A quick update as to why there haven’t been many updates.
A few nights of epic partying with the Aussies and a few harsh days of Ultimate have left me a bit under the weather. I have plenty of photos I will post as well as tournament recaps. Those may have to wait until I return to Canada.
This week will bring a 12 hour bus ride to Manila from Boracay as well as an Open tournament before I board a plane to start the long journey home. I am exhausted and I can easily pin the blame on the Aussies here who attract crowds with their ability to constantly party.
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Apologies for a complete lack of media from today (well almost) but it was busy from the start.
A new New Zealand team policy requires a morning swim and from bed to beach to water was a one minute walk. The water is cool in the morning and totally worth the early start.
I had no real plans for the day other than to get some Ultimate in. Mark and I met up with some of the Australian players with whom we wandered the beach with before grabbing breakfast.
Afterwards the day was a blur of throwing in the water (I was horribly unable to adjust my low releases) and food breaks.
After what seemed like a few hours turned out to be the morning and much of the afternoon we headed to the main beach field (the flatest part of the beach) to play a pickup match.
The shirts vs skins game was amongst the best games I’ve played in. The game started a few hours before sunset on a hot evening with crowds of people milling past. Whenever we played a point people watched us rather than the sunset; we engaged people.
The Dragons play the standard UPA style by looking to huck right away and they’re quite accurate by consistently putting it in the endzone.
Essentially the evening sessions are pickup games and are both fun and competitive.
Easily the most fun ever. Details on Day 3 coming shortly.
What a day it was.
I arrived exhausted but awake and ready to try my luck at whatever the day would bring. I cleaned up and headed out to the beach to see if my lucky streak would continue. Every beach tournament I’ve been to I’ve shown up early and wandered onto the beach only to find a game inside of the first 10 minutes. This time was no different, I ran into Karen (manager of the Dragons) and many of the Dragons themselves having a game with a couple of Australian and Danish dames.
It’s been an incredible 24 hours here in Boracay. After a long journey from Toronto (LA, Guam, Manila, Catlican) I finally arrived at one of the most beautiful places in the world. I’m still a bit tired and groggy but managed to stay up the full day and get a game of Ultimate in with the Dragons.
These Dragons are incredibly hospitable people and it’s easy to see why everybody gets along with them (with regards to Worlds and Paganello). I will have more posts, photos, and video soon but for now enjoy a bit of the evening:
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