Tag: australia

  • New Game: Waboba Cricket

    Post by Jordan on April 12th, 2012

    Some awesome Wabobians from Adelaide, Australia sent us a video of a new game they played in the pool. It’s sort of like a cross between cricket and baseball. Here’s how George said they play,

    “The goal of the game is to get the most catches as a diver. There is a diver, a pitcher, a keeper, as well as fielders. Normally it would be a 3 on 3 game. For the one we did, which we call single-player or free-for-all, you each have 2 innings. The pitcher has to bounce the Waboba and hope the diver touches it and misses, and the keeper or a fielder takes the catch and then they’re out. Each pitcher gets 10 legal deliveries each and then they swap. Illegal deliveries are pitching it too wide or too full, which makes it too hard for the diver to play. There is no such thing as too high unless it goes over the wall. If the diver misses it three times in a row, it’s a strike out. If the pitcher’s 10th delivery is a strike 1, then he has to finish off his pitching once the diver takes a catch or the strikes go away so either an extra 1 delivery or 2. Two illegal deliveries in a row gets rid of all strikes.”

    Watch them in action. One player, Parto, caught 21 Wabobas in a row. He’s a Waboba warrior.

  • Confessions of a Waboba Addict

    Post by Jordan on November 8th, 2011
    Peter Slattery writes a weekly sports column for the Sunshine Coast Daily in Coolum, Australia and shared his Waboba article with us. Follow him at @pjslatts on Twitter and tell him he is not alone in his addiction.

    I must confess to an addiction. It is not illegal, salacious, or immoral. Nonetheless, it’s a compulsion over which I have no control. It has consumed me, totally. I am a human hand-puppet to its will; I’m a heroin addict, without the heroin.

    Nor, I must confess early on, am I alone in my craving. This particular hunger does not discriminate. To come into its orbit, is to be totally consumed by it. So, I must confess, I have a partner in this madness-I’ve infected my boy. (Oh, the shame!)Some background.My boy and I enjoy doin’ sports, just about anywhere, but nowhere more so than on and around the beach. Beach cricket, beach footy, flyin’ a kite, and I’ve got him a board and we give that a floggin’, but, up until about two weeks ago, our fav was the Frisbee.

    We’d Frisbee away that much that I caught the boy actually dreaming about it. ‘Dad. Dad! Incommmmmmminnnnnnng’, I caught him crying as he was went through the Frisbee motion in his sleep one night. We’d also get right into the different throws. Forehand, backhand, under the legs, behind the head, etc., etc. We were pretty much in love with the frizza, but we had control over that love.

    Destiny. It’s a funny ‘ol thing. Things were to change, massively, after a visit to the sports store for a random purchase; I think it was for one of those cones that help you to put grips on cricket bat handles (but I digress).  That was until about two weeks ago. And out went the frizza, as toy of choice for the Slattery boys, and in came the ‘Waboba’. Our particular craving is of the skimmer-ball kind.

    And we have changed forever. You can define our lives through two acronyms, BW and AW: Before Waboba and After Waboba.

    The Waboba is a small, soft ball, designed to (when thrown) skim and fly off the surface of water. Now, that’s probably bloody good fun in still water; a pool or a lake, and maybe even a massive bath. But you add in the undulations and crashing waves of the ocean, and you have yourself a real good test of one’s hand-eye coordination, and a real good opportunity to show off.

    The boy and I get in knee deep surf and peg away for hours, lost in the experience and fun. Using the back of waves, the churning, crashing surf, and even the face of waves offers up 1000’s of variations in deflection. It’s not only totally lottsa, lottsa fun, it’s a bloody challenge, and, when ya pick of a ‘specie’, real good for the ego, let me tell ya.  Talk about constant cravings of the soft, skimmer-ball kind!

    It’s this combination of being a bloody challenge, allowing one to show off, as well as simply being enormous amounts-a-fun that make the bloody thing addictive-and very dangerous in wrong hands.

    See, I called the frizza a toy earlier on.  Well, the Waboba is not a toy. I think its ownership and use should be regulated by the government-like firearms, the use of motor vehicles and medicinal marijuana. In the hands of vulnerable humans such as those lacking self-control (like me) and those yet to have full control of their own world (like my boy), a Waboba has negative consequences for society!

    Now, I’m fully aware that in writing of our addiction I may well have placed others in harm’s way. For this I do not apologise. As I explained, I’m an addict not a recovering addict! See ya down the beach for a throw? Ya know you want it.

  • Waboba Asia Video Contest Closing Date Moved to December 31

    Post by The Bounceologist on September 25th, 2011

    Waboba Asia Video ContestWe have decided to push back the final entry date for the Waboba Asia Video Contest 2011. If you haven’t entered the competition yet, you now have three extra months to come up with something. Entries must be in by December 31, 2011.

    Moving the date makes it easier for contestants from Australia and Thailand to make their entries. Waboba season is just getting started there. If you are from Europe or the Americas and you’ll be traveling in Asia over the winter, make sure you bring your video camera, because you are also eligible to enter the Waboba Asia Video Contest 2011, as long as you make your video while you are in Asia.

    The competition winner will receive an amazing holiday for two in Phuket, including flights for two to Phuket from anywhere in Asia, plus two nights in a five-star hotel, plus 700USD in cash.

    Get filming. The competition rules are shown here.

  • Boogie Board Shot Makes Photo of the Year

    Post by The Bounceologist on December 8th, 2010
    Boogie Board Wave

    Coming Up For Air

    This extraordinary photograph beat out 114,000 other photographs to win Digital Camera Photographer of the Year for 24 year-old Australian Jon Wright.

    Most of my photos are inspired by what nature has to offer in and around the ocean,” he says. “I broke my back in 3 places after a surfing accident, but I managed to continue my love and passion for the water through my photography. I continue to search for the perfect picture, and on my way hope to inspire others to be creative and enjoy what life has to offer,” says Jon.

    Jon took the photograph at Duranbah beach near the Gold Coast City in Australia.

  • Surf-mad Aussies Create Mouse that Soared

    Post by The Bounceologist on July 2nd, 2010
    Ahh, Australia! A country so sports-mad that even the mice surf.

    Here’s a photo, from the Daily Mail, of radical rodent Skidmark hanging ten off the Gold Coast on his custom-made mini-board.

    If you’re outside the Chinese firewall (or you can tunnel your way out), you can catch a video of these fearless little fellas carving through the curlers on YouTube here.

    Surfing Mouse