2012 US Kayak Polo Nationals

Welcome!  Austin Kayak Polo and the Austin Paddling Club are pleased to host the

This page is version 1.2, last modified 23 October 2012.


Division A

  • US National Championships:
    1. Austin Aquabats
    2. Pelicans (San Francisco)
    3. Hammerheads (New York)
    4. Storm (North Carolina)
  • International Tournament:
    1. Canada
    2. Pelicans

Division B

  • US Club Teams
    1. Austin Aquabats B
    2. Bandits (San Francisco)
    3. Shipwrecks (North Carolina)
  • International Teams
    • Crunch (Canada) placed 3rd overall but is ghosted from the results.

Division Women

  • US Club Teams
    1. Unstoppable Unicorns
    2. New York Women
    3. Austin Aquabat Babes
  • International Teams
    • Canada Women placed first overall but were ghosted from the results


Friday, Saturday & Sunday 
October 19, 20, & 21, 2012


Rio Vista Park, 701 Cheatham St, San Marcos, Texas, USA  (30 miles south of nearest major airport in Austin, TX - 50 miles north of San Antonio, TX).  San Marcos is a city of approximately 50,000 people, home to Texas State University. Below is a composite photo of the venue, showing the pitch at the left and the adjacent River Pub.

Chairman: Ezio Ambrosetti   512-970-8026   ezio.ambrosetti@gmail.com   

GOLD LEVEL ($500 or over):                          
 PLATINUM LEVEL ($100):                        SNAPDRAGON      

Venue Description: The San Marcos River is spring fed about 1 mile upstream of the tournament location at about 130 cubic feet per second.  The water is crystal clear and 72 degrees unless it's been raining heavily.  There will be one pitch.   The River Pub is a restaurant/bar with a sunny second floor deck with tables facing the pitch and a shaded first floor deck with tables.   Both levels are open air, unheated. 



Avg High Temperature

F (C)

Avg Low Temperature

F (C)


in (mm)


82 (28)

58 (15)

4.3 (105)


Participants are responsible for their own boat transportation from the airport.  We have created a Facebook page for participants to get together to share car rental or other transport arrangements.   Facebook 2012 kayak polo nationals page
There are many hotels within walking distance of the venue, so you may not need a vehicle once in San Marcos.  

Map (from Google) and Directions:
From I-35 S (from Austin), take exit 204B for Rt 12, go straight through light, then take second right, Riverside Drive.  There is a tourist information center on the corner.  Take first left on Cheatham street (or park in lot on left just before this intersection).  See Parking.

From I-35 N (from San Antonio), take exit 205 for Rt 12, keep in far left lane and take U-turn under I-35.  You are now on I-35 access road southbound.  Move to right lane and take third right, Riverside Drive.  There is a tourist information center on the corner.  Take first left on Cheatham street (or park in lot on left just before this intersection).  See Parking.

The lot closest to the pitch is the River Pub. You may unload but DO NOT park or leave vehicles unattended in the River Pub lot at any time.  Your vehicle may be towed.  
Parking is in the public lot with bathrooms across the street.  There are also two lots in Rio Vista Park on the other side of the river.   (See map below.)


Registration closes on Wednesday, September 26.   This is the day before the 3 week advance purchase deadline for flights.   Please contact us if you miss this deadline but still desire to attend.

Early Registration is $300 per team.  Late registration is $375 per team.  Banquet is $12 per person additional (menu below).  T-shirts are $10 (see logo below) .  Non-USACK members must pay $10 insurance fee.  Fees may be paid by US Dollar check to Austin Paddling Club and mailed to Adrian Nye, 1803 Larchmont Dr.  Austin TX 78704.   Payments by credit card through PayPal can be made to adrian_nye@yahoo.com but please add 3% to total to cover the PayPal transaction fee.  Austin Paddling Club is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Registration Form can be downloaded here: Registration Form in PDF.   Please read the division rules below and do not mail your registration until the rules are finalized. Participants under age 18 must have their parents fill out and sign this waiver form:  Under 18 Waiver Form.

Non-US teams: are allowed according to the rules established by the US Kayak Polo committee, as described below.

The following teams have registered and paid (or made arrangements).   If you believe you are registered but do not see your name, please contact Adrian.

Division A

Shoreline Pelicans (San Francisco)
Bomb Squad (Canada)
BamBam & the Bombers (US Women's Team)
Aquabats (Austin)
Hudson Hammerheads (NY)
Carolina Storm (NC)

Division B

Bandits (San Francisco)
Fowl Owl (Portland/Seattle)
Aquabats B (Austin)
Carolina Shipwrecks (NC)
Crunch (Edmonton, Can)
Definite MayBees (NY)
Texas Tornadoes

Division Women

Real Chicks (Omaha)
NY Women
Unstoppable Unicorns
Austin Aquabat Babes


Club A (open to men, women, and juniors)

Club B (open to men, women, and juniors)


Under 21


Any above division may be merged into another division if less than 3 entries. Each team is guaranteed at least 5 games. A player may enter on one team in each of two different divisions, but not both A and B.  Any player who plays on two teams may be required to play two games in a row or have line or ref duty immediately before or after games.

