The world’s top high divers returned to Texas’ Possum Kingdom Lake the final weekend in May for the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. The lake, a reservoir on the Brazos River, is home to the famous Hell’s Gate, an ominously named opening between two towering limestone cliffs.
“I love the the adrenaline rush I feel when leaving the platform,” said 27-year-old American diver, Rachelle Simpson. “I’m scared of it almost every time; but every time I make myself do it, I feel like I overcame something — and that’s very empowering.”
At Possum Kingdom, female competitors jump from a 65-foot platform atop a natural cliff, and within three seconds of flight time, squeeze in several flips and twists. It is the third of eight stops for men and the first of three for women. Around this time last year, it was the site of the inaugural women’s World Series.
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