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Born in Finland in 2006, Discmania has only been working at the current digs in Wellington, near Fort Collins, for four years – but already, Coloradans have made a huge impact on one of the sport’s biggest brands. COO Austin Montgomery, a former Longmont professional, called for Discmania to move here from its former US headquarters in California. Meanwhile, longtime Discmania-sponsored athletes and Colorado natives Eagle McMahon and Colton Montgomery (Austin’s younger brother) helped promote discs like the best-selling Dismania FD discs. “It means Fairway Driver, but we joke that FD also means ‘Favorite Disc,'” Austin says. “You’ll see Eagle McMahon rely on it.” [certain discs] To make money in tournaments, people want to throw what the eagle throws.” But it’s a Morrison guy named Manny Trujillo who’s largely responsible for turning certain plastic plates from Discmania into collectible works of art—those that often resell hundreds of dollars on eBay and Facebook Marketplace and are sometimes auctioned to the thousands in fundraising.Since 2018, Trujillo (a video game animator who has a disc golf-inspired line of gear, called Soul Crusher) has worked with Discmania players to design logos, called stamps, for their discs with Limited Edition Signature Series.We broke down one from Colten, Discmania Montgomery Swirly S-Line PD Lone Howl, to find out what makes it so special.
Trujillo begins by talking to professionals about their interests and aesthetics. “We try to do something with the personal connections with them,” Trujillo says. For Colton, inspiration came from a favorite animal, the wolf, and the Celtic knot. Trujillo used these references to create over 20 sketches, using his favorite Bic pens, and finalized his Lone Howl stamp with Colten and Discmania. (Follow @art_of_empty on Instagram to find out when Trujillo sells his paired drawings for their discs; some groups net him north of $800.)
Discmania does not disclose the playback volumes on its signature discs, but they are generally one-time offerings. So, you’ll want to store, especially if you like the way the disc flies and not just how it looks: knocks and scratches eventually change the disc’s performance, assuming you don’t lose it to a water feature before then. Lone Howl retailed for $20 when it was released in 2019, but if you want one now, you’ll likely have to spend $100 or more on the resale market.
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Thanks to the popularity of this disc, the 2020 Lone Howl 2, and Colton’s signature racquet, 2021’s Arctic Fang, Discmania Lone Howl 3 will make later this year. Additionally, Austin says, “We are currently launching a series of Creator discs, where the player has direct input into creating the template itself.” Eagle McMahon Creator Series Glow D-Line Rainmaker (Flex 3), racket, debuted in July.
The PD, or Power Drive, model is available in a variety of colors and weights, with a simple branding at the top, as part of the regular Discmania lineup. “This is one of Colton’s favorite discs,” Austin says. “He’s known as a PD man, so [the PD] It was an easy choice for him.” In addition to the fancy stamps, what makes Lone Howl different from other PDs is the Swirly S-Line plastic. The checkered mix is more flexible and results in a flatter surface than standard PDs made of Discmania’s C-Line plastic.
Strengthening the communication network
Austin says the signature discs are “a big part of the tour income for players.” Colten gets $2 for every Lone Howl sale, which makes buying her a fun way for fans to support him financially.
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