and well-known diving spots,
as well as extraordinary natural and challenging urban venues, have been
chosen. Occurring for the second year, the share between known and new locations
is 50-50. Starting on May 15 in La Rochelle (FRA), the series took a leap over the
Atlantic Ocean to Mexico (Yucatán) and came back to Europe for competitions in
Norway (Kragerø), Italy (Polignano a Mare) and Switzerland (Sisikon), before
reaching the land of the sport’s origin, Hawaii (Hilo), on September 12 for the grand
final.
Red Bull Cliff Diving competitions are judged by five international jurors with scores
awarded according to the degree of difficulty and the execution of the dive.

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Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back /blog/2010/09/episode-5-the-empire-strikes-back/ /blog/2010/09/episode-5-the-empire-strikes-back/#comments Thu, 02 Sep 2010 13:44:12 +0000 admin /blog/?p=542

Typically English weather conditions with water from all sides and chilly
temperatures turned out to suit Gary Hunt perfectly at the penultimate stop of
the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2010 in Sisikon, Switzerland. Taking the
lead after round one, the 26-year-old prevailed against his competitors and took
his fourth season victory in front of 3,500 weatherproof spectators on Lake
Lucerne this Saturday afternoon. The Brit is just one point away from winning
the overall title at the final in Hilo, Hawaii, on September 12.

After missing the entry during his world premiere of a running take-off in Italy, it was
Hunt’s day today. His mother and sister came to watch their first ever cliff diving
competition and had the English weather on board. “It’s a good feeling having my
family here. It’s the first time my mum and my sister have seen me dive live so it
makes it even better to have won. It’s a great win for me. After having a little mishap
in Italy there were a lot of bad thoughts in my mind – am I going to crumble now when
it comes to the final? It feels great to get another win under my belt. I’m in a great
place going into the final,” says the Southampton-based diver, who won ahead of
Colombian Orlando Duque and Kent De Mond from the US.

Accompanied by heavy rainfall, the competition offered some additional surprises: last
year’s Swiss stop winner and the man victorious in Italy, Artem Silchenko (RUS),
missed his second dive and came ninth. Two divers made it to the final round for the
first time this year – Michal Navratil, from Prague, and Frenchman Cyrille
Oumedjkane finished fourth and sixth respectively, narrowing the gap to the top six in
the overall standings. After the last but one competition, Gary Hunt has a
commanding lead of 19 points, in front of Orlando Duque (73 pts) and Artem
Silchenko (67 pts).

Mounted on an iconic landmark, surrounded by mountains up to 1500m high and
towering over Switzerland’s fourth largest lake – the stage was set at 26.6m for the
world’s most accomplished high divers in the tiny and picturesque village of Sisikon.

Spectators on boats, inflatable air mattresses or surfboards were not put off by the
wet coming from above and almost multiplied ten-fold the number of 370 residents.

With five athletes still fighting for a position in the top six, the grand final in the sport’s
country of origin promises to be an attention-grabbing competition on September 12.

Results Stop 5 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, Sisikon (SUI)

1. Gary Hunt | GBR | 417.50 pts
2. Orlando Duque | COL | 380.50 pts
3. Kent De Mond | USA | 322.65 pts
4. Michal Navratil | CZE | 321.80 pts
5. Hassan Mouti | FRA | 307.65 pts
6. Cyrille Oumedjkane | FRA | 293.30 pts
7. Alain Kohl | LUX | 188.30 pts
8. Steve Black | AUS | 188.05 pts
9. Artem Silchenko | RUS | 184.20 pts
10. Eber Pava | COL | 120.60 pts
11. Slava Polyeshchuk | UKR | 84.60 pts
12. Andrey Ignatenko | UKR | 68.40 pts

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High Divers Jammed Norwegian Water Ways /blog/2010/08/high-divers-jammed-norwegian-water-ways/ /blog/2010/08/high-divers-jammed-norwegian-water-ways/#comments Thu, 05 Aug 2010 14:57:47 +0000 admin http://www.beouthere.com/blog/?p=516

La Rochelle, Yucatán and Kragerø – the World Series has reached its midway
point and Briton Gary Hunt is the man of the 2010 season so far. With the
maximum haul of points he stands out from the rest. Bright sunshine and more
than 12,000 spectators on boats and ships crowding the Skagerrak strait in
Norway’s summer hot spot on Saturday afternoon cheered the cliff diving elite
to deliver peak performances.

