2006 Viareggio Rocky Horror Beach Show!

Viareggio – 23 e 24 September 2006 aka “The Rocky Horror Beach Show”!

At the Burla Beach Cup 2006 , there was a freestyle tournament too.

Viareggio was the last appointment of this summer: and only a few players there were, and I’m sad for this…
Because those who were in Viareggio had a great time, great play, and a special, really special event!

We were in 7 + 1 (+1 is ME!), in Viareggio:
Clay Collerá
Ale Collerá
Fabio Sanna
Eleonora Imazio
Andrea Rimatori
Fabrizio Gori
Gianluca Bertoncelli

Fabrizio and Gianluca are 2 new freestylers we haven’t ever seen before:
Gianluca from Bologna (he will play with Manuel and AlÏ!!!) and Fabrizio from Padova.

They were with their girl-friends, two lovely girls very nice and funny: and we spent all the time together.

With a so little number of players, we can to do the SuperPro, a special tournement created by Clay Collerá, very strong, a mix of Open, Shred and Alone.

Gianluca had an injury to his knee after the 1∞ shred…sigh! But he stayed with us all the tournament, so, for us, was like he participated too…

Fabrizio is a very new player and with emotion he played at his 1∞…carpet. After 2 days of freestyle, at the end of week-end he played a lot better.

The big surprise is Ale: he played very well, with concentration…and he helped an Ultimate team too! After that, he has decided to play Ultimate and try to do some athletic preparation with a team from ForlÏ named 45 Giri. We will see…And Ale won his first prize for the Spirit of the game. He was so happy and emotionated about it!

The title of the tournement was ìThe Rocky Horror Beach Showî…and Clay, Fabio, Eleonora and Ale made a show, the Saturday night, before the crazy night dance…
A fantastic show, with crazy dressed, and black eyes, and great play…
A funny parody about ultimate too, and change of couple, and music, and…
At the end, Ultimate players was CRAZY for them!
And the day after too, a lot of ultimate players came to the Grey carpet to make their congratulation and take information about freestyle, nails, ecc.

We made a crazy party: we danced, and danced, and danced…and around us there were funny people dreesed like Rocky Horror picture Show… sexy, alternative, ahem…extreme.
We had a very great party, oh yesssssssssssssssss!

The organization was very lovely with us:
They stopped ultimate announcements and music for us, and they didn’t want the fee from the freestylers. We had food, water, party free, 2 fantastic gifts for all, and prize in money…

After the finals, all us we ate together around the table of judges: 10 persons, over the freestyle tent, to think about the great feeling and time we had together. A little malinconic time too:
Because was the last tournament of our incredible summer: probably one of the most wonderful summer of our life…

But malinconia is just a fly of a butterfly, for freestylers: because in few minutes there were on the carpet to play, and play and play.

Thanks, Paul Bernier, thanks to his staff, thanks to the players there were in Viareggio, we had another unforgettable tournement.

See you the next year!



1∞ Fabio Sanna
2∞ Clay Collerá
3∞ Andrea Rimatori
4∞ Eleonora Imazio
5∞ Ale Bibi Collerá
6∞ Fabrizio Gori
7∞ Gianluca Bertoncelli

Judge This – Video #2

The first “judge this” video spawned a lively discussion, so you about another? Z Weyand chose a different clip from the same 2003 FPAW Semifinals routine. Same deal this time. The video (7mb, mov) shows 30 seconds of freestyle. Think about the two scores you would give if you were using the current FPA judging system. Award your score when the video shows MARK.

2006 Torneo Cittá Di Milano

2006 Torneo Cittá Di Milano
Milan, Italy
September 16-17, 2006

1. Fabio Sanna 395 points
2. Clay Collerá 385
3. Andrea Meola 370
4. Paolo Magni 345
5. Antonio Cusmá 335
6. Vico Silano 295
7. Silvia Caruso 285
8. Claudio Cigna 280
9. Fabio Caruso 270
10. Sergio Arrighi 250
11. Filippo Cavalca 230
12. Matteo Ceresa 205
13. Alessandro Berra 180
14. Ale Collerá 175
14. Massimo Possenti 175
16. Andrea Corizzo 170

2006 Indian Summer

The resurrection of Indian Summer coincided with what else but…indian summer. Two 80+ degree days and a sweet wind on Sunday were heaven for the freestylers.

The competition used the pinball judging system, which rewards a mix of difficulty and hitting specific bonus moves during a routine. Three bonus moves were worth up to five points each, depending on the quality shown. Three super bonus moves were worth either 5 points or 0 points. If you did the move successfully, you got 5. Otherwise, zippo. Add a difficulty mark from 1-10 to get each team’s finals score.

