Participants dressed up as a Thai boxer, a crocodile hunter & a “sumo wrestler from Mexico” emerged as the grand winners for the seventh Crazy Jump Day, an annual costumed bungy jumping competition organised by the world’s top adventure tourism company AJ Hackett and powered by the world’s best low-cost airline AirAsia.
23 jumpers from across the Asia Pacific dressed in costumes featuring various AirAsia destinations took the plunge from the Macau Tower, the world’s highest commercial bungy jump at 233 metres operated by AJ Hackett.
Lucky participants from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Australia and China (which covers Mainland and Macao) were selected to jump by AirAsia and AJ Hackett via a social media contest held a month before Crazy Jump Day.
Jumpers were chosen for their creativity, storytelling skills and the relevance of their costume to the theme, inspired by AirAsia’s route network of more than 130 destinations.
The event was kicked off by Alan John Hackett, AJ Hackett CEO, Mdm Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, AirAsia X Malaysia Chairman; Mr Adam Lichtenstein, Regional Manager of AJ Hackett International and General Manager of AJ Hackett Macau Tower; Ms Celia Lao, CEO of AirAsia Hong Kong and Macao; Mr Simon Chan, President of the Civil Aviation Authority, Macao; Ms Cecilia Tse, Deputy Director of Macau Government Tourism Office; Mr Eric Fong, Director of Marketing Department of CAM Macau International Airport Co Ltd; Mr Matthew Mok, AirAsia Group Head of Partnership; Mr Victor Kaw, Chief Commercial Officer of AirAsia BIG Loyalty; Mr Francis Lam, Executive Manager of Macau Tower; Mr Alcuin Li, Director of Commercial Division, TurboJET and Mr Rutger Verschuren, Area Vice President – Macau Operations of Artyzen Hospitality Group Limited and General Manager of Grand Lapa Macau.
After four hours of non-stop bungy action, Ernesto Humberto Trevino Amezcua was named winner of the Best Costume Award for his execution and wow factor. The Mexican national who currently resides in China also won the Best Jump of the Day Award for his style and excellent jump footage.
For having the best costume, Amezcua received a pair of AirAsia return tickets to Auckland, New Zealand, a chance for two people to experience the AJ Hackett bridge bungy and bridge climb there and 50,000 AirAsia BIG Points. He also won one AirAsia return ticket to Singapore, a chance for one person to experience the AJ Hackett Sentosa bungy jump, Giant Swing and Vertical Skywalk and 50,000 AirAsia BIG Points for his winning jump.
Best Costume first runner-up Nicholas Andrew Webber from Australia received one AirAsia return ticket to Singapore, a chance for one person to experience the AJ Hackett Sentosa bungy jump, Giant Swing and Vertical Skywalk and 20,000 AirAsia BIG Points, while second runner-up John Paul Esguerra Fernandes from the Philippines received 20,000 AirAsia BIG Points.
Judges included Mdm Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, AirAsia X Malaysia Chairman, Mr Adam Lichtenstein, Regional Manager of AJ Hackett International and General Manager of AJ Hackett Macau Tower, Mr Matthew Mok, AirAsia Group Partnership Head, Mr Victor Kaw, AirAsia BIG Chief Commercial Officer and Mr Francis Lam Macau Tower Convention and Entertainment Centre Executive Manager.
AirAsia Hong Kong and Macao CEO Celia Lao said, “It’s been really amazing to see all these participants dressed like destinations that AirAsia flies to from Macao, either direct or Fly-Thru via one of our key transit hubs. The inventiveness that went into designing and putting together such unique costumes is testament to the spirit of adventure and exploration one would expect from fans of air travel and bungy jumping.”
AJ Hackett CEO AJ Hackett said, “I am both delighted and amazed to see the effort this year’s participants made putting together their costumes. It’s also been amazing partnering with AirAsia for this year’s event and I want to send a big thank you to them for flying all these brave adventure seekers into Macao and making it possible for them to jump off the Macau Tower with us. It’s our wish that this yearly Crazy Jump Day event brings great value to Macao, the Macau Tower and our partners, and we look forward to holding many more successful events in the future.”
Macau Tower Crazy Jump Day 2017 is powered by AirAsia and AJ Hackett, in support of the goal to bring more visitors to Macao as well as to Macau Tower to experience the thrill and excitement of the world’s highest commercial bungy jump and SkyWalk. After the event proper, media guests were invited to experience the extreme activities for themselves.
AirAsia operates direct services between Macao and Kuala Lumpur (14 flights per week), Johor Bahru (7 flights), Bangkok (28 flights), Chiang Mai (7 flights), Pattaya (4 flights), Jakarta (4 flights) and Manila (5 flights), in addition to Fly-Thru services via Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok to nearly 40 destinations across Asia Pacific.