Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
blah blah blah, best polo city *ever*, blah blah blah, 123 kill...
Hello everyone ! I’m a french girl traveling for 6 months along the North American west coast. I’m using couchsurfing to meet people and hosts in each city I go to. I also thought this website could be a good way to find a place to stay as I have recently traveled around Europe with friends playing bike polo and I have always had a great time with the people we meet.
I’ll be in Vancouver at the beguining of July (for one or two weeks) so I was wondering if there was anyone here able to offer me a place to stay for one or few days ?
Hey East Van,
I'm planning on visiting in mid-February and hoping to establish some alliances to participate in Ladies Army 5 this year! I'm a newbie to polo but Saskatoon taught me well. Also, I heard theres a new permanent polo court which i'd love to check out during that time... marco?
Great! We play at the Grandview Park court (which you referred to) on weekends when it's not pouring rain. Also have a super fun Valentine's Day 2v2 tournament on Feb 16 if you're around then.
Best way to get in touch with the club is by joining our mailing list: https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/eastvan-bike-polo
Maybe give us a shout closer to the date if you need a place to crash and/or a bike to borrow. We may be able to help you out.
Dear east van,
i am currently attempting to forcefully persuade another saskatoon poloer to join me. but i will be around for turbo polo action from feb 13-21... however i need to borrow a bike :| let me know if anyone has one that i can crash a lot.
Thanks i didnt know about the yahoo one. I will check that out. I have already requested to join the facebook page but no one accepted me.
Indeed see you in the new year.
Hm, I don't see any pending requests on the facebook page. Regardless, not much is happening there -- the listserve is where it's at.
I tried to get you on FB and no one replied. Im a part of Velo Polo Cologne at the moment. Im moving to vancouver permanently in January. Im Canadian but German Polo Trained. I wont have a bike when I arrive and Im wondering if anyone has anything for sale.
Also let me know how I can join the FB page to post there?
Thanks, see you soon
Sorry you couldn't get in touch with us!
The email listserve is the best way to contact us (you may need to get a yahoo account associated with whatever email you use): http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/eastvanbikepolo/
Not sure which facebook group you're referring to -- we sometimes use this one: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2390733867/
You can request to join it and someone will add you shortly.
See you in the new year!
Photos of grandview: http://m.flickr.com/#/photos/72427965@N00/sets/72157624585833349/
You can also google 'Grandview park bike polo'
Sara, no bike, sorry, but you may want to also post to our fb page. I think you might hit more people there. Hope to see you when you're in town!
yo, where can i see pics of your courts?
HELLO VANCOUVER! imma part of the toronto polo crew...on my way to yr fine city in a few weeks to hawk my wares at the convention center. anyone have a bike i can borrow to get around with? i can offer you free entry to the show (circle craft nov 7-11) in exchange. this is my email saratATriseupDOTnet good way to find me. thanks!! sara
Hey, Im looking for a place to stay on October 29th-november 1st in Van. Would love to also check out the East Van polo set up while im in town.
My cup runeth over with blood and not wine
I'm going to post this to the EAST VAN FB page, might get more response there.
Thanks a lot, I found a place to stay on the 29th-31st. But I will be back in Van around the 5th as I think I have an interview at MEC. Ill be looking for a place to crash and also to hang out and check out the Polo in Vancouver.
Ill make myself a FB page soon so I can try and connect with East Van Polo crew!
shit is going down this weekend!
Bike!Bike! workshops, Velopalooza events and the FINAL SCREENING OF THE ORGASM TRAIL!
Bike Smut: the Orgasm Trail will be showing at the
Russian Hall (600 Campbell @ E. Georgia) this
Friday the 22nd, 7:45pm, $9 for all the
DIY bicycle p0rn you could beg for
ill make sure i got some skeet left for your balls EastVan
Like the Care Bears said, "sharing (bicycles, F/OSS, alcohol and Josh's Mom...) is caring"
Hey there are three of us coming up to east van tonight, you guys gonna polo through the rain tonight?
Hey EVBP its Toni from BBP i'll be in town from monday 2/20 through thursday 2/23 flying down to LA on friday AM. I have my bike and i'm hoping to play at least once, Naomi said you'd take care of me.
hey gagoosh..... sorry to hear that those kids didn't really keep playing polo... anyway, i won't get into surrey/vancouver until like 11:00 next thursday, so i don't think i'll be able to play with east van on thurs night... when's the next day that you guys get together for some polo.... let me know and i'll be there... flying out of seatle on Monday morning (the 20th)
oh shit, wrecked again!
We have a 2x2 Valentine's tournament on the Saturday. We start at 11:00 sharp and it will be under the Cambie Street Bridge. PM me and I can shoot you directions!
