The temperature may have been close to zero, but Alexander Palace in North London was really hotting up when it hosted the annual Bet Victor World Championship of Ping Pong on 26th and 27th January and PongCrazy were there to get the ping pong party started with some of our unique tables.
As well as our old favourites, like our giant fried egg (Sunny Side Up) and our golf themed table (Up and Down), we also brought along some new and exciting tables to the Palm Court. The chessboard table (Checkmate) was ‘king of the castle’ and our illuminated egg timer, TimeTaBall (geddit!) was also a hit with its bed of ping pong balls and flashing lights, but the one that really ‘court’ everyone’s eye was our ‘smashing’ tennis themed table tennis table simply named TennisTable.
Throughout the weekend, adults and children alike enjoyed playing on our tables, and practising their skills and even some of the professional competitors came along to put our tables through the paces between games.
The World Championship of Ping Pong tournament is now in its 7th year, and is promoted by English sports impresario, Barry Hearn and his Matchroom Sports company and he himself was there to cheer the players on.
With 64 players from 20 countries hoping for a shot at winning the $20,000 prize money, the action was fast and furious throughout. Although to the untrained eye, ping pong and table tennis are very similar, there are actually a few key differences. Whereas table tennis uses rubber backed bats, ping pong uses an old-fashioned wooden paddle covered in sandpaper which helps with the speed of play, and helps to encourage longer rallies, and adds to the excitement of the game.
Excitement was most definitely the name of the game when it came to the final on Sunday evening. Defending champion, Wang Shibo from China, took on home-grown talent in the shape of Great Britain player, Andrew Baggaley in a match that was really edge-of-your-seat stuff.
For Baggaley, his journey to the final was not an easy ride, and he had to play every previous World Championship of Ping Pong champion to get there, but having won the championship twice before, in 2015 and again in 2016, Baggaley was hoping that 2019 would be the year to make it a hat trick. The only other player to have achieved 3 championships is Russian player and PongCrazy pal, Maxim Shymrev.
Both competitors played hard throughout the match, making the atmosphere in the arena electric, but Baggaley was determined throughout and managed to just take the edge beating Shibo 3 games to 2.
A well deserved win to Baggaley and an excellent competition all round featuring some amazingly skillful and entertaining players. We can’t wait to do it all again next year…! Checkout the official website and make sure you get your tickets in good time!
If you would like to bring a bit of PongCrazy-ness to your event, then why not get in touch with us for more details and if you want to know more about the ping pong tour or even thinking of having a go yourself, get in touch with our friends at TopSpin on 020 8279 4099 who will kit you up, quoting ‘PongCrazy‘.
This time 16 years ago, UrbanCrazy was registered as a new company, bringing what was then a predominantly seaside activity crazy golf to parties, offices and events nationwide. Loved by children, adults, skilled golfers and fun-seekers alike, miniature golf has great appeal to all. And UrbanCrazy has been at the forefront of bringing this to the masses ever since.
We have been thrilled to build, hire and sell portable courses to hundreds of events, people and companies from the UK to New Zealand and from Qatar to India, which just goes to show the universal appeal of all things minigolf!
Over the years, we have come up with many exciting obstacles, such as: a laptop tunnel; a TV remote control arch; a beer bottle pouring amber nectar in to a glass; a rugby player with ball in hand; some Pringles snack tubes; a feature based on England football legend, Terry Butcher, complete with blood spurting out of his bandaged head; a giant Doritos dip pot; ten-pin bowling skittles with bowling ball; and a seagull perched on a sea-groyne, amongst others. In addition, we have created many specifically customised and bespoke features for our clients, from obstacles to borders, playing surfaces to playing equipment. All of this means that our courses are kept exciting and different from event to event and there is never a dull moment with an UrbanCrazy course.
We have had the pleasure to have entertained at many different types of event, such as: award ceremonies; TV shows (over 30 appearances, including on: A Question Of Sport; The One Show; Blue Peter; Taskmaster; and Legomasters); weddings; university balls / freshmans fares; exhibitions; product launches; festivals; staff team-building; etc. UrbanCrazy has earned the trust of some of the finest venues and establishments including the likes of The Royal Albert Hall, The Grosvenor House Hotel, Wentworth Golf Club and Celtic Manor Resort.
