It really is a jungle out there. Between the double shot decaf lattes, Netflix binges, fitness fads rivalling rent payments and the “fat free” diets making us, well, fat. But we’ve discovered the ultimate escape to the chaos of contemporary existence, no travel insurance necessary. Cutting through all the BS of contemporary life, some have sought reprieve from the rat race with the unlikeliest of antidotes, a Hi-Bounce ball no less. Welcome to the world of Wall Ball International, the alleyway phenomenon taking the streets by storm.
A sense of community, an elevated heart rate, a hard earned cold beer and a chance to shimmy into some lycra – all this could be yours for a modest $2.99. Remember those early 90’s sitcoms where neighbours actually knew each other, hung out with
each other, called in unannounced. Turns out, it’s not just the stuff of cinema magic. A hybrid of squash and ‘handball’, Wall Ball is a retro-modern take on community bonding, friendly competition and individual dress code.
As Wall Ball pioneer Kirk Docker reminds us, “all you need is a wall and a ball.”
A come one, come all policy means no superhuman athleticism or fancy equipment is required. Despite its ease of entry, Wall Ball feels anything but mainstream. There is a decisive sense of underground, old-school nostalgia to it, a geekiness if you like. But that’s ok, the crew that make up Wall Ball International wouldn’t have it any other way. And we can see why, nerdiness has come a long way in the last few years. Thank Silicon Valley, Star Wars or even Seth Cohen because art has officially become reality and ‘Revenge of the Nerds’ is the new norm.
Where once, arty, passionate, intellectual types were banished to dark corners of the library, nerdiness is finally enjoying its moment in the sun. Nonchalance is so nineties, in this day and age it’s cool to care, to be a participant, to be different. Not only is it hip to be square, but Squares are fast becoming the catalysts of our contemporary economy with the digital revolution influencing our every waking moment. Jeff Bezos of Amazon fame even wielded his immense influence to score a cameo in last year’s ‘Star Trek Beyond’. Now that’s Boss to the power of 2.
It doesn’t take oversized spectacles to see there’s a little Nerd in every Jock and a little Jock in every Nerd. So there you have it, the age old rivalry of Jocks vs Nerds is now outdated and as come full circle to be one and the same. “Cool” huh?