Freestyle Disc to Be a Part of the Inaugural World Urban Games in Los Angeles, 2019!

This is such exciting news for Freestyle Frisbee that I just had to share: Freestyle Frisbee is set to be a part of the inaugural World Urban Games (WUG) in Los Angeles, California, USA in 2019! Freestyle Frisbee will be featured in the 5 day event (Sept 18-22).

World Urban Games is a new event, hosted by The Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). According to their site, “GAISF’s vision is to present a united voice of sport in support of the Olympic ideals and of the Olympic movement and promote sport at every level and in every corner of the world, from grassroots to elite, wherever its members have national organizations and events.”

The World Urban Games event is an effort to give exposure to up-and-coming, modern sports. 

“The programme and festival will showcase all that is best about sports which have been forged by youth and urban culture and which celebrate competition, creativity, lifestyle and the engagement between competitors and fans.” – GAISF President Patrick Baumann

Sounds to me like a perfect description of Freestyle Frisbee. The GAISF must have agreed, since they started with a list 14 eligible sports and narrowed their selection down to 7.

How did freestyle get to be a part of this? Back in 2014 the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) approached the Freestyle Player’s Association (FPA) about pitching freestyle disc as part of their bid for flying disc to be a part of WUG. As members of WFDF, the FPA gave full support. Various jammers world-wide (Germany, France, USA) provided photos and videos of freestyle in urban settings. From there, WFDF made the proposal to GAISF. Freestyle was eventually accepted for eligibility and then made the final cut for inclusion.

Having Freestyle added as an eligible sport for the first edition of the World Urban Games means bringing another Flying Disc sport to a Multisport Games presence, which is a major step for the development of Freestyle internationally, opening new opportunities for our community.” – Kevin “Skippy” Givens, WFDF Freestyle Committee Chair

For 2019, the city of Los Angeles will build a new new urban park specifically for WUG in El Segundo (CA). There will be ~700 competitors, a music festival, and the event is expected to be the focus of global media attention. Competition events will include 3×3 Basketball (FIBA), BMX Freestyle (UCI), Sports Climbing  Bouldering (IFSC), Break Dance (WDSF), Freestyle Flying Disc (WFDF), Parkour (FIG), Skateboard Street and Park (World Skate), Roller Freestyle (World Skate).

This is quite possibly the largest international venue that our sport has ever been presented on, which is a tremendous opportunity for world-wide exposure of freestyle disc!

The FPA is stepping up to prepare. Their plan is to present a mixed pairs event with 12 internationally represented teams from as many different countries as possible; with a maximum of 3 teams per country.  The FPA is also investigating sponsorship opportunities for competitors and staff, to ensure that the best of our sport will be represented at this event. This is an amazing chance for teams to perform in front of a huge crowd, and be pioneers in representing the sport on the world stage.

I, for one, am hugely excited about freestyle being selected for the World Urban Games. I look forward to keeping track of the preparation progress and with helping out in any way I can. If you want to help out too, you can always support the FPA by becoming a member, donating, shopping, or volunteering.

For more details, check out the links below.

What are your thoughts about this opportunity? Let me know in the comments below.

Golden Gate Shred 2018 Results

Ryan Vacation

Photo by Lars Åke Vinberg

Over the past weekend (Nov 3-4 2018) the Bay Area freestyle crew hosted the Golden Gate Shred 2018, freestyle Frisbee hat tournament. 16 competitors and even more friends, family, and jammers descended on Ocean Beach, San Fransisco for a fun a time and to test their beach jamming skills.

The competition took place on Saturday. Players where ranked into “A” and “B” groups. “A” players names were put into a hat and B players drew the names to form teams. After a 20 minute to warm up the teams then showed their best moves to random music for 3 minutes. They were judged using the standard FPA categories.

The large volume of hard packed sand made up for the light wind, giving teams plenty of room to run. Making the finals were the teams of Art Viger & Jan Schreck, Jake Gauthier & Johnny O’Malley, Arthur Coddington & Jim Dodelson, and Pavel Baranak & Scott Weaver.

What a treat to see Art Viger, former World Juniors freestyle champion back on the field. He and Jan both hit some tasty moves, with Jan doing the outer rim delay like no on else can and Art hitting moves as if he never quit playing. Jake and Johnny had a nice connection, hitting several passes and big catches. Arthur and Jim stepped up the technical skills hitting multiple spinning combos and some nice, close up center delay exchanges. None of them could out do Pavel and Scott. They definitively won in all three categories, making great catches, multiple spins, technical skids and turnovers, and quirky combos to seal the victory. I must say, Pavel is having an amazing year; FPAW, Beach Stylers, EFO, and now Golden Gate Shred.

