Meet Pablo Azul

Here’s another one of our interviews from back at FPAW 2015. Pablo Azul is an up and coming player from Medellin, Colombia. His love of dance shows in his graceful style. Learn more:

BTW – I heard a rumor that he may be at the Jammers 2018, which we are planning to live stream.

History: Appendix 4: The Delay Story

Nail DelayAlthough tipping the disc got started relatively early in the history of Frisbee play, and preceded the origin of freestyle competition, there is no known historical evidence of the delay move being done in any period of pre or post plastic disc play before mid-1975. The delay came into being only after freestyle competition was born and on its way to becoming a sport. The move came out of the creative crucible of the New York City freestyle scene in the mid 70’s that included Kerry Kollmar, Freddie Haft, Peter Bloeme, Mark Danna, and several other New York players of that era. None of these players were at the very first competitive freestyle event at the 1974 Canadian open. Kerry and Mark Danna were at the 1974 AFDO and were jamming up a storm, but were not seen doing anything remotely like a delay move. Kerry and Mark were also at the 1974 Jersey Jam, and neither one of them hinted at a delay move there either. They also attended the 1975 Octad, and competed in the freestyle event there, but still did not demonstrate any type of delay move.

Kerry and Mark attended the 1975 AFDO tournament as well, and this time Freddie Haft was along with them. It is notable that amidst the constant jamming during the whole weekend of that 1975 AFDO event, no one was observed doing or attempting a delay move, even Freddie Haft or Kerry Kollmar.

However, Freddie Haft did attempt to hold a delay a few times during his routine and succeeding to hold at least one delay attempt for a tad over 3 seconds. Since a delay type move had never been seen before, the response from the spectators was enormous. It was apparent that something new was being seen for the very first time, and all were eager to get out there and try this new thing.

Although the delay move sparked great interest in the other players, it didn’t really catch on with most of the freestylers until the beginning of the 1977 season. In the beginning, it appeared that holding delay over 3 or 4 seconds in duration was nearly impossible, and perhaps this discouraged the veteran freestylers and newcomers alike from spending too much time trying to develop the move. Most everyone except for Richie Smits however. Richie was determined to master the delay, and master it he did.

Richie wasn’t at the 1975 Jersey Jam freestyle event, and no one who was there did any delay work. Everyone seemed to be working hard on multiple tipping instead. The freestylers appeared to be in awe of a new young kid named Erwin Velasquez who had total and complete control of multiple tipping, not only from the usual over the head position, but he was doing something new that we had not seen: multiple underhand tipping below the waist line, all with complete control. That appeared to be the direction that freestyle was headed in at that time. The delay move as displayed by Freddie Haft seemed almost forgotten.

But Richie Smits did attend the 1976 Ann Arbor indoor NAS event, and he brought along with him two new wrinkles, a container of some sort of slippery stuff with which he coated the underside of his disc, and a thimble on his finger. Between the reduction in friction from the slick on the disc, and the further friction reducing thimble, everyone got a renewed look at the delay, which Richie, and Richie alone, was able to do with complete control. He seemed able to delay the disc for as long as it had spin. His move was to receive a throw with heavy zzzzs, let it float down onto his thimble finger, and then hold the delay for 10 to 15 seconds. Everyone was amazed at this new development in freestyle, and ogled Richie’s display. In retrospective irony, an obscure ultimate player showed up at the 1976 Ann Arbor tournament. Being somewhat of a newcomer to the Frisbee scene and not knowing too many players, he needed to find a freestyle partner and hooked up with Richie Smits. This newcomer turned out to have considerable Frisbee skills. With some of Richie’s slippery slick stuff and a little coaching, he soon got the hang of the delay and was also doing it pretty well himself. But it was his superb throwing, catching and multiple tipping skills that caught the eyes of the crowd, many of who were exclaiming “Who is this guy?”  Little did we know what was going to be coming from this new guy, who was competing in his first ever freestyle event. The new guy?  None other than Jens Velasquez!

Because of Richie’s example and his friction reducing methods, players started to take a more serious look at the delay move.

As the 1976 Freestyle season progressed, the delay began to be used by an increasing number of players here and there, but no one displayed the skills and expertise with the move as did Richie and his regular partner freestyle partner Joey Hudoklin. Their mastery of the delay and how it could be used in a freestyle routine was way ahead of the curve.

Despite this growth of the delay move, it still was not universally used by freestylers, and the top two teams of the 1976 WFC Freestyle event were evidence of this. Jen’s and Erwin took first place, nosing out Doug Corea and Dave Marini, the top team throughout the 1976 NAS series. Neither of these top two teams used the delay move as part of their freestyle routines all season long, opting instead for the tried and true multiple tipping.

But as the 1977 season rolled around, the delay had become a widely popular part of jamming, and soon became an integral part of freestyle competition in general.

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Thanks to the Freestyle Players Association (FPA) for sharing this information with

The entire document is stored on, as is the FPA’s Hall of Fame.

Episode 59: Interviews with the Winners of Frisbeer 2018

Frisbeer Cup LogoIn this episode, we had a chance to talk to the from Frisbeer Cup 2018. You can see all the routines here.

Clay Collerà, Marco Prati, Andrea Sarti, Rank: 1, Points: 5155.6

Eitan Rei Koren, Yuval Reikoren, Rank: 1, Points: 2929.6

Manuel Cesari, Ilka Simon, Rank: 1, Points: 3597.5

Ilka SimonJuliana Korver, Rank: 1, Points: 3136.8

Jakub Kostel, Ryan Young, Rank: 1, Points: 3796.2

Poll: What is Your Impression of the Dial Judging System?

