Cliff divers Orlando Duque and Jonathan Paredes tackle the world's largest waterfall in The Smoke that Thunders.
"This is one of the most beautiful places," says Duque, who, with 13 cliff-diving world titles, two Guinness world records and more than 20 years in the sport, has dived off most places it's possible to dive off. "Standing in the gorge, looking around, you think, 'This is unreal.' But what sets this dive apart from others is the analysis you've got to do. It's not as black and white as you think.“
Indeed. Victoria Falls in Southern Africa is the biggest curtain of water on earth and one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Every minute, 625 million litres of water plunge over the 100-metre waterfall and with a width of 1 708 metres and height of 108 meters, it is classified as the waterfall with the world's largest sheet of falling water. Victoria Falls is roughly twice the height of North America's Niagara Falls and in width is rivaled only by Argentina and Brazil's Iguazu Falls. It is known as “Mosi-oa-Tunya” in the local Tokaleya Tonga tongue. This translates to ‚The Smoke that Thunders’ and is in reference to the famous spray, which – when the Zambezi River is in full flood, typically in April every year – can rise to 400-metres.
But recently, Victoria Falls has become known for something new as world-class cliff divers Orland Duque and Jonathan Paredes challenged themselves to one of the most astonishing cliff dives to date: a 30-metre dive from the world’s most iconic waterfall. It is a whole different ball game to previous dives the athletes have conquered, this river is ever changing and the 3m long crocodiles, shattered oars and eddies swirl waiting for the pair at the bottom of their dive make for an incredibly challenging analysis. Both athletes face their own challenges, Duque takes the responsibility of setting the limit on their ambition and of course dives first. Paredes, on the other hand, battles a visceral fear of climbing to the take-off spot, and often struggles to clear his mind of chattering doubt.
The full documentary is now available on Red Bull TV.
For this documentary, directed by Wayne de Lange, we received two awards at 2017 Mountain Film Festival in the categories 'Best Director‘ and 'Action Sports Competition‘.
"The Ivory Game“ is among the 15 finalists for the best feature documentary Oscar.
The investigative ivory-trade doc produced by Terra Mater Film Studios, and executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio was shortlisted from a total of 145 submissions. The five final nominees will be announced January 24, along with the rest of this year’s Oscar nominees. The 89th Academy Awards will take place on February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
The Ivory Game is an undercover feature-documentary which exposes the dark world of ivory trafficking. Award-winning director Richard Ladkani and Academy Award nominated director Kief Davison filmed undercover for 16 months, moving across the continents of Africa and Asia, documenting the deep-rooted corruption at the heart of the global ivory trafficking crisis.
"The Ivory Game would just be another heart-pounding crime thriller if its subject matter wasn't so depressingly true.“
"In any event: a committed, valuable film.“
" ‘The Ivory Game’ may be a harsh wakeup call to anyone concerned about the future of the largest land mammal, but it’s also a keen evaluation of the efforts being made to correct the situation.”
The film is available on Netflix in 190 countries in 19 languages. Find here the trailer.
Terra Mater Film Studios, is the cinema branch of Terra Mater Factual Studios, a sister company of Red Bull Media House which produces and distributes a wide variety of programming for TV and theatrical release.
The new partnership between Tag Heuer and Red Bull TV got off to a successful and timely start on Friday 14th October, as the luxury Swiss Avant-Garde watchmaker’s new countdown clock on the channel ensured nobody missed out on watching 21 of the world’s elite freeriders at the 11th Red Bull Rampage, the world’s toughest freeride mountain bike event.
The TAG Heuer Red Bull Rampage countdown coincides with the announcement that the luxury watchmaker is the Official Timekeeping Partner for Red Bull TV. The developing relationship between Red Bull TV and TAG Heuer expands upon a winning partnership between the watchmaker and Red Bull Racing. The personalities featured on Red Bull TV continually innovate the possibilities of their sports, and competitions often come down to fractions of a second, while record setting is in TAG Heuer’s DNA, with the company developing the first stopwatch accurate to 1/100 of a second.
Much of the Red Bull TV integration will support TAG Heuer’s campaign theme, “Don’t Crack Under Pressure” (#dontcrackunderpressure), where people are encouraged to push boundaries, take on challenges, and break rules. The inaugural countdown clock campaign celebrates two visionary rule breakers, born more than a century apart. In 1860, Edouard Heuer founded a company that has continually revolutionized the art of watchmaking around the world and beyond – TAG Heuer was the first Swiss watchmaker in space on the wrist of astronaut John Glenn. In 2001, pioneering freerider, Josh Bender, brought his crazy “you gotta go big” vision to life with the very first Red Bull Rampage; he remains on the judging panel to this day. Learn more about the inspiration behind Red Bull Rampage here.
At Red Bull Rampage, freeriders have the time of their lives trying to take smooth lines, nail large airs, and land spectacular jumps on descent trails of their own creation. Former Rampage competitors judge riders on their tricks, lines and technical ability. The new venue in Virgin, Utah brought the event back to its roots, inspiring riders to conquer raw and untamed natural terrain.
Ultimately, it was Brandon Semenuk who took the win for the second time at Red Bull Rampage 2016. Watch his incredible run, here.
Make sure you don’t miss out on the next live events with the TAG Heuer countdown clock for Red Bull Straight Rhythm, live on October 23 and the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series final, live on October 28.