2022 FPA World Championships

For the first time since 2019, freestyle was able to host a world championship. After delays due to the deadly covid pandemic and logistical barriers due to covid protocols, this year’s world championships was held in Milan, Italy and hosted by the Frisbee Temple club. Results are below:

2022 FPA World Championships
Milan, Italy
September 21-24, 2022

Open Pairs Final

1. Mehrdad Hosseinian/James Wiseman (145.84)
2. Kuba Radwanski/Francesco Santolin (143.80)
3. Pablo Azul/Andres RIvera (133.39)
4. Ayal Benin/Dan Lustiger (130.70)
5. Daniel O’Neill/Ryan Young (128.24)
6. Marco Prati/Edoardo Turri (123.54)
7. Andrea Rimatori/Fabio Sanna (78.13)
8. Larry Imperiale/Paul Kenny (74.07)

Open Co-op Final
1. Pavel Baranyk/James Wiseman/Ryan Young (190.19)
2. Mehrdad Hosseinian/Paul Kenny/Edoardo Turri (159.42)
3. Andrea Festi/Marco Prati/Francesco Santolin (145.84)
4. Ayal Benin/Daniel O’Neill/Kuba Radwanski (133.57)
5. Manuel Cesari/Fabio Nizzo/Andrew Rimatori (116.04)
6. Mattia Columbari/Ricardo Montanari/Alessandro Tamassia (112.48)
7. Mateusz Gajewsi/Kuba Opaluch/Tymek Wrotek (78.19)
8. Stefan Dunkel/Larry Imperiale/Fabio Sanna (75.94)

Women’s Pairs Final
1. Ilka Simon/Bianca Strunz (101.23)
2. Katy Gimma/Char Powell (100.79)
3. Benedicte Audet/Zofia Wilczek (98.05)
4. Gloria Alessandrini/Federica Proietto (91.28)
5. Eleonora Imazio/Jessica S. (66.33)
6. Monica Andrea Correa/Angela Maria (45.14)

Mixed Pairs Final
1. Benedicte Audet/Edoardo Turri (175.68)
2. Zofia Wilczek/James Wiseman (153.04)
3. Katy Gimma/Daniel O’Neill (139.75)
4. Gloria Alessandrini/Marco Prati (122.43)
6. Federica Proietto/Fabio Nizzo (107.16)
7. MonicaAndrea Correa/Andres Rivera (93.27)
8. Eleonora Imazio/Fabio Sanna (73.77)

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Christian Lamred Sweeps at FPA Worlds

For the third time in four years, a player has swept the Open Pairs and Open Co-op titles at the FPA World Championships. In 2013 it was Arthur Coddington. Paul Kenny did it last year. Christian Lamred has won his first and second world championship titles in winning both the pairs and co-op events at this year’s Brooklyn, New York world championships.

Unpredictable winds and the threat of rain moved the worlds finals indoors this year, resulting in a high level of play on finals day.

The Champions

Women’s: Lori Daniels/Amy Schiller
Open Co-op: Flo Hess/Christian Lamred/Alex Leist
Mixed Pairs: Lisa Hunrichs/Matt Gauthier
Open Pairs: Christian Lamred/Tom Leitner

New All-Time Bests

This year’s world championships resulted in a number of new all-time bests and set other records up to be broken at next year’s championships in Italy.

  • Flo Hess, Christian Lamred and Alex Leist become first-time world champions.
  • Veteran and legend Tom Leitner shatters the record for the most time between first FPA world championship titles and most recent. His first was in 1989. The record increases from Larry Imperiale’s previous best of 22 years to a new mark of 27 years!
  • Tom Leitner picks up his sixth Open Pairs title. He is only the second player to win six, behind Arthur Coddington who has seven. He has now won with 4 different teammates (Skippy Jammer, Dave Schiller, Matteo Gaddoni and Christian Lamred), which establishes a new record.
  • Lisa Hunrichs and Matt Gauthier win their fourth consecutive mixed pairs title, tying Amy Schiller and Dave Schiller’s all-time record for consecutive mixed titles. This title is their sixth mixed pairs together, one behind the Schillers’ all-time record.
  • Lisa Hunrichs extends her lead as the winningest player in the Mixed and Women’s divisions with 19 titles (11 women’s and 8 mixed)

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  • 2015 FPA World Championships Results

    2015 FPA World Championships
    Karlsruhe, Germany
    June 25-28, 2015

    Lisa Hunrichs and Paul Kenny sweep the 2015 FPA World Championships.

