Hear directly from the 2017 FPA World Champions. When you’re done listening, watch the videos here. In order of appearance:
Hear how Hall of Famer, Joey Hudoklin, discovered Freestyle. As a kid growing up in Greenwich Village, he mostly concentrated on mainstream sports like baseball & basketball. Then one summer day in 1975, he ventured to Washington Square with some friends and a frisbee appeared. Seeing the overhand wrist flip caught his eye and got him hooked. Later trips to the Bandshell in Central Park allowed him to witness the inception of some of the moves we have all come to use and love. Find out who truly inspired Joey in the beginning. Also hear Joey’s thoughts on playing in high people-traffic areas. Jake shares his thoughts as well, which are a little different.
Mehrdad shares how he first discovered Frisbee in 2001. He was attracted to the disc for several years before discovering Freestyle, but those years had a big influence on his current game. As a spectator in 2005 at the German Championships, he felt somewhat intimidated, but decided to compete in 2006. It was his first trip to the USA however, for the 2013 FPA World Championships in Santa Cruz, that turned a corner for him. Not only did he see some of the Freestyle legends in person and get some memorable advice, but it was afterwards that Paul Kenny asked him to play pairs at the 2015 Worlds, in Karlsruhe, Germany, which, by the way, they won. He credits Paul and his first experience at building a routine as having a big impact on his confidence and dedication. Find out how Mehrdad learned to throw the Chicken Wing, or learn it from his teacher here. Also, Mehrdad shares some of his underlying wisdom about listening & learning from others. Randy recalls meeting Mehrdad and Harold for the first time in Berlin and speaking the international language of the mob-op jam. Do you speak that language?
Hear who Bill’s favorite people are to play with, both past and present. He also has a lot of admiration for the German & Czech players, who he sees as the future of Freestyle. Randy says keep you eyes on the Rovereto, Italy, guys too! Jake wants to know how he can make his passion (Freestyle) his career…is that what Wright Life has been for Bill? Find out what Bill’s favorite move is.
- Get some advice from Deaton on how to improve your game.
- Find out which players Deaton would play with in a beach jam if he could only choose 3.
- When Deaton talks about what he likes now about freestyle; he’s excited by the new angles he sees some of the new players doing and always encourages more consecutivity.
- He does however plead with people to avoid the “the” while exploring this new world.
- Do you know the origins of the move, “A Grown Man Cry”?
Erwin was not Jens’s first partner…find out who was. Erwin reflects on disc sports the last 40 years (and yes, he is one of the few that can claim to have won the World Title in 4 different decades.) He thinks the sport is going in the right direction, but both Jens & Erwin realize they were in on the ground floor of something special. Interesting to hear how Jens & Erwin differentiated between the two worlds of shows and tournaments. Will we ever see the V-Bros never been seen before Thriller routine?
Find out how one of the greatest women’s teams ever, Carolyn Yabe (now Hubbard) and Stacy Anderson (now McCarthy) came together at Colorado State, started playing Freestyle, and soon after won their first World Championship in 1983. It was the Coloradicals that provided much of the inspiration and after joining the Grateful Disc Club, they “got the fever!” Hear about their shared journey of moving from the regimented sport of swimming to finding true joy in the self expression, creativity, and freedom that Freestyle encouraged. Find out their strategy for choreographing their routines. After listening to their memories of playing on Friday afternoons in the La Jolla Cove, you’ll be planning your next trip to San Diego.
Find out how Juliana Korver is preparing for her second FPA World’s Championship in Udine. Her desire to get better drives her to practice. A lot. Her success in Disc Golf was a catalyst for the regimen she currently uses, and it is quite impressive! Growing up, her mother’s encouraging words, “you can do anything” were motivating, but she knew that would come with a lot of work on her part. Juliana is finally enjoying using her skills more than building skills, and she’s excited about that. Get more insight about her videos and how they’ve helped her (and others.) Hear about how she experienced jamming in Prague vs. the Canary Islands. And finally, when Jake asks if she were told 15 years ago that she would now be playing Freestyle, what she would have said.
Jake, Randy, & Bill have a conversation about introducing new people to Freestyle and some of the reasons it’s so hard. It is more than teaching, it is inspiring people. When you find someone that has “the bug” you can see it, and it’s so cool! They also chat about the past and how Whamo managed to attract such big crowds to events. Oh, the good ol’ days of yesteryear….
How many people have YOU converted to Freestyle? We’d love to hear your success stories!
Jeff remembers some of the important, but forgotten players from his generation. He shares his perception on how the game has changed over the years and although the moves have become more technical, he questions the overall direction. Being asked to be in the Hall of Fame was meaningful for Jeff and he appreciated hearing that he’d made an impact on people’s lives. He now uses his passion for Freestyle to make the world a better place through his V-Disc Project. Here is the link to learn more.