Event counts are incomplete
Total Events Major Wins Non-Major Wins
121 14 42
  • Tom
  • Leitner
  • Lightning
  • Italy
  • Cupertino, California
  • Rome, Italy
  • Webmaster and Teacher, BS in Computer Science, Child Education
  • http://www.frisbee.com
  • 1983
  • Player Bio

    by Skippy Jammer…

    “Tommy ‘Lighnting’ Leitner has made a career of playing on the edge. His talent for playing hard and pulling off huge combos has made him the thing of legend.

    His signature move is a no holds barred ripping combo that is off the charts. And he does one in practically every routine he does.”

    During the 2003 Nike Freestyle Face-off tour Tommy and partner Sune Wentzel performed for over 100,000 and were featured on MTV 7 times. In 2003 Tommy and Sune won both divisions at the Paganello Freestyle Challenge and won the Freestyle World Championships in Rimini, Italy with partner Paul Kenny.

    “Tommy honed his skills as a member of the “shred or die” aka “Sideout” freestyle school led by Skippy Jammer, John Jewell, and Larry Imperiale. Now a fully realized player in his own right he is leading the next wave of players. He is probably the most well rounded beach or wind player in the world.

    By moving to Europe recently he has helped influence a new generation of “Euro” jammers. Tom’s game includes a lot of skids, against work, tipping, rolling and a creative catching game. He’s the real deal. There are many imitations.”

  • Career Highlights

    2003 Nike Freestyle Faceoff Tour, 2003 World Freestyle Champ with Sune Wentzel and Paul Kenny, 14 Major Freestyle Titles, Member of 4 person US Frisbee Team at World Expo in Brisbane, Australia. 2 time Player of the Year.

  • How I Started

    I learned in High School

  • Featured Video

Player Details

  • Favorite Moves

    double spinning standing gitis pull, scarecrow

  • Mentors

    Skippy Jammer, Larry Imperiale, Joey Hudoklin

  • Partners

    Present: Dave Schiller, Joel Rogers
    Past: Sune Wentzel, Pat Marron, Clay Collera, Pipo Lopez, Paul Kenny, Dave Schiller, Skippy Jammer, many more…

