These are the original 'bungy-jumpers'. In April & May each year the men of Pentecost Island in Vanuatu construct a tower up to 30m (100ft) high with several platforms. The heights of the platforms varies, the lower one reserve for the first-time boys, with the more experienced using the higher platforms. Vines are tied around the young mens' ankles then they 'dive' off, usually head-first, hoping the vines will break their falls. The tower is constructed on a slope & the earth beneath is dug over after each jump with a digging implement. The 'diver' usually strikes the earth, being slowed by the elasticity of the vines, a glancing blow. One young man while I was there had his vines come undone before he hit the ground. He just stood up, shook his head & walked away, seemingly uninjured! The highest platform is reserved for the most proficient 'diver'. Normally the men will work their way up to the highest platform over a number of years. There is no stigma attached to not diving, or aborting a 'dive' on the platform. It is a festive occasion during the annual Yam Festival and all the 'divers' are urged on by the village ladies. This is quite an experience to attend. Taken on Fujichrome ASA 200 slide film with Nikon F-401 canera (70-300mm lens). scanned & digitised.
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mcmtanyel (21400) 2013-11-27 20:14
Wow! What can I say, I thought these kinds of things only happened in movies. You were there to witness the event and have a photo to prove it. Congratulations and TFS!
Subhogen (4067) 2013-11-27 20:53
Really scary isn't it? I saw this once on NGC and it was nothing short of madness. I mean 13-14 year old boys grinning and then jumping from 3-4 story tall buildings with only vines for saving them from sure death. But our earth is full of wonders and I thank you for sharing one of those wonders with us on TE. Did you manage to catch one these guys mid air in the middle of their jump?
CPD66 (960) 2013-11-28 5:09
No Chance, No Way, No how.
vines around your ankles, i take my hat off to them.
dekanski (5040) 2013-11-28 12:33
I can only envy you for having had the opportunity to attend this event
Agree with Subho!
parvatibb (1387) 2013-11-28 13:07
WOW! you are very lucky to witness somethings like this. And how courageous they are! Great real life photo.
Silvio1953 (139961) 2013-11-30 10:01
Ciao Neil, interesting action scene, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio