The third edition of the World Championships of Beach Ultimate, co-hosted this year by World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) and Beach Ultimate Lovers Associations (BULA), will run from 21 – 27 August 2011 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy).
It is expected to be the biggest event in Beach Ultimate by far and will be held at Getur Sports Village, a 90 minute drive from Venice on the Adriatic Sea, where there is space for 2,500 players and guests in a state-of-the-art resort center for sport, health and fitness.
The World Championships will have six divisions: Open, Mixed, Women, Masters (players born in 1978 or before), Mixed Masters (players born in 1978 or before), and Grand Masters (players born in 1972 or before). Each of the 30 countries currently entered is awarded one team per division. Games will be to 13 points or capped at 45 minutes, to keep the intensity high and exciting for both players and spectators. Live scoring and up-to-date results will be available on game days.
“We are pleased to be able to co-host Beach Ultimate as an official WFDF World Championship for the first time, having signed the memorandum of understanding with BULA earlier this year,” stated WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch. “Beach Ultimate has become an increasingly popular sport and it is exciting to be able to showcase it in such a beautiful setting. We have applied to have Beach Ultimate included in the SportAccord Beach Games and hope to support further growth of the sport in whatever ways possible.”
The official website of the event (www.wcbu2011.com) features results scoring, reports and images from the WCBU.
“I am super excited. Thirty countries participating is huge!” said Patrick van der Valk, President of the Beach Ultimate Lovers Association and Chairman of the WFDF Beach Ultimate Committee. “With all the planned online and social media coverage, the rest of world can see that Beach Ultimate is a great sport, with great spirit, and a sport that can be enjoyed by men and women, young and old”.
WFDF will also be hosting its annual Congress (the meeting of its members) during the second weekend of the event.