The rest of the weekend was filled with sun, kind wind, great friends, and the kind of fun that can only be had at freestyle Frisbee gathering. Thanks to Pavel, Jan, and Arthur for hosting! We hope to see you back on the beach in 2019. Full results are below:

Golden Gate Shred, Group

Photo by Lars Åke Vinberg

 

Jam Britania 4 Will be Live Streamed

Jam Britania 4Thanks to Chris Bellaj, Jam Britania 4 will be live streamed.

Jam Britania 4 is the fourth annual Freestyle Frisbee event based in London, England. Hosted by Jason Salkey and crew, this event is always huge success. They have a great indoor gym with ample space to jam and compete and their vibe is of the utmost pleasance. Given that this is one of the last events for the year, there is always a great turnout as players want to get in their last jams before the brief winter hiatus.

The event takes place on November 10 – 11 and will include Open pairs and Co-op and a possible Westerfield Challenge. Several world champions, top ranked players, up and comers, as well as a blast from London jam scene’s past, Konn Kummins are all slated to attend. If you can’t be there in person, then you certainly won’t want to miss the action on the stream.

Thanks, Chris, for bringing us the action and thanks, Jason, for hosting such a great event.

You can tune in to watch here.

Learn more about the event on the facebook page.

Beach Stylers 2018: Results Updated – New Open Pairs Winners

Beach StylersCongratulations to Pavel Baranak and Harry Skomroch who are the official open pairs winners of Beach Styler’s 2018!

It was originally announced the Jake Gauthier and Dave Schiller took first place, with Pavel and Harry coming in second place by a .1 difference. However, after the event concluded, Dave (being the diligent tournament co-director that he is) went back and re-calculated the numbers. This time he did not round the number to tenths (.1), but rather to hundredths (.01). With this new and more precise calculation, the corrected scores are:

Pavel and Harry: 26.48 (1st)

Dave and Jake: 26.42 (2nd)

It’s amazing just how close the scores were! And, Kudos to Dave for going back to double-check the math to ensure the correct results. Pavel and Harry really deserve this win! Congratulations to both of them, and If you’re curious to see how great both these teams (and everyone else) played, check out the video replays here.

Beach Stylers 2018 Videos and Results

Click to see Results

Open Pairs Semi

Open Pairs Finals

Turbo Shred – All

Airbrush Race – All

Results

Mob-Op Idol Categories with Winners – 2018

(runners-up in parentheses)

Zen Master (Best Man Overall) Jake Gauthier 12 total votes
Disc Diva Deluxe (Best Woman Overall) Amy Schiller 13 total votes
Kinder Setter (Makes others play better) Bob Boulware 6 total votes

(Jay 3 votes)

Clamp-O-Matic (Timeliest Catches) Dave Lewis 3 total votes
Zzzzs Wiz (Throwing Wizardry) Harry S. 7 total votes

(Pavel 3 votes)

Energizer (Human Jam Battery) Brett Schramek 4 total votes

(tied with Bob)

Death Jammer (Most Calories Burned) Johnny Trevino 7 total votes

(schillz 4 votes)

  Amazing Grace (Divine Form and Flow) Julianna Korver 3 total votes

(Brian, Jesse, & Amy-2 votes each)

Sweet Butta Rolls (Rolling Prowess) Joel Rogers 4 total votes

(tie w/Bob, Gus 3 votes)

Flash (Athletic/Technical Savvy) Pavel Baranyk 8 total votes

(Johnny & schillz-3 votes each)

SuperSaver (Tenacious Recoveries) Mike Galloupe 4 total votes

(Johnny & Dave L-3 votes each)

Bust-a-Move (Outstanding New Jammer/Most improved) Kim Larkin 3 total votes

(3 way tie of previous years winners)

Yoda (Disc-pencer of Jamming Wisdom) John Anthony 5 total votes

Open Pairs – featuring schillz’s custom binary system 

[only the top 10, 1-10, difficulty phrase scores are averaged, and execution (.02 point deduction for a drop, .01 point deduction for a bobble or “the”) is deducted from a “perfect” 1 point (instead of 10) and used as a multiplier against an averaged, 5 category, (teamwork, form, flow, vibe and variety), 1-10 point, artistic subtotal, to get an artistic impression score. Add the difficulty to the execution deducted, AI score for a team’s total score]