Okay catfish, I'm going to move my mouth like this...
you guys play on the weekends? I'm flying in on the 16th, thursday and i hope i get a chance to play with you guys before i fly back out on Monday. i'm also trying to find out if high school aged players are playing in the Vancouver area. we have about 12 kids playing at the high school that i teach at in pennsylvania... we're trying to hold a national invitational tournament and doin some recon for it.... anyway, i hope i get a chance to play a little polo with you guys that weekend... what up Rory???
We have a couple in their last year of high school but they don't come out all that much. I taught a couple of my students the game and they seemed to enjoy it but then never asked or showed interest in coming out again.
Hey east van, hope all is well!
Our mayor recently approved a budget increase for grants. This is to be used to restore our dying community centres. This could mean that if WPG bike polo acts fast and together with a community centre, we could get a proper court to play on. Instead of the gritty sandpaper-esque pavement we play on now. At the NA's I was speaking with one of you east vaners, he said that you would gladly share your court plans to help another community get a court happening. I was wondering if you had any advice before we take this on, and if you wouldn't mind sharing the court plans?
If you could shoot me an email @ firstname.lastname@example.org you'd make this polo-entusiasts day.
Thanks a lot East Van!!
I'll be seeing you at the crown
Yo if i fly up there in february or march, and it's raining, will u guys still play pickup with me all day and all night in the rain? Also who has the best (or most) homebrew? Im serious. Booking a flight in the next few days most likely.
Yeah Joker! Also, I know who has the best and most home brew and it's neither of those two hosers...
You know who has the best. I don't know who has the most though.
Thanks for the compliment Martin - people are playing all the time Joker!
Rory "I Don't Know Who" Crowley ladies and gentlemen. ;)
If you haven't heard yet, I will be stepping down as Cascadia Regional Rep, and Board member. My plan is to use the month of January to find my replacement. Please start thinking about this role and how it will affect you and your city now. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
-January 1st to midnight Jan 7th to put in your name as a Candidate. Please post your name, and short campaign speech IN THE THREAD ON THE CASCADIA PAGE.
-January 8th to midnight Jan 22nd City Reps talk to your cities and VOTE by emailing me your choice (this is only for one spot)
*** CITY REP VOTES MUST BE TURNED IN BY 1/22/2/12 TO COUNT***
-Shannon and Cecily will speak with the new Regional Rep and decide among the 3 of them who will be the new Cascadia Board member.
Please spread the word to anyone you think needs to know about this, I want this turnover to be smooth and soon before the season get to heavily upon us.
Thank you all for your trust and confidence these past few months,
Just posted this to our listserv. Sorry to see you step down. I completely understand.
Hey guys ! It's Dany from Manhattan, Ks. I had a blast hanging out and playing polo with you guys this summer. I'm busting my arse here to get polo going again but it sure isn't easy. Congrats for the title and hopefully there'll be another conference there soon so that I can come play again !
The Flying Frenchman.
Hey Guys & Gals
Can I couch surf at someone's place or places from September 12 or 13 to the 19. Then I will be staying at Max's from the next couple days. if this works please let me know!
I need a sugar momma so I can work less and play polo more!!
Anyone have an extra bike rack that some Toronto folks can steal for Seattle? We're flying to Van and renting a car, leaving for Seattle Thursday, back Monday.
OMG!!!!!!!!! there goes the hood
two asshole's don't make it right"
BUTT three asshole's make a good team"
there are alot of people in the same boat as you,its looking like cars are booked solid rite now.. keep tryin, there is a bus
I'm looking to get from Van to Calgary sometime before the NA's, anyone have a spot in a car? I wouldn't mind splitting a rental, but it looks like everything is booked up because of the long weekend before. I will chip for gas/snacks/fireworks/etc.
• TORONTO • OTTAWA • VALLEY BOYS •
see y'all thursday :)
fer sure brah!
showed up at 1 for some more polo.. but no one was around.. kids were tiered and sun'ed out so headed home.
catch ya next time vancouver,
bryn from saskatoon
Your new theme song.
WTF? and where did you find that??!
Mr William Gibson, an adopted Vancouverite, posted it on his twitter last week.
Of course he did!
it should be..
so who's got some work for me in august/september? or who has a friend of a friend who does? I can send a resume upon request. Some of my strengths are painting (interiors, exteriors, portraits), roofing, construction work, prep cooking, babysitting, screen printing, waitressing, communicating well with strangers, gardening, landscaping, and i'm really fun to play polo with on a Sunday afternoon. lmk. thanks! oh and maija might be looking too but she's legal and she has more skills than i.
