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Bungy jumping (1st of 2)

Bungy jumping

Bungy promoters A. J. Hackett and Henry van Asch leap in tandem to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their bungy operation, in November 2008. The pair offered the world’s first commercial bungy jump on the Kawarau River in 1988; the sport has now spread around the globe. Bungy jumping was adapted from vine jumping, long practised by Pentecost Islanders in Vanuatu.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Otago region - Sport and recreation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/22732/bungy-jumping (accessed 6 December 2019)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 1 May 2015