Zante hosts extreme sports
Liz Waugh: August 2012
Zante beach hosts extreme sports contest.
Holiday visitors to Zante can catch a glimpse of one of the world's most thrilling extreme sports when the famous Shipwreck Beach hosts a base jumping contest. An extreme sport is always an attraction for many viewers just because of the theme of word extreme.
This is especially so for one of the most dangerous extreme sports in the world and the largest dose of adrenaline that can give a sport like this. The reason is base jumping.
Base jumping is a parachute jump without an airplane. The jump is made from a relatively low altitude from the Earth. A prerequisite is extensive experience and training in skydiving and parachuting.
With what could be combined a sport like this? Certainly the free fall from the steep sides of exotic beaches of the Ionian Sea in Greece. Of course it could not be other than the famous Shipwreck Beach in Zakynthos.
Already professional base jumpers are ready to participate in this year's event, among them big names in base jumping from abroad, who will travel to Zakynthos and the magnificent Navagio beach.
The event is scheduled to run from August 20 to 26 and is sponsored by big energy drink company from America.
The base jumping contest is an extra attraction or those who want to travel to Zakynthos.
The Navagio beach is a must-see sight on the island, where the near-vertical cliffs plunge down to an enclosed beach. Those that wish to enjoy the event can book now your Zakynthos hotels and enjoy the most extreme event in Zante.
The dangers of this extreme sport were highlighted when a British base jumper died in June this tear when his parachute got snagged on the cliff face at Navagio Beach.
Tourist Jake Simkins, 42 , was making a jump on the Greek island of Zante when it went terribly wrong and he hit the cliff face. He got stuck on rocks for three hours before plunging 180ft to his death.
Emergency workers tried to rescue him but he fell before they could reach him. Mr Simkins worked for London Underground's engineering department and had a passion for extreme sports.