Open division is tentative, depending on court time available and the number of entries in all divisions.  If you are want to play this division, please register a team without payment and we will let you know the status.

The following are the official rules of the USACK canoe polo committee (USCPC) for the national championship tournament:

"Club Team" is generally defined as players who regularly play together. Additionally:

  • A player who once regularly played with a club, but moved away, may compete with that club; and
  • A player with no local club in a division may play with any club, so long as this would not clearly disadvantage another team

A "US Club Team" is one in which all competitors are US Citizens, Permanent Residents, or hold a current work or student visa for the US, and who meet the basic club team criteria.

A "Non-US Club Team" includes one or more non-US residents and/or includes one or more players who do not meet basic club membership criteria.  Such a team is not eligible for the US national championship.

Questions regarding players or teams meeting eligibility requirements should be referred to the United States Canoe Polo Committee.       

Division Rules
Club A
Open to US Club Teams who will compete for the title of US National Champion, and Non-US Club Teams who will compete through the final rounds to the latest point convenient to the tournament organizer. Non-US Club teams will not compete in the US Championship final game. Goal differentials in games against Non-US teams will not count in breaking ties between US teams. Ties between a Non-US team and a US team go to the US team.
Club B
Open to teams who meet the same eligibility requirements as for Club A but who feel they are not up to a standard of play to be competitive with the teams in Club A. The local organizing committee will let teams assess their own ability, but reserves the right to move a team up to Club A level if they are of an appropriate standard. 
Open to all-female teams that meet the same eligibility requirements as for Club A. 
Under 21
Open to any team in which all players have a 21st birthday on or after January 1 of the current year, and who meet the same eligibility requirements as for Club A. 




Catherine O'Brien

Zundra Worman

Adelene Tan

Chaz Chung

Kristina O'Brien


Katie Homann


Sveta Platonova

Margee Will

Mary Ann King


Carolyn Peterson

Aquabat Babes

Molly Cummings

Cathy Webster

Monica Palmer

Kathleen Lynch


New York

Nancy Brous

Margaret Mann

Jacquelyn Gonzales

Iya Likhtina

Ilene Levenson

 Real Chicks

April Romeo

Susie Needham

Sherry Andrusiak

Marijo Bosiljevac

Maricella Baum

Club A





Canada A

Brad Cameron

Catherine O'Brien

Shaun Kerr

Kristina O'Brien

Chaz Chung

Jason Allen


Chris Sewell


Chris Smith

Alex Watson

Nigel Graham

Jack Traynor

Elliot Faure

BamBam & the

April Romeo


Stephen Gale

Katie Homann

Marijo Bosiljevac

Susie Needham

Svetlana Platonova

Molly Cummings

Monica Palmer


Sergey Finkelstein


Alex Izmailov

Sasha Izmailov

Peter Hargreaves

Patrick Miller

Low Chong Ming

Dombard Ferome


Luke Geldermans


Dimitri Bougakov


Adelene Tan

Mikhal Kazachkov

Lev Grote

Agasi Nakhapetian



Adrian Nye

Aquabats A

Mark Poindexter

Curt Burdorf

Ben Porter

Nick Porter

Ezio Ambrosetti

Andre Sandborn





Dale O'Brien


Darryl O'Brien

Chris Goss

Rich Graham

Rick Janigo

San Francisco

Tim Johnson


Lucas Frenz

Jackson Pellett

Mary Ann King

Andrew Irvine

Ben Enbom


Bill Schoolcraft


Margee Will




Sherry Andrusiak


Mike Traynor


John Thornton

Adrian Davis

Duane Tompkins

Mila Traynor





Ilene Levenson


Nancy Brous

Olly Gotel

Jacquelyn Gonzales

Marcella Baum


Norm Kirchner

Aquabats B

Kevin Vokes

DJ DuBose

James Dubose

Kathleen Lynch

Carolyn Peterson

Ben Kvanli

Benjamin Dolbecq

Texas Tornadoes

Eric Wellman

Referee Training:

Referee Training/Refresher may be held on Friday evening - 7:00 pm (2 hours) - if there is interest.  Please contact Ezio Ambrosetti.
Referee training will be held at the Power Outdoor Olympic Center.   POOC is within walking distance of the playing venue.

All equipment will be inspected for safety. See schedule below for scrutineering times.  Players are strongly advised to inspect and repair their equipment before coming.   Repair equipment will not be provided.

Boat and helmet color requirements will not be enforced.  Team PFDs must match color and have no duplicate numbers.  

