Published on December 2nd, 2013 | by Daniel Boyle2
Danish Footbag Open A Great Success
One of the biggest events on the footbag calendar took place over the weekend, with the Danish Footbag Open managing to attract sponsorships from GoPro and SkullCandy, as well as bringing some of the best players in the world to participate.
Sport/Life caught up with Asmus Helms ahead of the event. We followed up with him to see how everything went.
– How was the DFO?
From an organisers point of view it was a great success. The people working at the event-site were happy, the spectators enjoyed it and most important of all the players seemed to have a blast!
From a more personal point of view it was also a great success. It was pleasure to see so many old and new friends in one room and know they you had put them together there.
– What does it mean to you personally to organise a successful tournament?
I can’t lift my arms, feel my feet or keep my eyes open but the big smile on my face is still stuck where it was saturday night after the finals finished. This has truly been one of the best experiences of my life and I would encourage everybody reading to do something similar. It gives me a great sense of pride to have given something back to the sport that has given so much to me over the years.
– You got some great sponsors for the event, were they pleased?
I haven’t heard much from them yet but the GoPro Media Team that filmed finals were really happy with the footage they got. I can’t wait to see what they do with it.
– What’s the plan from here? More big events coming to Copenhagen?
First the organising team need to get their arms down and then we will sit down with the feedback from players, sponsors, event site and others who had anything to do with the event and take a critical look at how everything went. But I am already absolutely sure that it won’t be the last time we invite the footbag community to come to our city.
– Were there any other events that gave influence for the way you did the event?
For me a successful footbag tournament is about three things – a high number of attendees, smoothly run competitions and great parties. The Berlin crew have always had events that fulfilled these 3 criterias.
– What about the style of play at the event, what were the highlights?
The highlight for me was the Danish hope Mathias Blau being the only one going dropless in finals and getting 4th place overall. It was also a big highlight to see some of the greatest athletes in our sport play where the Copenhagen crew have their weekly sessions.
– What motivations did you get from the event?
It definitely gave me a taste of blood to get even more involved on the international organisational side of footbag. Other than that tournaments always inspires me to put more work into my own game.