‘The celebs are aligned’: Frenchman prepared for world report bungee bounce bid


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Francois-Marie Dibon was afraid of heights as a toddler and struggled to dive from the facet of a swimming pool.

However now the 44-year-old Frenchman is set to set a brand new world report for the best variety of bungee jumps inside 24 hours.

Mr Dibon, who works as an actuary in Stockholm, will try to interrupt the report set by New Zealander Mike Heard, 35, who accomplished 430 jumps from Auckland Harbour Bridge throughout sooner or later in 2017.

Mr Dibon will bounce from the Garry Bridge close to Killiecrankie in Perthshire, operated by Highland Fling Bungee in Scotland, leaping by means of the evening whereas counting on brief relaxation breaks and micro-naps.

“Now we have been desirous about this for the final 5 and a half years, with ups and downs and a few road-blocks on the best way,” he mentioned.

“It takes plenty of skilled workers to do one thing like this. Then the pandemic occurred and the journey restrictions made it tough for me to journey from Sweden to Scotland.

“Now the karma is sweet. The celebs are aligned.”

In March, Mr Dibon suffered the equal of sea-sickness, as a result of fixed movement of going up and down on the elasticated bungee twine.

Undated handout photo issued by Highland Fling Bungee of Frenchman Francois-Marie Dibon, during a practice run, who hopes to break the world record for the most jumps in 24 hours at the Garry Bridge near Killiecrankie in Perthshire, operated by Highland Fling Bungee. Issue date: Sunday May 29, 2022.
Pic: Highland Fling Bungee

However after 25 hours per week within the fitness center, specializing in cardio and core muscle workouts, and studying respiration methods, he feels able to enter the report books.

He mentioned: “Like most individuals, I do not like ache and I do not like worry however I like the thought of dealing with your fears and attempting to beat them.

“For one complete week after my first bounce my physique ached as a result of I used to be so careworn however I realised, then, that this was good for me.”

A bungee bounce roughly each 200 seconds

Mr Dibon might want to full a bounce roughly each 200 seconds, watched by an adjudicator for the Guinness Guide of Information.

His report try is scheduled to start on Tuesday morning and he will likely be joined by a assist group for what he described as a collective effort.

“With out me there is no such thing as a report, with out the group I’ll do just one bounce,” he mentioned.

“In 24 hours you solely have 1,440 minutes.

“It may appear loads however if you find yourself beneath time stress, each second we lose, in case you multiply that by tons of, you’re shedding time.

“Everybody’s position is so necessary.”

Laurie Thomas, bounce grasp and operations supervisor at Highland Fling Bungee, mentioned: “When Francois first jumped with us, he fell in love with the place.

“It’s nice to be a part of this with him, and the group can have this on their CVs eternally. Hopefully we’re celebrating success.”

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