Apr 2

To quote a famous songwriter…What a long strange trip its been! :=) After 31 years of designing and producing our own original designed hand sewn footbags and juggle balls, we can honestly say something that not many in the business can… we have blazed our own trail and followed no one in what we created. At first selling one or two footbags down at the Eugene Saturday Market meant we could order pizza that night. After a few years we started getting more and more business and eventually employed up to 10 local sewers not including the partners of Reed Gray, Dennis Ross and Jim Fitzgerald who combined hand sewed more than 100,000 footbags and juggle balls in our “made in Oregon” phase of the business. In the late 1980′s and early 1990′s  Flying Clipper was producing thousands of handmade juggle balls for both Brian Dube and Klutz juggling, every one handmade in Eugene. Did you know that more handmade things come out of Eugene Oregon than any other city in the country? We were part of that movement.  Footbag and juggle ball sales were at full swing for our made in Oregon products. To be truthful I am a living example of someone who has given all to his craft. If I knew then what I know now, I would have stopped sewing much earlier than I did. I now suffer greatly with repetitive motion problems and arthritis in the shoulders and arms. Just ask another famous hand sewer of juggle balls, Fergie about that, I am sure he would agree. However because of the high cost of labor in today’s competitive market, Flying Clipper decided to go offshore to begin producing products under our strict standard for quality for the wholesale market. We still produced our made in Oregon products for craft shows such as the Oregon Country Fair which Flying Clipper is part of and has been part of since 1984. Flying Clipper can also say that our original designs are the most copied around the world. If you go to Wikipedia and search the term “footbag” you will see a Flying Clipper original patented  design offered as what a typical freestyle footbag looks like (the patent has run its course) . There is a good chance that Flying Clipper made THAT footbag!
Its great to be able to say that we are still putting out new products to meet an ever changing market. We can safely say that we are experts in how to design and produce handmade balls. I think we are changing peoples minds about handmade balls and the cross over between footbags and juggle balls is now becoming part of the culture with hands and feet jugglers such as the great Peter Irish and Jorden Moir who both enjoy using Flying Clipper products for their performances. It has been a long strange trip…but there is more yet to come. A big thanks to all of our long time supporters out there, you know who you are and we salute you!  Please join us in saying Happy birthday Flying Clipper!!!

Jim Fitzgerald, Dennis Ross, Reed Gray at the 1984 Oregon Country Fair

Jim Fitzgerald, Dennis Ross, Reed Gray at the 1984 Oregon Country Fair

Mar 12

 

The Flying Clipper is once again an offical sponsor for the 2013 U.S. OPEN Footbag Net Championships!

 

 This year Flying Clipper will be donating 24 Juice Netbags! This netbag is the ideal for the fast growing sport of Footbag Net.

                               

The 2013 U.S. OPEN Footbag Net Champsionships will take place June 29-30 this year in Portland, Oregon! Footbag was born in Oregon in 1972, so what better way to hold this event than where it was discovered. It will be held at Willamette Park, a beautiful riverfront park with flat playing fields. This event offers footbag net play for everyone- beginners, intermediates, and pros! The U.S. OPEN holds the biggest events for women, so ladies make sure to come out. Fans, friends, and supporters welcome!

The U.S. OPEN will kick off Friday Night, June 28th with a registration party! Make sure to come by to start the championships out right!

Here is the official event schedule:

SATURDAY, JUNE 29

Registration for all Open and Intermediate events closes at noon Saturday!

NOVICE/BEGINNER kicker clinics throughout the day.

Singles Net: Player’s meeting and Open matches begin promptly at 10:00am.

Open Singles Net players must be checked in by 9:00am.

Open Singles Net format will be single elimination, rally scoring.

Intermediate Singles Net starts approximately 11:00am.

Women’s Net schedule will be based upon number of players.

Doubles events will be pool format, sideout scoring.

