Any opinion presented is Dylan’s own and is no way influenced by the YoYoSkills Staff.
“What it takes to win BAC”
BAC is the first of three premium level contests called the Triple Crown, and is is right around the corner. Considering the importance of the BAC title, I will be spending the next few weeks talking about the contest in general. Over the next three weeks I will cover who my picks are and why, what goes through my mind as a competitor, and what I see others discussing.
Obviously, everyone is going to have a different opinion on who they think will win, but in this weeks article, I make the case for my picks.
It may not be obvious, as a spectator, what winning BAC means to a yo-yoer competitor. BAC is a landmark achievement that has eluded some of the worlds most elite yoyoers. Every year, the 1a winner has to over come some of the words best yoyoers. They fight and scrounge there way to the top because this contest is no easy win. I give undying respect to those who have accomplished this achievement primarily because one of my long term goals is to one day accomplish this feat as well. To put it in simple terms 1a is the most heavily stacked style and has been and will be the most stacked style for forever. To win first at BAC in the 1a division brings the unbreakable recognition of the yo-yo community and places you as a frontrunner for the US National Title. When you consider the talent at this years BAC, it just makes it that much more exciting. When the smoke clears and we see who ranks in the top brackets, we are likely looking at the next few years of World Champions.
I think that one thing that most people forget when comparing players is who wants it more. I have heard rumors that Sebby , who just took Virginia States, has broken his competition silence. If he decides to show up at any of the Triple Crown events, he would come in as a frontrunner and solidify what some feel was a Nationals win upset. BAC would be an ideal contest to back up his title win. Then there is Jensen Kimmitt. If he decides to haul himself down from Canada, Jensen will be the definite favorite coming into BAC. Not only did he take everything in 2010, he is also a two time BAC champion. I think that Jensen was at Cal States to do more than defend his title. Jensen took on a huge 1a talent field at Cal States and massacred everyone. I get the impression though that he isn’t untouchable this year. When I watched his winning freestyle at Cal States, it just wasn’t the same as his wining Worlds freestyle. The presence that he had at Worlds seeming disappeared. If he shows up to BAC, his is an obvious favorite but some are saying that Jensen “is not going to be competing this year”. This is causing quite a stir because Jensen started 2010 with Cal States and then steamrolled every contest he attended that year. If there is no more Jensen in 2011 at the contests he won in 2010, these spots open up.
If Jensen does indeed skip BAC, then the new frontrunner would be California State 1a Champion Gentry Stein. Gentry was the highest ranked Californian at Cal States and while Jensen took the prize for first, Gentry holds the title. A win for Gentry Stein could set him up for a National Title run and solidify him in the eyes of other yo-yo pro’s. Last year, Gentry got fourth at 2010 Nationals behind Paul Han, John Chow and Sebastian Brock. While he passed Paul at Cal States, we haven’t seen him this year against John Chow. Gentry might have a harder time though if Sebastian shows up because Sebby had a decent margin on him at Nats and could probably still be able to beat Gentry tech points wise.
A high placement at Cal States may not be enough though. While Cal States had tons of talent, key players were missing that historically make BAC a must attend event. Namely, I am talking about Yuuki Spencer. Yuuki was right behind Gentry at Nationals but Yuuki has both World and National titles and is just as dominant as Jensen if not more. Yuuki’s history of wins at BAC is also amongst the top player ever, giving him a long track record at this contest. Yuuki could also be out to prove his pedigree. Yuuki’s 2010 didn’t take as many wins as Yuuki’s 2007, 2008, or 2009.
If we go into BAC history though, no one has as many BAC wins as Paul Han. Paul Han has something ridiculous like 6 or 7 BAC red jackets. In truth Paul is always really strong at BAC, Nationals and Worlds, so I think the Triple Crown tour is exactly the type of thing he could completely dominate. If he wants the Triple Crown bad enough to work out the snags in his freestyle, he could be a very strong contender for all three contests.
This is still excluding some of the biggest names like John Ando, if he competes, and local favorite Augie Fash. Augie placed right behind Gentry at Cal States and didn’t even plan to compete. Chris Allen had to talk him into it and he ended up snagging third. He was even talking with people during his freestyle and he hit almost everything. It is clear to me that had Augie actually planned to compete at Cal States, he would have placed higher. Augie is a consistent top ten Worlds finisher and has been for the last half decade. He always brings engaging and amazing freestyles and is also a previous BAC and National Champion so he knows how to get it done. Considering the pool of strong competition at Cal States last March, I think if Augie shows up to BAC wanting the win, no one may be able to stop him.
Sebby, Jenen, Gentry, Yuuki, and Augie all share a common theme; a REASON to want to win. Wanting to win is great but having a driving reason always empowers that win more. I think that the field at BAC is going to be pretty packed and the deciding factor will be who wants it more and is willing to go out and fight for it.
Questions to the Reader -
Who (and why) do you think wants the BAC title the most?
What do you think it means to be the 1a champ of BAC?
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