IT’S WORLDS WEEK!
Since 2009 YoYoSkills.com has covered the World Yo-Yo Contest. This weekend will be no different. The World Yo-Yo Contest begins August 8th and goes through Saturday August 10th. YoYoers from all over the world will be in attendance and yo-yo companies will be showing off new products. I wish I was there, and one day perhaps I will be.
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Since 2009 YoYoSkills.com has covered the World Yo-Yo Contest. This weekend will be no different. The World Yo-Yo Contest begins August 2nd and goes through Saturday August 4th. YoYoers from all over the world will be in attendance and yo-yo companies will be showing off new products. I wish I was there, and one day perhaps I will be.
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The WYYC is a week away and the deadline for your music upload is ending very very soon. You have 48 hours left, otherwise you will have to use a canned song.
Upload page is HERE
NOTE: DO NOT use Internet Explorer or you may encounter errors with in the web browser. Use either Safari, Chrome, or FireFox Browsers and remember, 48 Hours left to upload their music for Worlds
Guidelines – All music must be considered G-rated (appropriate for all audiences) and shall not contain offensive lyrics including but not limited to: obscenities, racial, ethnic or sexual slurs, violence advocacy, etc. If you are unsure about your music, a judge will be available to listen to your music and make sure it is appropriate. Music used in many video games, television segments, and other media does not necessarily meet this standard. With the concurrence of the Contest Director and the Head Judge, use of inappropriate music by a contestant shall result in their disqualification.
I have talked to a few people who were at Worlds, and one thing comes up again and again. Jensen’s Freestyle.
This is the video. Some context for you. Jensen was virtually unseen up until this point of the contest. The announcer had just called him to stage and stated that “Jensen requests complete and total silence for his freestyle”
Thanks to YoYoFactory for capturing this
Added this version for a reference on “Jensen’s Request”
Requesting compete silence, and then only throwing for 2 min 30 seconds. From my on scene informants, the entire crowd was glued to the edge of the seat. Every eye was on stage and people were holding their breath. At the Worlds (lil) party at my house, the room was silent except me banging away at the keyboard. Even the Chat room slowed down, it was quite a sight. At one point, I think Jensen starts whistling along with the song. The effect of silence and flow was almost hypnotic.
Jensen may have cost himself the Championship by cutting the routine short but I don’t think he we there to win it. Jensen was making a statement. He used an unconventional song, requested silence, threw none of the high scoring Vertax tricks that we all know he can do, and ended early. If you kept track, once he got going he only had one throw and a string of extremely smooth regens. My guess is that Jensen was saying he is doing this his way only. Not a freestyle designed to rack up points or speed combo, just pure showmanship.
This the equivalent in yoyoing to (in my opinion) Babe Ruth calling his shot. At the time it was apparent that Babe could show up and destroy any pitcher he wanted. When the Yankees came up against the Cubs, Babe Ruth pointed out to over the center field wall and then proceed to knock the ball over the same wall. Ruth set his own terms and did exactly what he intended to do. It was ballsy, unheard of, inspiring, and has lived on as a legend.
Now I am not comparing Jensen to Babe Ruth nor am I calling Jensen the Babe Ruth of yoyoing, I am talking about the action here. Jensen called his own shot by asking for complete silence. He then went on to deliver an artistic, poetic, inspiring, nail-biting performance that never intended to take first place. It was only two and a half minutes, but it was two and a half minutes no one in that room will likely forget. It had champion level yoyoers glued to the edge of the seat. Love it or hate it, I would not be surprised if yoyoers talk about this freestyle and “Jensen’s Request” for a very long time.
During Worlds we here at YoYoSkills.com will be broadcasting the live stream from the World Yo-Yo Contest. In the mean time if your headed to Worlds and want to tweet your experiences, use the #WYYC tag.
Dazzling Dave is shooting daily coverage of the World Yo-Yo Contest and putting it up for all of us Orlando Deprived yoyoers. Thanks Dave. (all 3 days will be here in this thread)
Day -1: August 11 2010