  • Media & Appearances

    see 2003 media appearances

  • Sponsors

    past sponsors include Sideout Sport and Nike

  • Other Fun

    Music, Travel, Footbag, Volleyball, Basketball

Tournament History

2004 PaganelloOpen PairsFinals1
2008 PaganelloOpen PairsFinals1
2008 FRISBEER CUP – Czech OpenOpen PairsFinals1
2007 SummershredOpen PairsFinals1
2007 Paganello Freestyle ChallengeOpen PairsFinals1
2007 Prague FrisbeerCup Winter IndoorOpen PairsFinals1
2006 Roseto ‘VOLA-VOLA’Individual OpenFinals1
2006 Rototom Frisbee FreestyleCo-opFinals1
2006 AmsterJamCo-opFinals1
2006 PaganelloCo-opFinals1
2005 Vola VolaOpen PairsFinals1
2005 Santa Cruz Beach ClassicOpen PairsFinals1
2005 Santa Cruz Open OverallOpen FormatFinals1
2005 Nass Freestyle ChallengeOpen PairsFinals1
2005 Flying Disc Opening – Podersdorf (A)Open PairsFinals1
2005 Paganello Freestyle ChallengeCo-opFinals1
2004 Santa Cruz OpenOpen FormatFinals1
2004 Wintershred IIIOpen PairsFinals1
2003 Acrobatic PaganelloOpen PairsFinals1
2002 Tampico Open VIIICo-opFinals1
2002 Summershred Ocean Beach SFCo-opFinals1
2002 Santa Cruz Beach Classic VI @ Manresa BeachCo-opFinals1
2002 Wintershred at San Francisco’s Ocean BeachCo-opFinals1
2001 WFDF ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals1
2001 Summerfest OpenOpen PairsFinals1
2001 Manresa Beach TournamentMixed PairsFinals1
2001 US Indoor ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals1
2000 Tampico OpenOpen FormatFinals1
2000 World Beach InvitationalOpen PairsFinals1
2000 RiverfestOpen PairsFinals1
2000 Santa Cruz Beach Classic IVCo-opFinals1
1999 Ventura Beach TournamentCo-opFinals1
1999 Manresa State BeachCo-opFinals1
1998 Tampico Open – Santa CruzOpen PairsFinals1
1998 Santa Cruz Beach ClassicCo-opFinals1
1997 Tampico OpenCo-opFinals1
1997 Santa Cruz Beach ClassicOpen PairsFinals1
1996 Tampico OpenOtherFinals1
1996 Northern California States/Indian SummerOpen FormatFinals1
1996 Wintertime OpenOpen FormatFinals1
1995 California StatesOpen FormatFinals1
1987 Indian Summer – California State ChmpionshipsOpen PairsFinals1
2017 WFDF World Overall Flying Disc ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals2
2004 PaganelloCo-opFinals2
2014 FrisBeer CupOpen PairsFinals7
2011 Paganello World Freestyle ChallengeOpen PairsFinals6
2010 FPA World ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals6
2010 Seaside Super HeinOtherFinals13
2010 Czech openCo-opFinals2
2009 PaganelloOpen PairsFinals7
2008 FPA World ChampionshipsCo-opFinals6
2008 FRISBEER CUP – Czech OpenCo-opFinals6
2007 1st GP Citta di ForliOpen PairsFinals3
2007 FPA World ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals4
2007 The JammersOpen FormatFinals5
2007 Paganello Freestyle ChallengeCo-opFinals4
2006 Roseto ‘VOLA-VOLA’Open PairsFinals2
2006 FPA World ChampionshipsCo-opFinals4
2006 AmsterJamOpen PairsFinals3
2005 Tournament of the Hat – Torneo del CappelloOpen PairsFinals2
2005 Versilia Cup – Burla Beach CupOpen PairsFinals2
2005 Seaside SuperHeinIndividual OpenFinals2
2005 German Indoor Freestyle ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals4
2004 AmsterjamOpen FormatFinals2
2004 FPA World Freestyle Frisbee ChampionshipsCo-opFinals3
2003 FPA World Freestyle ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals2
2003 World Disc GamesOpen PairsFinals3
2003 US IndoorsOpen PairsFinals5
2002 AZ StatesOpen FormatFinals3
2002 World Beach InvitationalCo-opFinals2
2002 California Freestyle Open – California Dried Plum FestivalMixed PairsFinals6
2002 FPA World ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals5
2002 SummerfestOpen PairsFinals2
2002 Santa Cruz Beach Classic VI @ Manresa BeachOpen PairsFinals3
2002 PaganelloOpen FormatFinals2
2002 Wintershred at San Francisco’s Ocean BeachOpen PairsFinals2
2001 FPA World Freestyle Frisbee ChampionshipsMixed PairsFinals6
2001 Jammers ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals2
2001 Summerfest OpenMixed PairsFinals2
2001 Manresa Beach TournamentCo-opFinals3
2000 FPA World ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals6
2000 PaganelloOpen FormatFinals2
1999 Ventura Beach TournamentOpen PairsFinals2
1999 FPA Worlds – Santa CruzCo-opFinals4
