Spirit of the Jam Award – Clay CollerÃ , for his great sportmanship and dedication to promoting freestyle in Italy.
From Tom Leitner:
The 2002 Acrobatic Paganello was again a huge success. 60,000 spectators witnessed 1,200 frisbee athletes compete over Easter weekend in Rimini, Italy.
The Italian National Champion freestylers, Team Chaka Waka, appeared on National Television the day before the event and the host called Italy “The California of Frisbee”. Many articles on the event appeared in local and national newspapers as well as television. Also, a film crew from Germany was there all weekend filming a documentary of Paganello 2002.
The Major of Rimini was in attendance for the freestyle and he threw out the honorary first throw of the Ultimate Final.
The players were blessed with perfect weather all week long as sunny skys and light winds prevailed. The freestyle semi-final at Alto Mondo Studio featured some stirring performances and the audience of 1,000 plus Utlimate players made enough noise to shake the building. The freestyle team from Milan dedicated their routine to their friend Morgan who passed away last year.
Congratulations to the 2002 Paganello freestyle Champions, Team Texas and thanks to all the competitors for coming out to support this amazing happening! Once again Clay and Lui produced a world class frisbee event.
Grazie Clay, Lui, Gigi and the rest of the Paganello staff!!!
Following by John W. Titcomb, Jr.
The worldâs best players came from around the world and from the best jam sites in Italy to compete in this yearâs Acrobatic. Paganello. Eleven teams competed. The beach and the wind and the stage were perfect for the competition, including the wild ambiance for semifinals at the Altro Mondo discotheque Saturday night at midnight. The Texas team of Dan Yarnell, Tristan Doshier, and Steve Haynes, who in previous years have won at the Worlds in the co-op division were the winners in a close final on a beautiful Easter Sunday. Also this year, and as important as the competition itself, as in Ultimate, the players initiated the Spirit of the Jam award for Paganello, which was won by Clay Collera, one of Riminiâs own and a prime mover of freestyle in Italy and Europe.
Tom Leitner and Team
Dan, Steve, and Tristan busted seed in the final to beat Paul Kenny and Reto Zimmerman, who finished 3rd, and Pipo Lopez, Patrick Marron, and Tom Leitner, who finished 2nd. The Texansâ multi-disc, high difficulty, and truly acrobatic co-op routine, with only minor drops, carried the day as the teams playing after them could not match their play. A notable fourth place was accomplished by the finely schemed Clay, Lorenzo, and Fernando routine, which unfortunately suffered from execution fatigue. (Itâs hard to be one of the Tournament Directors and play tops, too!)
Of the eleven teams competing 4 were made entirely of Italian players, and more than half of the teams were truly international. As with Ultimate, Paga freestyle attracts the best from the whole world.
Paul Kenny Multi-Disc Crow
Spirit of the Jam Award: Clay Collera.
Throughout Paganelloâs time there were many other jammers besides those competing listed above. Thank you all, and Z you next year!
The Paganello Experience
by Steve Hanes
Paganello-the name is a cadence, a song of sun, sand and community. Before my visit this year, I was skeptical about Paganello. Dan Yarnell had visited the Rimini event in 2000 and described it as overwhelming. Larry Imperiale had raved about it for years. I wasn’t swayed. Dan and Tristan Doshier went in 2001. Tristan called me as soon as he returned to Fort Worth, gushing with details of the energy and roar of the spectators. I was steadfast-it just couldn’t be that good, could it? Dan and Tristan invited me, urged me to go this year. I worried about the cost and I fretted that Paganello 2002âs earlier date meant bad weather, but I was determined to see it and form my own opinion.
My doubts were dispelled the very first day. Rimini is a small seaside community with winding streets, majestic hotels, tiny green parks, great restaurants and shops. We had three glorious days of warm, sunny days with cold, crisp nights. Each day the wind became gentler, kinder. The beauty of the weather was matched by the hospitality and kindness of the event staff and the people of Rimini. The festival site was a village of white tents set on light brown sand. Little children cavorted and dug sand castles. Dogs danced impatiently along the beach, imploring their masters to chase and play with them. Beautiful Italian couples strolled along the beach, dressed in fine black leather jackets and jeans. The young, sunburned faces of ultimate players mixed with the smiling stares of spectators. Huge multicolored kites rocked gently far above our heads. There were jugglers, dancers, unicyclists, skate boarders, rock bands, a bungee trampoline and hundreds of flying discs in the air. As Tristan had said, “If you love Frisbee, then this is it.” It was as if Federico Fellini, the great Italian film director, had one of his movies spill to life on the very beach where he filmed life is a heavenly circus.
Italians Clay and Lui Collera directed the freestyle with professionalism and aplomb. Clay provided the jam intensity and Lui functioned as the female version of Rappinâ John. Every freestyler at Paganello 2002 owes Clay and Lui big props and a hardy âbene factoâ. The teams from Rome and Milan were a joy to watch. The Milan team went crow happy in the finals. The Italian disc community is packed with players whose fervor matches the American freestyle scene, circa 1975. FPA director Paul Kenney insured that the event ran to specifications and added his distinctive disc work to the mix. Paul continues to be most creative player Iâve seen and I will steal every move I can from him. Reto Zimmerman ruled the nightclub portion of the competition with his unsurpassed athleticism. Pat Marron and âPeepsâ Lopez ruled the beach. Ann Graves, Tommy Leitner and Tristan Doshier reached down deep and played superbly during the finals. The entire Titcomb clan was there except for Rohre. I’ve said this many times, the Titcombs are the future of American freestyle. Gary Auerbach worked the crowd with an ease and grace that only he has. He gave more joy to the Rimini children than anyone there. Dan Yarnell inspired me with his knowledge of Rimini and his unbelievable play. And a special thanks to “Euro” for the great jam apparel and his kindness. Come and shred America, Euro-we’re waiting.
In summary, these words will never do justice to the Paganello experience, but as we Texans would say about something they love – “Paganello, It’ll git it.”
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