Episode 113: Krae Van Sickle Witness to Magic

Krae as a KidWelcome to Krae Van Sickle who is Hall of Famer and a true pioneer of the sport. In the beginning, Randy finds himself a little verklempt with one of his idols. Krae started playing Frisbee in Greenwich Village, NY in the 1960’s, first given a Wham-o Pluto Platter by his father when he was just a small tot. While many Dad’s connect with their sons by tossing a ball, Krae and his Dad tossed the Frisbee. Krae shares his early memories of playing in Washington Square. He also talks about his transition to playing at the bandshell in Central Park at the age of 12. He reminisces about the melting pot of players, and their mutual passion of a sport brought so many together. Krae recalls being witness to some significant evolutions in Freestyle, which really changed to game.    
 
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Episode 112: Crazy John Brooks Gets His Delay On

Crazy John Brooks Gets His Delay OnWelcome to Craze, who is a great overall Frisbee player, best known as the captain of Bud-Light Freestyle Frisbee Team.

John was given the gift of Frisbee’s when he was 8 years old, living in Jackson, Mississippi. He quickly became obsessed. While studying music in college he connected with other players & played in his first festival. For a while, it was “Fribsee” in the day while making money with his music at night. That began to flip a bit as John started making money doing Frisbee shows. John also highlights some players from the Midwest, an area of the USA whose frisbee history is often overlooked.

Big shout out to Doug Korns, it was great to see you out and about on Facebook. Sending both you and Jeannie lots of love!

Episode 111: Skippy Jammer – Modesto Mutant

Skippy Digitron setWho else is missing jamming and blasting out the carbons?! The Tiny Room Challenge was amazing. Thanks to Daniel O’Neill, crew, & competitors for making it happen, you entertained many of us for hours. Daniel rocked it as the commentator! Congrats to Pablo Azul & Juliana Korver for taking home the gold.
 
We have a recent inductee in the Freestyle Hall of Fame, Skippy Jammer, with us today. Skippy had most of his firsts in Modesto, California, which is known as the city on the way to where you’re going. Skippy started playing Frisbee in high school and in 1976 after going to a tournament and seeing others play, the Modesto Mutants were born. Skippy talks about some of his unique moves that had even more unique names. After some success in his first competition in Santa Barbara, he was hooked for life. He recalls joining the Chico State Freestyle scene in the late 1970’s, and meeting “fearless” Larry Imperiale.
 
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Episode 110: Larry Imperiale – The Journey Begins

Larry 1980 Detroit chest rollThe record holder for most coop world titles, Larry Imperiale, joins us today.

In 1975 Larry attended Chico State University, where he was first introduced to all Frisbee sports. His curiosity was peaked as he started playing catch in the parking lot of his apartment building. The Quad on campus attracted lots of players that started to experiment, not knowing there was a freestyle community that had already formed.  Larry recalls acquiring the bronze card, which Randy remembers too. The Chico Airheads make a statement in a big tournament in 1979 that really opened their freestyle life. Larry talks about Skippy Jammer and how meeting him changed his life.   

Stay tuned for upcoming interviews with Skippy Jammer, Crazy John Brooks, and Krae Van Sickle. Also, next Saturday the Tiny Room competition will be live streamed 12pm EST

We’re thinking of our Jamily during these times.  Everyone stay safe and healthy!

Episode 109: Daniel O’Neill – The Secret of Gummy Bears Revealed

Daniel shares his secret dietary advantage. We get to hear about some of Daniel’s favorite routines and how he fondly remembers creating the Rhapsody in Blue routine with Randy. Daniel has a new move up his sleeve and plans to perfect it in the near future. Can he do it?  We will follow up with him to see if he was successful. Also find out what is Daniel’s favorite kitchen utensil is and how he would use it in regards to a freestyle move.
City vs City battle with NYC vs Rovereto will not happen on March 28th and will be rescheduled for a later date. Also Jake and randy will take a couple month break from Shootin the Frizbreeze with new episodes and interviews released after the City vs City battle between Rome & Bologna on April 18.

Episode 108: Patrick Chartrand is a Toronto Frisbeetarian

Patrick gives an update on some of the Toronto players and the Frisbee scene from the 80’s, which was hot at the time. He fills in some gaps to bring us up to speed. Toronto showed up well in the World Championships in 1995. There were very few players though, and Patrick was worried about totally losing the sport. However, about 6 years ago, new players showed up, and people are playing every day now. Patrick talks about the Frisbeetarians at Trinity Bellwoods Park. How about a hat tournament in Toronto? Would you come?

Bill Wright recently visited Jake & Lori in Hawaii, bearing some special gifts. Randy gives some context. You can view and purchase these discs on wrightlife.com, and the proceeds help raise money for the FPA.

We have some exciting guests coming soon: “Crazy” John Brooks, Larry Imperiale, Skippy Jammer, and one of Randy’s all time heroes, Krae Van Sickle.

Episode 107: Randy – Let the Light Illuminate

First and Foremost, our thoughts go out to Doug Korns and his wife, Jeanne. We are all rooting for you Doug, and we need you back out on the field. 

Randy reports back on his month in Medellin and the incredible jam scene. He breaks it into layers of experience to explain it all and uses some interesting analogies. Jake and Randy dissect and discuss while comparing the Medellin jam scene to others. Randy shares his pleasant surprise about meeting a great player that had not participated in the tournament. Who is coming to Jammers? Traveling allows you realize it is a big, small, world, and Frisbee continues to be a connector.

Congratulations to Medellin for kicking off the first City vs. City with a win!  The next City vs. City, is February 29th, at 11am,PST, Warsaw vs. Berlin, who are the reigning champions.

Episode 106: Daniel O’Neill is the Real Deal!

Randy dials in from Medellin. He is thrilled to be there and reconnect with all the local jammers. There are some incredible players and how exciting is it that there is a tournament, Juntos es Mejor, which translates into Together is Better, on the 18th & 19th! Is this a coincidence? We think not! Players are flying in from all over for this inaugural event.
 
Daniel shares all of who he is, which provides support and role modeling for others. He talks about one of his recent travel highlights from Japan. He tells us about the current scene, along with some of their history.  Daniel talks about the importance of integrating players from places like Japan,  Africa, and other communities that find it harder to participate in tournaments. Hopefully the City vs. City competitions are a good step towards that and the intent is continue scaling the event.
 
Tune in for the live streaming of the first City vs. City in 2020, Medellin vs. Toronto, on January 25th. Hopefully there will be live streaming for the tournament in Medellin on the 18th and 19th, we’ll keep you posted. 

Episode 104: Daniel & Cirque Du Soleil

  • Daniel compares an old game show, to Freestyle. Apparently both Randy & Jake follow and apply his logic, they all bank it!
  • Randy asks Daniel if he could steel someone else’s moves, what would he take, and why? Find out what he says.
  • Daniel shares his Cirque du Soleil experience, which was SO cool!
  • AND, Daniel has many ideas about continuing to incorporate Freestyle at that level. If anyone can do it, he can!

Exciting News! Because City vs City was such a success in 2019, we will be doubling the number of teams in 2020! Stay tuned to find out which cities will be competing and when to tune in.