Canberra, Australia via SCL - Daniel Boyle

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Re: Canberra, Australia via SCL - Daniel Boyle

Post by Muffinman » 08 Aug 2019 08:40

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I'm not sure how they did the freestyle football vs footbag battles, haven't seen any footage of that, but I've been thinking a fun comp would be
Oh yeah I forgot about that! Would love to see footage.

I appreciate that you link to your Instagram videos here.

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Post by boyle » 10 Aug 2019 16:04

Not sure if you've seen it but these little edit was posted up a couple of days ago - https://www.facebook.com/pawel.kot.make ... 233762534/

It looked like a super cool event. I'm trying to get something going in that upcoming comp for the freestyle football. Hopefully that works out, even if it's more of a demo style thing.

Something got me thinking about that mixing of the different sports etc, I was listening to a podcast with a guy who was top rollerblader and also in Heartbreak High, which the was the show of my childhood. (They had a halfpipe in the school and lots of scenes at different skateparks. Trying to think if they ever had any footbag in there, it was the right kind of era and they probably did have some hack circles but I can't remember of the top of my head.

Anyway - https://soundcloud.com/madbeefpodcast/i ... T0KRNchBUs - it was quite a good listen, although probably irrelevant if you weren't obsessed with a mid 90s Australian teen TV show (although I believe that show was quite popular around the world).

They were talking later in the thing about how they used to do a lot of demos with Tony Hawk. One would air over the top and do a big spin, then reverse that on the next trick. He said that Tony Hawk would come and stay on their couch when he visited Australia. (Obviously pre video game fortunes). He talked about one time that there was a demo at Manly (that's something I mentioned recently), and they rocked up and they were known as "the rollerbladers" and the skateboarders used to give them a lot of trouble. Then they rocked up with Tony Hawk to thing and everyone kind of shut up from then on.

That's a weird one actually, and I don't think footbag is seen in that kind of way as something looked down upon, it's just completely ignored from most people - and it's easy enough to ignore. But in rollerblading there is an active negative sentiment. Bodyboarding is a similar case as well.

Not much to report on my own footbag side of things. Maybe that's why I am writing all this other irrelevant stuff. We had a busy day yesterday with a wedding and a birthday party to go to, though I did get in a small kick. It wasn't then but earlier this week I hit spinning ducking motion, which I've done before but not in some time.



Speaking of footbag/football things, here are a couple of videos from me over the years. One is from a long time ago, 10 years ago I guess, and one is from Chile and that's already getting a long way into the distance, just recently it was 5 years since we've been back.


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Re: Canberra, Australia via SCL - Daniel Boyle

Post by boyle » 15 Aug 2019 04:50

I did some teaching today. Pretty well teaching footbag all day.

At Nico's school.

So they have a specialist PE teacher there, and I filled in for him. In the morning I was on Nico's class. Then later a 5/6 class. Each one had a couple of groups and then I had a split. I was really impressed with some of these older kids. For one they listened to the instructions, but a couple of them had good skill, we had a couple around the world, legover. Couple of soccer players in there and what I was really happy with was the every one in that group had a go.

The kindy kids were a bit more of a handful, but they always are. I probably should have made things even easier, but in general the day went well. Now my legs are sore. I've come in by bike to work in the hostel (busy day, this is probably going to be most Thursdays for me upcoming). I think I've mentioned elsewhere that I've dropped my hours in the hostel so I will look to do more teaching. The lady told me they are really struggling for casual teachers at the moment.

Speaking of people not following the instructions, this other bloke was also relief teacher. I had gone and organised the swap with him - right I will come to the side door of your room, and we'll change the class. Each time it took the class back to the main classroom. Dear oh dear. Worked out OK in the end but a little annoying.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B1LnKZgFV24/

I got in a session in my break and actually I was going well. That's the problem with those quick sessions, sometimes you get in a groove and then you have to stop. So I hit that pixie ss eggbeater. That was my first 3 dex trick. A bit of a weird debut, but that was what lined up nicely at the time. That was in 2007, Australian Champs in Tasmania. That was a pretty good one, we were part of a busking festival and had the big stage, good crowd etc. It was also part of a food festival and I got some free food. I am a big fan of free food, which is why I still remember that 12 years on. Although I still clearly remember was that one bloke had given me a good plate of food, then I went along to another stall, I said something like "I got this for free, can you match that price?" And the bloke gave me that kind of look that says I'm going to kill you, but he still gave me a serve of ice cream, so I'll count that as a win.

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Re: Canberra, Australia via SCL - Daniel Boyle

Post by boyle » 22 Aug 2019 04:26

Hey all. Little while since I've posted. Well, one week exactly I guess. I was teaching again today - preschool this time. I'm not actually qualified for that but they said it's OK for doing a one off type of thing. I showed them a little footbag and they enjoyed that. I think things went a bit better than expected. It was "book week" this week so there were a lot of dress ups and I read a bunch of stories.

