Episode 41: Matteo Gaddoni – The Man of Multiple Frisbee Disciplines and World Championships

Matteo GaddoniIn this episode we talk to Matteo Gaddoni, winner of Open Pairs at FPAW 2009 & 2010 with Tom Leitner and Arthur Coddington respectively. Learn more about Matteo at his blog, http://www.gaddoz.com/

Hear how Matteo first started playing frisbee with friends in his hometown of Forli, Italy. In 2002 he started to figure out what Freestyle was, and his newly acquired access to the internet (albeit pre-YouTube) opened his eyes to the possibilities. He soon hooked up with Clay Collera from Rimini, where he saw his first nail delay in person. Clay continued to mentor him on how to do tricks and build his skills but it was Mark Regalbuti and others in New York that taught him about flow. However, Matteo has many people that have brought him inspiration over the years. Both Jake and Randy remember seeing Matteo play for the first time in 2003 at FPA Worlds in Rimini; the “man in the hat” made a big impression on both of them.

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Episode 40: Graf is Back, and he is Passionate!

Graf Catches Gitis

Photo by Michal Maciolek

First note of importance, Steve Hayes turned 70 proving, yet again that frisbee truly is the fountain of youth! Happy Birthday, Beast!

Mehrdad Hussanian AKA Graf, returns and talks about how he learned the hard way about preparation for competition. He can’t say enough good things about Fabio Sanna, both as a person and as a player; Jake and Randy pile on! Mehrdad’s shares his thoughts on a choreographed vs. a spontaneous routine during a competition. Graf, Jake, and Randy have a passionate discussion about today’s game vs. that in the 1980’s. Has there been some extreme amnesia during the 30+ years between then and now about all the great players? Graf shares his “two hearts” as he considers the future of the sport. He wonders if playing to the audience, as a way to grow the sport, would cause him to lose what he loves about it. Everyone agrees that remaining authentic is key. Speaking of moving the sport forward, are you willing to experiment a little here and there?

Live Streaming of Jam Britannia is coming up. Jake explains that he has struck a deal to have full ownership of content which eliminates advertising in the middle of a routine, or any possible copyright issues with the music. Of course, this costs money, and your donations go a long way to making this happen. Any benefactors for the live stream are welcome!

Episode 39: Joey Hudoklin has the Keys to the Highway

Joey GitisJoey explains how frisbee represents something much deeper to him. He was originally inspired by the band, Hot Tuna, admiring how they followed their own artistic path.  It was the OCTAD Jersey Jam tournament in the mid 70’s that spurred Joey’s interest in competing.  He shares his strategies on pushing the limits of his skills.  He also talks about the creation of many of the moves that continue to make freestyle exciting. Joey shares some sound advice for young players as well as his approach to balancing choreography and spontaneity.  Will we ever see the lost routine between Joey and Richie Smits?  Do you have a lost routine that you pine over? Let us know know the comments.

Jake talks about what your generous donations are used for.

Episode 38: Jake and Randy Talk About Frisbee as the Great Connector

Randy Looking HeinIn this episode Randy takes an opportunity to share some of his old stories. It sounds like Randy’s road to the Rose Bowl in 1980 was a crazy one.

  • First there was getting to the NAS Tournament in Boulder, hear how Randy used his frisbee prowess during a hitchhiking adventure to avoid going to jail; a great example of how Frisbee can be such a connector.
  • At only 16 years old, Randy worked hard to prepare for his solo routine at the Rose Bowl that never came to fruition, but not all was lost. The routine is linked below.
  • Jake and Randy talk about choreographing solo vs. with others and they discuss the pros and cons.

Episode 37: Dexter Struz from Prague

Dexter Strunz
In this episode we talk to Dexter Strunz, one of the original tournament directors for the Famed Frisbeer Competition.

