Bungy

The History

The land diving of Pentecost Island in Vanuatu is an ancient ritual in which young men jump from tall wooden platforms with vines tied to their ankles as a test of their courage and passage into manhood. Unlike in modern bungee-jumping, land-divers intentionally hit the ground, but the vines absorb sufficient force to make the impact non-lethal. This is the earliest origin of modern day bungy jumping.

The first modern bungee jumps were made on 1 April 1979 from the 250-foot (76 m) Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, England, by David Kirke, Simon Keeling and Geoff Tabin.

Organised commercial bungee jumping began with the New Zealander, A J Hackett, who made his first jump from Auckland’s Greenhithe Bridge in 1986. He opened the world’s first permanent commercial bungee site, the Kawarau Bridge Bungy at the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge near Queenstown in the South Island of New Zealand.

Source

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bungee_jumping

According to CNN, these are the best 15 jumps

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/worlds-15-best-bungee-jumping-sites/index.html

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