Nico dressed up as this bloke called Tashi - http://tashibooks.com/ - I hadn't actually heard of these books until they started reading them in class, but it's a pretty good series. I recently came across a book with seven of the stories in one at one of these street libraries. I'm sure you guys have them around, but there's been an explosion in them lately - people set up an old fridge or dishwasher or something as a mini library and you can swap books or just take a book, put in a book etc etc. Our neighbours have one that's done up as The Hulk Library. Tashi is of course not to be confused with Taishi - but even that similarity is kind of cool.

I've started trying alpine food processor again recently. In my Joulu video from last year I came really close, but I haven't really gone past that point.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B1aM3iSFX7U/

I also came close to spinning ducking swirl the other day. Actually, had both those tricks come off my foot. Haven't hit either of them, maybe they will come soon enough.

So on teaching, my goal for this term was to get 20 days of teaching work. Which is 2 days a week. After tomorrow I'll be on 9, so that's just 1 below the target so far.

I'm still working in the hostel so days like these are pretty long. I'll do the same again tomorrow. Unfortunately we'll probably head to Sydney some time in the near future for a funeral. My Grandpa has been really ill for years with dementia, but it sounds like he's on his last days. We went to visit him just over a week ago, he didn't look well, but it was good to make a final visit.

We already have a planned trip to Sydney next week, so it might work out we just extend that or go up earlier, depending on what happens.

Anyway, back to the teaching - there is some potential of a job offer for term 4. I've told them we will travel to New Zealand already, so if that's not going to block things, that could really work out well. So if they offer that, I will take it. If not, nice that they are thinking of me, and that probably means there could be something for next year. Although I am actually kind of keen to leave next year just the same way it is at the moment, and that would lead to me going to Worlds, having a longer trip overseas, etc, etc.

Some good discussion in Derek's blog - good to see him posting again, it's always great to see some of these footblogs pop back up every now and then. And the idea that seems to have a whole lot of credit is to have some kind of "footbag gathering" - not competition, just hang out and shred, drink some beers, see the sights of somewhere.

I guess they did something similar with these training camps long ago in Europe. Although that was probably more serious training. Actually it's basically just an extended idea of what we have done at times here in Aus at Narooma. We have had some good names join us for those ones, though we haven't done it for a long time. Maybe this coming summer is time to revive that idea.

This little clip has a few drifters for TJ - https://www.instagram.com/p/B1XYkYHl2cW/ - I played in the garage last night. Dad spent a few days with us over the weekend and he's built a shelving cabinet. That is going to help clear some space for shred. It's still not really comparable to the old garage, though I think this is going to make a big difference. I was playing in Quantums also. I have a few pairs but I don't use them often because they will probably break soon enough. Well one the sole has already fallen off, so that's probably past the point of no return.

This post is already pretty long, but something Derek posted about getting voted out of BAP gave me a little idea - it would be good to have some kind of "power ranking". Maybe like a monthly thing, could be like a top 5/10 and takes in recent results, videos etc. So you have to keep producing the goods to keep in that ranking. That could be a fun project, and of course everyone would debate it and tell you you are completely wrong.

And I guess that's the whole point of that kind of thing, isn't it?

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boyle wrote:
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And I guess that's the whole point of that kind of thing, isn't it?
Wrong.

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Post by Muffinman » 27 Aug 2019 06:31

boyle wrote:
22 Aug 2019 04:26
This post is already pretty long, but something Derek posted about getting voted out of BAP gave me a little idea - it would be good to have some kind of "power ranking". Maybe like a monthly thing, could be like a top 5/10 and takes in recent results, videos etc. So you have to keep producing the goods to keep in that ranking. That could be a fun project, and of course everyone would debate it and tell you you are completely wrong.
Love this idea!!
Also, so close on that alpine food processor. You haven't hit it before?

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Post by boyle » 29 Aug 2019 00:54

No, to my great frustration. I'm really close though, I think I'll get it in the next few weeks. I said that last year though, so we'll see about that!

I'm not sure how much weight you would put to video stuff vs comp stuff vs past performances vs "status".

Here's my current top 10 based on very little research, aside from Vasek dominating worlds and Jim posting some pretty crazy stuff consistently all year.

1. Vasek Klouda
2. Jim Penske
3. Lon Smith
4. Christopher Schillem
5. Pawel Nowak
6. Taishi Ishida
7. Rafal Kaleta
8. Maciej Niczyporuk
9. Damian Gielnicki
10. Mariusz Wilk

I haven't seen much from the US Open, nor from Worlds really. So some of this is based on the Worlds results, some just from what I've seen in general in recent months.

It could be cool to do something like this over the course of a year. So I might run that through the next year, using some kind of actual metrics than just gut feeling to measure, though I think the gut feeling takes a big part. I put Chinsen up quite high because anytime he posts something, it really impresses me.

Enough about good players, let's talk about me.

I did a 20x20 session today. I don't think I've done any all year. I was down at the courts, where I haven't played for ages. Lately I've been doing a lot of days where I teach in the morning and then work in the hostel at night. This is really tiring so today I decided to have a break from the teaching.

Instead I got in a pretty good footbag session. Longest run was 60 contacts. I was trying to get some longer runs, but I had quite a few where I got to high 20s or early 30s then dropping on a really easy trick. That's always a pain. On that 60 I dropped on a butterfly.

