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Lusseturf 2018-10-24 19:08:07

It´s that time of the year again, Saint Lucia´s day is approaching.
Turf Västmanland invites all turfers for a foot event, Lusseturf, in Västerås, Sunday the 9:th of December. The same place as every year, Orientalen. Easy to find, it´s next to the zone “Orientalen”. The organizers appreciates any attempt to dress up as a "luciatåg", and is compulsory if you and your fellow turfers want to compete as a team (luica, tärna, stjärngosse och tomte). Sign up at uturf.se, the 2:nd of December at the latest. The organizers reserves the right to cancel the team competition.

We hope that it will be lots of snow and lots of fun. More info, in swedish, at www.uturf.se.

TURF INSIDER October 2018-10-24 19:06:49

Round winners

The winner of round 99 hails from my own home region Uppsala: Kygni, he is the fourth member of the exclusive sub-20 age group of Turf World winners :) He announced his intent the first day of round 99 to Uppsala turfers, and he kept biking all the way, taking greed-350 during the last weekend. Lejfis from Örebro grabbed his first silver with a will of steel and constant smile accordingly to fellow turfers in his region. MaXi, another young one, from Dalarna won his first bronze in fierce competition with runner-up snickaren. Something tells me MaXi will be back for more of the valuable medals in the future. Well done mates!

Winner Zones

After winning Gold in the World or in any of the official Turf countries (Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Great Britain, The Netherlands and Korea), the winner gets to place a zone, a Winner Zone, in that country. It is common that the zone has the form of a crown or something that defines the turfer who won (simpson has winner zones in the form of cats or the first letter of the turfer). The country list has to have at least 30 turfers on it, for a Country-medal to be awarded and a winner zone to be allocated.

To date 367 winner zones (WZ) have been placed in official Turf countries. The top three cities to visit if you collect WZ are: Oslo (43), Mariehamn (40) and Kampen (32). In Sweden, Kalmar is leading with 13 WZ followed by Linköping (11) and Malmö (11). At http://lundkvist.com/ (site is only in Swedish) statistics over who has taken most WZ can be found and at this time it is the man behind the site, HappyF, that has most WZ under his belt (144). Two of his favorite winner zones to visit are ElCamino in the Botanical Garden in Gothenburg and WsnurrsHage in the Botanical Hage in Oslo. Do we see a common denominator here? ;)

Many turfers have celebrated their Winner Zones not only by being the first to take it, but also with ”bubbles” together with friends. KråkanKrax is sharing a picture of Tompaj and Yoth when they celebrated her WZ KråkansSång. They took it together, again showing the beauty of Assist :)

Turf In Finland and Finland Explorer

Finland is divided into seven regions in Turf. The majority of Finnish turfers can be found in Mariehamn (Åland), Helsinki (Etelä-Suomi) and Turku (Lounais-Suomi). 56 turfers have visited all regions of Finland and are proud holders of Finland Explorer. kingenin and MasterOfTurf were the first to take this medal way back in 2013 (before most of us knew of Turf).

Åland is the Finnish region with most active turfers. They speak Swedish, have a high degree of autonomy from Finland in governing itself and consists of a large number of islands with amazing scenery. The turfers in Mariehamn are very hospitable, something I experienced myself when rozaliona invited me over for coffee one evening. They don't have a Turf club or organized Turf get-togethers yet, but plenty of spontaneous meetings and acitivties.

During last year's Steel FM Help (local radio station sending live on the city square and collecing money for charity), the turfers in Mariehamn donated under the name ”Turf Åland” and had daily Crowdy-takes in a special zone on the sqaure. Thanks to one of the local radio hosts, the Crowdy-size grew every day, culminating in the International record of 52 Assist on New Year's Eve (not counting the Swedish record of 177 at the Bonanza in Jönköping 2017).

A Turf Meeting Story from rozaliona

This is a picture from Lilla Homen, the central beach in Mariehamn, and beyond the row of birds lies the zone "HolmenBeach". From that, I personally have a very nice memory of the first turf tourist I met. I had paddled all the way there and picked up the phone to start the app. To my surprise, I saw a turf figure on the beach and when I looked up, I saw a man wading into the water, further and further out, until he began swimming with one arm up in the air. He looked up on the phone from time to time and I did not have the audacity to go and block the zone for him (there was no assist back then... which would've been nice), so I waited until he took the zone. This was my first meeting with the Stockholm turfer LBz :)”


For anyone living in or near Stockholm (Sweden) it is easy to take the ferry over to both Mariehamn in Åland and to Helsinki. I have done both, and had my bike with me both times. Mariehamn in August is lovely, and by bike it is a perfect place to visit for a couple of days. I am sure it is fantastic by foot too, but it will take you more than a couple of days to visit all the zones. In Helsinki, I and two other Swedish turfers met up with local turfer Fillefilur for a 3,5 hour private turf tour (long live Assist!). He took us out of the city centre towards the northeast and then back to the ferry. One of the cooler zones we visited was Mamutsauna at the end of a very desolate pier; the zone is next to a metal sculpture of mammoths and a people's sauna open for everyone.

