Each year during the PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships a very special awards banquet is held. It's a ceremony filled with some of the most important and influential names and faces in the history of our beloved sport.
The biennial European Championships has long been the grande dame of disc golf events on the continent.
It’s extremely difficult to express in words the overwhelming amount of emotions that swept over myself, the tournament staff, the volunteers, and the hundreds of fans that made up the galleries during the final rounds of the 2014 PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Champio
The second part of #discmaniatour 2014 kicks off! The tour starts from Madison, Wisconsin on Friday 8/22/2014 with our Tour Captain, 2009 World Champion Avery Jenkins. Our road warriors have been equipped with the latest Discmania goodies & a motorhome called the Maniac. To celebrate the start of the tour, we are offering our fans a chance to win sweet Discmania goodies. The rules are simple:
1. Spot the #discmaniatour motor home (pictured above) on tour
2. Snap a picture of the motor home
3. Post your picture to instagram with the hashtag #discmaniatour
4. Every week we pick one lucky winner to receive a surprise prize
So you may want to have your smartphone ready on locations we stop by at. The Maniac will be present on all of the upcoming Deep in the Game clinics in the Northern States of US and in Canada this summer. It will also be around biggest competitions in the area.
Also, give us a follow on instagram, if you haven’t already!
See you on tour!
At the start of the day on Saturday, the standings were as close as they have been in the 2014 PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships.
After a week of disc golf the 2014 PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships presented by Keen has come to an end for a majority of the competitors.
|Check out where Will holds the disc to... That's about the 5:00 position!|
|Dragging the disc by the nose.|
|Hand on the outside.|
Elbow out front.
Braced hard against the plant foot.
|Hand on the outside.|
Elbow WAY out front.
Braced hard against the plant foot.
Portland AKA “The City of Roses”, “Stump Town”, and many other nicknames has been blessed with being chosen to host the 2014 PDGA Pro Disc Golf World Championships. This city has some of the most beautiful landmarks and terrain to be found anywhere in the world. With these features, the 2014 Pro Worlds is one that will not be forgotten any time soon by all of those who were in attendance.
The Pro Worlds are being played at five course locations:
Along with these five courses there are 35+ courses that are within driving distance of Portland, which is more than enough selection to keep things interesting and making sure your game on its toes. That being said, Portland is most certainly one of the up and coming Disc Golf cities across the world and the great clubs and organizations don’t have any intention of letting off the gas pedal any time soon.
With these five Pro Worlds courses there are three of them which are fairly new: Trojan Park (2006), Blue Lake Regional Park (2012), and McCormick Park (2013).
Trojan Park could be one of the most majestic courses that we have seen and it seems to be just showing it’s flowers for the first time now as it’s starting to get more play and getting worked in more. The course is one of the further courses from Portland, it took us about an hour to travel to but once we arrived we see why they chose to select this course for the tournament. Yes, there were a few things that needed adjusting but there has never been a course that is perfect from start to finish. The photo opportunities on this course seemed to be endless, every time you turned around there was a new view that needed to be captured. We think this course could be one of those epic courses that people will be traveling from all over to try to take on, and with more play more lines will appear and more shots will inspire young disc golfers to imagine shots they never shot before.
Blue Lake Regional Park. This park is surprisingly good looking for only being 2 years old. Everything is clean cut and seems to be chiseled of stone. That statement rings true unless you leave the fairways. Off the fairways is a jungle of tall grass and blackberry bushes which is sure to eat wandering discs. But back to the good stuff, the fairways and trees that are in bounds seems to be perfectly trimmed and manicured to give you the best possible chance to play this course clean and not get the unlucky one lone branch knock downs. All of the tees pads are very close to level with the ground,, the tee signs are clear and easy to read and the eye catching Innova DisCatchers are a target you will be sure to be able to find when looking down the fairway.
One of the newest courses in the Portland area is McCormick Park. Which could be the trickiest of all of the Worlds courses to manage. This course will be one of those courses the people will come to so they can master their accuracy and gain the confidence of being able to manipulate and control their disc at all times. This course will eventually bloom into a local favorite and become an escape from the busy roar of the city. It will truly take a World Champion to manage this course and come out on top.
Pier Park is one of those courses that if you’re in the area, you have to at least go check it out at least once. This old park doesn’t have the length that the other courses in the area has but what it lacks in length it makes it up with the most unique views and fun lines to play, it is a must to play for sure.