If you haven’t already heard, Frisbeer 2018 used a judging system where the judges input their scores in real-time using a dial. Now that it’s over, I thought it would be interesting to hear people’s impressions of the “Dial System“. The answers to this poll are meant to cover 4 groups: those who were are at Frisbeer, those who watched the stream, those who have heard about the dial system but who don’t have experience with it yet, and those who have no idea what it is (this interview explains it). Please read the answers carefully to select your group.

Also, you are invited to share more detailed impressions in the comments below.


What is Your Impression of the Dial Judging System?

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How to Deal with Low Spin

In this video tutorial, Ryan Young teaches us how to deal with a disc with low spin. His strategy is to quickly and precisly set the disc and make a catch. This is a great skill to master as it allows for using more of the spin before catching and for recovering from errors that use up most of the spin.

Ryan gives excellent detail in the video, but the gist is this; delay the disc in the center as long as possible. Then, spiral out to 10 o’clock for clock spin, or 2 o’clock for counter spin, and just touch the rim long enough to set the disc do it falls into the pocket.

Poll: Do You Take Your Nails Off Immediately After a Jam?

Lost NailI remember the first time I wore fake nails to jam. I was amazed at how much easier it was to control the disc, especially since I hadn’t yet mastered the center delay. When the jam was over I suddenly a had a sinking feeling. “How do I take these nails off?” I was given instructions to force my thumb nail between the glue and my natural nail to pry the fake nail off. I tried, but “OUCH!” After about an hour of fiddling around I managed to get the nails off.

Since then, my nail removal skill has greatly improved. Still, I don’t enjoy the process so, I typically leave them on for a few days until the glue loosens up and they fall off naturally. Of course, while the nails are still on I get lot’s of funny looks and questions about them.

In this poll, let’s find out what other people do with their nails after a jam. If you have any tips for nail removal, leave them in the comments.


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Frisbeer 2018 Final Results

Eitan Rei Koren, Yuval Reikoren, Rank: 1, Points: 2929.6
Dániel Kárpáti, Balu Major, Rank: 2, Points: 2869.2
Fabrizio "Nino" Nicco, Lorenzo Telo, Rank: 3, Points: 2806.0
Andre Zaharias, Michal Maciolek, Rank: 4, Points: 2103.2
Simon Wassermann, Sven Deschle, Rank: 5, Points: 2022.2
Edoardo Gargano, Davide Liberti, Rank: 6, Points: 2004.9


Ilka Simon, Juliana Korver, Rank: 1, Points: 3136.8
Sophie Rickers, Char Powell, Rank: 2, Points: 2059.7
Bar Bendek, Dominika Matuskova, Rank: 3, Points: 1997.0


Jakub Kostel, Ryan Young, Rank: 1, Points: 3796.2
Fabio Nizzo, Manuel Cesari, Rank: 2, Points: 3656.8
Marco Prati, Pavel Baranyk, Rank: 3, Points: 3546.5
Fabian Dinklage, Robert Dittrich, Rank: 4, Points: 3321.1
Christian Lamred, Freddy Finner, Rank: 5, Points: 3282.3
Mehrdad Hosseinian, Andrea Rimatori, Rank: 6, Points: 3222.1
Clay Collerà, Andrea Dini, Rank: 7, Points: 3187.3
Randy Silvey, Kuba Radwanski, Rank: 8, Points: 2869.8
Lukas Zimovcak, Jakub Hosek, Rank: 9, Points: 2777.4


Manuel Cesari, Ilka Simon, Rank: 1, Points: 3597.5
Juliana Korver, Ryan Young, Rank: 2, Points: 3456.3
Sophie Rickers, Toby Künzel, Rank: 3, Points: 3021.1
Bar Bendek, Ayal Benin, Rank: 4, Points: 2874.6
Char Powell, Balu Major, Rank: 5, Points: 2635.6
Lukas Zimovcak, Dominika Matuskova, Rank: 6, Points: 2236.1


Clay Collerà, Marco Prati, Andrea Sarti, Rank: 1, Points: 5155.6
Jakub Kostel, Freddy Finner, Paul Kenny, Rank: 2, Points: 5044.0
Mehrdad Hosseinian, Christian Lamred, Balu Major, Rank: 3, Points: 4799.1
Fabio Nizzo, Tom Leitner, Andrea Rimatori, Rank: 4, Points: 4778.9
Randy Silvey, Ayal Benin, Daniel O’Neill, Rank: 5, Points: 4727.0
Pavel Baranyk, Ryan Young, Robert Dittrich, Rank: 6, Points: 4563.7
Manuel Cesari, Andrea Piemontese, Mattia Lambertini, Rank: 7, Points: 4505.7
Emanuele Faustini, Stefan Dünkel, Fabian Dinklage, Rank: 8, Points: 3931.5
Andreas Jaderyd, Jens Friebe, Toby Künzel, Rank: 9, Points: 3694.4


Episode 57: Dave Lewis and Arthur Coddington Break It Down

It was after a tournament win in 1993, that Dave and Arthur knew that had something good and decided to become a team. As their game continued to evolve, they found their true test at the FPA Worlds, where they had some serious competition.

  • Dave and Arthur break down their journey together.
  • Find out how the Beast’s feedback, and others, influenced their future play.
  • They also started using the judging sheets as a tool, watching the audience reactions, and breaking down the moves of other players.
  • Once they connected all the dots, they were scary good.
  • Sometimes they felt others were critical of them for “practicing too much.” Strange and mysterious! Have you ever felt criticized in a way that didn’t feel good when you were just trying to put your best foot forward?

It’s Frisbeer 2018 Weekend, and Randy is experiencing it firsthand. Hope everyone is watching the livestream!