Most visitors to Tenerife plunge into the sea to cool down but when the international water polo players take to their floating sea court in Puerto Colon, things will really hot up. Adeje prides itself on showcasing different sports; last year the worlds best water ski racers tore through the waves beyond the harbour wall but this year 13 male and female teams will compete for the fourth Tenerife International Beach Water Polo championship from 18 to 20 July.
The family friendly crescent beach just down from San Eugenio is perfect for this fast, exciting sport. The gently shelving bay is embraced by rocky arms that prevent big waves so the games of two ten minute halves can take place just out from the sand and still allow plenty of swimming space. A court measuring 15 metres by 9 metres will be anchored down as teams of four outfield players and a goalie combine to try to launch the ball into their opponent’s goal.
Last year the action took place just up the west coast at Playa San Juan and proved a big hit, this year there are three categories, one all female while the others can be mixed and are divided into different levels of experience. Tenerife has its own team in the Spanish national league, they are CN Echeyde whose pool is in the Palacio de Deportes in Santa Cruz. Players will be identified by team coloured caps with individual numbers on, there are no drawn games as three penalty throws are used to separate sides level at the end of a game.
There are plenty of matches packed into the weekend, it starts on Friday 18th July with an hour of training games from 4.30 pm and then through to 8pm. Saturday is pretty intense with games every half an hour from 9.30 am to 8 pm and Sunday sees it all reach a climax with the knock out stages from 9 am until the grand final at 2pm followed by the presentation of trophies.
The court is not the only focus of fun, on Saturday there are free Zumba classes at the beach at 12, 12.45, 5, and 5.45 pm. Rounding the day off there is a party at the South Beach lounge bar from 9 pm with paella and a small beer for one euro. Sunday offers more free beach Zumba at 12, and 12.45 and you can join the players for the after event party at Monkey Beach from 6.30 pm.
Water Polo is going to be the big summer sport in Costa Adeje so get down to Puerto Colon, just below San Eugenio, and see them make a big splash.
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