The World Flying Disc Federation’s (WFDF) World Championships of Beach Ultimate (WCBU) is one of the international federation’s five world championship tournaments. The discipline of beach ultimate is played on a smaller field and, therefore, with smaller rosters – 5 vs. 5 compared to 7 vs. 7 for grass ultimate.
WCBU crowns world champions in eight divisions. These include elite men, elite mixed and elite women, plus several age-based divisions: masters men (age 33+), masters mixed (age 33+), masters women (age 30+), grand masters (age 40+) and great grand masters (age 48+). All told, WCBU will host approximately 600 athletes from 39 countries in the 2017 edition.
WFDF organized and hosted its first WCBU in 2011 in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy. The second edition was held in 2015 in Dubai, UAE before shifting to a biannual schedule in 2017. Prior to WFDF organizing the event, the Beach Lovers Ultimate Association (BULA) served as the de facto international federation of beach ultimate and organized world championship events in 2004 (Figueira da Foz, Portugal) and 2007 (Maceio, Brazil).
WCBU 2017 will be held June 18-24 in Royan, France. However, the great grand masters division, which was added only recently, will be held apart from the main site, June 17-21 in Lisbon, Portugal.
USA Ultimate first selects team managers for each of the eight competitive divisions. It then identifies and selects interested candidates through an application process. There are no formal tryouts, and decisions are primarily made based on playing history and competitive results.