2007: COMING OUT PARTY #TBT

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.

Before Euros

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.

Euros

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.

After Euros

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.

Video by Lise Thygesen

#NEWYEAROLDME

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.

Day Novice
1 Mirage > Orbit
2 Illusion > pickup
3 Near Mirage > SS Mirage
4 Far Legover > ATW
5 Far Pickup > ATW
6 SS Butterfly > Butterfly
7 SS Legover > SS Osis
8 SS Pickup > SS Illusion
9 Osis > PDX Mirag
10 Butterfly > spinning clipper
11 Osis > Ducking Clipper
12 PDX Illusion > Eggbeater
13 Diving Clipper > Ducking Clipper
14 Gyro Clipper > Near DLO
15 Diving Clipper > Rev Swirl
16 osis > spinning osis
17 near eggbeater > smudge
18 spinning pickup > toe diving clipper
19 legbeater > ducking osis
20 spinning butterfly > ducking butterfly
21 drifter > torque
22 schmoe > dimwalk
23 barfly > stepping ss clipper
24 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:

BAGGIN ON X-MAS

Yesterday we had a little Christmas ball/footbag session to end the year right. A bit disappointed that no legends showed up but it was still a lot of fun. In attendance were: Frederik, Jan, Mathias, Nis, Kim and I.

The first half of the session I played with Jan and Frederik and for the second half, we all just fooled around in one big circle. Had a couple of decent runs in the first half. Mathias was playing well. I filmed a little bit, but I will sit on the footage for now.  I think I will try to film a little every session and then compile it into something larger later on.

After shred, we had some beers and played foursquare. Mathias won and I got second. I was happy with how I handled Nis and Kim but I still didn’t take the cake. Next time.

After that, we headed over to the legendary footbag bar Bankerot and had some more beers and some very big Fernet Brancas. I probably haven’t been there for over a year. I was happy that the cute bartender was still there and that she remembered me. That’s always nice.

My goals for 2017 was:

– Play footbag 52 times (Once a week average)
– 30 Infinities
– 75 Tiltless

I have played footbag 37 times this year so far. I hope to get to 38. Last year I played 41 times so a bit less, but I also “lost” a month because of breakup life chaos. I will transfer that goal to next year.

I might have hit 30 infinities. I definitely got a lot better at infinities this year. In general, I think I had a small level up.

Did definitely not hit 75 tiltless so I will transfer that goal to next year as well.

My goals for 2018 will then be:

  • Play footbag 52 times (Once a week average)
  • 75 Titless
  • 30 Guiltless

Merry Christmas and Hacky New Year yall!

 

The Big Moose

Yesterday I was having a rough day at work. I checked our top secret FootbagDenmark facebook group and Jasper had posted this masterpiece of me. Nothing like a little photoshop magic to cheer you. Thanks, Jasper.

Later I had a session with Kim “The Duke” Mortensen. We played at the spot from when we held Worlds. The red area outside that you have seen in many videos was extremely slippery due to the ice. People were sliding all over on their bikes. Dangerous but kinda funny.

We played for around 45 minutes. We were both tired from long days at work and there were some annoying kids running around. Usually, I am fine with kids playing around where we play, but these were super hyper and was running very closely around us. Did have two small highlights:
– Tap [bsos] first try
– DATW > Pixie Ducking Clipper > Far Symposium Rev Whirl > Run with the other Far Symposium Rev Whirl

Been listening to a lot of Flying Lotus recently. You should too.

Any Given Thursday

As always there was a session yesterday. However I was hungover and tired from a successful date, so I decided to not pack my gear and just show up and hang out. I convinced my little brother to come along for the ride. Kim, Nis, Frederik and Jasper was playing.

Jasper has had a problem with one of his toes for a couple of years now, but it is starting to get better so he wants to start playing a bit a see how it goes. It was good to have him back.

Kim looked really good and both Nis and Frederik also played well. Lots of dense shuffle from Nis, lots of 5s from Kim (like a Scorpions Tail out of the blue) and many good syteps from Frederik.

After the session ended we decided to arrange a little jam-thing on the Thursday before Christmas. Looking forward to that.

Short & Slow

I implemented a calendar widget to track when I play footbag. I used to do this on my phone, but I thought it would make more sense doing it here. If you are checking the site on a computer, you should see it somewhere to the right.

The attentive reader will now have noticed that I played footbag yesterday. Mathias Blau and I played at Nørrebrohallen. I’ve had some back problems this week, but decided to play anyway. I think it actually helped more than it hurt. It was a short and pretty low energy session but it is always good to get out and shake ye olde footbag legs.

