Fanzine

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Re: Fanzine

Post by boyle » 21 Aug 2019 04:01

Nos vemos en Medellín. (ojála).

I think Brayan Stiven is by far technically the best player - though Sebastian now has made finals at Worlds now, though I think that is much more based on the performance side of things.

On the Spanish side of things, Sergio has improved quite a bit in the recent years, he's playing really well lately.

If there was a decent amount of money around (hot tip: there's not) - the first thing I would do would be to get someone like you out as a head judge.

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Re: Fanzine

Post by randomcrayon » 21 Aug 2019 11:37

Felicitaciones en el doble spinning eclipse! 8O
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Reverse swirling symposium mirages

Post by C-Fan » 23 Aug 2019 13:10

boyle wrote:
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I think Brayan Stiven is by far technically the best player -
Yeah, the second after I filmed the first segment I got back up to play and literally slapped my forehead. Hence the clip immediately afterwards where I was like: "How could I forget Brayan Stiven!" I had a couple other brainfarts that Vlog (Castillo vs. Cadavid) but given how rusty I am with both footbag AND Spanish, it could have gone worse.

I saw the Facebook post about reverse swirling symp torque, and it inspired me to mess around with that concept. I get why people argue there are no dexes, or why people are confused about it. 99% of footbag these days is either uptime or downtime or some combo of the two (i.e. an uptime set to a downtime component). Midtime is really uncommon, and the reverse swirling tricks are one of the few examples out there. So while a "normal" symp mirage should be dexed with the upper leg, a midtime symp mirage is dexed really small and at the calf. Its still a dex, and the notation is the same as a normal symp mirage, but it's definitely executed differently. Anyway, I tried for the rev swirling symp torque and didn't get any. I had a few where I had good enough rotation to get it, but my mind didn't adjust fast enough to osis. I did manage to hit the mirage version both sides. Flipside was almost certainly a new trick for me, and on strong side it had been over 7 years since I last hit it. So overall a lot of fun:


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Re: Fanzine

Post by boyle » 23 Aug 2019 21:32

That's a cool concept. I think I could do a few of these, will have to have a go. With a torque probably not, but with the mirage seems doable.

I think it's a great idea to do some vlogs in Spanish. You had mentioned doing that, or maybe some podcasts some time back. Cool to see. Maybe some subtitles for the non-Spanish speakers would be good too - or do a bit in Spanish, bit in English.

I have said this story in my blog a bunch of times, but when I went to Colombia, I was in the sick one, and I'd done pretty good, I'd finished up and I think I had a few 6's on the board. Maybe food processor, spinning ducking whirl, maybe one more. Up to that point, Brayan had been trying pretty wild stuff but not landing anything, so he only had one turn left. I was thinking maybe he'll go for a safer option just to have some points on the board, which would probably leave me as the winner.

Then he hit nuclear torque, so I was not the winner.

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Getting pudge

Post by C-Fan » 26 Aug 2019 12:22

I've been making more of an effort lately to carve time out to footbag. My wife recently got a scale for our bathroom, and I was unpleasantly surprised to find I have gained some weight. While it wasn't much, it still shocked me since my weight has been so stable for so much of my life. Like, when I lived in Japan and TRIED to gain weight to fight the winter cold, I couldn't. So this was a good reminder that there are limits to even my metabolism and that I need to exercise more. On a related note, we cut out red meat from our diet 37 days ago and my booze-free streak is still going at 528 days.

I was feeling nostalgic the other day so I was going through my blog and I found this post from August of 2011:
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Goals for the next 14 years? I like that. It’s easy for me to look at my career in footbag as mostly done, with most of my big achievements behind me. But there’s no reason to think like that. Here’s what I’ve come up with for goals for the next…ten years:

• Podium at USO in the next three years (first crack at this in one week).
• Finals at Worlds.
• Start a scene in Denver. I’ve been here long enough, there’s no excuse.
• Host a tournament in Denver. CSS8?
• Win an intermediate event at a net tournament.
• Become a competent open net player.
• Be playing footbag in some form or other when I’m 40.
First off, I love that I thought my career was mostly over by 2011. Granted, I was 14 years deep which is longer than most footbagger careers. But with the benefit of 8 years of hindsight I'd say my competitive peak was probably 2011-2014, so this post was made right as that was starting.

