US OPEN WRITE UP
friday, I woke up at 5 to go to the airport ....I was super tired from staying up too late to pack, but I knew I could make up the sleep on the plane....I arrived in Portland around 1130am . Nate Linscott Picked me up from the airport. It was super cool that a musician picked me up from the airport. After talking to him for a second we realized we had alot in common....working out, eating healthy , footbag , and music. WE rode in his bmw to his house to hang before the registration party . First we picked up a snack so we wouldnt shred hungry. After arriving at his place , we went downstairs to shred. Basically this was the start of me getting my ass handed to me in footbag. Nate's style is great and he is a really good player. It was cool that he took pictures of us doing ps whirl at the same time...we also did p torques. after the session we went back to his place to play some music. THis was great. He fixed some chicken with onions and salssa and avocado . Nate's music room had guitars and basses all over the room. I was alredy super glad I brought my saxophone . WE played some jazz tunes out the real book, learned some new tunes, and played some hendrix. One hour of footbag and 2 to 3 hours of music down.
We went to the store and ate sushi off of a conveor belt before going to Flashs . I was excited to go the the registration party and meet everybody. Walking in to Flash;s was cool . I immeditatly met larry workman and Flash . I already bought a bottle of crown reserve for the party . Nate and I would go through it easily . Flash was cool and seemed like a funny guy right away . There were party favors and they were fun
Soon everybody would arrive. I love this moment ....when you see guys you know on the internet in person for the first time. In walked the crew ... Seeing Justin Dale , Nick Landes , Boats, Reiley , and I cant remember who I saw this night as opposed to the next day but it was awesome. Nick and I became the party intertainment. Guitar/ saxophone duo was fun. I had more than a few drinks and had a blast talking to everyone. Later Justin, reiley, taylor , and some others went to pita pit ....I was a messy eater and it was obvious. I bought Just Dale a cookie and stuck an I love Pita Pit sticker on him . AFter going back to Flash's , Chris Dean and I drove back to his place. He was nice to let me stay in his basement.
oh I forgot ...taylor and I went outside and played for about 30 min ..his was my second session that day
End of day one
Woke up and went upstairs. After stretching and washing my face ,Chris and I went to breakfast ... It was fun and I really enjoyed taking to Chris Sean who is super smart and really easy to get along with . Showing up at the sight reminded me of when I went to east coast and John and I showed up first . We met Evan lovely and started setting up and speakers and everyhing ... Soon the Guys starting showing up and of course I started kicking early which would later prove to work against me but I was goin to open with the plan to get my ass kicked , try my best , have fun ad at as much as possible ...right away I started using this bag that Justin dale had that I wound up buying . Liz stitched it . I played a little with everybody . It was awesome to see Boats and meet Reiley and the rest of the crew....Stanford crew was also there and cool . Watch routines and took alot of footage of routines ... This comp showed me that comps can put an unessary amount of pressure on the competitors . Most players had planned to do one round but then found out that we had to go two . I didn't even want to do a routine and scratched .. Right after , Steve Goldberg came up to me and said I should compete so I picked a tunea and did an unplanned routine attempt . So Bear and I "prepared" for routines I was off... Which even though I sucked I can now say I placed 9th in the USA and I super happy about that . Nick landed had the best first round routine by far .. Second round was a debate between flash ( dropless with the only thing hat would have made it Better was a final cool trick ) and Jim who had drops ... It is ashame the way it works out ...I definitely congratulate Jim and he is the champ ..but it seems that the top three got screwed out of something ..some think Jim should. It have won , and I'm sure flash felt not awesome, and landes too .. I feel that the results should reward the top players ...ken did an awesome job in circle but had landes competed I feel that he would have taken it easily ... His dropless round one routine was not rewarded and neither was flash's second round ..
As far as my circle , I was ready at four to play but when I found out I had to either cool down and rewarm or stay warm I choose to keep playig which I cramped up bad right before circle ...ken and I were playing together right before we competed and he fixed my barflys...I was asking him advice all the way up to circle ... I got my ass handed to me ..Justin dale was tryin to help me but it was too late ... I had fun , learned alot
After comp was over , Jim stayed and was trying crazy tricks and links for fun , it was first time I saw him freestyle live ..swirling p whirl, motions everywhere , furious p torque attempts .
