Total Events Major Wins Non-Major Wins
58 6 19
  • Rick
  • Castiglia
  • Casio
  • United States
  • Walsenburg, Colorado USA
  • Lakewood, CO, US
  • Marketing And Sales
  • 1977
  • Player Bio

    The Coloradical Freestyle team was nearly perfectly constructed. Bill Wright acted as the Team Captain and chief choreographer. Doug Branigan was the high flying dynamo. And Rick Castiglia was the technician. Together the worked closely to develop their craft redefining the Co-op division. When Rick moved to San Diego in 1984, he took that knowledge and experience and applied it to his newly constructed team “Art of Disc” with Joel Rogers and the young Dave Schiller. With Rick’s leadership they continued to push the envelope of the Co-op division. On top of that, Rick applied himself to creating new standards of play in the Mixed Division with Stacy (Anderson) McCarthy.

    Rick “Casio” Castiglia was the consummate Professional Freestyler. As a member of the Coloradicals he quickly became accustomed to winning and playing at a very high level. He continued this tradition when he moved to San Diego in 1984. At that time, San Diego was the Mecca for Freestyle with more than a dozen top-flight jammers living in the area and easily another 2 dozen quality players. Being able to play fill time, Rick’s quality of play increased dramatically. Soon enough, he was the best player on the planet. Despite being a native counter player, he mastered clock as well which helped him become a complete player. He could riff counter with ease and riff clock almost as well. The same went for his brushing and roll games. He simply had no weakness. Rick was also one of the very first individuals who embraced the concept of ‘flowing-consecutivity’ as a high minded ideal. He was also one of the only top players who continued to develop his speed-flow game. During his time in San Diego, he served as captain of the new “Art of Disc” team with Joel Rogers and Dave Schiller, helping to guide them to two prestigious US Open Co-op titles. He was also one of the original Elite Open Division players to fully embrace the Mixed Division when he teamed up with Stacy (Anderson) McCarthy. Rick’s ascension also coincided with the blossoming of Freestyle play in general. He rode that wave of explosive popularity with elan, finding inspiration wherever he could find it and re-crafting it as his own. He was also a highly influential player. Every player who watched him play found something in his game that they could use as their own. His creative process and ability to discern subtleties made his one of the greatest players of all time.

  • Career Highlights

    • 1980 Rose Bowl Champion (Wright/Branigan)
    • 1981 FPA Co-op Champion (Wright/Branigan)
    • 1983 World Disc Champion (Branigan)
    • 1984 Open World Indoor Champion (Wright/Branigan)
    • 1986 Mixed World Indoor Champion (Anderson-McCarthy)
    • 1984 US Open Champion (Wright/Branigan)
    • 1985 US Open Champion (Wright/Branigan)
    • 1988 US Open Champion (Wright/Hubbard)
    • 1989 FPA Co-op Champion (Schiller/Rogers)
    • 1990 FPA Co-op Champion (Schiller/Rogers)
    • 1990 FPA Mixed Champion (Anderson-McCarthy)

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Player Details

  • Favorite Moves

    Double spinning reverse gitosis pull to a double spinning gitis.

  • Mentors

    Mike Wilson and Joe Corsontino, Jamie Chantiles, Monica Lou, John Bird and Johnny Roberts

  • Partners

    Too many to mentions them all, but here’s a few: Scott Locke, Bill Wright, Doug Branigan, Rick Kovasic, Bruce Burron, Mike Winberry, Joey, Jeff Felberbaum, Stacy, Carolyn, Steve Hubbard, Larry Imperiale, Dave Murphy, Schiller, Chip, Danny Sullivan, Randy Silvey, Joel Rogers

  • Media & Appearances

    That’s Incredible, MTV, RAI Uno, PM Magazine, ESPN, and numerous others.

  • Sponsors

    The Wright Life

  • Other Fun

    My kids Kiki and Jack, my beautiful wife Lisa, play bass and guitar in a band, and ball golf.

Tournament History

EventDivisionRoundFinish
2001 Masters Flying Disc ChampionshipsOpen FormatFinals2
1999 FPA Worlds – Santa CruzOpen PairsFinals5
1998 Beach Championships – San DiegoCo-opFinals6
1998 Indoor Championships – Jackson HoleOpen PairsFinals3
1997 FPA World ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals6
1996 FPA World ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals8
1996 US Open Flying Disc ChampionshipsCo-opFinals6
1996 So. California State Overall ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals5
1995 World Beach InvitationalOpen PairsFinals2
1994 Santa Monica CupOpen PairsFinals3
1993 Amazing Flying Disc ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals6
1992 Ventura Fall ClassicCo-opFinals4
1992 Freestyle Players Association Worlds ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals2
1990 Ventura Beach TournamentOpen PairsFinals3
1990 California State Freestyle ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals3
1990 U.S. OpenCo-opFinals2
1987 Indian Summer – California State ChmpionshipsOpen PairsFinals2
1987 WFDF World ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals2
1987 U.S. OpenCo-opFinals3
1987 World Indoor ChampionshipsMixed PairsFinals2
1985 FPA World ChampionshipsCo-opFinals3
1985 Ft. CollinsOpen PairsFinals3
1985 Kansas CityCo-opFinals2
1985 San Antonio National Freestyle ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals4
1985 World Indoor ChampionshipsCo-opFinals3
1985 Oak GroveOpen FormatFinals3
1983 FPA New World Tour : Fort CollinsOpen PairsFinals6
1982 WFDF – World FLying Disc ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals4
1982 FPA New World Tour : MinneapolisOpen PairsFinals2
1982 FPA New World Tour : World Freestyle ChampionshipsCo-opFinals4
1982 FPA New World Tour : Kansas CityOpen PairsFinals5
1981 Wham-O! I.F.A. North American Series: PhiladelphiaOpen FormatFinals4
1981 Rose Bowl World Frisbee ChampionshipsCo-opFinals3
1981 World Disc and FPA Worlds CombinedOpen PairsFinals7
1981 FPA New World Tour : RochesterOpen PairsFinals2
1981 Wham-O! I.F.A. North American Series: Santa BarbaraOpen FormatFinals3
1981 Wham-O! I.F.A. North American Series: AustinOpen FormatFinals2
1980 World Flying Disc Championships (WFDF)Open PairsFinals6
1980 Freestyle Players Association Series : BoulderCo-opFinals2
1980 Wham-O! I.F.A. North American SeriesOpen FormatFinals2
1979 Wham-O! I.F.A. North American Series : New BrunswickOpen FormatFinals2
1979 Wham-O! I.F.A. North American Series : TorontoOpen FormatFinals4
EventDivisionRoundFinish
2001 Masters Flying Disc ChampionshipsOpen FormatPreliminaries1
1999 FPA Worlds – Santa CruzOpen PairsPreliminaries2
1997 FPA World ChampionshipsOpen PairsSemi-Finals4
1996 FPA World ChampionshipsOpen PairsPreliminaries1
1996 US Open Flying Disc ChampionshipsCo-opSemi-Finals3
1994 Santa Monica CupOpen PairsPreliminaries2
1992 US OpenCo-opSemi-Finals4
1981 Rose Bowl World Frisbee ChampionshipsOpen FormatSemi-Finals2