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Zorbing

June 27th, 2016

Zorbing (globe-riding, sphereing, orbing) is the recreation or sport of rolling downhill inside an orb, generally made of transparent plastic. Zorbing is generally performed on a gentle slope, but can also be done on a level surface, permitting more rider control. In the absence of hills some operators have constructed inflatable, wooden, or metal ramps. Due to the buoyant nature of the orbs, Zorbing can also be carried out on water, provided the orb is inflated properly and sealed once the rider is inside. “Water walking” using such orbs has become popular in theme parks across the UK.

There are two types of orbs, harnessed and non-harnessed. Non-harness orbs carry up to three riders, while the harness orbs are constructed for one to two riders. Double-harness spheres have different slope requirements, and must only be operated in specific locations. The longer runs are approximately half a mile. The first zorbing site was established in Rotorua, New Zealand, by David and Andrew Akers.

Records:

  • The Guinness Book of World Records recognises two sphereing records, set over two consecutive days in 2006:
  • Longest sphereing ride held by Steve Camp who travelled 570 metres (1,870 ft).
  • Fastest sphereing ride held by Keith Kolver who reached a speed of 52 kilometres per hour (32 mph).
  • Fastest 100m in a Zorb – 26.59 seconds. Held by Andrew Flintoff who broke the record as part of his attempt to break 12 world records in 12 hours for BBC Sport Relief.

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