17 points ahead of his nearest rival, and not giving away a single point after three out
of six stops, the 26-year-old has three reasons to feel safe in his leading position: “I’ve
very recently come from 10m Olympic-style diving and I think that makes my form a
little tighter. The consistency this year has been much better. It’s been a great start for
me, it couldn’t have gone better, but there’s still three competitions left. It’s not in the
bag just yet and I’m going to play around with a new dive in the next competition so
let’s see how that goes.” After another battle for the podium today, Artem Silchenko
(RUS) and Orlando Duque (COL), separated by only one point, are fighting for the
second overall position. With another second place the Russian further underlined his
claims to be number one: “I beat Orlando who’s a great diver but I lose to Gary.
Second place is good but I want to win and I can do it, I know it.”

The competition for the top six has never been so tight, only 0.05 point dividing
positions 7 and 8, 1.5 points between rank 7 and 9. Forced by the new format the
athletes have to take out their most difficult dives already in round two. Out of twelve
participants Alain Kohl (LUX), ranked on a personal best 4th today, is the ninth to
reach the top six and gives striking proof of the World Series’ claim of having the
world’s best high divers.

1,000 spectators for each athlete – the divers’ view from the 26.8m platform on the
skerry could hardly have been more impressive. Thousands of boats on the water and
spectators along the shoreline turned the picturesque Kragerø archipelago into a
floating arena.

From a solid rock in the Oslo fjord, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series heads to
southern Italy for the next stop in Polignano a Mare on August 8.
Results Stop 3 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, Kragerø (NOR)

1. Gary Hunt | GBR | 386.45 pts
2. Artem Silchenko | RUS | 355,15 pts
3. Orlando Duque | COL | 342.20 pts
4. Alain Kohl | LUX | 307.65 pts
5. Steve Black | AUS | 302.55 pts
6. Slava Polyeshchuk | UKR | 265.50 pts
7. Magnus Vigeland | MEX | 196.85 pts
8. Hassan Mouti | FRA | 195.40 pts
9. Michal Navratil | CZE | 195.35 pts
10. Kent de Mond | USA | 185.20 pts
11. Eber Pava | COL | 182.60 pts
12. Andrey Ignatenko | UKR | 180.95 pts
13. Cyrille Oumedjkane | FRA | 166.40 pts

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2010. The world’s best divers, six challenging
competitions and 26 metres between take off and hitting the water smoothly, via
athletic perfection. A selection of famous and well-known diving spots, as well as
extraordinary natural and challenging urban venues, have been chosen. Occurring for
the second year, the share between known and new locations is 50-50. Starting on
May 15 in La Rochelle (FRA), the series took a leap over the Atlantic Ocean to
Mexico (Yucatán) and came back to Europe for competitions in Norway (Kragerø),
Italy (Polignano a Mare) and Switzerland (Sisikon), before reaching the land of the
sport’s origin, Hawaii (Hilo), on September 12 for the grand final.

Red Bull Cliff Diving competitions are judged by five international jurors with scores
awarded according to the degree of difficulty and the execution of the dive.

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Scottish Highlands Mountain Biking – Steve Peat, Hans Rey & Danny MacAskill /blog/2010/07/scottish-highlands-mountain-biking-steve-peat-hans-ry-danny-macaskill/ /blog/2010/07/scottish-highlands-mountain-biking-steve-peat-hans-ry-danny-macaskill/#comments Fri, 23 Jul 2010 09:09:39 +0000 admin http://www.beouthere.com/blog/?p=520 Simply incredible.

Hans Peaty MacAskill Highlands from ResetFilms.co.uk on Vimeo.

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Ed Stafford – Hero – Final Two Weeks /blog/2010/07/ed-stafford-hero-final-two-weeks/ /blog/2010/07/ed-stafford-hero-final-two-weeks/#comments Thu, 22 Jul 2010 16:16:45 +0000 admin http://www.beouthere.com/blog/?p=517

Fluid Extraction from Ed’s Elbow from Walking the Amazon Videos on Vimeo.

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Red Bull Reporter and STA Travel search for a budding filmmaker and presenter to report from the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series! /blog/2010/07/red-bull-reporter-and-sta-travel-search-for-a-budding-filmmaker-and-presenter-to-report-from-the-red-bull-cliff-diving-world-series/ /blog/2010/07/red-bull-reporter-and-sta-travel-search-for-a-budding-filmmaker-and-presenter-to-report-from-the-red-bull-cliff-diving-world-series/#comments Mon, 05 Jul 2010 14:06:22 +0000 admin http://www.beouthere.com/blog/?p=509

Red Bull Reporter is a nationwide search to find the best young music & culture, and sports writers, filmmakers, photographers and presenters, giving them the chance of a lifetime: to use their skills and indulge their passions as a Red Bull Reporter.

