Silver Skate Festival

Feb 9-19, 2024 • Laurier Park

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Frisbee Rob

Frisbee Rob

The Return of Frisbee Rob World and World Record Attempt 

On Saturday, February 11 from 10-11am, Rob will attempt to break his Guinness World Records and World Flying Disc Federation World Record for TRC (Throw, Run, and Catch). The current record of 92.4 metres was set at Silver Skate in 2018. This year he's eyeing triple digits, 100 plus metres!  

Come and witness history and one of the coolest events on skates. 

Ice skates + ice = endless possibilities, especially if you have a frisbee!

“Frisbee Rob” McLeod is a motivational speaker and frisbee ambassador living in Calgary, Alberta. His favourite ice surface in Edmonton is Hawrelak Park, where he has broken 6 Guinness World Records, and 12 WFDF World Records multiple times since the 2013 Silver Skate Festival.

Here’s a rundown of Rob’s three favourite things to do with a frisbee on ice skates to get you started. 

First off, you will want a good disc for throwing and catching. The Xtra 235 from Hero Disc USA is lightweight, and super durable, so it won’t crack or break from hitting the ice or being exposed to the cold. Your local sporting goods store should also have a few options.

Remember, there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad dress! Make sure that you dress warm with layers because skating outdoors will involve a lot of wind - from the elements and from skating fast. Gloves work best, but make sure that they aren’t too thick so you will still be able to throw and catch. Might be a good idea to bring some Hot Ice hand warmers with you :)

#1 Get acquainted by playing catch

The best way to start off is just playing catch with a partner. This will give you the chance to learn the intricate details of throwing and catching on ice skates. Learning how to brace your body when you throw, learning to read the disc and skating where it’s going to be, and also learning how the disc flies in the wind. Start off with a backhand, and progress to a forehand, and maybe even try a hammer throw.

No matter what throw you use, you will want to remember the three parts of a throw:

  • Grip - how you hold the disc
  • Spin - snap your wrist to make the disc spin, giving it lift and glide
  • Power - add power on the throw using your body to get more distance

As you get more comfortable throwing and catching on ice skates, you can try things like skipping the disc off the ice to your partner. Make sure to aim so that the disc will skip off the ice about halfway between you and your partner. You can also work on trick catches - under the legs, behind the back, and behind the head. Have some fun with it!

#2 Maximum Time Aloft (MTA)

The intention is to have your disc stay in the air (aloft!) as long as possible and then catch it with one hand before it reaches the ground. The time that the disc remains in the air is measured with a stopwatch. Players get five attempts and the best time counts. At the moment the world record on ice skates is 14.14 seconds. Think you can get to 7 seconds? Let us know!

#3 Throw, Run and Catch (TRC)

The player throws, and then runs to catch the disc with one hand. The distance between the circle where the disc was thrown and where it was caught, is measured. Players get five attempts and the best one counts. At the moment the world record on ice skates is 92.4 meters. For anyone keeping track, that’s almost a tenth of a Kilometer. This is a perfect challenge for you and your bubble colleagues.

Let Rob know if you have any questions, want some help with your throwing & catching, or want to share a new game that you created!

And remember, no matter what, let the wind guide you.

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