Riptide Go Retro to Close the Season
By Scott Lewis
For their last game of a difficult AUDL season, the Vancouver Riptide are going retro, back to the roots of competitive ultimate. No, not all the way back to the days of the photo above — that is Victoria’s Clones warming up with a game of Guts in preparation for playing the first ever game of Ultimate in BC, back in 1979 — but definitely to the less formal days of competitive ultimate.
Unfortunately, the City of Burnaby has scheduled track resurfacing at the Riptide’s usual home at Swangard Stadium on the date of our season-ending game against the San Francisco FlameThrowers, and the alternative the Riptide were offered was not appealing. Hence, we moving the game to Winona Park in South Vancouver as a capstone for the venerable Babes’N Hats tournament, being over that weekend for the 24th straight year. As you might guess from the name, this is a hat tournament open to all players regardless of skill level; you can get more information here.
Since we will be able to offer only some of the fan-friendly features we normally provide when we hold game at Swangard Stadium — for instance, no music or PA system so as not to disturb the neighbours — we are going to offer our loyal fans, indeed anyone who cares to attend, a very special perk; admission is free
Another outcome of the venue change is a change in start time for the game. First pull will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 23rd. Winona Park is located two blocks east of Cambie St. between W. 59th Ave. and West 62nd Ave. There is plenty of street parking in the area, several bike route are only a few blocks away, and the Skytrain, and several bus routes run nearby. You can get more information and a map here.
If you play Ultimate yourself, why not register for Babes’N Hats, play all weekend, and then relax and watch the Riptide game? Otherwise, just come on down and join the crowd at Winona for the 3 p.m. pull on Sunday.