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ZORBING – Adventure sports

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Zorbing is a new-age recreational adventure sport where the rider gets into an inflatable, transparent ball called ‘zorb’ and roll down either on a gentle slope on a level surface.

Zorbing (globe-ridingsphereingorbing) 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 in pubs and clubs around the UK, permitting more rider control. In the absence of hills some operators have constructed inflatable, wooden or metal ramps.

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There are generally two types of Water Zorbing available in Bangalore. i.e. Hydro Zorbing and Harness Zorbing.

Hydro Zorbing: In hydro zorbing, water is added into the ball making the experience even more enthralling, as the rider moves to and fro.

Harness Zorbing: As the name suggests, in harness zorbing, the rider is safely harnessed, generally at the shoulder, hips and feet.

HISTORY

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Hamster balls, hard plastic single layer spheres made for small rodent pets, have been manufactured and sold since at least the 1970s. A Russian article on the Zorb mentions a similar device having debuted in 1973. In the early 1980s, the Dangerous Sports Clubconstructed a giant sphere (reportedly 23 metres or 75 feet across) with a gimbal arrangement supporting two deck chairs inside. This device was eventually cut up for scrap, with some of the plastic remnants used to cover a compost heap. Human spheres have been depicted in mass media since 1990 when the Gladiators event Atlaspheres first aired, albeit with steel balls.

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Since adventure sports can be dangerous at times, places offering this sport ensure high standards of safety. Though it is safe for all age groups, patients suffering from the following conditions are advised not to indulge in this activity:In 1994, Dwane van der Sluis and Andrew Akers conceived the idea for a type of sphere in AucklandNew Zealand, calling their invention the “Zorb”. With two other investors they created the firm ZORB Limited, and set to work commercializing sphereing. Their business model was to develop the activity world-wide via a franchise system. In 2000, van der Sluis exited from the company to return to his career as a software engineer; Akers continued to run the company as CEO until April 2006, when he resigned. Around this time, ZORB’s European master franchise operator, Michael Stemp, and Hungarian master franchise operator, Attila Csató, ended their affiliation with ZORB and started a manufacturing and sphereing consultancy firm, Downhill Revolution and created the human cocktail maker called Spinfizz. Andrew Akers and his brother David Akers have since teamed up with Chris Roberts to create the OGO (Outdoor Gravity Orb) and The Fishpipe.

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Sphereing is also referred to as Orbing or Zorbing, and Zorbing entered the Concise Oxford English Dictionary in 2001 where it was defined as: “a sport in which a participant is secured inside an inner capsule in a large, transparent ball which is then rolled along the ground or down hills”.

SAFETY

  • Heart conditions
  • HIGH Blood pressure
  • Epilepsy
  • Head, neck or back injury
  • During pregnancy.

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