For any alternative sport/entertainment fans looking for a new fix in the pedestrian gene puddle of cable TV athletics, one event next week just might be the best thing to ease your cravings since competitive eating and Takeru "Tsunami" Kobayashi. It's time, once again, for the World Yo-Yo Contest held annually in Florida. The 2008 event will take place in Orlando at the Rosen Plaza Hotel on July 31st, August 1st, and August 2nd.
There are several categories and divisions in competition, such as '"One Handed String Trick Division," "Two Handed Looping Division," "Two Handed String Trick Division," "Off-String Division," "Counter-Weight Division," and a lot of other divisions and descriptions and concepts I just don't quite understand, but it's absolutely amazing to watch. My five year old son and I were glued to Youtube this morning watching some of last year’s competition. Tricks like the Nunchuk, Atom Smasher, White Budda, Warp Drive, Brain Twister, Superman, Shoot the Moon, Sword and Shield, Double Iron Whip, Lladder Escape, And Whut, and Eiffel Tower have come a long way from simply Walking the Dog. And, oh yeah, read some of the posted comments on these YouTube videos! There are some serious yo-yo geeks out there with one helluva critical eye!
Anyway, here's a clip from the 2007 Champion, Yuuki Spencer, an incredible freestyler with a love for death metal. Yuuki won both the U.S. Nationals and Worlds in 2007, an extraordinary achievement to accomplish in the same year.