June 23, 2017

Yellow Cab claims 2012 Maserati Miami Beach Polo World Cup

Yellow Cab wins 2012 Maserati Miami Beach Polo World Cup

By Alex Webbe

For the first time in history the Miami Beach Polo World Cup ended in a whimper rather than a bang—at least on the playing surface.  After three days of beach polo competition in the 2012 Maserati Miami Beach Polo World Cup, the finals were rained out with 30+ mile-per-hour winds whipping torrents of rain into the event’s massive VIP tent and soaking the playing surface to a point that made it unplayable.

With no options left for the final play-off on the beach, it was proposed that the Yellow Cab Polo Team and The Raleigh polo team faceoff in dryer climes, at the arena facility at Palm Beach Polo in Wellington, to the north.

With only one team able to assemble, a forfeit was reluctantly agreed upon and Simon Garber’s Yellow Cab Polo Team (2-0) was declared the winner of the 2012 Maserati Miami Beach Polo World Cup.

“This certainly isn’t the way we wanted this to be decided,” said Garber, “but we fought hard and were confident about our chances going into the finals.”

“It’s always difficult to reset playoffs when players, horses and personnel have tournament schedules to keep,” said Alex Webbe, Director of Polo.  The Raleigh team captain, Bash Kazi, had business appointments to keep and teammate John Gobin had already shipped his horses north to compete in tournaments in Aiken, South Carolina.”

The sport of polo is a transient one as it moves from club to club, country to country following one tournament after another.  The Maserati Miami Beach Polo World Cup has traditionally been the culmination of the highest level of polo played in North America, putting an exclamation on the high-goal season of the International Polo Club in Wellington, Florida and sending many of these players in different directions as they become part of new teams in new competitions while the Florida polo season take a respite for the summer.

An annual favorite that attracts fourteen teams in two tournaments, this year’s finals ended up being a celebration of the previous four days of play in a hurricane-like party at The Raleigh hotel, the assigned “clubhouse for this year’s tournament.

“We were prepared to play on,” offered Bruce Orosz, President and CEO of The Polo Life, the producer of the event, “but sometimes Mother Nature wins out.  We’ll be back stronger than ever next year, and the tradition will continue.”

HUA HIN BEACH POLO

Beach polo action on the Hua Hin Beach in Thailand

The first beach polo event in Thailand took place on April 11th in a two chukker exhibition match between the Thai Polo team and the distinguished team of Royal Pahang of Malaysia in a fund raising effort for the Princess Mother’s Charities.

With all of the pomp of England’s Cartier Day, a marching band of Thai children from Hua Hin led the parade of 60 horses through the center of the quaint little town and directly onto the beachfront of the Intercontinental Hua Hin resort to take part in the opening ceremony.

Activities began with a horseback fashion show that included many Thai celebrities, socialites and children among the guests, showing off Burberry, La Martina as well as La Perla beachwear.

A 300 meter fundraising horse race took place on the beach, following the horseback fashion show, with ten horses competing for the winning spot before the polo games got underway.

As a prelude to the feature match, a children’s game took place.  The fast-paced and exciting competition featured a young Thai Polo team and a Beach polo team.

During the main event, Mr. Harald Link’s Thai Polo team found itself on the short end of a 5-4 score, with Royal Pahang, cheered on by Prince Abdullah,  raising the cup at the end of the game.

With the onset of the evening, the Bangkok Symphony entertained the guests, who danced to the music in the waning light of the day that was capped by a delightful barbeque dinner in the well appointed gardens of the Intercontinental Hua Hin Resort.

Pro Chukker “Official” Ball of IBPA

"Official" ball of the IBPA

March 11, 2010

The International Beach Polo Association has named the Pro Chukker “Arena Master” inflatable ball as the “Official” tournament ball of the association.

“The construction, properties and quality control exhibited by Pro Chukker in the production of the Arena Master allows the IBPA to name the Arena Master as the Official ball of the International Beach Polo Association,” said association chairman Alex Webbe.

“It is important that the ball employed in beach polo competition exhibit both durability and continuity of manufacturing standards in the production of the ball.  It is also of paramount importance that the ball is sturdy enough to withstand the vigorous play demanded in beach polo competition,” Webbe added.

“Pro Chukker was created to design and manufacture equipment that would allow the sport of polo to be played at its highest level,” said founder Michael Moertl.  “In line with this philosophy, it is our great honor to have had the Pro Chukker Arena Master chosen as the official ball of the International Beach Polo Association, an organization devoted to showcasing the best in high-goal polo around the globe,” he added.

Pro Chukker was established in 2007 and is based on Los Angeles, California.  It is now an international supplier of both polo equipment and apparel.