Reverse bungee jumping debuts in Singapore

  Agence France Presse
November 19, 2003

SINGAPORE'S attempts to boost its image as a fun city took a step forward Wednesday, Nov 19, with a launch of a high-adrenaline reverse bungee jumping ride by a New Zealand adventure activity firm.

For S$30 (US$17.34) per person, the five-minute G-Max ride in an open-air capsule with a seating capacity of three can propel passengers to a height of 60 metres (198 feet) at speeds of up to 200 kilometres per hour.

"They will experience up to six G-Forces, similar to that experienced by astronauts during a locket launch," the Singapore Tourism Board said in a statement.

Reverse bungee jumping, unlike the conventional form, starts at ground level and hurls a specially designed steel reinforced capsule attached by cords to two 35-metre towers.

It was developed by Frontier Sports, a New Zealand firm that has been operating G-Max rides for more than seven years.

In Singapore the ride is located at Clarke Quay, a popular tourist district by the Singapore River.

The tourism board expects more than 30,000 visitors, of whom 40 percent are likely to be tourists, to try out G-Max in its first year of operation.

Bungee jumping was not officially banned in the city-state but an application to provide the service in the 1990s was rejected by authorities.

In July, Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong gave the green light for bungee jumping in the city-state, relating to the move to government efforts to encourage a risk-taking culture among Singaporeans.