I got this video yesterday but decided against posting it but come today, a good two dozen people sent it to me so I took it as a clear sign that it probably should be posted.
Zorbing is a recreational activity whereas a person is rolled down a hill inside a large, inflatable rubber ball called an Orb. I suppose the experience of zorbing is similar to those of a roller coaster ride or bungee jumping in the level of adrenaline and rush it delivers. The catch with zorbing is that there is no fixed, pre-defined path you will be taking and there are no braking mechanisms to stop you so to ensure you don’t get off your path, the the slope is manned with spotters.
This video is from Dombai, a ski resort in Russia, near a border with Georgia. Two people were inside the orb bounced down a ski run but their spotters messed up and the orb went down a cliff on the side of the run, hitting several rocky outcrops along the way.
I think the fact that there were two people inside the orb may have contributed to irregular roll, careening the orb off its path. The orb eventually stopped on a frozen lake about a kilometer from the run. 27 year old Denis Burakov died from a broken neck. His companion – 33 year old Vladimir Shcherbov survived with a concussion and multiple lacerations.
Can you imagine being trapped inside this small space while you’re being spun and bounce around till you don’t know where up or down is and the space just keeps spinning and bouncing and spinning and bouncing? Being locked inside a washing machine has nothing on this.
Props to a whole whack of Best Gore members who sent this video to me. It’s already posted so please don’t send it anymore.