The remaining five regions in Finland are easiest to take by car, but trains and buses are another option, although then it is more difficult to bring your own bike. However, most Finnish cities do not have so many zones since there are few/none local turfers. Any ideas how to increase Turf's popularity in Finland is highly appreciated by TurfCrew :)

My personal favorites among Finnish cities are Kupoio, Oulo and Rovaniemi. All three cities are relatively flat and the number of zones are under 1 zone/biked km (in Kuopio it was almost as many zones per km biked as home in Uppsala!). The zone RanuaKirkko in Lappi is extra special to me, since that was where me and my partner took the Finland Explorer medal in August.

For Finnish turfers there is a page in Finnish at https://turfgame.fi and don't forget the Finland Section in the Turf Forum. If you have zone suggestions you "burn" a little bit extra for, please start a new topic in the Zones section for Finland to get the attention of the Finnish zone makers, so they can pick up on your desire for a new zone :)

Three Quick Ones

This month we look east at three Finnish turfers who have answered the quick questions :)

Turf nick: Fillefilur

What is the most frustrating thing with Turf?

When the Avatar does not want to go into the zone, even though you're in the middle of it in real life, or when the Avatar jumps out of the zone in the middle of the take.

Which personal goal are you most satisfied with?

Finland Explorer. I travel very little with work and when I go on holiday, it is rare to travel in my home country.

An accessory (not bike) you used to take a zone.

Umbrella, the zone was out in water due to high water levels and I had no swim gear with me. Could walk out a bit but it was not enough, so I put the phone in a bag that I stuck on the umbrella, which I then stretched out.

Turf-nick: KråkanKrax

Favorite Zone

SleepingBoats. I can go out in my morning robe and take the zone on the other side of the road when I go to the mailbox to pick up the morning newspaper.

Which medal was the toughest to take?

The first time I took bronze. SJ took silver and he was going as the X2000 speed train from Kiruna.

Most memorable zone you have taken. Why?

The church in Finström (StMikaels) when I took Greed-300 and had the clock against me. I needed more zones and had "everything" in the center of the city.

Turf-nick: TortugaVeloz

What made you begin with Turf?

It was via a friend. Turf got me out instead of sitting at home

Favorite Zone

FöriZone, free ferry over Aura river 

A medal you would like to see in the future

Silver and Bronze in Finland, we in Turku have no chance of winning gold in Finland.

Turfa lungt/Safe turfing!


School events 2018-10-04 18:23:36

Events during gym class (physical education) are currently huge in Nordic schools. (almost 10/day)

If you are looking to make your own school event:

contact skolevent@turfgame.com

Web frontpage map 2018-10-03 19:21:11

The mini map on the web front page will be inactivated temporarily due to googles new pricing policy. No sweat, just managing the projects use of funds.

Thank you for supporting Turf!

TURF INSIDER September 2018-10-03 19:17:54

Round winners

The winner of round 98 is a well-known name when talking gold medals: Király from Skåne! Will he go for one more gold (#7) in order to beat kingenin's record of six gold medals for which he now is tied? Future rounds will tell! Runner up this round was Toubkal from region Jönköping, securing his third silver. Simpson from Värmland added another bronze medal to his resume. Well done mates!

Turf Meetings

Holidays makes for some interesting turf meetings. During this round's vacation in Finland, me and my partner in crime ended up talking to two local Turku-turfers on a bridge for over 50 min. We were only going for a short evening bike ride to take the winner zone ojarnstrZone. Now we got to take it at least two times each, introduce the idea of ”round unique zone takes” (omgångsunika in Swedish, see http://frut.zundin.se/unika.php) to the Turku turfers. Then we realized it had gotten so dark we needed our bike lights, which was still in the car by the hostel! *oups*

Turf Missions 

at http://frut.zundin.se/mission_help.php

SunYour is behind Turf Missions, a special way to turf. Instead of just going for any old zone, you take them in a special order. You can take one or two every day and other zones in-between or go for as many as possible in one go. Each to their own!

The very beginning of Turf Missions was a competition organised by Velocipedrytta on the anniversiary of the huge forest fire in Västmanland. It was called ”Ring Of Fire” and the turfers had one week to take all six zones in the area affected by the fire. The idea of "missions" has been around for years, look for old threads at Turf forum if you are interested. Not all cities have Missions, but new ones are coming every now and then when the time allows for it. There are a lot of other aspects to frut.zundin's page too, go look for yourself!

The Missions come in two major 'flavours': ~100 central zones in alphabetical order and an inward/outward spiral containing most zones in that city. You start the mission by taking the first zone stated on the mission page and then off you go! Here is one story of how such a mission was done :)

Mission: 24 laps around Uppsala

On May 30 pandora and BadLoser started the challenge. They decided to do it together with Assist, which made it all the more difficult as sometimes one jumps out of the zone at the moment the other takes the it. Then they had to wait 23 minutes before the other could take it and they could continue on their way. Coverage was another problem. One zone, Juvelvingar, lies in a wooded area where there often are such problems. There they spent about 1 hour with aggressive mosquitoes before both managed to get the zone. 

