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What In The World Is Zorbing

By: Steve Herbert

Zorbing is the incredible sport of rolling down a hill strapped inside a giant inflatable ball, or more specifically, a ball inside an inflatable ball.  The two spheres are held together by hundreds of ropes creating a cushion of air that protects you as you roll down the hill.  Zorbing balls can have either one or two entrance holes.

Zorbing was invented in New Zealand in the early 1990\’s by Dwayne van der Sluis and Andrew Akers who called their invention the Zorb. They formed the company Zorb Limited and set to work commercializing the new sport.
The business model of Zorb Limited is one of a worldwide franchise system. They do not sell Zorbs to the general public, but rather lease them to franchisees.

Soon after the invention of the Zorb, other manufacturers tried to make their own spheres, the quality of which was called into question. They seemed to have trouble getting the shape right, creating what looked more like giant doughnuts.  Some of these manufacturers have overcome this challenge and are now producing high quality zorbing balls.

Many people wonder why you would even want to do something like zorbing, that is until they try it for themselves.  You don\’t usually even need to ask someone if they enjoyed the ride because you can hear them sreaming and laughing all the way down the hill.

There are two styles of zorbing that are popular today, aqua zorbing and harness zorbing.  Harness zorbing is just like it sounds, you climb in strap yourself to the giant sphere and hang on.  Aqua zorbing is a little different and is gaining in popularity.  There are no harnesses for aqua zorbing, but rather a bucket of water is thrown in so that you just slide instead of rolling with the ball.  In the winter hot water is used creating a spa effect.

Zorbing has become very popular in many countries, but has yet to take a stong hold on the U.S.  This will probably change as more people hear about it and want to try it for themselves.  If you try it and like it, you may even want to own your own zorbing ball and be the envy of everyone you know.

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