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Segway polo…..a new challenge and definitely extreme

May 29, 2009

The final instalment on the rather more extreme variations of polo is about Segway polo. Now here we have to admit we had a Homer Simpson moment – ‘what on earth could Segway polo be’ – well – duh – its polo played on a Segway……….OK……….but what we really meant was ‘what is a Segway?’

Duh, you don’t know – well let us explain.

The Segway PT only has two wheels, yet it manages to stay upright by itself.

To move forward or backward on the Segway PT, the rider just leans slightly forward or backward. To turn left or right, the rider simply moves the LeanSteer frame left or right. You get the sense of power and speed, yet you also feel a sense of safety and absolute control.

The machine was invented by someone called Dean Kamen and is produced in New Hampshire USA – and today it is used around the world by individuals, companies and organisations such as the police force.

 

Segway PT

Segway PT

So there it is and now you know too – to date the company has sold over 25,000 of these personal transporters which as we have intimated do have their practical and serious side to them. The lady above sure looks to be having a lot of fun and although we have never tried to ride on one we have to admit it does look entertaining and it is of course an eco friendly mode of transport.

Of course there were those who decided to take the fun element to another extreme – enter Segway polo – and as this video from liburd demonstrates it does look to be a laugh and we dare say there is quite a bit of skill involved – but at a price tag of around £5,000, or 6,500 euros, or $7,500, as with the more traditional horse polo, it is not a cheap pastime.

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4 comments

  1. Hi,

    As one of the people who plays Segway Polo, allow me to invite you to come out to one of our matches. I can’t guarantee you’ll play but you’ll get on a Segway for sure. We currently play in Sunnyvale, California but if you’re on the European/U.K. side of the pond we will be playing the Woz Challenge Cup in Cologne, Germany on July 17 – 19. Thanks for the article!


    • Stuart, that sounds great. We are here in Europe (south of France) so will try get to the Woz Challenge Cup – should be fun. My husband is a 2-goal in the real thing so he will be intrigued!


  2. Enjoyed the article very much. I would certainly reinforce the suggestion to come to Cologne. I was able to meet with the organisers last weekend and it looks as if it will be a great weekend.

    I live in France next to Geneva, and we will be driving up to play. There will be a range of events going on, and a number of “out of competition” games being played.


    • Thanks Ian. I really hope we can make it, but have a small problem in that we HAVE to be back in the south late Sunday afternoon – we will see what we can do… It sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun!



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