Dan & Liz Sugano - Kent, Washington
Dan & Liz Sugano ,
Dan and Liz Sugano aka FPV Skittles and RibbitFPV are very active in the FPV Community. They are the hosts of IGOW: International Game of WHOOP, announcers for national whoop races like Whooptopia and Whoop Wars, organizers of their local club in the Seattle area, and the also both race in the all the events they announce and host. Dan and Liz have been happily married since August of 2018 and live with their two dogs Skittles and Lana and their cat, Immelman.
Dan started flying drones in early 2017 when he got a DJI Phantom for Christmas to take pictures of railings at his work. A few months later he discovered FPV drone videos on YouTube and built his first whoop shortly after and has been hooked on the thrill of tiny flight ever since. Dan created his pilot name based on his dog named Skittles and focused most of his energy in the FPV Hobby on whoops because they were the safest and easiest to fly around other people. As 'FPV Skittles' Dan created a YouTube channel and started making FPV videos that showed off how you can fly whoops anywhere and have a ton of fun doing it. Today Skittles still has the most fun just ripping around doing some random freestyle, but he also is a pretty competitive racer, winning many local events and competing in the elite and pro classes in big national races.
Liz began flying FPV in late 2019 after Dan built her a whoop that looked like a frog in attempt to lure her into the hobby. She really likes frogs hence RibbitFPV was a perfect fit. She initially only flew at local races but after attending Whooptopia 2020 she began to really fall in love with the FPV community. During the pandemic she started flying in simulators a lot more and putting more effort into racing. Later in 2021 she took over as President of FPV Racing Seattle and started to revitalize the FPV Racing scene in the Seattle area. She has organized many whoop races at breweries, restaurants/bars, and even the local horse racing track and is working on a series that may be shown on ESPN2! Liz built her first 5" drone in 2021 and plans to start racing 5" drones in addition to whoops and she has done all this while also working a full-time job as a teacher and getting her Master's in Education.
Dan really enjoys sharing FPV with others and one of his main goals is to popularize the FPV hobby and grown FPV Freestyle into a more official "sport." So in 2019 Dan created IGOW: International Game of WHOOP in an attempt to motivate more pilots to create FPV Freestyle content with whoops. Over the past 3 seasons the game has become a huge success, nearly tripling in participation each year, and giving out over $20,000 in cash and prizes from sponsors. The current season, IGOW3, started with 624 pilots from over 30 different countries and 6 different continents. IGOW plans to continue to lead the way in organized FPV freestyle competition space and has some big plans for future seasons.
Liz created FYS Crafts in mid-2020. She was already creating and selling a bunch of her awesome crafts and as IGOW became more popular she began to sell T-shirts and other IGOW merch and whoop related products through her site. FYS Crafts has sponsored many major whoop events like Whooptopia, Whoop Wars, and the weBLEEDfpv eSPORTS eSERIES. Visit FYSCrafts.com to get yourself some of Liz's hand-made-crafts and IGOW/FPV theme apparel.