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Freestyle divers take the plunge

For those who like nothing better than watching grown men perform death-defying aquatic acrobatic feats on a religious holiday, this event could seem like a dream come true.

The spectacle of the cliff diving content on Mexico”s Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe is something to behold each year on December 12th.

Dozens of lithe, lean freestyle diving machines gather atop the perilous cliffs of La Quebrada near Acapulco in Mexico for the annual event, trying to outdo each other with their displays of guile, agility and, perhaps, downright lunacy.

The sight of tanned men in lycra flinging themselves to what looks like their inevitable, if very graceful doom attracts huge crowds, who nestle themselves among the rocky outcrops surrounding the venue all day long.

The highlight of the event is the notorious ”Ocean of Fire”, when a circle of gasoline is lit on the surface of the water below and a select few attempt to hit land in the drink without seriously scorching their Speedos.

The tradition of cliff diving at this locatin dates back to the 1930s and the original friendly rivalry has evolved into a fervent tourist attraction. Nowadays, fearless young men gather virtually every day at 1300 local time to perform for gasping onlookers.

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