Canoa Polo | Canoe Polo

Ciao!

E’ tanto tempo che non posto nulla: purtroppo non avevo nulla di curioso da farvi vedere.

Poi questa estate a Lerici ho assistito ad un torneo di un torneo davvero strano: il Canoa Polo!

Si, ok direte, ma … cosa cavolo è il canoa polo?

[Wikipedia.it] Il Canoa Polo (o kayak polo) si gioca con la palla in uno specchio d’acqua ferma (soprattutto laghi,canali o piscine) in un campo lungo 35 metri e largo 23 metri. La porta è sospesa a 2 metri dal livello dell’acqua e vince chi segna il maggior numero di goal in un tempo totale di 20 minuti per partita.

I cambi sono illimitati, l’importante è che nello specchio d’acqua in cui si gioca ci siano sempre solo 5 giocatori. I kayak per la canoa polo sono specifici per questa specialità e devono avere una lunghezza compresa tra i 2,1 e i 3,1 metri. I kayak da polo sono muniti in punta e coda di protezioni per ammorbidire i potenziali contatti con gli avversari.

La canoa polo é uno sport che unisce alla tecnica canoistica l’acquaticità della pallanuoto e il dinamismo della pallacanestro. Cinque giocatori in canoa cercano di segnare il numero maggiore di reti nella porta della squadra avversaria. La palla viene giocata con la pagaia o con le mani, in un campo di gioco costruito su un tratto di acqua senza corrente.

Bene, ora avete le idee più chiare? Allora guardate il mini slide show in fondo al post!

Hi folks!

This post is about a “strange” sport: Canoe Polo.

What? Canoe Polo?

[Wikipedia.org] The ball, a waterpolo ball, is passed from hand to hand among the players, with some use of the paddle on the ball also allowed. A player in possession can be tackled by being pushed over on the shoulder or back, players may only have the ball in their possession for a maximum of five seconds. Players can ‘dribble’ the ball by throwing it one meter or more, ahead of themselves or sideways into the water. Most of the rules concern the safety of the players involved. For example illegal substitution and entry into the playing area (see below), illegal use of the paddle, illegal action against a capsized player, illegal jostle and illegal screening. Penalties include goal- and sideline throws, free shots, goal penalty shots, and penalty cards.

Substitutions can be made at any time during the game without notifying the referee, the player has to cross the back line before another player can come on. If these rules are not followed a player is nominated by the captain of the offending team to be removed from play (sent off).

Canoe polo is played either indoors in swimming pools or outdoors on a pitch which should measure 35 metres by 23 metres. The edges of the pitch are marked by the sides of the pool, or better, by floating ropes (similar to lane markers in swimming).

There are two referees (one on each side-line) and they are on foot rather than in boats. The score is kept by the scorekeeper and the timekeeper monitors the playing time and sending-off times. The goal lines are monitored by 2 line judges. Before play commences scrutineers check all kit for compliance with regulations

The goals (measuring 1 by 1.5 metres) are a frame with a net, suspended 2 metres above the water. A player, acting as goalie, defends the goal with their paddle by sticking it up vertically, special rules concern the goalie, such as: the attacking team not being able to interfere with or jostle them. The length of the paddles used by the goalies are often longer than those used by other players.

The game is officially played as a 20 minute game consisting of 10 minute halves. The teams swap ends at half-time which is in 10 minutes 🙂 Each half begins with a “sprint” where each team lines up against its goal-line and the ball is thrown into the middle of the pitch by the referee. One player from each team sprints to win possession of the ball.

Click on the image below to start a short slide show about Canoe Polo, all pictures taken at an international meeting at Lerici (La Spezia, Italy) this summer, on my holydays.

short stories – Lucca Comics and Games 2008 (cosplay, anime, manga)

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Ecco un nuovo slideshow (basta un click sull’immagine qua a fianco)!

Non ho aggiornato il blog per un pò: ero preso dall’organizzazione delle mie mostre, prima a Torino e poi a Milano!

Quasi quasi sono diventato famoso… a parte gli scherzi, mi sono davvero divertito ad organizzare le mie prime uscite in pubblico.

Con questo post colgo l’occasione di augurarvi Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo!!!

Here I am again!

Click the image on the left: a new slide show will start.

I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Lucca is known throughout the world as a city of Art, History and Culture.

Since 1966, however, Lucca has also been the undisputed City of Comics, and year after year has hosted an event dedicated to strip cartoons that is acknowledged to be the most important  and exciting of its kind in Italy.

Every year, at the beginning of november, Lucca becomes one of the world’s capitals of comics, thanks to the enthusiasm and skill of international experts, publishers, authors, critics and fans.

Ok, let’s stop this introduction and let my pictures show some “tastes” from the exhibition.

First I’d like to show pictures about strange people called “cosplayers”, alias “costume players”. This habit comes from a Japanese subculture centered on dressing as characters from manga, anime, and video games. However “cosplay” has been expanded to mean simply wearing a costume [from Wikipedia].

I saw a lot of them wandering in the historical center of Lucca, with strange costumes: I wasn’t able to identify any cosplayers I shoot.

So, I need help from you: tell me who they are! Click on the image below to start a short slide show about them (in IMHO these pictures are fair, not a masterpiece anyway).

short stories – Lucca Comics and Games (cosplay, anime, manga)

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Lucca is known throughout the world as a city of Art, History and Culture.

Since 1966, however, Lucca has also been the undisputed City of Comics, and year after year has hosted an event dedicated to strip cartoons that is acknowledged to be the most important and exciting of its kind in Italy.

Every year, at the beginning of november, Lucca becomes one of the world’s capitals of comics, thanks to the enthusiasm and skill of international experts, publishers, authors, critics and fans.

Ok, let’s stop this introduction and let my pictures show some “tastes” from the exhibition.

First I’d like to show pictures about strange people called “cosplayers”, alias “costume players”. This habit comes from a Japanese subculture centered on dressing as characters from manga, anime, and video games. However “cosplay” has been expanded to mean simply wearing a costume [from Wikipedia].

I saw a lot of them wandering in the historical center of Lucca, with strange costumes: I wasn’t able to identify any cosplayers I shoot.

So, I need help from you: tell me who they are! Click on the image below to start a short slide show about them (in IMHO these pictures are fair, not a masterpiece anyway).

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Then I run through the Japanese shed: it was the exhibition of toys, gadgets, posters, characters (anime and manga) straight from japanese shops or italian importers from Japan. There was also a small desk with some Japanese girls serving sushi, beer and food from Japan: here is a small slide show about them.

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