We’re big in West Marin; this morning I got interviewed for the “Off-Center Sports” radio show by Steve Sarrafzadeh of KWMR (West Marin Radio). We talked about uni basketball, MUni, and other uni sports. I think they were pretty impressed, and there wasn’t a single clown or circus reference.
Earlier this month a number of us attended UNICON 18, the unicycle world championship event in San Sebastian (Donostia), Spain. In addition to drinking lots of rioja and cider, some of us even competed in various events. We didn’t bring a basketball team, but Jimbo co-directed the basketball tournament and played on Eric Massoubre’s French team despite his injured shoulders and knee. A couple of locals (Lance and Kyle) played on the SLO Ballerz team that won the silver medal (losing to four-time champion WOOM).
The fields for most of the race events were enormous and strong; the best we had from a local rider was Corbin finishing second in the 30+ age group in the 10km and marathon (7th and 6th overall), as well as third in 30+ (14th overall) in XC. And Nathan represented for the old guys, finishing third in the 50+ male category in the 10km and the marathon.
Corbin also got style points for doing all the MUni events on his Coker.
And I had some fun MUni rides.
Unicon 19 will be in 2018 in Seoul, Korea. It’s likely to be a lot smaller just because of travel challenges.
CalTV, a student-run station at Cal, did a piece at one of our weekly Tuesday basketball practices. 7:30 PM at San Pablo Park in Berkeley. As you can see from the footage, right now we’re doing a lot with kids, so the games are pretty mellow and welcoming to all.
Bravo Canada produced an amazingly high-quality video about last year’s UNICON 17 in Montreal, featuring interviews with locals Jimbo and John Foss, and about two seconds of a Berkeley Revolution game.
A little tardy, here’s a recap of some of the fun the locals had at UNICON 17 in Montreal:
Our two local world championships were Adam’s wins in the 3-point and free throw shooting contests.
The Berkeley Revolution was third after the first round of the tournament, but lost in the second round, finishing fifth overall. Two locals, Lance and Tristan, played for the SLO Ballerz team which finished third.
Nathan Hoover finished first in his age group in the marathon, and second in the 10K.
Tom finished second in his age group in the MUni uphill.
Ricardo won Best Biff in one of the Mont Tremblant mud puddles.
The results of the most critical competitions (disc golf and beer pong) aren’t listed on the UNICON web site; suffice it to say that fun was had by all.
The Bay Area Circus Arts Festival (BACAFest) is back for 2014! October 3-5 at Alameda High, we’ll be running a MUni ride for beginners (and also one for advanced riders), playing uni basketball, and doing our always-popular party ride through the streets of Alameda. There will be workshops on unicycling and other circus skills, both at beginner-level and for experienced riders.
Don’t miss Saturday night’s “Art In Motion” performance, which is slated to have another great lineup of diverse talent.
Two of us (Jimbo and Tom) represented Berkeley at the UniNationals in Pittsburgh. There were interesting and challenging courses in the road and MUni categories, and both of us did well in the Old Guys age group and the events we competed in (Tom won Old Guy MUni Uphill). Jimbo put together a basketball team which won the national championship. Some folks who’ve been visitors here (like Scott Wilton and Tomas Nemecek) did really well in overall placements.
It was a fun event with a lot of time spent outside (which is always better, right?)
The Berkeley Revolution is staging a free exhibition unicycle basketball game on Monday, July 16, at the West Campus building at 2100 Browning Street in Berkeley. This is the last warm-up before their trip to Italy for the world championships at UNICON 16. Come out and support the team!
Last weekend we tried out San Pablo Park for uni basketball practice. It has nicer backboards than Strawberry Creek, and new lights, so we’re going to try it for our regular Tuesday pickup game on June 26. If it works out, we may move the game here permanently. Come join us for an intense or casual game! (We’ve been running concurrent games on Tuesdays lately).