SAN ONOFRE, California (Rueters) - Anyone wanting to throw away their mobile phone can do it in style and may even win a medal -- at the Mobile Phone Throwing World Championship, San Onofre's latest contribution to offbeat athleticism.
Originally a small local event, the seventh annual contest Saturday drew some 100 throwers from as far away as Ojai, San Bernadino and Temecula.
Founder BK describes the event as a good source of light exercise with an environmentally friendly twist. "There are a lot of mobile phones on the second-hand market, and we are recycling them (before they become toxic waste)," he said.
This year's gold medal went to San Clemente's Dingo, who flung a scrapped Nokia unit a forceful 189 feet. "I prepared by throwing Talegans, I haven't really practiced throwing mobile phones," Dingo told Reuters.
In the freestyle event, Mayor Murphy's phone landed outside the designated area, but he still won silver thanks to a phone juggling performance that impressed the judges.
BK says competitors all have their favorite throwing brand. "People choose by size, by color or by how it fits in the hand ... Some believe a heavy model will ensure a long throw, some want a light one."