Can You Swim in Shade Balls?

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I bought 10,000 shade balls and tried to swim in them. They appear to act like a non-Newtonian fluid: rigid under high shear stress, but they flow like a liquid under low shear.
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My sense was that swimming in shade balls would be difficult but still doable. This was roughly true for the single layer of shade balls. The shade balls slide past each other so they act like a liquid, albeit a viscous one owing to their significant inertia. It's much more intense exercise and it's also annoying to be bombarded with shade balls on all sides of your body, particularly your head. With multi-layer shade balls (as exists on much of LA reservoir) things get significantly more difficult. The balls bunch together and when you try to move through them quickly, they become more rigid, providing significant resistance to motion. This has the benefit that you can lie on them and as long as they stay trapped under you, you can float on them. But a little bit of motion causes them to move around and you sink through quickly.
Huge thanks to:
Jordan Schnabel and Cristian Carretero for filming and swimming and providing lifeguard services.
Raquel Nuno for filming and putting up with me.
Special thanks to Patreon supporters:
Donal Botkin, Michael Krugman, Ron Neal, Stan Presolski, Terrance Shepherd, Penward Rhyme and everyone who provided feedback on an early draft of this video.
Music from "Dubstep Mammoth 2" "Finally Here (Instrumental)" "The Last Arrival" "Sundown Love (Instrumental)"

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13 Jun 2019

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Raymonds Entertainment
Raymonds Entertainment 3 horas atrás
Did the shade balls hurt your skin balls when you jumped in?
Taylor taylor
Taylor taylor 5 horas atrás
He loves them balls in his face
shanedestroyer 6 horas atrás
Just got my ball, completely forgot about it. #230 cool, thanks!
Wat Dat
Wat Dat 2 horas atrás
Damn, nice. I was late to the party and got #7782
Firealarm102 7 horas atrás
Ayy!!! Just got my signed ball today!! #9,165
Rebekah Welsh
Rebekah Welsh 8 horas atrás
Man 1 "It's time to release the balls!" Man2 *starts pulling panties down* "No! The shade balls ,not your balls!" Man 2 " uww😐" Man1 * slaps face*
Delve 9 horas atrás
Just got my shadeball, Derek! I can't begin to describe how excited I am! Thanks!
Anthony TeixeirA
Anthony TeixeirA 10 horas atrás
I just got mine I was so confused what this random package was in the mail ball number 5615
SarocTurtleGaming 11 horas atrás
I have ball #7966 !!!
Spalone Babagoosegooties
Spalone Babagoosegooties 11 horas atrás
Just got my shadeball yesterday! No idea what I'm gonna do with it, but it's certainly a conversation piece.
Kady Overby
Kady Overby 14 horas atrás
Shucheng Chao
Shucheng Chao 21 hora atrás
I can't believe I actually received a shade ball today! Thank you Derek you are THE BEST!!!!!
TheEAtoday 21 hora atrás
HOLY SHEET I actually just got my SHADE BALL in the mail! Thanks! its dope
daniel mcCann
daniel mcCann 22 horas atrás
Dude keep your fingers together.
Monique Doyle
Monique Doyle 23 horas atrás
Anxiety 🥴🥴🥴
Cassidy Anthony
Cassidy Anthony Dia atrás
Roses are red Murder is to Did I see a drone shadow YAY I got a like Wait why is it blue
Kyan Kohler
Kyan Kohler Dia atrás
3:46 thats what she said
Kroneru Dia atrás
Received mines today. Thanks.
Barry Young
Barry Young Dia atrás
Cool video. Got my Shade Ball in the mail today. Keep up the kool vids!
Starfire Technology
Just recieved ball 5177 today! Thanks!
Khiem Huynh
Khiem Huynh Dia atrás
Can I swim in that too
Sara Ryan
Sara Ryan Dia atrás
I love youuuuuuuuuu 😋😋😋😋
Horizon Freeze
Horizon Freeze Dia atrás
3:44 he prob used to it by now
Marlomen Sarsuelo
Marlomen Sarsuelo 2 dias atrás
That breaststroke tho
Julia Friedman-Parks
Julia Friedman-Parks 2 dias atrás
Why does this Video give me some cool ideas
Vivian Trinh
Vivian Trinh 2 dias atrás
Can you REALLY swim in Shade Balls?
GameCorruption's 2 dias atrás
can yow run on them
Kid 8v8teR
Kid 8v8teR 2 dias atrás
What is a shade ball
Bruna Lopes
Bruna Lopes 2 dias atrás
shouldnt the balls be white? black attracks more sunlight therefore more heat
TheLastDogInTown 2 dias atrás
3:53 who else saw the drone shadow
princess lib
princess lib 2 dias atrás
can you stay under there for 2 min
Rob Anderson
Rob Anderson 2 dias atrás
His guy is like a rip-off Mark Rober
Dan Hayes
Dan Hayes 2 dias atrás
Hey Derek. Longtime viewer and subscriber here. I watched your video explaining where the channel may go in the future and how BRvid's algorithms work so I appreciate the fair warning, but this has been your first video that felt clickbaity to me. And I don't mean the title, I mean the actual content. This type of video sorta goes into Mark Rober territory- a fun, wacky video with a little science to justify it, but what I come to you for is the science presented with authenticity and thoughtfulness. To me, this is your brand. Then again, Mark Rober's videos get tens of millions of views, so I do not fault you for trying to chase the BRvid dragon. Just wanted to chime in. Hope you have success promoting science in whichever fashion works best for you. -Dan
Freddie Gladwin
Freddie Gladwin 2 dias atrás
Try and run across a pool of shade balls
Сергей Павлов
give me please 1 balls = )
5oo metors
5oo metors 2 dias atrás
4:19 what a turtle beach mike sounds like when pluging it in
5oo metors
5oo metors 2 dias atrás
Here some asma 8:02
RiskAttack 2 dias atrás
3:43 😐
Shugrrr Shark
Shugrrr Shark 2 dias atrás
What is a Shade ball?
VidsWithRiah 2 dias atrás
Him: my friends are better swimmers His friend: *bellyflops*
VidsWithRiah 2 dias atrás
Why didn't he cuff his hands when freestyle.
Crafty Girl
Crafty Girl 3 dias atrás
My question is how is he gonna get them out
jerbear gaming
jerbear gaming 3 dias atrás
what ar shade balls
killerblob undead
killerblob undead 3 dias atrás
It is just me or at 5:57 its odly satisfying
Nathan Bryan
Nathan Bryan 3 dias atrás
what is a shade ball?
sherlyn rivera
sherlyn rivera 3 dias atrás
LifeWithLonna periodt
LifeWithLonna periodt 3 dias atrás
and i thought he was gonna drown
LifeWithLonna periodt
LifeWithLonna periodt 3 dias atrás
why are they called shade balls?
Joseph Christian Cuyugan
Can i have one of those?
Riley Chalmers
Riley Chalmers 3 dias atrás
He swam perfectly how can he not swim?
Pazelloxu 3 dias atrás
They look like Tapioca Pearls or Boba.
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