Thanks to Mr. Do and Samuel Arechiga we can feel like we never have to leave the NAHBPC mindset. We can sit in front of our computers and pretend like we are still surround by 10,000 lakes and take end the bike polo footage as it continues to roll in.
It started with Mr. Do’s GIF of Koyo snipping that youngster, and was followed by this hilarious GIF of Ace getting hit in his face by his own teammate. Mr. Do didn’t stop there either; as of right now he already has three full game videos online. Not sure why he chose the games he did but they are there and they are a blast to watch! Here are the three videos up so far, and be sure to check Mr. Do’s VIMEO for more action soon!
As mentioned above, Mr. Do isn’t the only one releasing some great NAHBPC footage. Samuel Arechiga from the SOON Media Group put together this fun highlight reel of some of the games from Saturday’s Swiss Rounds. This video is only two minutes long so be sure to give it a few watches so Samuel can see that we appreciate him putting this together!
Worlds is less than two months away and I know the whole poloverse is foaming at the mouth for a chance to win that gold. For those of us who did not qualify for the main event, there is still hope to compete against the best teams in the world. On the Wednesday before Worlds there will be a Wild Card Tournament.
The tournament will consist of 36 teams from all over the World with six of these teams moving on to the actual World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship. The break down of the 36 teams looks something like this.
If Worlds is anything like the previous years, then chances are the regions outside of North America will not fill all of their Wild Card slots and North America will get more than 12 Wild Card slots. So sign your team up North American players!
It’s super simple to sign up for the Wild Card, all you need to do is line up two teammates (no TBD or TBA teammates will be accepted) and fill out this registration form HERE! Make sure you sign up for “Wild Card” in the Registration Option section and not WHBPC Main Event, as your registration will get tossed out and you will not have a chance to play the Wild Card.
Teams have until 11:59pm et on September 5th to register. On September 6th there will a lottery to determine which teams from each region will get to play in the Wild Card. This event will be recorded so that the process is 100% impartial and everyone has an equal chance.
Go make a team and get signed up, the WHBPC is not something you want to miss!
The North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship is over. All of the courts have been unscrewed and are now stored in a warehouse as nothing more than sheets of plywood. Everyone has either made it home and life has gone back to normal. The whole experience feels surreal but the memories are so vivid that it’s impossible to forget.
From seeing Kev’s face bleeding from two separate hits to the face, to seeing chunks of Crandall’s flesh in Lefty Joe’s commuter freewheel. From watching the near figure skating glide of Koyo carving up and down the court, to watching Kremin hang from the top of the boards, like a child laying over their parents knee, getting ready to be spanked, after a monster hit from Nick Kruse. We are all patiently waiting for Mr. Do to put these memories into a second reality so we can live them all over again.
I’m sure you all have seen the full results by now, but just in case you have not, here is the tournament’s official Podium link. Twenty of these 48 teams will advance to the World Championship of Bike Polo in Florida. Here is the list of teams that will be representing North America come October:
1) The Beaver Bros
2) The Guardians
3) The Assassins
4) Portland United
5) Big Country
5) The Makers Y’all
7) The Greens
7) The Control
9) White Fang
9) D G T
9) Los Cuatreros
13) Thunder Buddies
13) The Means
17) Bill Murray
17) Call Me Laddy
17) Magic Toast
Congratulations to all of these teams and best of luck to them all on their travels to Florida. Here’s to North America reclaiming the title of having the best bike polo team in the world!
The World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship is only three months away! With the tournament just around the corner, NAH and Florida Bike Polo are putting the finishing touches on the tournament preparations. This past weekend the tournament’s country allotments were announced. After four different revisions posted on the World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship’s Facebook page, here is the final breakdown of the allotted spots:
- North America – 20 (based on finish at North American Championships)
- Europe – 20 (based on finish at European Championships)
- South America – 3 (based on finish at South American Championships)
- Mexico/Central America/Caribbean – 3
- Australasia – 6 (based on finish at Australasian Championships)
- Japan – 3
- Taiwan– 1
- Florida – 2
They announced that the wildcard tournament will be a 32 team one day tournament. The top six teams from the wildcard will advance to the World Championship. It has not be announced how the 32 spots will be splits among the countries but I’m sure NAH is on top of figuring it out.
We really hope that each continental region fills their spots this year so that we can have a true World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship. See you all at the beach!
Photo courtesy of Adam Pawlowski
Footage of the 2013 European Championship final surfaced today. In it you can see Call Me Daddy (Greg, William PARIS, Paul TOU) play Edisons (Piks GVA, David FRA, Eddy MUN) for the crown. The video is a little hard to watch due to the camera facing the sun and the videographer’s inability to zoom, but listening to Europeans chant makes you not want to stop watching.
Quick discussion point, is the hit at 11:16 clean or dirty?