Idaho Statesman – Footbag Brings Us Open to Boise (2016)

A preview of the 2016 US Open, which was held in Boise, Idaho. There is a large picture of Evan Gatesman and some chat with Red Husted. It is part of a regular column on outdoor activities in the region.

The full article can be read here.

The 2016 US Open Freestyle Footbag Championships are Saturday and Sunday at Boise State’s Centennial Amphitheatre. It’s the sport many remember as Hacky Sack, which is a brand name.

Three of the best players in the country live in the Boise area, tournament director Ethan Husted said. That group includes Jim Penske, Evan Gatesman and Nick Landes. Penske has the most US Open titles in the event’s history, Husted said.

The Seattle Times – With Flair and Style, Footbag and Juggling Festival Gains a Foothold (2007)

A 2007 article previewing the Seattle Juggling and Footbag Festival, with plenty of familiar names featured. Among them Lon Smith, Jorden Moir, Peter Irish, Jim Penske and others.

More than once, Matt Baker has dropped his keys and, without really realizing it, found them flying off the side of his foot, into the air and back into his hands. That’s the kind of move you find second nature when you’ve flown with the footbag crowd for so long.

“I’ve done that with my phone and broke it,” says Baker, co-founder of the Seattle Juggling and Footbag Festival, which turned the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center on Saturday into a cavalcade of flying arms, legs, clubs and spheres.

Read the full article here.

To really go back in time, you can see the Modified thread about the event as well as these great photos from Dat Phan.