2014 Jammers Championship

2014 Jammers Championship
Jacksonville Beach, FL
May 31, 2014

The results:


1. Jake Gauthier/Matt Gauthier/Daniel O’Neill
2. Lisa Hunrichs/Emma Kahle/Paul Kenny
3. Pipo Lopez/Giovanni Coppo/Darryl Allen
4. Josh Emerson/Ryan Young/Jeff O’Brien
5. Carl Emerson/Dave Murphy
6. Steve Scannell/Kurt Walter
7. Jay Moldenhauer/Dan Yarnell
8. Allan/Jason Urroz


1. Larry Imperiale/Emma Kahle
2. Jake Gauthier/Lori Daniels
3. Matt Gauthier/Lisa Hunrichs
4. Bethany Sanchez/Dave Murphy
5. Connie Bond/Steve Scannell

Video: http://www.heinsville.com/live-streaming/

2013 The Jammers Freestyle Championships Day 3

Monday, May 27, 2013 Jacksonville Beach, Florida

Yet another beautiful day today here in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Calm sea, bright blue sky, soft breeze coming in from the east off the ocean. Just super. If you’ve never been to The Jammers, or you have and it’s been a while, it’s not a bad idea to mark this date on your calendar every year. Just a really fine way to spend Memorial Day Weekend. The beach is fantastic for jamming and the welcome is simply wonderful. Thanks again to Cheryl and Paul and the whole crew for laying the foundation for this super event.

We’ve had a great weekend here at The Jammers. Yesterday was another fine day. The ocean beckoned again with little to no rip-tide, low sets of waves to cavort in, and plenty of smoothness to swim some laps or just float in the pleasant salty goodnes. The Spread the Jam Project production team was up at sunrise again filming. Not sure when James and Ryan sleep, or if they do. They are really doing massive work here with all the filming and jamming and competing. The Mixed round provided a nice contrast to the Open from the day before, with more polished routines, and the different energy of genders gelling in the jam. The day ended with a fajita spread, beverages, birthday cake, awards presentation gathering at Carl and Michelle Emerson’s house. What a great time! Thanks to all the Jacksonville Beach crew for all the generosity and kindnes over the weekend. It’s very much appreciated by all.

Yesterday, the playing conditions were pretty much ideal, unless you wanted more wind. Basically, there were not any reasons for excuses, as the Northeast/East wind was puffing in at around 5 to 9 mph throughout the day. Just an easy soft steady breeze within which to bring your game. The jammers responded with lots of fun co-oping, others ringing in the breeze, folks breaking off into a two or three to pull out the shred. Really, really, fine day.

The round of Mixed Pairs went off around 2 pm or so, with a nice little crowd gathered. Bethany and I played 5th, so I wasn’t able to see a lot of the groups ahead of us. The round started with Tito and Mary Grace, two Florida locals getting things going. Next up was Pops and Bernie. Playing 3rd and seed busting above us was the team of Jake and Tita Ugalde. So great to have these two hooked up here at The Jammers, and later at Worlds in Santa Cruz. Heard from Jake that Tita played great, and that they hit their beginning sequence nicely. Next up was Bethany and me. We kept the flow throughout, hit some co-ops, missed others, and had a decent round. Good flow, with hit and miss execution.

Following next were the top three teams. First of these were Lori and Murf. Playing to “Uncle Albert” by Paul McCartney, hitting their co-op sequences nicely, moving smooth and easy to the fine slow music, these guys really brought a fine presentation to the field. Dave Mr. Focus Murphy was not going to be denied this day after his open round, and he was on with every move – precise, in control, rolling, spinning, sealing. Very nice. Lori was a steady partner, pulling off her moves with grace and style. Very nice job here.

Next to last were Cindy and Paul. Lots of nice music choreography here, along with a few stumbles. It’s tough, at this point in the proceedings, being the Tournament Director. You could see a bit of fatigue in Paul as they moved through their routine. Some very fine moments mixed in with a couple of hiccups. They held things together, though, and ended up with a nice routine.

