Sound Footwork Presents

The 15th Annual Emerald City Open

June 6-7, 1998
Located at The Lid Park
(above the I-90 bridge on Mercer Island)

Brought to you by

Piecora's New York Pizza Southwest Airlines

  • Professional Footbag players competing for great prizes!
  • WIN round trip tickets from Southwest Airlines!
  • Great music both days!
  • Footbag Freestyle Jams all day, both days!
  • FREE demonstrations and instruction!
  • Enter the U Kick IT contest and WIN great prizes!
  • Drop your name in the basket for great raffle prizes!
  • FREE admittance for spectators!

    Sponsored by

    Flying Clipper Footbags PrintMasters Sipa Sipa

  • Vital Information

  • Dates: Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7, 1998
  • Location: Lid Park -- Mercer Island, Washington
  • Entry Fee: $25.00 open & advanced (includes food and player pack/T-shirt)
    $5 novice (includes food, option to buy T-shirt at discount)
  • Contacts: Mike Grueter -
    The Sound Footwork Hotline - (206) 938-3564

    The 15th Annual Emerald City Open Footbag Tournament, presented by Sound Footwork Footbag Club, will be held the weekend of June 6th and 7th at Lid Park on Mercer Island (East of Seattle). This event is one of the longest running Footbag events in the world, and is open to entrants from all around the world.

    Footbag is a competitive sport, similar to a popular game played with the Hacky Sack. At this tournament, players will compete in one or more of the following popular Footbag games: Footbag Net, a singles or doubles court game, like tennis or volleyball, where players use only their feet to kick the Footbag over a 5 foot high net; Timed Footbag Consecutives, a singles competition, where players try to kick a Footbag with as many alternating kicks as they can within 5 minutes; and Footbag Golf, similar in concept to regular golf or disc golf, where the players complete a course by kicking the Footbag into "holes" which are cones placed around the course.

    Spectators and competitors of all abilities are welcome. This event offers competition for novice, advanced/intermediate, and open players. There will also be free events for first time competitors with prizes donated by sponsors. Top players from around the world will be competing in the Footbag Net final rounds that begin at around 3:00 pm on Sunday, June 7. There is no admission charge for spectators.

    Event Schedule

    Friday June 5th
    8 pm - Pre-registration party TBA

    Saturday June 6th
    8 - 9 am - Registration
    9 am - Players meeting
    9:30 am - End of day - Mixed Doubles, Singles Footbag Net, & Footbag Golf
    End of day - After-Kick party (call for details)

    Sunday June 7th
    9 am - Timed Footbag Consecutives and Net warm up
    9:30 am - Players meeting
    10 am - Doubles Footbag Net & Footbag Golf
    Afternoon - Singles & Doubles Net & Golf Finals
    End of day - Award Ceremony


    From North of downtown Seattle:
    Take I-5 South to I-90. Go East on I-90 (toward Mercer Island) cross the floating bridge. Take the first exit (#6) West Mercer Way. Turn left off of the exit, and you're in Lid Park.

    From South of downtown Seattle:
    Take I-5 North to I-90. Follow the rest of the directions above.

    From the Eastside:
    Take I-90 West. Take the Island Crest Way exit (#7). Go straight until you get to 76th Avenue. Turn right. Follow the street around until you come to Lid Park.

    Out of towners please call in advance for free lodging. For more information e-mail or call (206) 938-3564.

    Lodging Information

    Travelodge Mercer Island
    Contact: Clark Woods (Manager)
    7645 Sunset Hwy SE
    Mercer Island, WA   98040-2824
    (206) 232-8000

    Discounted Rates
    (*** Mention the Emerald City Open Footbag Tournament ***)

    1 queen bed (any number of people)
    $54 + tax

    2 double beds (any number of people)
    $69 + tax

  • 15th Annual Emerald City Open Footbag Tournament

    June 6 - 7, 1998

    Lid Park, Mercer Island, Washington

    Summary of Event

    With the help of our sponsors and advertising we drew a total of 55 competitors from Arizona, British Columbia, California, Idaho, Maryland, Oregon, Quebec, Washington D.C., and Washington state, and a great local crowd of spectators!

