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Bungee Jumping


Bungee jumping or the adventure sport involving jumping from tall structures while remaining attached to a large rubber cord gives an exceptional feeling of fun, adventure and flying-all at the same time. The jumps are usually made from bridges, cranes, helicopters or hot-air-balloons and the person jumping has an unending thrill while jumping downwards as well as when his or her cord snaps back. There are different variations in the sport of Bungee jumping. One of these is the Catapult where the jumping person, starting from the ground, shoots up into the air using cranes or hoisted structures and rebounds.

The sport of Bungee jumping owes its origin to a footage brought by David Attenborough and a BBC film crew in 1950 from the Pentecost Island in Vanuatu which showed young men with their ankles tied with vines jumping from tall wooden platforms. The first modern Bungee jump dates back to 1 st April, 1979, when four members of the Dangerous Sports Club , led by David Kirke , jumped from the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol.

Thrilling competitions of Bungee jumping are not common, but the sport was featured in popular programs like ESPN X Games . The sport has also found its place in a number of movies and in spite of great injury risks, the sport is fast gaining extreme popularity among the adventure lovers.


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