Exchange rate 108

Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive
 
Last years BASE jumpers diving off the Bali hotel
The fifth B.A.S.E Jump Extreme World Championship 2012 is taking place in, or rather off the Gran Hotel Bali in La Cala next weekend - 8th and 9th June. 
Base Jumping is an extreme sport where participants jump from fixed objects and use a parachute to break their fall ... as opposed to a body part!
BASE is an acronym that stands for the four categories of fixed objects from which one can jump: Buildings, Antennas, Spans (bridges) and Earth (cliffs).

BASE jumping grew out of skydiving but BASE jumps are made from much lower altitudes and the jump takes place close to the object serving as the jump platform. The main risk is that most BASE jumping venues have very small areas in which to land. To explain the danger a skydiver, after parachute deployment may have a 3 minute parachute ride to the ground. A BASE jump from 500 feet will have a parachute ride of only 10-15 seconds! Adrenaline junkies love the danger involved - there's no room for mistakes ... no kidding there Watson!

Last years competition had entrants from 15 different countries. There is a panel of judges that award marks for the seconds it takes to open the parachute, the opening angle, the accuracy of landing and the security throughout the jump.

The hotel Bali, located at the La Cala end of Benidorm is 160 metres tall with spectacular views of Benidorm - not that the jumpers will have much time to admire them. If you have the nerve to go and watch them, jumping will take place on both days - Friday 8th and Saturday 9th, between 10am and 1pm  then again between 6pm and 8pm.  There will also be an exhibition on throughout the day where you can find out more information about the sport.

One thing which made me chuckle was when I saw the sponsors list ... among them is Hospital Clinica Benidorm - they'll be on standby with an ambulance no doubt for those that didn't press the open button quickly enough! I can't decide whether I have the bottle to even go and watch let alone contemplate doing something so nutty! Maybe the film crew that are recording for the next series of Benidorm ER at the Hospital will also be there "just in case" !

Photographs provided courtesy of Benidorm Town Hall Press department ... I wasn't actually there myself believe it or not!

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Quote of the day

Everyone is entitled to be stupid, but some abuse the privilege

Latest Comments

  • The show must go on

    Sarah Herrington 13.08.2020 17:08
    Im booked to come out in 5 weeks snd hope its cancelled, if not then i will have to move it. I ...
     
  • The show must go on

    Liz Falconer 13.08.2020 17:07
    We r hoping to get our holiday in benidorm in Oct hopefully the quarentine is lifted by then
     
  • The show must go on

    Liz Mullan 13.08.2020 17:06
    I had two holidays to benidorm cancelled so it was made impossible for us to go but I've booked ...

BENIDORM IS BACK OPEN!

Remember to always have a mask with you when going out.

ALSA Airport bus - Operating a reduced service to the resort

Benidorm Palace - Open Saturday night only

 

Cigarette Prices

  (per carton)

B&H 50.00€
Camel 47.00€
Embassy 50.00€
JPS 44.50€
L&B 48.50€
Marlboro 50.00€
Mayfair 45.00€
Silk Cut 50.00€

Tobacco 50gm x10

Golden Virginia 89.50€
Old Holborn 90€

mumsnet

What People Say

  • Upto date news and reports on things we have seen featured on tv

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9