For the last 10 years Acapulco was the place to go for Beach Ultimate in Mexico. However they were recently hit with two big hurricanes and are now in a rebuilding phase.
Nevertheless, they are supporting a new event on the other side of the country: Cancun!
Cancun is a city with some of the best night clubs in Latin America, some of them with incredible shows, so the party is guaranteed big time :-)
They are also doing a lot to promote the event so there should be a good turnout of local and international players. Flights are usually cheap and the beach looks great:
Caught your eye? :-) For more info, go to: ultimatecaribe.com
The 2013 BULA/WFDF European Championships of Beach Ultimate (#ECBU2013) in Calafell Platja, Spain, came to a close with a victory by Team Sweden over Ireland 12-4 in the featured Mixed division final.
A total of 1,150 players from 23 countries participated in the largest Beach Ultimate event ever co-hosted by the Beach Ultimate Lovers Association (BULA) and the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) in the seven divisions: Open, Women's, Mixed, Open Masters, Women's Masters, Mixed Masters and Grand Masters.
In the other finals on the last day of the event in a wonderful and always sunny setting on the Calafell Beaches, Switzerland defeated Great Britain 11-8 in the Open division while in the women's division Russia bested Switzerland with a 13-9 score.
The Spirit of the Game Committee of the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) has published a 4-game Spirit of the Game scoresheet. The sheet reduces paper use by 75% and simplifies the work for teams and administrators by displaying four games on one sheet.
The new scoresheet can be found here. An editable version can be downloaded here. WFDF believes that an important part of maintaining and promoting good spirit of the game is by providing direct feedback, and we encourage the collection of spirit scores at the end of each game and the awarding of a spirit prize at the end of all Ultimate tournaments.
Last month the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) released the revised version of the Official Ultimate Rules (link). Today we have made the Beach Ultimate appendices available to all Beach Ultimate Lovers.
- 2013 Rules of Ultimate
Look at these great shots from this year's Flat Out Nelson tourney in New Zealand. They were taken by the famous NZSnaps.com, official photographer at the World Ultimate and Guts Championships in Japan last year.
The website and registration for 2013 BULA & WFDF European Championships of Beach Ultimate (ECBU2013) are ready and can be accessed at www.ecbu2013.org
The ECBU2013 will be held on Calafell Beach, Tarragona (Spain) 27-30 June 2013.
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) has approved the ECBU2013 as a WFDF event. This means that the WFDF will provide supervision and guidance on administrative and protocol issues like event Opening and Closing ceremonies, awards ceremonies, insurance policy, waiver of liability policies etc. as part of the WFDF requirements for sanctioned events.
BULA, and BULA Europe, are taking care of media, promotion, sponsorship and overall event management, while the Peixets Ultimate Club is responsible for the players and all local matters.
All European nations have been invited to send national teams to participate in 7 divisions: Open, Women, Mixed, Masters, Women Masters, Mixed Masters, and Grand Masters divisions.
If you can't come and play, no worries; we are lining up an awesome online live experience at live.ecbu2013.org. This will include live scoring of all games, live video and daily highlight, incorporation of user generated content, and a lot more. The WFDF and BULA encourage the use of the #ECBU2013 tag for all related pictures, videos, blog posts, tweets, etc.... Once the live.ecbu2013.org is fully functional, tagged content will be displayed there.
We are expecting lots of exciting things to happen in the next 7 months. If you want to stay informed I suggest that you select on of the following options:
- Visit the ECBU2013 news page
- Follow the official Twitter feed
- Like the Facebook Fans page
- Join the Facebook Players Group
We will talk, if you will listen :-)
Lots of talk about Japan lately.
The World Ultimate and Guts Championships (WUGC) took place there recently and (social) media was widely present.
While the WUGC was taking place, I met Matt Kass from BULA Japan in San Francisco. Matt was so kind to offer me this disc from the the Ebashi Beach Ultimate Cup:
I like :-)
This year marked the tenth annual Against The Grain (ATG) Beach Ultimate tournament. Twenty teams from all over gathered at Seaside, Oregon, July 14 and 15 to play in either the 4v4 or 5v5 division.
