It was multiple time World Champion Honza Weber’s birthday recently, and he celebrated by going to a dinosaur park. How fun! There is a dinosaur museum here in Canberra and I have kicked there a few times over the years.
It’s no secret that Nick Polini is pretty good at reverse swirl based tricks. Here’s five toe revups (reverse swirling pickup) to prove it.
The German event celebrated ten years in Frankfurt. It’s mainly a net event but always attracts a few freestylers as well. There’s not as much net action on Instagram, but there are plenty of clips from the event on the Frankfurt Footbag page.
In case you forgot about his style, here’s a longer video.
Salem Double Switch Jam
The Salem Double Switch Jam looked like an awesome time with cool prizes, international guests and some great shred. There are longer videos around from the event as well, I would love to visit sometime.
For the last one of this month a drawing that I just came across. Sometimes kicking is not so easy, and that will often put some people off, especially looking to progress from beginning with kicks into getting onto the harder tricks.
Another year and another Worlds in the bag. This is a great shot of Taishi Ishida on the podium in Sofia, Bulgaria. He won the Shred 30 event as well as the Overall category after strong results in Routines (2nd) and Circle (4th).
Keep Kicking After Worlds
Hopefully Worlds will have inspired people to get kicking, whether they made it to the tournament or not. Jana Riisalo has been straight back into action after some silver medal performances in Bulgaria.
This is actually something I would love to do sometime. Having lived in Chile for a few years, I didn’t get the chance to make it to Easter Island, but this young player has got some shots of himself playing in front of the moai.
What a way to enjoy the evening – drink a beer and going for a full hack on the beach.
So that’s enough from me. I can’t recommend Instagram enough as a channel for sharing short footbag videos. I was putting up a video most days this year but I have dropped off on that one in recent times. Here’s a clip from a few days ago.
Here is another month of what’s going on around the footbag world of Instagram. It seems there are more and more players getting onboard and that’s great, I found it a wonderful way to share short clips as well as interact with the community around the world.
Here’s something from me to begin. The weather is getting colder now so I haven’t been playing as much as I would like.
A lot of people got into circle kicking and footbag through camping, hiking and adventure magazines. This clip shows someone bringing back their own memories through playing hack on the campsite. It also makes great use of the “Boomerang” style.
Once again, not strictly footbag, but just take a look at how many people are playing. I’ve been in Vietnam and this is a regular scene with people playing the sport of đá cầu, another shuttlecock game.
I am planning to do a couple of segments that pick up some of the clips that go across the social media networks and might not get seen by the rest of the community. The first one of these will be from Instagram.
The crew in Medellin, Colombia have had some high profile net players visiting. Walt Houston and Francois Pelletier have made the journey down to South America and seem to be having a great time. I have fond memories of my own visit to Medellin, so no surprises there.
Brayan “Bracho” Stiven
Sticking in Colombia, this one is from a couple of months ago, but shows a cool street show from Brayan Stiven. Hopefully one day we will see him compete at Worlds.
Each of the vlogs is just about some general life stuff, so there’s pretty much always footbag inside. Sometimes they are about music, travel, the fortunes and misfortunes of the Canberra Raiders or going on bushwalks around the local Canberra area.
Vlog 20 – Sydney Visit
This was a great chance to catch up with some friends I hadn’t seen in a while, as well as to catch a ferry in Sydney. There’s actually fairly minimal footbag in this one.
Vlog 21 – New Shoes – Quantums
This one has plenty of footbag, it’s about receiving some new pairs of Quantums. The Swiss crew were getting rid of their final stock, so I got a few pairs at a pretty good price. With a little Swiss chocolate inside the box as well.
Vlog 22 – Out Past The Airport
This is from a bike ride around the Canberra area. Had a few stops for footbag along the way and brought a picnic.
Vlog 23 – Skating With Ferrit
This was a bit of a blast from the past, hanging out with a good friend of mine. We visited four skateparks in the one day and that was pretty tiring. There is a bit of footbag in here through the course of the video.
Vlog 24 – Down the Coast
This was a trip where I took Nico with me to visit my parents. We had a good time at the Pambula Rivermouth as well as the skatepark nearby.
Vlog 25 – Road to Melbourne
We went down for a visit to Melbourne a little while ago, this is from the trip down and then I made a follow up for the action inside Melbourne itself. A few stops for footbag, some with a background of a big waterfall near Beechworth.
Vlog 26 – Melbourne
This has some definite footbag action, got to catch up with Albert Hua from Vietnam and we had a fun footbag and freestyle football session. This was great as I didn’t even know he played footbag.
Vlog 27 – Culburra Callala
This was an express daytrip down to the coast, visiting areas I hadn’t been to since I was a teenager. I wouldn’t mind to go to that area again and spend a bit more time there, pretty amazing views.