1999 WFDF ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals3
1999 Indoor Championships – Jackson HoleOpen PairsFinals3
1998 Indian Summer – SonomaOpen FormatFinals2
1998 FPA World ChampionshipsCo-opFinals5
1998 Beach Championships – San DiegoCo-opFinals4
1998 Indoor Championships – Jackson HoleOpen PairsFinals5
1998 Wintertime OpenOpen FormatFinals4
1997 Arizona StatesOpen PairsFinals5
1997 FPA World ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals7
1997 California States/Indian SummerOpen FormatFinals2
1997 Disc-a-paloozaMixed PairsFinals7
1997 Santa Cruz Beach ClassicCo-opFinals2
1997 Wintertime OpenOpen FormatFinals3
1996 FPA World ChampionshipsMixed PairsFinals5
1996 US Open Flying Disc ChampionshipsCo-opFinals3
1996 Yakima Flight FestivalOpen PairsFinals2
1995 World Beach InvitationalOpen PairsFinals7
1995 FPA World ChampionshipsCo-opFinals7
1995 FPA Northwest ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals2
1994 Indian Summer/Northern CA StatesOpen FormatFinals2
1994 Santa Monica CupOpen PairsFinals5
1994 FPA World ChampionshipsMixed PairsFinals7
1994 US Open Flying Disc ChampionshipsOpen FormatFinals4
1994 World Beach InvitationalOpen PairsFinals3
1993 Amazing Flying Disc ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals2
1993 California State Overall ChampionshipsCo-opFinals2
1992 Ventura Fall ClassicMixed PairsFinals10
1992 Freestyle Players Association Worlds ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals5
1992 California OpenOpen FormatFinals2
1992 Wintertime OpenOpen FormatFinals4
1990 FPA World ChampionshipsMixed PairsFinals5
1987 Indian Summer – California State ChmpionshipsMixed PairsFinals2
1987 WFDF World ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals4
1987 U.S. OpenCo-opFinals2
1987 World Indoor ChampionshipsMixed PairsFinals5
1985 World Indoor ChampionshipsCo-opFinals5
Test by AmitOpen PairsFinals2
2004 PaganelloOpen PairsPreliminaries1
2010 FPA World ChampionshipsCo-opPreliminaries1
2010 Seaside Super HeinIndividual OpenPreliminaries1
2008 FPA World ChampionshipsOpen PairsPreliminaries2
2008 FRISBEER CUP – Czech OpenOpen PairsSemi-Finals7
2007 1st GP Citta di ForliOpen PairsSemi-Finals1
2007 WFDF World Overall ChampionshipsOpen PairsSemi-Finals1
2007 FPA World ChampionshipsCo-opPreliminaries1
2007 The JammersOpen FormatSemi-Finals2
2007 Paganello Freestyle ChallengeOpen PairsPreliminaries1
2006 FPA World ChampionshipsOpen PairsPreliminaries1
2006 Rototom Frisbee FreestyleOpen PairsPreliminaries1
2006 AmsterJamCo-opSemi-Finals1
2006 PaganelloOpen PairsPreliminaries1
2005 Vola VolaOpen PairsSemi-Finals1
2005 Versilia Cup – Burla Beach CupOpen PairsSemi-Finals1
2005 FPA World Freestyle Frisbee ChampionshipsOpen PairsPreliminaries1
2005 Paganello Freestyle ChallengeOpen PairsPreliminaries1
2004 AmsterjamOpen FormatPreliminaries2
2004 FPA World Freestyle Frisbee ChampionshipsOpen PairsPreliminaries1
2002 AZ StatesOpen FormatSemi-Finals1
2002 California Freestyle Open – California Dried Plum FestivalOpen PairsSemi-Finals1
2002 FPA World ChampionshipsOpen PairsPreliminaries2
2001 FPA World Freestyle Frisbee ChampionshipsOpen PairsPreliminaries1
2001 Jammers ChampionshipsOpen PairsSemi-Finals1
2001 WFDF ChampionshipsOpen PairsPreliminaries1
2001 Summerfest OpenMixed PairsSemi-Finals2
2000 Jammers ChampionshipsOpen PairsSemi-Finals2
2000 FPA World ChampionshipsOpen PairsPreliminaries1
2000 PaganelloOpen FormatPreliminaries1
1999 FPA Worlds – Santa CruzOpen PairsPreliminaries3
1999 WFDF ChampionshipsOpen PairsPreliminaries1
1998 FPA World ChampionshipsOpen PairsPreliminaries4
1997 Arizona StatesOpen PairsPreliminaries3
1997 FPA World ChampionshipsOpen PairsSemi-Finals4
1997 WFDF World ChampionshipsCo-opSemi-Finals1
1997 Disc-a-paloozaOpen PairsPreliminaries2
1997 Wintertime OpenOpen FormatPreliminaries1
1996 FPA World ChampionshipsOpen PairsPreliminaries4
1996 US Open Flying Disc ChampionshipsCo-opSemi-Finals2
1995 FPA World ChampionshipsOpen PairsPreliminaries2
1994 Santa Monica CupOpen PairsPreliminaries2
1994 FPA World ChampionshipsOpen PairsSemi-Finals2
1992 Ventura Fall ClassicOpen PairsSemi-Finals7
1992 US OpenCo-opSemi-Finals7