Topping off the round was the team of Lisa and Matt. Lots of high energy here, great co-oping, fine individuals, these two are a well-oiled jam team. Lots of arms and legs arcing and waving through space as they co-oped around the beach. Then the explosion of a Gauthier indy sequence into a multiple spinning catch – and the controlled grace and style of a Hunrichs set, pull, set, spin to extended posture catch.

With 7 teams competing in Mixed Pairs this year, and 3 other women on the sidelines who could have been competing, this was a great showing of women at The Jammers. After watching the competition yesterday, it’s looking like FPA Worlds Mixed Pairs competiton is shaping up to be a fine event. I’m hoping that there will be a nice European showing as well in order to really showcase this particular dynamic aspect of the sport. Could be electric come August.

The Jammers Mixed Pairs Results

1st Lori Daniels / Dave Murphy [video]
2nd Tie Lisa Hunrichs / Matt Gauthier [video]
2nd Tie Cindy St. Mary / Paul Kenny [video]
4th Tita Ugalde / Jake Gauthier [video]
5th Bethany Sanchez / Rodney Sanchez [video]
6th Bernie Murray / Steve Scannel [video]
7th Mary Grace Clark / Tito Andino [video]

2013 The Jammers Mixed Pairs Results

1st Lori Daniels / Dave Murphy
2nd Tie Lisa Hunrichs / Matt Gauthier
2nd Tie Cindy St. Mary / Paul Kenny
4th Tita Ugalde / Jake Gauthier
5th Bethany Sanchez / Rodney Sanchez
6th Bernie Murray / Steve Scannel
7th Mary Grace Clark / Tito Andino

2013 The Jammers Freestyle Championships Day 2

Sunday, May 26, 2013 Jacksonville Beach, Florida

The day has dawned clear blue skies, with the wind southeast to east, aka puffing in off the ocean, promising another fine day of jamming on the beach at the 2013 Jammers Freestyle Championships. Saturday was great, with kind conditions all day long, plenty of jams, and a round of open that saw some stellar play. The Spread the Jam Project production crew was in session at dawn again, as well as after dinner underneath a bright and shiny full moon, capturing silhouetted jammers moving against the backdrop of a glittering sea. To top off the day for most, the Tribe gathered 48 people strong in the banquet room at Siam Thai for a nice dinner of hanging out, conversating, and tasty food.

Saturday’s weather was a complete turnaround from Friday, with fresh, less humid air blowing in out of the northeast. Perfect weather for beach chilling and freestyle jamming. The wind was steady all day long, moving from a medium heavy pace to a medium pace as the day progressed. There was a rip-tide in the near off-shore, so swimming was a bit of a watch out for your life exercise rather than a relaxing, lulling floating experience. Still, refreshing and cooling to take a dip post jam.

More jammers arrived Saturday to enjoy the fellowship of sun, wind, beach and the jam: Zack Murphy from San Diego; Toddy Brodeur from Massachusets; Geoff and Nannette Gregory from Orlando; Bernie and Rich from South Florida; Daryl and Lisa Allen from Alabama; Jonathan Willet from Boulder. Wives and girlfriends, husbands and boyfriends, and sons and daugheters gathered throughout the day to complete a nice frisbee family scene.

Saturday’s competition consisted of one round of Open made up of 9 teams, with the round of Mixed being moved to Sunday. Judging was by the rank system, with a rotation of judges: each team had one judging sheet to complete, judging all the teams except the 3 teams before their time to play. There was an anomoly with one team making a mistake on who they were to judge, so the numbers were a bit uneven, which led to a couple of ties in the final results.

Play was inspired across the board with the round kicking of with Craig Simon, Geoff Gregory and Kurt Warner. Kurt’s game has elevated since the last time I saw him play, demonstrating smooth mastery of the clock wind game. I just saw bits and pieces of the next three teams, as we prepared for our turn to take the field. Up second was Carl Emerson, Tito Andino and Cookie, jamming a steady wind game. Following them were the team of Steve Pops Scannel and Daryl Allen. These guys played solid with each pulling out their wind games to great effect. Is there anyone out here this weekend with a smoother game than Daryl? His command of the disc in the wind is a joy to watch. Yet another southern jammer with an understated technical prowess who makes the difficult appear easy. Both Steve and Daryl, and the next team, Tony Pellicane and Ryan Young, seed busted up the order, with the latter two doing it big time.