The teams from Seattle managed to sweep the title in both divisions...but there was a strong showing in 5v5 finals by a team USA reunion team (players who went to World Championships of Beach Ultimate last summer).
The TD was quoted saying: "A lot of it is about the friendships we develop and getting to know new people".
Agreed! Beach Ultimate is great for that. No wonder I have heard only good things about ATG :-) Here are some pictures of this year's tournament.
For those of you in the US NW region, keep an eye on oregonbeachultimate.com.
Hawaii has always been a place where we hoped Beach Ultimate would be played. However, most beaches just don't have (enough) sand. Today however we found out that there are indeed some crazy people slogging through through the sand.
Even better, there is a highly spirited league where teams cheer for the other team after the game, and where raffle tickets are given out to the most spirited man and woman on each team (by the opposing team) after each game.
For more info and cool/hot pictures, have a look at http://bvconrad61.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/beach-ultimate-in-hawaii/
Every July, players flock to the same groomed beaches to celebrate a new summer by playing a little Ultimate. But these teams aren't overlooking the Pacific in Santa Monica or even from the Atlantic in Wildwood, New Jersey. Instead they are gathering in the heart of the country, looking out over Lake Michigan.
Sandblast, is returning to Montrose Beach, minutes from downtown Chicago, for its 12th consecutive year this July 7-8. Despite boasting a number of familiar teams returning year after year, this tournament is almost unrecognizable from its original self. What was once a small-scale tournament for Chicago players to get together has transformed into a major Ultimate event that attracts spectators, sponsors, and teams from around the country.
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Today we announced that the 2013 European Championships of Beach Ultimate (ECBU2013) will be held on Calafell Beach, Tarragona (Spain) from Thursday 27th June - Sunday 30th June 2013.
This news was communicated through an ECBU2013-Open-Letter.pdf to the players and all European nations will be invited to send national teams to participate in the Open, Women, Mixed, Masters, Mixed Masters, and/or Grand Masters divisions.
The official website (www.ecbu2013.org) will be open in a few months. If you want to stay informed:
- Join the ECBU2013 (potential) players Facebook group
- Become a fan of the ECBU on Facebook
- Follow the this blog
- Sign up for Beach Ultimate News (top left of this page)
Easter weekend is always a holy weekend for Beach Ultimate Lovers with its mecca in Rimini for Paganello. Again it was a great weekend that was topped off by great finals. The Open final was won by the Scandal from Chicago, edging out the equally flamboyant international pickup team SeXXXpensive 10-9.
In the meantime, an African Easter tradition is also growing: FEAST (Frisbee East Africa Sand Tournament). This tournament in Mombasa, feeling the heat from the Indian Ocean, was won by Team Uganda who had to travel 27 hours in a bumpy bus to beat South Sudan 13-9.
Beach Ultimate is getting support in Australia... The first ever Australian Beach Nationals are going to happen May 19-20 on the lovely southern beaches of the Gold Coast.
There will be Open, Women and Mixed divisions.
More info at australianbeachnats.blogspot.com.au
In two days the Ocean Beach Ultimate Hat tournament will be held, 2012 in Whangarei Heads, New Zealand. It promised to be two days of amazing beach Ultimate, with welcome beers/bag of wine, free gifts, buffet style dinner, beach-side camping, swimming (possibly with dolphins), sun, and smiles.
Mind you, Whangarei Heads is some 30 minutes from the nearest town. As such, it is an isolated community with a limited fresh water supply. Toilet facilities are long-drop toilets and the only shower is cold water supplied by a roof collected supply which may not be available. So players are roughing it :-)
But who needs toilets and showers when, according to the organizers, there is possible Tsunami watching? Clean in a jiffy! ;-)
A week later, crazy Aussie players are celebrating 2012 as the final year of civilization, so they consider playing the last-ever, best-ever Terrigal Towel a must. (BTW, its pure rumor that they already booked for next year, and besides, who's going to bill them the cancellation fee?)
So there you have it: Beach Ultimate fun down-under: Tsunamies and the end of the world :-)
Watch out... Hammer!!
