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    For those that haven't met me, or don't know who I am (and are actually interested) I began throwing darts in 1976 in Ocean Falls British Columbia (edit: Mom corrected me as I was thinking it was '77 but she tells me it was actually 1976). My Father was the president of the local dart league (there was only one Pub and our zip code was VOT 1P0 -- which we said stood for 'Very Odd Town, One Pub Only'). Everyone in town seemed to play darts and I played in a youth group dart league with about 30 other kids.

    As the years passed, I played at home, or later in the pub for fun or for money ($1 a game, I wouldn't play for more), but after I joined the Marine Corps in 1986 and moved to North Carolina, I began to hear rumors of a Marine Corps tournament so I rounded up 5 fellow Marines and we entered the contest. The top five teams would advance to the Fleet Marine Force Atlantic Dart Tournament and we made it! (Actually there were only five teams and we ended up fifth so went by default!)..

    At the 'Fleet Marine Force Atlantic' dart tournament, we were all pretty well trounced, but I did manage to make a fairly good showing, and something happened, my taste for competition in darts became insatiable!

    Soon I was in a very competitive league (this was now 1988) and practiced hours upon hours every day. I wanted to play in the 'Lucky Lite Strikes' tournaments held all around the country, with the ultimate goal of playing in the Las Vegas $50,000 open. However, war (Desert Storm), life, and work all set me back and I eventually found myself back in British Columbia playing darts again but not entering (or even near) any major tournaments.

    Then in 1992 I played in the BC Regional tournament against some 350+ dart shooters and managed a very respectable finish in the top 32. At this time I was hitting as many as 5 T80's in an evening (or day) between practice and games. But that wasn't enough as the top players were super consistent, and generally could take their outs below 60 in one attempt (well actually they do miss, but seemed like they didn't).

    In 1993 I met World Champion Dart Player, Bob Anderson at an exhibition; there were only about 20 of us there, as it was really just an excuse for him to go fishing on Northern Vancouver Island but he was there and I got to play him. We played on stage and I was the first to actually beat him 'though I had lost the first attempt miserably, I managed to come back and take out the first leg of the second set in 14 darts. Later Bob advised me to keep working and to consider going pro, he was very funny and fun to talk to, but was also very serious during our hour-long conversation at the bar. He seemed to feel I could make a go of professional darts, but suggested I first needed to play singles matches rather then team games and needed to travel to tournaments more.

    Again several set backs left me without throwing darts for a while but in 1996 I picked them up again, and soon found myself in South Korea throwing darts every night.

    I met Mike Hoskey, one of the best players I'd played to date, and we threw against one another so much that we often wore out a bullseye in just one month!

    Eventually, I found myself here, in Richland Washington and in another league, after another break in throwing. But this time I decided I was back for good. I began with just throwing in the league, then on Saturdays also, and finally with a growing practice routine of several hours a week 'not quite the 6 hours a day I was doing in the 80's but still a decent routine that helped me get my darts back.

    In 2003, I entered the Oregon Open and made it out of my flight in 4 or five events (that means I earned my entrance fee back usually). The competition was awesome and I made plans to shoot in the TCDA's Water Follies (where I took 2nd in the Men's Singles 501) and then the Truckee Meadows Open in which I managed a Top 8 finish in the blind draw and a Top 16 finish in the Mens doubles. I then entered the Portland Holiday Open and managed some Top 8 finishes as well.

    Still fighting for some wins I entered the Oregon Open in 2004 and though I played well and finished in the Top 16 and Top 8 in various events I was still not playing to par and I knew it. Then came the ADO Regional All Stars competition in which I took 2nd. I knew I was on the right track.

    I finished the year ranked 2nd in the Northwest and about 175th in the nation out of about 3000 ranked men in the ADO (an organization of about 50,000 dart players). I'd taken 4 seconds, 1 first and a top-8 finish in the TCDA's Water Follies tournament and another 2nd and a 6th in the ADO Regional competitions. I knew I was finally working up to what I believed I could do.

    In 2005 I made the USA's Top 100 dart players list (ADO) in 78th position and played well in tournaments and regional competitions but failed to break my streak of 2nd place finishes.

    I began to say 'Always a bridesmaid and never a bride!' but I knew it is just a matter of time before I took that first big win and never looked back!

    In the end I finished in ADO Region 1-2 as Number ONE in the Region. The hard work paid off and I followed in 2006 with a strong showing at the Las Vegas Desert Classic by winning Stacy Bromberg's Charity Tournament with Chris Helms and by taking out some of the top US players in an LVDC side event (blind draw doubles) and placing in the top 4.

    All this from a start in a little known town called Ocean Falls where we often claimed the population was 999 people and 1000 bears!
    Erik



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    Updated (Score: 1)
    by Erik on Thursday, August 25 @ 12:11:49 CDT
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    As I wrote this nearly two years ago, I've gone ahead and updated, edited and refreshed this article a bit to make it current and perhaps a little more readable.

    Cheers
    Erik



    Yet another 2nd place (Score: 1)
    by Erik on Monday, November 14 @ 08:52:19 CST
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    Yet another 2nd place, at the AREA 1-2 Regional Cricket Playoffs. However, I did poorly last year at this event taking only 6th (mentioned above) so a 2nd here is a big improvement. I've also secured a spot in the Top 100 to finish the year.

    So my story continues to grow and I can add more to it.

    Erik



    Re: A little about Erik. (Score: 1)
    by SLEEPYKRAMER on Monday, January 15 @ 00:23:13 CST
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    Wow....I guess I need to venture around and look at things more. This is my first time reading this!

    Seems like just when you start to get going, life throws a roadblock in your way!

    I say "go away roadblocks" and let this man play some darts and get that first place finish !!

    And if you have already gotten it since this posting, I hope you have many, many more to follow!


    Anne



    Re: A little about Erik. (Score: 1)
    by USUALCHAOS on Thursday, November 08 @ 18:06:08 CST
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    Nice stiry Erik. Dont give up keep darting on.



    Re: A little about Erik. (Score: 1)
    by Art on Tuesday, February 12 @ 10:18:37 CST
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    with all your life adventures, you still return to darts...  its in you Erik!!



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