Do you remember this?
On 4th of May (2006) a BASE Jump took place at the 2nd highest cliff of the world (580m) namely Cabo Girão here on Madeira island .
But first lets answer the question … what is BASE Jump?
BASE jumping is the sport of using a parachute to jump from fixed objects. “BASE” is an acronym that stands for the four categories of objects from which one can jump; (B)uilding, (A)ntenna (an uninhabited tower such as an aerial mast), (S)pan (a bridge, arch or dome), and (E)arth (a cliff or other natural formation). BASE jumping is much more dangerous than skydiving from aircraft and is currently regarded as a fringe extreme sport.
Slowly Base jumpers are discovering that island of Madeira offers some great (S) and (E) jumps. Six years ago Mário Pardo, Portugal’s number 1 BASE jumper, came to Madeira to visit Cabo Girão, the popular lookout point with spectacular panoramic views. Only he wanted to do the tour in his own way … and he did what thousand other tourists were always afraid would might happen. Taking one more step and see what is at the bottom of the cliff. Well … Mário did not take a step … instead he took his motorbike so that he could get down there much quicker!
By the way … I heard some rumors that they were talking to introduce toboggan rides at Cabo Girão. It would then be a new tourist attraction called TOBOJUMP. Parachutes will be included and also that you, the toboggan and both drivers would be picked up by the replica of the Santa Maria.