Editorial

Chandel’s Adios to the NAH

December 20, 2013

Before reading this please hit play on this YouTube video.

Some very upsetting news came from the higher ups at NAH yesterday. It was announced that Chandel Bodner will be stepping down as NAH’s Tournament Coordinator. Hoping to focus more of her time on RYB Denim and slaying on the court, Chandel felt that passing the torch on to someone new would be the best way to accomplish this. Here are Chandel’s farewell words:

“It’s not goodbye, it’s really hello!

Thank you to the entire community of bike polo for enduring me as the Tournament Committee Chairperson for the NAH these last 3 or so years. As of this past November, I am no longer representing you in an official capacity. I say this with a very even balance of joy and sadness. It has always meant a lot to me to be giving back to the bike polo family, a group of very unique individuals that always remind me about passion, endurance, and love. The experiences, the people, the stress, the fun, the time, the everything that is a result of my role with NAH is far too much to mention right now, but I will say it all enhanced my life and helped me be a better person. There are also too many of you to list individually. The changing groups of reps, board members, old and new players, and volunteers have all been incredible to work with, thank you! A specific shout out, thank you Ben Schultz for continually believing in, supporting, and understanding me. There aren’t words that describe how amazing you are for polo and how grateful I am to have worked so closely with you.

To the current crew, you’ve all been really progressive and positive, I’m very excited for where bike polo will go now, and happy to watch from the sidelines, and even more excited to go and play in a tournament, not work at it! ;]
I leave you all in the very capable hands of John Hayes, a new local transplant to Toronto, thanks for taking over John!

Thanks everyone! I’ll be focusing my efforts on RYB Denim and playing my heart out!
xx. Chandel”

The NAH has appointed John Hayes to attempt to fill her shoes. We will attempt to grab an interview with him in the next week or two so we can all see what changes we can expect from our new Tournament Coordinator. Seeing the great things he’s done in Europe, I expect we will see him cracking the whip as hard as Chandel. Best of luck to both of their future endeavors!

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Contest

Help Design LOBP’s Logo

December 18, 2013

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Are you the Pollock of Photoshop? Are you the Man Ray of Microsoft Paint? How about the Klimt of Illustrator? Well then the legendary juggernaut that is League of Bike Polo needs your help! They are in need of a new logo and are looking to the Poloverse to help design one. The best design not only gets to claim bragging rights but they also will receive a FREE pair of DZR Marco shoes. All entries must be submitted by January 7th in order to have a chance to win the contest. For more info on the contest and to find some file specifications, follow this link HERE!

So get your pencils sharpened and hit those sketch books! Not like it will really matter though, my logo is definitely going to be the winner anyway!

Culture, Product

The First 3D Printed Head

December 16, 2013

Engineer, Educator, Genius Inventor, Polo Player. These are just a few words to describe Portland Bike Polo’s greatness known as Thomas Hudson. This past week Tom got the chance to combine his well crafted mind and his love for bike polo by using technology that we all wish we could play around with.

Give a polo playing the chance to 3D print something, and of course he is going to make some hardcourt gear. If that polo player happens to be an inventor, then chances are we are going to see layers upon layers of the something fresh and new. For Tom, the PLA layers ended up forming an engineered mallet head. Tom decided to kick the traditional cylindrical shape to the curb for something brand new; check it out!

The Process:

The Final Product:
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Weighing in at 100 grams, this head was a basically the 3D printed version of Thor’s hammer. Tom was smashing big shots from all over the court and his forechecking ability would even leave Sidney Crosby jealous.  It’s important to note that after a few games of pick up, the PLA head did not explode! It may have worn down faster than gas pipe, but it did a lot better than we all expected.

Product

Warm Your Head With Magic!

December 12, 2013

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Beanie, bobble hat, stocking hat, toque; whatever you want to call them, Magic Bike Polo has them in stock! Tightly knitted with their logo, you can get these warm winter hats in either pink poof ball or green poof ball form. Whichever you choose, this is going to be the perfect hat to keep your head warm if you’re looking to play polo during this countrywide freeze. This past weekend Portland hit record lows, so I know I’ll be picking one up; no more brain freezes for me! If you’re interested in getting one yourself, head on over to the Magic Bike Polo Website and have the crew send one your way. For only£10.00 you can keep your noggin warm and support your polo family so grab one!

Tournaments

Jack the Dish II Roundup

December 11, 2013
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Small friendly tournaments are fun, silly, and help remind us just how much we love our bike polo family. As much as giving a cash prize to the winner takes out the friendly element for some players (*cough* Joey *cough cough*), Jack The Dish was a refreshing laid back tournament held by The Fresno Pedal Junkies. The Fresno crew are stoked on polo and it’s always a blast hanging out with them, so making the three hour drive for a one day tournament totally worth it. The tournament was a $5 per person throw in winner takes all;  on top of that it was a potluck, so everyone brought a delicious dish. It was a great way to burn off some calories from all the food I ate on Thanksgiving. With folks coming from Sac, Santa Cruz, SF, San Diego, LA, and Davis we had a great crew of California slayers in attendance!

Schwackers were the stacked team of Joey, Shitty and Rhyno, so it’s no surprise they went undefeated.   Sacramento took second, but I am keeping with my theory that team Mighty Fucks (Kyle, Jackie and Myself) would have been number two if not for the fact that we were overly lubricated with beer by the time we played against them. Bring it gentlemen!

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Insert amazing team photo here:
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Annnnnnnnnd here’s the obligatory group shot:
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Thanks again Fresno!  I will leave you with this…
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