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Every Champion
Was Once a Contender
who refused to give up

Rocky Balboa

Unifying the sport of urban axe throwing

Our vision is to prove that indoor axe throwing isn't just a unique experience; it can be a competitive sport. We want to unite indoor urban axe throwing facilities from around the world under one professional axe throwing association. Our collaboration with other indoor urban axe throwing companies to create WATL is what sets this league apart from our competitors. Our all-inclusive approach brings these facilities together and allows them the forum and voice to communicate with each other to establish standardized rules and regulations for this sport.

Inception Of the World Axe Throwing League

The sport of urban axe throwing is trending and expanding internationally. We noticed that many indoor axe throwing facilities, mostly in Canada, followed similar business practices and axe throwing rules. However, there wasn't much communication between all of the axe throwing clubs. We felt that we needed to create a forum for all axe throwers to open the floor for discussion on standardizing official rules and regulations to reach a level of harmony and legitimize indoor axe throwing as a sport.

WATL's goals & objectives

The World Axe Throwing League is not here to promote a single brand or image. WATL is here to promote the sport of indoor axe throwing as a whole while bringing together all indoor urban axe throwing clubs from around the world. We seek to standardize the sport of axe throwing - from official league rules, the points tracking system, safety protocols, axe throwing techniques, and everything in between. The prime directive of WATL this year is to achieve the unprecedented; to host the first-ever worldwide axe throwing tournament!

2018 World Axe Throwing Champion
Benjamin Edgington

2018 Stats

  • Avg Match Score: 60

Matches Win / Loss per season

Winter: 28 / 0
Perfect Games: 0
Spring: 28 / 0
Perfect Games: 1
Summer: 27 / 1
Perfect Games: 6
Fall: 28 / 0
Perfect Games: 14

Location: Bad Axe Throwing Denver

World Champion

International Axe Throwing Day

June 13

This day is dedicated to those around the globe who share our passion for axe throwing. The members of the World Axe Throwing League have this goal in mind - to raise awareness and unify the sport of urban axe throwing. This is why the World Axe Throwing League decided to found International Axe Throwing Day. It's not surprising that axe throwing is trending and growing in popularity internationally. This sport is seriously fun and offbeat - it's an inclusive activity everyone can enjoy, even children bringing together all indoor urban axe throwing clubs from around the world. We seek to standardize the sport of axe throwing - from official league rules, the points tracking system, safety protocols, axe throwing techniques, and everything in between.

WATL Founder
Mario Zelaya

The sport of urban axe throwing is trending and expanding internationally. Mario noticed that many indoor urban axe throwing facilities, mostly in Canada, followed similar business practices and axe throwing rules. However, there wasn’t much communication between axe venues. Mario felt that we needed to create a forum for these facilities to open the floor for discussion on standardizing official rules and regulations to reach a level of harmony and legitimize indoor axe throwing as a sport. That way, by working together, we could put axe throwing on par with other major sports.

“Because of the strong demand for the sport of urban axe throwing, we’re establishing a World Axe Throwing League – similar to what you would expect for the NHL, UFC, NBA, MLB, etc.,” said Mario Zelaya, League Chairman and founder.

Commissioner of WATL
Evan Walters

After joining the axe throwing community, Evan saw the potential of the sport and knew that the goal of the World Axe Throwing League would benefit not just axe throwing enthusiasts but the professional sports community. Working tirelessly to see the sport grow after being brought on in early 2017, he has helped take WATL from a dozen companies in North America to the worldwide stage we see today, including international reach with ESPN. He was also instrumental in fostering a partnership with The International Knife Throwing Hall of Fame, which is the oldest recorded tomahawk and knife throwing organization in the world, recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records.

“I’m thrilled to be helping organize axe throwing with the goal of bringing athletes from all over the world together toward the shared goal of sportsmanship and fun. My sincere thanks to all past, present, future friends and family in the WATL and anyone who helps spread the love of axe throwing. WATL wouldn’t be here if not for your passion.” - Evan Walters

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WATL State Profile: North Carolina

Just up the east coast there is no shortage of axe houses or top level talent in North Carolina. As with most venues in the World Axe Throwing League, each location in North Carolina has...

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