Congratulations to the winners of Jeju Gnarly Nines

The team of Uli Burke and Will Chen, i.e. Ringer Team 1, defeated the team of Jason Lopez and Yoshio, i.e. Ringer Team 2, 15-13 in finals, to win the Jeju Gnarly Nines Tournament. Congratulations to the winning team, especially Uli, who seems to NEVER lose:

Enrique Lee
Andrew Kim
James “Rosie” Anderson
Sam Shrank

A special Jeju video…

Rubik’s Cube parties are fun and all, but consider this a cautionary tale: here’s what happens when you’re not careful about the articles of clothing you trade…

Are you listening, Sara?

From Beijing with love:

More Facebook albums:

Mike Shyu: Jeju 2009 1/7

Jeju 2009 2/7

Kuru vs. Xtacles, Day 1.

Jeju 2009 3/7

Jeju 2009 4/7

Jeju 2009 5/7

Jeju 2009 6/7

In the stands during finals.

Jeju 2009 7/7

Tourney MVPs (center), K-Mike and Abby.

Sandy Wang: Jeju party

Beijing Big Brother near the end of the night.

Mary Carlson: To Jeju

Shanghai Huwa on camera in the parking lot.

Jeju Reg. (registration party)

Dre (Dray?) of Korea with Candice, who everyone knows.

Sunday Jeju: Mary: “JEJU! Titanic comes to mind when I think of that tournament…

This is Titanic.

Jeju Airport

And that’s it.

China Ultimate now turns its eyes on Beijing. Countdown till China Nationals: nine days.

Pictures from Jeju 2009

It’s here! Although the absence of any albums from Shanghai’s Mary Carlson means we may have to do this again in a few days. Speaking of which… Mary, where art thou pictures? (A similar question to Michael Shyu of Beijing, though he’s excused because he’s working on a certain Jeju-related video that we’ll just say is worth waiting for. Ahem, *Sara*, ahem.)

Tao’s 11 Facebook albums… (HAPPINESS)

1. Beijing Capital Airport –> Incheon and Gimpo airports, Seoul

2. Destination: Jeju; Friday night registration “dinner”

3. Saturday games

4. Saturday, pt. 2; preparing for a party

5. Tourney party (also see: Rubik’s Cube party wrap)

6. Sunday games

7. Post-tourney

8. Sunday dinner

9. At the bar

10. Still at the bar…

11. Monday… blergh

Kevin Chao: is it Cheju or Jeju?

I think it’s Jeju, no it’s Cheju…i’m still not sure

Ultimate Clinc

Mary’s Cheju Album

Doug Heimburger: Getting Gnarley in Jeju 2009 – Friday

Getting Gnarley in Jeju 2009 – Saturday

Getting Gnarley in Jeju 2009 – Sunday/Monday

Kevin Reitz: Jeju


Tina Yen: Jeju 2009

Jeju 2009 pt. 2

POSTSCRIPT: A Korean article (with pictures) about the tournament.

Jeju party wrap: Rubik’s Cube

You wear six articles of clothing that are the colors of the Rubik’s Cube (red, yellow, blue, white, orange, green) and by night’s end try to leave wearing a solid color. The ambitious (e.g., Joe Pellicano of Beijing) may try to go through each of the six.

Please allow the team from Beijing to demonstrate…


Mike and Jim, who didn’t completely follow the game’s rules

Sandy and Joe

Lauren, Brian and Kevin


Lauren and Hsing-Hui


Mike and… Mike

Among other notable sights: a guy dressed in a one-piece spandex thong-suit jiggling his ass cheeks (too inappropriate to post); Nads of Shanghai stuffing an oval balloon down his pants and yelping after Jim popped it with a pin; members from Cocksuckers (no, really, that’s their team name) performing various acts on balloons; a certain trade involving a Superman shirt…

In case you’re wondering, the team from Guam called GuamBATS won the party award.

If you haven’t gotten the picture yet, here are two videos:

Congratulations to your Jeju champs: Korea

The Dirty Old KUNTs, to be exact, who beat Shanghai Huwa 13-8 in the finals.

Absolutely perfect conditions for this year’s Jeju International Gnarly Nines Tournament, an event that’s been saddled with the unfortunate reputation of being cursed by the wind gods. Every odd year, however, the elements seems to cooperate, and this, the fifth edition of this international tourney, may have seen the best weather ever.

Of course, the rain clouds made up for lost time by sending a monsoon our way Monday morning. Only the early-morning (7 a.m. early) flight made it out as scheduled; all others were postponed till the following day. We can only assume — like during metropolitan blackouts and winters in Russia — the stranded participants copulated like bonobos.

More pictures and videos to come…

Jeju: April 18-19

It’s official: the much-anticipated Jeju tournament — among the best in Asia — will be held on April 18-19.

Jeju is Korea’s largest island, off the southwest coast. You can see it if you squint in the above map.

No offense to Boracay and any of the other Philippines touranments, but if there’s one resort island you should go to on the Asia Ultimate circuit, this is probably the place. Hotel/food/fields/transportation/booze paid for in ful. We’ll ruin the suspense and tell you right now the booze is soju — lots and lots of it.

If you don’t mind all the honeymooners and half-naked (fully naked?) beachgoers, you just may set your eyes upon this glory:

The Ultimate isn’t bad, either. Rumor has it that this year the fields are the same ones used by Korea’s national soccer team for World Cup training.

Jeju ’08, from Jihoon Choi’s Facebook album

More info, including registration details, to come later.