Half Footbag Half Concert

As some of you might remember I turned 30 this summer. Kim gave me tickets to go see Freddie Gibbs and we finally did last Saturday. It was banging. Here is a song (I chose this one because Mads Neuhard and Mads Hole are called Manne in Denmark) from the most recent album:

I did bag fu yesterday with Mathias Blau and Nis. Nis is still trying to go easy on his body, but I thought he looked great. Mathias was also playing super well yesterday in my opinion. Pushing a little harder than usually. I played fine. I had this idea of wanting to do a full symposium swifter and footed it many times. Mathias of course hit it first try bsos.

Something Old, Something New and Something Buttery Smooth

My dad and footbag

On Wednesday I was hanging out in inner Copenhagen with my dad and littlebrother. We saw some art (nsfw) and ate some traditional greasy Danish food. At one point we walked past this old church and my dad told that this was the first place he evered experienced footbag back in the 80s and that his best friend bought a footbag from the guy. This was of course interestering for me but even more interesting because I remembered this photo:

The photo is of the Danish HoF member Allan Petersen. He recently did a recreation of it and wrote some more about it here.

I sent the photo to my dad and he was absolutely certain it was him his friend bought the bag from. Pretty cool. It’s a small footbag world.

Thursday Party

When I got to the spot yesterday Mathias, Mads Hole and Nis were already standing outside. We went in and I played with Mathias and Mads and Nis played. We played with this buttery smooth 12 panel made by my guy Derek Littlefield. I might have to pick up a couple of those. Mathias said some nice things about where my game is. That felt good. I feel pretty good about it and footbag in general. Footbag is fun. After 40 minutes we merged the two circles. It’s probably been years since I’ve played with Mads and that is always fun. 

Then Frederik showed up and hung out.

Pdx Talk

Back in 2004 when I started playing footbag – FootbagDenmark had an actual physical members magazine and for the last month or so we have been working on during a new issue and now it is out. I wrote two articles and did the layout. Nis’ wife Inna did the amazing painting on the front cover. 

A New Hope

Two Thursdays and two sessions in a row.

We were Kim, Nis and our newest player Ole. I was there early to test the toilet facilities, they were quite acceptable. Rough and thin toilet paper though, but that is to be expected at a public primary school.

I think Kim played well, though he complained a little about fatigue and sore knees. Nis practiced the art of restriction, which is rarely the strength of kings. Ole practiced his Clipper and you could see clear progress after some good tips from both Nis and Kim.

The highlight of the evening was when Hole called Nis’ phone and the call went through on the hall’s speaker. He had just woken up from a nap and was still hovering somewhere between Dreamland and Nørrebro. You’d almost think it was rehearsed, so confusing and poetic at the same time.

I ended the session with getting impossibly close to Mobius. Unfortunately, footbag is a harsh lover and the beautifully flowing trick flowed away from me. But then it is good that there is a Thursday Party again soon!

The Thursday Party is dead, long live The Thursday Party!

For as long as I have been playing “The Thursday Party” at Medborgeren has been the most important weekly session in Copenhagen during the winter. It was also where the first Danish Champs in recent time was hosted, it was an important place during Euros in 2004 and it was where I organized my first big tournament (Danish Footbag Open 2013) which led to us hosting Worlds.

Last winter the municipality in Copenhagen decided to not renew our weekly time slot and it was a big blow. Pretty much since then Nis and Mathias has been working hard to find us a new spot and about a month ago they succeeded.

The new spot is an old gym at a school. There is no cafeteria and no stage but everything else is pretty much better;

  • The floor is good for footbag
  • There is a choir of about twenty girls in their twenties practicing right next us
  • The showers are better
  • The room is a bit bigger, but not too big for us
  • Our time slot is better (moved from 21 – 23 to 20 – 22)
  • And most importantly – it is located only 500 meters away from where I live and a 100 meters from where Kim does

Kim and Mathias played there last week, but this week I made it.

In attendance: Mathias Blau, Kim Mortensen, Jasper Johansen, Nis Petersen and Yours Truly

It’s been a while since Copenhagen have seen five people at session and it definitely felt like the start (restart) of something!

I played with Jasper and Kim. Kim didn’t play the best I’ve seen but I always love playing with him. Jasper has been battling weird injuries for the past couple of years, but I think he looked good. He also said he felt fine, so he plan on showing up regularly.

I played surprisingly well for not having played for a while. Short runs but I think I hit pretty much everything I can do and a lot of it first try.

I am already looking forward to next week. I hope we can keep this up.

Here is something cool I made for school:

Dirty Thirty

I am really enjoying how these old heads (even older than me) are making a return. My sixth footbag sense says they are not gonna stay around long, but here is to hope. I have also been kicking a little lately and I also hope that isn’t just a fad. 

I played footbag with myself on the 17th. Just a short session going through basics. Everything felt surprisingly good (except for my shape). 