I got my new phone and wanted to test out the video functionality. It can both do 4k and 1060p60f. So that is pretty cool. Here is a little run from Mathias I filmed. Unfortunately, I fucked the quality up afterwards playing with it.

Mama and Boats

I visited my dear mama this weekend and since I was supposed to be in Berlin shredding it up with the homies I decided to have a little session in what used to be my teenage room. No highlights since I just drilled, worked on fixing a few small issues and so on.

Speaking of my teenage room: For some reason, this video of me saying goodbye to that room suddenly exploded with views (nearly 5k).

It wasn’t even that long ago I moved it to the FD youtube channel. It has something to do with the name of the video and related videos. Weird.

I recently got an awesome package sent all the way from PA from David Owen Beyers (Boats). I love getting stuff sent from footbaggers around the world. I should make more physical stuff to send to people.

It would be cool to do something like this but with footbag.

WINTER IS HERE

Session

Great session with Mathias Blau, Nis Petersen, and Frederik Mens yester. I knew it was gonna be a good one from the very first trick – felt like a Hacky Sack Millionaire.

I got to play with everybody but mainly with Mathias.

Nis played well even though he was complaining about groin pain, headaches and what have you before the session. He has started hitting the gym and I have a feeling he wants to be the next Alês.

Mathias wasn’t having one of his best days, but there was still some good stuff. A run starting with Jani > Jani with a bunch of 5s was probably the highlight of the session from him.

I did not get to play a lot with Frede, but what I saw looked great. I think he is close to a level up.

I felt like a million bucks for a big part of the session. Mathias also complimented my recent progress. Always feels nice. Gotta remember to stay humble though. Had some good runs with less 2s than usually but the real highlights were three new tricks:

  • Terraging Muted Clipper
  • Blurry Reverse Whirling Rake bs

I footed the first one a bunch of times before hitting it. It honestly doesn’t feel hard. The other one I hit on my third attempt on my good side and first try on my flip. Boom!

Other stuff

My GoPro camera got stolen the night of Danish Champs. Luckily, my insurance got it covered. I am gonna spend the money on a new phone. Since I need a new phone and its camera should be good enough for filming shred action. It’s not like I am banging out footbag productions these days anyways.

I live in cooperative housing (Danish: andelsbolig) and every year we have an audit, where we decide what our finances are gonna go to. The annual audit is on Monday and one of the suggestions got me excited. The idea is to set up an activity room in one of the basements. The room should include ping pong, foosball and so on. I am instantly thinking a year-round 24-hour footbag spot in my building. It is not like we are lacking indoor spots here in Copenhagen, but it would still be cool to have one that close and accessible. Fingers crossed.

Khoa wrote a great article for BSOS about Freestyle Football and Freestyle Footbag that you should read. You can read it here.

I have started blogging a bit about my creative endeavors on my personal website. You can check that out here.

Session with The Dream Team

The dream team was in full effect yesterday. The weekly Thursday session had Kim, Mathias, Nis and I shredding it up and it was a pleasure.

I thought Mathias shredded it up. He had this long fairy run with Fairy DLOs, Fairy Same DLOs and Fairy Muted Swirl. He also hit close to 20 DSOs in a row first try. Nis came a bit late and I didn’t play much with him, but I liked what I saw. Kim and I didn’t play super well. I had two highlights worth mentioning:

  • A long run ending with XBD Rake > Inspinning Clipper
  • Pixie Ripwalk > FS Reverse Whirl > FS Reverse Whirl

Kim brought a new pair of shred shoes inspired Frederik. The shoe is Adidas PHARRELL WILLIAMS TENNIS HU.

I tried them and even though they were one and a half size too big I really liked them.

PROs

Very light. Maybe half the weight of Lavers.
Great inside
Cheaper than Lavers
Looks great

CONs

No toebox
Lack of support
Possible durability issues

I might have to get a pair.

The forgotten session

I completely forgot to write about a session I had with Kim last Tuesday. I was planning to have two sessions that week and just wanted to sum them up in a single post. But then I got a crick in my neck and never ended up having the second session.

The session with Kim was a lot of fun. We were playing around with 5 > 5 and hit Phoenix > Reverse Whirlygig and footed Pixie Sidewalk > Ducking Reverse Whirl (not a 5>5 but still pretty cool).

I also hit a single Torque, which I haven’t done in ages.

When we were about to stop we decided to both go for at least a 30 contact run. I hit a 40+ contact run first try with lots of 3s and some 4s. Definitely one of the best runs of my life.

I really need to prioritize to kick this week even though drunken mischief this weekend still got my body a bit fucked up.