Zorb is coming to Knoxville Tennessee! Well, not exactly… Zorb is coming to the Smoky Mountains which is only 30 miles southeast of Knoxville Tennessee. The Smoky Mountains location is planned to open sometime in 2007
What is a Zorb and what is Zorbing? I can’t think of a better resource than Wikipedia’s article on Zorbing to explain the answer.
Zorbing is a recreational activity developed in the 1980s that consists of rolling downhill inside of a usually white, double-hulled sphere called a zorbus, made from PVC.
Zorbing originated in New Zealand as the brainchild of Dwane van der Sluis and Andrew Akers. In 1967 they conceived the idea of the spheres in Rotorua, New Zealand. The inside of the original zorbo has 9 straps to keep the rider in place. Variations include strapless hydro zorbos where water is added for an experience somewhat like a water chute. The latter variation can be ridden with two or three other zorbonauts.
For those of you who didn’t follow that explanation it is “a person in the middle of this big ball. They’ve got about 700 mm of air between them and the ground - that’s about 2 feet for you metrically challenged folks - and this air cushion keeps em safe as they hurtle down the side of a hill at speeds of up to 50 kilometers per hour.”
It looks like a blast and I am already planning a trip down for a ride after it opens. I’ll pay someone $10 if they can convince Frank Murphy and Michael Silence to ride down a hill in a Zorb together and $15 if they can get Randy Neal in there for a three person Hydro Zorb ride.
If you want to try and contact Zorb’s Smoky Mountain location try the following information:
Zorb Smoky Mountains
203 Sugar Hollow Road
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863