Happy One Year Anniversary to the Frisbee Guru Podcast, Shootin’ the Frizbreeze! Hard to believe there have been over 52 episodes and there are still so many stories to be shared. Jake and Randy reminisce about some of their favorite episodes. It gets a little mushy.
Stork shares the origins of OCTAD and all the crazy events that it included. He wanted it to be like a decathlon and spread out the challenges for all interests and abilities. Something to offend everyone, he says.
It is amazing to get a behind the scenes look at the design process for the eight events. Stork elaborates on one of the events; the Eastern Trick Catch.
In this episode we talk to John Kirkland. John is a Hall of Fame Inductee, a Pioneer, and an Innovator of Freestyle Frisbee.
Randy pays homage to John for a specific moment at an NAS tournament in 1977 that inspired him to pursue freestyle.
Against the spin puddle?
John recalls his introduction to Frisbee in 1957; there was a brilliant blue summer sky and he and his fellow campers were throwing around a Pluto Platter. He purchased one of his own when he got home, and that was the beginning of a love affair that has gone on for 61 years.
There was a long stretch, between 1957 and 1973, where his game was about catching and throwing and not much else. It wasn’t until the IFT in 1973, that the exposure to new players completely transformed how he saw the sport.
John credits Roger Barrett, from the Berkeley Frisbee Group, with giving him a list of other players to meet.
Find out how important that list was to John and who inspired him.
In John’s mind, the genesis of the modern-day sport was OCTAD in 1974.
Hear what Whamo’s role was in the development and how that original list of players grew.
Thanks to John and the many others who took the Freestyle from the toy shelf to the sports world.
You’ve been hearing about it for a couple weeks now, and today, we are excited to be launching a Patreon Campaign!! Jake explains the program and we would love your support!
Joey returns with more incredible stories. First up he talks about his routine with Ritchie Smits where they had no throw, one catch, in a no drop routine. (video below)
When Jake asks how they thought of doing such a thing, he says it started with a simple thought, “wouldn’t it be cool if…”
Joey explains how he became part of Team Bud Light back in the mid 1980’s.
Among many of their amazing experiences, they opened for Rock Bands such as Stevie Ray Vaughan. Not a bad perk.
They also traveled to China and played with the musical group Jan and Dean. Although the crowds seemed to love the frisbee routine, the music wasn’t resonating. In an effort to engage the crowds, this cultural exchange went awry and became part of an international news story.
Joey finally reveals the secrets behind his famous tipping combo. (video below)
Can you remember the times that you were REALLY ON?
Although Matteo still tries to Freestyle, he now prefers playing with dogs vs. humans. His passion for Disc Dog has resulted in more World Championships. Seriously, he must be the only person to accomplish this, so cool! (video below)
Hear Matteo talk about his wonderful canine partnerships, their well-rounded lives, and how his experience competing is one of the main things that has transferred from Freestyle to Disc Dog.
Hear how doing the Podcast for almost a year has impacted both Jake & Randy.
In this episode we interview Paul Kenny, the Executive Director of the Freestyle Player’s Association to review 2017. The FPA is dedicated to the growth of freestyle disc play as a lifetime recreation and a competitive sport.
Find out who is on the board or directors; there are some new members. There is a great European presence, which is exciting. Remember, everyone on the board is a volunteer, so kudos to those who gives their time!
Ilka tackles the topic of the men to women ratio in freestyle. From her perspective, there are many other more important things to focus on.
When Jake asks her thoughts on growing the sport, she says it can be as simple as asking people from the sidelines to join in, creating a friendly atmosphere, and taking the time to teach them. She thinks the Karlsruhe crew does an especially good job at that.
Indoor our outdoor, find out her preference.
Also hear about Randy’s diabolical plan to take competition indoors.
Ilka shares her favorite trick, and it is determined that she is the inventor of the of the Death Crow.
Find out who Ilka would invite to her dream jam, as well as who her role model is.
Jake gives a shout out to both Ilka and Kolja Hannemann for doing the rankings…It is quite time consuming, but helpful.
Question: How do you say “Meow” in German? Answer: “Meow”