SHOP IS IN SESSION

I just saw Mads Neuhard walking by when I was biking to work. He sent me some epic footbag gang signs. I miss that dude.

SESSION

Yesterday I played footbag with Kim at the “Worlds 2015”-spot. There was a couple doing some doubles acrobatics next to us. It looked very sexually awkward. They probably thought the same of footbag.

We played for a little under an hour and none of us played that well. I did manage to hit Gyro Reverse Whirl [bs] and Blurry Reverse whirl [bsos].

SHOP IS OPEN

www.asmushelms.dk/shop

I have made a little webshop, so if you have always wanted to wear my face on your head or drink your coffee from a mug with one of my drawings now is your chance.

New products will be added from time to time, so if you have any wishes for something specific let me know.

Products are either shipped from Europe or USA depending on your location, so no matter what side of the pond you reside it shouldn’t be too expensive.

10% off for my modified friends – use coupon code: prideofindia

Thursday Throwdown

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.

Unorthodox Skills

Those skilled at the unorthodox are infinite as heaven and earth, inexhaustible as the great rivers – Sun Tzu (The Art of War)

SESSION

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

BIKE

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:

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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.

#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.