Beauties, Beasts, And The Canadian Nationals

Friday, July 8th was a ”first” for me. I had never been to a big pickleball event and that day was the start of Canada’s National pickleball tournament in Kelowna…It was a chance for me to talk with many of the YouTube players that I had corresponded with but never met in person. I was nervous to start with, but soon discovered that ”picklenuts” are ”picklenuts” whether we are ranked 3.0’s or 5.0’s…The top players are happy to meet their … Continue reading

The Three Bees – Chapter 2

When you attend a major pb event like the Canadian Nationals, you get to see the rare species of pickleballers that can be competitive in the 5.0 tournament level…These are the .01 percenters – the small group of individuals that win medals in open play. Within this group, there is an even smaller number of doubles players that are capable, with the right partner, of capturing gold – and then there is someone else….someone unique….there is Sarah. In this edition … Continue reading

Eh, Canada…We Stand On Guard For Pickleball

So here we are….Only a week or so from the start of the Canadian National PB Tournament in Kelowna! This edition is pre-event info, with comments from some of the top players making their way to our fair country. I’ve got quite a bit to blog about, so without further palaver, let’s play…. Let’s get a good rally going with: Brian Ashworth (alias The Beard) 1. Hi Brian, where do you live (still in Kent, Wa), and what is the … Continue reading

Tourney Talk About Making PB History

  * I was quite excited to see the CBS pickleball videos are now out on YouTube. That gave me the incentive to do another edition on the inaugural US Open that took place April 26th – May 1st at Naples, Florida. I was also quite excited to hear from two of the best male players in the whole pb universe!!…. Their comments are coming up in a bit, but first I would like to introduce you to a young … Continue reading

Canadian PBers Open Up About Playing In Florida

History in the making–that’s what I think of when I recall the inaugural play of the US Open earlier this year (Apr 26th-May 1st). It was a big investment for the community of Naples to build the courts and facilities to cope with over 800 players. The Florida town believed enough in the future of pickleball to do what was necessary to make the tournament a world class event…With CBS sports on hand to record the finals, it is clear–the … Continue reading