Registration has opened for the World Yo-Yo Contest over at the official website. If you register now you get the discount price for the three-day pass at $49. Worlds is only two months away, and I have heard frighteningly little about it. It is good to see that the registration page is up.
Facebook is on fire with the Japan Nats results. I watched a bit of it last night until my inner Mattock took over and I passed out on my keyboard. Here are the Top 5 in each division. I am going to go treat this QWERTY impression on my face. You can still watch the contest in it’s entirety over on USTREAM
Image from the YoYoFactory Facebook page
Japan Nationals started last night. They made it through the prelims in all 5 divisions and the finals start today. You can recap Day 1 with the video below. If you want to jump straight to the list of who is competing in the finals, hit this link to continue.
Meat and potatoes first. BAC was incredible, but even more incredible is what happened in the 1a Finals. Gentry and Luis TIED for first, dead on scored. Take a look
There are 11 positive categories in judging and one negative category. You can see here that both Luis and Gentry were scored very evenly. The result is a legitimate tie! As far as I know, this has never happened before in modern competition. When I asked a few of the more veteran experts, they said the same. The BAC Judges team awarded 1st place to both Gentry and Luis as a shared victory. Back in the day, if there was a tie in the Ladder the two contestants would do a Loop Off, but that would hardly be fair in this circumstance when neither players are performing in a looping division. Personally, I think the tie was the only way to go.
But I want to head from you.
Take a look at the videos. Who do you think won? Should the judges have instituted a Tie Breaker and if so what?
For those who have not heard yet, I have stepped down as event organizer and host of the California State Yo-Yo Championship. The 2013 Cal State championship was my fourth and final state contest (for now) as I go back and focus on my masters degree. Cal States is a huge job, and requires planning up to 8 months in advance. I have been putting off my masters degree for a few years as I let things align around me. Now that I have a job that supports it, and my family is ready, it is time. I had to make a grown up choice of which item of my life to put on hold. YoYoSkills is not done yet. There is too much I want to accomplish. Too much left I want to do. Cal States was, is, and has been a huge success for me and after 4 amazing contests I knew that I could let it go and be completely satisfied, happy, and proud of what was accomplished. Cal States is as important to me as one of my family members. The choice was hard to make, but it was the right one.
To name everyone I want to thank would be insane, so:
To my dedicated sponsors
To my esteemed colleges
To my best friends
To my multi-week phone call recipients
To my fellow journalists
To my competitors
To my critics
To my contestants
To my wife and daughter
To my community
It has been an honor to serve as the California State Yo-Yo Championship host for the last 4 years.
With your help and support I have accomplished the goals I set 4 years ago and I am proud of what we have done.
Most importantly, I feel that I can step back, satisfied, and knowing that the future of Cal States is safe.
I am truly going out on a high point
Starting with the 2014 contest, Cal States will be in the hands of the very talented JD Steel.