In this episode I talk to Roy, an Ultimate player who is on active duty in Afghanistan. We talk about his life inside the world of Ultimate, what it’s like to serve in Afghanistan, the strangest thing that has happened to him while serving, and what he’s going to do with 100 discs.
In this episode I talk to Adriana Withers of VC Ultimate fame. We talk about her life inside the world of Ultimate, the history of VC, upcoming VC projects, and what’s it’s like going to 400 Ultimate tournaments.
In this episode I talk to Leila Tunnell and Sam Kanner, my two picks for the 2010 Callahan award. We talk about how they got started playing Ultimate, what they do when they aren’t on the field, skills they need to improve, and what they are most looking forward to in the coming years.
You can download the full mp3 of Leila singing Landslide right here.
In this episode I talk to Ultimate photographer Scobel Wiggins. We talk about her life inside and outside the world of Ultimate, her tips on taking photographs, and her thoughts on the sport.
In this episode I talk to Pad from Discraft. We talk about the history of Discraft, recycled discs, his favorite tournaments, and his thoughts on the future of Ultimate.
In this episode I talk to my pick for the 2009 Men’s Division Callahan award, Will Neff. We talk about how Will got started in the world of Ultimate, his favorite Ultimate moments, and his thoughts on the future of the sport. To read more about Will head on over to his Magnum Ultimate page.
In this episode I talk to Matt Tsang, Gwen Ambler, and Alex Snyder, the coach and two captains of Fury. We talk about the history of the team, how they manage to be so successful, and their thoughts on the future.
In this episode I talk to Brian Calle, Jumpi, and Mike Adlis, the tournament directors for Lei Out, Paganello, and Wildwood. We talk about what it’s like to run three of the largest beach Ultimate tournaments in the world, who they are, the history of their events, and the future of their tournaments.
In this episode I talk to Andrew Shen in Beijing, Zahlen Titcomb in Seattle, and Edward Wang in Tian Jin about the Chinese Ultimate community. We talk about the history of the sport in China, why it’s gaining popularity, the Chinese style of play, and their thoughts on the future of the sport.
A short note about two upcoming elections:
If you’re an American citizen aged 18 or over, make sure you get out and vote in the presidential election. In most states you can vote right now. The polls close on Tuesday night, November 4th. Don’t miss your chance. Vote now.
If you’re a UPA member or any age or nationality, make sure you vote in the Board of Directors elections. You can vote right now by logging into your upa.org account. The UPA polls close at 3pm US mountain time on Monday, November 3. Again, don’t miss your chance. Go vote now.
Of all the people running for the UPA Board, two candidates stand out for me: Henry Thorne and Catherine Greenwald. Both candidates have a brilliant track record inside the world of Ultimate and they know how to get things done. They are fantastic leaders and like everyone else running for the board, are passionate about the sport. What sets them apart for me is their deep connection to youth Ultimate. They both have children who play the sport and they have proven time and again their commitment to the advancement of youth Ultimate. In my time working with Henry on the Board, and with Catherine inside the Boston Ultimate Disc Alliance, I have come to respect them as two of the most professional Ultimate leaders I have ever met. They are the kind of people you want representing you on the UPA’s Board of Directors.
Upcoming Interview: Ultimate in Tibet
While tracking down people to talk to about Ultimate in China, I connected with someone who is working with Ultimate teams inside Tibet. I wasn’t able to patch him into this most recent interview, but hope to be able to catch up with him soon. In the mean time, if you’re interested in sponsoring an Ultimate team in Tibet, contact Happyrat at fly335cm at hotmail dot com.
In this episode I talk to Leila Tunnel, Amber Sinicrope, and Shannon O’Malley. We talk about what it’s like to play on a high level HS Ultimate team, their opinions on what makes a team successful, their favorite Ultimate moments, and tough marks.