Equipment for Loan:
Use of this equipment is free.  All the following equipment will be shared (must be put back in loaner area after each game).   Please treat it gently!
7 Eskimo Gecko plastic kayaks in good shape.
2 Dagger Vampire plastic kayaks
1 Latvian fiberglass kayaks (fast but tippy)
1 Evolution fiberglass kayak (for small people)
Skirts for above if needed
Black plastic helmets with Stainless Facemasks
yellow/black PFDs
plastic polo paddles (197 and 200, 45 degree and 60 degree).

T-shirt logo: (on front):

Numerous hotels are located within one mile from Rio Vista Park:
  • Red Roof Inn - 817 N Interstate 35, San Marcos, TX 78666, (512) 754-8899

  • Best Western - 917 N Interstate 35, San Marcos, TX 78666, (512) 754-7557

  • Hampton Inn - 106 N Interstate 35, San Marcos, TX 78666, (512) 754-7707

  • Comfort Suites - 104 N Interstate 35, San Marcos, TX 78666, (512) 392-1006

  • Holiday Inn Express - 108 N Interstate 35, San Marcos, TX 78666, (512) 754-6621

Also in the area: Parkside Inn & Suites, Econolodge, Crystal River Inn (B&B) and others.

The San Marcos tourist bureau (http://www.toursanmarcos.com/node/4) is available to help you with your lodging, outlet mall locations, dining or for area maps.  Check out the coupons at this page:  http://www.toursanmarcos.com/downloads/Coupons+and+Special+Offers
Nice riverside camping (within 3 miles but not walking distance) at Pecan Park Retreat.  You may need to mention Adrian or Carolyn to be permitted to camp there since they cater mostly to church and youth groups.   Alcohol is discouraged.
Homestays are not available since only one of our players lives in San Marcos.

Food at Venue:
The River Pub is a full service restaurant serving lunch and dinner, with a deck overlooking the pitch.  http://www.facebook.com/pages/San-Marcos-River-Pub-and-Grill-OfficialPage/148979031878825
Herbert's Taco Hut  and Grocery is a short walk away on Riverside drive, and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  http://www.herbertstacohut.com/

Silent Auction
Various outdoor and paddling gear will be auctioned to raise money for our free kids paddling program.

The Saturday night dinner will be held at the San Marcos River Pub at 7:30 PM.   The banquet is $12 for participants and their guests, free for volunteers.  The silent auction will close at 8:30 during the banquet.
Menu (choose one):
  • Chicken Fried Chicken (10 ounces)
  • Cobb Salad with Grilled Chicken
  • Tortilla Crusted Catfish (2 pieces)
Mashed potatoes, green beans, Iced tea, soft drinks and Blue Bell Ice Cream are included.

Schedule (tentative):
 Day Time Event
Thursday, October 18

   7-9 PM  Scrutineering (by Gazebo)
  7-9 PM
Registration (at Gazebo)
Friday, October 19

    7:30 AM
Referee Meeting

 7:45 AM Team Captain Meeting
   8:00 AM First Game Begins
  7:00 PM Last Game Ends
   7:00 PM Polo Committee Meeting (Gazebo)
   7:30-9:30 PM  Referee Course (Gazebo)
Saturday, October 20    
   7:30 AM  First Game Begins
   7:00 PM  Last Game Ends
   7:30-9:30 PM  Banquet (Downstairs at Pub)
   8:30 PM Silent Auction Ends (at Banquet) 
 Sunday, October 21


7:00 AM

First Game Begins
   3:30 PM Last Final Ends 

 3:45 PM

Awards (Gazebo)

4 PM

Venue Takedown (PLEASE help)


Your help taking down the pitch on Sunday evening would be greatly appreciated!

To be notified of any changes or news about this event, please subscribe to the event email list. (Only the organizer may post messages.) To subscribe just send an email to:

If clicking this link doesn't work, just send an email to the above email address using your email program or webmail service. Note that this group was used for the 2004, 2005, and 2008 nationals.  You may already be subscribed. 

Things to Know:
Just below the pitch is the new Rio Vista Whitewater Park, which features three small drops with eddies on both sides.  You can run the drops in composite polo boats, but may scrape a little.
It is possible to paddle upstream or downstream from the venue, and both directions have nice scenery.  The source of the spring is worth a visit, but you have to go by land because you can't paddle all the way to it (because of a waterfall and private property).

Contact Information
Director: Ezio Ambrosetti    512-970-8026    ezio.ambrosetti@gmail.com
Registration, Website, Scheduling: Adrian Nye    512-585-1015    adrian_nye@yahoo.com
Sponsorship & Schwag:    Molly Cummings, Mira Linn
Miscellaneous: Mark Poindexter   512-693-0188   c1slalom@hotmail.com    (prefers calls instead of emails)

See you in San Marcos!