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The World Series travels across the Atlantic for the fourth stop

Michal Navratil

Texas
United States 3 Sep

Sep 3, 2017 20:00:00 +0000
Michal Navratil

15:00 3 Sep | Local Time

20:00 3 Sep | GMT

Conditions

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25°C / 77°F Air
Temperature
22°C Water
Temperature
20 km/h / 12 mph Wind
Velocity
Freshwater Water
Type
5.5m to 7m Water
Depth
27m | 20m Dive
Height

The World Series travels across the Atlantic for the fourth stop

This event will be LIVE on September 03 from 15.00 local time (20.00 GMT) on www.redbullcliffdiving.com, Red Bull TV and Facebook.

After kicking off the 2016 season, Hell's Gate at Possum Kingdom Lake in the USA state where everything is bigger, Texas, hosts the world's most elite cliff divers going into the second half of the current season.

From Europe, the World Series travels across the Atlantic to the visual feat of two towering cliffs, rising dramatically out of the region's first water supply reservoir, where 14 men and 8 women (including wildcard divers) will vie for victory. In a venue where Australian wildcard and World Series debutante and later overall champion, Rhiannan Iffland, thrilled the crowds in 2016 as she put in a magical diving display and upset the odds with a stunning victory.

Nestled deep in the valley of the Palo Pinto Mountains lies Possum Kingdom Lake. This massive reservoir, created by damming the Brazos River, is unlike any other lake in Texas. With its incredibly deep waters and its sheer cliffs, "PK" Lake is a vacation paradise. At its midpoint lies the iconic Hell's Gate, a rock formation adjacent to Devil's Island, which is full of as much beauty as it is folklore. Given the flatness of the surrounding terrain, the 30-metre cliffs dwarf even the biggest boats that pass through. Only the divers can add more breath-taking moments to this natural wonder with their complex manoeuvres from almost three times the Olympic diving platform height.

Location - Hell's Gate - two towering cliffs in a water supply reservoir
Coordinates - 32.8667° N, 98.4333° W
Platform heights - 27m | 20m
Water depth - 5.5m to 7m
Water temperature in September - 22°C
Air temperature in September - 26°C
Water - Possum Kingdom Lake, freshwater
Random fact - The lake spreads over an area of approximately 6,900ha with 500km of shoreline. It holds 930,000,000m3 of water with 680,000,000m3 available for water supply.

Day Local Time Event
Saturday 13:00 Show start
  14:15 - 15:05 Women's Round 1, Men's Round 1
  15:10 - 15:50 Women's Round 2, Men's Round 2
  17:00 Event end
Sunday 13:00 Show start
  13:15 Practice
  14:00 - 14:55 Women's Round 3, Men's Round 3
  15:00 Red Bull TV LIVE start
  15:00 - 15:40 Women's Finals, Men's Finals
  15:45 Red Bull TV LIVE end
  16:00 Event end

Admission is FREE. Viewing is via water and all spectators must have a watercraft.

Please note:
Red Bull Cliff Diving will take place at a remote location on the water at Possum Kingdom Lake. The only viewing is via kayak, stand up paddleboard, personal watercraft, or boat. There is NO on-land viewing available for the event.

Red Bull Cliff Diving is free to the public. All spectators are invited to attend at their own risk. The event is not responsible for injuries to persons or property due to your attendance. By entering the event area around and in Hell's Gate Cove you assume these risks.

Red Bull Cliff Diving is being recorded and it's possible your face, voice, and/or behavior might end up in the media and in the advertising for Red Bull products and services. By entering the event area in Hell's Gate Cove you agree that such recordings of you may be used for any purpose, worldwide in any and all media/advertising of all types at any time.

Due to there being a limited capacity on the lake as well as in Hell's Gate Cove, the Brazos River Authority reserves the right to close access to boat ramps and Hell's Gate Cove at any time to ensure the safety of all guests.

**IMPORTANT
Please note that, due to safety concerns, there will be no swimming or floating allowed in the spectator area immediately in front of the dive platform. Also there will be no swimming or floating in the navigation channels inside of Hell's Gate Cove. These rules will be strictly enforced.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Red Bull Cliff Diving taking place?
The event is at Hell's Gate Cove on Possum Kingdom Lake. "PK" Lake is a hidden gem in the North Texas lake lifestyle. Nestled in the Palo Pinto Hills, PK features over 19,000 acres of clear blue water and also is one of Texas' deepest lakes. It is also an oasis for fishing, diving, wind surfing, hiking, trail running, trail biking, and camping. For more information regarding transportation, accommodations, dining, boat launch/storage, watercraft rentals, activities on PK Lake please visit www.possumkingdomlake.com

Why is their mention of "Fort Worth" on the website?
Fort Worth is the closest large metropolitan city. Due to the amount of international travellers that will be attending this event, the webpage needs to spotlight the closest city of recognition. However, please be aware that Possum Kingdom Lake is approximately 80 miles west of Downtown Fort Worth.

