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    Russian Zorbing Disaster


    Zorb ball ski slope disaster kills Russian man and badly injures friend


    Onlookers watch in horror as giant inflatable ball veers off course and hurtles down ravine at southern mountain resort

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uBFwqI4TlM

    A Russian man was killed and his friend seriously injured after their ride down a ski slope in a giant inflatable zorb ball turned to disaster.

    A harrowing video captures the victim, 27-year-old Denis Burakov, and his friend Vladimir Shcherbakov, 33, setting off in the ball at a resort in the Caucasus mountains.

    The ride starts promisingly. But the zorb quickly veers off course, with one man unsuccessfully trying to stop it. It then hurtles leftwards down a ravine. Onlookers watch in horror, one asking: "What's down there?" A voice replies: "Nothing. Catastrophe."

    The zorb continued rolling for about half a mile before finally coming to a halt near a frozen lake. The emergencies ministry said both men were ejected from the tumbling zorb, and landed on the snow about 10 metres apart.

    Rescuers could reach the two tourists only by skiing down a sheer, rocky gully. They dragged the men back up the hill. Burakov died on the way to hospital from spinal injuries; Shcherbakov suffered concussion and remains in hospital.

    The Russian authorities have opened a criminal case into the accident, which took place in Mount Musa Achitara, a resort in Dombai, in the southern republic of Karachay–Cherkessia. Police are seeking the zorb's owner.

    Burakov, a keen snowboarder, and Shcherbakov, were the first people to try out the ball, which had been set up just an hour earlier next to a beginner's slope, Russian websites reported. Their trip to the resort, on 3 January, was supposed to be a new year's treat.

    The accident prompted the head of the national emergency rescue services to demand that Russia tighten its enforcement of safety rules for winter sports, citing a series of accidents over the January holidays.

    Sergei Loginov, deputy director of Z-orb.ru, the largest supplier of zorbs in Russia, said the zorbing run that killed Burakov had been conducted in violation of all safety rules.

    Zorbing requires a smooth, gentle slope, with fences on both sides of the track and a secure spot at the bottom where the ball can be safely be brought to rest, he said; none of these elements were present at Dombai.

    "It's not even irresponsibility. It's an experiment on life," Loginov said. "It's all or nothing. They either survive or they don't."

    The sport of zorbing originated in the 1990s in New Zealand, and is now done around the world.

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    Iffin you look at the terrain..this was as if it was supposed to happen.

    Everything points to it.

    This is why they invented highly controllable... skiis.

    The ancients got away from giant rolling balls along time ago, for good reason.

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    That is insane. What genius thought that was a good area to do this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crossfire View Post
    That is insane. What genius thought that was a good area to do this?
    That's the second round of the interview process for Jets GM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAR I View Post
    Burakov, a keen snowboarder, and Shcherbakov, were the first people to try out the ball, which had been set up just an hour earlier next to a beginner's slope,
    Next to?

    Next mountain? Where the farg was a beginners slope next to that apocalyptic nightmare landscape?

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    Wow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 32green View Post
    Next to?

    Next mountain? Where the farg was a beginners slope next to that apocalyptic nightmare landscape?

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    And if you watch the video, the ball is rolling distinctly right until what looks like one of the operators (you'll see a figure either get run into by the ball or redirects it, hard to tell) gives it a strong shove left and then it ping-pongs down the ravine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetstream23 View Post
    That's the second round of the interview process for Jets GM.
    Ouch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crossfire View Post
    That is insane. What genius thought that was a good area to do this?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSDqqUdEq2g

    It looks like it's at Windham too, but done correctly with a track and a very shallow slope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetstream23 View Post
    That's the second round of the interview process for Jets GM.
    LOL

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    Sound like they had a ball.

























    Too soon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jets Things View Post
    Sound like they had a ball.






    Too soon?

    Keep going. You're on a roll.

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    on December 22nd everyone rushed to make fun of the Mayans, but it looks as though the zorbing apocalypse is well and truly here.

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    That little dude that was chasing the excaped Zorb, we should sign him to return kicks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 32green View Post
    That little dude that was chasing the excaped Zorb, we should sign him to return kicks.

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    He saw the end result immediately, had an "oh sh*t" moment" and took off. Almost stopped them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 32green View Post
    That little dude that was chasing the excaped Zorb, we should sign him to return kicks.

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    LMFAO!




    "Hmmm.... The lay of the land kinda slopes downward, then a bit left towards a big crevasse.... Looks like a perfect place to roll a ball, then!"

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    The commentary in the background is ridiculous.

    "oops!"
    "no problem, [the return specialist] is going to catch it"
    "keep it away from the rocks"
    "ok"
    "oh, what's down there?"
    "catastrophe"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jets Things View Post
    Sound like they had a ball.

    They did at first, but it quickly went downhill from there.




























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    Russians sound like they are robbing someone at gunpoint even when watching a friend bite the dust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timmy® View Post
    Russians sound like they are robbing someone at gunpoint even when watching a friend bite the dust.
    What were they doing in your driveway, anyhoo?


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