Four to watch at Red Bull Cliff Diving Series Final in Dubai

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Red Bull Cliff Diving draws thousands of spectators to impressive sites around the world each year, including Azora in Portugal and Possum Kingdom Lake in Texas.

The series – now in its eighth year – will see the final stage take place in Dubai for the first time, with many of the world’s best divers set to attend.

Ahead of the event, Sport360 picks out four divers to watch.

GARY HUNT (UK) 

A former Commonwealth Games diver, Gary Hunt is a five-time Red Bull Diving Champion and current leader of this year’s series.

At 32, he is considered the greatest in the history of the competition, virtually dominating since finishing second to Orlando Duque in 2009.

The Englishman holds a formidable lead over Jonathan Paredes, and with two events remaining, it looks inevitable that he will claim a sixth crown.

JONATHAN PAREDES (Mexico) 

Third place in the series last year, Paredes will need to produce something special if he is to cut the points gap and challenge Hunt.

With 220 points separating him from top spot, the 27-year-old from Mexico City has a chance to put pressure on the champion with the penultimate event of the series taking place this weekend in Japan.

MICHAL NAVRATIL (Czech Republic)

Navratil has been an ever-present diver, competing on the Red Bull circuit since 2009 and claiming third place in 2011.

The 31-year-old from Prague will be bidding to carry his strong form into Japan this weekend after claiming back-to-back victories in Wales and Bosnia recently – which have seen him move to third place overall.

ANDY JONES (USA) 

With podium finishes in Portugal, France and Wales, Jones is one of the most consistent divers of the last five meetings.

A poor start to the season may have potentially cost him a final-season podium finish – due to the significant loss in points – but Jones has a chance to finish the season on a high in Japan and UAE.

The 31-year-old from Utah has also represented Team USA in the FINA World Cup on three occasions, achieving a best ever 4th place finish in the 27m platform event this year.

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Wadi Adventures to host the World Rafting Championship

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From November 1 to 5 the 2016 competition, in cooperation with key partner Tamouh Investments Group, will hold the high-profile international event under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Sports Council and will cast the global spotlight on Al Ain in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as an ideal adventure sport hub.

The upcoming World Rafting Championship is an R4-level competition open to 4-man rafts covering the Sprint, Head to Head, Slalom and Downriver rafting disciplines and will be held in the Middle East’s first man-made rafting course.

Wadi Adventures passed the International Rafting Federation’s stringent logistical and tournament requirements, proving itself an exceptional artificial course for challenging the endurance and rafting skills of seasoned competitors. The 2016 World Rafting Championship is sponsored by leading Abu Dhabi -based property developer Tamouh Investments Group and the International Rafting Federation.

Saif Al Bloushi, Chief Projects Officer – Tamouh Investments Group, Wadi Adventures’ parent company, said: “Wadi Adventures’ hosting of the 2016 World Rafting Championship marks a major milestone in local watersports and affirms Al Ain’s coming of age as a world-class adventure sport destination.

“We look forward to seeing some of the world’s best rafters in action and contributing to the further development and popularity of the sport at the local, regional and international levels. We wish all competitors the very best of luck.”

Aside from watching the Championship, audiences and guests can also have fun at the Kids’ Zone and Sports Shows Zones to be set up for the event. They can also try out some of Wadi Adventures’ major attractions such as the world’s longest man made whitewater channels, the world’s largest surf pool, and an aerial obstacle course featuring a two-story airpark, zip line, climbing wall and giant swing.

Located at the base of Jebel Hafeet Mountain, south of the city of Al Ain, Wadi Adventures is one of the region’s leading adventure sport -themed destinations. Wadi Adventures’ spaces and infrastructure are specially designed to host world-class events, competitions, and large groups.

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UAE's largest open water event kicks off with a bang

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The first City Swim UAE event took place at JBR.

The UAE’s largest open water event saw swimmers of all ages and from as young as eight covering a range of distances varying from 250m to 2,500m at the first of a unique series of swimming races.

Originating from the canals in Amsterdam and Hudson River in New York, the open water swimming event will move to other stunning locations including Sharjah at the Sheraton Sharjah Beach Resort & Spa (November 26), Abu Dhabi at Le Meridien (January 21, 2017) and Ajman at the Ajman Saray (March 4, 2017).

A spokesperson for the event said: “City Swim UAE offers a unique opportunity for swimmers of all abilities in a safe and fun environment to enjoy the sport and we are delighted with our launch event this morning.”

Olympic silver medallist Keri-Anne Payne took part in the 2,500m category.

“I am a marathon swimmer and this is my first long race in a while, it’s good to get back in the water,” said the British two-time world champion. “The event was great, the backdrop is stunning, the location is perfect and everything was very well organised. I am very happy to have taken part.”

Merle Talviste from TriSwimDXB said: “The event was brilliant and it’s good to see something like this in Dubai with these facilities at the hotel. The post-event celebration in the village is great and everyone is enjoying the community atmosphere here today.”

To register or find our more information on the City Swim UAE events, visit www.city-swim.com.

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