Bungy jumper set to break world recordSave
By Sarah Harris
An Auckland daredevil is on a mission to crack a world record for the most bungy jumps in 24 hours - all while fundraising for mental health causes.
Mike Heard will start his attempt at 7pm on Tuesday from the Auckland Harbour Bridge. His "conservative goal" is 200 jumps in the 24 hours following, and he said was thriving on the pressure.
"I'm wanting to give the record a solid nudge and bring it home.
"I enjoy putting myself outside my comfort zone. I've always done it."
Heard has previously set two Guinness World Records for bungy jumping - the first in 2008 when he jumped 103 times in 24 hours from the Harbour Bridge and then again in 2014 when he jumped 80 times in 60 minutes.
His 24-hour record was beaten in 2014 and is currently held by Colin Phillips, who jumped 151 times in 24 hours in Dubai.
Heard is confident he can beat his old record as he is now able to use a shorter rope, around 5-10m, meaning he doesn't have to get dunked in the water each time.
"[For the first record] my cord was 20m; I got wet and very, very cold."
Heard said there are no proven health issues that result from too much bungy jumping, but he will have a medical team on standby.
The 35-year-old, who works in the technology sector, is hoping to raise more than $50,000 for the Mental Health Foundation. He said he wanted to do it for a good cause and mental health felt right considering New Zealand's problems with suicide.
He had tried to support friends and family who struggled with mental health issues in the past.
"I did a pretty s*** job. I didn't understand it, I thought if they were depressed or anxious they needed to go do something they enjoy. But it's not like that.