Earlier this week we blogged about the LA law that might get disc players a $1,000 fine. Today we can say that the Beach Ultimate community successfully requested a rewrite of the Frisbee- and ball-playing section of the new ordinance.
The new language will clearly state that "such activities by small groups and individuals are allowed at all times on the County beach" unless lifeguards direct otherwise for public safety reasons.
USA Ultimate is currently conducting a search for candidates to serve on its Beach Ultimate Committee.
If you have a passion for beach ultimate and a desire to help develop and grow the sport USAU would love to hear from you. Committee members will help develop short and long range goals for the division within the USA Ultimate framework. If you are interested in applying please fill out the online application today. The application period will close on February 29th.
The African disc scene is not very big but there are clear signs things are changing. The granddaddy of African beach tournaments is just around the corner and FEAST IV promises to be the biggest and best ever. This year's tournament will again be on Tiwi Beach near Mombasa, Kenya. They will be playing Easter weekend (April 6-9) with games on Saturday and Sunday (April 7-8).
So far they have interest from teams in:
- Kenya (Kisumu and U. of Nairobi)
- South Sudan (the newest country in the world)
- Tanzania (Mwanza and Arusha)
For more information, contact Aaron Sundsmo at firstname.lastname@example.org
Just after posting that Beach Ultimate in LA is going well, up comes this piece of news:
The Board of Supervisors this week agreed to raise fines to up to $1,000 for anyone who throws a football or a disc on any beach in Los Angeles County between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Fortunately there are exceptions when a person obtains a permit, but still....
In Turkey there is a 2-day long beach tournament called "34HAT". In September 2010, 34HAT was organized for the first time in "Kilyos BURC Beach, Istanbul" with 68 players.
Last year, in September 2011, 34HAT was organized for the second time and 93 players attended, among these players, 23 players from other countries.
It is always fun to play at new and upcoming tournaments. Have a look what you can expect this year (probably September):
For more than 5 years tournament directors and players in 30+ countries have been using the BULA/WFDF Spirit of the Game Scoring sheet. The last version came out in 2010 and a lot of feedback has been generated.
One of the most consistent comments we received was that teams did not score the same way. To remedy this, the WFDF SOTG Committee developed a document with the objective of the Scoring Sheet and how it should be used.
This is an important document that should be read by all players and tournament directors!
The document is currently available in English and Spanish but, like the scoring sheet itself, we want it in as many languages possible. If you can help with translation, please contact us at email@example.com and I will send you the original Word document.
We have been approached by a new local tour operator in Madagascar that specializes in active tourism. They are preparing a three month's holiday package that will take place in a seaside village in the eastern part of Madagascar. This package is especially aimed at domestic tourism; people living in the capital Antananarivo.
They found Beach Ultimate to be a great fit and are looking for an instructor that is available from July to September 2012. No salary but food and accommodations will be paid for during the stay. They are also looking into the possibility of reimbursing the flight to Madagascar.
Doesn't that sound idyllic? :-)
If you are interested, send a 1-page application letter with your Beach Ultimate experience and why you would be the right person to do this to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the price of the return flight as well as the languages you speak.
It is not uncommon that beginning players get frustrated because they don't get the disc very often during a game. Of course there are reasons for that:
- Beginning players do not know where to run
- Advanced players don't feel comfortable throwing anything but a perfect pass
The problem persists because it is possible to play a reasonably good game using only 3 players of the 5 players. As long as the 'beginners' are not in the way, they don't need to touch the disc too much.
Practice is one way to resolve this problem, but in Portugal another solution has been found: 3x3 Beach Ultimate.
The endzone of a regular Beach Ultimate field is 25 x15m. This is a perfect area for 3-on-3 Beach Ultimate with two 2-meter deep endzones.
In 3-on-3 Beach Ultimate it is almost impossible to not play one of the players. It also forces the beginner to become involved in the game and not always hide in the stack .At the same time, the game teaches the more advanced players to be more accurate on their throws since the field is so short and a 2 meter deep enzone is really small!
This, and the fact that it is great for conditioning, makes 3-on-3 Beach Ultimate an interesting game.
In January there will be the first 3x3 hat tournament in Portugal. I will be there and will let you know how it went.