2015 Ride to Survive

Written By:: Kylie Arrell

On October 24, 2015 the Maui Polo Club hosted the 3rd annual Ride to Survive charity match put on by Coral and Herman Decoite.  Located along the slopes of Mount Haleakala in the rustic and charming town of Makawao, the beautiful and historic Kaonoulu Ranch once again shared its field with some of the biggest surfing and extreme sport athletes in the world.

“It’s always nice when the surfers want to return to the game,” said event founder, Coral Decoite.  “Pete Cabrinha has played all three years and we’ve seen tremendous improvement in his riding skills.”

Hawaii Polo Life team polo player Nakoa Decoit said, “For a lot of the surfers the largest hurdle to overcome with polo is their fear of the horses but once they get the hang of it, they catch on in no time.” He pointed out that opposing team member and fellow big wave rider, Marlon Lewis latched on to the sport of polo very quickly and has continued to support this event annually.


The Ride to Survive is a unique polo match, bringing together surfing and the sport of polo by placing elite ocean athletes on the field, to benefit Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation. The two chukker exhibition match paired up team Hawaii Polo Life featuring surfers Pete Cabrinha (#1), Francisco Porcella (#2), and Nakoa Decoite (#3) against team Jimmy Lewis with surfers Niccolo Porcella (#1), TK Henshaw (#2) and Marlon Lewis (#3).

Both teams played very well, in the end Team Jimmy Lewis won a 2-0 victory over Hawaii Polo Life. But in a match like this everyone walks away as a winner. As explained by Lehua Kai, “When you are involved in an event like this, supporting a wonderful cause, such as Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation, you walk away with more than the typical polo experience.”

Hawaii Polo Life participated in this event because it is through events like this that the sport of polo will continue here in Hawaii. Most of these elite ocean athletes, catch the “polo bug” after their first match and become enamored with the athleticism and power of the horse and from now on, are enthused about polo. By continuing to build awareness and providing the opportunity for the public to experience polo it is ensured the polo will be around for generations to come.

For those of you who missed the 2015 Ride to Survive, make sure ‘like’ the Ride to Survive Facebook page to stay tuned for the 2016 event, as this is a polo event that you will not want to miss.

Army vs. Navy —Honolulu Polo Club

This fantastic day will be a PRIVATE event, please get your tickets ahead through one of the organizations. Check www.ArmyPolo.org for more details. Please come to support polo and the military men and women!

This fantastic day will be a PRIVATE event, please get your tickets ahead through one of the organizations. Check www.ArmyPolo.org for more details. Please come to support polo and the military men and women!

Hawaii Polo Club Opening Day @ Mokuleia

Come this Sunday to see some fun polo action and enjoy some sideline tailgating. See you there!

11AM 

68-411 Farrington Hwy.  Waialua, HI 96791

Hawaii vs. Argentina - Ladies' polo in Azul, Argentina

A Hawaii team is in Argentina for a fun female polo event at La Escondida. These adventurous ladies who played in Hawaii together many times, will play with an Argentine team for an exhibition match on Tuesday, December 3rd.

Margaret Cheng leading the way, organized this great event with Nicolas Butler, they jointly have been promoting polo in Argentina and Hawaii. Siri Masterson and Alyssa Barlow complete the Hawaiian troupe.

Can't wait to hear how much fun they had! 

Margaret Cheng, Nicolas Butler (head of La Escondida Polo), Alyssa Barlow and Siri Masterson

Margaret Cheng, Nicolas Butler (head of La Escondida Polo), Alyssa Barlow and Siri Masterson

2011 Big Wave World Champion Jamie Sterling plays polo for a cause!

RIDE TO SURVIVE: joining other big wave and kitesurfing pros, Jamie will play a match this Sunday at the Maui Polo Club to support Hawaii Children's Cancer Foundation.  The gates will open at 11AM, starting with a junior match, followed by the surfers' polo match and ending with the Ilima Cup.

Come to support them, $10 entry goes to www.HCCF.org 

Sterling, who broke out of the pro surfing circuit to create his own niche in the big wave surfing, mainly through videos and independent promotion. It paid off, he is one of the top big wave surfers invited to the select group of big wave contests. A few years ago he took to playing polo, where the thrill and taming the powers nature are shared.

In his surfing world, Jamie learnt a thing or two about high performance training, which definitely come in hand for polo and other demanding sports. In this interview released yesterday, Jamie talks about his training and holistic health habits, it is evident he studied and took his health into his own hands. 

