Hey everyone, My name's Nick Polini, 2EDIT!:TWO! years old, Mont Clare, Pennsylvania, Penn State Berks College student going for a degree in Biology. Playing "hitty-with-your-handy sack" since age 5, "kicky bags" since 5th grade, "tricky sack" in 9th grade, found out about Freestyle Footbag in 11th grade, been playing hard ever since. Went Guiltless in early 2011.
My girlfriend and footbag student. I'm convinced she's the one <3 Check out her footblog in the footblogs section. Huge influence to me as a person and a player. She has a blast learning and I have a blast teaching her Bob Riefer
(Taught me everything I know about footbag, would definitely not be where I am without his help)Drew Krause
(First person to show me freestyle footbag in person, also would not be where I am without him)Zach Hoffa
(Good friend/shred partner of mine. We taught each other a lot.)The Whole PSU Crew
(Fucking awesome and fun group of guys and girls to shred with... Always a good time. Many students with a lot of potential.)Jackson Raap, Nick Pasquarello, Jeremy Mellor
( 3 of my most promising students who I've taught. Very inspiring when I look at how far they've come. Also all of them are awesome people) Jon "Outsider" Schneider
(Love his unorthodox style. He is the biggest inspiration for my choice of tricks)Mark Monistere
(Awesome guy and has been very helpful to me with tips and whatnot. His style is awesome because he goes after tricks that look cool to him. I want to do this too, but I plan on incorporating much more [uns] tricks) Edit: I got to meet him and kick with him recently and he's the fucking MAN. Matt Cross
(Very encouraging to me as a young footbag player. Awesome guy and I love his choice of tricks and his weird style)Brian Bear
(Gave me some pointers on gyro and spinning at NYJ '10, and my spinning and gyro have greatly improved since then, thanks to him. Also I love his choice of tricks and how he likes to also use weird tricks that not many people use) Lon Smith & Peter Irish
(I love their spinning and torques, always been inspired by these guys)Gordon Bevier
(Never actually met him, but I love his crazy trick choices and his far out style. I had the opportunity to meet him at Funtastiks, but I'm an idiot. Hopefully soon)Nick Landes
(Also never met him, but I love how he incorporates weird stuff with big shred)
I've wanted to do that list for a long time. To all of you guys, whether I know you or not, Thank you for pushing me to get better and better.
In 2010 year's Funtastiks, I took first place in Intermediate Routines
and Intermediate Circle Shred
and I competed, but did not place and sucked, in Open circles at NYJ '10
I guess I should add some shit here since I've had a negative turn of events in freestyle for me. Well around xmas break 2011, I got hurt. Mainly from trying to get in that "Xmas Calendar Add Hunt video"... I got in, but I really fucked my leg up doing so. I regret that video so much. ANyway, took off 2 months from the sport and now I'm relearning my basics to hopefully be a better SAFER player in the near future.
Thanks to Erik Chan and Kevin Hogan for helping me deal with my shinsplints and for both being extreme inspirations to my future game. If they can overcome them and continue to shred hard, so can I.