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  • Claudio "Clay"
  • Collerà
  • Clay
  • Italy
  • Rimini, ITA
  • Rimini, Italy
  • Clerk in Engineering Industry
  • http://www.acrobaticfrisbee.com
  • 1978
  • Player Bio

    For year after year, a solo Freestyler was playing in perfect winds on the shores of the Adriatic Sea in Rimini Italy, waiting for something to happen. Waiting for the moment when his joy of play could be shared by others. The patience and passion that fueled Claudio “Clay” Collera would be manifested in a tournament that would change the direction of the Sport of Freestyle. That tournament became known as Paganello.

    Clay was the very first top level freestyler from Italy and he helped inspire the next generation immensely. His charisma when he played and especially performed was unmatched and infectious. Along with his wife Lui Tasini, they created the Freestyle event at the famous Paganello Beach Tournament. An event that would create the ‘Euro Wave’ of new and young Freestylers from multiple countries within the European Union.

    Clay (and Lui) is synonymous with Paganello – the event and especially the spirit. In all likelihood, the event served as a point of reference that Nike used to launch their highly successful Beach Freestyle Ad campaign in 2003. Another impact of Clay’s was hosting the FPA World Championships in Paganello in 2003 and 2004, the first time it was held outside of the USA. This served as the template for future European Freestyle events and more World Championship tournaments on the continent.

    Clay also played like a champion. And in doing so, he carved the way forward for the new Euro Shredders who followed in his path. Players like Fabio Sanna, Antonio, “Piccio” Cusma, Manu Cesari, Claudio Cigna, Andrea Meola, Marco Prati, Andrea Dini and Matteo Gaddoni all were tutored by Jam Master Clay. But his influence went far beyond Italy. His team mates Reto Zimmerman (SUI) and Joakim Arveskar (SWE) were selected as the Skippy Sez Co-op Team of the 2010’s. But he is best known for his stage presence, his charisma, his boundless love of play and for his non-stop energy. Over the years he has defied Father Time again and again. Always expressing his child like joy as if discovering Freestyle for the very first time. He is a player for the ages.

  • Career Highlights

    2004 Paganello Pairs (with Tom Leitner)
    2005 Paganello Co-op (with Larry Imperiale and Tom Leitner)
    2006 European Pairs (with Fabio Sanna)
    2006 Paganello Co-op (with Reto Zimmerman and Tom Leitner)
    2008 Paganello Co-op (with Manuel Cesari and Paul Kenny)
    2008 FPAW Co-op (with Joakim Arveskar and Reto Zimmerman
    2009 Paganello Co-op (with Reto Zimmerman and Joakim Arvskar)
    2009 European Pairs (with Claudio Cigna)
    2009 European Co-op (with Claudio Cigna and Antonio Cusma Piccioni)
    2010 FPAW Co-op (with Joakim Arveskar and Reto Zimmerman)
    2011 Paganello Mixed (with Gloria Alessandrini)
    2011 Frisbeer Co-op (with Manuel Cesari and Antonio Cusma Piccioni)
    2011 European Co-op (with Joakim Arveskar and Reto Zimmerman)
    2012 FPAW Pairs (with Andrea Dini)
    2012 European Co-op (with Claudio Cigna and Andrea Dini)
    2012 Paganello Mixed (with Gloria Alessandrini)
    2012 Paganello Co-op (with Claudio Cigna and Fabio Sanna)
    2013 Paganello Co-op (with Joakim Arveskar and Reto Zimmerman)
    2018 Frisbeer Co-op (with Marco Prati and Andrea Sarti)

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Player Details

  • Favorite Moves

    Blue flower (jaguar aquila) 2-2 blk rose 2.5 (is special secret Clay-exercise)

  • Partners

    Lorenzo Apriani, Fernando Botrugno, Bibo Rosa, Mario Benzi, Paul Kenny, Tom Leitner, Matteo Gaddoni, Fabio Sanna, Joakim Arveskar, Reto Zimmerman, Claudio Cigna and many others…

  • Media & Appearances

    Lots of TV shows on: RAI1, RAI2, RAI3, CANALE5, RETE4, ITALIA1, MTV Italia, MTV Europe, SKY, SKYSPORT; starring in the video clip “Colla” by the “Prozac+” band; some interviews on Italian radios and lots of articles on Italian national newspapers.