Vlog 28 – Shepherd’s Lookout
This one is a bushwalking vlog and didn’t start out great with the footbag, I dropped the bag into a very difficult to reach location. It improved though, I was able to retrieve the bag without falling off a cliff and then got some cool footage near the river.
Vlog 29 – Return to Mt Painter
A few of the recent vlogs have been returns to places I went in the early days of the vlog. The last time I visited this area I was caught in a storm and got soaked. This time was not so bad. I actually went up to the top twice.
Vlog 30 – Mt Ainslie Ride
Another hill in the local area and this one I was on my bike. It was actually the first time I rode up Mt Ainslie. At the top I went straight into footbag and got some good runs.
It has been a really good motivation to do some footbag each day, and also to try and do some different tricks from time to time. A few of the places are regular spots, like the tennis courts near where I drop off Nico for daycare, while I have been able to get some good backgrounds with rivers or beaches.
I’m going to put together anything I come across from Worlds. A lot of this is shared on the Freestyle Footbaggers page but not everything. It’s also nice to have access to it in the future once it drops off the Facebook page.
Official Worlds website – http://www.footbag.org/worlds2017/
Vasek routine (dropless) –
Nick Landes routine – https://www.facebook.com/josieann.kohler/posts/1525324194201525
TJ also went dropless though haven’t seen any footage of that yet. I believe Ivan will have comp footage up by tomorrow.
“On The Go With Joe” – http://www.kptv.com/story/36087636/on-the-go-with-joe-at-world-footbag-championships
Featuring Jim Penske.
Kickin’ it with 6x US Footbag Champ Jim Penske. He’s trying to win his first World Title in Portland this week. GO JIM! USA! USA! USA! pic.twitter.com/2o2gxacBaD
Oregon Live – 9 Things to do in Portland – http://www.oregonlive.com/events/index.ssf/2017/08/9_things_to_do_in_portland_in_the_week_ahead_1.html
Bits and Pieces from Portland Live – http://portlandtribune.com/pt/11-features/368208-249991-bits-and-pieces
Japanese article about Taishi – https://www.soccer-king.jp/news/japan/20170807/623489.html
Here’s a preview article I wrote on my Sport/Life site. http://sportslashlife.com/portland-prepares-world-footbag-championships/
Circle Contest Results – https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B86rdRJQKGcOb0wtczJHZ3ZwRFU/edit?filetype=msexcel
TJ Boutorwick, Nathan Bonslaver, Mark Monistere, Cass Taylor and Adam Keith through to main round of 16. Cass also beat Caroline Birch in Women’s Circle Contest, though I think there is a final still to come. The top 11 players had a bye.
Top 4 players advance:
Rank Player Score
1 Nick Landes 4.9368
2 Aleksi Airinen 3.8123
3 Wiktor Debski 3.3537
4 Daryl Genz 2.3263
5 Larry Workman 21 2.2512
6 Justin Blotsky 20 1.4416
1 Ken Somolinos 4.2573
2 Gordon Bevier 3.2979
3 Nathan Bonslaver 2.9972
4 Cassandra Taylor 2.8940
5 Khoa Nguyen 19 2.8614
6 Bruce Li 22 2.8478
Top 4 players advance:
Rank Player Score
1 Jim Penske 4.6400
2 Taishi Ishida 4.1885
3 Pawel Nowak 2.9886
4 Peter Bowler 2.9264
5 Dante Diotallevi 18 2.4133
1 Václav Klouda 4.9508
2 Juho Marjo 3.9925
3 T.J. Boutorwick 3.7913
4 Brian Sherrill 2.5936
5 Kevin Hogan 16 0.1021
There is a conference – the ESA conference next door and they have been posting a bunch of stuff on Twitter. I have a feeling this won’t work so well but you can click the links and see the Tweets themselves.
Since the start of the year I have been making a vlog. I had it running once a week for quite a while, but I got a bit busy doing my final teaching prac. I have just recently passed the 20 vlog mark, which I’m pretty pleased about. I will update this post each time I make a new one and also give a little description of what they are all about.
There is a varying level of footbag in each one. It has been a fun little project to start doing this year. One of my goals at the start of the year was to do either a vlog, zine or podcast and these has been the vehicle and a few people seem to enjoy them, so that’s just great.
Vlog 20 – Sydney Visit
Got to catch up with my friend Kelly who has been overseas for ages and leaves again soon. Very limited footbag in this one, just one run. It rained a lot of the time and I had some battery troubles.
