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Dive from the old bridge. Part II – The Challenge.

 

Diving traditions in Mostar is internationally well-known for their 2 distinctive styles. One is diving feet first, called “Let” meaning ” To fly”. The other is head dive, called “Lasta”, meaning “Swallow” dive, just like the swallow when it dives.

There was a dive known as “Labud”, meaning ” Swan” but it had became obsolete due to occurrences of injuries. This dive requires extreme precision technique.

This year competition includes 60 divers,18 head dives and the rest diving feet first. The youngest one being 17.5 years old.

 

Kindly note that under age of 18 needs parental written consent. All dives from the old bridge needs permission from Diving Association of Mostar.

Dive from the old bridge. Part I – A leap of faith

 Diving from the old bridge, Stari Most, started almost 5 centuries earlier, 448 years to be exact. It was considered to be a rite of passage into manhood, achieving feats of bravery, winning a certain lady’s favour,….kind of like knight jousting ceremony, except that it is a diving ceremony.

For me, with my aversion towards height, it is with awe that I watched the diver standing on the edge of the bridge ledge 24 metres high from the river. The diver took several slow breaths and then he executed an elegant dive towards the fast flowing cold river.

Every summer, there is an international diving competition from this bridge. This year, 2014, it will be held on the 28th of July.

Ps: Even professional divers have to be careful.

A Walk Through Mostar with Spring turning to Summer

Picturesque Mostar

Picturesque Mostar

“Let a man walk ten miles steadily on a hot summer’s day ……….. and he will soon discover why beer was invented.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton

One of our favourite local beer is Old Bridge Ale, another would be of course Radler Sarajevsko Pivo with the lemony refreshing twist.

Cheers! 🙂 Or as the locals would say : “Živjeli!”

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