Doing sound at Cal States 2012, I had a fantastic un-blocked view of the stage and saw a LOT of amazing things.
Guy Wright’s performance was nothing short of an amazing combination of flow, control and smooth. Oh, he was fast when it needed it, but the whole thing just felt so relaxed. It was like watching a dance. So relaxed at the same time as well. It was like the yoyo was responding exactly like a dancer would being guided by the lead.
Similarly I have to agree with Anthony Rojas as well, which while I don’t recall as much, it was a very good performance. Watching it again, he brings it when he needs to bring it. Otherwise, he’s kind of more relaxed. A very interesting, competent and entertaining performer.
While I am a fan of Mickey, the speed demon stuff is kinda getting old to me. At 2011, I honestly wasn’t impressed that much with Marcus Koh because the performance was definitely “purposeful” and omitted anything that wasn’t necessary for gathering points, leaving a very dry and cold performance to me. Amazing on a technical level? Yes. Do I think it should have gotten him the title? No. The one performance that DID impress me was Jensen’s Finals freestyle. While not a blistering string banging full title sprint from beginning to end, it had flow and control and style all to itself. Visually interesting, it was like watching a very well performed waltz of sorts between man and yoyo. Was it good enough to take Worlds? No, probably not, even going the full time would have made no difference as he didn’t bring what “scores big” from a judging point of view. What I saw was that he brought what was needed, which was a performance that set the contest community a bit off their balance, forcing some issues regarding the current judging system.
I am amazed at the skill required to bang out tricks. My style will be “slogging out tricks” as I’ll never get all that great or amazing, plus I yoyo for ME, not for contests(nor will I compete). But to perform where the yoyo is an extension of oneself, that’s what makes the yoyo truly amazing.