Here's a trick from yesterday, new trick for me. Pixie diving swirl. https://www.instagram.com/p/B1sPvemFFbv/ In this video I couldn't get the catch, but I did it perfectly basically immediately after posting that and putting the phone away.

Here's one of the 20x20 runs - think it was number 17. https://www.instagram.com/p/B1ukoeXlCRp/

I also got in a quick roll at the skatepark. Actually it wasn't that quick, I stayed quite a long while and had the place to myself.
https://www.instagram.com/p/B1usDq8FSes/

We're off to Sydney for the weekend. In a follow up to the previous post, Grandpa passed away last weekend and the funeral will be on Monday. That works out for us, as we were going to be in Sydney already. We're staying one extra night now.

I got a few new links lately

flip phoenix>reaper
pixie ducking inside>neo op butterfly

came close to ripped warrior>pdx torque

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Post by C-Fan » 29 Aug 2019 08:07

boyle wrote:
29 Aug 2019 00:54
Here's my current top 10 based on very little research, aside from Vasek dominating worlds and Jim posting some pretty crazy stuff consistently all year.

1. Vasek Klouda
2. Jim Penske
3. Lon Smith
4. Christopher Schillem
5. Pawel Nowak
6. Taishi Ishida
7. Rafal Kaleta
8. Maciej Niczyporuk
9. Damian Gielnicki
10. Mariusz Wilk
No Kemmer or Landes?

Landes doesn't get to many tournaments and doesn't make a lot of videos. But he's still active, and for both competition and raw shred I'd have him above half that list still:


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Post by boyle » 29 Aug 2019 13:38

Those two I was both strongly considering. I think I haven't seen much of Nick in recent times, and Matt I think I would actually put on the list, probably in around 8th place. I was a little swayed by looking at the Worlds results, though he also did pretty well in a bunch of events too.

The idea of the top 10 would be a current moment type of thing - say like the last month or so, factoring in consistency throughout the year. Though in reality to get a proper measure you would really need to be at every tournament, every shred session and watch every video that comes out. Which is not realistic, though you can see plenty of videos and I haven't done my studies enough recently.

In reality we will probably see very little from Vasek in the coming months, don't think there'll be any comps that he'll be in and I don't know if we'll see any video from him, but where will he end up on the list next month, considering his performance at Worlds.

This little thing is actually harder than I thought. It would be good to get some metrics around it to make the list, though that in itself would be hard.

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Post by boyle » 05 Sep 2019 01:41

We had the weekend in Sydney just got by. We actually had nearly 5 days there, it was a pretty good trip, even considering that it included a funeral.

The last day I took the kids down to Marobura. I remember I made a video there some years ago. I think this was actually the first video I put together when I got a GoPro. That camera is long gone, so it certainly must have been a way back. It was a birthday present, and my birthday is coming up next week, so must have been about 5 years ago.


The trip to Sydney also included seeing The Butterfly Effect. This is a band I've been going to see for nearly 20 years now, so it's always great to catch up with old friends who have been doing the same, this one was no exception. I also saw the Raiders have a victory in extra time. They are going very well this season so now I've got my eye on a ticket to the grand final. Not sure if they will make it, but it looks like we will already be in Sydney that weekend, so I might just plan on going and either sell the ticket or just go and watch some other teams if the Raiders don't make it.

Here's a little run from Sydney. https://www.instagram.com/p/B15bTJHlOR7/ I think I've got some footage there in a vlog. I don't even remember which one. It's a good spot and the kids had fun playing in the sand/mud/water.

Here's a little something from today. https://www.instagram.com/p/B2AkIiYlrK5/

I was pretty happy with the session. The last couple of weeks I haven't been teaching on Thursdays so that gives me the day free until working at 5pm. So I've been able to do the dropoffs, have a kick, go to a skatepark. Do some of my own stuff, and that's been good. The money from the teaching would come in handy too, but it's also important to make some space for your own things.

I'm feeling pretty tired today, so I might even do the same again tomorrow. I don't really like it when they call you early in the morning, doesn't give you much time to prepare.

I had pixie ducking dlo come of my foot a couple of times. I've never really tried that before, but I have hit a few reasonably similar tricks, pixie ducking symp mirage for example.

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Post by boyle » 11 Sep 2019 23:45

New trick.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B2TID5DF57L/

Pixie ducking DLO.

I came close to this in recent weeks and was a bit surprised I could even come close. Got it today for the first time. Pretty happy with that one. Will have to try some other ducking DLO combinations. Alpine fog comes to mind. That would be a good one to get. I've done ducking pdx dlo but I haven't done ducking DLO.

I turned 35 the other day. https://www.instagram.com/p/B2Li-xuFYrc/ Here are 35 contacts to celebrate. Not so happy with the ducks on the first couple of tricks. Or how long it took me to get 35 contacts. But it was good to get in a kick. I've been kicking a bit the last few days and that's good.

35 doesn't feel so old in footbag terms. There's still guys older than me who are kicking regularly and I'm feeling in pretty good shape. I'm doing tricks that I haven't done before so that's a good sign.

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