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If you watched Wide World of Sports during the 70’s, then you know what I’m talking about. The La Quebrada Cliff Divers were formed in 1934 and became famous through Wide World of Sports as one of the first extreme sports. They jump from the 115 foot La Quebrada cliff in to the gultch where the depth varies from 6 to 16 feet depending on the waves. The average depth is 12 feet.

We decided to grab a table at the El Mirador to watch. It is really hot here so why stand in the hot sun when you can sit in the shade with a few drinks and have an awesome view. I’m not suggesting anyone come to Acapulco because of all the violence they are experiencing especially in the last few days. But if things change, you got to check this out. Hopefully the divers will still be around when Acapulco pulls themselves together.

Other fun facts. Johnny Weissmuller’s character Tarzan jumped off these cliffs in the 1948 movie Tarzan and the Mermaids. Elvis Presley’s character did the same in the movie Fun in Acapulco. Both using stunt doubles. Raul Garcia, the stunt double for Weissmuller, died at the age of 76 in 2004 after injuring himself while taking one last dive from the cliffs.

The divers first jump from the left side of the gulch and then swim across to the other side for the high dive.  This first jump is the lowest of the dive positions.

The divers first jump from the left side of the gulch and then swim across to the other side for the high dive. This first jump is the lowest of the dive positions.

The divers then climb up the La Quebrada cliff for the high dive.  No ropes, no harness.  Bare feet and bare hands!

The divers then climb up the La Quebrada cliff for the high dive. No ropes, no harness. Bare feet and bare hands!

Double dive!

Double dive!

And the finish.  I'm assuming the guy on the right tucked his head before hitting the water.  He did surface afterwards whew!

And the finish. I’m assuming the guy on the right tucked his head before hitting the water. He did surface afterwards whew!

The last diver jumped from the highest spot.

The last diver jumped from the highest spot.

This old projector was near our table at the El Mirador.

This old projector was near our table at the El Mirador.

One of the walls with the autographs of celebrities who have come to watch the show.

One of the walls with the autographs of celebrities who have come to watch the show.

Fair winds,
Cindy