Giburetsu. Giberacci. Gibraltar. ジブレツ. Scorpion King. Giblets. Today we highlight the guy with maybe the most drive and passion for polo. As part of the club growth we experienced in 2015, Giblets came to the club with a ton of enthusiasm and good vibes. He works hard to be a team player, and an asset to the club. Even though he feels sometimes like he doesn’t, it’s been really great seeing him progress as a player, and even greater to see him traveling to tournaments. Keep up the good work Gibson!
We give you shit because we love you.
How long have you been playing?
I think I’ve been playing for around 10 months now.
What’s your rig?
I have a pink steel frame from China with a lot of weird bends in it. It has a dodici polo fork running a TRP HY/RD disc brake and a Max Power disc guard. I have a milk mallet with a 4.5” head and some grip tape on the capped end to give me the illusion that I can get top shelf shots.
How did you get into Bike Polo?
I learned about polo from my friend Owen probably about a year and a half ago. I didn’t stay because of a certain personality. Then in September I went to Interbike and during that time there was a polo tournament called Crank Gamble which a couple of my friends were playing in. After watching two days of intense polo and one of the teams from our club winning the whole thing; I was hooked.
Why Bike Polo?
At Crank Gamble I saw something beautiful occur; a sense of camaraderie and inclusiveness filled the air. I remember when I first started to get involved in the bike community I had this same sense of awe but with polo it was so much more. Even though I didn’t play I was just as involved as the players and everyone made me feel welcome. The bike polo community is incredible and the sport is the most enjoyable activity I have been apart of. Also being a cyclist, I have always felt as it it was an individual effort even when apart of group rides while bike polo is quite the opposite of that; the best teams are the teams that play the best with each other. Without teamwork, you can’t win.
Any words of advice to newcomers?
Play with Tina. She was huge in my willingness to come back and play, she was so supportive of all my efforts and never gave up on me. As I kept coming back, I realized everyone had that mentality and always wanted to see you achieve. Be open to feedback and see both sides of the picture, what you did well and what you need to improve on. Have fun too; that’s important.
Where do you think the sport will be in 5 years?
I’m not sure where the sport as a whole will be in five years but as a club I foresee us having a court of our own. I think if the bike polo scene is Salt Lake continues on the trend that I see we will be doing just fine.
Is there anything you would change to improve the sport?
Cameras on all three courts at Worlds. That’s it. I like how it is.
Favorite Bike Polo memory?
Going to Grand Junction and being able to play with all the folks I saw slaying at Crank Gamble. I was able to connect with more people in the polo scene and also solidify my relationships with my club. Also the drive back with Jimmy and Nico was dope.
What do you do for work?
I got to school at Westminster. I’m majoring in English with a minor in Film Studies.
What do you for fun?
I like to overanalyze movies, recieve stupid nicknames, clean my apartment occasionally, hit balls with sticks and lay in bed eating a whole box of chocolates.
Gibson lives in downtown Salt Lake with a bunch of guitars.
Photos by Gabriel Mejia. Follow him on Instagram @gabemejia