Zorbing is a fun, semi-new, alternative sport that is extremely popular in New Zealand, where it was created. Zorbing was created in 1995 and opened its first site in 1996. What exactly is Zorbing you ask? Zorbing is when a person, or a group of people, get into what looks like a giant hamster ball and roll down a hill. There are different kinds of zorbing too! There is Zorbit Ride, which on Zorb’s website is explained as an “astronaut-in-training ride” and “is a head over heels adrenaline rush that will have you coming back for more. Strapped into the ZORB® globe in a specially designed safety harness, you are sent on your trip down the hill rolling head over heels, heels over head as the ground and sky go whizzing past in a beautiful mosaic of blue and green while your body is subjected to the soft and relaxing feeling of weightlessness and g-force.” Then there is the Zydro Ride which is a free-for-all in a Zorb globe. Zorb’s website states, “We throw you, up to two friends, and water (warm water in winter, and cold in summer) inside our ZORB®globe and send you on your way down the hill. Free inside the ZORB® globe, you the ZORBONAUT™, slip, slide, and spin inside the globe in an action packed, wet ride down the hill while the crowd below watches you laugh and scream your way down the hill. Described by some as a cross between a water slide and a roller coaster, the ZYDRO™ ride is like nothing you’ve experienced before.”
This is the perfect alternative sport for anyone who is looking for an adrenaline rush.
Here are some pictures of adrenaline junkies zorbing:
Doesn’t this look fun? Or maybe too crazy for your taste?