Stay Fit interview with Jamie Sterling 

Jamie Sterling on Phantoms

Jamie Sterling on Phantoms

Raleigh Craighead on Hawaii Five-0

Hawaii Polo Life's cover model-polo player-actor made it to National television for the second time on Hawaii Five-0, the episode aired yesterday on CBS.com

In 2012, the spokesperson for Dawson Media Hawaii was a stuntman on the Popilikia polo special, doubling in the (now infamous) scene where the polo player gets decapitated. This time, Raleigh is playing the best man in a speaking role, spot him at minute 5:30:

http://www.cbs.com/shows/hawaii_five_0/video/  

 

Raleigh as the best man on the A ia la aku episode, aired on 10/18/2013

Raleigh as the best man on the A ia la aku episode, aired on 10/18/2013

Fun fact special...

Raleigh Craighead as a stunt-man on Popilikia episode, 2012. Polo stunts and location coordinated by Dawson Media Hawaii and Hawaii Polo Life.

Raleigh Craighead as a stunt-man on Popilikia episode, 2012. Polo stunts and location coordinated by Dawson Media Hawaii and Hawaii Polo Life.

Ride to Survive: Surfers play Polo at the Maui Polo Club, October 27th 11AM

Big Wave Surfers Pete Cabrinha, Nakoa DeCoite, Jamie Sterling, Marlon Lewis, Francisco Porchella, and Sierra Emory amongst other high ranking surfers will play polo for a great cause. Joining Hawaii polo players, big wave surfers will ride to survive!

Sunday, October 27th before the always action packed Ilima Cup polo tournament, at the beautiful Kaonoulu Ranch field on Olinda Rd in Makawao. The event will count with Junior Polo at 11AM, followed by big wave surfers match at 12:30PM and the Abbie DeCoite Ilima Cup at 2PM. Live music with Chala, DJ Salvo and a silent auction.

Coral Parker DeCoite with the help of the Maui Polo Club Ohana has organized this fabulous event to support the Hawaii Children's Cancer Foundation. The organization was her support through 3 and a half unimaginably difficult years, while her son Azure battled leukemia. These days Coral counts her many blessings, Azure is an happy fisher(boy) a surfer and has already played his first polo match, his older sister Jaclyn is one of the Nationally awarded Interscholastic Polo Players (Team Makaha), their coach and stepfather is the true Paniolo Polo Player Herman L. DeCoite.

About HCCF: Each year 50-60 children in Hawaii are diagnosed with cancer and at any given time about 200 are in treatment. This takes a tremendous toll on the families, not only emotionally but financially. Hawaii Children's Cancer Foundation follows each child and their families from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. HCCF offers financial assistance, support group meetings, educational workshops, scholarships and other programs for these children and their families. Last fiscal year HCCF distributed over $320,000 in financial assistance.

Please come join to watch surfers play polo and support a great cause!

 

Details for the event, please join on October 27th!

Paniolos make it to the New York Times!

Hawaii's polo has deep roots in the Paniolo (Hawaiian Cowboy) culture. Here, is a beautiful article by the New York Times, highlighting their role and place in today's Hawaii lifestyle. 

http://travel.nytimes.com/2013/10/06/travel/in-mauis-upcountry-where-the-paniolo-roam.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 

Maui is at the epicenter of this rich culture filled with daredevils, skilled men from a far away land who beat the big cowboys of the mid-West. More of the fascinating Paniolo history coming on the 2014 issue of Hawaii Polo Life Magazine...don't miss it!

 

Chuckie DeCoite at the Maui Polo Club, 2012 season

Chuckie DeCoite at the Maui Polo Club, 2012 season

Cowboy polo at Hawaii Polo Club, 2013 season. 

Cowboy polo at Hawaii Polo Club, 2013 season. 

2013 USPA Fall meetings, Houston Polo Club

Fun @ the Houston Polo Club with newly elected Governor Avery Chapman.

2013 USPA Governor's Cup, Fall Meetings.

 

Hawaii was well represented @ the USPA fall meetings.

Hawaii's Delegation:  Bill Kirton (Maui Polo Club), Leilani Johnson, Chris Dawson, & Bob Hogan (not pictured). 

Hawaii's Delegation:  Bill Kirton (Maui Polo Club), Leilani Johnson, Chris Dawson, & Bob Hogan (not pictured). 

Chris Dawson & Avery Chapman at the USPA Governors' exhibition match, Houston Polo Club.

Chris Dawson & Avery Chapman at the USPA Governors' exhibition match, Houston Polo Club.

Hawaii's USPA Circuit Governor Chris Dawson sharing a moment with Ed Armstrong, USPA Director of Tournaments and Clubs, during the Cartier exhibition match.   

Hawaii's USPA Circuit Governor Chris Dawson sharing a moment with Ed Armstrong, USPA Director of Tournaments and Clubs, during the Cartier exhibition match.

  

LEARN POLO IN ARGENTINA!

 

A Hawaii group is going to learn polo in Argentina.

Join us from anywhere for 1 or 2 weeks at La Loma Polo farm (Entre Rios province) plus 3 days in Buenos Aires to watch the Palermo Open. 

