The north Mayo coast is set to become the new must-see location for adrenaline tourists following last weekend’s successful hosting of a stage of the 2021 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at Downpatrick Head just outside Ballycastle village.
The stunning Wild Atlantic Way signature point brought a whole new dimension to the extreme sport of cliff diving as the international contenders had the added challenge of chilly and wild Atlantic waves to contend with alongside the usual pressure to execute incredibly intricate acrobatic manoeuvres whilst plummeting from heights of up to 27 metres and at speeds as fast as 85km per hour from the rugged cliffs.
But the competitors seem to have relished every second of the experience and the Mayo stage of the 2021 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series elicited a record number of perfect 10s from the judges.
And in another event first, the weekend saw competitors execute some of their dives directly from the cliff face at Downpatrick Head as well as from the specially-constructed platform.
North Mayo appears to have really impressed the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series crew who referred to the stage venue at Downpatrick Head as “built to be epic” and “breathtaking” in social media commentary throughout the weekend.
UK competitor, Aidan Heslop (19) remarked: “One of the first things that went through my mind when I saw this spot was how crazy it looked. It’s one of the coolest spots I think we have been to personally.”
Fellow diver David Colturi from the USA said of the Mayo stage: “Incredible location, awesome people, stellar event. This is going to stick with me for a long time.”
While attendance at the cliff diving was confined to 200 people due to Covid-19 regulations, the sensational experience has nevertheless made ripples across the globe as it was televised live to a global audience that could ultimately amount to 1 billion viewers, netting priceless exposure for north Mayo’s unique tourism offering.