EXTREME sports enthusiasts with heads for heights have been launching themselves from the top of a Costa Blanca hotel today (Friday) despite tricky weather conditions that are affecting the east coast of Spain.
The BASE Jump Extreme World Championships are being held at the four-star Gran Bali Hotel – the tallest hotel in Europe – and just yards from the beach in Benidorm.
The landing zone 170-metres below was marked between the hotel’s outdoor pools in an area roped off from spectators but with paramedics on standby in case of any accidents.
Twenty-five expert jumpers from all over the world were taking part in exhibition and classification jumps today with the semi-finals and finals being held on Saturday – weather permitting.
BASE Jumping is an acronym that stands for the four categories of fixed objects from which one can jump: Buildings, Antennas, Spans (bridges) and Earth (cliffs).
Typically a base jumper has only seconds to deploy their parachute meaning there is little room for errors.