JAUNTS : Frisbees Put a Unique Spin on Competition : Masters of the flying saucer will be in Camarillo this weekend for the Amazing Flying Disc Championship.

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Spin a Frisbee on your teeth? Sounds impossible (not to mention absurd), but there are those who can do it and make it look like ballet.

Masters of the flying saucer will be in Camarillo this weekend for the Amazing Flying Disc Championship, a two-day event on the grounds of the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District.

For people who thought a Frisbee was simply thrown back and forth, it's a chance to see moves like the teeth trick (appropriately called the "toothbrush"), or the "flamingo" a one-legged stunt where the catch is made under the leg.

During competition, these moves are woven together and choreographed to music with Frisbee-throwing duos performing to the beat for four minutes.

"It's like dancing with a Frisbee," said Scott (Chip) Bell of Ventura, who is orchestrating the competition. He ought to know. Bell, who uses the stage name of "Chipper Bro Bell," has won nine world freestyle championships. He and teammate Dave Murphy took the open division in last year's Saturn Fall Classic Flying Disc Championships in Ventura.

For this competition, Bell expects about 20 professional teams from throughout the country to vie for $5,000 in cash and prizes with Saturn's Oxnard car dealership being the key sponsor. The pros compete in open pairs and mixed pairs categories.

But amateurs can also compete in a special division for prizes. In fact, that's the part of the event Bell is really pushing.

"I want to turn people onto the sport," he said. "We want to slow down the pace. We don't want to intimidate anyone." While pros must pay $40 to compete, amateurs can enter for free.

Bell has directed the sanctioned Fall Classic for the last four years, but with the Amazing Flying Disc Championship he is starting his own Frisbee tournament, he said. His will be more festive and cater more to amateurs, he said.

On the festive side, a canine flying disc team (Britt and Bamboo from the Castaic Lake area) will show off their Frisbee skills at 2 p.m. both days. Hacky-sack players will also demonstrate their skills.

Bell himself will be among the pros competing this weekend. Sponsored by the makers of Frisbee, the 31-year-old father of two will be competing with teammate David Zeff of Santa Barbara before a panel of judges who consider difficulty, presentation and execution.

"It's a chance for me to play Frisbee with friends from all over the world," said Bell, who turned pro in 1980. Since then, his Frisbee has taken him around the world--including a tour in China in late 1987 when he was part of a Frisbee team that opened for '60s rock 'n' roll stars Jan and Dean.

* WHERE AND WHEN

WHAT: Amazing Flying Disc Championship.

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

WHERE: The grounds of Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo. (Take the Carmen Drive exit off the Ventura Freeway.)

COST: Admission is free to spectators. No cost for amateurs to compete. Pros must pay $40.

INFORMATION: Call 482-1996.

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