Its interesting looking at my 2011 goals, since they offer insight into what I thought the future held. The desire to do well in competition stayed with me, but the net aspirations seem so alien to me now. The desire to put time into organizing clubs and tournaments also strike me as vestiges of a Ken that no longer exists.

I am happy I achieved some of the competitive goals. I got podium at USO a few times in both Circle and Routines, including winning once in each. I made Finals three times at Worlds, though I never managed to do a Finals routine I was happy with. I never competed in net, though I blame that partly on not having anybody to play with (you can freestyle by yourself...net not so much). I don't see that changing any time soon. I am only like 7 months away from hitting the final goal, so that's a minor win.

Here's footage from my last session:


The matadors were a whim so getting the bsos was a nice surprise. I couldn't recall the last time I bsosed that trick, so I was surprised when I searched my YT account and saw a video of me hitting the blw-matador drill 5 years ago. Sometimes it pays off to have uploaded over 2,500 videos. My favorite combo in the session was double spinning clipper to whirling swirl, which I hit twice. Erik recently re-posted the 2005 Worlds video 33 feet, and my favorite part of that always was Vasek and Felix pushing double blender-DSC combos. It'd be so awesome if I could one day hit DSC-double blender. It could happen with a little luck.

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Re: Fanzine

Post by Muffinman » 27 Aug 2019 06:22

2,500 videos 8O
I remember you started posting tons of videos right after Asmus interviewed me for that online footbag magazine years ago, where one of my answers to something claimed that I had uploaded the most footbag videos on the internet. I always had a suspicion that you were trying to beat me :p

Awesome that you're still playing at a high level when you feel like it!
Can you link the blurry whirl > matador drill video? I love that drill!

I thought the Spanish vlog was neat, though I wish I could understand what you said!
Also, who the heck is Brayan Stiven? 8O

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Brayan

Post by C-Fan » 27 Aug 2019 08:40

Muffinman wrote:
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Can you link the blurry whirl > matador drill video? I love that drill!
I do too. Like I said in my last post, I'm a little surprised both that I hit it, and also that I forgot I ever hit it:


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Also, who the heck is Brayan Stiven? 8O
Brayan was the best Colombian player. Just tons of talent. Never made it to a Worlds I don't think, so he never became very well known. I'm sure there's better videos than this, but this one from 10 years ago gives an idea of his raw talent:



I may try and play during lunch today. If I do, I'll try and hit some more flip spins for you.

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Genzu!

Post by C-Fan » 02 Sep 2019 13:15

Got a text on Friday out of the blue. Genz was in town, and wanting to hook up for a shred the following morning. I really appreciated he was willing to drive all the way to my backyard to play, and was super flexible with scheduling. Otherwise we probably don't get to meet up. We played at the local skate park, which worked out well. I did what I could with filming, but given that we wanted to stay in the shade I had very few options that were NOT going to backlight us. Super fun session, and I thought we both played well. I actually had to omit a bunch of decent strings to get video length to a somewhat reasonable length.



I've got a big work trip in California from this Wednesday through the following Thursday. Thankfully, I can bring the wife and kid with me. Still expecting that to be a bit of a logistical nightmare, but he'll get to see his California family and I won't feel as guilty about leaving the wife to cover everything while I'm gone. Not sure I'll have space to pack footbag gear on this trip, since the kid has so much crap we need to bring. I'll try to though, since the weather in SoCal seems too good to waste.

EDIT: Had to reupload the entire video, because one clip had faint background music claimed by UMG. That's such bullshit that they'll block an entire video from multiple countries because a 10 second snippet is playing incidentally in the background. At least I was able to re-edit on the fly on my phone and take out the offending song, but that's such shit still.

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