1978 Wham-O! I.F.A. North American Series : Santa Barbara
Frisbee World Magazine,V.3#3,May/June 1978
Santa Barbara has established itself as a consistently exciting beginning to the North American Series season. The largest Freestyle field in the history of the sport came to Storke Field to see who was hot after the Winter’s break. The meet drew extremely well as players came from New York, Georgia, Minnesota, Ilinois and many Western states and Canada
Victor Malafronte again desmonstrated the strength and flexibility of his sidearm delivery as he won the M.T.A. and had the best time of the meet with a 12.57-second throw in the preliminary.
The highlights of highlights in the Freestyle were the amazing variety and spinning grace of the 13-year old Hal Erickson and the perfectly controlled toenail delay unveiled by Sam Schatz. There were six threesomes entered in the contest with three making the super-hot final six teams.
The veteran, Steve Gottlieb turned in the most consistent pair of events as he won Freestlyle and finished with fifth in M.T.A. to take the early N.A.S. lead with 110 points.(photos:1.Stork and Sam Schatz 2. Hal Erickson, John Jewell, Steve Gottlieb)