  • Other Fun

    All the other existing sports; travel; funny games; have fun.

Tournament History

2004 PaganelloCo-opFinals2
2011 Paganello World Freestyle ChallengeOpen PairsFinals7
2010 FPA World ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals5
2010 Seaside Super HeinIndividual OpenFinals7
2010 Czech openOpen PairsFinals6
2009 PaganelloOpen PairsFinals2
2008 FPA European Freestyle ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals2
2008 PaganelloOpen PairsFinals2
2007 1st GP Citta di ForliMixed PairsFinals2
2007 EFC in Roseto, ItalyOpen FormatFinals3
2007 Paganello Freestyle ChallengeOpen PairsFinals5
2006 Versilia CupIndividual OpenFinals2
2006 Torneo Città di MilanoIndividual OpenFinals2
2006 Roseto ‘VOLA-VOLA’Individual OpenFinals3
2006 EFCCo-opFinals3
2006 Cologne Random Co-op and regular Open PairsOpen PairsFinals5
2006 FPA World ChampionshipsCo-opFinals4
2006 PaganelloOpen PairsFinals2
2005 Vola VolaOpen PairsFinals3
2005 FPA World Freestyle Frisbee ChampionshipsCo-opFinals5
2005 Santa Cruz Beach ClassicOpen PairsFinals2
2005 Rototom SunSplash Frisbee FreestyleCo-opFinals3
2005 AmsterJam , the European Freestyle ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals8
2005 VagolinoOpen PairsFinals2
2005 Paganello Freestyle ChallengeOpen PairsFinals4
2004 FPA World Freestyle Frisbee ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals6
2004 Flying Disc Opening – Freestyle ChallengeOpen PairsFinals2
2003 FPA World Freestyle ChampionshipsCo-opFinals5
2003 Acrobatic PaganelloCo-opFinals2
2002 VagolinoOpen FormatFinals3
2002 PaganelloOpen FormatFinals4
2001 Acrobatic PaganelloOpen FormatFinals4
2000 PaganelloOpen FormatFinals3
1999 Paganello – Rimini, ItalyOpen FormatFinals4
1998 Paganello – RiminiOpen FormatFinals2
2004 PaganelloOpen PairsPreliminaries1
2010 FPA World ChampionshipsOpen PairsPreliminaries2
2010 Seaside Super HeinIndividual OpenPreliminaries2
2008 FPA European Freestyle ChampionshipsOpen PairsSemi-Finals1
2008 FPA World ChampionshipsOpen PairsPreliminaries4
2007 1st GP Citta di ForliCo-opSemi-Finals1
2007 EFC in Roseto, ItalyOpen PairsSemi-Finals3
2007 Rototom Sunsplash Frisbee FreestyleOpen PairsSemi-Finals1
2007 FPA World ChampionshipsOpen PairsPreliminaries3
2007 Paganello Freestyle ChallengeOpen PairsPreliminaries2
2006 EFCOpen PairsPreliminaries4
2006 Cologne Random Co-op and regular Open PairsOpen PairsSemi-Finals5
2006 FPA World ChampionshipsOpen PairsPreliminaries2
2006 PaganelloOpen PairsPreliminaries1
2005 Vola VolaOpen PairsSemi-Finals2
2005 FPA World Freestyle Frisbee ChampionshipsOpen PairsPreliminaries3
2005 Rototom SunSplash Frisbee FreestyleOpen PairsPreliminaries1
2005 AmsterJam , the European Freestyle ChampionshipsOpen PairsSemi-Finals4
2005 VagolinoOpen PairsSemi-Finals1
2005 Paganello Freestyle ChallengeOpen PairsSemi-Finals3
2004 FPA World Freestyle Frisbee ChampionshipsOpen PairsPreliminaries2
2004 Flying Disc Opening – Freestyle ChallengeOpen PairsPrelim Playoff2
2001 Acrobatic PaganelloOpen FormatPreliminaries1
2000 PaganelloOpen FormatPreliminaries1
1999 WFDF ChampionshipsOpen PairsPreliminaries4