The Freestyle Player’s Association World Championships for 2019 (FPAW 2019) will be live streamed. The event will take place in Seattle, Wa on Oct 10 – 13 in the Mitchell Activity Center, with the finals for all divisions being on the 13th. Also taking place at this event and being streamed will be the FPA all hands meeting and the Freestyle Flying disc Hall of Fame inductions.
So far this event has 44 teams registered, including many of the top players. One team of note is the co-op team of James Wiseman, Daniel O’Neill, and Paul Kenny. This team has won the Co-Op division twice and is ready to go for a third. In the past they have brought multi-disc routines that are packed full of edgy diff and creativity where no moment is left without content. Of course the team of Ryan Young, Dave Schiller, and Pavel Baranak won last year and is defending this year. This team can execute technical difficulty and spinning catches like no bodies business. Plus they have some unique tricks that no other team will bring the table.
In Women’s Pairs, Cindy Saint Mary and Lisa Hunrichs are back and ready to claim another title. These competitors have played and won many times in the past and have some of the deepest games of any of the other teams. However, many other teams are hungry will not let Cindy and Lisa off without a battle. The team of Emma Kahle and Mary Lowry have played together before and are both title holders in this division. Then there’s Ilka Simon and Juliana Korver; both strong players who competed at the World Urban Games.
In the Open pairs division look out for the team of Mehrdad Hosseinian, aka “Graf” and James Wiseman. These guys are ranked 3rd and 2nd respectively and are possibly the best players the game has ever seen. James can do any move with any spin and Graf invents a new move every time he touches the disc. The two together may be an unstoppable force. Still, Edoardo Turri and Mattia Colombari may be ready to stop them. These guys are up and comers from Rovereto, Italy and have been turning heads at the last few evens they attended. This team is known for their connectivity and for surprising the audience with moves that might look easy, but certainly are not.
In the Mixed Pairs division Maxine Mittempergher and Edoardo Turri are the team to beat. They won mixed at Frisbeer and have been turning heads ever since. They have a style that looks graceful and controlled yet their diff is off the charts. However, Lisa Hunrichs and Freddy Finner may surprise us as they are both top players. Lisa, of course has multiple mixed pairs titles but none with Freddy. Freddy is coming off a win at Beach stylers so it’s all about the chemistry that these two can bring to the table.
Don’t miss the action; tune in here.
We discuss what the heck just happened in Budapest with the below panel.
Skippy Jammer – WFDF Freestyle Chair.
Paul Kenny – FPA Executive Director.
Lori Daniels – FPA Board member & onsite commentator at WUG.
Jake Gauthier – Commentator for WUG live stream via The Olympic Channel.
Emma Kahle & Daniel O’Neill – winners of the gold medal at the inaugural WUG 2019.
Open Pairs Semi-Finals Pool A:
Open Pairs Semi-Finals Pool B:
Women’s Pairs Semi-Finals:
Turbo Shred Semi-Finals Pool A:
Beach Styler’s will be live streamed. The event is taking place this weekend (Sept 28 – 29) at La Jolla Shores Park in San Diego Ca. La Jolla shores is an incredible beach to jam on, with plenty of hard packed sands and kind winds coming from the west. This inspires some top notch spontaneous wind play.
The competition format also inspires.It includes 4 divisions; Open Pairs, Mob Op Idle, Air Brush Races, and Turbo Shred. Each of these challenge a freestyler’s skills in a different way.
This year will have an especially large turn out since the FPA World Championships is only two weeks after. It should be incredible to see all the top tier freestylers strut their stuff in the hein beach wind.
And, as if that were not enough, this year will include an electronic system for collecting judges results, which means we *should* have nearly realtime scores to be announced ito the live stream. So, tune in and enjoy!! But, don’t be to disappointed if no one is moving the camera…it just means that I’m out there jamming and enjoying with wind ;-).
Can you believe it?! This is episode 100!! Woo Hoo! Jake & Randy talk about their personal observations. They both feel they’ve grown as a result of the numerous conversations they’ve had & the various points of view they’ve heard. They reminisce a bit over the last two and a half years and talk about some of their favorite episodes.
Rick continues his stories down memory lane and all his favorite Freestyle hot spots in California…Jake asks about some rumored psychological war fare during competition. Rick has some good Donny Rhodes & Joey Hudoklin stories, but when it comes down to saying who is “best” it isn’t possible to choose. Rick says in 1984, he was probably the best, but it was short lived. Rick says the key to being great is commitment; watch videos, and play a lot, with lots of different people. It is a continual learning process, and everyone has a different way of approaching how they get to that place of flow.
The next episode will be a recap of the World Urban Games.
FPA World’s is coming October 10-13 in Seattle, as well as a celebration of Hall of Fame inductees. It will all be live streamed!