I cast my vote in the 35-36 option.
I typically seem to be able to hit 33-34 in a dropless shred30. I'm pretty sure that its the due to the basic tricks I rely on, like whirl and swirl on both sides. Small tricks, they don't take much time.
At the French Open 2004, they told me I had 36 contacts. I didn't observe the tape myself, so I'm a little skeptical, but not because I don't think I could do that many moves, but, in part, because I had at least one drop in that shred. So, for one thing, that drop counted as one of the 36 contacts (at least, it should have; drops in shred 30 are a zero ADD contact,) but I don't figure it could have caused the contact count to go up because it must have taken a moment to bend over and pick the bag back up.
Maybe they just let the timer run a second or two too long. I don't know. Besides the high number of contacts it wasn't a good enough shred that I cared to watch it, time it, and score it myself. Even with just one drop (there might have been more, I can't remember) I only scored about 150. I recall feeling shakey and just not in control enough to do many uniques; I BOPped alot just to try to keep it off the ground, which, in the end, is my ultimate strategy: do what you have to to keep the bag in the air, 'cause you don't get no points while the bag is on the ground.
Anyway, I am confident (though not totally certain) that I could do more than 36 contacts in 30 seconds. It is, in fact, my strategy and goal for shred30. I'm just not that focused on shred right now. I've spent plenty of time skooling to do a better shred30 in the past, and right now I'd rather spend my energies on different footbag goals. When I do decide to skool my shred again I am hoping to hit 37 or 38 tricks in my 30 seconds.
As for the other question, what unusual kinds of tricks do I use in shred, I have often used swirling and reverse swirling dragons in shred30, as well as dragon rakes and flapper stalls. Dragon rake is actually my most reliable move out of flapper stall, so they usually go together. I have improved my whirling dragons alot lately too, and I might never have really skooled those at all if it hadn't occurred to me that I could squeeze those into my shred30 (another small, quick, unique trick). It is also a goal of mine to include guiltless flyers in my shred, just for the hell of it, but I don't think I've ever done that yet. Six or seven years ago, Eric Wulff was one of the best competitors in the 45 Second Shred contests of those days. He used to bust ducks and dives (of course) and several flyers in his shreds. I assume it was, in part, because they were unique moves, and also because, for him, they were simply dependable. Of course, they were also cool, and I've never seen anyone else do a shred contest anything like it. Flyers and Ducks & Dives and spins, and he could beat everybody but Mulroney back then. I'm not saying he couldn't beat Ryan (for all I know he probably did beat him on occasion), I just mean that if he was having a good day Ryan was almost impossible to beat.
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