To celebrate the launch of FSM issue two friends and competitors came together from around europe for "the Baltic Sun Prayer Session" our first Frisbee festival on the windy shores of the Baltic sea.
The team arrived earlier on in the week in our beloved She Hannibal to prepare the event and test the wind. We were amazed by the weather that went from fierce blustery wind to rich blue skies and hot sun to rolling blue clouds full of thunder and lightning. The wind moved from a gentle steady breeze to crazy blustery bursts and flat level conditions. On the strength of this knowledge we prepared for the weekend with this unpredictable weather in mind. Players started arriving from Thursday - our first guest being Pavel Baranyk who hitch hiked the whole way from Prague to be with us. Remarkably he managed to get a ride that took him to the gates of the campsite! By Friday most of our guests were there and colored plastic could be seen flying through the air as we prepared for the nights revelries. Because of the turbulent weather we had the foresight to erect a huge Red Cross tent built to resist even the strongest of winds that the Baltic had to offer which was good because once the sun started to drop the wind picked up sending sand and frisbees along the coast. We fastened down the flaps, opened the bar and got the music on and the party going.
It was a fantastic evening of dancing , laughing and drinking in a big tent in the middle of a windy beach. We partied till the early hours emerging from the tent into the elements and back to our campsite 300 meters along the beach. The next morning the campsite woke up to the small of fresh coffee and eggs emerging from she hannibal as the FSM crew got the breakfast on. Right in-front of us we had a nice size field of grass where people ate breakfast, played some frisbee and prepared for the day ahead.
Once again the weather was changeable- big stormy clouds and wind followed by rich blue sky and hot sunshine. We all went to the main tent on the beach and the tournament started. The wind was very challenging testing even the more controlled players to their limits but after a full day of freestyle we saw some good stuff going down. We also tried our hand at a new game called "jump on the lump". Invented by Toby Canone, Noetzi, and myself on a previous recon.
The game has two parts: the first part involves making a gigantic sand lump almost 2 meters high. We all had a great time decorating it with multicolored frisbees and making it pretty - the final thing was quite a spectacle. The second part involves running as fast as you can, jumping as high as you can and making a spectacular catch onto the lump from a serve given by alternative people (lumpers).
The game rotates as a one "lumper" falls off the other side of the lump joining the servers and the next person jumps on the lump.
FreeStyle, Ultimate , Golf, Guts and all of the tried and tested disc games are great but Jump on the lump kicks the arse out of all of them (apart from freeStyle). Everyone got involved- Ozzy included who made a great lump catch but then wouldn't get off the lump. - pros and spectators alike joined in to remind us what Frisbee is all about- fun and showing off. After a superb day we all returned to camp for a feed and a hot shower and to change into our dancing shoes ready for the evening.
We had live music from Sabine and Arne and DJ Toondra spun funky electro house to the delight of the Czechs who got the dance floor rocking with their crazy dance moves. There was a nice mix of players and potential players and the boy to girl ratio was very good - enough to ensure that the boys were really pulling the dance moves out of the bag. The drinks were flowing and the laughs were loud and again we partied till the early hours- some (Holger, Anton and Pille) even until the late morning!
The Finals - we decided to play the finals on the grass directly in-front of the She Hannibal which was perfect as we could put her air horn and melody horn to good use throughout the competition.
Play was good as everyone had the chance to work in more favorable conditions - the campsite was protected from the wind by the trees.
A perfect place for a beach tournament with a grass field bang center of the campsite should the beach be too windy. We closed the games with an extravagant awards ceremony and thousands of Euros of quality prizes kindly given to us by our sponsors Bench and Retro Super Future Sunglasses. Further prizes were provided by our partners Discmania, Wulle Bier and of course FreeStyleMagazine.
A special prize went to all of the ladies who came keeping our sport a little less geeky.
Travis and Leif took the "old school " award with their high energy and flowing routine reminiscent of days gone by when the nail delay was just another trick .
Jean won the Jump on the Lump competition with incredible agility and lump destroying mid air maneuvers. He won a limited edition Lazertits T-shirt.
FreeStyle went to Kolja and Waldi in a very close final that saw Bi Bi and Tim in second and third place went to Tournament director Toby "Canone" and Jan Schreck.
Jean won the MTA with a beautiful hovering throw sending our pink issue two fastback flying through the air for 9.52 seconds followed by Greg catch then Mahony. And last but certainly not least the style prize went to Holger for his incredible funky dress sense and he went away happy with a beautiful pair of Retro Super Future Sunglasses.
A massive shout out goes to Tom and Dirk from Kulasurf, Crisi and her bar staff who provided drinks and glamour for the whole weekend while a personal thank you goes to the FSM crew (Massi and Ollie came all of the way from Italy) who worked hard to make this tournament something very special in a year full of amazing frisbee events and during a time when we are all so busy trying to make this magazine work. kisses and hugs to everyone. FSM.
PHOTOGRAPHS BY Philipp Maubach