Still on a bit of a buzz after writing about pato, Argentina’s indigenous hybrid of polo, basketball, and soccer, I found myself wondering: What will be the pato of the 21st Century? In other words, what sport will crossbreed a timely transportation technology (as pato did with the horse, frontier Argentina’s ride of choice) with put-the-rock-in-the-basket scoring?
I’ve written a bit about the phenomenon that is bike polo, and I’ll have more to say about that excellent sport in this space soon. But let’s dig a little deeper into the sporting underground.
Of course. Longboard hockey! This looks fantastic: A game so new, it doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page yet—nor even a mention on the general entry for longboarding (i.e. long skateboards) itself. And yet, longboard hockey exists! Or, at least, so the rather mesmerizing video evidence suggests:
Judging by the uninformative websites, aging feature stories, and out-of-date Flickr sets associated with the sport, longboarding hockey doesn’t seem eager to break big. And that’s cool and all, but this game sure looks like it deserves a wider following. Not only are these guys playing hockey while mounted on the skate-world equivalent of Humvees—they’re using a Sapporo beer can as a puck! “The toughest beer can on the market,” they say. And who could possibly figure out—let alone consider—which beer can is the toughest, and therefore best suited to service as a hockey puck? The Canadians, of course. And when Canadians are involved, you know there’s going to be awesome hair, lost teeth, and a total disregard for physical safety.