Will the event be televised?
This event will be LIVE on September 03 from 15.00 local time (20.00 GMT) on www.redbullcliffdiving.com, Red Bull TV and Facebook. Red Bull TV is available on connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices and more. Find out more at about.redbull.tv

If you miss the event or simply want to watch all the action again, the replay will be available on demand a few minutes after the event.

Can I attend the event as a spectator?
YES!! We'd love to see you there! But, you will need to insure that you have access to the water via kayak, stand up paddleboard, personal watercraft, or boat. There is NO on-land viewing available for the event. Hell's Gate Cove is surrounded by private property and there is a zero trespass policy. The closest full service boat facility to Hell's Gate Cove is Bluffs Creek Marina. For more information about renting kayaks, SUPs, personal watercraft, or boats please contact:
Bluffs Creek Marina
Marina Point Dr, Strawn, TX 76475
(940) 779-3911
www.bluffcreekmarina.com/

How do we enter Hell's Gate Cove?
The Hell's Gate channel entrance will be closed during the event. Please use the channel on the east side of Devil's Island to enter the cove. Follow all posted signs as you enter and be sure to follow direction given by the Brazos River Authority, the Sheriff's Department, and event personnel. Also be sure to anchor in the appropriate area for your watercraft size and type.

What time is the qualifying round of competition?
Saturday, September 2
1pm - Show Start
1:30pm-2:00pm - Practice
2:15pm to 2:30pm  - Women's First Round
2:35pm to 3:05pm - Men's First Round
3:10pm to 3:25pm - Women's Second Round
3:30pm to 3:50pm - Men's Second Round
4:00pm to 5:00pm - Practice
5:00pm - Show Ends

What time is the championship round of competition?
Sunday, September 3
1pm - Show Start
1:15pm to1:55pm - Practice
2:00pm to 2:20pm - Women's Third Round
2:25pm to 2:55pm - Men's Third Round
3:00pm to 3:20pm - Women's Final Round
3:25pm to 3:40pm - Men's Final Round
3:50pm Awards Ceremony

How do I get to Possum Kingdom Lake?
Drive times to Bluff Creek Marina (South shore of the lake):
• Dallas – 2hrs 15 minutes, 116 miles
• Fort Worth – 1hr 45 minutes, 85 miles
• Abilene – 1hr 45 minutes, 93 miles
Drive times to The Harbors Marina (North shore of the lake)
• Lubbock – 3hrs 45 minutes, 240 miles

What to do when boating on Possum Kingdom Lake:
All boaters please observe all Texas boating laws while visiting PK Lake. A detailed run down of all laws is listed here: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/boat/laws/
• Please acknowledge all posted signage and maps.
• Please be courteous and respect all working personal onsite.
• Do not play music while competition diving is taking place.
• Devils Island is closed to the public. Treat this as private property. Trespassers will be prosecuted.
• Observe all closed event areas.
• Please anchor your boat in appropriate zones for boat size.
• The neighborhoods surrounding Hell's Gate Cove (Gaines Bend and Sportsmans World) are private property. Do not disembark your boats at any time inside Hell's Gate Cove. All land is private property. Trespassers will be prosecuted.

Will there be concessions?
No food or beverages will be available at the event. Please plan and stock your boats accordingly. Also, please help keep PK Lake clean and dispose of your trash in the proper receptacles when leaving the lake.

Are there public restrooms available?
No, but there are plenty of restrooms at the many marinas that service the lake. For more information on their location, please visit www.possumkingdomlake.com.

Is there lodging available?
For tips on available lodging in the area, please contact the PK Chamber of Commerce by visiting www.possumkingdomlake.com

We are staying for the weekend. What else is there to do?
Possum Kingdom is an activity paradise! There is camping, biking, hiking, dining, and all sorts of outdoor activities to fill up your weekend. Please contact the PK Chamber of Commerce by visiting www.possumkingdomlake.com

What if I can't make it to Possum Kingdom Lake for the event?
This event will be LIVE on September 03 from 15.00 local time (20.00 GMT) on www.redbullcliffdiving.com, Red Bull TV and Facebook. Red Bull TV is available on connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices and more. Find out more at about.redbull.tv

If you miss the event or simply want to watch all the action again, the replay will be available on demand a few minutes after the event.

