About2018-10-24T17:23:28+00:00

Lei Out 2019, under new management!!!

I’m very proud to announce the dates and location for Lei Out 2019. We’ll be back on MLK weekend January 19 and 20, and we’re returning to Huntington Beach where the sand was great, and has the space for the kick ass party that we’ve wanted to throw.

Also, I’m excited to be the new TD of Lei Out. Brian Calle, who has been at the helm for over a decade of incredible growth while the tournament went from 50 teams to one of the largest Beach Ultimate tournaments in the world, is stepping down to focus his attention on his media business. As many of you know, I’ve been doing the scheduling for Lei Out since 2004, and so I’ve worked with Brian for many years, and he’s a good friend and I wish him all the best.

I know many of you have had issues with Lei Out. The move to Huntington this past year was helpful in addressing some of those concerns, but there’s more to do. And my goal with my team is to address these issues to improve the tournament experience for everyone. So there’s a lot of changes we intend to implement, such as increased staffing, increased amenities, satellite Frisbee Centrals so no matter where your team is on the beach, you’re not far from getting food, water, medical attention, and information. I believe in financial transparency. And I am big on open communication.

I believe Lei Out can continue to grow, so long as we’re staffed correctly and every team gets the same level of treatment. So I really hope you get excited too by the changes we’re going to implement, and I think you’re going to be very pleased.

Also, it’s important to mention that we’re supportive and respectful of Throwback. They made a point to bring a lot of problems with Lei Out to light, and offered an alternative event with honorable values that I personally agree with. Their success last year was a clear reflection of the fact that there were changes that needed to be made. We sat down together this year and discussed options for next year and the future. For this coming year, we agreed to be separate but cooperative tournaments. I also think we have a lot to prove to them. To not just talk, but have real action. And I look forward to meeting, and exceeding that challenge.

Registration will be opening very soon.

Thanks for reading. I hope to see you out there.