Vlog 19 – Goorooyarroo 5
A bushwalking vlog, with plenty of footbag for good measure. I had a couple of mandarins with me to snack on and managed a couple of juggling tricks with them and a footbag. Kicked on top of each of the five hills within a nature reserve that’s not so far away.
Vlog 18 – Finishing Up Uni
This one is really just a collection of some stuff I had over a few weeks. Includes a bit of footbag, mainly from some very late night sessions in the garage as well as some scenic sunset shots making my way back home from the prac.
Vlog 17 – Mt Majura
Bushwalking vlog from the closest hill to here. Did some good footbag with hiking shoes as well, including a mirage race style kind of thing. Actually filmed this early on when I started making the vlogs but didn’t get around to putting it together until much later.
Vlog 16 – Free Ice Cream
Considering it’s already over a month since we received the free box of ice cream and it’s still going, that was a good pickup. Plenty of footbag in this one from the Westside complex, which was in the process of closing down. Also Nico riding his bike around at the National Museum.
Vlog 15 – Back to the Beach
Filmed from our trip to Racecourse Beach. Some footbag around, some beach views, kangaroos, jumping cushion and actually took my GoPro into the waves for the first time.
Vlog 14 – Easter at the Beach
Spent Easter with my parents down the coast. Got some good scenic shots and a fair bit of footbag in here too.
Vlog 13 – You Are Here Festival
There was a performance at the hostel I work at, part of an arts festival, bands playing on the rooftop, which was a fun event. Also looks like I had a clean shave at this time by the youthful cover photo.
Vlog 12 – A Rainy Ride
Went for a ride on what started out a nice day. Stopped a few times to do some footbag. By the end of the journey I was completely soaked, mud splattered all over me and shoes full of water.
Vlog 11 – Mt Painter in the Rain
Another one where I got caught out in the rain. The day hadn’t started out as promising but I ended up completely soaked on this one too. Still got a little bit of footbag in.
Vlog 10 – Raiders Early Rounds
A bit of a mix of things, some bits and pieces of concert footage, the Raiders getting thrashed by the Sharks when my friend came to visit, some outdoor stuff around the area and a Raiders victory.
Vlog 9 – Bridge to Nowhere
This is a place I’ve visited a couple of times now, Butters Bridge. It’s this enormous pedestrian bridge in the absolute middle of nowhere. As it’s miles away from anywhere, it’s quite a good space to kick a footbag around.
Vlog 8 – Killswitch Engage
A mix of Killswitch Engage clips from their Alive or Just Breathing 15 year tour, combined with some thoughts on the walk back to the city after some cold beverages.
Vlog 7 – Canberra Raiders Trial
The Raiders played a trial match in Queanbeyan at Seiffert Oval, the place where the club started out. It was a disaster, with the Green Machine being thrashed.
Vlog 6 – An International Guest
This one is pretty much all about footbag. Another goal at the start of the year was to meet up with an international footbag player, so when Janis from Germany got in touch I was happy to host him for a couple of nights. Was glad to get in a shred at Copey’s place as well.
Vlog 5 – Mt Ainslie
I think this was the first bushwalking one I did, with probably the most common hiking trip in Canberra, as it’s quite easy to see from most parts of the city, also quite easy to access from my house.
Vlog 4 – Express Trip to Bega
A friend of mine, Joe, was passing through the Bega area so I went down and back in the day to meet up with him. Got a bit of footbag in along the way, as well as some rock jumping.
Vlog 3 – Glacier Perito Moreno
Basically an extension to the first vlog, focusing on our quick visit to Argentina. Was able to get in a little bit of footbag with some views to the glacier as well.
Vlog 2 – Sydney Weekend – Alexisonfire and Nick Cave
It was convenient that when I started doing the vlogs, we had an action packed weekend of concerts, I also had a kick with Dyalan and Ryan which was good too.
Vlog 1 – Trip to Patagonia
The debut. Most of the scenery on this one speaks for itself and makes it a pretty good video overall, probably better than some of the ones later in the piece.
So I have finished university. Last week I did my final prac and then during the week I went in and handed in my paperwork.
I made a vlog, which has quite a bit of footbag content.
It also has a couple of nice touches of sunsets by the lake and that kind of thing, which I saw quite a few of as I was returning from the school to home.
The next step is to get registered and get a job, but it seems to be a bit of a slower process than I was hoping for. It seems the process to just starting doing casual teaching through the Catholic education system might be a bit quicker, so I may try my luck there.
I mentioned in the last post that I ordered some Quantum shoes and a few other things from Planetfootbag. I got an email a few days ago that it has been shipped, although of course that will take a fair while to reach here. Really looking forward to getting them.
I played yesterday, had one run of about 26 contacts. I have been playing reasonably regularly, but haven’t had any real breakthrough sessions.