|Player or Contributor?||Contributor|
|Year of First Involvement||1980|
|Footbag History and Significant Leadership||List specific IFPA Sanctioned Tournaments (or key events prior to IFPA Sanctioned Tournaments) and the nominee's place in each event. *** 1st; 2nd; or 3rd place ***
Each item should include the following information - Tournament, Event, Place and Date.
|Nominee Name||David Leberknight|
|Best contact phone number||(021) 225-8207|
|Footbag History and Significant Leadership|
|Dates, position, events, locations.|
Summer 1993 Wash Park Sepak Takraw tournament with Footbag Net players and Thai/Laos Takraw teams. 2018 Myanmar Chinlone trip with New Zealanders, where I organized the group itinierary to experience a Chinlone tournament in Mandalay (the only person in the group who had participated in a Myanmar Chinlone tournament before). BTW Chinlone is Myanmar's answer to freestyle footbag, and Takraw is Thailand's answer to footbag net.
|Location & club name|
Wash Park, Colorado from 1987 (same year as my first Worlds). Currently with FLOW - Footbag Lovers of Wellington (New Zealand) - aka the Wellington Hack Crew. Note that my phone number given above is a New Zealand number +220.127.116.1107 - I also used to train with Rippin RIck in Fort Collins (what a wonderful soul) and regular kicks in Boulder (not an official club but we met every week for years, ask GENZU to confirm).
Just a club member in New Zealand, but I did organize that trip to Myanmar, Kiwis playing Chinlone. Also in 2022 I was invited to do a paid gig for the Weta Digital movie studio in Wellington, to keep a circle kick going for their private party (with 3000 people). I just launched a new facebook group for the crew.
|Number of club members||11|
|Specific club activities|
Weekly kicks in Wellington with many side trips that I organize (crew reunions at various camp sites on the North Island once or twice per year). I also organize kicks in my home town of Tauranga, and I am recruiting mates in Tauranga too. Our goal for NZ is to "Bring Back The Hack!"
1987 to present
|Is this still an active club?||Yes|
|Date joined or launched club|
With FLOW since 2010 (immediately joined upon moving to Wellington NZ). With Wash Park from 1987 until the club fizzled out (flatmate with Chris Donofrio in 1993 near to the park).
President and CEO of Funky Footbags, my brand
I sponsored Allan Petersen and helped to set up the Hane Dane corporation. I made 62-panel Net bags for tournament play, sometimes offering bags as prizes for tournaments in the 90s.
I toured with the Grateful Dead (about 120 shows) plus other music festivals, selling Funky Footbags that I made (with 3 employees also sewing bags) plus Sipa Sipa rasta bags that I bought 1000 at a time. Sold 10000+ footbags, including wholesale for stores in Denver and Boulder Colorado.
|Location of Tours|
|Number of Schools|
Yep I did a few school demos too, primarily the Waldorf school in Boulder, a few years in a row,
|Total number of demonstrations|
I took a footbag with me to 85 countries and often used this as a way to meet locals, by doing demos and then selling or giving away footbags, often teaching people how to sew as well. In SE Asia I used to play Takraw net every evening at sundown with the local crews where I would always show off a few freestyle tricks. I speak Spanish and Portuguese fluently, and have used this skill many times to promote footbag in Central and South America.
|Retail stores demonstrations?||No|
|Training Camp Experience|
I went to the Mag Hughes footbag net training camp just before the US Open in Oregon in 1994 (at that tourney my partner and I won a game against Kenny Shults and Allan Petersen, my best Net result ever). The previous year at Western Regionals I took 1st in Freestyle and 2nd in Net at the intermediate level. Everyone yelled GO PRO!!
I have the world record for high altitue kicks (6959 meters atop Aconcagua), as desribed in Footbag World magazine V7 No2 "Rally atop the Andes". Here's a photo of the record, and also some beautiful multipanel footbags that I designed: http://leberknight.com/footbags.html - My personal record for solo kicks is 12345 dropless 😉
1987 to present
|Names of Players coached|
Too many to count, especially as I sold thousands of footbags at the Grateful Dead shows, and this was an amazing way to promote the sport and teach beginner freestyle tricks.
Bring Back the Hack!!!! It is my opinion that footbag freestyle has nearly killed hack. Shred til you drop has ruined the flow. That's why I came up with the new name FLOW for my Wellington club, inspired by the Portland FLOP crew.
I have taught many people to do freestly tricks and to sew beautiful multipanel footbags.
|List the sources used to research and verify the nominee's footbag history|
Footbag World magazine for my world record, also look for me modelling t-shirts. Footbag dot org lists my 2-square quarter-finals at Copenhagen worlds in 2015. Also: http://www.leberknight.com/footbags.html - I first published this webpage in 1994, perhaps the first website on the Internet with photos of footbags.
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