Randy & Jake closed out with some comments after Sue Strait’s interview that Allen clarifies and expands on to give a more accurate picture of the times.
With Su’s dance background it was second nature to infuse it into Freestyle. She shares how she and Jane Englehardt chose their music for their Rose Bowl victory in 1979. Su and Jane played for 3 years, and although their routines changed, their first moves always remained the same. Su talks about their biggest rivals at the time. She has memories of traveling in the tight quarters of a van from tournament to tournament and how the intensity ratcheted up as the stakes got higher.
Gary is back and continues talking about living in Venice playing with his first partner, Donnie Rhodes. They developed the first Venice Frisbee Tournament in 1979, where everyone won a first-place trophy. Both qualified for the Rose Bowl with different partners, and it was clear that Donnie’s game had really taken off after he moved to NYC. He was not surprised to see Donnie take first place. Gary also talks about seeing Kate Dow for the first time on the Venice green, she showed up to skate but ended up on a path to Freestyle.
Lori shares how she started getting competitive with Frisbee and pulled it with her as she continued her education & career. She moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1988 and she recalls hooking up with the Green Lake crew. Jake asks Lori about her Yakima experiences, which is where they actually met for the first time. Lori shares her memories of the large audiences that were present while doing a Frisbee Festival at the Smithsonian. How does having an audience influence your play?
Congrats to Joey Hudoklin and Amy Anderson on their recent nuptials!
Photo Credit: Grant Wise
John continues to share his wild Bud Light Tour adventures. He describes his view of the perfect Freestyle Competition which includes player introductions and hi-lights. John talks about the happiness, passion, and talent he sees in the current Euro jam scene.
Amy initially focused on Ultimate and Disc Golf because she valued the pureness of the sport. Over time, she began to appreciate Freestyle’s mix of competition and social connection. Amy talks about her and Dave’s philosophy behind the planning and success of Beach Stylers.
Jake & Randy, both Zen Master Mob Op Idol winners from Beach Stylers, have a discussion about “Jam Stamina.”
The youngest of eight kids growing up in Northern California on a cul-de-sac, there were plenty of siblings and safe spaces to toss around the Frisbee. In 1978 as a spectator at the World Disc Games in Santa Cruz, his interest was sparked and in 1981 he began playing and organizing others in his high school. Tommy found the freedom of Freestyle to be right up his alley. Larry Imperiale was Tommy’s first mentor, and although it was painful, he and Skippy Jammer won the 1986 World Disc Games, the first of 21 titles.
Also check out Hal Erickson, Mika Nordman & Bob Coleman’s routine from 1988 Santa Barbara for some inspiration! Starts at the 1:05 mark.
Welcome to Eduardo, one of the hottest players on the scene! The young Edo started playing with his Dad and a Daffy Duck Disc. At 17, he saw Andrea Festi playing at a music festival and his Freestyle journey began in Rovereto along with Mattia Colombaria, & Fillipo Bortot. All sorts of amazing connections came as a result. The four horsemen of Rovereto began playing inside during the winter, and their game hit another level. It was at the 2017 Worlds in Udine, Italy where they all earned a place in the finals, that Eduardo was truly inspired to deepen his game. And deepen it he did!
Four years and counting! Thanks to all of our Patrons and donors for supporting our efforts!
We start the journey with Su Strait and where it all began in Central Park. Dance was her passion but not her people. Frisbee allowed that passion for dance to continue through her love of freestyle and the people who were part of it. Su tells us about the beginnings of her partnership with Jane Englehart – arranged marriage? She talks about van life and the journey to the Rose Bowl plus much more.
Below is the link to download Fabio Sanna’s and Rick Moody’s drawing of the iconic photo of Su Strait’s bad attitude catch.
Thanks to Fabio Sanna and Rick Moody’s for their generous gift to our listeners!!
We learn how Frisbee came into Gary’s life and a chance encounter with a skip shot. Gary talks about the early days of the Rose Bowl and its origins. We hear about the beginnings of Venice Green and listen to find out who was the Christmas present that arrived on that auspicious day.
Congrats to Tiny Room Battle Challenge 4 winners, Bianca Strunz & Eduardo Turri!