That’s a wrap folks! We had such an amazing time at this years World Axe Throwing League US Open in Chicago IL! The Axe Throwing US Open was hosted by The World Axe Throwing League at Bad Axe Throwing’s Lakeview location. The 8 lane facility comfortably hosted over 80 participants from all over the world!
Here’s a recap of last weekends events and a few photos to reminisce:
2018 World Axe Throwing League US Open
Friday Aug 10
Participants arrived to the Bad Axe Throwing Chicago Lakeview to complete an early registration, grab their swag bag and size up their competition. Free axe throwing was available to participants to help them get a feel for the axes if they didn’t bring their own and the new targets if they had never thrown at the Lakeview location before.
The night ended on a high note when Ben Edgington from Bad Axe Throwing Denver won the Trick Shot Competition with an impressive juggling of 3 axes before throwing all three into the target!
Ben Edginton from Bad Axe Throwing Denver with his prize – the Axecalibur
Saturday Aug 11
Registration opened at 9:30am where all participants confirmed their attendance for the qualifying throws. Participants were assigned a lane, time and a competitor to throw against. WATL judges kept a close score on official WATL scorecards. It was impressive to see some participants hit bullseye, after bullseye, after bullseye. All scorecards were submitted to a team to be calculated. Top qualifiers were moved onto the next bracket.
Top contenders moved on to the finale round, including Alex Burke from Bad Axe Throwing Burlington and Eric Enriquez from Bad Axe Throwing Denver.
Sunday Aug 12
The Grand Finale! The best of the best arrived (along with their entourage), with their game faces on, ready to compete. WATL judges were assigned to keep score and move the finalist onto the final phase of the tournament. The crowd watched intensely from the sidelines.
We’re so thrilled to share that 2/3 of the top contestants were representing from Bad Axe Throwing! Alex Burke from Bad Axe Throwing Burlington made it to 3rd place and Eric Enriquez from Bad Axe Throwing Denver took 2nd place. 1st place went to John Bradley from KickAxe Throwing. John walked away with a whopping $5,000 AND the first ever WATL US Open Championship ring!
The energy, enthusiasm and sense of community from this event is truly special and we can’t wait to do it again next year! Be sure to follow The World Axe Throwing League and Bad Axe Throwing on social media to stay up to date!
The entire weekends events were captured with great photos compliments of Bad Axe Throwing, The World Axe Throwing League, professional photographer, Jon Asher from Bury the Hatchet and many other WATL US Open participants! If you want to relive the excitement, the event was live streamed and can be viewed on WATL’s Facebook page.
Counting down the days till next years event!