Andy Bandit

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Andy Bandit
Andy BanditTournament Director
I’ve been enjoying Lei-Out since I first captained a team in 2003 and have been doing the scheduling since 2004. I’m also former President of LAOUT and currently sit on their Board. It’s a huge honor to be TD cause I love Lei-Out. My teams have had stripper poles, ice luges, pillow fights and put a bed on the field. I’m excited to see what we can do to continue to make this one of the best tournaments in the world.
Russell 'Spike' Gaskamp
Russell 'Spike' GaskampChief Operational Officer
The passion I have of Beach Ultimate all started with falling in love with the sand at LeiOut. That passion has lead to an ultimate career enabling me to travel the world in flip flops, making friends on the beaches of Boracay and I’m so happy to finally be able to give back to this amazing beach community by helping LeiOut become the greatest tournament in the world.
Remy Schor
Remy SchorCompetition Director
I’ve been playing Ultimate since 2000, when I started playing summer league in Chicago. I’m the VP of LAOUT and the National Mixed Director for Club Ultimate for USA Ultimate. I sit on USAU’s Competition Committee & Club Working Group, helping to organize and plan each upcoming club season with an emphasis on big picture growth for the future of our sport. When not at the office, I’m probably playing Ultimate, organizing Ultimate, or Crossfitting.
Stephanie Hicks
Stephanie HicksParty Director
I started playing Ultimate competitively at UCSD in 1999 and ever since, chasing the disc on beach or grass has been my go-to happy place. For me, a successful tournament is ALL about the party, and my goal is to deliver a kick-ass time that brings us all together. At a tourney party you’ll typically find me with a drink in hand on the dance floor, in costume, sporting sparkles and glitter while making out gratuitously… and I expect nothing less from all of you!
Eric 'Turok' Lissner
Eric 'Turok' LissnerVolunteer Director
Eric has attended Lei Out since 2009, playing all 10 years with the same team. For many years, he has also participated as Lei Out volunteer and more recently, the field setup staff leader. This year, he takes on a similar role as volunteer director.
Maggie Morrison
Maggie MorrisonMedical Director
My first Leiout was shortly after I first arrived in LA, and I still remember the awe I felt seeing so many teams…and also how much my calves hurt after a weekend playing in the sand for the first time! I’m recently married to an Ultimate Muggle, and we live with our two furbabies in the South Bay. I’m excited to be part of the Leiout team this year, especially as part of the Medical Team, as it allows me to combine two of the biggest parts of my life into one amazing weekend!
Enway & Ed
Enway & EdRegistration Directors
We have been playing Ultimate for ages (don’t be fooled by our youthful demeanors) and we met on the beaches of Santa Monica. Since our college days (Enway at UCI and Ed at UCLA) we have been active in the LA Ultimate community as that is where we met a lot of our close friends. Helping with the registration process at Leiout for the past couple of years has been a joy because, in addition to facilitating the tournament itself, we get to meet and interact with all the teams. You may recall us yelling at you to register your teams and to remind you to turn in your score cards at the end of the day. Even if you’ve already registered your team come hang out with us at Frisbee Central! We are proud to act as the Directors of Registration and look forward to another successful Leiout.
Joanna Whitney
Joanna WhitneyFood & Beverage Director
I am so excited to join Andy in making LeiOut the tournament everyone has been dreaming about. I’ve worked with Andy and LAOUT in the past as treasurer of LAOUT, to organize St. Pat’s Hat, and to run some pretty awesome teams, most notably the food loving Animal Style. My passion for ultimate, food, friends, and fun, make me most pumped to be able to be able to bring all those things together for an awesome weekend. I promise to share the food and only bite if you get too close to my mouth!
Tyler Kotovsky
Tyler KotovskyWebsite Guru
Tyler has been playing ultimate since his high school days in Pittsburgh. Organizing and helping run tournaments since 2005, he now designs websites, logos, & jerseys for tournaments, teams, & organizations around the country. When he’s not working on design projects, you can typically find him playing ultimate at the beach.
Becca Velez
Becca VelezSocial Media Director
I’m super excited to be a part of the Lei Out team after coming to the tournament (almost) every year since 2014. I started playing in college and played competitively for a while – but recently came to terms with being better at all things social. These days, you can find me at party tournies in South Africa to SoCal – I’ll be the girl covered in glitter, covering you in glitter, and drinking out of plastic flamingos. As a PR/social media guru IRL, I’ve often been tasked with the Tweeter machine for teams I’ve played on. This year, it gets real. Follow @LeiOutUltimate and let’s see where this journey takes us.
Maggie Griffin
Maggie GriffinAccountant
Back in 2004, at the University of Michigan, I almost quit playing ultimate after my first tournament, because the weather conditions were too cold for my liking. Little did I know, that I was destined to live in Southern California, where Winter League is actually Beach League. My love of beach ultimate grew immensely and I quickly discovered LeiOut weekend is like no other. I’ve seen great strides in the tournament (and party!) over the past 8 years and I look forward to being part of the team to continue to make LeiOut the best beach tournament in the world.
Lance 'Postman' iliev
Lance 'Postman' ilievMedia Director
Lance has been both playing and filming Ultimate since 2011 (first with promotional videos for his church’s college ministry, and now with the AUDL and for various events around Los Angeles for LAOUT, USAU, and CUA). For the past several years, he has been heading up and organizing Ultimate events in Santa Clarita, and is currently partnering with the city to get better recognition for the sport, and to form adult programs. Outside of Ultimate, Lance enjoys hiking, the beach, time with friends, loves coffee, and most of all, enjoys his walk with Christ. 2019 is his first time at LeiOut. He is excited to be the Director of Media, and to see the sport of Ultimate continue to grow.
Travis Smith
Travis SmithSpirit Director
Travis F. Smith is the owner of Hop Studios, a socially progressive-esque graphic design and tech development company that strives to undertake ever-more meaningful projects. Travis has been building elegant and content-rich Web sites since 1994 — he was one of the creators of the Los Angeles Times website, the editor of Variety.com, and a lecturer at USC and BCIT. In his “spare” time, he spreads joy by serving the World Flying Disc Federation as chair of the Spirit of the Game committee. He currently lives in Calgary, Canada.
Michael Dow
Michael DowSustainability Director
I’ve been playing Lei Out for… aww, well before you kids were born! I’ve had the unique privilege of playing with our illustrious tournament director and the awesome TASAITY/TSA/Doctors Without Boundaries team for years. Lei Out has given me some of my fondest ultimate memories, so I’m excited to help make it an even better tournament by making it a sustainable one. These days, the environment needs all the help it can get, so we’re going to do our best to make Lei-Out an eco-friendly event with an eye towards making it a carbon-neutral one in the years to come. There’s a lot of work to do, but I’m excited to be a part of it. Go Pats!!

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