After a few days they got to know that two other Uppsala turfers competed with them for the gold and silver position! They had planned to make a break in the mission during summer, but now they changed their mind. They decided to go for gold and silver, and becausepandora and BadLoser are retirees they had a ”small” advantage: they could turf hard all day when the others were at work :)

When the laps became shorter, it became harder not to block yourself for the next lap. In addition, the risk of other turfers blocking zones increased when approaching the center of Uppsala. They finished in HerbertZone on June 14, after in total about 800 kms on their bikes. They had been out turfing 14 out of 16 days for 5-8 hours a day. All done in 25-30 degrees heat, well done!

Turf Events

Two events of a somewhat special character have taken place during this round.

On 25-26 August, Kalmar Turf Association organized a 24-hour Event in Kalmar. There were 11 brave Turf fighters in the individual class and 24 turfers in the team competition. The participants came from seven different turf regions from Västerbotten to Skåne. It was the first time this type of event was conducted with an individual competition class. The first 24-hour event took place last year in Umeå where teams of three turfers competed with each other. On Sunday at 11.30, all tired but happy turfers gathered for the award ceremony at Kalmar Sports Hall. Everyone also got the worthwhile event 24-hour medal. Well done everyone!

Results can be found at www.kalmarturf.se

Video clips from the event can be found at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/HXPzQSrGKbr

As that was not enough fun, on the first of September Turf Skåne hosted the first open Turf event in Sweden's southernsmost region - Turfathlon and Malmö Championship. The two events had three classes which Turfers could participate in: Turfathlon with a water heat, a foot heat and a bike (wheel) heat, and Malmö Championship with foot or bike heats. The unique water heat opened the competition and 25 valiant Turfathletes "swaded" the zones in the waters outside the wast Ribersborgs beach in Malmö. This caused a lot of amusement and interest from on-looking turf mugglers, and the turfers themselves seemed equally amused. The water heat was then followed by the foot and bike heats. At the end of the day three champions had collected more points than all the other competitors:

Turfathlon Champion 2018: Ramsey11, Malmö
Malmö Foot Champion 2018: yeti, Stockholm
Malmö Wheel Champion 2018: ChristerL, Landskrona

In all 64 unique turfers took zones in all three heats. Full results can be found here (in Swedish): http://www.turfskane.se/eventskalender/varaevent/tmc2018/

Bonanza 2019 News

Turf08 will organize Bonanza 2019 on on Saturday, May 18th. Write it down, remember it and more info will come next year :) The event area will cover North Djurgården and surrounding area. Read more at http://nyheter.turf08.se/bonanza-2019-uppdatering/

Three Quick Ones

Back to three random turfers who have answered the quick questions :)

Turf nick: HappyF

Favorite zone

Kodammsbron. I take it almost everyday when I bike to my job. Nice view over Säveån.

Which personal goal are you most satisfied with?

5000 unique zones also became 100% in Gothenburg.

An accessory (not bike) you used to take a zone.

Inflatable canoe.

Turf-nick: TriggerHappy

What made you begin with Turf?

A colleague were often outside on the lawy and looked at his phone in breaks, so I asked what he was doing. When he told me about Turf, I thought it would fit my sister and mother, but then I got hooked too!

Which medal was the toughest to take?

My gold medal, had to keep turfing for five weeks. Since of course, I chose a five-week round!

Which personal goal are you most satisfied with?

Korea Explorer, to be the first to take it together with Munin. We planned it on the QT for one year before we went there.

Turf-nick: makrillen75

Which medal was the toughest to take?

My Region medal.

An accessory (not bike) you used to take a zone.

The Elba-ferry to get to the zone Elba in Västmanland.

Most memorable zone you have taken. Why?

Priapos, bird island surrounded by swamp land.

Turfa lungt/Safe turfing!


App updates 2018-08-27 19:40:33

We hope you haven't missed out on the in zone photo function. Perfect when sharing photos!

Another very recent update is:

The possibility to see other turfers takeover progression!

Perfect to see if you will take the zone before others or not. Even works with a whole crowd of turfers!

//Turf crew

50M taken 2018-08-23 20:54:32

The first zone in TURF was taken 2010-07-10 21:19:46 UTC.

And about 8 years later, at 2018-08-23 17:40:51 UTC boki marked an extraordinary event by taking zone number 50.000.000!

The zone taken was TrainSpot.

Congratulations to boki, and all of you!

Photo contest winner 2018-08-20 15:24:25

Behold the winning contribution to the photo contest!

@annaveronicafe posted this image on instagram using the hashtag #turfgame.

"The photo is maybe not your typical on-the-way-to-work zone but it sure does vibrate of warm summer!"

Thank you all for participating!

Don't be afraid to suggest other contests at contact@turfgame.com

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