Poll: What is Your Favorite Color Discraft Sky-Styler?

Sky StylersAnyone who’s jammed with a Discraft Sky-Styler knows that the color effects how the disc plays. Some colors are softer which changes how they air brush. Some colors spin longer than others, making them better for the nail delay. Some colors are easier to see than others. With so many variables, exactly which Sky-Styler to play with comes down to a matter of preference. So what’s your preference? This week’s poll:

What is your favorite color of Discraft Sky-Styler?

What is your favorite color Discraft Sky-Styler?

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Of course there are those who prefer a different disc all together. If that’s you, let us know which disc you prefer in the comments below. Thanks, Lusti, for the poll suggestion.

ITO 2017: Video Replay

Italian Open 2017Co-Op Finals
5. Edoardo Turri/Filippo Bortot/Fabio Sanna
EX 16.0/AI 22.3/Diff 26.7 – P 65.0
3. Andrea Dini/Clay Colerà/Marco Prati
EX 24.1/AI 22.7/Diff 28.6 – P 75.4
4. Mattia Colombari/Andrea Festi/Luca Sansò
EX 21.0/AI 19.7/Diff 26.4 – P 67.1
coming soon:
6. Alessandro Damiano/Serge Marconi/Claudio Massaro
EX 13.5/AI 15.7/Diff 22.7 – P 51.9
1. Claudio Cigna/Manuel Cesari/Freddy Finner
EX 25.4/AI 23.9/Diff 33.2 – P 82.5
2. Tom Leitner/Andrea Rimatori/Fabio Nizzo
EX 22.8/AI 23.8/Diff 31.5 – P 78.1

Open Pairs Finals
8. Marco Chessa/Luca Sansò EX 16.7/AI 10.7/Diff 22.1 – P 49.5
6. Serge Marconi/Edoardo Favorini EX 21.7/AI 12.5/Diff 26.7 – P 60.9
2. Filippo Bortot/Andrea Festi EX 21.7/AI 17.1/Diff 29.6 – P 68.4
4. Tom Leitner/Freddy Finner EX 21.2/AI 19.1/Diff 28.0 – P 68.3
7. Alessandro Damiano/Dario Giusti EX 17.1/AI 11.9/Diff 27.3 – P 56.3
5. Andrea Dini/Clay Collerà EX 24.3/AI 15.6/Diff 27.7 – P 67.6
1. Claudio Cigna/Manuel Cesari EX 22.1/AI 18.0/Diff 34.0 – P 74.1
3. Andrea Rimatori/Fabio Nizzo EX 22.2/AI 15.7/Diff 30.0 – P 67.9

Mixed Pairs Finals
5. Angela Polla Cusma/Antonio Piccioni Cusma
EX 21.3/AI 8.7/Diff 21.9 – P 51.9
4. Giulia Aretano/Edoardo Favorini
EX 20.4/AI 13.4/Diff 24.8 – P 58.6
6. Francesca Chierici/Serge marconi
EX 16.2/AI 12.2/Diff 22.2 – P 50.6
3. Fabiana Ciciriello/Freddy Finner
EX 18.8/AI 13.1/Diff 27.1 – P 59.0
2. Eleonora Imazio/Fabio Samma
EX 21.6/AI 15.7/Diff 25.6 – P 62.9
1. Ilka Simon/Andrea Rimatori
EX 22.3/AI 14.8/Diff 27.4 – P 64.5

Special thanks for Chris Bellaj
Chris’s YouTube Channel
Chris’s Web Site
Chris’s Photo Album of the Event

Munich Mash Will Be Live Streamed

Munich MashChris Bellaj is at it again: he will be Live Streaming the Munich Mash Hat tournament on June 24th, 2017. Start time is 6:30p (UTC +2).

The event takes place in Munich, Germany at Olympiapark. It is slated to include players from Prague, Rome, Berlin, Munich and more. Munich Mash is a sports festival that includes extreme sports like BMX Spine Ramp, Wakeboard Rail & Air, and Street League Skateboarding. Thanks Tobi Künzel, the tournament director, for bringing Freestyle Frisbee to this extreme sports event! It promises to be a fun time for all and a great opportunity to spread the jam.

