1998 triple crown (open singles, open doubles and mixed)
and current 5 time world champion of open singles net
(Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Emmanuel Bouchard (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is the
reigning ruler of the footbag net court. He's got crushing
spikes, short dinks, and great defense. He will be defending
his title in Open Singles Net, an event he has dominated
since 1998. He's teamed with Yves Archambault (2001
Open Doubles World Champion) in Open Doubles Net and
looking for his 4th Open Doubles Net title. In Mixed
Doubles Net, Manu has re-teamed with Amy Westberg. Together
these two won the World title back in 1996. Look for
Manu to be the odds-on favorite for the Triple Crown
of Footbag Net: Singles Net, Doubles Net and Mixed Doubles
Peter Irish is one the biggest footbag
legends in the
world. He is a founder and original member of the "Big
Add Posse" - the elite group of the finest shredders
the planet has to offer. You may have seen this world-class
player nail second place at this year's Todexon competition
at the Roxy club.
At last years worlds, he finished strong and earned
third place. Even at his 31 years of age, Peter will
surely continue to be one of the best competitors around
for quite some time. His smooth and nearly silent style
will be on display at this years worlds at
Slavia stadium in Prague.
IIf you are planning on visiting San Francisco
I advise you to see two things: The Golden Gate bridge
and Sunil Jani! The nickname "Tsunami" is
definitely apt for this awe-inspiring player, as Sunil
hits so many dexes with his hypersonic style that you
count them. The only hope you have is to watch it all
in slow motion on your video camera. Only then will
you realize that Sunil hits all of his combos on both
sides and completely clean. He has pushed the borders
of this young sport greatly forward. His more than a
meter high barraging set gives nightmares to all players
and Tsunami is herewith a great attraction that will
shine on this year's worlds in Prague.
" the Golden child" Klouda
Word Champ 2003
(Praha, Czech Republic)
After his triumph at last years worlds
in San Francisco, Vasek is one of the favorites to
win this year's title. However, he is not just battling
the other competitors, but also the injuries that
he has had in his finals routines. Ryan Mulroney won
Todexon 2003 after Vasek was forced to stop due to
cramps after just few seconds of his finals routine.
So the stage is set for the climax of the battle between
Ryan and Vasek at this year's finals in Prague. The
old continent has its faith Vasek, their "new
Only few players have managed to hit a dropless routine
during the finals of the world championships, as Yacine
Merzouk did at worlds 2001. Since then, he has been
a well known and respected player whose atomic cyclones
cannot be missed. Yacine's life has undoubtedly been
heavily influenced by footbag. This is evidenced by
in an article in one of Montreal's daily papers where
Yacine stated that he has lost five jobs due to footbag.
Lets us all hope that this great Canadian talent will
not have to lose yet another job in order to attend
this year's worlds in Prague.
Twice World Champ
(Redwood City, California, USA)
Last year, Ryan was expected to dominate
the competition and earn his third straight world
title. After all, who else was there that was even
in his league? However, the Czech kid, Vasek Klouda,
shocked Ryan and the world as Vasek defeated Ryan
and won the title in the most thrilling final in footbag
history. Since then, the everyone in the world has
been anxiously following each competition between
these two gladiators. Ryan reigned triumphant as they
once again clashed at Todexon 2003. The stage is now
set for a mighty duel between the two at this year's
World Championships in Prague. "Ryan, bring the
title back!" shout all of his American supporters.
Chris - 2002 open doubles net world champion
(Fairfax, Virginia, USA)
This guy is nick-named "Conan, the Barbarian."
That's because he is a giant he-man on the footbag court.
Conan and his partner Peter Shunny are the defending
champions in Open Doubles Net. Look for Conan to wield
his Axe on the court while trying to put his opponents
out of their misery. He comes to Prague all the way
from Fairfax, Virginia, USA.
Jere is a player that the Finns are betting on this
year due to the supreme power within his clean style.
His world famous videos, released through his websites,
are highly acclaimed and raise the question: Who will
produce the best video of Worlds 2003? Will it be Eli
Piltz who has made such videos as "Where the Ripwalk
Ends" and "The Sickening"?
How about the French Boys that created "Buda's
Best"? Could it be that Jere will make the best
video? He'll have a lot on his mind as his sights are
set high and he plans to place in the most prestigious
footbag competition in the world. Not an easy task for
any of the world's top players.