The day after Angelo arrived from Spain (via Berlin) to celebrate my 30th birthday. In the evening we went to Christiania so Angelo could stock up on the herb that footbaggers often need and enjoy the area and the sun. We kicked near some guys selling cheap draft beers and the main guy invited us over to their little beer stand to kick there. He even gave us a beer.

We also ran into a guy who has been posting a little on the Danish footbag channels. He was wearing a glitter jester hat and was carrying a bag and all kinds of juggling equipment. He could have been Nick Polini’s dad. He might not be young but new blood is always appreciated.

A couple of days later I celebrated my 30th birthday and that was fun on all levels. What a party. Thanks to Angelo for making the trip.

I won’t be going to Worlds because I am an asshat but more footbag is coming soon. 

257 days later

I played footbag today. I stayed on 2’s with a couple 3’s filled in and filmed a classic Asmus sick3 for my IG:

It is the same one as did at Euros in Prague back in 2007:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6B4apZrNa0

After half an hour I overstretched something in my shoulder. It hurts like hell. It’s been 257 days since I last played, so I wasn’t too surprised my body didn’t like it. Guess I am gonna stay away from ducks next time.

I did enjoy myself and the weather was perfect, so hopefully, it won’t be 257 days before I play again.

Hoping to go to Worlds in Poland this summer. It would be nice to at least be back to a decent level.

Return of the Bag

Holy hobo! It’s been a while! But last Thursday I had a session with Kim. We both sucked, but I still enjoyed it and I hope to start playing regularly again.

I did not end up going to Party Bombe, due to some bad luck and a lot of bad planning on my part. I miss the homies from Finland but hopefully, I will see them sooner rather than later.

What else is new.. Mathias Blau did great at Worlds. Congrats to him.

On Friday I have my last day at my job and then next week I go back to studying. I will be studying Interactive Design at the Danish School of Media and Journalism. It’s gonna suck being poor, but I can’t wait to get my creativity challenged on the reg.

Studying Interactive Design I will be trained in developing interactive concepts for digital media. I will learn both the graphic arts and to use technology creatively and innovatively.

I have added more products to my shop. You should buy some.

FC Footstar 20th Birthday

I went to the FC Footstars 20th birthday from Thursday to Monday with my brother.

On Thursday we were hanging out in park playing oldschool hacky sack when my dear brother accidently kicking me in the eye. I instantly started bleeding from my eye and an ambulance was called. I should be fine.

The next night we were are a club and lamp feel down from the ceiling and cracked my head open. New ambulance and 4 stitches later I felt fine again.

Other than that it was an amazing weekend – obviously no footbag action but a lot of fun.

Here are my photos from the weekend: https://photos.app.goo.gl/K2Ppe8L74Pblv9YC2
(Warning: Contains beer and blood)

You can see Philippe’s great footbag photos here: http://fcfootstar.de/cms/20th-anniversary-photos/

Party Bombe

I got contacted by some of the Finnish footbaggers and they want to pay for some of my expenses to come to Party Bombe in Helsinki (7th of July) to judge. I am finally an actual footbag legend.

Quickie in the Sun

Spent the weekend visiting my mama and had quick session in the sun yesterday.
Mainly just drilled a bunch. But I also worked Terraging Muted Clipper and footed it many times. I also kept on footing it last session. I really wanna get it on camera.

Here is a pretty tree in my mom’s garden.

First Day Out

FDO

Yesterday was our first outdoor session of the year and it was glorious. Sun was shining, birds were chirping and life made sense again.

When I got to the legendary spot next to the yellow roof Mathias Blau and Nis were already throwing down. Kim’s wife and kids were also chilling in the sun.
During my warm-up, my good friend Lea and her just as talented boyfriend biked by and came over and said hello. That is one of the things you forgot during the cold winter in gyms and one of the great things about coming out – you actually meet people. You interact with your community.


Kim showed up and we all played together for a while. Then Mads Hole showed up and Mathias went home. Finally our club’s accountant Basse showed up. Basse and Mads gave Kim, Nis and I challenges from Anz’ app and we all had a couple of beers.

Worlds & LIFE

I am pretty sure Worlds will happen. The only thing is that by that time my life is hopefully going through some big changes. I have applied to go back to school to study motion design. My first application, that I spent a couple of weeks on, got approved so now I got some final tests right after my coming trip to Berlin and then hopefully I will get in.

This means I need to figure out a way to earn some money while studying. I think I can stay at my current job with much fewer hours but we will see. I will also need to find a roommate and so and so on..

I am pretty excited about this whole going back to school thing. Fingers crossed.

So in regards to Worlds, it might be a good idea to keep the money in my pocket, but hopefully, I will get it all figured out long before and just be able to enjoy a nice week in Sofia. Nis already got his tickets and I think Blau is close as well.