Alessandro De Rose Honors Italy’s National Day with Spectacular Night Cliff Dive

Photo Courtesy: Dean Treml/Red Bull Content Pool

In a very personal tribute Italy’s only world-class cliff diver Alessandro De Rose commemorates the country’s special day ahead of the Italian leg of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series this Sunday. Equipped with glow lights in the green, white and red Italian Tricolore, the 26-year-old set the tone for the weekend in Polignano a Mare as the cliff diving elite returns to the sport’s European home for a 7th time.

“Tonight I’m a proud Italian,” De Rose said after this enlightening dive. “Although it was quite a challenge to dive in the dark it feels great to represent the colours of my country and celebrate into this important weekend.” The local hero aims to repeat his feat from 2017 when he took his maiden victory in front of his home crowd.


Photo Courtesy: Dean Treml/Red Bull Content Pool

Britain’s Gary Hunt is the defending champion after winning last year’s competition from the 27m platform, a win which secured the 34-year-old his 7th title. Currently leading in the men’s, the record winner will certainly have one eye on rising star Constantin Popovici (ROU), who broke the Brit’s winning streak in impressive style in the previous stop in Ireland.

In the women’s competition from 21m, Australia’s unstoppable champion Rhiannan Iffland can make it a hat trick of wins in the season’s third stop unless one of her competitors step up their game to claim the top spot.

Returning to Italy, the country with the most World Series stops in 11 years, means a return to the most unusual take-off point. In order to get to the platforms high above the Adriatic Sea, 24 of the world’s best cliff divers enter a private house, walk through the living room and find their stages mounted on the rooftop terrace. 60,000 passionate fans on the water and rocks below are expected to stir up a feverish atmosphere when the athletes are welcomed in Polignano a Mare for the 7th time since 2009.

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series

Since 2009, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series has provided a platform for aesthetic free-falls and dives of ever growing complexity, spotlighting the sport’s finest athletes as well as the most promising talents and in 2014 it introduced a Women’s World Series. In its 11th season, the sport’s best athletes will once again leap, twist and somersault from breathtaking heights with no protection, except their concentration, skill and physical control during seven demanding competitions around the world. Between April and September, this pure extreme sport will hit waters in natural and urban environments as well as remote and iconic venues at oceans and rivers across Asia, Europe and the Middle East to crown two new champions.

Press release courtesy of Red Bull Cliff Diving. 

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