Yes it is! The water ball, also known as the water walking ball, is an inflatable sphere made of transparent plastic that literally enables you to walk or run across the water. The size of the sphere may vary. Usually it measures 2 meters (6 ft 7 in) in diameter and has a zipper entrance for quick access. What makes it different form the normal Zorbing ball is that the water ball has only one layer of plastic. Rather than travelling down-hill on a slope, this inflatable ball is designed specifically for walking on water surfaces.
Water Walking has rapidly gained popularity in the world. You can read about water zorbing here. Truth be told, water balls are really cool. They have been featured in music videos and movies ever since 1971. They just weren’t available to the general public. But nowadays, they can be found at marinas, lakes, swimming pools, theme parks and even inside malls. They are super fun for both children and adults.
Water Ball Creation
Historically, the first water walking balls have appeared in the 1970s. Nonetheless, it was only in 1998 that Charles Blane Jones created the first large scale commercial water ball. And good thing that he did! Because these balls are super fun! And now we can all enjoy walking on water in our personal inflatable spheres. Check out this crazy kid inside a water walking ball:
Water Walking Ball Facts
Yes, these inflatables are supper fun! But how are they made? And are they safe? Well, most of the balls are made of 0.7 mm (0.03 in) PVC material. Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) materials are more suited for use in cold weather or snow. The spheres made out of TPU are more expensive. Keep that in mind if you decide to purchase your own. On average a ball weighs 15 kilograms. It can be inflated in less than 60 seconds using an air pump. Once the ball is inflated you are ready for fun. However, you must not stay inside for more than 15 minutes (the air inside has a limited supply). Any longer might not be safe. Both children and adults easily fit inside the walk on water ball. We believe in safety above all. That is why children must be supervised. Some of the balls include hand grips on the inside and a wide array of printed models are available.
A Different Type of Ball
There is a variation to the water ball that is designed to be used specifically on water surfaces. However, this design resembles more to the original Zorb Ball (this one) rather than to the one-layered Water Walking Ball. This variation is the Water Zorbing Cylinder. It’s designed similarly to the Zorb as it contains two layers of plastic material and in between them an air cushion. The difference is that it’s shaped as a cylinder rather than a sphere. Two or more people can fit inside and roll around since it has a long cylindrical shape.