Two extreme sports collide as Brendon attempts his biggest challenge yet!
This is the challenge to end all challenges and one that even the bravest sometimes can't contemplate. Jumping from a great height with just an elastic band between you and a hard landing does defy logic, but there are those who just love the thrill, or just want to be able to say, "I did it"!
That's bungy jumping. Now it's gone one leap forward to parabungying, and this is AJ Hackett's most extreme adventure.
It all began when AJ saw a film of Oxford University Dangerous Sports Club jumping, based on the Pentecost Divers of Vanuatu who are secured just by vines. With a business partner and the assistance of Auckland University scientists, bungy cords were tested and developed. AJ's leap from the Eiffel Tower in 1987 confirmed his faith in the bungy product, and the company opened at the Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown, New Zealand, in 1988. They also developed a Bungy Code of Practice.
Over a million people have jumped worldwide and they run a slick operation transporting prospective jumpers between accommodation and jump site.
When you want to experience the latest Hackett adventure in tropical north Queensland, you leave the marina by boat and reach the jump zone in around 15 minutes. The parachute is launched from the back of the boat with the chair attached to it. The jumpmaster and jumper sit in the chair and are launched by parasail. The boat speeds up and the parachute flies like a kite until it sails 90 metres up. Once the chute is stable, the jump takes place, with the jumper attached to a 30 metre bungy cord. You rebound a couple of times before being scooped up by the recovery boat. The jumpmaster is winched down and then prepares for the next jump.
There are strict safety standards surrounding this activity and you need to wear casual, comfortable clothing.