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Interview, Media

Messman on Four Peaks

September 17, 2013
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Matt “Messman” Messenger was one of hardcourt bike polo’s original six. Him along with five other messengers came up with the sport while waiting for deliveries at their bike courier job. Messman helped push this hobby of theirs into a sport, and because of his influence in the sport, he was in the spotlight on the show Four Peaks.

Four Peaks is a monthly show put together by the graduate Communications Department at the University of Washington. Hosted by Hanson Hosein, Four Peaks “taps into the Pacific Northwest’s rich endowment of idea generators, influential activists, business visionaries and inspired storytellers.” Hardcourt bike polo’s roots are in Seattle, Washington, while it’s branches have now reached countries all over the world; this lead Hosein and Four Peaks to reach out to Messman for an interview on the sport.

Check out the interview here:

Media, Tournaments

London Open Media

September 6, 2013

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The London Open is one of the largest annual bike polo tournaments in the World. Last year, it coincided with the world Championships so we saw the best players in the sport put together fun mismatched teams. This year, with Worlds in the U.S.A, the London Open had a little less worldly draw but Europe’s heaviest hitters were definitely in attendance.

Anymore it has become a norm to expect a live stream when the top players in the world hit the court at a tournament, and the London Open organizers made sure their tournament followed suit. If you were lucky enough to catch the live stream, you may have already experienced some of this footage, but in case you were like me and slept through the broadcast, or you just want to see the games again, here are the final two games of the tournament:

The Milky Way vs Spring Break in the Loser’s Bracket Final.

The Milky Way vs The Magic Way in the Tournament Final. Europe’s top two bike polo equipment companies put teams together and these two teams just happened to meet in the tournament final. On the line in this final was more than just tournament victory, it was a fight for pride in ones sponsor.

On top of these videos of great polo action, some heartfelt polo portraits made their way to the web thanks to Will Melling. By going HERE, HERE, and HERE you can see several photos catching the post-game passion and the mid-game rage that make hardcourt bike polo a sport that we all love.

If anyone else has any media from the London Open that they would like to share, please post it in the comments section so everyone can check it out!

Media

Amazing NAHBPC Photos

September 5, 2013

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Liam Gilson takes some amazing photographs. Looking at his North American Bike Polo Championship photos, you can see how he has a great eye for finding the passion in the players. From the pregame psych-ups to the hardball hits on the court, Gilson captured the heart of hardcourt bike polo matches. Head over to his site, right HERE, to find all the amazing photos!

While you’re on his site, be sure to check out his photos of the Midwest Qualifier and the Midwest Bench.

Media

Adidas Meets Some Polo Ladies

September 4, 2013
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Adidas Women has on online series, called My Girl, where they showcase female athletes. In these two minute segments, Adidas has a young adult female, who is very passionate about their sport/physical activity, talk about why they love it. One webisode has a 23 year old from Minneapolis talk why she loves running. Another follows a group of girls from Hawaii who love to surf. And finally, there is the above video.

Adidas met with the London polo ladies for a My Girl episode. While I don’t believe any of the ladies are actually wearing Adidas in the video, it is still great exposure for them and the sport of hardcourt bike polo as a whole. For us polo players, it is a great little edit of the London polo scene, which we may not get to see otherwise.

Enjoy!

Hot Tip, Media

BOOM HEAD SHOT!

August 26, 2013
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Koyo is a sniper! I don’t know if anyone every got a full count of all the head shots Koyo had during the North American Bike Polo Championship but I remember Tyler from Bloomington, IN had a count of at least 6. I believe Tyler, as a dedicated goal judge, was on the receiving end of two of those shots as well.

Big ups to Arlyn for ducking that ball though; he has reflexes of an ornery alligator. Even if his reflexes did yield that kid getting nailed in the head, his bob and weave deserves some recognition.

We are going to have to start putting up signs behind the goals that say “CAUTION! YOU HAVE NOW ENTERED THE BLAST ZONE!” so that spectators know what they are in for. Because until we get nets, like hockey or baseball, we are going to see more and more head shots.

Thank you Mr. Do for this amazing GIF!

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