According to Tobi, “We might also live stream some other stuff during the 3 days of Festival, like beginners workshops, other competition games, or just an impression of the festival at this beautiful olympic location. Much of it will remain spontaneous though, because it is our first time there.”

More about the Munich Mash Festival.

Munich Mash Hat event Facebook page.

Watch it live here.

Episode 19: Jens and Erwin Velasquez Hit the Streets of Peru

Jens and Erwin with Jo Cahow at the RosebowlIt is hard to have the right words to introduce these two hall of famers, the amazing V-Brothers, Jens and Erwin Velasquez. They talk about their New Jersey roots and their introduction to Frisbee via Ultimate. But their real excitement was ignited when they went as spectators to the multi-faceted Frisbee Overall event called OCTAD in 1975. It was there that they watched in awe as Victor Malafronte, John Kirkland, Ken Westerfield, and others showed off their disc skills. From that point on, they were hooked. Before heading off for the summer to visit family in Peru, they bought a bunch of Frisbees to take with them. Listen as they recount entertaining the locals in various town squares, while unknowingly preparing themselves to become the next World Freestyle Champions at the Rose Bowl in 1976.

Here is Jen’s account of sending a letter to Whamo and meeting Ed Headrick.

Here is Whamo’s response to Jen’s letter. He suggests you read the above link first.

Here’s some more history of OCTAD  and Freestyle’s growth in 1975-76.

Poll: Would You Like Commentary During Routines on the Live Stream

Having produced Freestyle Frisbee Live Streams for 4 FPA Worlds, I’m often thinking about how to grow the audience. One idea is to have commentary during the routines. I know that when I watch other sports where I lack expertise, commentary helps me to understand what is going on. The same might work for Freestyle: share information with viewers what they are seeing and they gain a deeper appreciation.

Of course, there’s also the educated audience to consider. They don’t need to be told what’s going on. Commentary might detract from the performance in some way. With that in mind, this poll asks:

Would you like commentary during routines on the live stream?

Would you like commentary during routines on the live stream?

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Explain your answer in the comments below.

History: 1975-1976; Freestyle Becomes a Sport

World Class WhamoThe Eastern Trick Catch event of the first Octad in 1974 gave way to a judged singles format at the 1975 Octad, due much to the success of the Jersey Jam. The venerable 60 mold Super Pro was the state of the art freestyle disc at the time, and was the disc of choice for freestyle competition. Stork won the contest, followed in order by Victor Malafronte, Ken Westerfield, Irv Kalb, and Kerry Kollmar.

Influenced by the Canadian Open Freestyle for Pairs format, the 1975 AFDO included Freestyle for Pairs as an event in conjunction with a Disc Golf tournament. For the very first time, a freestyle event used the three-category judging system; difficulty, execution, and presentation. Freddie Haft became the first person ever to do a delay in a freestyle competition. Ken Westerfield introduced the body roll. With their airbrushing co-op moves, Dan Roddick and Irv Kalb won the event, Ken Westerfield and John Kirkland took second, and Doug Corea and Mark Danna got the third-place trophy.

In August, the 1975 Canadian Open hosted a huge Freestyle for Pairs competition. It seemed like everyone who was doing any Frisbee activity wanted to get in on the burgeoning art of freestyle. Dan Roddick and Irv Kalb repeated their AFDO Freestyle for Pairs win with their exquisite air brushing co-op moves that were still ahead of the curve for the freestyle game at the time. Second place went to John Kirkland and Victor Malafronte. Ken Westerfield and Jim Kenner took third place.

The 1975 WFC included two freestyle events, a singles format and a pairs format. Kerry Kollmar won the singles, and Dan Roddick and Irv Kalb made it a three in a row sweep of all of the 1975 Freestyle for Pairs events to be contested.

The 1975 Jersey Jam brought Erwin Velasquez and Krae Van Sickle to the scene for the first time, two of the young and soon-to-be stalwarts of the freestyle movement.

By 1976, freestyle exploded into becoming an Integral component of almost any flying disc competitive event being contested. Even some guts tournaments held a freestyle event, particularly the Ann Arbor Frisbee Indoor Open tournament.

