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I remember watching cliff diving on ABC’s Wide World of Sports when I was kid. I thought it was insane then. I think it’s insane now. But when I see it on TV or online, I have to watch. Let’s face it, the sight of men and women jumping off craggy cliffs hundreds of feet above water is compelling stuff. It actually surprises me that in our over-regulated, highly-litigious world, not only is cliff diving legal, but it’s sanctioned and sponsored.

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The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series has been the sport’s premier showcase since 2009. It’s a little more high-tech than I remember from the events of the 1980s. Sturdy platforms are now added to the sides of the cliffs. However, the heights are still dizzying.

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One of the most recent Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series events took place at Inis Mor, Ireland this year. Based on the spectators’ attire in the video below, it looks like it was a tad chilly on that day. Perhaps the adrenaline coursing through the divers’ bodies kept them warm enough as they made their plunges into the North Atlantic water. As I said, insane.