Can You Swim in Shade Balls?

  • Published on Jun 13, 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)"

Comments • 22 287

  • Chanderdat Laltoo
    Chanderdat Laltoo 2 hours ago

    hi. how can i get these shade balls...Please contact me since it is for a different purpose

  • Overwhelming Surplus Of Diggity

    this gives me claustrophobia.

  • •GachaWøffles•
    •GachaWøffles• 11 hours ago

    “But it’s kinda like quicksand,”
    “O-oh, no.”

  • Theo Kh
    Theo Kh 15 hours ago

    0:10 do you mean incredi ball?

  • Eclipse :p
    Eclipse :p Day ago

    How are they gonna get them *out* ....

  • Swiftalz -_-
    Swiftalz -_- Day ago

    Butterfly is challenging in itself to do why would anyone ever do that.

  • Hothkinstroy
    Hothkinstroy Day ago +1

    3:17 did this guy just jump in air?

  • Riley Sheldon
    Riley Sheldon Day ago

    3:53 they using a drone look at the shadow to the right

  • breadstick 'n'dip

    You cant swin in the reservoir because its drinking water. But you can drive a boat that uses oil

  • Kundan
    Kundan Day ago

    watching the pool fill up with these black balls is so satisfying and disgusting.

  • Juan Pablo Valencia

    5:45 that's gotta hurt

  • Gleam シ
    Gleam シ Day ago


  • Rockstarfoxy Production's

    How will he get them all out

  • sauce slos
    sauce slos 2 days ago +1

    This gave me so much anxiety

  • Mario C90
    Mario C90 2 days ago +1

    7:14 you can see his instant regret face as he goes under

  • Taylor Churchill
    Taylor Churchill 3 days ago

    I would love to do this.

  • Hector Vitti
    Hector Vitti 3 days ago

    1920: *we will have fliyng cars int the future*
    2019: -* im about to swim in shy balls-*

  • Panda slimzz
    Panda slimzz 3 days ago +3

    When they did a drone shot of them pouring the balls in it reminded me of boba 😂

  • Carl Ruby Højland Nielsen

    Tbh i had no idea what a shade ball was i just clicked cause it looked like those balls from The Imcredibles

  • Andrew Chadwick
    Andrew Chadwick 4 days ago

    8:02 me trying to swim

  • iays
    iays 4 days ago

    cant you swim under it and come up for air wvery 10 seconds or so

  • MrInfiniteWolf ツ
    MrInfiniteWolf ツ 4 days ago

    Below water of the balls is sick!

  • Nicholicious
    Nicholicious 4 days ago +1

    The school thot at a pool party:

  • Angelica Poh
    Angelica Poh 4 days ago

    It looks like metal atoms

  • Mr Gaming 2007
    Mr Gaming 2007 4 days ago

    Is it just me or does this remind you of that scene from the incredibles where all the balls blasted him and started sticking to him

  • TheMostEpicPairOfSocks

    I actually held my breath right before he jumped in without realizing.

  • Talant Ziadinov
    Talant Ziadinov 4 days ago

    if you wanna swim trough you have to take deep breaths and dive under it and come up so u can take a break, with the help of the balls staying on the sruface shouldnt be so exhausting ;)

  • Davis Harry
    Davis Harry 4 days ago


  • MsNooneinparticular
    MsNooneinparticular 4 days ago +3

    We're in that weird part of TheXvid again, kids.

  • Leticia Pereira
    Leticia Pereira 4 days ago +1

    my god my anxiety is KILLING ME

  • Captain Morgan IV
    Captain Morgan IV 5 days ago

    But it's kinda like quicksa-*csapcshdhakshdhdjd*

  • gloten gloat
    gloten gloat 5 days ago

    You're a dumbass

  • JL - 08BN - Thomas Street MS (1654)

    That's a lot of tapioca

  • sarah docinho
    sarah docinho 5 days ago

    Meu sonho

  • A Unfamiliar Account.
    A Unfamiliar Account. 5 days ago +1


  • Insert Minecraft Meme Here

    "I am swimming... but I'm getting a lot of *balls* in my face."

  • Trump's Neck Vagina
    Trump's Neck Vagina 5 days ago

    You got a lot of balls😲

  • Leon Chung
    Leon Chung 5 days ago

    Looks like caviar from drone view

  • Hafextas
    Hafextas 5 days ago +1

    this reminds me of The Incredibles part when bob is thrown at with this black sticky balls

  • Brittany Walls
    Brittany Walls 5 days ago

    DO NOT TRY AT HOME!!!!!!!

  • Sordid Bacon
    Sordid Bacon 5 days ago

    He had at least 3 bags left

  • Lord Humungous
    Lord Humungous 5 days ago

    Clean up must have been a bitch

  • Music Tho
    Music Tho 6 days ago

    How awesome would it be if we could breathe under water? Like we just hold our breath but we never run out of it. How cool would it be to take a weight and put yourself down there and look at the water and the light above you and just stay there.

  • Abhijeet Singh
    Abhijeet Singh 6 days ago +1

    Looked like he was setting himself up for drowning...jeez

  • Thushara Buddhika
    Thushara Buddhika 6 days ago

    Is he swimming?

  • Anim MusicTM
    Anim MusicTM 6 days ago

    A great place to hide in horror movies

  • Khoaeash Dhawan
    Khoaeash Dhawan 8 days ago

    How he signed 10,000 balls

  • Solari Saint-amour
    Solari Saint-amour 8 days ago

    If you almost died how you are saved

  • Minemaster2112
    Minemaster2112 8 days ago

    What is a shade ball

  • Twitter vBrxzzzy
    Twitter vBrxzzzy 8 days ago

    Can’t swim in it but u can driv boat in ut

  • Andre
    Andre 8 days ago

    Thought i heard shitballs...say it faster

  • Amy Playz
    Amy Playz 9 days ago

    But is kinda cool

  • Amy Playz
    Amy Playz 9 days ago

    Lol slow mode

  • Amy Playz
    Amy Playz 9 days ago

    You might drown

  • Amy Playz
    Amy Playz 9 days ago

    No I don’t think so it will be super hard

  • Tommy Bradfield
    Tommy Bradfield 9 days ago +1

    Well mr incredible couldn’t get through them so...

  • TronGamer38
    TronGamer38 9 days ago

    How is he gonna get those out of the pool?! Lol

  • Gaming Utility
    Gaming Utility 9 days ago

    So u cant swim in drinking reservoar but u cant drive freaking titanic over there..... Khm 😑

  • Charlize Berkheimer
    Charlize Berkheimer 9 days ago

    When he jumped in i was like "Ouch"

  • Reaching 10000 subs without videos before 2020

    After done swimming in shade balls
    Verisatium: *So what now?*