Chris and I then left and went to eat . we went to this place close to where we were....I ate the bast damn thing ever.....a half pork half duck hamburger with fries . This was a little different than Chris's vegetarian meal , but was thankfyl to him that we was willing to put up with me eating meat around him. the after party was at chris's house. After eating a big meal and having the sorest legs ever....I laid on the bed and called my wife Michelle.
AFter going upstairs , the party hadnt really started yet so I sat down on the massage chair and rubbed tiber balm on my legs (which would later smell up the house ) . Then the party arrived. I love seeing everyone at a footbag party. Pimpke and his crew showed up first. I was glad I got to talk to him about routines and ask some questions that I was curious about. I knew a bunch of bullshit would take place on the net about how the results turned out, but I wanted to tell him what I thought and ask his opinion . Later talking to jim , I realized we have some stuff in common. He was really cool to chill with and a really cool guy. one of favorite moments at the party was being on the swing outside with Nick , and just talking about life, work, and everything else. His girlfriend liked to sing and after a little while , me , Nate , and her played music for the party. I loved playing music. It was cool to do what I do best in front of the best footbag players in the country . I didnt want to seem like an ass , but after realizing that it would have been easy to play music all nights both nights ....I told nick that I really just wanted to go hang, drink crown , and meet the people I have watch on video so much ...Everyone was super cool . Again I drank alot of crown and enjoy the party to the fullest. It was also awesome to finally meet Sunny and see Daryl again. ....they are both so cool .....oh yeah and I remember Larry workman being super cool....and trying to put the video from us playing music on my phone... Being really hungry Bear, me and the rest of Stanford went to the stands for food.... I got some bog ass quesedillas and ate some of bears fries.....Got a ride there and back was cool .....we talked about how women and men should be in the same sports because guys are girls are the same strength
AFter the end of the night I went to bed and got some rest for TEMPLE>.
Last day .....
Woke up ....ate awesome vegetarian breakfast....He finally got me ...Thanks chris.. We went and picked up some coffee and went to WATER TEMPLE>>>>>HOLY SHIT >>>WATER TEMPLE LIVE AND IN PERSON....this is the coolest thing ever.....
I told everybody hey....its a hell of a sight to look at temple and see the guys you have only seen on video THERE >>>LIVE>>>>!!!
I didnt know if my legs would work , but after lighty warming up and strecthing.....Nick Landes came up to me and starting kicking...Within five min I could tell that not only was nick a good coach but really enjoyed teaching....he told me he appreciated my enthusiasm and I defintely appreciated his tips. He basically told me that there is a difference betweem a stall and a delay ...and he trys to delay the bag....his speed of play is defintely slower than all of the other players....he can speed up and sometimes does..but mostly focuses on staying upright , delaying the bag , and staying on the ground as much as possible. In a short mount of time , my game went from looking like shit, to SOMEWHAT controlled.....this was the biggest influence on my overall form . Later saw him hit like 13-14 fearless LIVE AT WATER TEMPLE...
He also was taking requests....and killing it .... Justin Dale was a HUGE help with my whirls.....he told me I was jamming my windows...which is something Ive heard before but needed him to show me in person what I was doing wrong....I was leaning away and setting the bag to close, instead of giving myself more room and leaning in ....the trick is also mostly set up not dex. He also told me my big feet and loose shoes were not the way to go so ....I relaced my shoes and pulled the tongue up and BAM felt like a shredder.
Got to play with basically everyone that day.. Also met Arron Orton which was super cool ....Everybody was awesome....The bags do go in the water alot and its cold but felt great after a day of shred. A couple of us ...Justin, Taylor, myself, and Chris Dean sat and watch Landes hit the coolest shit of the day then more great stuff. .....If I remeber ....plasticman>blubberman>rubberman>rubberman 2 stuff......Maeltrom>Blurry torque....OH AND I SAW HIM HIT FAIRY ATOMIC BUTTERFLY LIVE AT WATER TEMPLE. ... Taylor and I went to the store for some poweraid ....Thanks Taylor for being my watch while I pissed on a bush.
I took one last look and left temple..... the last part to be continued