Did New Zealand invent bungee jumping?
Alan John “A.J.” Hackett ONZM (born May 1958) is a New Zealand entrepreneur who popularised the extreme sport of bungy jumping. He made a bungy jump from the Eiffel Tower in 1987 and founded the first commercial bungy site in 1988.
When and where was bungee jumping invented?
Bungy took off. The world’s first commercial Bungy operation opened at the Kawarau Bridge in November 1988. People couldn’t wait to try it, paying $75 to jump. Visitors would soon flock in from around the world to take part, in what would eventually be recognised at the birth of adventure tourism in New Zealand.
Can a bungee cord break?
Even with normal use, bungee cords will eventually stretch permanently, fray, or break as exposure to sun, rain, wind, and extreme temperatures can accelerate a cord’s deterioration.
What happens to your body when you bungee jump?
The extreme forces your body is subject to as it is pulled back upward by the bungee cord can injure the vertebrae of your spine and the delicate spinal cord that they protect. Injuries typically include compression fractures — broken bones in the spine — and herniated discs and spaces between the vertebrae.