Bungee Jumping was first applied by the “Most Dangerous Sports Club” from Oxford University after observing the vine jumping tribe in the South Pacific Pentecost islands. They used military spec bungee cords which have evolved greatly with softer latex cords.
Tropical Bungee was born in Costa Rica on September 1991 after Victor Gallo visited California, United States in 1990 during a business trip.
During an Adventure Sport equipment fair, Victor and some friends decided go to try Bungee Jumping at the Feather River railroad Bridge, near of Marysville.
Victor with ample climbing knowledge and little abstemious to long falls, and not too fond of roller coasters wasn’t sure about it, but when the moment came…. It had to try it!!
The emotion, adrenaline and flight sensation that it produced him were the reason he installed this bungee jumping operation in Costa Rica. Victor knew that Costa Rica had several Bridges with the characteristics required to develop this activity. One year later, Victor formed partnership with Todd Brownell who was the jump master in California.
Both realized jumps in bridges such as Peñas Blancas, Birris and Colorado. They noted that this last one was the perfect site due ,to its extraordinary height, lack of traffic and scenic beauty. This is how Tropical Bungee was born, offering the best sensation to national and foreign tourism. It incorporated and developed Safety Systems and has set an example in the local adventure tourism industry.
Victor Gallo was invited as a judge for the 1996 X-Games together with a team of jumpers and Max Bercum finishing in 5th place. Some of the other judges were experienced bungee operators such as AJ Hackett (New Zealand), Casey Dale (USA), Matt Lawrence (Canada), Chris Allum (UK).
Since its beginning to nowadays, Tropical Bungee is the foremost bungee jumping company in latin America.