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A New Spin On Racing – Zorbing Marathons

Conventional races and marathons have been around for centuries as a form of sports, entertainment and fitness competitions. There is nothing like a fun race to put up the ultimate challenge, get the competitive energy flowing and create an atmosphere of fun regardless of the winner. All things considered, it seems only natural that the activity of rolling around while inside a giant inflatable sphere would follow suit.

The concept of a zorbing marathon, or “zorbathon”, was first attempted in July 2016, in London. The event, hosted by the Southbank, took place with the marathon track winding along the side of the riverbank. This was quite unlike the original method of zorbing, which involves rolling down a hill or ramp while inside the orb. It also did not include the option of hydro-zorbing, in which a certain amount of water is placed inside the ball. Instead, the marathon allowed participants to run the flat track for however long they could, with the one who first made not necessarily the winner. The aim was to add up every lap that was completed and display that in the city in competition with other cities who attempted to challenge them in this unique sporting invention.

The event was the first of its kind in the world and was hosted by the section of Bounce Foods UK, Bounce Energy Balls, available free to all who wanted to join. The challenge included London going up against the cities Leeds and Birmingham for the winning title in this zorbathon. Although the event was massively popular in 2016 when it took place, it never seemed to really catch on throughout the rest of the world and turn into a regular event.

One event that could be compared to the Zorbathon is the Zorbing Derby that took place in 2017 in Ireland at the Galway races. For this event, sports stars like Stephen Hunt, Ollie Canning, Paddy Power, and Colm Quinn came together and were the participants as the whole derby was done in the name of sponsoring charities. While the race was done for charity, it was added to the sporting event like any other game and went down well as most zorbing experiences do. Even though it has been more than a year since these two zorbing marathon events, and no big ones have made the rounds since, the industry is still on the rise and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down soon. With endless possibilities in the sporting world, there is always the potential of this experience turning into a new sport, but whether the ball will get rolling in that direction is yet to be seen.

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Walking On Water – The Aqua Zorbing Sport

Since the classic zorbing craze began, several variations and inventions have been developed which incorporate the basic concept of the activity. One of the variations is known as aqua zorbing. The options for this type of zorbing are endless if it involves water. You can do water zorbing, which is done by adding water to the inside of the orb. Another extremely popular method includes floating in the orb on the surface of water. The trend has been taken to pools, oceans, lakes, ponds, theme parks and some malls even insert a pool of water for this purpose.

There are several types of orbs or spheres used for this kind of zorbing experience besides the standard land zorbing one, which is also known as the classic dual layered zorb ball. There is a ball made of a single layer of PVC or TPU, both best suited for aqua zorbing. The third type of orb is a cylinder-shaped device with two layers of plastic, just like the classic zorb. In addition to the normal aqua activity, the zorb can also be pulled by a jet ski or a boat for a heightened adventure experience.

Many people, especially those who don’t like swimming, will appreciate the fact that they can avoid getting wet during the experience as no water is able to enter the orb. It has all the enjoyment of walking on water without any of the wetness. What more could you want from aqua activities?

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Amusing Sports – Playing Soccer In A Zorb Ball

When you hear the term “zorb football/soccer”, you might picture a group of people running around and kicking or pushing a giant orb around with someone inside it. While that would be a hilarious sight, it is surprisingly not what this term means. Instead, it is an entertaining game where the players’ upper bodies are dressed in a zorb suit (think Bubble Boy) while they run around after a soccer ball.

The game is more casual than a serious sport, allowing the players to collide and bounce against each other while attempting to steal the ball. It is not only heaps of fun, but also hilarious to watch or participate in. Zorb soccer does not require professional soccer abilities, only a zest for fun and a group of friends. This is a favorite for events like birthday parties, team building functions, outings with friends or a family gathering. What makes this activity more exciting is that it does not require a zorb park or company providing a service for you to join in on the fun. Anyone can purchase zorb balls for private use whether at home, on a sporting field, at a party or function venues.

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