Semi pool A

7th – Kim & Charles Logan                        25 points

6th – Dave Zeff & Jesse S.                         28.1 points

5th – Jay Hinkle & Gerry Geare               30.1 points

4th – Billy Caplin & Joel Rogers               31 points

3rd – Brett & Brian McElwain                      34.1 points

2nd – Harry & Pavel                                  39.3 points  

1st – Dave Lewis & Jim Dodelson               41 points

Semi pool B

6th – Tim Troy & Gus                                  19.4 points

5th – Julianna Korver & Rick LeBeau          22.9 points

4th – Marie Geare & Danny Miles                 25.2 points

3rd – Amy Schiller and Lori Daniels              32.7 points

2nd – Mike Galloupe & Johnny Trevino         36 points

1st – Jake Gauthier & schillz                         43.4 points

Final

8th – Marie & Danny                                      14.4 points

7th – Billy and Joel                                         14.7 points …….and, no, they didn’t play to Billy Joel…. ;~}

6th – Amy & Lori                                             17.3 points 

5th – Brett and Brian                                       18.4 points

4th – Mike and Johnny                                    22.2 points

3rd – Dave L. & Jimmy D.                                23.4 points

2nd Jake & schillz                                            26.42 points   *Revised

1st Pavel & Harry                                             26.48 points  *Revised

Air Brush Race

Pool Winners

#1 – Pavel

#2 – Rick

#3 – Jake

#4 – Billy

Final

4th – Billy

3rd – Rick

2nd – Jake

1st – Pavel

Turboshred

semi pool A                          Average best score

8th – Kim                                         no catch

7th – Brett                                          71.0

6th – Charles                                     75.8

5th – Johnny                                      83.8

4th – Jimmy D.                                   84.8

3rd – Amy                                           85.5

2nd – Pavel                                        87.5

1st – Jake                                           87.8

semi pool B

8th – Lori                                            71.5

7th – Danny                                        74.3

6th – Mike                                           76

4th (tie) – Brian                                    77.5

4th (tie) – Harry                                    77.5

3rd – Julianna                                      79.8

2nd – Zeff                                             81.3

1st – Dave L.                                        90.8

final                   

4th – Zeff                                             77.0

3rd – Pavel                                         89.3

2nd – Jake                                          92.2

1st – Dave L.                                       93..8

Beach Stylers 2018 Will Be Live Streamed

Beach Stylers 2018 - TrophiesBeach Styler’s 2018 will be Live Streamed.

Beach Styler’s is hosted by Dave and Amy Schiller, on the beach in San Diego, Ca and will take place on Oct 6 – 7. There are several things that make this event stand out. First, the beach wind is almost always perfect. Combine that with a group of locals who are pure wind jammers and you have a shred fest waiting to happen. Then, there’s the event format. It includes a pairs/co-op division, an individual division, an air brushing race, and the famed mob-ob division. This event is a true test of a Freestyler’s skills, and offers some of the best conditions to throw down.

Lori and I will be bringing the gear for a single camera setup. Last time, the bandwidth was limited at the beach, so I can not promise a high quality picture, but we will bring as much of the action as we can. Find out more information at the event’s Facebook Page.

If you won’t be there in person, than I hope to see you online. Watch here.

FPAW 2002 Iconic Routines – Never Before Seen Online

Thought to be lost to the ages, I discovered these while going through old Hi tapes. Matt and I used to carry a Hi8 camcorder to events so who knows what else might turn up. Today’s installment:

  1. FPAW 2002 Co-Op Winners: Ted Oberhaus, Erwin Velasquez, and Randy Silvey perform the infamous rubber band routine.
  2. FPAW 2002 Mixed Pairs Winners: Cindy Saint Marry and Paul Kenny. This is Cindy’s first Mixed Pairs win and Paul’s first FPAW win.

 

Torneo Freestyle Frisbee will be Live Streamed

AIF TournamentThe Associazione Italiana Frisbee (AIF) is hosting the Torneo Freestyle Frisbee and, thanks to Martino Mandragora, the event will be live streamed right here on FrisbeeGuru. The event takes place in Milan, Italy on Sept 22 & 23. On the roster is a mix of highly capable, well known players and some closet jammers who are bound to impress. Competition includes Open and Mixed pairs. In addition, the AIF will be honoring Valentino De Chiara, the founder of the AIF and new inductee to the Freestyle Frisbee Hall of Fame. Check out the promo video on facebook. For more info, check the event facebook page.

Episode 75: FPAW 2018 Champ Interviews

Pavel is the first Czec ChampionWe’re back!!

Co-op Champions
Pavel Baranyk – Ryan Young – Dave Schiller

Womens Champions
Emma Kahle – Lisa Hunrichs

Mixed Champions
Matt Gauthier – Lisa Hunrichs

Open Pairs Champions
James Wiseman – Ryan Young

FPAW 2018 Results are here

FPAW 2018 Routines are here

Special thanks to Patron Jay Moldenhauer: he’s made an offer that for every person who becomes a Patron by Sept. 8, 2018, he will donate an extra $50. Become a patron today.