Gregg Hosfeld (aka “the miniac”,”Big Uggo”, “Frivolist” & “G-Ho”) played frisbee football in the street for a few years before his next door neighbor invited him to see the Florida Frisbee champs do a half-time show at a local semi-pro football game circa 1976 in Sarasota, FL.
“Mark & Jeff Watson blew me away with their freestyle demo. I all but forced my next-door neighbor to throw “catch” with me near the only gate through which these pony-tailed Frisbee wizards could exit.
I was invited to a practice and my life was irretrievably altered.”
For the next few years Gregg played Ultimate with the Sarasota team and followed Jeff, Mark, Quigley Wiley, and “Blue” Ronk around until he finally beat them in the Florida overalls.
In 1983 he toured with Danny McGuiness and John Giza with National School Assemblies doing shows from Colorado to Louisiana. The continuous shows and controlled atmosphere helped Hosfeld develop a strong indoor game.
Hos narrowed his focus to Freestyle and Disc Golf, in which he won the PDGA Worlds in 1987. “I love Disc Golf and Freestyle because, to me, they represent opposite ends of the Disc Sports Spectrum. Disc Golf is a slow, plotting and methodical game for individual players, even in team golf. It’s problem Solving with a disc. Freestyle is more in the moment. It is more reactive, and very creative. Not to mention the theatrical and cooperative nature of working with everyone on the field. And a wonderful way to work-out.”
Earlier in 1987, he made the US Open Freestyle Finals with Peter Laubert and Randy Wylot (or was it Chris Ryan?) and again the following year with Tim and Tom Salit.
His penchant for trying extremely contorted moves earned him the nickname “Big Uggo”. A photo taken of his “Monstroliver” at Sweden’s 99 WFDF was a finalist for FPA artwork in 2000 (?) Hosfeld’s Monstroliver catch is considered the most contorted catch in all of freestyle.
He won the jammers tournament in jacksonville the two years before it was actually called the jammers. (as well as the overall tournament that the freestyle portion was attached to)
highest FPA ranking-17 in 98 or so (will require research which I don’t have time to do)
Has performed freestyle shows and demos at Sea World, Disney World, Universal Studios, Nickelodeon, and pro ball events such as Orlando Magic half-time, and two Jax Jags pre-shows. Disc tours include Air Aces, National School Assemblies, Hero Kobo’s “Artists of Life” & Spinning Bees.
Hosfeld also appeared on Late Night with David Letterman where he set the World Record for mini frisbee breath tips. see clip at http://www.jugglist.com/video.html
Hosfeld has over 50 State, National and World titles in Disc Sports including the WFDF open disc golf gold medal at age 50 and State Freestyle titles in FL, TX & AL.