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.
In the loud, busy and often overwhelming medina of Marrakesh, it can be difficult to find a tiny sliver of solace in which to rest after spending hours negotiating for the best market prices. But one riad truly exemplifies the characteristic of “tucked away,” as it’s located a few connected alleyways from the noise and congestion.
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The summer of 2019 will be filled with blockbuster hits. There are some recognizable brands that will perform well and some newcomers that might take the box office by surprise. The season is already starting strong with Marvel Studios finally releasing Avengers Endgame. This massive movie set box office records that likely won’t be touched for years. The film brings an end to the series and fans are not going to wait until it’s available on DVD. Endgame is going to jumpstart the season by bringing people to the movies and reminding them why it’s worth spending money to see a movie in theaters versus at home.
Finding the beauty in an iconic city like Rome, London, Prague or Paris is easy — just look around. See the jaw-dropping sites of the Coliseum or the Sistine Chapel on a summertime trip; take an obligatory photo on the South Bank with Big Ben in the distance; savor Prague Castle views; or stroll the stunning streets of Paris in the springtime.
Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.