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When we first played with it, it didn't really bounce on the water, but then we found it you throw it like skipping stones--it did!! Great fun with 10 year old grandson. We played with it on a river beach and you could keep track of it.
The Waboba is one of the best toys I've ever owned.
Sure, it took me about a year before I finally got to use it, but when I finally did get to whip it out it was an instant hit.
I brought it to a small pool at my friend's apartment complex and we just skipped it back and forth across the pool (while standing outside of the pool itself). Now, this obviously isn't the best way to use it considering we weren't even in the water...but we still had loads of fun. In fact, after that day 2 of my friends bought one immediately.
It got a bit roughed up over time because we ended up unintentionally skipping it against concrete poolsides and intentionally skipping it against stucco walls (made up an awesome game that was like handball), but it only has a small hole in the fabric and a bunch of pils. The ball itself still skips beautifully as intended.
Finally got to try it at the beach this last weekend and it was the most fun I've had with it yet. Everybody who walked by wanted to know what it was, and since we had plenty of room to throw we really started to get the hang of it.
An overhand throw will often result in a faster skip that is more difficult to catch. A sidehand type throw will give it more of a hop, but less velocity. It takes a bit of practice, but once you get the hang of it you will have a lot of fun.
Review of the Waboba balls, prior to use in the ocean, water but at least a good explanation of them Lava Ball, Fun size, bounces REALLY well, good ball to play with on cement, surfaces, kindof hard, like a hard foam, some cushion, 2.54 oz, for reference a baseball is 5.3 oz. Street ball, really good on surfaces, I think it is meant to take somewhat erratic bounces, but bounces fairly true. 1.86 oz. About the same sponge level as the Lava Ball. This seems like it will wear well on cement. Sol, This seems like the safest most kid friendly, as it is 2.2 oz, almost as big as the softball, seems like a very light weight foam so it won't hurt if hit by it. It won't go near as far as the surf or extreme. Those are almost projectiles. The Sol might be a little big for under 6 to through well but then kids should do fine with it. Surf, this is very similar to Extreme but a softer gel like filling, almost like a soft stress ball. Really well constructed. 2.83 oz, it is a little larger than the Extreme, not much. Extreme, oddly enough this is 2.9 oz, it feels a lot heavier than the Surf. It is a little smaller but much more dense. I think this one should be played with carefully on the water as it seems like it could pack a punch.