6 Crazy Zorbing World Records
At Outdoor Gravity Park in Pigeon Forge, we’re proud to offer people of all ages the chance to try one of the most unique and thrilling outdoor adventures in the world: zorbing! Zorbing describes a range of activities that you can do from inside a “zorb ball” — a giant inflatable ball that’s large enough to accommodate an adult human, sturdy enough to tumble down grassy hills without puncturing, and buoyant enough to float on top of water. At Outdoor Gravity Park, we offer both wet zorbing and dry zorbing, and park guests can choose from three crazy downhill zorbing tracks!
To celebrate one of our favorite outdoor activities, and to inspire you to give zorbing a try this summer, we’re talking about six wild zorbing world records. Read on to learn more, and to make your own zorbing record attempt, book your ticket online today!
Fastest Zorbing Speed: 32 MPH
On November 7, 2006, in Rotorua, New Zealand (the birthplace of zorbing), Keith Kolver set the all-time fastest zorbing speed at an event that was being held in commemoration of the second annual Guinness World Records Day. Guinness officials were standing by to monitor the record attempt.
A police officer from the local force tracked the downhill zorbing speeds with a radar gun, and Kolver reached the highest speed while wet zorbing along at 32 miles per hour. His comment upon climbing out of his zorb ball? “Wow! What an incredible experience! Man, that was so fast… water everywhere, and an unbelievable sensation of speed!”
Longest Distance Zorbed: 1,870 Feet
On the same day as Keith Kolver’s historic zorbing speed record, in another part of New Zealand, a South African competitor named Steve Camp set the record for longest distance traveled in a zorb ball. In a single roll, Steve managed to make it 1,870 feet, doubling the previous record holder’s distance.
Regarding his his record-breaking journey, Steve has been quoted as saying: “That was one hulluva awesome ride.”
Fastest Time In The 100M Zorb: 26.59 Seconds
Several years later, in March of 2012, British cricket champion Freddie Flintoff attempted a “most records broken in one day” challenge in an effort to raise money for the Sports Relief charity. Though he didn’t manage to break every record he attempted, he did set the world record for fastest 100 meter zorbing run at 26.59 seconds. Other records broken by Freddie that day included most kisses given in 30 seconds (40) and fastest time to drink a hot chocolate (5.45 seconds). Sounds like a great day!
Most Participants in a Zorbing Event: 237
In April 2015, in Hong Kong, a gigantic zorbing relay was organized to set the most participants in a zorbing event record. 237 participants gathered at a specially designed zorbing track to race zorb balls in 50-meter relay sprints. Unfortunately, the event was ended earlier than planned due to a participant failing to finish the race — but the attempt up to that point was impressive enough to land them all in the record books.
Heaviest Object Zorbed: 1.09 Ton Car
In 2014, Nissan launched one of our favorite-ever publicity stunts by building the world’s largest inflatable zorb ball and sticking a 2,400-pound Nissan Note car inside. Then they pushed the whole thing down a big grassy hill at an undisclosed UK military facility and filmed the 1-ton car bouncing happily along.
Coolest Zorbing Achievement: Crossing the Sea in a Zorb Ball
Finally, the last entry on our list has not been officially recognized as a world record, but we’re including it because it is impressive nonetheless. In 2016, UK television presenter Lindsey Russel trained for months to make an attempt at crossing the Irish Sea in a zorb ball. The effort would require running for 24 miles across the surface of a stormy sea in a giant inflatable human hamster ball.
Unfortunately, 20 miles in, the waves grew too high to cross safely, and Russel was forced to abandon her attempt. However, the Sports Relief charity fundraiser attached to the stunt was a success, and her feat has inspired many zorbers around the world!
Try Zorbing for Yourself at Outdoor Gravity Park!
If you’re looking for fun things to do in the Smoky Mountains this summer, you can’t go wrong by crossing zorbing off your bucket list! We can’t promise that you’ll break any world records when you visit us at Outdoor Gravity Park in Pigeon Forge, but we also won’t stop you from trying. Our downhill zorbing tracks are open 364 days a year, rain or shine, only closing for Christmas, impassable roadways, or lightning near the park. Order your tickets now to take advantage of our online discount, and if you have any more zorbing questions, feel free to contact us! We can’t wait to zorb with you at Outdoor Gravity Park!