Episode 116: Crazy John Brooks is Back!

Bud Light Frisbee TeamCrazy talks about his early freestyle partners in 1979 in Kansas City and how he ultimately ended up in Santa Barbara in the mid ‘80’s. He talks about the origins of the Bud Light team and how the tours began. He shares some wild experiences, including meeting Miss Budweiser and being around the always impressive Velasquez brothers.

Congrats to Jake and all the winners of the 2010 Decade Awards!

Stay tuned for another Tiny Room Challenge. You can watch the livestream on Frisbeeguru.com on July 18th, 19th, 25th, & 26th hosted by Daniel O’Neill and James Wiseman.

Episode 115: Skippy Jammer Plays to Maximum Intensity

Skippy Pointed ToeThe selection criteria for some people choosing a university is the academics, but in 1979, Skippy chose Sonoma State University based on who he’d be able to play Frisbee with.  Find out how Kevin Givens became Skippy Jammer. Skippy was into a variety of sports that required maximum intensity. He shares how he was also able to apply what he learned to Freestyle. Listen to the tales of Skippy meeting “Little Tommy Leitner” and how their relationship evolved. Both Skippy and Tommy were mentors to Jake as they played together in Northern California.  
Jake reminisces about the 2013 World Championships in Santa Cruz after coming from behind and experiencing an unexpected win with Arthur Coddington.

Episode 114: Larry Imperiale and the Incredible Summer of 1980

Laerbs early 80s brushingThe summer of 1980 was special for Larry, as he shares his memories of all the travel and tournaments. Listen how he describes his admiration for one particular player, whose athleticism and flow was influencing the entire Freestyle scene. Through sickness and beginning work, Larry’s passion for jamming continued, including some success at the Rose Bowl with the Toe Jammers!
 
Jake and Randy describe the most memorable routines they’ve ever seen. Their descriptions will make you feel like you saw them too!   

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.    
 
What are you binge watching these days? 

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.
 
Thanks again to all our supporters!  It is especially meaningful during these uncertain times.  

Tiny Room Challenge: Top 8 Brackets

Tiny Room Battle ChallengeDay 1 is in the books! There were so many amazing moves and a lot of creativity in both the tricks and in the use of indoor space. Congratulations to all the players and special thanks to Daniel and all the staff for putting on this event. But, it’s not ver yet! Here are links to the top 8 brackets.

Open

Women

You don’t want to miss the finals; tomorrow at 12p EST, here.

Also, if you missed it today the full replay is below

Also a great write by Bethany on facebook

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!

Tiny Room Battle Challenge Will Be Live Streamed

Tiny Room Battle ChallengeTiny Room Battle Challenge will take place online on April 25 & 26 @ 12p EDT. Being online means that competitors will be performing from their own living room, or any tiny room, while signed into a zoom session. Judges, hosts, and coordinators will also be logged in to run the show and the whole thing will be broadcast on FrisbeeGuru for audience enjoyment.

The rules are as follows. 56 open competitors and 8 women’s competitors have will face off in a single elimination battle, with the winners moving onto the next round. This continues in a bracket system until one open competitor and one women’s competitor is crowned the winner. In the opening round, there will be 3 battles. After each battle, judges choose a winner and the first to win two battles moves on. In the next round, there are 5 battles, then 7, and so on. During each battle a player has no more than 10 seconds to perform their tricks, though they may stop early. 

There are 5 judges scoring each battle; Tommy Leitner, Mehrdad Hosseinian, James Wiseman, Ayal Benin, and Fabio Sana. This panel is a whose-who of Freestyle Frisbee. Hosting is Daniel O’Neill with co-host Freddy Finer. Helping with the tech side and co-ordination are myself (Jake Gauthier) and Ryan Young.

With that out of the way, let’s take a quick peek at the brackets. First up, women’s:


As you can see, it’s quite a field. Juliana is the woman’s and mixed pairs title holder for FPAW 2019. 3 of the competitors were in WUG last year. To round it off, there’s strong representation from Medellin, Columbia. This should be interesting as there’s top talent and some unknowns that could surprise us.

The open bracket is stacked. 56 competitors spanning the globe and styles of play. They range from top players in the world to some who rarely travel to competition yet have incredibly deep games. Here, again we may be surprised at what we see, with players pulling off upsets and bringing skills that we never knew existed.

I just want to give a special thank you to Daniel O’Neill for pulling this together. Given the situation of canceled events and not being able to gather jam together, this event is an opportunity for us all to connect and share in the sport and pass time that we love. Check out the facebook page to learn more. Tune in to watch here.

Below is a photo from Lori, taken durning a rehearsal session today.

City vs City 2020 Postponed

City vs City 2020At first glance, City vs City, being an online event, would seem to be a good outlet for Freestyle Frisbee competition during this time of social distancing. However, social distancing means even teams can not congregate together. As such, it not possible to safely host the competition. In order to do our part in helping battle the spread of COVID-19 virus, City vs City 2020 has been officially postponed. Exactly if/when the competition will be resumed is unknown at this point, but we have every intention of continuing to host this event. Stay tuned and we’ll post updates as soon as we know more.

In the meantime, if you’re jonesing for some Freestyle Frisbee competition, checkout the Tiny Room Battle Challenge. We’ll have more on that in an upcoming post.