Steve “Hubby” Hubbard emerged from the legendary Minnesota Frisbee Association and reached new heights of freestyle play with his energetic high flying style. A strong Counter player with a power wind game, he quickly rose to national prominence then sustained that stature for the duration of his legendary career. To this day, he is considered to be on a very short list of the greatest counter wind players of all time. But his game was much more than that. He used his ability as a formally trained gymnast to craft his dynamic style in new and unique ways, winning multiple Major Titles.
Steve Hubbard started his frisbee journey in 1976 as a freshman at the University of Minnesota after seeing a flyer posted for “frisbee practice” on campus at the Armory gym. He soon joined the Minnesota Frisbee Association (MFA) and with mentors/co-founders Jim Challas and Paul Thompson he quickly became one of the most dominant overall players in the Midwest. Steve partnered with fellow lefty Tim Mackey and against all odds fought their way to win the DDC event at the 1982 NAS Series Tourney in Bull Run VA. Guts, Disc Golf, DDC and the overall events were the main focus but Steve always had his eye on freestyle. With a formal gymnastics and tumbling background (2nd place on trampoline, 1975 Minnesota State HS gymnastics meet) he developed into an exceptional wind player using the entire field with a smooth and athletic style making him a crowd favorite. His dynamic play included spontaneous flow, angles, airbrushes and body rolls with an emphasis on form and athleticism. He had an uncanny ability to cover the field and make something out of nothing. An early highlight for Steve was teaming up with Eric Wootten and Tom Krajna at the 1981 World Frisbee Championship Rose Bowl event. In a very competitive and hotly contested semi-final field, they busted seed and qualified for the 4 team finals.
The next phase led Steve to Colorado from 1981 to 1988 where he dedicated himself to freestyle exclusively. Colorado was a mecca for great players including the Coloradicals, the Grateful Disc Club and the many accomplished players in the State. He teamed up with Pat Rabdau in Boulder, CO and continued his smooth and fluid wind game incorporating front and back body rolls, kicks, tips and athletic catches further enhancing his dynamic style. Later, Steve moved to Fort Collins and partnered with Bill Wright where they worked for 2 years as a team. Bill proved to be a perfect partner with complimentary counter spin styles with intricate choreography. Together they created memorable, athletic, creative routines and once received a standing ovation at an NBA Denver Nugget basketball halftime. Steve became an honorary member of the Coloradicals after winning his 1st major title with Bill Wright and Rick Castiglia at the 1988 US Open in La Mirada CA. He partnered and competed with the who’s who of freestyle including Tommy Leitner, Kevin “Skippy Jammer” Givens, Donnie and Camilla Rhodes, Larry Imperiale, Carolyn Yabe and Stacy McCarthy to name a few.
Over 25+ years, Steve performed hundreds of demonstrations for school assembly’s, pro and college sporting events and festivals with a variety of respected players including: Jim Challas, Tim Mackey, Bill Wright, Rick Castiglia, Stacy McCarthy, Carolyn Yabe, Peter Bloeme and Mel Kostich.
• 1981-“You Asked for It” TV Show-performed with the Velasquez Brothers and shot in Los Angeles, CA
• 1983-National “Flippy Flyer” Commercial shot with Peter Bloeme in Cleveland, OH
• 1988-Disneyland-“Blast to the Past” performed 8 weeks with Rick Castiglia and Stacy McCarthy
• 1991-Taiwan ROC-part of a 10 player delegation competing, performing demonstrations/featured on TV shows
• 1994- Madrid, Spain-performed on TV show “El Gran Juego de la Oca” with Carolyn Yabe
• 2015-Inducted into the MFA (Minnesota Frisbee Association) Hall of Fame
• 1980-1st Place DDC-NAS Series with Tim Mackey partner – Bull Run, VA
• 1988-1st Place Freestyle-US Open with Bill Wright and Rick Castiglia – La Mirada, CA
• 1988-1st Place Freestyle-World Beach Championships with Richie Smits and Dave Zeff – San Diego, CA
• 1990-1st Place Freestyle pairs-FPA Worlds with Larry Imperiale – Santa Cruz, CA
• 1992-1st Place Freestyle mixed pairs-FPA Worlds with Carolyn Yabe – San Diego, CA