Do you like to play kickball on the playground? What about soccer? Have you ever watched as a ball rolled to the edge of a hill and then tumbled down? What do you think it would be like to be inside that ball as it rolls and bounces downhill?

Believe it or not, you can now find out exactly what it feels like. Thanks to the invention of zorbing — also called globe-riding, sphereing or orbing — adventurous people can now have fun rolling downhill inside a huge sphere made of see-through plastic.

These huge orbs come in two types: harnessed and non-harnessed. Harnessed orbs are designed for one or two persons and have harnesses — like seatbelts — that hold riders in place.

Non-harnessed orbs can carry up to three riders. Without harnesses to contain them, the riders in these orbs can bounce around much more than in a harnessed orb.

Zorbing was invented in New Zealand in 1994 by Andrew Akers and Dwane van der Sluis. It has become popular in many countries around the world, including England, Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States.

Zorbing sites usually feature gentle slopes, but zorbing can also be done on flat surfaces to allow riders more control and a smoother ride. Some zorbing areas have runs up to a half-mile long!

If you’re thinking that it might hurt to roll downhill in a plastic sphere, don’t worry! These spheres are designed to minimize the impact of bumps while riding. Unlike a hard plastic hamster ball, zorbs are built as a ball inside of another ball with a layer of air between them.

This layer of air between the two flexible plastic balls acts as a shock absorber. Since the orbs are lightweight, the risk of injury is reduced. To add even more fun, you can add water for an aqua ride, which is also sometimes called hydro zorbing!

Zorbing can be done at many different locations where companies have set up special courses. Riders can usually pay for each individual ride or a set amount for a whole day of riding.

The Guinness Book of World Records recognizes two sphereing records. Steve Camp set the record for longest sphereing ride in 2006 at 1,870 feet. Keith Kolver set the world record for fastest sphereing ride in 2006 at 32 miles per hour!

 

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    • You’re right, Samuel! “Absorbing” and “abZORBing” are really close! Thanks for being a GREAT Wonder Friend and sharing your guesses with us whenever you visit a Wonder of the Day®! :-)

  1. I was very close to guess today’s wonder. :) I loved today’s wonder! :D I think tomorrow’s wonder of the day is about warm temperatures.

    TJ

    • That’s a really great guess about tomorrow’s Wonder, TJ! We hope you have a WONDERful, adventurous day today! :-)

    • Zorbing looks like SO MUCH FUN, doesn’t it, Tahj? Thank you for sharing your comment with us today! We’re glad you stopped by Wonderopolis for some weekend WONDERing with us! :-)

  2. I think that zorbing is really cool. Now I want to go zorbing. It sounds really fun. I think tomorrow’s wonder is about something warm. What do the things between the balls do? Have a rolley day.

    • We think zorbing sounds like LOTS of FUN too, Becca! We think those things in between the layers of the zorb might help keep the layers separate so the air can cushion the person/people inside better! :-)

  3. I loved today’s wonder! I looks so fun! I would love to do it! I loved learning about it. I am part of Mrs. Schrader’s Switch Class, and Mrs. Schrader told us about this website, and I love it! I think tomorrow’s wonder of the day might be temperature. :)

    • Hello there, Joseph! We’re so happy that you stopped by Wonderopolis today and left us a comment to share how much you liked this Wonder about zorbing! We think you, your classmates AND Mrs. Schrader ROCK! We’re glad you’re all Wonder Friends! :-)

    • Those are really awesome questions, Donut! We’re pretty sure there is a chance of getting hurt when you zorb if you don’t follow the safety instructions or if you were to try to do it by yourself without adult supervision! It’s best to have fun zorbing with a grown-up standing by to help you! :-)

    • We can tell you’re excited about summer break, “Wonder!” We hope you’ll visit Wonderopolis this summer for some super fun WONDERing…we’ve got LOTS of AWESOME things planned! :-)

  4. I have always wanted to try zorbing. It looks sooooooo much fun. I am a student in Mrs.Ouversons 4th grade classroom in Buffalo, Minnesota. Every morning for part of our morning work, we answer the Wonder Of The Day and write a journal entry about it. Thank you for all of your hard work that you and your team put into this. I really appreciate it. Thanks again for the WONDERful wonder of the day.

    • We think it’s REALLY GREAT that you and your classmates in Mrs. Ouverson’s class visit us each morning and learn new things with us, Olyvia! We like hearing that you guys journal about what you learn, too! Journaling ROCKS! Thank you for sharing that COOL information with us and THANK YOU for hanging out in Wonderopolis with us today! :-)

  5. I think tomorrow’s wonder of the day will be about hot, cold, and in between temperatures of planets.

    • We like that guess for tomorrow’s Wonder a LOT, Olyvia! Thanks for letting us know what you think we’ll all be WONDERing about with Wonder of the Day® #610! :-)

  6. That is a funny video. I’m so glad that Wonderopolis collects such amazing videos.
    I am not sure what ZORBing is, but I’m thinking it means something silly! :)

    • Thanks for letting us know you liked the video for today’s Wonder, Emma! ZORBing is what the folks in the video are doing…it’s rolling downhill inside a huge sphere made of see-through plastic! We hope you have a WONDERful day! :-)

  7. Today’s wonder of the day was AWESOME! I was way off when I had said a sponge absorbing. Your friend, wonder man from buffalo, Minnesota.
    I wish I could zorb!

