Zorbing takes the concept of the hamster ball and blows it up to human proportions. Adrenaline junkies enter a double-sectioned, transparent sphere made out of plastic, either harnessed to keep up to three riders in place or unharnessed to let a single rider walk around freely.
The concept of human spheres has existed since at least 1973, but zorbing didn’t hit the extreme sports scene until the 1990s. Dwayne van der Sluis and Andrew Akers originally planned an orb that would let people walk on water. After building their prototype and founding Zorb Limited in Auckland, New Zealand, they found riders on water had little control over their movement. A flash of inspiration gave them the idea to roll the spheres downhill, and zorbing exploded onto New Zealand’s extreme sports culture.
A typical zorb is three meters in diameter, with about 13 cubic meters of air cushion surrounding the rider. The ride can get bouncy depending on the terrain, though zorbs will not go airborne on bumps. Pops are rare and will only result in the spheres safely deflating and slowing to a stop.
Zorb Limited still operates the world’s first zorbing site in Rotorua, New Zealand, in addition to consulting new facilities around the world. Popular sites in the United States include Amesbury Sports Park in Massachusetts and Roundtop Mountain Resort in Lewisberry, Pennsylvania.
If you have kids in the house, you likely already know what a challenge it can be anytime they come into the kitchen. Whether they want to help with a batch of chocolate chip cookies or you’re just trying to make any ol’ dinner, messes — and maybe a few tears — are likely to ensue. Baketivity helps families streamline the kids-in-the-kitchen experience, with baking kits featuring everything you need, as well as easy directions, so you can enjoy more treats and fewer tears. This summer, it has even given its subscription boxes a travel twist, focusing on sweet treats from countries like Sweden, Mexico and Italy.
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It’s time for a celebration as we announce the winners of our 2022 The Trazees, in their eighth year. Congratulations to all the amazing winners!
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Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas and Tipsy Scoop, a liquor-infused ice cream company based in New York, teamed up for a delicious rum-infused ice cream. The Banana Rum Chocolate Swirl Ice Cream is infused with white rum, banana rum cream and swirls of chocolate fudge.