- Czech Republic
- Prague, Czech Republic
- Prague, Czech Republic
- Fris-businessman :)
– 100% disc lover.
– Frisbeer Cup tournament director.
– FPA board member and currently (2017) the membership director.
– Trying to make my living with disc related activities. Currently running an e-shop (www.ultimo.cz), building discgolf courses, organizing freestyle and discgolf tournaments etc.
2016 European champion in Mixed pairs (with Ilka Simon)
2016 Vice-world champion in Coop (with Pavel Baranyk and Matt Gauthier)
2016 US Open freestyle champion (with Pavel Baranyk)
Multiple times Czech champion in both Coop and Open pairs (with few different partners)
How I Started
We started to play throw’n’catch with some older friends who told us that it is possible to spin a disc on your finger. We started to try and few of us eventually learned how to control a delay. After that we have discovered that something like freestyle frisbee exist for a long time and started to watch videos and learn the basics. This was spring/summer 2006. Our group was coming from one Prague’s neighbourhood (Horni Pocernice aka Upper AfterBlacks :)) and originally consisted of me, Jakub Hosek and Pavel Safar, later joined by Jakub “Mystiq” Matula and my bro Matej Kostel. Essential for our next development was a meeting with Stepan Materna, mainly an Ultimate player, but probably the first Czech guy with with “advanced” freestyle skills. We joined his freestyle workshop and and learned from him, together with 2 other Ultimate players who were already quite skilled at the time and which we’ve never seen since then. We asked Stepan who else is playing freestyle in Czech Republic and he looked around and said: “Us five who are here and one more footbag guy.” Dexer was his name. We tracked down Dexter at one club in Prague where he was performing his “Fly act” – a beatbox feat. freestyle frisbee show. We approached him after his show and asked about freestyle frisbee. He invited us to come to this little gym where he was organizing footbag and freestyle frisbee trainings. There we met Pavel Baranyk and Zahradnicek brothers (Jakub and Mahony aka Z-bros) and the core Czech freestyle crew was formed. This was autumn / winter 2006. We were fired up to play together and enjoyed learning new stuff from each other…
2007 was a breakthrough year for the Czech freestyle. It begun in February when Stepan arranged a visit of Tom Leitner who came to attend the very first Frisbeer Cup, originally an Ultimate tournament which was taking place in the gym TJ Sokol Kralovske Vinohrady. We were totally amazed by Tommy’s skill and what was originally supposed to be a freestyle demo for Ultimate players turned out to be the very first freestyle frisbee tournament in Czech Republic. After that our group was fired up more then ever and started to grow quickly. Soon after Frisbeer we were joined by Jakub “Atry” Sedlak (who was watching the event) and then in spring we accidentaly stumbled upon two guys jamming near our favourite jamspot – Jiri “Robocop” Weiss and Ales “Noja” Neubert. At our other favourite jamspot we caught an interest of few guys – one of them was Lukas “Lacifer” Lacina.
This same year we also went out to our first international tournaments. First was the Dreh’und’Trink – an Ultimate tournament with a small side freestyle event taking place somewhere in Austria. There we first met Balu and also great Austrian jammer Tom Gereben. Second trip was to little bigger tournament – FPAW 2007 in Amsterdam, which I belive was the biggest Worlds to date with something like 115 competitors. All the top American and European players were there and we were just mind-blown! Same year we also attened the EFC in Roseto d. Abruzzi and (not only) thanks to the beer kegs we brought and drank right next to the red carpet, we have officially become a part of the worldwide freestyle community ????
The following year, 2008, we started a Club called “Kobra Kai Dojo” (later renamed to the current name Czech Federation of Freestyle Disc – CFFD) to be able to officially organize tournaments and get supported by local governments etc. We stole Frisbeer Cup from the Ultimate players and in February 2008 organized the first international freestyle disc tournament in Czech Republic…The rest is history.
Scarecrow, Bad attitude, spinning moves
Stepan Materna, Tom Leitner and many other players I have met since I started to play
Stepan Materna, Jakub Hosek, Pavel Baranyk, Matt Gauthier, Paul Kenny, Freddy Finner and many others
Media & Appearances
Made quite a few TV, radio and newspaper appearances, usually related to Frisbeer Cup.
Disc Golf, pet chameleon
|2008 FPA European Freestyle Championships
|2008 FPA World Championships
|2008 FRISBEER CUP – Czech Open
|2007 EFC in Roseto, Italy
|2007 FPA World Championships
|Test by Amit