Before they married, Ian and Sudarat "Long" Rauner were both active in developing and running tourist attractions in Phuket. Ian's experience in constructing and managing bungy jump operations had brought him there from New Zealand in 1992 to introduce the new adrenaline sport to Thailand.
Long, meanwhile, had graduated from the Prince of Songkla University with a masters degree in marketing and languages and was kept very busy setting up Phuket's first snake and monkey shows as well as the original elephant trekking company.
After a long spell in Phuket, Ian and Long decided Chiang Mai's more relaxed lifestyle made it a better place to raise a family. Now, after living there for over a decade they are sure they made the right choice and Chiang Mai is most definitely the place they call home.
The X-Centre was the ideal business for them to use their experience and create a unique addition to the Chiang Mai tourism scene. A hit with the public from day one, the X-Centre is today one of the area's best known and most popular places to visit.
Meet the X-Centre Staff
Running the X-Centre requires a lot of people with varied skills including activities supervisors, bungy jumpmasters, motor mechanics, chefs and office personnel.
Our staff therefore have many different skills but all share a sense of fun which helps keep the atmosphere at the X-Centre friendly and relaxed.
Ian's Bungy Industry Summary
Registered as Jump Master No 017 with the Standards Association of New Zealand on 19 July 1991 according to “The Code of Practice for Bungee Jumping” NZS 5848.
Ian Rauner has spent most of his working life planning developing
and operating bungy operations worldwide. Over 10,000 people have
jumped under his guidance and he has trained over 200
Ian has been involved in bungy since its earliest days as a
commercial industry in New Zealand and has been closely involved
in its development into a mature and safe sport that operates under
a well conceived code of practice.
2005 to Present Day Development, Construction and Operation of the "X-CENTRE". A New Action Sports Complex in Chiang Mai Thailand offering multiple adrenalin attractions at the same Venue. Check: www.chiangmai-xcentre.com
2005 Catapult Bungy operator for Yamaha Motorcycles New "Spark 135" launch at Motorworld in Bangkok Thailand.
2 day event, 100 people in one day.
2005 Rigging Supplier and Consultant to " Living Films " for TV. Advertisment Filming.
2005 Bungy Consultant and Specialist Bungy Supplier to "Seng Stunts" Thailand for Movie " Tom Yum Goong"
2004 Bungy Operators for Freedom X'treme. An
extreme sports event promoted by Grammy Productions and Sponsored by
1.2.Call. Jumping under the Rama 9 Bridge in Bangkok. 50 jumpers including
many Actors, Singers and Celebrities. Coverage by all major Media Networks.
2003 Bungy Consultant and Coordinators for Grammy Movies. Set up
and operation of Tandem Bungy Jumps in various locations for the movie
" X-GAMES ". Consultant and Superviser for studio filming
of Actor and Actress bungy scenes.
2003 15 Day
Bungy Jumping Promotion/Exhibition for Lima 03 Airshow. Langkawi, Malaysia.
A tourism Malaysia promotion by " Nature Ouest " as a tribute
to Prime Minister Mahatir Mohamad.
2003 Bungy Consultant for Borneo Bungee
Co. Sdn. Bhd. Including all aspects of bungy structures, staff training,
operational systems and procedures and safety
of New Site on Jomtein Beach Pattaya Thailand, scheduled to open by
2002 Direct Management and operation
of the Chiangmai site and general overview of bungy operation in Phuket.
2001 Planning and development of New Site at Mae Rim Chiangmai Thailand.
2000 Set up of Catapult only site on
Lamai Beach Koh Samui Island Thailand.
1999 Management and operation of Jungle Bungy Jump Phuket Island Thailand.
1996-97 Operation of Batam site and
supplying equpment to other operators
of Batam / Greek sites, Catapult site set up for summer Carnival in
Capetown South Africa
1994 Second seasonal site on Faliraqi
Beach Rhodes Island Greece. Catapult only site set up on Kavos Beach
Corfu Island Greece.
1994 Set up
of a site in Bali Indonesia.
1993 One week operation on Langkawi
Island Malaysia for the Lima Air show
1993 Set up
of site Kavos Beach Corfu Island Greece
1992 Set up of second Beer Garden site
and a night catapult site in Patong
1991 Set up
and operation of New Sensations Bungy on Patong Beach Phuket Thailand.
1990-91 Operated various Bungy promotions/shows
in New Zealand also a sponsored show on the US Island of Guam in Micronesia.
Daily operations of the Auckland site
work for World Bungy at Freeman´s Bay on the Waterfront, Auckland
New Zealand. Trained as Jump/Site Controller in all aspects of bungy
H.S.E. First Aid Training
At the X-Centre we always strive for high safety standards but, as some of our activities are extreme in nature, we still have to be prepared for accidents. For that reason all our staff have received first-aid training from Richard Thomas.
Richard is an H.S.E. qualified instructor and a professional medic for police teams in the UK.
Invitation to Travel Companies
The X-Centre welcomes queries from travel agencies throughout the world. Upon request we will provide a standard scale of rates but are happy to discuss special commission rates for agents that can provide large numbers of customer referrals.
We have the capacity to provide food and refreshments for very large groups and have ample parking that can accommodate several tour buses if needed.