The last 2 courses are located at Milo McIver. These courses are considered 2009 World Champion and Team Discmania Player Avery Jenkins’ favorite courses of all time. With the long lines and variety of all types of shots found on this course makes it close to one of those magical places that you could play all day and look forward to coming back to the next day.
All of these courses test each and every one of these competitors. There is a little mix of everything. Whoever is crowned the 2014 World Champion, will be tried and tested for sure.
Portland also is home to two of the most widely know non disc producing brands in Disc Golf. These two brands are Keen and Huk Lab. Keen has been one of the biggest catalysts for Disc Golf in Portland. They are one of the main sponsors to help with the development of Blue Lake Disc Golf course and always seem to have their fingers in something to help with the growth of Disc Golf as a whole. The other brand is Huk Lab and we’re pretty sure you know at least one person with a Huk Lab tri-fly disc. Huk Lab has one of the most impressive Disc Golf teams assembled across the globe and the unique style of the clothing and gear is sure to grab many future players’ attention. With these two power houses found in the city there is no doubt that Disc Golf is sure to grow here.
All in all, if you’re an avid disc golfer looking to try to take on the most challenging courses or someone looking to take a vacation to a disc golf location, Portland should be on your radar for destinations to visit!
While most of the Disc Golf world has their eyes peeled on the PDGA Pro World Championship action in Oregon this week, we are rolling out some highly anticipated new plastic. The initial reaction to our first run G-line releases was great and we are confident that our first 2 stock release models in G-line will find their way to the bags of numerous players around the world.
Aside from being probably our prettiest plastic blend to date with metallic shimmer in the plastic making each disc look unique, the G-line also just might also be the grippiest plastic blend in the market. The G-line is developed from Innova’s popular GStar material and much like the GStar is a flexier and grippier blend of Innova’s Star plastic, the G-line could be described as a flexier and grippier blend of our popular S-line material.
While the G-line material is noticeably softer than our other plastics, our initial testing has shown that despite it’s soft grip, very few players would consider the G-line plastic too floppy for their use. Another great benefit of this plastic is also the great grip it provides even in very cold weather. Despite being a spot on pick for summertime play, the G-line is also probably the best choice of plastic for cold winter rounds.
The first stock release in our new G-line material was no other than the PD (Also known as Freak), a truly essential model in our line up. Originally released around the time of Disc Golf European Masters in Sweden, the G-PD has already received some praising reviews from the field. Comparing to the S-line PD, which is the closest comparison in our current line-up, the G-PD is very similar but yet so different. While both discs can handle a lot of power and headwind, the probability to see a a very slight high speed turn is a touch more more likely with the G-line version. In addition to this, the G-line PD also features a touch milder fade than the S-PD, concluding in a straighter finish. With these two features combined, the end result is a very dependable PD, that likes to fly a touch further than PD’s in our other higher end plastics.
While the PD is also truly a very versatile disc, you need a certain amount of power to use it the way it supposed to be used. For our 2nd G-line release we wanted to choose a model than can be useful to just about anybody, no matter what skill level or arm speed. And what option could possibly be better than the FD (Also known as Jackal)? While no official records are available for the total amount of each disc model sold in Europe, we think it’s safe to say that the FD in it’s different variations is the most sold driver in Europe over the last couple of years and there is a huge amount of players in the US too that have found the FD to be their fairway driver of choice. To us this is no surprise – it’s probably the easiest disc to throw truly straight in its speed range and it performs different angles very well. Comparing to the closest available comparison, the S-line FD, the G-FD is very slightly more prone to high speed turn while the finish is very neutral, virtually no fade at all when thrown correctly. The G-line material also allows a great glide, that can carry the G-FD much further than most fairway drivers out there.
Our long time collaborator, The Hat Guy aka Antti Vuento, teamed up with Avery Jenkins to produce this sweet review video of the G-FD, offering the perspectives about the disc by a power-armed Pro player and a regular Joe:
Both the G-PD and G-FD have already seen their official release dates and should be arriving to our retailers in the coming days. If, for some reason, your local disc shop does not carry our product line yet, help us out and ask them to stock up! We strongly believe that you should be able to buy our discs from your favourite disc outlet and in many cases, customers requests are the way to get the retailers to get interested in new products.
-REINVENT YOUR GAME