Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series
Saturday August 20, 2011 from 3-6 pm
Institute of Contemporary Art, Fan Pier
The Institute of Contemporary Art building was chosen as a venue on the 2011 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series tour. "We are very excited to host the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at the ICA," said Paul Bessire, Deputy Director for External Relations at the ICA. "The ICA's innovative architecture and exhibitions and its location on Boston's stunning waterfront make it the perfect spot for this international event."
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. The day before the competition, divers hand in four planned dives of which two are required by the judges and two are of the diver's choosing. A qualification round on day one determines who of the 11 divers will compete for six spots in the final round which takes place on the second day. The goal for each diver is to secure the World Champion title after the final stop by scoring the most points throughout the season.
After two stops so far this year in Rapa Nui, Chile (Easter Island) and Yucatan, Mexico, the competition heads east to Athens, Greece this weekend where the Olympian mindset will be omnipresent especially amongst competition points leaders Gary Hunt (GBR) and Slava Polyeshchuk (UKR). The tour will continue to France and Italy before arriving in Boston with the final stop in 2011 taking place in the Ukraine.
The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series stop in Boston will be free and open to the public on August 20 and take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Public areas will be located along Fan Pier, and spectators will experience the competition through jumbo screens, a live emcee and premium vending. The Institute of Contemporary Art will remain open to the public throughout the event.