FPAW 1988: Incredible Video Treasure Chest

Stefan Karlsson and Rob Fried opened up their archives this month and treated us to hours of video from the 1988 FPA World Championships in Santa Barbara. Aside from the privilege of seeing legends like Chip Bell and Joey Hudoklin at arguably the peaks of their game, we get a chance to see some magical freestyle from the late Mika Nordman, the mythical Hal Erickson and Konn Cummings plus many others. FPAW 1988 is notable as Dave Murphy’s first world championships, and it looks like he came mighty close to winning the co-op title (with Dave Schiller and Joel Rogers) in his first try.

The 1988 FPA World Champions

Open Pairs: Chip Bell/Joey Hudoklin
Open Co-op: Larry Imperiale/Skippy Jammer/Tom Leitner
Women’s Pairs: Stacy Anderson/Carolyn Yabe
Mixed Pairs: Kate Dow/Dave Schiller

Videos from Stefan Karlsson


Mike Cloud made a great observation on Facebook about these jams: “In many ways its more informative to watch the masters warming up, than to watch their tournament routines.” So true.

Joey Hudoklin, Bob Coleman, Dave Schiller, Ritchie Smitz, Randy Silvey
Joey Hudoklin, Rick Castiglia
Joey Hudoklin, Konn Cummings, Adrian Wainwright , Ritchie Smits, Jamie Chantiles
Joey Hudoklin, Chip Bell, Dave Zeff
Joey Hudoklin, Mike Nordman, Chip Bell

Open Pairs Final

1. Chip Bell/Joey Hudoklin
(remaining order of finish not known)
Skippy Jammer/Tom Leitner
Doug Branigan/Rick Castiglia
Larry Imperiale/Bill Wright
Craig Burris/Mike Connaway
Tristan Doshier/Steve Hanes
Ritchie Smits/Dave Zeff
Bob Coleman/Dave Schiller

Open Co-op Final

1. Larry Imperiale/Skippy Jammer/Tom Leitner
(remaining order of finish not known)
Dave Murphy/Joel Rogers/Dave Schiller
Bob Coleman/Hal Erikson/Mika Nordman
Doug Branigan/Rick Castiglia/Bill Wright
Chip Bell/Crazy John Brooks/Joey Hudoklin

Mixed Pairs Final

Stacy Anderson/Rick Castiglia

Women’s Pairs Final

Stacy Anderson/Carolyn Yabe

Pairs Semi

Dave Zeff/Ritchie Smits
Dave Schiller/Bob Coleman
Dave Murphy/Joel Rogers
Tristan Doshier/Steve Hanes
Chip Bell/Joey Hudoklin
Stefan Karlsson/Görke
Craig Burris/Mike Connaway
Jan Ekman/Roland Karlsson
Doug Branigan/Rick Castiglia
Larry Imperiale/Bill Wright
Skippy Jammer/Tom Leitner

Co-op Semi

Non Brushing Brothers
Team Bud Light: Chip Bell/Crazy John Brooks/Joey Hudoklin
Coloradicals: Doug Branigan/Rick Castiglia/Bill Wright

Pairs Prelim

Chip Bell/Joey Hudoklin
Bob Coleman/Dave Schiller
Ritchie Smits/Dave Zeff
Petri Isola/Mika Nordman
Skippy Jammer/Tom Leitner
Stefan Karlsson/Görke
Dave Murphy/Joel Rogers
Tristan Doshier/Steve Hanes
Jan Ekman/Roland Karlsson
Konn Cummings/Adrian Wainwright
Doug Branigan/Rick Castiglia
Larry Imperiale/Bill Wright

Videos from Rob Fried

Part 1

Pairs Semi:
1. Steve Hanes/Tristan Dozier
2. Doug Branigan/Rick Castiglia
3. Dave Schiller/Bob Coleman
4. Joel Rodgers/Dave Murphy
5. Skippy Jammer/Tom Leitner

Co-op Semi A
1. Jan Ekman/Roland Karlsson/StefanKarlsson
2. Mike Reid/Justin Bogen/Dave Kessler (?)
3. Kate Dow/Craig Smith/Matt
4. Dave Zeff/Stacy Anderson/Ritchie Smits
5. Tommy Leitner/Skippy Jammer/Larry Imperiale
6. Crazy John Brooks/Chip Bell/Joey Hudoklin

Co-op Semi B
1. John Barsky/Keith Armstrong/Doug Simon
2. Greg Garcia/Rick Williams/Jamie Chantiles (continued in Part 2)

Part 2

Co-op semis B
1. Greg Garcia/Rick Williams/Jamie Chantiles (continued)
2. Bob Friz Coleman/Hal Erikson/Mika Nordman
3. Randy Silvey/Craig Burris/Mike Connaway
4. Dave Schiller/Dave Murphy/Joel Rogers
5. Coloradicals (cut short –> full routine)

Part 3

Joey Hudoklin Chip Bell and Carolyn Yabe jamming for TV crew.

Women’s Finals
1. g. Rose/Margret Curtis
2. Lori Garcia/Sheila Montoya
3. Kate Dow/Mandy Carrera
4. Carolyn Yabe/Stacey Anderson

Open Pairs Finals
1. Steve Hanes/Tristan Doshier
2. Craig Burris/Mike Connaway
3. Ritchie Smits/Dave Zeff

Part 4

Open Pairs Finals
4. Rick Castiglia/Doug Branigan
5. Bob Coleman/Dave Schiller
6. Larry Imperiale/Bill Wright
7. Skippy Jammer/Tom Leitner
8. Chip Bell/Joey Hudoklin

Mixed Pairs Finals
1. Dave Zeff/Carolyn Yabe
2. Bill Wright/Margret Curtis
3. Mike Conway/Carla Cheshire
4. Tommy Leitner/g. Rose
5. Dave Schiller/Kate Dow
6. Rick Castiglia/Stacey Anderson

Short clip of Donnie Rhodes jamming with Dave Murphy to Dave Schiller’s “psycho jammer”

Co-op Finals
1. Dave Zeff Rich Smits and Stacey Anderson 0:51:34
2. Rick Castiglia Doug Brannigan and Bill Wright 0:57:20

Part 5

Co-op finals (cont)
3. Bob Coleman/Hal Eriksson/Mika Nordman (cut)
4. Joey Hudoklin/Chip Bell/John Brooks
5. Skippy Jammer/Tom Leitner/Larry Imperiale
6. Dave Schiller/Dave Murphy/Joel Rogers

+Random prelim routines