10:00am – 1:00pm: Singles Net
1:30pm – 5:00pm: Doubles Net
 5:30pm – 8:00pm: Mixed Doubles Net

*All net players who are eliminated are encouraged to play off for ranking in

the final standings.*

Saturday night activity – retire to the McMenamins Fulton Pubacross the

street

SUNDAY, JUNE 30

NOVICE/BEGINNER kicker Foot-C clinics throughout the day.

10:30am: Singles Net playoffs
12:30pm: Doubles Net playoffs
2:30pm: Mixed Doubles playoffs
4:00pm: Mixed Doubles final
5:00pm: Doubles finals
6:00pm: Singles finals

 Awards on site!

Jan 21

This is a repost from the Official IFPA Announcements list. We love and support the Footbag Hall of Fame and some of our favorite people are inductees. We figured we’d keep our friends and fans posted on events happening with the Footbag Hall of Fame here at our blog, so we created a new blog category for it today.

To Footbag players, their families, and their fans,

The Footbag Hall of Fame Historical Society (http://www.footbag.org/hof) is
pleased to announce that the 2013 Footbag Hall of Fame nomination process
began January 21st, 2013 and ends March 31, 2013, so please think about who
you believe should be nominated and submit your nomination by going to the
nomination form which can be found on the two forum pages or at the bottom
of the Hof page, at the following link. (http://www.footbag.org/hof). The
forums will show who has already been nominated and their testimonies, so if
you want to support an existing nomination, then we ask that you go to the
nomination form and write your support there as well as on the forums.

The criteria for these nominations and induction to the Hall of Fame is
located here:

http://www.footbag.org/reference/-/Hall_of_Fame_Nomination_Criteria

The footbag.org forum is here:
http://www.footbag.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6069

The Modified.In forum link is here:
http://modified.in/footbag/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=23255

Thanks in advance to all of the footbag community for your continued
enthusiastic support of the Footbag Hall of Fame by participating in this
years upcoming nominations process.

Tim Vozar, Chairman Footbag Hall of Fame Nominations Committee

Jan 16

We like reposting the IFPA announcements for our fans who digest through Facebook and Twitter and don’t get a chance to get all the updates they send out via email.

We figure the more the merrier when it comes to spreading the word on footbag events around the world, so today we’re adding a new category to our blog for European Events. We’ll likely be adding more categories for other regions as other events come up as well, such as in South America where Flying Clipper is sponsoring footbag development similar to our work in Africa.

Now, for the event details!

Paris 8-10 February 2013

The Open de France de Footbag will be held once again in Paris. This IFPA
sanctioned event is the biggest winter indoor footbag competition in the World.
Last time, over 100 players and aficionados from all over the world came
to Paris.

Pre-registration is open on the event page on Footbag Worldwide at http://www.footbag.org/events/show/1354752474
Please register NOW.

The registration fee is 40 Euros, which includes access to all gyms, free
breakfast on all tournament days and pasta/rice salads at lunch time.
Please note that a 10 Euros extra fee will be charged on all players who do
not pre-register online on http://www.footbag.org/events/show/1354752474

The 13e ODF will be again one of the top footbag events this winter season.
Defending Champion Milan Benda (CZE) and Shred:30 World Champion Aleksi
Airinen (FIN) plus other top freestylers from Europe have already confirmed
their attendance. Open Singles Net Champion Karim Daouk (SWI) will be
there to defend his title against a whole bunch of international challengers.
Don’t miss your chance to be part of the show !

Jan 8

This just in from the IFPA Footbag.org Announcements List:

We are pleased to inform you that 34th IFPA WORLD FOOTBAG CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
are going to take place in Montreal, Canada!

The local club AKIQUÉBEC has been chosen by the IFPA Worlds Operating
Committee to host this event.

… … …

We hope to see you all this summer during this special event.
Play hard and get ready for an amazing week in Canada.

 

The full update is available to IFPA Members through their Announcements List! If you’re already a member you can check a box on your profile to receive the announcements in your email inbox. Access your profile page by going here: http://www.footbag.org/members/editprofile

If you’re not a member of the IFPA or Footbag.org, and you kick footbag, you should be a member! It’s free! Go here: http://www.footbag.org/ifpa/ or here http://www.footbag.org/members/home