WHBPC Coverage in Urban Velo: “If You Build it, They Will Play”

Eric (SF, left) and Brick (LA, right). Photo by Krista Carlson

My report on the 2011 World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships for Urban Velo went live today! San Francisco photog Mike Shriver came up North and took some great snaps, which are a fantastic compliment to my article (link below)!

I did so many fantastic interviews with key organizers of Seattle’s polo club and with players in the international polo community as well. I am planning to publish some of my interview material that didn’t make it into this article soon. Here’s an excerpt from the Urban Velo article, from my talks with Messmann, the godfather of modern hardcourt bike polo:

“It’s a pretty great feeling, especially for me, for how long I’ve been playing,” Matt “Messmann” Messenger says of welcoming players from all over the globe to his home turf, after igniting the hardcourt bike polo spark more than a decade ago. “I never thought a bunch of people from around the world would be coming to my city playing this awesome, addictive game that I just started playing with all my messenger buddies back in the day. It’s a little overwhelming and at the same time incredible to have people fly into your own special club that you never thought would ever be established.”

Read the full article here.

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