  • Hear how Dexter, who started as a foot bagger and event organizer, added freestyle to his repertoire in 2004.
  • He shares the origins of the popular Frisbeer Tournament and the sudden interest from others in Prague.
  • How did 15+ great players suddenly appear?
  • Dexter shares tips on the best way to learn the sport.
  • Jake asks Dexter to share some of his favorite memories from Frisbeer, which he has so successfully organized over the years.
  • Dexter gives a personal thanks his freestyle family in the states for hosting him while he and Lucie traveled the world, something he highly recommends!

Episode 36: The Lost Interview with Steve Hayes, AKA “The Beast”

The Beast

Photo by Char Powell

As we practiced to start our podcast, we interviewed Steve Hayes “The Beast”. He has so many deep thoughts about Freestyle Frisbee that we found ourselves fascinated. This is one of those early interviews.

  • Randy starts off with a burning question for Jake.
  • The Beast goes deep on what he considers a good throw.  Who knew he was so philosophical and thoughtful?
  • He talks about the heartbeat of the jam, which is not just about making the hard moves, but about the connection with another person and making them look good. 
  • Jake talks about the hoop factory.
  • Randy, Jake, and Beast discuss flow, and a what that means now and how that evolved over the years.

Episode 35: The Last Words from Deaton Mitchell

  • Deaton Mitchell hits an Indigenous.Deaton Mitchell discusses his hardest moves and which ones he was responsible for inventing.
  • He reminisces about playing with Gina Sample and winning the Mixed division in Fort Collins in 1986.
  • Later on, he just attached himself to the “Gina Sample Express.”
  • He also praises the Velasquez brothers on their remarkable sportsmanship, and they weren’t too bad looking either.
  • Jake and Randy share their hardest moves they’ve ever done and the hardest they do on a regular basis.
  • Can you believe this is the 35th Episode of Shootin’ the Frizbreeze, and there have been over 10,000 downloads?!  Hear Jake and Randy’s observations and key learnings from doing the podcast.

Episode 34: Carolyn and Stacy – Can we Make a Living Throwing a Frisbee?

Carolyn and Stacy

  • Carolyn and Stacy talk about the high expectations when they started playing and how the thought of playing professionally was always on their minds.
  • Although early competitions didn’t necessarily lend themselves to connecting with other women that were playing, they recall some memorable female players and their routines.
  • Stacy talks about playing with Amy Schiller, “The California Girls.”
  • Carolyn shares that as early female pioneers of the sport, they would sometimes feel isolated, and she and Stacy share some interesting thoughts on why that was and offer ideas on how to engage women so they’ll stick with it.
  • Is Mixed Pairs a strategy?
  • There is no question that people want to see women play!
  • Randy recommends a new and easy way to judge…Do you remember the Gong Show?

Episode 33: The V-Bros Final Episode

V-Bro in the Freestyle Hall of Fame

Photo by Ann Shubitz Velasquez

  • Jake asks the brothers the age old question…is freestyle a sport or an art?
  • Jens shares his thoughts about the difficulties of judging routines when they are so incredibly different.
  • Erwin talks about whether he thinks they were judged unfairly at times because people may not have seen them as technical players.
  • Although it could be tough at times and they didn’t always like the results, they always felt good about remaining true to themselves and doing the routine they set out to do.
  • Find out if there was any behind the scenes brother rivalry and when and why they stopped playing.
  • Hear about the strange and mysterious rubber-band routine that Erwin Velasquez, Ted Oberhaus, and Randy put together. Read the tournament results and see some great photos on http://freestyle-frisbee.com.
  • Jake asks the brothers what their favorite lost trick was. Have you ever done the pinwheel? Video Below

Episode 32: FPAW 2017 Interviews With The Winners

Hear directly from the 2017 FPA World Champions. When you’re done listening, watch the videos here. In order of appearance:

FPAW 2017 CoOp Winners on the PodiumCo-op
Christian Lamred
Florian Hess
Alex Leist


FPAW 2017 Woman's Pairs Winners on the PodiumWomens Pairs
Bianca Strunz
Lisa Hunrichs


FPAW 2017 Mixed Pairs Winners on the PodiumMixed
James Wiseman
Lori Daniels


FPAW 2017 Open Pairs Winners on the PodiumOpen Pairs
James Wiseman
Ryan Young