Hyperflite co-founder, Peter Bloeme is director of the Skyhoundz Championships. In this role, he manages more than 100 Local Championships, 18 U.S. and International Qualifiers, a European Championship, and the World Championship.
Bloeme’s career of tossing, skipping, bouncing, spinning, and twirling a plastic disc began when he finished third overall and first in distance at the Junior National Frisbee Championships at the age of 15. In 1976, at the age of 19, he won the World Frisbee Championships at the Rose Bowl in California before 40,000 disc fans.
In 1983, Bloeme added a new element to his flying disc repertoire — a black and white Border Collie named Whirlin’ Wizard. The two went on to win the 1984 World Canine Frisbee Disc Championship making Wizard, at less than 2 years old, the youngest dog, at the time, to win the title. At the same time, Bloeme became the only person to win a world title both by himself and with his dog.
In 1990, Bloeme added a little magic to his routine — literally — with the addition of Magic, a black and white Australian Shepherd. Over the years, Bloeme, Wizard, and Magic performed hundreds of disc dog demonstrations at sporting events including Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, National Football League, and World Football League games.
Bloeme and his canine companions have also performed numerous times before sold-out stadium crowds all around the world. They have performed half-time shows at sporting events and have made public appearances in countries including Belgium, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, Sweden, and The Netherlands. Perhaps his most notable appearance was at the 1995 Japanese Baseball All-Star Game in Hiroshima, Japan where, after the seventh inning, the game was stopped for a ten-minute exhibition by Bloeme and four Japanese dogs. Bloeme’s performance was viewed live by a sold-out crowd of 40,000 fans plus an estimated 26 million people on television via the Tokyo Broadcasting System.
During the 1970’s, Bloeme served as technical advisor to CBS Sports for a half-hour television special on Frisbee and toured Europe as a representative of the International Frisbee Association.
Bloeme and his dogs have appeared on television in the U.S. hundreds of times, including featured appearances on shows such as Good Morning America, Late Night with David Letterman, and on CNN and ESPN. You may remember seeing Wizard opening the Disney movie, Flight of the Navigator. In a Miller Lite television ad, Bloeme was responsible for the on-camera disc action. Wizard even had a walk-on role in the spot. Bloeme has also served twice as the color commentator for Animal Planet in their one-hour specials on the World Canine Frisbee Disc Championships.
In 2001, Bloeme, Jeff Perry (1989 World Canine Frisbee Disc Champion and Hall of Famer), and Greg Perry founded Hyperflite, a company dedicated to developing advanced disc technology. Their first disc, the K-10 for dogs was introduced in July of 2001.
Bloeme is author of the book, Frisbee Dogs: How to Raise, Train and Compete, a 192-page paperback, illustrated with over 300 photographs and the book, Skyhoundz Images, an 80-page hardcover photo book on the sport with captions in English, Japanese, and Spanish ($19.95 U.S.).
Bloeme also co-wrote/co-produced, along with Jeff Perry, Pieski dyskowe! Kompletny przewodnik ($29.95), the most comprehensive canine disc training treatise ever written, as well as the internationally-acclaimed Pieski dyskowe! DVD szkoleniowe ($24.95), the top-selling disc dog DVD of and all time.
Hyperflite co-founder Jeff Perry and his mixed-breed, animal shelter adoptee, Gilbert won the 1989 World Canine Frisbee Disc Championship in Dallas, Texas. Prior to taking the World title, Perry and Gilbert won the Southeast Regional Canine Frisbee Disc Championship for three consecutive years. Gilbert and Perry went on to be featured on NBC’s top-rated Today Show, along with numerous appearances on CNN, ESPN, and other national and international media over the years. As a member of the ALPO Canine Frisbee Celebrity Touring Team, Perry was a media spokesperson for the 10-year period in which ALPO sponsored the Canine Frisbee Disc Championships.
In countless interviews and public appearances, Perry has consistently extolled the virtues of adopting shelter animals. According to Perry, shelter mutts make wonderful companions and great disc dogs.
Perry and his canines have performed hundreds of times before sold-out stadium crowds at professional football and baseball games and at other events held all over the world. Internationally, Perry has performed before huge crowds at Olympic Stadiums in Berlin and Barcelona and has made public appearances in Belgium, Canada, China, Spain, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Gilbert and Perry were featured entertainers at the prestigious Colare de Oro, the Italian equivalent of the Westminster dog show.
While performing in Japan, Perry met the Crown Prince and Princess of Japan (the future emperor and empress of Japan) after one of more than 200 shows that he performed over a four-month period at the Animal Kingdom in Nasu. While in Japan, Perry and his dog Cosmic K.D. also entertained thousands of spectators in the Tokyo Dome.
After retiring from competition in 1989, Perry served as the Chief Judge of the Ashley Whippet/ALPO World Canine Frisbee Disc Championship for 10 years and the Skyhoundz World Canine Disc Championship.
Perry co-founded Hyperflite in 2000 and, shortly thereafter, designed and patented the revolutionary K-10 disc, the first canine disc designed exclusively for canine competition.
Perry also co-wrote/co-produced, along with Peter Bloeme, Pieski dyskowe! Kompletny przewodnik ($29.95), the most comprehensive canine disc training treatise ever written, as well as the internationally-acclaimed Pieski dyskowe! DVD szkoleniowe ($24.95), the top-selling disc dog DVD of and all time.
A strong proponent of the health and fitness benefits of canine disc play for dogs and owners, Perry founded one of the first canine disc dog clubs in the country. Over the years, Perry has taught countless canine-disc aficionados to throw flying discs and helped even elite-level competitors improve their throwing abilities.
In addition to his canine disc activities, Perry still finds time to engage in some of his other favorite pursuits — climbing, backpacking and flying. Perry, a skilled pilot, has flown powered aircraft and hang gliders for more than 25 years and has logged more than 2,000 hours in many types of aircraft. In fact, his aeronautical experience and understanding of aeronautical principles were instrumental in the design of the Hyperflite K-10 disc.
Perry received a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) in Journalism from the University of Maryland, a Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) from Mercer University and a Master of Laws in International Law (LL.M.) from the University of Miami.