We are soon on our way to the emerging Disc Golf nation of Czech Republic to figure out how our beloved sport is played there. Some of the highlights of the visit include competing at the Czech Open this weekend and playing some newly designed courses around Czech Republic. One of our representatives has been promoting disc golf and DiscGolfPark™ -course design services in both Czech and Slovakia for about a year now and now it’s time test the new courses build this year around the region.
More info on the DiscGolfPark™ -concept at the Innova Europe -website.
Jussi Meresmaa Pro Disc Golf Clinic
We will also be running a Pro Disc Golf Clinic in Prague on Friday, so if you’re around be sure to stop by and get the tips from a Pro player. The clinic will held at Vypich near restaurant Ladronka starting at 16.15. The Czech Disc Golf Association wishes all attendees to pre-register and there are only 20 spots available, so go fill that form quickly if you want to join in!
News form the Tour
Lastly we’d like to congratulate Team Discmania’s* Avery Jenkins and Will Schusterick who were placed 5th and 4th at the PDGA Championships last weekend. Both guys played really solid tournaments despite the though competition in this year’s last Open Major. Congrats especially to Will Schusterick for top 4 finishes in all of the Major tournaments (Pro Worlds, European Open & PDGA Championships) this year!
*(Avery & Will represent both Discmania & Innova)
Have you ever planned your next holiday trip based on a location that offers exiting new Disc Golf courses nearby, so even when you’re taking some time off, you wouldn’t be taking time off Disc Golf? Well so have we! Traveling is a great way to deepen your relationship with the sport by experiencing new courses and meeting new people that share the same passion.
New challenger for the womens division found in SÃ£o Paolo? We'll have to wait and see...
Another great idea is to take some discs and maybe even a portable basket with you when you’re taking a trip to a location where disc golf is still a lesser-known outdoor activity. This is just what happened with Tapani Aulu, whom we send out to Brazil to work as a scout for Discmania and the sport of Disc Golf. We gave Tapani a set of discs and a Innova DisCatcher Traveler -portable basket to make use of, while he was staying in SÃ£o Paulo for a Christmas time family vacation.
What is the perfect grip for putting?
When going to a country that basically doesn’t recognize disc golf in any way, you can’t expect too many people to join in when you’re undergoing a putting practice by the beach. Even with that notion, Tapani’s trip was a success and several hours spend on the beach and parks spreading the word of disc golf to local kids paid off – there’s now at least a couple of handfuls of kids with new Discmania discs, learning important life lessons of the Frisbee spirit somewhere in the beaches and parks of SÃ£o Paolo and Maresias, Brazil.
Playing with frisbees at the beach isn't just for the kids.
Let’s hope those kids spread the word, heck maybe even start a frisbee-movement of their own and someday there will be a network of Disc Golf Courses in Brazil and other Southern American countries. After all, disc golf is a fairly easy sport to “export”: the equipment is pretty inexpensive and a Disc Golf course can be set up in various environments with very little alteration to the vegetation or landscaping. Maybe someday a kid doesn’t have to be a soccer prodigy to make it out of the favela, he/she just needs to shoot impressive hyzers ;)
Local kids having fun at the beach