Name: Gregory Slater
PDGA number: 119896
City/State/Country: Merignac, France
Home course(s): Forty Pignes, Mimizan
Disc golf club: Disc Golf Forty Pignes
What does your everyday disc golf routine look like?
As a student in Bordeaux, it is more difficult for me to get out and play than I would like. There are just two 12-hole courses within a 1.5 hour drive, but thankfully a basket has been installed in a park within city limits just 20 minutes away. When it’s not winter and the sun is out after class I go there to practice putting and throwing 2-3 times per week. There’s another American here in town and sometimes we get together with a portable basket to make our own course in one of the local parks, which is fun.
Tell us about your favorite Kastaplast disc?
The KaxeZ is a revelation. I think of it as a mid-range/fairway driver hybrid because it feels like a mid-range in the hand, but it can fly like a fairway driver thanks to its straight flight and great glide. I have a seasoned K1 for hyzer-flips, turnovers and down-tempo straight shots, and a newer K1 which holds straight with a gentle fade. It is far and away the disc I throw the most off the tee in France, where there are a lot of holes under 90 meters.
Honorable mention to the K3 Berg which gives me pinpoint accuracy on my upshots – backhand or forehand.
What is your best disc golf memory?
My fondest memory is helping run the 2021 Zoo Town Open in Missoula, Montana. The 2020 edition of Montana’s premier tournament was canceled due to Covid, and it was so rewarding to help bring it back in ’21. The weather was perfect, the vibes were all-time, and the MPO title was contested down to the final hole. I had the pleasure of running the fundraiser raffle which raised over $2,000 for our fund to put in new baskets at Blue Mountain. It was the last event I helped run before moving to France and I’ll never forget the love I felt from the community that day.
Name one of your odd talents, or, what you like to do when not throwing plastic?
I’m a wine nerd, which is part of what brought me to France in the first place! I love discovering new wines and especially tasting which cheeses go best with them – I have an encyclopedia of cheese for goodness’ sake.
I also play goalkeeper for a Futsal club in Bordeaux, which is a lot of fun and helps me keep up my physical fitness.