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Chastened Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak preps to beat Barbados Flyin’ Fish Segway polo team

Segway Polo World Champions - Barbados Flyin' Fish

Silicon Valley Aftershocks want more punishment. Flyin’ Fish plan to Bring It!

OK folks, here’s de plan…

Steve Wozniak “Woz” and his team were grilled for lunch last time they met Barbados Flyin’ Fish in the 2009 Segway Polo final in Germany. Now they are coming to Barbados in June to seek revenge ’cause we’re hosting the 2010 Woz Cup Segway Polo championship. (Segway Polo Club of Barbados website here.)

Before the big game in Germany last year, Woz brushed off the Bajan Flyin’ Fish. (Hey Steve… how did that work out for you? heh heh)

Forbes: Tell us about this year’s Woz Cup in Germany. Did you expect the team from Barbados to beat you?

Steve Wozniak: We thought Barbados would be kind of like the Jamaican bobsled team. We really respected the German team; we heard the Austrians were very good, too. We went in thinking we have a chance to win. And luck was actually with us. We lost one match to Austria. We made it to the finals and Barbados … well, the first time we watched them, we acknowledged that they were very good. They could hit that shot good and fast, like a soccer shot.

“Jamaican bobsled team” !!!

Oh, Woz… I guess you didn’t know that Barbados and polo is like flying fish & cou cou. We gon take our cou cou sticks and… well, we’ll be ready for you again friend!

Steve Wozniak Segways everywhere!

Woz reveals his weakness! (Barbados Free Press staff understands completely!)

We received a clue about Woz in his Forbes interview last September: He is a man who enjoys a drink once in a while. Consider that he says one of the benefits of the Segway is that you can’t be charged for “DUI” (drunk driving)…

“When you’re on a Segway, you’re a pedestrian. You can stop and talk to people or look into a store window. On a national level, Segways come under consumer electronics code, not vehicle. There’s no DUI for a Segway.”

… Steve Wozniak as quoted by Forbes: Steve Wozniak on Segway Polo

Hmmmmm… So Steve likes a drink once in a while. Yup… I see a plan coming!

Here is the Flyin’ Fish victory plan!

Chris Breedy promises free pre-match drinks for Silicon Valley Aftershocks at Mount Gay. Good plan, Chris!

We know our Flyin’ Fish are going to do us proud an keep de trophy where it belongs – but all is fair in love and war, so our Shona suggests the following…

When Woz and his team arrives, we show them a real good time when they’re not practicing. Everybody make them very welcome, show them around the island and take them on some tours. Make them feel appreciated and happy as they should in a friendly place like Bim.

Let them sample some of our finest rum. Maybe a Banks Beer or eight or ten too! Then a glass or three of “special” rum punch that you’ll find on some of the boats out of Bridgetown.

Yup. Be real friendly to our guests from Silicon Valley for the two days leading up to the opening match. Keep Woz and his team happy. Real happy.

That’s the plan and if Mount Gay is still sponsoring the Flyin’ Fish as they did last year, it should be no problem.

Like Shona say, all is fair in love and Segway Polo!

Is Woz leaning to make the shot... or is there another reason? 😉

Further Reading

Wall Street Journal May 6, 2010: Aftershocks Prep for Rematch After Big Upset, but Will Wozniak Make the Trip?

Mac Daily News Oct 1, 2009: Apple co-founder Woz: “There’s no DUI for a Segway”

Forbes Sept 30, 2009: Woz talks about Segway Polo and his defeat by Barbados Flyin’ Fish

BFP July 21, 2009: Barbados Segway Polo Team – World Champions, 2009 Woz Cup

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Barbados Segway Polo Team – Flyin’ Fish – Doing Well In Germany

Barbados Segway Polo Flyin Fish

Flyin’ Fish Win First Two Games at Woz World Cup 2009

Team Members:

Captain – (Uncle) Peter Gilkes
Jason Gilkes
Daniel Hatch
Brett DeGale
Brett Callaghan
Ryan Rodriguez
Mikie Hassell

We haven’t heard how the team did on Saturday and we can’t find anything on the net except the Friday results – so maybe a reader can tell us how the Flyin’ Fish are doing at the World Segway Polo Championships.

The Bajan Reporter has detailed information & photos of Friday’s first two games (Link here)

Thanks to the team’s sponsors:

Virgin Atlantic
Mount Gay Rum
www.TotallyBarbados.com
Segway of Barbados

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