06/03/2014 08:00 am ET

Yes, There Is A Cliff Diving World Series And Yes, The Cliffs Are Insane

The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series kicked off May 10... and while the dives are the main event, the cliffs also deserve some attention.

The competition is being held in seven stunning spots across the globe this year. Check them out below.

Morro Castle, Havana, Cuba
Morro Castle guards the entrance to Havana Bay. The cliffs surrounding the castle were used as the jump-off for 14 divers May 9-10.

Possum Kingdom Lake, Fort Worth, Texas

Possum Kingdom Lake makes its Cliff Diving World Series debut this year. The lake is a reservoir in the Brazos River and features two towering cliffs which mark the entrance to "Hell's Gate" cove.

Inis Mór, Aran Islands, Ireland

Inis Mór is the largest of Ireland's Aran Islands, and its rocky, rugged coastline is perfect for some insane cliff dives. The cliff diving champs will take off from a spot called Serpent's Lair.

Kragerø, Norway
Kragerø is a cozy port town and a popular summer destination. The archipelago is known for its famed fjords. The photo above was snapped during the the Cliff Diving World Series' last visit to Kragerø in 2010.

Islet of Vila Franca do Campo, São Miguel, Azores, Portugal
islet vila franca do campo
Off the coast of São Miguel sits the craggy islet of Vila Franca do Campo. At the center of the islet is a circular natural lake.

La Salve Bridge, Bilbao, Spain
So, La Salve Bridge isn't technically a cliff. But it's still a great spot for a dive. And it's nice to look at too. The bridge crosses the Nervion River, connecting Bilbao's city and suburbs, and linking with the famous Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

Icaraí Beach, Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Back in the 1950s, locals used to jump from a platform at Icaraí Beach into the sea. Now, years later, a modern version of that platform, designed by Oscar Niemeyer, will be constructed for the Cliff Diving World Series finals and rise almost 89 feet above the water.


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