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Cosmic in Bordeaux

Thanks Rob, Ma Couille, for building such a great tournament and hosting us for the weekend.

Bordeaux was incredible, one of my favourite polo trips to date.  The atmosphere at the tournament was so appreciative and supportive.  Every game ended with a round of applause and spectators watched intently from the joust.  It was a really enlightening experience to meet so many great players and characters in the French scene.

Full write up and photos to come.

Thanks for having us, we’ll see you again soon!


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Bike Polo Face Protection

Faces cages. So there’s a few out there. But what cage? What helmet? I’ve had a good few face injuries from polo. Mallet to temple, tooth (so pleased my mouth was open), cheeks, jaw, and the worst being a back swing which almost took my nose off. It did rip my top lip away from my gum which was nice.

I’ve found it difficult sorting myself out with face protection. I’ve spent hours trawling through the internet in the hope of finding something. But I’m awkward. Hockey helmets don’t work for me. Hurling, baseball, cricket, kayak polo etc all no good. That’s mainly because of the helmets. I can’t stand them. They’re hot and heavy. Kayak polo seemed the best solution though. But I wasn’t too sure of the cage. I certainly preferred the way they were attached without needing a chin cup! I have a beard to think about…

I’ve continued to use my Ekoi cycling helmet and love the lightness and air flow. I used to use a Bern but found it too heavy and bulky. The Fixcraft (baseball) cage fits it well but the bars are thick and like I said, the helmet is heavy. So all I could think of was modifying a cycling helmet. I’ve seen it done before but I wanted some of my own specifics. I needed lightness, comfort, visibility, air flow, and good protection of mouth and upper face. I can handle my chin being loose. The most important thing for me is eyes, nose, mouth. I also wanted the cage to sit close to my face with just enough space to take a hit without feeling the vibration.

After way too much consideration, here’s what I did:

Titanium cricket cage. This is a Masuri which I got cheap off eBay. I wanted this one for it’s bar positioning and lightness. I know a few players with cricket grills attached to BMX lids. They look good but I wasn’t planning to fit this the ‘proper’ way.

I sawed a few bits off. Including the ‘attachment’ areas. They weren’t needed as I planned to attach the grill upside down! This would alter the way the cage fits over my face.

1 x Hockey cage mount fitted to center front. To stop cage falling down.

The inside was carefully dug out and a washer fitted for strength. Then the mount bolted on with original fittings.

Couple of holes carefully planned for cable ties to hold grill sturdy and in place. Some tape around the hockey mount to keep cage in position. It’s not moving anywhere that’s for sure. Looks good huh? Photo filter effects also added to “keep it Cosmic”. The whole thing is pretty damn light and ways a lot less than my old Bern with no cage.

Job’s a good ‘un. Really pleased with it.

Because this helmet is on it’s last legs, I’m gonna repeat the process on a nice old road helmet with super air flow in a few months time. I held the cage over my nice Giro helmet and it would fit something like that really well.

-Todd


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Brooks Hell’s Belles

Here’s a promo vid directed by our good friend Brendan McNamee (Blunt films, Dead Rappers Polo) of the Brooks sponsored ladies majority tourney Hells Belles to be held in London next month.

Wow…never seen bike polo look so sexy!

Our very own Toddy will be playing and showing the girls how to properly dress up, so come down to Newington Court to show your support.


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WHBPC 2011 Final

Last weekend it was the world hardcourt bike polo championships in Seattle – the mother land of bike polo.

Unfortunately we couldn’t make it out there despite qualifying…but some of our Euro friends did and hell they showed the rest of the world what Europe’s got.

With 3 EU teams finishing in the top 5 and an absolute epic performance by French champions Call Me Daddy to take 2nd, making all those at home watching the live stream feel ever so proud – although the results  also made us wished we’d gone out there even more.

The polo world order is definately changing. Polo has only been played seriously in Europe for the past 3 years, yet already it’s  taking a place at the top. This is only going to improve in the years to come and with the Worlds in Europe next year I’m predicting a home win!

Big pat on the back to East Van for taking this years crown, but massive congrats to Call Me Daddy, Iron Ponies, L’Equipe, DTGP, Polosynthese and Money Punch for repping EU hard.

East Van vs Europe – commentary by Machine:


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Pick your angles

Cosmic pass

A brilliant article on this years London Open has been published at greenworm.net.

They describe the sport from a newcomer’s perspective with a refreshing amount of insight, and they manage to avoid all the classic clichés.

The key to the game is not in speed, but in skills and control. It’s not a big court so being able to pick your angles, maintain uprightedness, and perform deft slice shots and smacking power drives while leant over and feathering the brakes off-handed is going to help you more than the acceleration of a demon. You can be hyper aggressive, but the targets themselves reward accuracy over strength.

Do head over to their site to read the whole thing, it’s worth it, they have a little photo gallery of the event as well.  More articles like this please!