Several of our members enjoy the sport of kayak polo.
Kayak Polo, known as Canoe Polo outside of North America, is a competitive team sport played in specialized boats built for lightness, speed and maneuverability. It is a full-contact game and the boats have integrated foam bumpers for impact and players wear fully padded PFDs and helmets with face-masks. The game plays like a combination of basketball, soccer and water polo.
We run classes at UCLA available through their recreation department. The classes are currently split between Beginner Clinics; which are perfect for folks who have either never kayaked or have kayaked but have never played kayak polo and Intermediate Sessions; which are designed for those who have the requisite paddling and game skills and need less formal instruction and want more game play and scrimmage time.
We sometimes run weekend day events at Mother’s Beach in Marina Del Rey or at Hansen Dam’s Aquatic Center.
Here are events scheduled
Kayak Polo Summer Beginner Clinic #2 Tuesday, July 11, 8-10pm
Kayak Polo Summer Beginner Clinic #3 Tuesday, July 25, 8-10pm
Kayak Polo Summer Beginner Clinic #4 Tuesday, August 15, 8-10pm
Kayak Polo Summer Intermediate Clinic #1 Tuesday, August 23, 8-10pm
Kayak Polo Summer Beginner Clinic #5 Tuesday, August 29, 8-10pm
Kayak Polo Summer Intermediate Clinic #2 Tuesday, August 30, 8-10pm
All the above events are held at: UCLA Sunset Canyon Park Pool
UCLA Recreation Sign-Up https://www.recreation.ucla.edu/
California Kayak Polo Regional Tournament Sunday, September 3
Either at Hansen Dam or San Francisco (Location TBD)
US Kayak Polo Nationals Friday-Sunday, October 27-29 Austin, Texas https://www.meetup.com/Austin-Kayak-Polo-Club/events/240293476/
Our club has hosted US Nationals for the sport three times; in 2003, 2009 and 2015. These competitions are held in the United States every year, usually in the fall (September or October). This year, our club is planning to host some regional training camps and competitions with other California clubs from the Bay Area and the San Diego region.
If you are interested in learning more about kayak polo, please contact Patrick Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org
The club also posts regularly to the Facebook page and communicates through its Yahoo group (bruincanoepolo).
The International Canoe Federation (ICF) oversees the sport and other canoeing disciplines and World Championships have been held every two years since the first event in 1994 in Sheffield, United Kingdom.
The 2016 Canoe Polo World Championships were held in Syracuse, Italy. Here is the Men’s Championship game between France and Italy.
We hope see you all on the water soon.