What adventure sport offers the maximum adrenalin rush with the minimum risk?
You simply can`t go past bungy jumping. It`s a complete head game where you have nothing to fear but a massive air rush and a surge of adrenalin that can last for days. The sport originated in Vanuatu where islanders perform an annual ritual, leaping 35 metres off a tower with vines tied to their ankles, to appease the gods and ensure a good harvest. Two Kiwi entrepreneurs adopted this idea using latex rubber cords to withstand the shock load of a falling body, and established the world`s first commercial bungy jump.
Bungee jumps originated in Pentecost Island in the New Hebrides, where a local tribe of natives performed their manhood-rites by jumping off a 25 metre high bamboo tower with a stiff stem of liana tied to their feet.
Modern bungee jumps originated in New Zealand at the end of the 80s, when the first jumps were performed using a rubber rope. Bungee became known to the masses thanks to the New Zealander A.J.Hackett, who performed his legendary jump from the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The Eiffel Tower jump was broadcast on TV channels all over the world. As a result, bungee jumping took off in France, spread to other European countries, and has now gained popularity all over the world.
The first bungee demonstrations in Finland, took place in Espoo and brought together thousands of people eager to perform a bungee jump. However, only some of them had the opportunity to do so. Bungee jumping soon became popular even in the smallest towns.