Jon Rellie joined us as a Coastal Activity Ranger for the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2013 event at Abereiddi.
As a local to the area for the past ten years, I have been using the Blue Lagoon as my office. Firstly working as a coasteering guide, and in August and September in 2013 as a Coastal Activity Ranger for the National Trust.
Our very own special place, Abereiddi, for two days in September went from seeing seals swimming in the sea and sheep grazing the nearby coast, to becoming the stage and auditorium for the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2013.
It all started with the boys from ABCAS rigging up the 800kg steel dive platform, and confidently moving it into place 27 metres above the lagoon on the cliff face. Helicopters were flying in the gear and the Red Bull team set up the event site with big screens, tents and even a hot tub in the lagoon for the divers. In itself very exciting to watch and amazing to see the transformation of a coastal hay meadow to an event site of 2,500 people.
After 10 days of Red Bull on site the Blue Lagoon was transformed when the professional divers arrived and the event started. My adrenalin started to flow as I watched the first diver poise himself on the edge of the platform. The atmosphere from the audience on land and in the sea was phenomenal and I never thought the Blue Lagoon could host such a spectacle in this way. The bustle of TV and camera crews reporting the event made it even more exciting, as was the silence that fell when waiting for the divers to take the plunge. It was as if the lagoon was empty of everyone for that moment, and I could hear the sounds of the birds once again.
The weather held the ultimate key for allowing such an amazing show to happen so successfully – and for the second year running the winds dropped and the sun came out on the day of the final.
During my short time working for the National Trust I was even privileged to hang out with some of the divers, who were open and friendly. They’re normal people with extraordinary talents and taste in swim wear! Give me a wetsuit any day.