Maltese test their skill on a greasy pole

STORY: The historic greasy pole tournament celebrates the feast day of Saint Julian, patron saint of the town of St. Julian's, which lies close to the Maltese capital Valletta.

The 16 meter-pole is covered in 15 liters of lard and fixed at an angle from the promenade into the sea with competitors trying to grab three flags at its end.

Contestants like Carden Mizzi say have their own reasons for taking part.

"I like jumping, I like jumping from heights, I am a dangerous person and that is what I like. And obviously, this is something quite dangerous."