We are less than three months away now from The 38th Annual IPFA World Footbag Championships in Portland Oregon! There’s been many exciting developments since the last time we posted, this week we’ll be announcing various details of what’s to come.
First I’d like to confirm a fairly obvious bit of information, a lot of people are now confirmed for the World Footbag Championships. Every generation will be represented, just a few names include;
Scott ‘Flash Gordon’ Bevier
Johnny ‘Breakdown’ Sarah
Sunny Freeman Genz
Francois Depatie Pelletier
And of course the founder of our sport, one John Stalberger (Mr. Hacky Sack)
This is the short list to note (off the top of yours truly’s dome), many more competitors/players are confirmed as well as supporters of the event including the Beaver family (list will continuously be updated). If you’re on the fence about making it, well, jump off the fence and get on board! Now’s a good time to buy tickets/confirm your accommodations.
This year marks the 20th anniversary since the last time Portland hosted Worlds, it aims to be a great tournament once again as well as a reunion for all the generations. If you are/were part of any gen from the founders all the way to the current generation of players, come on out and reconnect with friends of old and make some new ones in the process!
Lights, Camera, Action!
It looks to be a packed house culminating with a highly publicized finals both Friday and Saturday night. This includes competitors, non competitor players, friends and family, spectators, sponsors, and media. The event will be covered by multiple news sources including KGW News in which John Stalberger will appear on the morning TV show Portland Today to talk about the event.
Aside from the competition at the Convention Center, we are planning various social events and activities throughout the week/city. Portland’s a playground in the summertime and a great get away altogether. More to come with this. This green city is easy to get around and the event site is located in the heart of it all.
There is also be a special performance from none other than freestyle great Peter Irish. For the few that don’t know, Pete’s a world class/professional juggler/performer who will be displaying his unique abilities for the entertainment to all the week of the event. More details with this to follow including time and location. It’s certain something you don’t want to miss!
Hall of Fame Ceremony
This year as it was 20 years ago there will be a formal Hall of Fame Ceremony. This was an epic/classy event then and we expect it to be now! Tickets on sale soon!
And now… a thank you to our Sponsors!
Special thanks to all of our sponsors up to now including;
PG Long Carpet Cleaning
World Footbag Association
Oregon Sports Authority
M & W Building Supply Co
More to be added as we finalize agreements!
Also, thank you to our generous contributors below:
Brent and Jody Welch
Sole Purpose Footbag Group
and of course the International Footbag Players Association (IFPA) for their continued support and involvement with this event!
And thanks to our wonderful team working on Worlds this year. This includes;
Worlds 2017 Team
Kendall KIC: Coordinator
Chris Dean: Tournament Producer
Ethan Red Husted: Tournament Producer
Wiktor Debski: IFPA Consultant
Steve Goldberg: IT Support, Online Registration
Julie Symons: IFPA Consultant
Grischa Tellenbach IFPA Player’s Seeding
Allan Haggett: Website, Design, etc.
Kevin Hogan: Design
Kacey Huff: Design
Heather Thomas: Design
Becca English-Ross: Design
Tricia George: Housing/Accommodations
Ted Huff: HoF Consultant
Jim Fitzgerald: Branding
Bruce Guettich: Consultant
Justin Dale: Freestyle Director
Scot Hansen: Net Director
Ryan Mulroney: DJ
Nick Polini: Marketing
John Stalberger: Marketing
Many more details to come including a registration update. Stay tuned and as always, see you on the court, see you in the circles!