Saturday, September 24, 2011
eye on "sports:" zorbing
if you've ever had a pet hamster, you probably already familiar with the concept of zorbing. pretty much, due to what i can only imagine was immense boredom, the people of new zealand created a large human size hamster ball. this is no normal hamster ball though, it has been engineered by top new zealand scientists to allow for human beings to be propelled down steep hills without injury. thank god! how long did mankind have to wait for such technology to be developed?!
there are a few different zorbing variations: wet, dry, single, group. in a dry zorb you are strapped in to a space simulation type device inside the zorb, so as you are rolling down the hill you will be tumbling upside-down, leaving you very very dizzy. this sounded torturous to yours truly as i do not like to be upside-down. in a wet zorb, warm water is sprayed into the zorb allowing you to splash around freely inside the ball whilst you are rolling down the hill without fear of friction burns (and without fear of drowning). then there is the option to do the wet zorb with up to three people all bouncing around at the same time. so many choices! what a country!
p.s. if you stand up in the zorb when you start to move (as the bolshevik did much to my initial dismay) you go down the hill crazy fast.