    • It makes us super happy to hear that you thought today’s Wonder was awesome, Wonder Man! We’re really glad you liked exploring it and learning all about zorbing with us today! We wish we could zorb, too! It looks like SO MUCH FUN! :-)

  8. Zorbing looks fun. :) I think tomorrow’s wonder is about warm temperatures. :)
    It looks very dizzy but fun! :) I love today’s wonder. :) Just to let you guys know. :)

    • We can tell by all the awesome smiley faces that you REALLY liked today’s Wonder, Nikki! Thanks for sharing your comment with us and thank you for letting us know what you think tomorrow’s Wonder might be about, too! :-)

  9. Zorbing on ground is great but if you go zorbing on top of water it is much more fun, it is very hard to stand up.

    • Thanks for sharing your personal experience with zorbing, Hayden! It sure looks like a LOT of fun, whether on the ground or on the water! We can’t wait to try zorbing in Wonderopolis soon! :-)

    • Thanks so much for visiting us on your summer break, Sammy! We’re happy that you are WONDERing on vacation! We think it would be REALLY fun to zorb, too! We can’t wait to try it! :-)

    • We hope we get to zorb sometime soon, too, Katie! We have heard from MANY Wonder Friends who think it might be a super fun activity to try with family and friends! :-)

    • We think that’s SUPER, Robertson Family! Please let us know if you get to try it…we want to hear all about your family’s zorbing adventure! :-)

  10. We just watched this Zorbing video. It looks like so much fun. Some of us might get dizzy. Some of us would like to run inside like a hamster.

    Have a good day Wonderopolis!

    • We agree that zorbing looks like something that would be FUN to try, KF Dragons friends! It does look a little dizzying to us, so we think we would like the type of zorb that has seat belts so we would feel secure inside! Thank you for sharing another SUPER comment with us today! :-)

  11. I want to zorb SOOO BADLY :( I was going to one time, but my parents said no way, they thought it was dangerous, it was kinda sad that my parents said no, meh thanks anyways, bye.

    I don’t know what tomorrow’s wonder is, but I have an idea for you: who made Nyan-Cat :D Hope you choose this, my class looks at Wonderopolis almost every day and they also LOVE Nyan-Cat, so yeah. Thanks wonderopolis and have a great day. :)

    • Thanks for sharing your story about not being able to go zorbing, Jocelyn. We know your parents care about you very much and don’t want you to get hurt. Maybe you will get to try it some day soon! Thanks for letting us know your idea for a future Wonder of the Day®, too! We think you are a GREAT Wonder Friend! :-)

  12. Hey, just wanted to say that my family looks at this sometimes and so do my friends. They say it’s cool and all that, but they also think it’s waste of time, but I love it. Keep up the good work. :P

    • We really appreciate your comment today, Frank! Thank you for letting us know that your friends and family visit Wonderopolis sometimes and that YOU love learning and WONDERing here! We think that ROCKS! :-)

    • Zorbing is definitely something we want to try in the future, Julie! We think it would be SUPER fun, too! :-)

    • We are so happy you are WONDERing with us, Charm Yap! We hope you enjoyed learning about Zorbing as much as we did! Here at Wonderopolis, everything is always fun in the company of friends– we like your style! Have a WONDERful day! :)

    • We agree, Delainey! We hope you can try it out sometime soon– we bet it’s a very cool experience! Thanks for sharing your comment, Wonder Friend! :)

  13. Dear Wonderopolis,

    I loved watching and learning about Zorbing. I really want to Zorb without being strapped in! I would love to run in it. Where could I Zorb? Thanks for teaching me about Zorbing.

    Your friend,
    Shane

    • Hi there, Shane! We think zorbing would SUPER cool! We certainly hope that you hold on tight and make sure you’re being safe while you zorb! We bet you can find a place to zorb not too far from your house or school. We bet you can do some research to find out if there’s anywhere nearby, Shane! :)

  14. Dear Wonderopolis,

    I love the things you do to help us kids learn new things. I would love to zorb. I would zorb today if I had a chance to do that. I am excited to be able to write to you. I hope you write back to me.

    Your Friend,
    Casey

    P.S. Do you have any wonder questions about squirrels?

  15. When you zorb you have to get in a big hamster ball and strap yourself in. Then you get someone to push you and that’s how you zorb.

    • Ha, that’s a great description of zorbing, Robert! We think you are very creative and you did a SUPER job of “painting a picture” for your readers. Nice work! Have you ever zorbed before? :)

    • Hi Maddie! Zorbing can be found all types of places! Especially in New Zealand where it was founded! Thanks for WONDERing with us! :)

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