Dan Roddick had now become the new director of the International Frisbee Association, sponsored by the Wham-O MFG Company. Under his direction, the IFA instituted the North American Series (NAS), a series of World Frisbee Championship (WFC) qualifying tournaments held in the biggest Frisbee markets in the USA and Canada. Each one of these tournaments showcased a freestyle event, effectively introducing the concept of freestyle to thousands of new Frisbee players. The new Wham-O World Class “G” series discs, with its smooth underside, started an evolutionary move away from the Super Pro as the standard freestyle disc.

Controlled tipping had become the foundation of most freestyle routines by the end of 1975 and into the 1976 season. But at the Ann Arbor Indoor tournament in March of 1976, Richie Smits astounded the gathering with his mastery of long, controlled delays, giving a glimpse of what was to be coming in the future of freestyle.

Although the use of controlled delay moves didn’t become a staple for other freestylers until the 1977 season, Richie and his regular partner, Joey Hudoklin, displayed a unique brand of delay freestyle that made them contenders throughout the 1976 Freestyle season. They introduced the concept of “slicking” up the disc and the use of fake fingernails that enabled controlled delay moves.

Also of note were the State Championship tournaments that burgeoned in 1976. They played a big role in the development of Freestyle (and Overall Formats as well). Some of the State Championships that sprang onto the scene in 1976 were Wisconsin, Minnesota, California, and of course the hallowed Virginia State Championships.

The teams of Doug Corea/Dave Marini and Jens and Erwin Velasquez were the leading pairs for the season. Some of the other freestylers that helped to build the foundation of the sport during this 1976 formative year were Jeff Jorgenson, Tom Kennedy, John  Weyand, Victor Malafronte, Tom Shepard, Steve Gottlieb, Johnny Jewell, John Mortimer, Gary Perlberg, Jeff Soto, Tom McRann, Danny McGinnis, Dan Roddick, Irv Kalb, Don Vaughn, Don “Rocket” Hoskins, Michael “Muck” Young, John Bird, Cyndi Birch, Michelle Pezzoli, Monika Lou, Bill King, Jim Brown, John Anthony, Tom Wingo, Krae Van Sickle, Mark Danna, Kerry Kollmar, Peter Bloeme, Freddie Haft, John Kirkland, Ken Westerfield, Gail McColl, John Connelly, Tom Cleworth, Bruce Koger, Jose Montalvo, Chou Rottman, Alan Blake, Marie Murphy, John Sappington, Scott Dickson, Vaughn Frick, Jo Cahow, “Igor” Harper, Don Cain, Ronnie Dorn, Jamie Moldt, Bill O’Dell, Gary Lynas and Tom Monroe.

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Thanks to the Freestyle Players Association (FPA) for sharing this information with FrisbeeGuru.com.

The entire document is stored on FreestyleDisc.org, as is the FPA’s Hall of Fame.

AFO 2017 Results

AFO 2017Mixed
Juliana Korver, Randy Silvey 47.8
Lori Daniels, James Wiseman 47.6
Ryan Young, Kate Gester 41.0
Lisa Hunrichs, Dan Yarnell 37.5

James Wiseman, Ryan Young 55.7
Lori Daniels, Bill Wright 47.51
Mike Galloupe, Johnny Trevino 47.54
Randy Silvey, Dan Yarnell 46.1
Brian Mcelwain, Brett Schramek 43.1
Steve Scannell, Doug Korns 34.9

Randy Silvey, James Wiseman,Ryan Young 55.6
Mike Galloupe, Johnny Trevino, Lori Daniels 47.8
Charles Logan, Brett Schramek, Kate Gester 41.4
Allen Elliot, Dan Yarnell, Bill Wright 31.7

AFO 2017 Finals Pools

AFO 2017

Ryan Young, Kate Gester
Lisa Hunrichs, Dan Yarnell
Juliana Korver, Randy Silvey
Lori Daniels, James Wiseman

Brian McElwain, Brett Schramek
Doug Korns, Steve Scannell
Lori Daniels, Bill Wright
Dan Yarnell, Randy Silvey
Mike Galloupe, Johnny Trevino
James Wiseman,Ryan Young

Allen Elliot, Dan Yarnell, Bill Wright
Charles Logan, Brett Schramek, Kate Gester
Mike Galloupe, Johnny Trevino, Lori Daniels
Randy Silvey, James Wiseman, Ryan Young