In addition, UrbanCrazy has also established itself as a market leader supplying miniature golf accessories and equipment to many of the numerous mini golf, adventure golf and crazy golf courses across the UK and overseas and have also gone on to build many courses as well as designing and advising courses worldwide. Our love for minigolf has seen us have an affiliation http://www.urbancrazy.com/images/CelticManor.jpgwith our friends at the BMGA (British Minigolf Association) and we are proud to be the long term sponsor of the Great British Minigolf Team.
As if minigolf wasn’t enough, we have also developed our portfolio to incorporate a large range of fun and exciting activities to get any party started. Check out some of them below:
- PongCrazy – uniquely themed table tennis tables
- DartsCrazy – uniquely putting/chipping/throwing game played out on a giant floor lying dartboard
- PoolPutt – putting version of the game of pool
- SnookerPutt – putting version of the game of snooker
- Tic-Tac-Toe-Tap– putting version of tic-tac-toe
- BallDropCrazy – putting version of the popular Victorian penny drop game
- Dorito Chip Throwing game – Based on the advertising campaign, where Dorito chip sare thrown in to a pot of sauce
- Choc Me Up – chocolate shawarma kebab stall – mmmm!
UrbanCrazy would like to thank everyone who has worked with us and supported us over the years. We have loved every minute and look forward to continuing to bring exciting courses and games to you all and there is a HOLE lot more to come!
Have you seen our newest game yet? DartsCrazy is a hybrid of golf and darts and is the world’s largest target-based game of its kind, playable in numerous formats. It can be hired for all manner of functions, be they corporate, public or social and is perfect for team building events, promotions or even as an ice breaker at your wedding!
Our Jon’s brief was to make a pyramid of golf balls “like the Ferrero Rocher tower with a tunnel through it” for a minigolf obstacle. With this the thoughts and opportunities spiralled with the different choices we had. Starting from the geometry of the Great Pyramid of Giza (51.5° side angle) and a maximum footprint size, it was time to play with some ideas to see the scale this beast would be.
The World Adventure Golf Masters was contested for the seventh time in its history last month and this year the venue was Zaton Holiday Resort, Croatia. Proudly supported by UrbanCrazy, Great Britain was represented by two teams in the two-day competition with the squad comprised of a blend of experienced players and international debutants who were up against representatives from many countries including: Germany, USA, Japan, New Zealand, Russia and Ghana.
On their return I caught up with three key GBR players – Sean Homer, Andy Exall and Will Donnelly – to ask them about their experience. Here’s what they had to say…
So in honour of Beef’s imminent appearance in The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, Clare and her production team decided to organise a putting challenge between herself and all the guests and turned to us at UrbanCrazy to set up an extra-long hole in the studio, with some rather unusual obstacles. So who won the putt-off?
What incredible weather we’re having already and it’s not even July yet! The mercury keeps tipping over 30°C and we’re having some of the hottest June days since 1976! Not so great if you’re stuck indoors – but perfect if you’re outdoors – and even more perfect if you fancy a spot of mini golf. Read more
Have you seen our wacky ping pong tables yet? Paddington Central had, at an event where we supplied their entertainment some time ago. We were delighted when, just recently, they contacted us again, this time to commission us to build a bespoke table for their site. Read more
Are you planning an event? Are you looking for that extra-special something? Do you like chocolate?
If the answer is yes to any of the above then we have just the thing for you. It’s our newest addition to the UrbanCrazy range and definitely the most delicious – chocolate shawarma kebab! Read more
In the last few weeks I’ve had bundles of fun coming up with ideas and creating this one-off 9-hole crazy golf course for JW3. The family-friendly course is themed around Rio’s summer of sport and is now fully-installed on site. It will be open every day – except Saturdays – from Sunday 17 July until Sunday 4 September.