For the pro division, bonus points were given out for a roll to a teammate’s catch, a brushing run and an aerial catch. Super bonuses were given out for a footbrush, a multiple spinning catch and a turnover.

For the amateur division, bonuses were given for a tipping combo, an airbrush to a catch, and a nail delay. Super bonuses were given for a bodyroll, a footbrush and any trick catch besides a UTL or THE.

The final Pro results shook out like this:

1. Skippy Jammer/Arthur Coddington (31.4 points)
2. Greg Riley/Scott Weaver (25.6)
3. Mark Regalbuti/Carolyn Yabe (25.5)
4. Carl Dobson/Doug Korns (24.3)
5. Bob Gossett/Dan Exelby/Tom Ford (23.2)
6. Scott Riley/Pete Sontag (18.7)
7. Mike Ruzicka/Amy Campbell/Jeff Fiedler (4.2)
8. Sweet Lou/Big Ter (3.2)

Amateur Division

1. Josh Walton/FJ

World Rankings – September 2006

Believe it or not, the September world rankings (Open and Women) are done. I know. You weren’t expecting these until December, but I am full of surprises.

No big article this time except to say thanks to Flo Hess for playing with me at Jam & Go Cologne. Playing together was a wonderful experience, and a big bonus is that you helped me earn enough points to jump back up into the Top 10. Thanks!

2006 European Freestyle Championships Results

European Freestyle Championships
Rome, Italy
September 2-3, 2006

Open Pairs Final

1. Clay Collera/Fabio Sanna
2. Florian Hess/Christian Lamred
3. Matteo Gaddoni/Luca Medri
4. Gregory Lo-a-sjoe/Edoardo Favorini
5. Luca Mazzucato/Claudio Massaro
6. Stefan Karlsson/Joakim Arveskaer
7. Angelo Mancarella/Carlo Perrone
8. Lorenzo Apriani/Roland Karlsson

Open Co-op Final

1. Florian Hess/Christian Lamred/Antonio Cusmá Piccione
2. Stefan Karlsson/Joakim Arveskaer/Andreas Jaderyd
3. Matteo Gaddoni/Luca Medri/Clay Collera
4. Mauro Mercuri/Alessandro Damiano/Edoardo Favorini
5. Lorenzo Apriani/Roland Karlsson/Paolo Mirabelli
T6. Fabio Sanna/Fernando Brotugno/Eleonora Imazio
T6. Luca Mazzucato/Claudio Massaro/Andrea Rimitori
8. Ramon Galliani/Angelo Mancarella/Carlo Perrone

Mixed Pairs Final

1. Fabio Sanna/Ele Imazio
2. Roland Karlsson/Karolina Hagenbjoerk
3. Carlo Perrone/Cristina Nicolardi
4. Jan Shreck/Bianca Strunz
5. Angelo Mancarella/Linda Toerngren
6. Luca Mazzucato/Silvia Caruso

Womens Shred

1. Silvia Caruso
2. Karolina Hagenbjoerk
3. Bianca Strunz
4. Cristina Nicolardi
5. Linda Toerngren
6. Ele Imazio

Preliminary and Semifinal results below…

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2006 Wisconsin States Results

Wisconsin States
Sheboyan, Wi
August 19-20, 2006

1. Steve Jennings/Pat Marron
2. Rodney Sanchez/Rico Schneider
3. Tim Mackey/ Dave Bogenhagen/Terry Bogenhagen
4. Erik Drummond/John Elsner/Chris Sieben
5. Ryan Hornickel/Terry Miller
6. Matt Brock/Ben Singer

1. Daniel Burke/Jim Van Lanen
2. David Bolyard/Paul Thompson
3. Shawn Fallon/Paul Kuffel

1. Bethany Sanchez
2. Terry Bogenhagen
3. Katie Stauss

Frischstylers Jam 2006

Frischstylers Jam 2006
Karlsruhe, Germany
August 26-27, 2006

1. Carstein Heim/Laurent Mess (39.5)
2. Boguslaw Bul/Alex Humphreys (38.5)
3. Florian Hess/Domi Weissenberger (37.1)
4. Stefan Dünkel/Mehrdad Hosseinian (33.9)
5. Markus Götz/Heiko Vogt (29.2)
6. Rainer Dörr/Jochen Schleicher (28.8)
7. Silvia Kronmüller/Martin Stadler (19.8)
8. Björn Tiggis/Jascha Wollman (18.7)
9. Janis Degenhardt/Benni Sing (15.8)

World Rankings: August 2006 (post FPAW list)

This list is super late, late-issimo, inexcusably late and I apologize. A couple factors collided to delay them – starting a new job and compiling an unprecedented amount of Worlds data. The result: the rankings are a little more than a month late, and another, newer rankings list for September will be announced in the next few days (fingers crossed).

