We spoke with Howard Thorpe, editor of the website Able2UK, a webpage dedicated to news regarding disabled topics which has interviewed a wide variety of celebrities and reports on news and current events. Howard did his third bungee jump in South Africa and we are going to have a chat with him to find out a bit about his personal experience and what it was like plunging hundreds of feet with only a bungee cord to save him. There was nothing holding him back. Howard has Cerebral Palsy but nothing gets in his way of fun and adrenaline!
Yumping UK: Where did you do your jump and why?
Howard Thorpe: I did it South Africa.
Y: And why did you choose such a far and exotic destination for your jump?
H.T. : One of my best friends was getting married in South Africa and we went on the stag do and as I do love bungee jumping, I wanted to do highest one in the world. It´s highest built jump I believe. I did off a bridge and underneath there is a river.
Y :Were there any alligators in the waters below?
H : I didn´t see honestly (laughing).
Y: Why did you decide to do the jump?
H: I´ve already done two bungee jumps before in the UK and I liked them so much I wanted to do this one.
Y: Why do you bungee jumping so much?
H: That´s a very good question. I love going on roller coasters and I love the thrill and the adrenaline that goes along with it.
Y: What exactly does it feel like when you first jump into the abyss?
H: I would say the first seconds of the jump you believe you´ve just gone forward and dived but I would described it as the first drop of a roller coaster times a 1000 or million.
Y : How long does the feeling last?
H.T. : There are two answers… it lasts for about 15 seconds but it´s quite difficult to tell you because you haven´t got time to think about it but it seem longer than it is.
Y: After the jump, how does your body feel? Can you feel the effects of the recent jump in your body?
H: Completely fine! People do say that it’s the same feeling as making love. It´s a really great feeling, you have to give it a go. It´s like a high….
Y: Where do you get the nerve from to actually take the leap? Do you hesitate?
H: If you hesitate that is the worst thing you can do, you cannot hesitate you have to go with it straight away.
Y: How were the staff? We they encouraging?
H: The staff were amazing. I found people in South Africa to be amazing. Everyone is very patient and very laid back and very understanding.
Y: Will you do it again?
H: I may do one later this year….
Here´s the video of Howard´s jump!
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