A 1080p video recorded of the new Donic Perrson 25 table in action at the AT & T Sports Pavilion. This is Karl vs. Kyle on a President's Day open play session. The table is brand new and has a very fast playing surface. Although this was short work against Kyle he normally offers some incredible rallies. This was game 3 of a best of 5 match. Some good smashes and steady backhand topspin action. I recorded this to test the quality of the lower bit rate of the Panasonic AVCHD HD camcorder settings. What do you think?
I have played competitive table tennis since the mid 70's. I travel with other Alaskans to tournaments and clubs all over the US. This match is one of the weekly practice locations at the home of my former coach, Boyd Bennett in Eagle River, AK. Just 10 miles out of Anchorage. Recorded on Feb. 2, 2009. This is just a weekly challenge match for fun. A decent match with rallies going both ways. Limited space with only 12' behind each end and a low ceiling. Recorded to point out the areas of my game I need to work on. Footwork, blocking and consistent form.
Yurey is a young, fast and strong player who has been well coached in Ukraine since he was 7 years old. He and I battled it out for the State Title in April 2009 and he was again tough that day. He was undefeated for the tournament but look out 2010. Shot in SD on digital still photo camera. HD version coming soon.
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Boyd Bennett was my first table tennis coach here in Anchorage, Alaska. Boyd is the first inductee to the Alaska Table Tennis Hall of Fame. He turned 86 in Sept. 2014. Boyd was awarded Alaska's first Gold Ulu in the 1970 Arctic Winter Games. The FIRST Arctic Winter Games.
I became a junior Team Alaska Player in 1976 and he was my coach. I remember training at the downtown city gym on 6th & G Street. My first encounter with him was him coaching the junior players the "pendulum" serve. I serve used by world champions today. I too then teach my students the usefulness of the pendulum serve in deception and placement.
This interview was take at his home in Eagle River where he has built a special "parlor" for table tennis above his garage where guests are invited to play typically on Saturdays morning during the winter months. A gracious host with his wife, Shirley. He was coach for team Alaska from 1970 to 1984 or longer. Know for playing with sponge and medium pips and a wicked backhand flip that fools the best.
I purchased my first real racket from him when he would bring his suitcase of blade, rubber sheets and cases to weekly practices at the club meeting at Government Hill in north part of Anchorage.
The 2nd installment of the A Division battles. This time Kyle Yan vs. Paul Elliott on table ONE. Then on table 2 a rematch of earlier in the day with Karl Augestad taking on Kunto Wibisomo in the playoff for 2nd place. Kyle was recently uprated to over 2000 USATT rating point so his pride and ranking in Alaska was on the line. He played his steady self with a somewhat effortless nature during some play. And other times taking out multiple barriers in the process of chasing down defensive balls deep in the backcourt. This is good angle of all the matches in play on all the courts. As Karl set the camera to the widest angle and in HD it looks good. Recorded at 1080P this was downconverter to 720P to save data file size.
Kyle Yan came in 1st with Karl Augestad taking 2nd place in the A division.