Are media welcome to attend?
Absolutely! For media inquiries please contact Molly Uhlig, Red Bull Media House Communications: molly.uhlig@us.redbullmediahouse.com

How do I follow the conversation online?
Be sure and follow @redbullcliffdiving for the latest updates to the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. Also be sure to join the conversation via #redbullcliffdiving.

Here is some very useful information from the Brazos River Authority
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POSSUM KINGDOM LAKE RECREATON AND CAMPING / Frequently Asked Questions

How many boat ramps are available and where are they located?
Due to the higher water levels the Brazos River Authority will be opening the "High Water" boat ramps only. Please see the BRA website for more information.
https://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/recreational/lakes/possum_kingdom/access.phtml

Where is the closest ramp to Hells Gate?
Please see the BRA website for more information.
https://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/recreational/lakes/possum_kingdom/access.phtml

Is there parking at the ramps?
Yes, but parking is limited at several of the Brazos River Authority boat ramps. Each Brazos River Authority ramp will have an attendant that will direct truck and trailer drivers to available parking areas. Once the available parking has been occupied. The ramp will be closed to additional boats seeking to access the lake.

Is there a user fee to put a boat on Possum Kingdom Lake?
• There is a nominal Water Recreational User Fee that applies to all motorized vessels accessing Possum Kingdom Lake. The fee structure is as follows:
• One day permit - $5.00 per boat
• Three day permit – $12.00 per boat
• Five day permit – $20.00 per boat
• Annual permit good for the current calendar year - $50.00 (discount available for active and retired military and seniors over 65)
• Permits are available at local lake merchants. Additionally, daily permits will be available at Brazos River Authority boat ramps Friday, June 6th and Saturday, June 7th between the hours of 8 AM and 5 PM. Sales at the boat ramps are cash only and correct amount ($5) is appreciated.

How close are the camping areas to the Hells Gate area by boat?
Approximate distance only:
• 3.5 miles from South D & D.
• 4.0 miles from Scenic Cove.
• 10.5 miles from North D & D.
• 4.2 miles from Bug Beach.
• 8.5 miles from Sandy Beach.
• 12.4 miles from Public Low Water Ramp

Will there be anyone allowed in the water around their boats inside Hell's Gate?
Yes, you are allowed in the water, but please be aware of the emissions from the boats engines while running. This creates deadly carbon monoxide which can be fatal. Additionally, there will be a large number of vessels inside Hell's Gate and the hazards associated with this boat concentration (e.g. operating propellers) may convince you to remain in your boat.

How much does it cost to camp?
• The only charge for camping or day use is assessed at North D & D and Sandy Beach Public Use Areas. All other designated camping areas are available at no charge. Cost at North D&D and Sandy Beach is $10.00 per night plus $3.00 per person per night for camping. Each camp site is limited to two tents and 10 people.
• Day use only at North D&D and Sandy Beach is available for a cost of $3.00 per person.
• Day use check out is 10:00 PM and camping check out is 12:00 Noon.

Do you take reservations?
No. It is first come; first serve.

Do you have security at the camp sites?
Brazos River Authority Lake Rangers patrol camp sites from time to time, but you are responsible for your own possessions/equipment, and personal safety. The Brazos River Authority assumes no responsibility for personal safety or lost/stolen items

What's the water depth at the ramps?
It varies by ramp from 3 foot 6 inches to 4 foot 10 inches

How far is it from Fort Worth to Possum Kingdom Lake?
Approximately 90 miles from the west of Fort Worth.

How many boats can fit into Hell's Gate?
It depends on the size of boats involved. Red Bull, through its production company, Hangman, have developed a zoned off boat mooring plan that includes attendants that will direct boats to mooring zones. Brazos River Authority Lake Rangers along with Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens will monitor the flow of boats into Hell's Gate cove. Should, in their opinion, the cove fill to the point that additional boats may compromise public safety, the cove will be closed to additional boats

Is there a list of names that will rent houses or a contact for that purposes?
Please check with the local real estate companies

Are there any special restrictions that apply to this event?
• The western entrance into Hell's Gate Cove will be closed daily to boat traffic before and during the event. It will reopen upon conclusion of that day's events. Boat access into Hell's Gate Cove is from the east side of Devil's Island.
• Devil's Island & Camp Grady spruce will be closed to the public.
• Trespassers will be prosecuted.
• Please observe & obey all posted signage.

 

This event will be LIVE on September 03 from 15.00 local time (20.00 GMT) on www.redbullcliffdiving.com, Red Bull TV and Facebook. Red Bull TV is available on connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices and more. Find out more at about.redbull.tv

If you miss the event or simply want to watch all the action again, the replay will be available on demand a few minutes after the event.

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