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To boldly go: 98 base jumpers take part in 400m plunge off Malaysian tower



By Mail Foreign Service

Last updated at 9:57 AM on 23rd October 2009



Plummeting through the air off the top of a 421m tower is not everyone’s idea of fun, but for these base jumpers it was an experience of a lifetime.


Some 98 of the extreme sports enthusiasts took part in the 2009 International Tower jump in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, today.


The structure was built in 1995 for communication purposes and is currently the fifth tallest freestanding tower in the world.



article-1222377-06EE2476000005DC-735_634x424.jpg Over the top: A base jumper flings himself off the 421m Kuala Lumpur tower in an annual event



article-1222377-06EE2510000005DC-253_634x411.jpg Saved by the 'chute: A jumper floats down back to earth

Professionals from 18 countries gathered for the opportunity to hurl themselves into the sky before parachuting down to earth during the event.


Base jumping started in the 1980s after several sky jumpers modified their equipment for an increased thrill.



article-1222377-06EE2693000005DC-913_634x416.jpg Nice knowing you: A jumper waves at his companion as they both take the plunge



article-1222377-06EE5471000005DC-745_634x683.jpg Free falling: With their arms and legs spread these two jumpers are enjoying a pure rush of adrenalin

The sport involves wearing a parachute and jumping from fixed objects – with the word ‘base’ standing for the four categories of surfaces from which you can jump: buildings, antennas, spans (bridges) and earth (i.e. cliffs).


The first base jump in Malaysia was held in 1999 and the annual event continues to draw huge crowds and increasing numbers of participants.



article-1222377-06EE2028000005DC-959_634x702.jpg Upside down: Sean Chuma, from Idaho, US, turns the sport on its head





article-1222377-06EEDD8D000005DC-445_634x1190.jpg From a great height: At 421m high, the International Tower in Kuala Lumpur is the fifth tallest freestanding tower in the world

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my bad.

i didn't read the whole article :p

is typical of jumpers to jump there in Kuala Lumpur, isn't it? are only there the highest towers?


well may be if our national channel tv do rent their tower to allow those jumps here too, they'll be more productive to the country. :dozey:


Is Spanish TV really that bad??:stunned:

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