The Disc Golf scene is filled with individuals who range in age. The most common age seems to be from 20- to the mid 30's. The game is mostly that age because people of that age can go about their professional career on their own and can travel without concern. But, there is one individual player who is rising in the ranks of Disc Golf and is only 14 years old. This one player is Jacob "Cupcake" Courtis. I got the pleasure of asking Jacob some questions and seeing what he was all about. Enjoy!
1) How did you get your start in Disc golf?
I got started into disc golf from one of my uncles. My dad wanted to go play ball golf with him and he said let's play disc golf so my dad just went out one day with them to the course and I led to get discs and so on.
2) Where did the nickname "Cupcake" come from?
I got the name cupcake from Paul McBeth in 2014 at the amateur World Championships. I got the name by a photo he took and he just hashtag it #whomentionedcupcake and I just stuck with the name.
Humble. A word that gets thrown around a lot when it comes to professional athletes across all sports. Being humble is something to be praised within the sporting world, most people do not like someone who flaunts their greatness, however right they may be. This word is the first word that came to mind when I got finished talking to and getting to know Lisa Fajkus. She is all but deserving of the phrase and I could not think of a better example of humbleness in the world of Disc Golf, and here’s why.
To start off, I wanted to know where her roots within the sport began. Everyone has a different story and each one of them is different and exciting in their own way. Lisa told me that it began in 2005 when “a friend of a friend of mine had discs in his room and we went and just played the game, I have loved it and was hooked ever since then.” So, she began her journey into the world of Disc Golf through friends and caught the bug like we all do at some point. From then on out she began to...
Throughout the years there has been a flurry of monthly subscription boxes being put out. Varying in all sorts of themes and types of giveaways. One day I saw a company advertise for a monthly Disc Golf subscription on my various social media platforms. I dug a little deeper and found out that the company was called “Disc Golf Boxes” and they have a wide variety of monthly subscriptions that vary in price and amount. I got to have a conversation and was able to ask the creator Michael Beach some questions about his service and company. I enjoyed talking to him and these are his answers below, check them out!
1) How did you get into Disc Golf?
I played in College a little with some friends, but with an ultimate disc. Fast forward 8 years. I was at a birthday party at a local park and saw some guys playing, thought it would be fun to try it out again. This time got some Disc Golf discs and the rest was history. Been playing for over 3 years now.
Few people can work full time and still hold a professional ranking and number in the Disc Golf world. It takes a lot to work and be a professional no matter in what sport that may be. So, when I got the chance to ask Kelly Muth these questions when she had time, I was so happy for the opportunity. Kelly had some great responses, check them out and the questions below!
1) How did you get your start in Disc Golf?
I moved out to Arcata, CA to attend Humboldt State University in 2008. The Redwood Curtain DGC is located behind the campus, and I was playing almost every day after class. I started playing in local tournaments, joined the HSU Disc Golf Club a few years later and competed in the 2012 National Collegiate Disc Golf Championship (T 2nd, Individuals). From there, I started playing more tournaments out of the area, and eventually some NTs and Worlds.
2) Who did you look up to when you first started playing?
When I first started playing, my disc golf role m...
I like to watch the recaps of events on YouTube when I can't see them live. One of the channels that I watch is Central Coast Disc Golf. If you watch CCDG then you know that there are a lot of key players on and off the scenes of their team. One of their more known and fantastic individuals is Cory Murrell, or better known as "Johnny Disc Golf". I got the opportunity to ask him some questions and he was happy to answer them! check out his responses below!
1) How did you get into Disc Golf?
I played a few times between when I was 8 and 24. in 2015 I started playing quite a bit mostly because I had a few buddies move to San Francisco and we all lived less that 5 minutes from Golden Gate Park. Once I figured out there were leagues and tournaments, I as hooked.
2) How did you get your start in CCDG?
The biggest event of the year, The Safari, was coming up and I wanted to help out in any way that didn't involve physical labor. I knew Ian was on reddit and so was I. I made a post asking to give...