Ryan and Tony had their Worlds routine in full dial-in mode, jamming in mock tuxedo T-shirts to a mixture of songs, starting off with some super suave and swinging Frank Sinatra. They kept their theme and controlled co-op play together throughout, hit some nice indies, and really played solid. Come August on the grass at UC Santa Cruz, it will be interesting to see where they are with this routine – a team to watch out for when Worlds arrives.

Up next was Lisa Hunrichs, Jonathan Willet and myself. We sputtered a bit, with a definite burp, in the first minute and a half or so. After that moment of air relief mid-way through, we caught the groove and made it respectable with some decent indies and passing moves. Nice to play with these 2, and to be able to pick a routine “uniform” from Jonathan’s pile of Tye-dyed T-shirts. Sometimes finding joy in life is so simple.

Following us was the stellar routine of Matt Gauthier and Cindy St. Mary. Matt was on fire again, just as he was at Virginia States, pulling out move after move with complete control: flat here, rimming there, pulling with the spin and against, finishing with a multiple spinning flourish into the catch. Totally on the top of his game. Cindy played a solid counterpoint to Matt’s excellence, as they played to the whole 6 minutes of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, and it was nary a moment too long.

Then came the team of Pipo Lopez and Larry Imperiale. These guys had a bit of a struggle, got stuck by some well-meaning audience members who were creating a wind shadow, and unfortunatley their awesome beach jamming potential was not reached this day.

Playing next to last were Jeff O’Brien, Paul Kenny and Jame Wiseman. These guys really brought it with excellent individual moves, great spontaneous co-ops, and several “oh he’s not going to get that….oh, yes he is” – kick brush, bash, angle adjustment, flying gitis catch moments. They really got the crowd going, keeping the flow and excitement moving throughout. James looked like Tommy Leitner at one point, sans the hair, spinning with abandoment and speed into a double spinning pull into double spinning phlaud catch. Jeff was all O’Brien-y, on the brush and wind, angle adjustment game, with Paul home field advantage Kenny pulling off those strange turn overs, control brushes and mulitple spinning catches with great ease.

Last up were Jake Gauthier and Dave Murphy. There was quiet anticipation as these guys took to the field, ’cause they tend to shred it up together with ease when on the beach together. Jake hit a couple of nice moves, and Murf was on the edge of almost getting it throughout. Unfortunately for them and the crowd, though, they just could not find the tear it up switch, and the fireworks did not commence.

After the round was done, everyone took to the beach for more amazing beach jam time in the sun and breeze of the north coast Florida scene. This is a really fantastic event, geared toward jam time, with minimal need to stress over competing. The fellowship of the Tribe basking in the warm, loving embrace of Cheryl and Paul Kenny. A super time indeed.

Open Round Results
1st Paul Kenny / Jeff O’Brien / James Wiseman [video]
2nd Tony Pellicane / Ryan Young [video]
3rd Tie Matt Gauthier / Cindy St. Mary [video]
3rd Tie Jake Gauthier / Dave Murphy [video]
5th Daryl Allen / Steve Scannell [video]
6th Lisa Hunrichs / Rodney Sanchez / Jonathan Willett [video]
7th tie Larry Imperiale / Pipo Lopez [video]
7th tie Cookie / Tito Andino / Carl Emerson
9th Geoff Gregory / Craig Simon / Kurt Walters [video]

2013 The Jammers Open Results

Open Round Results
1st Paul Kenny / Jeff O’Brien / James Wiseman [video]
2nd Tony Pellicane / Ryan Young [video]
3rd Tie Matt Gauthier / Cindy St. Mary [video]
3rd Tie Jake Gauthier / Dave Murphy [video]
5th Daryl Allen / Steve Scannell [video]
6th Lisa Hunrichs / Rodney Sanchez / Jonathan Willett [video]
7th tie Larry Imperiale / Pipo Lopez [video]
7th tie Cookie / Tito Andino / Carl Emerson
9th Geoff Gregory / Craig Simon / Kurt Walters [video]

