Thursday, September 4, 2008
It's not everyday that a South African makes headlines worldwide!
April 2008: A Durban man took a plunge with a difference when he bungee jumped 30 m using an elastic rope made from condoms. Jump master Carl Dionisio made the unusual jump at the Wavehouse at Gateway to get what he described as 'the virgin buzz' one got on the first bounce back.
The condom bungee jump was the first of its kind in the world and Dionisio said that part of the thrill was getting recognition from the jumping community. The 37-year-old made his first jump 15 years ago in Mossel Bay. He was quickly hooked on the extreme sport and turned it into his career.
Over the course of four months he and a friend constructed the rope using 18,500 condoms in a tried-and-true mathematical formula. Despite being 99% sure it would work, Dionisio admitted that his stomach was 'in a knot for a month before the jump.'
I wonder what brand he used? Boy, would that be a good commercial!