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Segway Sports – Segway Polo

Moving away from the positives vs. negatives Segway debate or discussing the various types available on the market, I’d now like to focus on some of the Segway related Sports. This particular article is about Segway Polo.

Although Segway Polo only really became established in the UK last year, the origins of the Sport date back to as early as 2003. Although it is still not considered a major Sport, Segway Polo is gaining popularity with more and more teams forming around the globe. Countries such as the United States, Barbados, Spain, Germany and Lebanon, already have established teams.

You may be surprised to know, that even though Segway Polo is still in its relative infancy, both European Championships and World Championships have already been held and have been running now for some time. The first European Championships was held back in 2010 but the first official World Championships was held two years before and has been played each year since in various countries. There are many more other tournaments held throughout the year also as more and more countries get involved with the Segway Polo revolution. The World Governing Body of Segway Polo is known as the ISPA. The ISPA was founded in 2007.

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The segway recent boom

Hello again guys, back again with another post about the Segway, well it is kind of about the Segway anyway. I mentioned last time about the “Hoverboards” that you can get now and are all the rage on the street. They have a range of names, ranging from Swegway, to mini-Segway to Hoverboard. Yep, I’m as lost as you are.
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With the recent boom there are of course lots of options and different types to get. There are however only two main groups. One that has one wheel (or two) in the middle of the board with your feet either side (AirWheel), and then the board that has a wheel at both ends of the board and your feet obviously go in the middle.

 

Now with the smaller Hoverboard it can make for very difficult riding of pavements and other uneven surfaces, so it is advisable to traverse at a walking pace (pointless right?) or find some very nice very even ground that you can practice on. This is where the clunkier AirWheel has the advantage because the wheel is much larger and can therefore handle more rugged types of terrain than the Hoverboard. They are just a little more difficult to turn, but I think you could get the hang of that after a while.

 

The AirWheel is also supposed to be completely waterproof, so you can ride in rain and through puddles no problem, whereas the Hoverboard is not and will only take splashes of water before it is likely to malfunction.

AirWheel

Hoverboards are available now even with Bluetooth speakers built in, and also some have GPS, so there is a toss up really between the two different models. I think the Hoverboard looks cooler personally!

Segway : Positive vs negative

Hi. Hope you enjoyed the positive Segway post of last time. Felt so much better than writing the negative stuff of the first two posts, but with such a divisive device, I have to cover both sides of the coin. Unfortunately one seems to be a lot heavier than the other, and we all know which one!

negative vs postive

Anyway, Segways in their various forms have been in the news a little bit this year, again with articles about why they have failed blah blah, but also some positive stuff. There has obviously been the release of the “Segway Hoverboard”, which do seem a little cooler than your standard Segway. With this release there have been many high-profile musicians and actors and general celebrities that have made the board a “must-have” for the kids of today. There has been a recent music video with five dancers using the boards, choreographed by LA based David Moore and dancing along to Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean”, that has gained over three million views on YouTube in just over a month! The video is OK but it’s not that amazing, ha. Click on the picture !
what-do-you-mean - segway

With some bigger news there is the acquisition of the Segway company by a Chinese firm (and the help of a few other backers). The company, called Ninebot, make a Chinese version of the Segway and this is a strange outcome because only this year Segway tried to start legal proceedings against the company because they claim they copied their design. Funny how things turn out, right? Segway’s arch-enemy may actually turn out to be its saviour!

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Positive use of the segway in the world

Hello again, so the past two posts have been looking at reasons why the Segway hasn’t worked. There is quite a long list and I only skimmed the surface. When you search Segway on Google, there are not many positive articles. Most of them have something to say like; “If you ride a Segway you are an attention seeker” or “They are contraptions for people with more money than sense” or “People just look stupid on them”. There is a lot of negativity towards the Segway and maybe it’s warranted, maybe it’s not, but there are in fact some places in the world where they are used positively and actually help people get around in a very environmentally friendly way.

 

Biggest example would be airports. In a lot of airports worldwide you see staff riding around on a Segway. They are much quicker than walking and easier to navigate than the airport buggies. So if there is an emergency at the other end of the airport then people can get there quickly and safely.

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Another great use for the Segway are city tours. Obviously only in countries where they are allowed of course! You can see the advantage though, getting to see large parts of big cities without feeling like you have walked a marathon. Some cities have difficult terrain for some people and the Segway helps massively in these instances.

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Plus point number three is just to have some frickin’ fun on one. If you had Segway raceways or something similar then the general public wouldn’t have to look and sneer and you could just get down to having a good time on a Segway!

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