A new form of freestyle disc is emerging in the streets of Paris, Berlin and Tokyo. It’s called “Disque De Rue,” or urban disc, and it mixes elements of street theatre, skateboarding and Parkour.
Disque De Rue was invented by a group of friends from Paris known as Spin Collectif. Since 2004, they’ve been working to grow the sport, which promotes the practice of disc all year long in urban environments and under new conditions.
Spin Collectif says the goal when playing Disc De Rue is to execute Grinds (the disc slides on handrails), Bumps (bouncings discs on any surfaces), Gaps (long distances shots over a street or river) and Walls (the disc hits or flies along a wall). As you can see from the video, these guys know how to throw.
Whether it’s sport or art is open to us to interpretation, but either way it’s an exciting and inspiring development.
Spin Collectif also describes their mission in terms of social responsibility.
"Spin Collectif is also a political adventure where we seek to reappropriate public spaces and become an actor/creator in our shared spaces. Every time we play, we ask ourselves, ‘What’s the role of this space?’ We also observe the city and its shapes from new perspectives. The city is not only a place for human transit and commerce but a beautiful place for humans to interact. We hope our positive expressions help to generate new kinds of behavior and new possibilities for social exchanges.
That’s some lofty language and exactly the kind of thing TeeBoxx is hoping to bring to disc sports. Creative expression is at the center of disc sports and it is something we can do more to encourage. So let’s go, take your discs to the streets!