One month prior to the start, the Beach Polo has almost 20 teams registered and a remarkable international presence
The first edition of the beach-water polo tournament Beach Polo Costa Brava was presented last Friday (July 28th) in Palamós beach “Platja Gran”. Members of the city council and local media outlets attended the event in which Cristina Marín, General Manager of BIWPA, and Joel Esteller, coordinator of the tournament, presented the Beach Polo and talked about the details of it. The mayor of Palamós, Lluís Puig, stressed the importance of hosting an event of such characteristics for the development and the economy of the city.
One month ahead of the kick off, almost twenty teams have already signed up. Roughly half of them are coming from different countries, such as the United States, the Netherlands, Italy, France and Russia. There are also teams from other regions in Spain like the Basque Country and Galicia. Finally, some of the squads are formed by a mix of different players currently playing in Catalonia or Spain and even a team mixed with Spanish and American players.There will be a squad formed by players of Club Natació Barcelona, Spanish top division team.
The venue will have two different areas. The first area will be located right in front of the sea and the water polo arena. From this area, the referees and BIWPA coordinators will take care of everything related to the competition and the games. Next to it, there will be another marquee with different kinds of drinks for the participants.
The second area will be situated in the back, where BIWPA will place different marquees for the cafeteria and another zone with merchandising, with the presence of brands that support the event such as Turbo, Powerade, Coca Cola, Estrella Damm, Boirón, Freixenet or Frit Ravich. In the middle of the two main areas, there will be a chill-out zone with tables, chairs, sun umbrellas and music for the athletes to rest or hang out.
The tournament will last 3 days, from September 1 (Friday) to September 3 (Sunday). On Saturday, different top water polo players will come as guests. Felipe Perrone, one of the best water polo players of the moment, will come over in Palamós. Besides, the three world runners-up in Budapest, Anni Espar, Clara Espar, and Bea Ortiz, will also visit us.
The schedule will be released in the next weeks, when the inscriptions close.
Teams registered so far:
- UC Davis: two women’s teams (U.S.)
- Lyon Rhone Water Polo (France)
- Paris Aquatic (France)
- Verona (Italy)
- Moscu State University (Russia)
- ZPC Wiekslag: men’s and women’s team (The Netherlands)
- Z&PC Watervlo (The Netherlands)
- Catalan team
- Catalan team
- Club Natació Barcelona (Catalonia)
- AESE (Catalonia)
- Eibarko Urbat I.K.E.: men’s and women’s team (Spain)
- Real Club Náutico de Vigo (Spain)
- C.D. Fortuna K.E. (Spain)
- Mixed Spanish and American team