Can You Swim in Shade Balls?

Ajoutée 13 juin 2019
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)"


  • I received my shade ball today! (20/07/2019) thanks so much! It means so much to me that I now own and can physically touch and hold something that 35M people have watched in a video and one held by one of my favourite FR-tvrs. Thanks again! Shipping to the UK and everywhere else must have cost a fortune!

  • Got mine #8159

  • I just received my shadeball. #450!

  • This video gave me a mini heart attack as a lifeguard.

  • Got my ball, #5606. This guy is a legend!

  • Just got my shade ball in today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #5332

  • Did the shade balls hurt your skin balls when you jumped in?

  • He loves them balls in his face

  • Just got my ball, completely forgot about it. #230 cool, thanks!

    • Damn, nice. I was late to the party and got #7782

  • Ayy!!! Just got my signed ball today!! #9,165

  • 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*

  • Just got my shadeball, Derek! I can't begin to describe how excited I am! Thanks!

  • I just got mine I was so confused what this random package was in the mail ball number 5615

  • I have ball #7966 !!!

  • Just got my shadeball yesterday! No idea what I'm gonna do with it, but it's certainly a conversation piece.

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  • I can't believe I actually received a shade ball today! Thank you Derek you are THE BEST!!!!!

  • HOLY SHEET I actually just got my SHADE BALL in the mail! Thanks! its dope

  • Dude keep your fingers together.

  • Anxiety 🥴🥴🥴

  • Roses are red Murder is to Did I see a drone shadow YAY I got a like Wait why is it blue

  • 3:46 thats what she said

  • Received mines today. Thanks.

  • Cool video. Got my Shade Ball in the mail today. Keep up the kool vids!

  • Just recieved ball 5177 today! Thanks!

  • Can I swim in that too

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  • 3:44 he prob used to it by now

  • That breaststroke tho

  • Why does this Video give me some cool ideas

  • Can you REALLY swim in Shade Balls?

  • can yow run on them

  • What is a shade ball

  • shouldnt the balls be white? black attracks more sunlight therefore more heat

  • 3:53 who else saw the drone shadow

  • can you stay under there for 2 min

  • His guy is like a rip-off Mark Rober

  • Hey Derek. Longtime viewer and subscriber here. I watched your video explaining where the channel may go in the future and how FR-tv'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 FR-tv dragon. Just wanted to chime in. Hope you have success promoting science in whichever fashion works best for you. -Dan

  • Try and run across a pool of shade balls

  • give me please 1 balls = )

  • 4:19 what a turtle beach mike sounds like when pluging it in

  • Here some asma 8:02

  • 3:43 😐

  • What is a Shade ball?

  • Him: my friends are better swimmers His friend: *bellyflops*

  • Why didn't he cuff his hands when freestyle.

  • My question is how is he gonna get them out

  • what ar shade balls

  • It is just me or at 5:57 its odly satisfying

  • what is a shade ball?