Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2012, Wadi Shab, Oman
Some people just have no fear, but I’m afraid I’m not one of them.
The finalists at the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2012 managed to stare down buckets of the stuff in the paltry 3 seconds it took to plummet from a platform perched high above a gorge in Wadi Shab, Oman recently: the fear of plunging to a watery grave, the fear of cocking up in front of thousands (both the British way and the way you were thinking), and that innermost fear harboured by most men – the fear of being seen in a Speedo.
Me? I was afraid I wouldn’t find parking.
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In the grand scheme of things though, my fears were minor. At least I wasn’t doing this…
Or this…Or any of these…If any of them had any fear, their faces never showed it. I think the safety divers situated nearby had the most trepidation – like the very real fear of a human carcass plummeting 90 kilometres an hour towards them.
But really, the only way to truly appreciate how fast these fellas plummet — and how fearless they really are — is with video.
Please excuse my amateurish attempt. I’m afraid, like these guys, it was the best I could do that day. But I’m always trying to do better.