Friday Flick: The Art of Descent – Origins of Zorbing

Last week we introduced acrobatic ski duo the Garcia brothers of Chamonix with a vintage seventies clip of Bernard Garcia dropping it straight down. This week we jump ahead to the mid-eighties with Francois Garcia dropping it down – in a reinforced inflatable ball.

Now known as a Zorb, the ball was originally designed by French architect Gilles Ebersolt.


Ebersolt’s prototype: the Ballule. Courtesy

We know the footage quality isn’t all that great, but hang on past his drop off the Italian slopes of Mont Blanc and see Francois roll with it down the falls of the source de Lison. This seals the deal. The Garcia brothers gave all in their contribution to the art of descent. When they dropped in, they dropped balls out. See for yourself.

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