    There was a kick at Alki beach for all of the early Friday arrivals. Friday night, the early crew rolled into Greg Potts' house for a mellow pre-registration party. We got through most of the registration process, broke out the totally cool ECO 98 t-shirts (logo compliments of Kelly Hobkirk), and had a little food and brew.

    Well somebody must be doing something right, because we couldn't have asked for much better weather this weekend! After morning setup and registration Saturday, we cranked up the tunes and got the competition started. Piecora's New York Pizza once again treated us to many of their fine pizza pies both days. We made it through the final matches in the Novice and Advanced categories, and through the semifinals in Mixed Doubles and Women's and Open Singles on Saturday, saving the three final matches for Sunday afternoon. We converged on Simon and Heather's house Saturday night for some great barbecue and a relaxing hot tub. We also took this occasion to have a little going away ceremony for two of Seattle's long-time top competitors Rick Bates and Chris "Gator" Routh. Rick is moving to Montana, and Gator is moving to Arizona. We'll miss you guys...

    Sunday morning a few tireless warriors braved the timed consecutive event, and then the doubles footbag net was under way. We started the final matches pretty late at around 5pm, but there was some great competition for the rest of the afternoon! Some dark clouds rolled in after the first finals match, and we did get a slight sprinkling. Not enough to hinder the fantastic play, but unfortunately there were no photos for most of the finals matches. After the award ceremony, the tear down, and the goodbyes, we were left wondering how we crammed that much fun into just two days.

    Competition Results

    Open Singles Footbag Net Open Doubles Footbag Net
    1. Emmanuël Bouchard
    2. Alexis Deschènes
    3. Jake Leong
    4. Yossarian Kelly
    1. Scott Milne / Jim Derricott
    2. Jake Leong / Andy Ronald
    3. Yossarian Kelly / david Butcher
    4. Dave Bernard / Patrick Asswad
    Womens Singles Footbag Net Mixed Doubles Footbag Net
    1. Lisa McDaniel
    2. Julie Symons
    3. Geneviéve Bousquet
    4. Amy Westberg
    1. Amy Westberg / Emmanuël Bouchard
    2. Lisa McDaniel / Paul Lovern
    3. Julie Symons / Alexis Deschènes
    4. Geneviéve Bousquet / Patrick Asswad
    Advanced Singles Footbag Net Advanced Doubles Footbag Net
    1. Matthew Quint
    2. John Armstrong
    3. David Lewis
    4. Jason Peppin
    1. François Leh / Kevin Jenkins
    2. Wendy Curran / Darlene Goodridge
    3. Jason Peppin / John Armstrong
    4. Greg Lee / Dave Long
    Novice Singles Footbag Net Novice Doubles Footbag Net
    1. Cameron Carnegie
    2. Jamie Coles
    3. Silvia Fehr
    4. Stacey Frei
    1. Cameron Carnegie / Silvia Fehr
    2. Jamie Coles / Stacey Frei
    3. Mikkel Hung / Cooper Rooks
    Open Footbag Golf (9 holes) Open 5 Minute Timed Footbag Consecutive
    1. Bill Langbehn - 24
    2. Steve Dusablon - 25
    3. Greg Potts - 27 (tie concession)
    4. Greg Durrett - 27
    1. Rick Kom - 669
    2. Richard Cook - 627
    3. Jim Derricott - 462
    Advanced 5 Minute Timed Footbag Consecutive Novice 5 Minute Timed Footbag Consecutive
    1. Jason Peppin - 499
    2. Matthew Davis - 383
    1. Jamie Coles - (a non-negative score)

    Lisa McDaniel, Emmanuël Bouchard, Scott Milne, and Jim Derricott received round trip tickets to anywhere Southwest Airlines flys, and 1st through 3rd place winners received Emerald City Open medallions sporting the ultra-cool 98 logo, and some great Flying Clipper footbag prizes were sprinkled in the mix!

    Thanks once again to our sponsors:
    Piecora's New York Pizza, Southwest Airlines A Symbol of Freedom, Flying Clipper Footbags, Print Masters, Sipa Sipa, and others!

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