In the world of Disc Golf there are so many different styles of Discs out there. I recently found an individual who makes and dyes his own discs for people to use. These designs are unlike any design I have seen before. The person who i am talking about is Walter Paskert, who is the creator and owner of (DISC) Qualified Discs. I got the chance to ask him a few questions and he had some great answers! Check them out below!
1) How did you get your start in Disc golf?
- When I was in high school, a good friend of mine introduced me to the sport. Having a competitive nature and enjoying my first few times, it is safe to say I was hooked!
2) Where did the idea of Dyeing them come into play?
- Originally, dyeing discs started off as a hobby. As I began to experiment some and find some success with it, I pursued an idea of making it something bigger. What keeps me going with it is my love for the sport, making people more excited about the game, and bottom line - having another means to provide...
When it comes to interviewing people, I try and not take up too much of their time. It is not like I don’t want to talk to them, it’s just that I know people are busy and I don’t want to take them away from anything they may be doing. However, when it comes to Matt Siri, the owner of Hyzerbomb discs which is a Disc Golf company based in Kansas but has its roots in Texas, we talked for a long time. It was close to two hours and we could have talked Disc Golf for another two hours if we both had the time. Within that conversation I learned a lot about what Matt does so I hope you enjoy.
Hyzerbomb is a company that is more of a household name than some other companies that I have talked to and talked about. But, I wanted to know everything I could about Hyzerbomb. So, I asked Matt how it got its start and he said, “I bought the company three years after it started, it used to be just a tournament and apparel scene”. He explained that the company wasn’t about Discs at first, they just wante...
Throughout my time being a part of the Disc Golf community, I have seen the phrase “Grow the sport” all over social media, interviews, conversations, etc. It is a credo or motto that the community lives by, as well as we should. We all want the sport to grow and gain popularity because we love it and want the recognition it deserves. I got the pleasure of getting to interview Mark Kilmer who is a known Disc Golfer where I am from. He runs the Disc Golf Armory van and holds a seat on the Pierce County Disc Golf Association board. He is one of the best examples of someone who wants to grow this sport to be something bigger than before.
Mark got his start in Disc Golf the same way I assume most people do. He told me that “My friends Mike Richmond and Mike Wagner tagged me along one time and I fell in love with it from there.” So, from there he found out that “I could throw really far” which he took that skill to go play more. He eventually found his way to “A lot of the events in Oregon, I...
There is a company out there that is trying to get more and more recognized within the sport of Disc Golf. The company is called Over Stable studios and it is lead by Juan Luis Garcia. It is a company that is known by many in the world of Disc Golf but is still on the rise to become a household name for photography, graphic design, and much more! Juan let me ask him a few questions and here are his answers! Enjoy!
1) How would you describe what you do?
Provide graphic design, photography, video and brand strategy for disc golf companies.
2) What got you into working with Disc Golf companies and the community itself?
I became obsessed with disc golf and wanted to contribute in the best way I could.
3) What has been your favorite project that you have done so far? Disc golf or not
I love the challenges of every project to be honest.
4) What should we expect from you looking into the future?
Overstable Studios is an experiment at it’s core so anything is possible!
The Disc Golf world has many companies that make discs. Innova, Discraft, Discmania, Latitude 64, etc. but there are so many more out there. Just like my conversation with Kastaplast, I wanted to know more about the companies that we may not know about. So, I searched out and found a company named Arsenal Discs that is making a great start to this venture. I got to ask the Co-founder Vody Berman some questions and i hope you enjoy the answers!
1) How did Arsenal Discs get its start?
I had been playing disc golf for nearly 10 years and really thought I could make some impact on the game if somehow I could make a material impact. With my background in Finance and Economics, I knew I needed a business partner with knowledge in Engineering and Plastics. Long story short, James and I have been working together ever since in an attempt to create the best discs in the industry.
2) What makes you guys different than other companies?
For our initial launch, we wanted to stay conservative and stay w...