Ah, I might take you up on the babysitting and can surely offer you a comfy sofa bed to crash on. There will also be gardening... and there'll be lots more polo than just Sunday afternoons!
yess sounds wonderful! lets continue this discussion in austin. see you so soon!
You got it lady!
are there plans for polo around the westcoast unvitational?
there is talk of something, not sure of tourny, but fun filled days of pick up!
is there a crown this year? we are going to be visiting friends and id love to combine the two :)
Weekend after worlds.
radness. thatll be perfect.
i baked at uprising for two years :)
My goodness I hope I can attend
Sun is shining. beer is delicious. polo will happen. will you be there?
People! thanks so much for including me during my visit to van. it was rad to get to play, and hang out, awesome. thanks again everyone. hope to see ya'll again soon.
So I was biking down commercial last night and i saw these dudes with polo bikes and i had to chase them down and ask about polo. I'm from Saskatoon, and i am in the city visiting a friend and checking things out here and i would love to come down and check out a game. The dude i was talking too gave me his e-mail address but I wasn't quite clear on what he said (i sent an email to the address he gave but...it was randyboards or something...?), but he did say there i a meeting happening today...so i figured i should post something here as well. It'd be rad if you guys sent an e-mail about what time you are meeting that i could get in on that email: email@example.com, thanks dude/dudettes!
Hahahaha! Randy Boards!!
just sent you a email, check it!
I love you and miss you East Van. Somebody marry me so I can i can speed thru the immigration process quicker. Its too damn hot down here and I need maple syrup too.
Give me an address, I'll send maple syrup. You are left to your own devices for the marriage bit.
lefty gay marriage is legal up here
2007 - King of The Juice
2010 - LEFTY MAGIC
Okay I am in dyer need of a team for the Victoria anyone interested in teaming up? Please let me know if you are or you know someone who is looking!
Hi East Van! Does anyone know of a bike shop that's looking to hire a great mechanic (my boo)?
Thanks and see ya'll soon!
Check Bike Doctor, Dream Cycle and Bikes on the Drive.
See you soon!
bye for now, East Van - it was wonderful meeting you and even getting to play a bit. I was going to go by tonight to say so long, but it wasn't really polo weather. hasta la next time...
I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.
- John Cage
Thank you, East Van! (esp Kara for lending your bike - you're very brave, not to mention kind, to entrust it to a stranger!) I had a great time last night, even though I could hardly get near the ball - you guys are FAST!
Can't remember who I was telling about my mallet-in-wheel mishap, but here's a pic for your amusement. Still can't figure out the physics of it.
Hope to see you again before I head back East.
hi again - I'm having no luck uploading photos from Thursday night - you can see them on Waterloo Area Bike Polo's Facebook. might get some more this week.
Also, our website is www.evbp.ca How do we change this? Who is the East Van harbinger of change?
Talk to your club rep.
I'm from Washington state and I'm going to be in Vancouver all day Saturday, May 15th, and I'd love to play some polo north of the border. Marco...
Need a place to stay or anything? We are at Grandview Park from about 2pm if the weather is nice.
See you soon!
We are staying in American Backpackers Hostel, thanks for the offer though. It'll be me my roomate mike and posibly our fellow travelers who don't partake in polo. Were staying friday night for a night at the bars for my buddy's 19th birthday, were not leaving until sunday and this polo pick-up is the only thing on the agenda for saturday so far, so if you have any suggestions on what to do in vancouver on a saturday I'm all ears.
I'm currently shooting a documentary about hardcourt bike polo, working title "Marco" so I apologize ahead of time if I have a camera in your face asking about your polo crew.
We're so used to polo documentarians at this point, no worries about the camera.
If you are all on bikes, a ride through Stanley Park should not be overlooked. Great 10k seawall.
Commercial Drive, where we play, is a great street to wander up and down. Lots of cafes, restaurant, art, books, used clothes, etc.
Cool. Me and Mike are more polo people than we are bike people. We both picked up biking again after we picked up polo(like 2 months ago), so i'm not sure about the 10k, especialy to avoid taking too much time away from our fellow non-bike-wielding travelers (were already either ditching them or dragging them along for atleast 2 hours of polo) but we will definately check out commercial drive. Are there any good polo documentaries out there already? I have never seen one and thought I was being original haha. I'd love to check some out that already exist.
Here is the link to the trailer for the as yet un-named Polo Documentary by EVBP's own Oleg Jiliba:
Me and mike played polo on your court on saturday, but nobody else showed. Nice court btw
Saturday was our polo tour day. We were looking for a new court because, this summer, ours will be renovated. You still in town? PM me.
No fun city...
slayers miss e.van!!