The most talented young media makers could be selected for one of our many exciting assignments – each designed to give them an amazing experience as a working member of the media – covering world-class sports, cutting-edge music and innovative culture events. What’s more, Red Bull events happen all over the world and we’ll be dispatching Red Bull Reporters out there to cover them!

www.redbullreporter.com

To enter, budding writers, photographers, filmmakers and presenters upload the best examples for consideration by site users, and the Red Bull Editorial Team.

If selected, a Red Bull Reporter could find themselves travelling on assignment to exciting events in the UK and overseas; or be introduced to an incredible cultural opinion leader, or high profile athlete. Following their assignment, each Red Bull Reporter’s content will be showcased to the world.

Show off your skills and springboard your career as a filmmaker or presenter!

Red Bull Reporter have teamed up with STA Travel to give two lucky, ambitious talents the opportunity to head to Switzerland to report from the 2010 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.

The search is on for one filmmaker and one presenter. The selected entrants will travel to Sisikon,  in the heart of Switzerland, on August 28th to live out their dreams as the next big talents, covering one of the most exhilarating events on the  Red Bull calendar; Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2010!

Red Bull Cliff Diving stops in Sisikon

On August 28, the world’s most accomplished cliff divers will return to Sisikon, in the heart of Switzerland, to dive from the town’s iconic landmark, a huge rock off the eastern shore of Lake Uri, a part of Lake Lucerne.

The 12 competitors will dive from a height of 26 metres into the depths of the lake, with a spectacular glacier and surrounding mountains as the backdrop. 

The village, with 270 residents, eagerly awaits thousands of visitors who from their boats, inflatable air mattresses, surf boards and the shore will watch the honed bodies gliding their way through the air into the depths.

Show off your Skills – Upload Now!

So, are you the next big thing? Find out and enter today. All you need to do is choose your category (filmmaking or presenting) and then show off your talents and upload your best work so far.

To apply for this exciting assignment or for more details visit www.redbullreporter.com

The STA Travel website will also feature the video report created by the chosen reporters from the event exclusively afterwards.

Deadline for submissions is Friday 13th August, and you must be free to travel the weekend of the 27th-29th August. All accommodation and travel expenses will be covered.
NB You must be 16 years or over and a UK resident to apply.

Good luck!

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Kit Yourself Out For Some Adventure Travel /blog/2010/06/kit-yourself-out-for-some-adventure-travel/ /blog/2010/06/kit-yourself-out-for-some-adventure-travel/#comments Fri, 25 Jun 2010 14:18:56 +0000 admin http://www.beouthere.com/blog/?p=502 Ah, the season of adventure travel is upon us! The excitable anticipation, the mystery of exploring a new location and the unmistakable whilst inevitable uncertainty of not having a clue where you are when you get lost.

Although we like an air of mystery surrounding an expedition of the more adventurous nature, the line is drawn where the weather is concerned. British weather, unfortunately, inspires as much confidence as the ‘correct’ directions you were told by an assertive passer-by.

But whatever you do, whatever the weather, do not let it spoil your trip. Spin the situation around and use it to your advantage. So what if it is raining? Who cares if the wind is causing you to look like a flustered Father Christmas? It will be all the more satisfying completing a walk, hike or trek if you are against adverse weather conditions.

Just make sure you are kitted out correctly! The North Face stock a fine collection of clothing to suit any form of adventure travel in any weather. The brand is a premium supplier of authentic and technically innovative products, and caters for the higher end of the outdoor clothing market.

Their most popular jacket, the North Face resolve jacket has an astounding amount of science behind it (as explained in the video below), and is the perfect jacket to accompany you on your adventure. It is lightweight, waterproof and breathable and is ideally suited to changeable weather conditions.

There are some fantastic hiking trails around the UK, none perhaps more popular and dare I say flashy than the Lands End to John O Groats walk, crossing the whole country. The beauty of the hike is you can pretty much follow any route you like, just make sure your journey is continous!

