SA man sets new world bungee record

2011-05-10 14:36

 A South African man’s penchant for jumping off dizzyingly-high things has landed him in the history books after he broke the Guinness World Record for the most bungee jumps in a day.

For 49-year-old Scott Huntly, jumping off the Bloukrans Bridge in Western Cape a total of 107 times in just nine hours was a “relaxing experience” rather than a terrifying one as experienced by most people trying out the adrenaline-racing pastime.

“It just felt like the right thing to do,” he said of his jumps on Sunday.

“I had a feeling and was convinced I could do it. I wasn’t scared at all.”

Huntly, who has the rather more tame job of being the strategic development manager at mining company Ferrum Crescent Limited, completed the project to raise funds for local communities.

“I wanted to help the communities around where our mine is situated. They don’t have sports facilities or a lot of recreational activities to do. I am hoping to introduce some form of sport there [in Limpopo],” he said.

Jumping off the world’s highest commercially-operated bungee, at 216m above the Bloukrans River, is no mean feat.

The risks include possible safety equipment malfunctions and health issues including eyesight damage and whiplash, and shoulder, back and spinal injuries.

Not deterred, Huntly attained the world record without even a rush of blood to the head.

“When I jump, my pulse slows down. The more I jump, the more relaxed I become,” he said.

“I had a medic who checked me every 10 jumps, but to be honest, I didn’t even really know all the health risks before I jumped.”

Huntly’s next record-breaking mission would be to travel the world in what has been dubbed the ’Bungee Sevens’.

He will try to jump off the highest commercial bungees on each of the seven continents 10 times – a total of 70 jumps over seven months.

He will have his biggest supporter cheering for him back in South Africa, his seven-year-old daughter.

“She’s not scared I’ll get hurt. She’s proud of her daddy,” he said.

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