Beach Polo World Cup draws top players and celebs to the sands of the W South Beach

Model Inés Rivero takes a ride at the 2018 Beach Polo World Cup in Miami Beach. Photograph by Seth Browarnik / World Red Eye.

Beach Polo World Cup, the world’s largest Beach Polo tournament, made its official return to the sands of W South Beach from January 4-7. The four-day event was bigger than ever, with a brand-new layout, top players and engaging activations. 

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Beach Polo World Cup founder Tito Gaudenzi, center, with Shark Tank stars Kevin O’Leary, left, and Daymond John. Photograph by Seth Browarnik / World Red Eye.

More than 10,000 people attended the 2018 Beach Polo World Cup, including notables such as Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary and Daymond John, Sex and the City writer Candace Bushnell, Alexis Stoudemire and Victoria’s Secret model Inés Rivero.

The tournament also hosted the Bal Harbour Village Women’s Cup, featuring the Bal Harbour Village and Peoples from Barbados’ women’s teams, along with a match to support Beach Polo’s official charity partner, The Bass.

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Match in progress at Beach Polo World Cup outside the W South Beach. Photograph by Seth Browarnik / World Red Eye.

“We couldn’t be more excited to see our vision come to fruition with the return of Beach Polo World Cup,” said Tito Gaudenzi, the event’s founder and the president of Lifestyle Companies. “After five 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.”

The traditional post-event awards ceremony was held at the end of the last match to commemorate competition winners. The La Martina team with 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. 

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Inés Rivero. Photograph by Seth Browarnik / World Red Eye.

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