Dan Sugano - Kent, Washington
Dan Sugano ,
Dan Sugano aka FPV Skittles is very active in the FPV Community. He is a host of IGOW: International Game of WHOOP, an announcer for national whoop races like Whooptopia and Whoop Wars, an organizer of the local club in the Seattle area, and he also races in the all the events he announces and hosts.
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.
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.