Hoi Polo
Hoi Polo
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The sport of polo conjures up a nostalgic image of British empire, with crisply dressed young men galloping around a green and pleasant field, bashing a ball about for several chukkers to polite applause and the vast consumption of champagne. Hardcourt Bike Polo, the increasingly popular urban offspring of the royals’ favourite sport, is a little different.


City dwellers have swapped thoroughbred horses for steeds of steel and grassy plains for tarmac courts. Strangely, bike polo previously experienced a golden age around a century ago, with a version played on grass featuring in the 1908 London Olympics. The traditional version is still played, but its newer, hardcourt game was more or less created here in Seattle in 2000.


This rugged pursuit for the hoi polloi (or should that be hoi polo?) has proved popular with many leagues now spread across North America, with the Seattle team of The Guardians, having a good record in the North American Championship, winning twice (2009 & 2011) and thrice runners-up. Seattle also won the World Championship title in 2009. One of the most active venues in Seattle can be found off Broadway, at Cal Anderson Park.


Leica M3 & 50mm Summicron
Sekonic L-308S
Kodak Tri-X (@250)
HC-110 (Dil.B – 1:31 – 6.30 min)
Plustek 7600i & Vuescan