8 years ago I had lived for a couple of months in my first apartment in Copenhagen. Lena Scheiwiller from Switzerland was visiting and Mads Hole turned 40. That was a legendary night.How time flies…
I had a dream about Samu Ahola and Aleksi Airinen the other night. We were in some sort of supermarket looking for late night snacks and beers. So before yesterday’s session, I watched a bunch of Finnish videos. It made me miss Finland so much.
When I got back from the session I had received a message from Aleksi that he would be in Copenhagen March 1 – 3 and wants to catch up when he is here. Weird how things like that happen.
Mathias Blau is currently enjoying a little vacation in Malta, so the Fabolous Five was down to the Furious Four: Frederik Mens, Kim Mortensen, Nis Petersen and I.
I played with Nis for the entire session. It’s been a while since I have thrown down with him so it was a pleasure. We played to legendary Jamaican radio station Linkz FM.
Nis was struggling but it was still a lot of fun.
Runs weren’t really on for me, but I did get some highlights:
Tapping Blink (inspired by Aleksi)
Pixie Tripwalk > Phoenix > Reverse Mullet (I wanna hit this as a sick3 in competition sometime)
Ducking Reverse Whirl [bsos]
From what I could see out the corner of my eye both Kim and Frederik played very well. I saw Kim hit Bullwhip, Janiwalk out of Pixie SS Clipper and Frede hit Gyro Mirage to a long run. They are both getting better these days. That’s always nice.
All text and no images makes the blog a dull read, but I don’t have any to share at this time.
Those skilled at the unorthodox are infinite as heaven and earth, inexhaustible as the great rivers – Sun Tzu (The Art of War)
Yesterday I had a session with Kim, Nis, Frede, and Mathias. I played with Kim and later a bit with Frede as well. Kim looked good with lots of quantums, Janiwalk > Run (first try) and so on. He hurt his knee a bit, but I don’t think it was anything too serious. I thought Frede looked good with a couple of high stepping and atomic sets. Mathias left early, so I didn’t get to play with him. After Frede, Kim and I were done, we had a beer and watched Nis play. I saw him hit Whirling Swirl > Scrambled DLO and Scrambled DLO > Eggbeater. I like both of those links.
I didn’t play amazing – could definitely feel that it has been a while since my last real session. I still had a lot of fun though.
From left to right: Mathias “Matrix” Blau, Frederik “Frede” Mens, Nis “The King” Petersen, Kim “The Duke” Mortensen and Me
I should probably give you an update on the bike situation since I wrote about it last time. I got the new bike. It was pretty cheap and it is such a pleasure to ride around. I need to change a couple of things, but luckily Kim is my personal bike mechanic and is willing to help. Here is a photo of the beauty:
I found 7 minutes of footage I filmed at Danish Champs. I edited it down to two minutes. It’s nothing special but here is a lil’ video that I haven’t posted anywhere else. The music is inspired by Mads Hole’s usual music selection.
Once a month I am gonna take you down memory lane and tell my story in footbag. Each post is gonna focus on a different year in chronological order. You can read all the previous posts here.
Start of the year
Basically, I was a complete bum not studying enough, partying too much and bitching and whining a lot about high school. I did seem to get much better at footbag during this time though.
That summer I went to France with my mom, her husband, and my little brother. We toured around the country site for two weeks before we finally ended up in Paris.
I had set up a session with Charles Dupuy and Serge Kaldany there. Serge was crazy good at this point and it was a pleasure to get to play a lot of one on one with him.
Charles and I instantly hit it off and after the session, we went to Arthur Ledain’s place. We had crêpes (which Charles kept calling CRABS) with cheese and ham. I impressed them with my pancake throwing skills.
Frankystyle also showed up and showed me this trailer, which nobody had seen at this point.
This was an amazing night for a young footbag kid.
A couple of days later I flew from Paris to Euros in Vienna with the Parisian crew.
On the plane ride, I turned 18. I ordered a beer just before and the stewardess asked my age, when I told her I was just about to turn 18 I got kisses for my cheeks and champagne for my belly. When we landed in Vienna we went directly to the opening party, where I celebrated my 18th birthday. I got super drunk and puked all over the terrace outside and the Berlin guys carried me home. 18 is in Denmark what 21 is in the states.
Lise bought me my first legal beer.
I stayed at the Gym as the only Dane. This was good for socializing but not for my game. Euros 2007 was definitely my party boy coming out party.
Charles Dupuy and Daryl Canady from Munich was also staying at the gym and we had so much fun and grew very close. Even though I never see them and rarely catch up with them, I still see them as brothers to this day.
One night I found this ladies trench coat which I strolled around in. I still miss that coat.
Lise and I made a deal to be Doubles Net partners one day at this Euros. I just brought this up to her and we decided to wait another 10 years. She still has a bunch of injuries but she is working on sorting them out and wants to return to freestyle footbag.
A video I did from the tournament.
One day I got a message from a beautiful young girl on MySpace. She had seen the videos I had posted there of me playing footbag and she thought it looked kinda sexy. I invited her to a party at my high school. You are allowed to drink at high school parties in Denmark. I ended up bringing her home and dated her for some time. I was so stoked.
Danish Champs 2007
It was a small Danish Champs in Copenhagen with no foreign guests. I played very well during the weekend and hit some stuff I would be stoked for today.
Mads Neuhard did the first dropless routine in DK history. That was a big moment.
Lise’s game was probably at its peak at this time. She got second in routines and won Shred30 in front of Mathias Blau.
Mathias won his first Danish Champs and he is still dominating to this day.
On the first day after my Christmas holiday, it was raining and storming like crazy. Halfway to work, my bike broke down and I had to drag it with me the rest of the way. I knew the bike was dying, but I had hoped I could wait until spring before buying a new one. Guess not. I did find a dope cheap bike, that I am hopefully picking up today.
I decided to install a stupid fitness app to get some exercise, while not biking every day. I have been doing fairly well at keeping with it and I hope to continue to do so moving forward.
You are supposed to use the app every day and I have completed 6 days since the 10th, so I am doing very well. I did do two days yesterday before playing.
I was visiting my mom so I played in my old room. It is always a bit nostalgic. I just drilled and managed to get the first 11 links in the novice challenge from December on both sides. I am not gonna get number 12 in the next 10 years, but I do plan to hit some more of them in the future.
Mirage > Orbit
Illusion > pickup
Near Mirage > SS Mirage
Far Legover > ATW
Far Pickup > ATW
SS Butterfly > Butterfly
SS Legover > SS Osis
SS Pickup > SS Illusion
Osis > PDX Mirag
Butterfly > spinning clipper
Osis > Ducking Clipper
PDX Illusion > Eggbeater
Diving Clipper > Ducking Clipper
Gyro Clipper > Near DLO
Diving Clipper > Rev Swirl
osis > spinning osis
near eggbeater > smudge
spinning pickup > toe diving clipper
legbeater > ducking osis
spinning butterfly > ducking butterfly
drifter > torque
schmoe > dimwalk
barfly > stepping ss clipper
pdx whirl > pdx drifter
This was my first session of the year, so I am already behind on playing once every week this year. I hope to get in two sessions this week.
I also hope to get some more “Throwback Thursday” posts up in the coming weeks, so be on the lookout for those.
Here is a video I did from our last session of last year: