Segway Polo: The Next Big Thing?
First and foremost, Go Ape is a specialist in sky-high adventures. But, we also offer forest adventures with a down-to-earth twist, courtesy of our all-terrain, self-balancing Segways.
After soaking-up the sights of the forest from way up high, what better way to continue your Go Ape adventure than by swapping two legs for two wheels to cruise the forest floor? A Go Ape Forest Segway Experience lasts around an hour and includes a safety demo, practice session, and a totally unforgettable forest trail experience.
Segways are a great way to explore the forest and offer a fun alternative to cycling or walking! Plus, rolling around can be a real relaxing experience, so long as you're able to navigate your way through the trees whilst staying upright. But, aside from being your forest tour guides, do Segways have another purpose?
Enter Segway Polo.
Tipped (by us) to be the next big thing in the sporting world, Segway Polo is exactly what it says on the tin: polo, played on Segways instead of horseback (or on bicycles, which is another popular variation of the sport).
They might not say 'neigh' and they don't come with reins, but Segways most certainly do have horsepower! Similar to riding a horse, the rider must be able to tame the beast a tricky task when they're simultaneously trying to thwack a ball into a goal with a mallet!
How did it all come about?
We have our friends across the pond to thank for Segway Polo. It all started not so long ago in 2003, when a version of the sport was played in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome at a Minnesota Vikings halftime show.
It was only really a year later when Segway Polo started to become popular, after members of the Bay Area Segway Enthusiasts Group (SEG) tried out the sport, fell in love with it, and developed it further.
Fast forward to today and there are European and international Polo Segway Championships and teams in countries across the globe, from Germany to Barbados; and from Sweden to New Zealand. The UK joined in 2014 with its own team and hosted its first-ever international tournament in April last year, with Germany's Balver Mammuts taking the trophy.
Now a well-recognised sport, the International Segway Polo Association (ISPA) has been established as the official governing body.
Fun for everyone
As the UK Segway Polo website explains, Segway Polo is a 'sport of equals' it doesn't matter how fit you are, how old you are (within reason), or how much experience you have in playing Polo or other sports. All you need to know is the rules of the game, and all you need to do is master the arts of balance and control! (You could always get some practise in at Go Ape first!).
Now we know all about Segway Polo, we're itching to give it a shot. We're just wondering whether the forest floor would make a suitable pitch.