(Praha, Czech Republic)
Bio by Tu Vu
"H. to the izzO. N. to the Z.A."
chants his fans as he leaves the gate at SFO airport
to come home from the 2002 World Championships. Jan
"Honza" Weber came home with a big bag of
goodies from San Francisco, tons of priceless memories,
a slew of new friends, a brand new nickname, and a
fan base. Which brings to the question, If no one
knew who he was before Worlds 2002, how did he get
a fan base?
In one of the most intense training regimes, the Dictators
of Praha, he has come to excel not only as Praha's
best players, but Europe's top elite. Jan
Weber has been leaving his mark in the past several
years in the European footbag scene with a trail stretching
through mainland Europe. You name it, the German Open,
Footjam, the Czech Nationals, the Austrian Footbag
Opening, and European Masters: Honza has placed in
the top three at all these events. It was only a matter
of time that he would launch globally when he made
his big bang at his first IFPA World Championships.
However, critics balked that he was a step behind
his two fellow Czech mates, Ales and Vasek.
Today, if you still believe Honza is
not quite up to snuff, you better take a closer look
at this amazing 17 year old. With Honza increasing
his training to meet the cutting edge of today's freestyle,
he won't let you think he is anything but one of the
worlds best. He will hit the Big Adds on demand and
represent every time he steps into the squared circle.
With a vigilant work ethic, truly modest attitude,
and positive outlook, he will be a rich part of the
next generation of footbag stars. Recently graduating
into the 2002 class of the Big Add Posse as the 'Webslinger.'
Honza will be shooting to topple his fellow classmate
Vasek Klouda to take the crown this year in the historical
2003 World Footbag Championships in Praha, Czech Republic.
DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!
Three times in a row had Carol gained the scalp of
her oponents on a World Championships stage and that
is more than spectacular, but some that read this might
have an agrgument on their mind: I could beat few girls
as well. I would like to appeal upon these with the
fact that Carol had won the "Funtastic" tournamnet
where she defeated previous world champions and other
great men players.
During her rich carreer she managed to impress a majority
of members of the BAP which she is a member as the only
women from 1998. I hope that all doubts have now vanished
by the same speed as she hits tricks like whirling swirl
or blurry drifter in the circle. Carol shows great skills
not only as a player but as a producer that supplies
footbag world with her perfect bags that hold the name
Carolbags and that should be in every household. There
is noone in Europe who wont be excited by arrival of
this person with all-time smile on its face and I believe
that you wont miss her performance at this years worlds.
most worlds net titles of anyone ever
(Mountain View, California, USA)
Jody Welch probably has more World titles in footbag
net than anyone. This year, look for her to defend her
Women's Singles Net title and Women's Doubles Net (with
partner Julie Symons) title. Jody is lightening quick,
hits with a vengence and has an iron-clad defense. Jody
and Julie are hoping to beat their rivals, Lisa McDaniel
and Amy Westberg (2001 Women's Doubles Net World Champions),
for their 7th Women's Doubles Net title in the last
8 years. Talk about domination.
3rd at European Chamionships 2002
(Praha, Czech republic)
If you are waiting for someone who should
have been there at least 30 minutes ago, then chances
are, you are waiting for Ales Zelinka. If someone
is in the back of the circle skooling a few triple
barflies, triple around the worlds, or triple switchovers
- that man is none other than Ales Zelinka. Yes, Ales
has nailed tricks that some could not even imagine
- even in today's insane world of freestyle. His lissom,
robotic style is being imitated by countless shredders
around the globe, not to mention is same-leg triple
dex moves. You cannot miss seeing this conservatory
student at the World Championships in Prague this
In early times, European footbag was ruled by the Finns.
All this changed the day that the Czechs appeared on
the scene. Ever since, the furious Czech invaders have
ruled the continent. The trampled Finns, infused with
young blood, have now built a new army. This army is
led by Felix Zenger, who made his first international
appearance at years European Championships. Recently,
a czech scout, Ales Zelinka, visited the wonderfull
land of Finland and brought back an alarming report
about this unbelievably talented player and his beast
combos. Felix is a dark-horse favorite place high in
some of the royal freestyle disciplines. Don't bet against
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