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Jan's Story

Back in the 80’s, Jan von Heland was enjoying summer with his family at the beach in Sweden. He was doing what most people did for fun - standing waist deep in the water throwing a flying disk to one another. Except when he threw a frisbee upside down by accident, he noticed it skimmed across the surface like a stone. A lightbulb went off and he thought how much more fun it would be to play with a product that used the water's surface to bounce.

Fast forward to the early 2000s when his idea finally came to fruition after lots of dreams, research, development, and tests. Although the first ball ever made did indeed bounce on water, it sank. But he never gave up until it floated properly. So it wasn’t until 2005 that the masterpiece also known as The Waboba Ball was finally born and ready to bounce around the world, turning human beings and dogs into Waboba addicts also known as Wabobians.

Even though Waboba first began as, "The ball that bounces on water", we soon realized millions of Wabobians would go through withdrawal if they didn’t have something fun to play with on land too. So we created the Street, Moon, and Flyer to keep the obsession going strong - with many other items joining the Waboba family every year for both land and water since then.

Nowadays, Waboba has grown to become a lifestyle about having fun, being outside, going on adventures, embracing your inner child, refusing to grow up, staying active, letting loose and enjoying time with family and friends in the most simplest form. All you need is a ball! Anytime. Anywhere.

See ya outside!

The Waboba Team | Keep Life Fun

Meet our team

  • Jan Von Heland

    Founder/Inventor/CEO

    Today is by far the best day there is (to play Waboba).

  • Dale Marx

    CEO, Waboba USA

    Remember, Waboba is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.

  • Buck Bowers

    VP of Sales

    Careful, man! There's a Waboba here.

  • Nico Wittenberg

    EU Sales Manager

    3 things in life that are certain: death, taxes, and Waboba is the greatest invention in all of history.

  • Charlie

    Web Developer

    A life without Waboba is not a life at all.

  • Alex Chen

    Product Manager

    May the Waboba be with you.

  • Anna von Heland

    CSR Manager

    Tack / Xie, xie / Thank you for playing Waboba.

  • Georg Von Heland

    Graphic Designer

    Waboba is creativitiy with a job to do.

  • Axel Von Heland

    Director of Product Development

    Give me Waboba, or give me death.

  • Aubrey Keith

    Customer Resource Manager

    Dude, where’s my Waboba?

  • Sam Huang

    Product Designer

    Waboba balls cannot change the world, Wabobians can change the world.

  • Stella

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