Who is BULA?

BULA is a beach sports and lifestyle organization whose mission it is to help organizers and players further develop the sport and the Spirit of Beach Ultimate worldwide.

BULA was started in 1999 and organized the first ever world championships of Beach Ultimate in 2004. As a member of the World Flying Disc Federation, BULA also helped Beach Ultimate get recognized as an official disc sport in 2010 and subsequently co-hosted the World and European Championships, together with the WFDF, in 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2019.

Patrick van der Valk
Scientist turned entrepreneur and frequently traveling marketeer, Patrick has been in the disc community forever. He has founded several teams, including: Ultimate Stars Leiderdorp (Holland), The Zoydz (Toronto), and Diz-Cu (Portugal). He played on the Dutch and Portuguese national teams, organized many national and international events, and coached the Toronto Women’s Ultimate team See Jane Run to victory in the Canadian Championships.

Patrick has been leading BULA since 2000, was a member of the WFDF Board of Directors (2010-2016), Founding Chair of the WFDF Spirit of the Game Committee (2007-2014), and still plays Beach Ultimate weekly. He was selected to play for the Dutch National Great GrandMaster’s team at the 2019 European Beach Ultimate Championships.

Pedro Vargas
Pedro loves Ultimate. He started playing Ultimate in 2003 and since then has had a crucial role in pushing Portuguese Ultimate forward. In 2006 he founded the Ultimate team (B)UFA, and was the VP of Sports Development for the Portuguese Flying Disc Federation until 2018. He has been the coach/captain and player on the Portuguese National Mixed team since 2004 and is still doing that for the European Championships in 2019.

With a degree in Sport Sciences and PhD in Human Performance, Pedro provides an important role to BULA as a sports visionary.

Sofia Pereira
Sofia started playing Ultimate in Toronto Canada in 1992 and has been playing Beach Ultimate since moving to Portugal in 1995, where she played an important role in the establishment of the sport. With intense activities as a scientist/geneticist/health coach, as well as in Beach Ultimate, Sofia’s experienced writing skills were very helpful for the completion of the BULA website.

Her organizational and managerial capacities have been beneficial for BULA’s development and she organized the 2019 WFDF European Beach Ultimate Championship, in association with BULA.

The other people on the team

BULA couldn’t have survived without the precious help from so many Beach Ultimate Lovers from around the world, including (but definitely not limited to): Karen Cabrera (Philippines), Wayne Davey (UK), Matt Kass (US), Rusty May (US), Michele Mengucci (Portugal), Shiellah Quintos (Canada), Justin Palmer (Spain), Jose Pires (France), Alex Pereira (Portugal), Adam Levy (US), Raoni (Brazil), Mike Palmer (UK), Pad Timmons (USA), Bruno Gravato (Portugal), Daniel Dui (UK), Lorne Beckman (Canada), Rahim Resad (Singapore), Kristina Cernusakova (Slovakia), Jude Lee (Philippines), Marco Aurelio (Brazil), Chris Hurwitz (US), Jeff Scott (US), Rue Veitl (Germany), Mila (Brazil), Peldi (Italy), Jumpi (Italy), and many others that helped along the way.

If you want to help out and spread the love, we are always happy to have you join the team.

(The Portuguese team celebrating winning the Spirit of the Game award at the 2013 European Championships)