If you've ever wanted to run full speed toward a wall, lake, or another person and not suffer any major injuries, or you just want to live out your wildest hamster fetishes, then you're going to love "Freeballin'".
The ridiculous activity originated in New Zealand with under the name "Zorbing", where it was generally described as "the recreation or sport of rolling downhill inside an orb, generally made of transparent plastic". For some reason, when it hit the continental United States, someone thought it would be really hilarious to name it after the act of not wearing underwear beneath your pants, but at least it gives me the opportunity to write an entire post where I can say the word "freeballin'" over and over.
There are two different ways to go freeballin', letting you saddle up in either a harnessed or non-harnessed orb. Apparently, whichever you choose can make a big difference. While the non-harnessed orbs give you the feeling of being a giant hamster, the harnessed orbs actually lock you in place, meaning that a trip down a hill will send you tumbling head over feet for the duration of the incline. You'll get dizzy, probably throw up, and possibly pass out.
You can go freeballin' on water, snow, on hills, over ramps, or even battle other freeballers in an all out war.
If you're wondering how safe freeballin' is, I'll put it this way: if you do decide to try it, make sure you do it someplace like Aerial Adventures in Geneva Lake, Wisconsin, and not in the Phillipines. According to Wikipedia, some places with lax safety laws have seen a few freeballin'-related deaths.
In June 2009 a teacher died and a pupil was seriously injured in the Czech Republic while trying zorbing.
In December 2012, a woman died from zorbing in Boracay islands, Philippines. She was reported to have suffered from serious dizziness and was throwing up for three days until she died from dehydration.
In January 2013, a man died from a broken neck and another was seriously injured when a Zorb rolled out of control down a mountain, hitting rocks and eventually coming to a stop a kilometre away on a frozen lake in Dombay, Karachay-Cherkess Republic. The incident was caught on camera and uploaded to the Internet. After the incident made international headlines, Russian authorities called for tougher safety laws.
I'll admit it, despite the dangers, freeballin' looks like tons of fun. If you don't believe me, check out this video of a bunch of dudes freeballin' below.