Beach Polo World Cup, the world’s largest Beach Polo tournament, made its official return to the sands of W South Beach from January 4th through January 7th. The four-day event was bigger and better than ever, with a brand-new layout, some of the best players and unprecedented daily activations.
The weekend was filled with three amazing days of polo matches that commenced on Friday morning. Over 10,000 people attended the 4-day event including notables such as Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary and Daymond John, Sex and the City writer Candace Bushnell, Alexis Stoudemire, Jeremy Shockey and Former Victoria Secret Model Inés Rivero.
Six teams comprised of some of the world’s top players, including Nic Roldan, Ricardo Mansur, Rommy Gianni and Juan Bollini, competed throughout the weekend for Beach Polo World Cup. The tournament also hosted the Bal Harbour Village Women’s Cup on Saturday, featuring the Bal Harbour Village and Peoples From Barbados’s women’s teams along with a charity match on Sunday supporting Beach Polo’s official charity partner, The Bass Museum.
“We couldn’t be more excited to see our vision come to fruition with the return of Beach Polo World Cup. After 5 years of tireless work, we are thrilled to have reintroduced the event in its proper form, and look forward to many successful years to come!”- Tito Gaudenzi, Founder of Beach Polo and President of Lifestyle Companies.
The traditional post-event awards ceremony was held at the end of Sunday’s last match to commemorate competition winners. The La Martina team featuring Riley Ganzi, Juan Bollini and Jesse Bray was the winner of Beach Polo World Cup while Nic Roldan of the Macallan team was named MVP. This year’s Beach Polo World Cup was sponsored by W South Beach, David Yurman, La Martina Polo, Karma Automotive, Macallan, Chateau d’Esclan, Bal Harbour Village, Douglas Elliman South Florida, La Croix, People From Barbados, Bruno Magli, Grand Champions Polo Club amongst many more.
“We are excited to be making Beach Polo a premier annual event in South Florida. The turnout well exceeded our expectations, and we can’t wait for many more great events in the years to come.” – Melissa Ganzi, Co-Founder of Beach Polo World Cup.
Photos by Seth Browarnik/WorldRedEye
In addition to the matches, Beach Polo World Cup proved itself to be one of Miami’s signature lifestyle events. The weekend included a series of nightly activations such as the The Official Team Presentation at Living Room Bar, official kick-off party at Delano South Beach, Bal Harbour Village Women’s Cup kick-off, La Martina Fashion Presentation and Macallan tasting at WALL at W South Beach, and Polo Player Nights Out at ORA Miami and WALL Lounge at W South Beach.
To commemorate Beach Polo, La Martina created a limited-edition Beach Polo clothing line that was on-sale at the La Martina retail tent on-site throughout the three days of matches and at the La Martina store in Aventura Mall.
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About Beach Polo World Cup:
Founded by Lifestyle Companies, Beach Polo World Cup is a four-day equine event held on the sands of Miami Beach. Throughout the multi-day tournament, six international teams compete for the championship title. Each day is comprised of high goal polo matches on the sand along with a series of offsite events that fuse polo, fashion and luxury. General admission is offered complimentary to the public while VIP tickets are available by invite only. For more information please visit www.miamipolocup.com
About W South Beach:
The iconic W South Beach is an oceanfront landmark, home to W’s fully-integrated lifestyle experience: 408 W-branded residences, including newly redesigned E-WOW Penthouse and E-WOW Ocean Escape suites; WALL, an exclusive bar and ultra-lounge, Living Room Bar and terrace; upscale Beijing eatery MR CHOW; The Dutch, a roots-inspired American concept by Chef Andrew Carmellini; The Grove, a whimsical outdoor garden; Bliss Spa; WET, featuring two alluring swimming pools and stylish cabanas; more than 10,000-square-feet of ultra-modern meeting and event space; FIT state-of-the-art fitness center; rooftop basketball court and tennis court – SWISH & SWING; a curated, rotating $40 million art collection and the Jennifer Miller X W the Store. For more information, visit www.wsouthbeach.com, Facebook.com/WSouthBeach, Twitter @wsobe and Instagram @wsouthbeach.