Encyclopedia of Sport: Every sport from around the world
Topend Sports Logo

BASE Jumping

BASE jumping is a activity that involves parachuting from a structure or cliff. The word BASE is an acronym for Building, Antenna, Span, and Earth (cliff). There are BASE Numbers awarded to the participants who made one jump from the four categories: buildings, antennas, spans, and earth.

According to the Guinness World Records, the first BASE jumping record was done by Carl Boenish in 1984. He leaped from Trollveggen (Troll Wall) in Norway. That was the highest BASE jump.

Captain Daniel Schilling set a record for the most BASE jumps in 24 hours on July 8, 2006. Captain Schilling jumped off from the Prrine Bridge in Twin Falls, Idaho. He jumped 201 times.

BASE jumping BASE jumping in the mountains

Competitions for BASE jumping have been held since the 1980’s. In the past few years, there is a formal competition held at 1,483 feet. It is held in the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The judges score based on landing accuracy.

Similar Sports

Related Pages

send us a comment Any comments, suggestions, or corrections? Please let us know.

Sport Extra

Check out the 800+ sports in the Encyclopedia of Every Sport. Well not every sport, as there is a list of unusual sports, extinct sports and newly created sports. How to get on these lists? See What is a sport? We also have sports winners lists, and about major sports events and a summary of every year.

 → How to Cite