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New Zealand Zorbing


New Zealand Zorbing

New Zealand Zorbing

Invented in the 1990s in New Zealand, Zorbing was the brainchild of two Kiwis searching for a new challenging and adventurous activity. Zorbing is currently a global business with agents for franchise in several countries. More than two hundred Zorbs have been shipped out from the factory in Rotorua and the outlook for wannabe zorbonauts seems bright.
People of different age groups enjoy this sport which requires you to be strapped into a humungous ball which is air-cushioned and made of clear plastic.


You are in fact quite safe within the central capsule. The outer transparent ball with is bigger absorbs all the vicious bouncing.


During the rolling of the ball down a slope covered with grass, you revolve around in a near anti-gravity structure of buoyancy, similar to a drunken traveler in space.


Tumbling topsy-turvy, the centrifugal force builds up and keeps you pushed hard against the wall of plastic, so it is a cinch to just go with the flow and take pleasure in the spinning sight outside


A more current version of this out of this world adventure is liquid-zorbing. Water in 2 to 3 pails is added to the jumble and you stay free of the inner ball similar to a loose cannon dipping uncontrollably.

Another variant is Hydro-zorbing which involves the zorb to float over the surface of a lake, leaving you to flounder across the water.

Since the 1970s, hamster balls made of a single layer of hard plastic shaped into spheres were manufactured for small pet rodents. An article from Russia mentions a device similar to the Zorb that had made it appearance on the market in 1973. The Dangerous Sports Club during the early 1980s built a massive sphere with a gimbal system sustaining inside 2 deck chairs.


This contraption was finally dismantled and made into scrap, with a quantity of of the remaining plastic used to envelop a heap of compost. Since the 1990s, mass media has shown human spheres when the Atlasphere, a Gladiators event, aired for the first time, even though the balls were made of steel. In Auckland, New Zealand, Andrew Akers and Dwane van der Sluis came up with the idea for a kind of sphere in 1994, naming their contraption the "Zorb".

ZORB Limited, a firm created with 2 other investors, began marketing sphereing. Their model for business was to build up the activity globally through a system of franchise.
Van der Sluis left the company in 2000 and resumed his job as a software engineer. Akers went on to be the company’s CEO until he resigned in 2006 of April. The master operator of the ZORB franchise in Europe, Michael Stemp, together with Attila Csato of the franchise in Hungary, left ZORB and established Downhill Revolution, a consultancy firm for sphereing as well as a manufacturer. The brothers Andrew and David Akers joined up with Chris Roberts to build the Outdoor Gravity Orb or OGO as well as the Fishpipe.

Zorbing NZ

Sphereing is also known as Zorbing or Orbing. In 2001, Zorbing became a word in the Concise Oxford English Dictionary and it is 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".



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