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 el 2 Sep 2008 por Alicia Rodríguez Mediavilla

Like a rolling stone

A kid’s play such as rolling down a hill has turned into a extreme sport. It’s called Zorbing and originated in New Zealand

<i>Zorbing</i> (inside the big ball there’s a person)
Zorbing (inside the big ball there’s a person)
<i>Zorbing</i> (inside the big ball there’s a person) The <i>Zorb</i>, key element to practice <i>zorbing</i> Now you see it, one person comfortably fits in there! <i>Zorbing</i> at dusk Hydrozorbing
Do you remember when you were a kid and used to like rolling down a hill or slope? Someone thought about turning that into an extreme sport and/or anti-stress therapy, to suit each one’s fancies and mood. They name it Zorbing and it’s all the rage!

You need a Zorb, that is, a huge inflatable bubble, and a hill. Harness yourself safely inside and let someone else push a little to kick you off and start rolling. Gravity will do the rest of the work and soon you’ll reach a 50 km/h speed while you roll tumbling down the hill. Those who’ve already tried say that the bubble, featuring a double air chamber, protects against physical injury, we don’t know about psychological damage though.

New Zealand homes the invention, but it is quickly spreading all around the world. There are even versions, like Hydrozorbing, where you throw in the water and go floating while sharing the trip with two other people.

Don’t you think we were brave when children? Rolling down hills with no protection at all, not even one single pair of kneepads.
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