2013 The Jammers Freestyle Tournament Day 1

Saturday, May 25, 2013 Jacksonville Beach, Florida

The Jammers weekend began Friday with the Tribe slowly gathering on the large expanse of sand in front of Secondo — aka Gitis Central — Jacksonville Beach, Florida. The wind was coming out of the Northwest, not ideal, and was a bit heavy and choppy at times, which presented a nice challenge for all involved. Temps rose to around 90, with the ocean beckoning everyone to join it for cooling dips and dives through the lulling, loping waves.

Mob-ops of various formations morphed and shifted throughout the day, with some smaller sets of people breaking off from time to time. Sorry, I don’t have any jamming details from the day, being invovled in chilling and reconnecting, swimming, beach walking and other forms of relaxation. Jammers sighted at the beach yesterday included: Jake and Matt Gauthier, Lisa Hunrichs and Lori Daniels from Portland; James Wiseman from Austin/NYC; Jeff O’Brien and Larry Imperiale from Colorado; Bethany Sanchez and me from Milwaukee; Dave Murphy from San Diego; Cookie, Jeannie and Pipo from Puerto Rico; Kurt and Cammie Walters from South Carolina; Carl Emerson and Paul Kenny from Jacksonsville Beach; Ryan Young and Cindy St. Mary and Tony Pellicane from Seattle; Vic Ouzian (sp) and Craig Simon from Ft. Lauderdale; Suzanne Strait from Ohio; Connie Bond from Daytona; Nanette and Jeff from Orlando, Heather Gray from Rochester; Steve Scannel from Boston; Chuck Richard from Chicago. Apologies if I’ve left anyone out.

Our wonderful hosts and organizers, Paul and Cheryl Kenny, again have provide a foundation of love and support for the Tribe to land in and shred. The music on the beach sounding great, nice player’s package complete with The Jammers Garlic Gitis Sauce, heat level: Hein. The Jammers is always a relaxing, open space to get down to jamming, hang out with friends, and enjoy the ebb and flow of the pulsing ocean, beach jam scene. What a gift from Paul and Cheryl year after year. Many thanks for everything!

The Spread the Jam YouTube Channel production team has been busy first thing in the morning on both Thursday and Friday, and plan to continue on into the weekend. Camera crew and jammers have been meeting on the beach at sunrise to capture the joy of the jam during magic light time. Bands of various hues of red rising along the horizon as backdrop, ocean rolling in, flat, hard pack beach as platform, a beautiful scene to capture the sport we love.

We celebrated two birthdays last night, with Mary Zurn and Lisa Hunrichs both turning 50 on the weekend: Mary’s on Thursday, and Lisa’s Friday. A large contigent of hungry jammers descended on Mezza Luna for dinner. Beverages were quafed. Food taken. Friends reconnecting and birthday wishes singing. A nice way to end the first day of the long weekend.

Wind is predicted to be strong again today. The swirling forces of the atmosphere have shifted to the Northeast, which means lower temps and a steader wind flow.

Stay tuned for more informaiton as the weekend unfolds.

2012 Jammers Championship

2012 Jammers Championship
Jacksonville Beach, FL
June 2-3, 2012

Open Pairs
1. Jake Gauthier/Dave Murphy
2. Paul Kenny/Daniel O’Neill/James Wiseman
3. Arthur Coddington/Pipo Lopez
4. Jeff O’Brien/Jonathan Willett
5. Larry Imperiale/Bill Wright
6. Tony Pellicane/Cindy St. Mary/Ryan Young
7. Tito Andino/Manuel “Cuqui” Viner
8. Greg Hosfeld/Emma Kahle
9. Carl Emerson/Josh Emerson
10. Geoff Gregory/Bernie Murray/Kurt Walter

Mixed Pairs

1. Emma Kahle/Ryan Young
2. Bethany Sanchez/Paul Kenny
3. Cindy St. Mary/Tony Pellicane
4. Jeannie Ortiz/Pipo Lopez