Daily polo and riding lessons for ALL levels with 4 goal pro player Miguel "Toto" Delia, enjoy your stay at a beautiful farm house, delicious home-made meals and great tours of Buenos Aires and the interior of the country. Going end of November, beginning of December 2013.

Experience the real deal for $3,500 (10 days) to $4,750 (17 days) plus airfare (exact costs will be detailed, we are just putting a group together, it's not a business). Please inquire Mariana@DawsonHawaii.com for more details. Limited spaces.

www.LaLomaPolo.com.ar

Here, we share an extract from Hawaii Polo Life's TRAVELOGUE- BY COL. LA'TONYA LYNN
It was back in the northern region of Argentina, bordering the Uruguay River, that we visited La Loma Polo Farm. It is here that Argentinean 4-goaler Miguel Delia keeps a traditional farm house and polo facility. After a meet (and Yerba Mate!) we enjoyed a tour of the plains surrounded by eucalyptus trees. Soon enough, we were practicing polo all day, complemented with delicious meals prepared by Delia’s wife, Mati.
Simple, Argentine regional cuisine done perfectly (and simply) made us feel at home immediately.
Ideal for beginners as well as players of higher levels, this farm was equipped with horses for every type of rider. We happened to be four friends in different stages of our game, but we all rode together, each of us learning something new every day.
Our instructor, Miguel “Toto” (throughout our South Amerrican adventure, it quickly became apparent that nearly everyone in South America has a nickname!), surprised us from the beginning. A professional player, it was under his watch that I found learning how to ride, or control your pony during a match, is more than half the skill. It takes some serious effort.
“Help yourself with your legs La’Tonya,” Toto would scream from across the field.
“Relax your back La’Tonya!” followed by “All fingerprints on the grip La’Tonya.”
Racing through my mind (as I was racing down the green), was, “How could I possibly relax and hold at the same time?” My first instinct was to fight it, ignoring his prompts. But I knew from other training that his string of commands would repeat in my head. 
(So much for the peaceful Saturdays of riding in Mokuleia with Raleigh.)
Toto was a constant reminder. No matter if we were on the opposite corner of the field, Toto saw e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. Going through five horses in 2 days and raking up some serious miles on the saddle warranted some hearty laughs (and soreness) afterwards, which we all shared genuinely. During meal times, Toto would share his wonderful stories about playing polo with The Royal Family in England, or games at 1 a.m. under the lights in the middle of the Dubai dessert.
It was here where I learned that players, grooms and patrones all share a heightened passion for the sport. Polo is like a big international family, everyone knows each other everywhere you go. Although I hardly needed an excuse for a return trip, our Carnival parade date was rained out, so certainly that will be on the agenda for my next visit.

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Hawaii Girls Team featured on HANA HOU! Magazine

Makaha Team featured by Hawaiian Airlines in-flight magazine, August 2013 Issue.

Noelani Picollo photographed by CJ DeWolf in a spread of Hana Hou! Featuring the Makaha Team- story by Brian Berusch (Hawaii polo Life Publisher)

Noelani Picollo photographed by CJ DeWolf in a spread of Hana Hou! Featuring the Makaha Team- story by Brian Berusch (Hawaii polo Life Publisher)

Lindsay Holmes after playing @ the Hawaii Polo Life Magazine launch on 5/19/13

Lindsay Holmes after playing @ the Hawaii Polo Life Magazine launch on 5/19/13

Sophia Sabin, Noelani Picollo, Lindsay Holmes and Hana Diller at the Hawaii Polo Life exhibition match on 5/19/2013. Thanks to Hana Hou! for highlighting these fierce young ladies!

Sophia Sabin, Noelani Picollo, Lindsay Holmes and Hana Diller at the Hawaii Polo Life exhibition match on 5/19/2013. Thanks to Hana Hou! for highlighting these fierce young ladies!

Military Appreciation Polo Match at Honolulu Polo Club

 

The Hawaiian Islands Polo Association, Honolulu Polo Club and Dawson Media Hawaii are proud to announce the Military Appreciation Match: Army vs Marines. 

Sunday, July 21st @ 3PM.

Gates open at 1PM

Military with ID- No Charge 

Public - $5/person.

No charge for parking.

Tailgating fun at Waimanalo, don't miss it!

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Maserati & Ferrari teams present HAWAII POLO LIFE Magazine

After an epic event filled with great polo, live music, fashion, celebrities & delicious food, the main teams were exited to introduce the annual first edition of HPL.    

Mahalo to our supporters: MUSE Agenci, JN Automotives, Chef Mavro, Maserati, Ferrari, distillier Mark Nigbur of PAU Vodka, Letarte, Bentley, Lamborghini, Hawaiian Islands Polo Association, USPA, InTech, SU-V Florals.  

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