Blog 10 : Zorbing
Zorbing aka Globe-riding, Sphereing or 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. 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 Globe.
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 first zorbing site was established in Rotorua, New Zealand, by David and Andrew Akers.
Types of Zorbing:
Zorbing are of three types-
•Harness Zorbing •Aqua Zorbing
The riders are tied inside the ball and the sphere rolls down the hill. This kind of Zorbing might make the person dizzy even though the duration is just a few seconds. However, Harness Zorbing is most popular in India.
Aqua Zorbing means the inflated ball rolls on the water. This kind of Zorbing is done on a swimming pool.
In Roller Zorbing, the zorb is not a ball but it will be cylindrical in shape. Both ends of the cylinder will be open and the whole activity involves more strength manually.
Records: •Longest distance travelled in a single roll - Steve Camp (1,870 ft). •Fastest sphereing ride - Rebecca Mazonson (52 km/hour). •Longest time spent zorbing - Rebecca Mazonson (3:49:06). •Fastest 100m in a Zorb – Andrew Flintoff (26.59 seconds)
Zorbing in India:
Best 6 places for Zorbing in India-
1. Manali, Himachal Pradesh.
2. Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh.
3. Pahalgam, Jammu & Kashmir.
4. Lonavala, Maharashtra.
5. Delhi, NCR.
6. Banglore, Karnataka.
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