THIS incredible time-lapse photo captures the moment that Rhiannan Iffland dived out of a helicopter into Sydney Harbour, set against the spectacular backdrop of the city’s iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
The 31-year-old Aussie’s daredevil dive – a famous first – was from a chopper hovering 20 metres above the water, and for the six-time world champion diver it was a bucketlist dream come true.
Rhiannan, who will be crowned this season’s champion in Sydney on October 15, explains: “I’ve experienced spectacular cliff dives in incredible locations around the world as part of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.
“But to be able to dive out of a helicopter in front of an iconic backdrop in my hometown is a bucket list moment for me.
“The lead up to the World Series final in Sydney has been equal parts memorable and emotional. My competitors this year have pushed my performance to new levels and I’m excited to finally show Aussies what Red Bull Cliff Diving is all about.”
The celebratory dive marked the return of the sport’s most decorated female athlete onto her home soil as she prepares to receive the trophy for her sixth consecutive title after earlier sealing success in Italy.
The men’s title remains up for grabs, with just 40 points separating the top three battling for the coveted King Kahekili trophy – Brit Aidan Heslop, Catalin Preda from Romania and Frenchman Gary Hunt.
Since 2009, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series has visited spectacular locations around the world. The October 15 showdown will be streamed live from 3pm BST on www.redbullcliffdiving.com, Red Bull TV, Facebook and YouTube.
Images by Graeme Murray, Andy Green and Ken Leanfore / Red Bull Content Pool