Zorb: Another Reason New Zealanders Are Cooler Than You

Zorb in backlight.

Who of us didn’t want to try it when we saw Jackie Chan bounce down a mountainside in one in Operation Condor (well, who of us who saw Operation Condor didn’t want to try it)? But until Cool Hunter gave me a pointer, I had no idea what the these strange inflatable balls (yeah, go Google that) might be called or where to look for more information.

As it turns out, they’re called “Zorbs,” and the company even has a promo video to show them off. But as much as I want one, Allen, a spokesman for the manufacturer, tells me that while they might lease one to me for an event or promotion, I can’t buy one. Why not? Aside from legal and insurance issues, Allen tells me that the Zorbs are entirely hand-made and would be prohibitively costly.

For now, if you want to try it, you’ll have to go to New Zealand, where they’re made, or to another permanent site in Europe, Asia, or Australia. A run will set you back NZ$45 (about US$30), and prospective “Zorbonauts” get to choose between being harnessed in or trying to run it like a hamster wheel (you get a free t-shirt if you make it all the way down the hill on your feet).

Nobody really needs to ask “why?” (well, not if you’re reading this site, I hope), but I did want to know the story:

Andrew Akers and Dwane van der Sluis wanted to walk on water. Years earlier there had been an advertisement on TV with a few people inside a large clear ball floating on water. It looked like lots of fun BUT … a single skin ball had problems in that every time you entered or exited the ball it would deflate and need to be reinflated and sealed. The idea for a double skin ball was born. A prototype was built in the garage of Andrew’s house and lo and behold – IT WORKED! ASTONISHING! So down to the water to test it. It was kind of fun on water, but exhausting and after being blown out to sea a few times they realised it was more work than it was worth. BUT … the same device could be used to roll down hills. This was fantastic fun, extremely bizarre, and bizarrely extreme. Some seed capital, patents, trademarks and a business plan equaled the latest adventure sport from New Zealand: Zorbing.

The good news is that the company is working furiously to open Zorb sites in the US, Canada, and Mexico:

Our plan is to open sites in the Smoky Mountains, Tennessee region (Pigeon Forge, TN), Las Vegas area (Boulder City, NV), and in Los Cabos, Mexico. We should be open in Pigeon Forge, TN by May or June 2006.

Zorb at sunset.

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47 thoughts on “Zorb: Another Reason New Zealanders Are Cooler Than You

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    Kindly send us the discounted rates and all relevent details and specifications immidiately.

    An early response be appreciated.

    Thanking you,

    Yours Faithfully,

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  2. Dear Sir,

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    An early response be appreciated.

    Thanking you,

    Yours Faithfully,

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  3. Dear Sir,

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    Kindly send us the all relevent details and specifications.

    Thanking you,

    Yours Faithfully,

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  5. Dear Sir,

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    Reguards,

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    Thanking you,
    Yours Faithfully,
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  8. Have you tried http://www.hyper-core.co.uk

    They sell Hyper Core and Hydro Core Balls at a very reasonable cost.

    I have spoken with them and they seem very keen to help where possible.

    My site will be setup in Canada on the 25th April, the ball will arrive next week (VERY EXCITING).

    I’ll let you all know how it goes.

    Tom

  9. Dear Sir,

    We are in need of Zorbing Ball Quantity: TBC

    We run a event management company in Scotland.

    Kindly send us a price list for purchase and all relevent details and specifications.

    An early response would be appreciated.

    Many thanks,

    Kind regards,

    Charlie Adam

  10. bahaha new zealanders better than us because of a plastic ball! WOW u must be soo proud of yourselves.. congratulations.. new zealands best thing EVER! so jelious haha.. hmmmm keep trying ^_^

  11. I know where to get Zorb type balls and they are the best quality you can get. The websites called http://www.ZORB.com they have the best prices and best quality. They are made out of 1.1mm of Pvc plastic. You wont be disappointed.

  12. Dear Sir,

    We are in need of Zorbing Ball Quantity:

    We run a event management company in Portugal.

    Kindly send us a price list for purchase and all relevent details and specifications.

    An early response would be appreciated.

    Many thanks,

    Kind regards,

    Marco do Ó

  13. Hey Zorb enthusiast,

    I am looking for a Zorb manufacturer that can sell me Zorbs for a production. I need to introduce my keynote speaker in a dynamic manner.

    I think Zorbs would be a great way to do so.

    Are there any manufacturers out there can contact me with information regardig the Zorb and pricing.

    I am looking at purchasing two or three of these Zorbs for my presentation.

    On a separate note, I have already spoke with a company called Complex Plastics.

    I would strongly suggest that no one call them for anything. The sales rep Mike Knopfler was very strange and very rude when I was asking for assistance in determining which ball would be best for my presentation.

    I would venture to say the he is not mentally balanced after my very surreal conversation with him regarding the product he represents.

    After researching on this webpage it appears that there multiple companies out there that deal in the Zorbs.

    Well enough focus on that company. Forget their name, it will be to your advantage.

    I am looking for a sales
    representative with a Zorb company that can assist me with helpful information in making a decision as to the best products for my production.

    Kindest Regards
    Paul Ortiz

  14. There is now a zorb at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The attraction is called “Z-Trip”

  15. ZORB has been shown on Good Morning America today.(Nov. 1st. 2007) They are open in Pigeon Forge Tennessee and looks REALLY FUN!!!!!!!!!!! I understand that they will also be on the Today Show soon.
    Go to http://www.zorb.com
    I can’t wait to roll!! I’m going this weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Hi,
    I am looking for a location to zorb near Iowa. I was hoping someone could tell me if there even was a place near Iowa to zorb.
    Thanks!

  17. how can i buy one of these i am a thrill seeker and i just have to have one of these let me know the priceand note it will have to be cash only

  18. me urge adquirir algunas esfras zorb ball…. yo soy de queretaro mexico… de que manera las puedo conseguir en mexico?

  19. Dear Sir,

    I am in need of just a single zorb ball but i have a few questions.
    Do they come in different colors?
    Can i rent one, or do i have to buy it?
    Prices?

    email me back asap.
    thanks :)

  20. I bought a zorb ball from Zorb New England. I found them on this site. These things are amazing. You gotta try it. If you don’t have a hill, come to Amesbury Sports Park for zorbing of a lifetime right here in Massachusetts. Thank you Zorb New England

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  22. Visit the website of the inventors of zorbing at http://www.theogo.com.

    OGO Inc has 2 zorbing locations in the USA; Amesbury, Massachusetts and Ski Roundtop, Pennsylvania.

    The website has information on how to become involved with zorbing and a history of the activity including videos of early footage.

  23. Please help me!
    If you know some people suppying or selling Zorb Balls or Walking ball at a very minimal price.
    I am buying at least 3 pcs.

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