In order to produce the best cleats possible, we assembled an international team of high level players to be involved in the project.
Valeria CardenasRevolution, Colombia
Started playing in 2008 at the age of 8 together with her twin sister Manuela. The twins first represented Colombia at the WJUC 2012, at the age of 13, where the team won gold. Her international experience with her club and national teams have made Valeria a well-rounded talent and a particularly lethal thrower. She won a silver medal at both WUGC 2016 and the World Games 2017.
Justin FoordClapham, UK
Starting at university in 2006, Foord has played in the UK and Canada (including a season in the AUDL with Toronto RUSH). Foord has enjoyed great success with Clapham since joining in 2008, winning 10 consecutive national titles and 6 EUCF finals. He also medaled frequently with the GB men’s team: winning a silver at WUGC 2012, gold at EUC 2015, and silver at WCBU 2017.
Masahiro MatsunoBuzz Bullets, Japan
Matsuno started playing in college. Through his drive to improve and repetitive practice, Matsuno eventually found himself hooked on ultimate, and a talented player to boot. His best ultimate memory is WUCC 2010 in which the Buzz Bullets finished third and Masahiro led the tournament in goals and assists. He then lead the 2016 Japanese Men’s team to their second place finish in an impressive final at WUGC.
Manuela CardenasRevolution, Colombia
Started playing in 2008 at the age of 8 together with her twin sister Valeria. The twins first represented Colombia at 13 at WJUC 2012 where they won gold. Manuela has continued playing at the highest international level with her club (winning the US Open 2017) and national teams (including a silver finish at both WUGC 2016 and the World Games 2017), allowing her to develop into a huge defensive threat. She won bronze at the 2017 US Nationals with Molly Brown.
Maxime GarrosTchac, France
Starting in 1998 after his sister introduced him to the sport, Garros has trained in the UK, Canada and France. Playing on the junior team in 2001, Garros later made the mixed team (WUGC 2008) and open team (EUC 2015, WUGC 2016). He has more recently transitioned into coaching, and his club Tchac is reaping the benefits with a third place at EUCF 2016.
Mario O’BrienSeattle Sockeye, USA
Mario O’Brien is the Producer and Creative Director of RISE UP, Ultimate’s only professional instructional video series. He first started playing at the end of his second year of university and has accumulated an incredibly impressive resume since, both as a player (recently finishing first with the USA men’s team at WCBU 2017) and as a leader. Not sold on “growth for the sake of growth,” O’Brien wants Ultimate to lead with gender equity and spirit of the game.
Laura ChagneuxYAKA, France
Incessant traveler, Chagneux has played at 8 clubs in three countries in her ultimate career so far. She started playing in 2005. Growing up playing the sport has created close friendships with her teammates. She has won the EUCF 2014 mixed division with SUN and got third with women’s team YAKA at EUCF 2017. She came third at the EUC 2015 and fourth at the WUGC 2016 with France Mixed, as well as ending 8th with the French Women’s team at WCBU 2017.
Rena KawabataTraffic, Canada
Playing since 2004, Kawabata is a current member of Vancouver Traffic with which she finished 6th at the 2017 USAU Club Championships. She has also competed with Team Canada three times at the U19, U23 and World Games levels. Playing on the 2010 U23 women’s team was when she truly fell in love with the sport; a sport she continues to love mostly because of the community’s deep appreciation of respect and equity.
Michelle PhillipsBauhaus, Australia
With Bauhaus Ultimate since 2006, Phillips coached the team from 2011 to 2017. She has competed with several club teams internationally as well as the Australian national team (WUGC 2008, WU23 2010, WUGC 2012, World Games 2013, WUGC 2016). Her time overseas resulted in a 2nd place with HUCK at Japanese nationals 2013, and a 1st place with Revolution at Colombian Nationals 2017. She was head coach for the Australian U24 women’s team that won bronze at WU24’s 2018.
I can concentrate on the game
I’ve worn top-of-the-range cleats for years, accepting that light cleats mean sore feet. With Tokay, I’m getting super light cleats without feeling like I’m bruising the ball of my foot. I absolutely love them. Previously, I’ve swapped between two different brands of cleats to deal with firmer ground and ground where I need more grip. Tokay has been wonderful on both. Not having to think or worry about my footwear when I play is delightful – I can concentrate on the game (and on finding poach block opportunities!), instead. As the tongue is attached, it doesn’t slide around and I don’t need to adjust it anymore between every points! The rainbow logo is rad.
THEY MADE IT POSSIBLE
Corentin Boison . Bataillon . Charlier . RobinGi . Vincent Brissonneau . Victor . Ben Hsu . Jordan . Alex Margolis . Marco Linke . Jean Colin . Pingywen . Mandy Dunbar . Tyler El Tigre Tiger . Virthen . Nick Gooch . Courtois . Gabriel Posluszny . Gabrielle Nguyen . Grant Lin . Chris Whirrett . Kimberly Yu . David Shirley . Adair Johnson . Pierre Watteyne . Patrick Russell . Stephane Levac . Cody Bennett . Nathan Jones . Juan Sebastián Pérez . Philippe . Khilan Engineer . Ian . Boris Cockatoo . Georges . Nik . Ryan McVay . Matthieu Muller . Guillaume Linossier . Sean Reed . Daragh Kelleher . Colin . Benne . Seth Martin . Jonathan Sprumont . Tharrault Yvon . Nann Quinet . Matt Beevers . Peter Burt . Benjamin Catoire . Mark Fedorenko . John Giannini . Amanda Moore . Alan . Tim Rbm . Nuri Moseinco . Inga Narjes . John Hall . Quentin Mootel . Camille . Gabrielle . Jon Werbianskyj . Arsène Camus . Dominique J . Andrew . Ehmke . Luc . Jerry He . Seana Scanlon . Bismuth . Jake Bell . 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Eric Cannella . David Tango . Jakke van Dooren . Igor Perez . Nicholas Simonelli . Mercier . Omri Morin . Delebecque . Bertrand . Alif Mohd-Amir . Forget . Aman Shah . Séverine Autran . Eric Hytönen . Adrien Vouland . Debraz . Luca Miglioretto . Ben Murphy . Tim Dodwell . Jen Thomas . Khris . Anaïs . Griffen Beard . Josh Mayor . Olivier Peyrusse . Jacqueline Lee . Emily Nadler . Jerermie . Kai Stadtlander . David Marc Lee . Juli Ane . Patricia Campbell . Tom Manner . Nicolas Damour . Boudy . Stephan Ströher . Felix Glöde . Peter Kusk Mott . Félix Garnier . Andrew Nguyen . Laurenzio Claire . Niko Paltzer . Kyle Krumwiede . Jimmy Pesneau . Derek Gaul . Gabe Hamilton . Alex Vernotte . Guilmault . Mimeur . Camilakmi . Nalini Gascon . Sowmya Gascon . Benjamin Oort . Kelly Petsche . Saul . Rey . Mitchell Fanning . Virlouvet . Alexander Pippan . Alexander Pippan . Corwin . Sophie Wehden . Andrew Brownlow . Emily Cook . Peter Nieh . Melina Zschiesche . David Herman . Jan Tenger . 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