What is zorbing? We get asked a lot if what we do at the Outdoor Gravity Park is zorbing and the answer is a definitive “YES”. We call our giant balls an OGO and not a zorb. 

 Zorbing has been referred under many names:

  • giant hamster ball.

  • human hamster ball.

  • orbing.

  • zorb.

  • globeriding, globe-riding, or globe riding.

  • sphereing.

  • ball rolling.

  • water walking.

Where was zorbing invented and its history?

From Wikipedia there is a Russian article on the zorb that mentions a similar device having debuted in 1973. But the real credit for inventing zorbing was in 1994, Andrew Akers and Dwane van der Sluis 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 zorbing. ZORB opened their first site in Rotorua New Zealand. ZORB opened Zorb Smoky Mountains in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in 2006. The Zorb Smoky Mountains site closed and has reopened under the name Outdoor Gravity Park. After leaving Zorb Chris Roberts from the USA teamed up with Andrew Akers and his brother David Akers to create the OGO (Outdoor Gravity Orb).  Chris Roberts with the Akers’ brothers then opened OGO Rotorua in 2012 in Rotorua New Zealand. After the Zorb Smoky Mountains site closed, Chris Roberts opened Outdoor Gravity Park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee as a much improved zorbing experience.

We listed how zorbing is defined in the dictionary and on some other websites.

Oxford Dictionary: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/zorbing
Zorbing – A sport in which a participant is secured inside an inner capsule in a large, transparent ball that is then rolled along the ground or down hills.
Example Sentence: It is also deemed the adventure capital of the world with its bungee jumping, white-water rafting, jet-boating, zorbing (rolling down a hill inside a giant inflatable ball), skydiving, abseiling and hang-gliding.

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zorbing
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 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. 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. 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".

Dictionary.com (Collins English Dictionary) http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/zorbing
Zorbing – the activity of travelling downhill inside a large air-cushioned hollow ball.

 

Additional sources of zorbing information

https://outdoorgravitypark.com/  
https://ogo.co.nz/  
https://www.zorb.com/ 


 

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