I wanted to do a lengthy analysis of these rankings because they are pretty earthshattering, but that would delay them even more, so I’ll just summarize some of the highlights:

– We have a new Women’s #1. Congratulations to Mary Lowry for taking over the #1 spot! Her win in Women’s at FPAW allowed her to squeak by Lisa Hunrichs and reign supreme.

– Tom Leitner remains the Open #1 player. With two world championships titles in the past 2 years plus a second (FPAW2006 pairs) and a fourth (FPAW2006 co-op), he maintains a healthy lead over all other players.

– There is a youth invasion in the top 10. Fabio Sannam Matt Gauthier and Andrea Meola all enter the top 10. A note about youth, though. The top 5 players are all 40+ years old, but the spirit of one of them is younger than us all – Clay Collera, who reaches a career high of #4. In some sports, being 40 is a problem, but it’s really an asset in freestyle. Our sport is one for a lifetime. It keeps us young. The more we play, the more we embrace the wonder of flight, the energy of creativity, the glow of athleticism. And remember, those creaking, old 40+ year old veterans have had a lot of time to build up their skills, think about freestyle and develop the competitive mind that earns them the megapoints needed for the top 5. The new generation will eventually take over, but the old geezers won’t go down without a fight. 😉

– Randy Silvey and I fall out of the top 10. That’s what we get for not playing at a worlds.

– Toddy Brodeur drops 9 spots despite winning another world title. This is because his first co-op win in 2004 expired with this list, so he kind of broke even on those points. The big change was that Toddy ruled the summer of 2004, winning four or five tournaments in a row leading into the worlds. Those points all went away this month, ironically lowering his points even though he rocked this worlds. It’s a reminder that the rankings are a reflection of the entire two years of play, even though the worlds tends to make a big contribution to the point total.

– The size of the rankings list is actually smaller this month than last because many summer tournaments from 2004 expired. The next list should get bigger as there were a lot of August events this year. The October list should be even bigger with all the September European events.

– It seemed like the top finishers earned more bonus points this year than in previous years because there were so many players from the Top 200 at Berlin. That helps the top finishers, but if you didn’t progress through many cuts at the Worlds, your points might be lower than you expect. In fact, we reached the limit of the current point scale with this year’s worlds, so I will be revising the point scale to reflect the new definition of a huge event. Thanks again, Kolja, the entire Berlin planning team, and everyone who attended FPAW2006!

Please add your observations in the comments. Brag about your ranking. Speculate about next month. And as always, if you think there’s a mistake, just contact me. Mistakes happen, and I’ll fix them.

2006 European Championships Results

2006 European Freestyle Championships
Corallo Beach
Rome, Italy
September 3-4, 2006


62 players
19 co-op teams
30 pairs teams
6 mixed teams

Mixed Pairs Final
1. Fabio Sanna/ Ele Imazio
2. Roland Karlsson/ Karolina Hagenbjoerk
3. Carlo Perrone/ Cristina Nicolardi
4. Jan Shreck/ Bianca Strunz
5. Angelo Mancarella/ Linda Toerngren
6. Luca Mazzucato/Silvia Caruso

Womens Shred
1. Silvia Caruso
2. Karolina Hagenbjoerk
3. Bianca Strunz
4. Cristina Nicolardi
5. Linda Toerngren
6. Ele Imazio

Open Pairs Final
1. Clay Collera/ Fabio Sanna
2. Florian Hess/ Christian Lamred
3. Matteo Gaddoni/ Luca Medri
4. Gregory Lo-a-sjoe/ Edoardo Favorini
5. Luca Mazzucato/ Claudio Massaro
6. Stefan Karlsson/ Joakim Arveskaer
7. Angelo Mancarella/ Carlo Perrone
8. Lorenzo Apriani/ Roland Karlsson

Open Co-op Final
1. Florian Hess/ Christian Lamred/ Antonio Cusmá Piccione
2. Stefan Karlsson/ Joakim Arveskaer/ Andreas Jaderyd
3. Matteo Gaddoni/ Luca Medri/ Clay Collera
4. Mauro Mercuri/ Alessandro Damiano/ Edoardo Favorini
5. Lorenzo Apriani/ Roland Karlsson/ Paolo Mirabelli
T6. Fabio Sanna/ Fernando Brotugno/ Eleonora Imazio
T6. Luca Mazzucato/ Claudio Massaro/ Andrea Rimatori
8. Ramon Galliani/ Angelo Mancarella/ Carlo Perrone