Beach Chic was the order of the day at Pinctada Cable Beach Polo as over 2,000 spectators embraced barefoot elegance as they watched top international polo players battle it out to win the Paspaley International Beach Polo Cup. The Paspaley International Beach Polo Cup II Final, which saw the GPG Group’s team of Paul Webb and New Zealander’s Ross Ainsley and Sam Hopkinson win the Cup from the Sadliers Nexus Logistics team of Clinton Wheatley, Jack Archibald and Matt Grimes.
Following the success of the preliminarily round held on Saturday, Australia’s leading polo professionals and international players from New Zealand and Columbia took to Cable Beach to battle it out for the Broome International Airport Cup II Final and the Paspaley International Beach Polo Cup II Final.
Marilynne Paspaley, director of Pinctada Cable Beach Polo: “It’s been an absolute delight to host the players at the various polo functions we’ve held at Pinctada this weekend, but for me, the highlight of the weekend is the way the Broome community, the visiting tourists and the players united to celebrate this unique event. Next year it will be bigger and better again as we work towards a weeklong beach polo festival that showcases Broome’s extraordinary landscape, culture, heritage and spirit.”
As competition on the field heated up, participants prepared for ‘Style on the Sand’, beach polo’s answer to racing’s Fashion on the Field. Guest judges Australian supermodel Samantha Harris and Alexandra Brown from VOGUE magazine scouted the winning male and female who had embraced the theme of beach polo’s ‘relaxed and barefoot elegance’.
The fashion stakes were high with VIP guests including international blogger and style icon Nicole Warne (Garry Pepper), TV personality James Tobin, Actor Tyler Atkins, X-Factor finalist Barry Southgate, celebrity DJ couple Daimon Downey & Georgia Gorman. Other VIPs, who enjoyed the tapas-style lunch within the Pinctada VIP Marquee, complete with Veuve Clicquot, Belvedere Vodka cocktails and Coopers beers, included Marilynne Paspaley, Christopher Paspaley, Marly & John Boyd & David Kirk, Captain of the All Blacks 1987.