West Coast Flipping Championship 2021

West Coast Flipping Championship 2021

West Coast Flipping Championship (WCFC) is back for our second annual competition at Blade Show West. This year we are headed to sunny California at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. The competition will take place on Saturday, October 9th, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM in room 203.

WCFC is a balisong/butterfly knife flipping tournament held annually at Blade Show West. The competition features 32 flippers in a head-to-head live blade showdown for wicked sick prizes and massive bragging rights. 



Join us for the most exciting flipping competition of the year. All audience members will have a chance to win amazing prizes (t-shirts, gift cards, and more)! WCFC is free to watch for all Saturday Blade Show West ticket holders.


Competitor Registration

There are 26 spots available for online pre-registration. There will be six walk-in spots available, and they will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. We will accept walk-ins starting on Friday, October 8th at booth 549 until Saturday, October 9th, 2:00 pm, or until all the spots are filled.

Please register in advance if you wish to secure a spot to compete. Registration for West Coast Flipping Championship is $25. All competitors must have a valid Saturday Blade Show West ticket to compete. Registration will be closed when all the spots are filled.  

Please see the information below for competitor rules and competition details. 


Competition Rules


  1. Trainers ONLY (Updated as of October 2nd, 2021.  Please see Blade Show's statement below.)
  2. No additional props (blindfolds, lights, etc.) 
  3. No closing, covering, or obstructing vision in any way
  4. One balisong only, no doubles

 Blade Show Trainers Statement:

"BAG CHECK AT LONG BEACH CONVENTION CENTER Prior to entering the building, all attendees will be required to enter through a bag check/metal detector.  Anyone wishing to bring a knife with them; you will be requested to take the knife out of the bag and let the security personnel know you have a knife.  Please make sure if you wish to bring a knife with you that it is CA legal and meets the requirements under CA knife laws.  Automatic knives over a 2-inch blade or switchblades will not be permitted into the building.  All other knives must be either properly sheathed or meet the requirements for open carry or as a concealed carry. All knives must remain secured or sheathed (Fixed blade knives) unless interacting with an exhibitor while inside the Long Beach Convention Center.  Please visit this link for any additional information:  https://knifeup.com/california-knife-and-balisong-law/" 

Due to these unfortunate circumstances we are forced to change the competition to trainers only. We recommend that you do not bring your live blades since there's a chance of confiscation at the entrance of the convention center.

All competitors must have a valid Saturday Blade Show West ticket to enter the venue and compete. 


All competitors MUST check in on time. There are two mandatory check-ins, please make sure you check in to both on time, or you will be disqualified.    

CHECK-IN #1: All competitors must sign in between 2:00-3:30 pm on the day of the competition at the Squid Industries' Booth (Booth #549).   

CHECK-IN #2:  All competitors must sign in at the stage waiting area by 4:30 pm.    

Check-in times are subject to change. Competitors: Please check your email for the most accurate information.

 Participants who fail to meet these requirements will not be allowed to compete. 


Each round is 10 seconds long

Meet the Judges


Patrick Hoffswell

Patrick has 10 years of flipping under his belt. He is a well-known pioneer in the balisong community. Patrick's flipping skills landed him an iconic flipping collaboration video with Kuma films reaching 1.3 M views.  

Jack Koos

Based in Detroit, Michigan, Jack Koos has had a thing for knives ever since he was young. He started flipping in 2012, and is a well-known veteran in the community.



Julian Klein

Julian is an ex-professional skater turned professional custom knife and balisong maker.  Julian's balisongs are known for their unique design and flippability.



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All competitors will receive a West Coast Flipping Championship 2021 shirt and a swag bag filled with goodies from our amazing sponsors.

First Place: $1000 check, 1st place trophy, additional prizes from our sponsors

Second Place: $500 check, 2nd place trophy, additional prizes from our sponsors
Third Place: $250 check, 3rd place trophy, additional prizes from our sponsors


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