Bungee jumping (also spelled "Bungy" jumping) is an activity that involves jumping from a tall structure while connected to a large elastic cord. The tall structure is usually a fixed object, such as a building, bridge or crane; but it is also possible to jump from a movable object, such as a hot-air-balloon or helicopter, that has the ability to hover above the ground. The thrill comes as much from the free-falling as from the rebounds. When the person jumps, the cord stretches and the jumper flies upwards again as the cord snaps back, and continues to oscillate up and down until all the energy is dissipated.
History of Bungee Jumping
The word " bungee" (pronounced /ˈbʌndʒiː/) originates from West Country dialect, meaning "Anything thick and squat", as defined by James Jennings in his book "Observations of Some of the Dialects in The West of England" published 1825. Around 1930 the name became used for a rubber eraser. The word bungy, as used by A J Hackett, is said to be "Kiwi slang for an Elastic Strap".Cloth-covered rubber cords with hooks on the ends have been available for decades under the generic name bungee cords.
In the 1950s David Attenborough and a BBC film crew brought back footage of the "land divers" of Pentecost Island in Vanuatu, young men who jumped from tall wooden platforms with vines tied to their ankles as a test of their courage and passage into manhood. A similar practice, only with a much slower pace for falling, has been practised as the Danza de los Voladores de Papantla or the 'Papantla flyers' of central Mexico, a tradition dating back to the days of the Aztecs.
The first modern bungee jumps were made on 1 April 1979 from the 250-foot Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, by David Kirke, Chris Baker, Simon Keeling, Tim Hunt and Alan Weston of the Oxford University Dangerous Sports Club. The jumpers were arrested shortly after, but continued with jumps in the US from the Golden Gate and Royal Gorge bridges, (this last jump sponsored by and televised on the American program That's Incredible) spreading the concept worldwide. By 1982 they were jumping from mobile cranes and hot air balloons.
Commercial bungee jumping began with the New Zealander, A J Hackett, who made his first jump from Auckland's Greenhithe Bridge in 1986. During the following years Hackett performed a number of jumps from bridges and other structures (including the Eiffel Tower), building public interest in the sport, and opening the world's first permanent commercial bungee site; the Kawarau Bridge Bungy at Queenstown in the South Island of New Zealand. Hackett remains one of the largest commercial operators, with concerns in several countries.
If you have the guts? Figured That out Only at Kuta, Bali
No Bali adventure is complete without a Bungy Jump from magnificent tower. Hands down this jump spot is the most dramatic in the world. Situated inside the grounds of the famous Double Six Night Club. The 45m / 150ft tower was purpose built and includes an elevator to get to the top (so you can’t use the stairs as an excuse not to jump or check out the view!)There are three options to jump, during the afternoon for amazing views out over the beaches and surf. Or sunset for the most picture perfect bungy photo you will ever get, or in the dark as you party away around the tower.
Dont worry about your safety this place guarantee your life well. The company of Aj Hackett that established this Bunggee Jumping that you can trust. A.J. Hackett is the original Bungee Jumping Company in Bali established in 1986. It is located at the Double Six Restaurant and is fully licensed and supervised through A.J. Hackett's parent company which is based in New Zealand. For $50 you will be whisked up the elevator for two jumps and receive a free T-shirt as a memento of your adventure. You can purchase photos of your plunge for $15 including the negatives. If you are truly brave you can go for a Bungee Jumping every Saturday night. Plunge into the darkness as the dancing crowds below cheer you on. If you lack the courage, just take a free elevator ride to the top for an incredible illuminating view of evening Kuta. Bungy jump at Double Six club...The staff are helpul and friendly with first timers and experienced jumpers. And you have the option of a normal jump, running jump or even riding a bike. Jumps also available between 12am-2am on saturday nites too when the club is really pumpin!As an AJ Hackett bungy you know the safety and facilities are top rate too.
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