The Hacky Sack World Championships
I have a feeling this has slipped under most people’s radar, but the hacky sack world championships have been happening in the Bay Area this week. Sadly, the event is not quite the same as it was depicted by Hollywood, with no disco breaks or confused-looking celebrities, and no game resembling indoor soccer (though there is a game with a badminton net).
The main event is a freestyle competition; the current world champion is from the Czech Republic. He’s won seven of the last eight, going back to 2002 when he won the title from a friend of mine. My friend is now retired from hack, though he still shows up in front of the camera sometimes. That was him scoring the goal in the Zohan movie, and Honda just paid him to kick a hacky sack and say, ‘My bad,’ in one of their commercials. They also put up a youtube of him doing one of his old routines while dressed like a Honda technician, no doubt fishing for some link love from a garden blog. It’s below the fold.
I’m not sure I actually recommend that other people go to the finals tonight — like I said, there are no disco breaks — but I’ll be there. Information about the event (freestyle starts at 6PM in the Oakland Convention Center), plus videos, trick demos, a FAQ, info on the net game, and even a way to contact your nearest footbag club is all at footbag.org.
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