    Women’s Pairs Final
    1. Lisa Hunrichs/Emma Kahle (77.6 — E 28.5, A 23.3, D 25.) [video]
    2. Ilka Simon/Bianca Strunz (62.5 — E 23.2, A 17.5, D 21.8) [video]
    3. Lori Daniels/Amy Schiller (56.8 — E 22.2, A 13.8, D 20.8) [video]
    4. Lina Dittrich/Nadine Klos (53.2 — E 24.5, A 11.3, D 17.4) [video]
    5. Anna Merlo/Lindsay Sweeten (33.3 — E 17.4, A 7.2, D 8.7) [video]

    Open Pairs Final
    1. Mehrdad Hosseinian/Paul Kenny (82.2 — E 30.0, A 24.4, D 27.8) [video]
    2. Flo Hess/Alex Leist (79.1 — E 29.2, A 24.6, D 25.3) [video]
    3. Claudio Cigna/Marco Prati (79.1 — E 26.4, A 24.2, D 28.5) [video]
    4. Manuel Cesari/Balu Major (77.1 — E 28.0, A 22.3, D 26.8) [video]
    5. Fabio Sanna/Randy Silvey (73.2 — E 24.3, A 23.0, D 25.9) [video]
    6. Pavel Baranyk/Jakub Kostel (71.6 — E 24.8, A 19.1, D 27.7) [video]
    7. Emanuele Faustini/James Wiseman (68.6 — E 24.8, A 18.5, D 25.3) [video]
    8. Freddy Finner/Sascha Scherzinger (60.1 — E 17.7, A 15.5, D 26.9) [video]

    Mixed Pairs Final
    1. Lisa Hunrichs/Matt Gauthier (74.4 — E 23.7, A 24.0, D 26.7) [video]
    2. Amy Schiller/Dave Schiller (72.6 — E 27.2, A 17.0, D 28.4) [video]
    3. Bianca Strunz/Sascha Hohne (70.0 — E 23.2, A 20.0, D 26.8) [video]
    4. Irena Kulisanova/Pavel Baranyk (66.1 — E 23.3, A 16.5, D 26.3) [video]
    5. Emma Kahle/Randy Silvey (63.0 — E 22.3, A 16.8, D 23.9) [video]
    6. Lori Daniels/Ryan Young (62.1 — E 24.9, A 13.3, D 23.9) [video]

    Open Co-op Final
    1. Paul Kenny/Balu Major/Marco Prati (75.8 — E 23.8, A 22.0, D 30.0) [video]
    2. Freddy Finner/Sascha Hohne/Jan Schreck (75.5 — E 22.3, A 23.0, D 30.2) [video]
    3. Flo Hess/Christian Lamred/Alex Leist (74.1 — E 20.7, A 24.8, D 28.6) [video]
    4. Matteo Gaddoni/Matt Gauthier/Dave Schiller (72.5 — E 23.2, A 19.5, D 29.8) [video]
    5. Pavel Baranyk/Claudio Cigna/Tom Leitner (68.1 — E 21.4, A 17.6, D 29.1) [video]
    6. Joakim Arveskar/Clay Collera/Reto Zimmerman (60.3 – EX 15.0, A 19.8, D 25.5) [video]

    Some notable freestyle and FPA World Championships accomplishments:

    * By winning Women’s Pairs with Emma Kahle, Lisa Hunrichs became the first player to win any division eleven times.
    * By sweeping Open Pairs and Open Co-op, Paul Kenny becomes the oldest player (at age 56) to pull off that sweep.
    * Paul Kenny and Mehrdad Houssanian go not only dropless but bobble-less to become the first team to receive no execution deductions, not only at the world championships but possibly in any freestyle tournament.
    * For the first time since 1996, two teams went dropless in the FPA Worlds Open Pairs finals (Houssanian/Kenny and Hess/Leist). Manuel Cesari nearly made it three, logging only one drop.

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    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

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    Bayou Blasters: 4 FPA Worlds Pairs Titles in a Row

    From 1983 to 1986 Jim Benson and Deaton Mitchell were the FPA Worlds Open Pairs champions, setting the record at four consecutive wins in Open Pairs. It’s an achievement that has yet to be equaled. Based on the FPA Worlds winners list at freestyle-frisbee.com, the closest anyone has come seems to be Dave Lewis and I with three wins and a second place over four years (1st-2nd-1st-1st). Tom Leitner has a crazy streak of three titles, three second places and a fourth place between 2003 and 2009 (2nd-2nd-1st-2nd-4th-1st-1st). Joey Hudoklin, Skippy Jammer, Dan Yarnell, Dave Schiller, Matt Gauthier, Jake Gauthier and Matteo Gaddoni have all won two titles within four years.

    So many variables have to fall into place for this record beyond being a great player. No ill-timed injuries or illness. A consistently high level of competition play. No other teams having career performances in the finals. Judges appreciating your play. No random puffs of wind at unfortunate times. It makes the Blasters’ four year run even more amazing.

    Videos three of their four wins are now available on YouTube. Enjoy the dominance.

    Win #2: 1984

    Win #3: 1985

    Win #4: 1986

    The fourpeat. Oh, and it’s dropless too.

    I’ll update this post when the video from 1983 surfaces.

    2013 FPA World Championships – Final Results

    Matt Gauthier, Lisa Hunrichs and Arthur Coddington all scored double wins on the final day of the 2013 FPA World Championships in Santa Cruz, California. The champions:

    Women’s Pairs: Lisa Hunrichs/Cindy St. Mary
    Open Pairs: Arthur Coddington/Jake Gauthier
    Mixed Pairs: Lisa Hunrichs/Matt Gauthier
    Open Co-op: Arthur Coddington/Matt Gauthier/Dave Murphy

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