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Gary Hunt: Out Of This World /blog/2010/06/gary-hunt-out-of-this-world/ /blog/2010/06/gary-hunt-out-of-this-world/#comments Thu, 10 Jun 2010 15:33:51 +0000 admin http://www.beouthere.com/blog/?p=494

2nd victory for the Briton in Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2010 in Yucatán

His personal perception of cliff diving is “out of this world” and Gary Hunt’s performance these days can also be described as not of this world: the 25-year-old’s innovative style and creativity culminated in the second consecutive win at Sunday’s competition of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2010 in Yucatán, Mexico. The exotic surrounding of Cenote Ik Kil was the perfect venue for high-class high diving from 27.25m into sacred fresh water.

The Triple Quad – the most difficult dive, the first one exclusively perceived for cliff diving and invented by the Southampton-based diver – assured Gary Hunt top spot on the podium. With the day’s top score of 160.00 points he took the lead by 27.25 points ahead of his closest competitor in round two. To pick up his trophy he only needed a solid third dive, but his spirit of innovation was rewarded once more: “It is hard work and practice. Learning all my difficult dives last year has paid off. I don’t know why the others don’t try the same DD but I suppose it’s because it’s a very difficult dive and you cannot practice in a diving pool. You just have to trust in yourself and go for it. When you see somebody before you get good scores, like Artem, it definitely makes you think that you have to do this and you go for 10s every time.”

After a 2nd place at the kick-off competition in La Rochelle, France, three weeks ago, nine-times world champion Orlando Duque from Colombia finished 3rd (348.40 points). Performing an impressive new dive with a so-called blind entry – a rarely shown landing manouevre where the diver sees the water for the last time at least half a somersault before the entry and lines up “blind” – Artem Silchenko (RUS) claimed 2nd position (363.05 points). In the overall standings after two out of six stops Englishman Hunt leads with a score of 40 points ahead of Orlando Duque (29 points) and Artem Silchenko (27 points).

27.25m above fresh water, with schools of small catfish down below, the diving platform overlooked the Sacred Blue Cenote, probably the most impressive of allegedly 3,000 of these mystical sinkholes on the northern Yucatán Peninsula. The well is 60m in diameter, with water 39m deep and was used as a place of sacrifice in pre-Columbian times. Being the most remote of all the 2010 Series locations only a few people looking for respite in the pristine water witnessed the acrobatic free falls on June 6.

For the 3rd stop the World Series will come back to Europe and be hosted by the Norwegian summer hot spot Kragerø on July 24, 2010.

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2010. The world’s best divers, six challenging competitions and 26 metres between take off and hitting the water smoothly, via athletic perfection. A selection of famous and well-known diving spots, as well as extraordinary natural and challenging urban venues, have been chosen. Occurring for the second year, the share between known and new locations is 50-50. Starting on May 15 in La Rochelle (FRA), the series took a leap over the Atlantic Ocean to Mexico (Yucatán) and will come back to Europe for competitions in Norway (Kragerø), Italy (Polignano a Mare) and Switzerland (Sisikon), before reaching the land of the sport’s origin, Hawaii (Hilo), on September 12 for the grand final.

Red Bull Cliff Diving competitions are judged by five international jurors with scores awarded according to the degree of difficulty and the execution of the dive.

Pictures free for editorial use: info in picture caption | Credit: VC – Vincent Curutchet, RD – Ray Demski

Official website: www.redbullcliffdiving.com

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New Adventure Travel Company added: ‘Go-Where’ /blog/2010/06/new-adventure-travel-company-added-go-where/ /blog/2010/06/new-adventure-travel-company-added-go-where/#comments Thu, 03 Jun 2010 08:38:31 +0000 admin http://www.beouthere.com/blog/?p=487 We’ve just addded ‘Go-Where‘ to our adventure travel company database:

“Go where? Go anywhere! Whatever your reason for exploring Scotland – whether you’re a rider, hillwalker, kite surfer, mountain man or woman, or first-time Scotland visitor wanting to connect with Scotland’s best outdoor adventures – we provide bespoke travel solutions and the local knowledge to get you there.” *
*Extract from the Adventure Providers website.

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Scuba Diving – FREE TRIP /blog/2010/06/scuba-diving-free-trip/ /blog/2010/06/scuba-diving-free-trip/#comments Wed, 02 Jun 2010 13:37:07 +0000 admin http://www.beouthere.com/blog/?p=482 How would you like to WIN a FREE trip on Arenui the Boutique Liveaboard in 2010? Well you could and it is very very simple.

Go to: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/Kuta-Indonesia/Arenui-The-Boutique-Liveaboard/342691100837?ref=ts and simply become a friend of the Arenui on their facebook page.

It is as simple as that.

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