I have chosen to spend Edcember with a 1955 Duncan Tournament Reproduction. I
m not sure how wise of a decision this was. The last few months have brought me growth in bearing play that seemed to be gaining momentum. I really wanted to keep at it, but I had already opened my big yap and said I was doing the Tournament for the month. I bought one a few months ago and had a lot of fun trying to land certain tricks and looking for old school tricks to try. But an entire month on nothing but this? I’m gonna give it my all, but I set myself up for a challenge I wasn’t prepared for.
I’m having a hard time connecting with this yoyo. I bought it new, because I wanted a fresh one for this experience. The one I bought a few months back is the understudy.
Nothing is easy on this yoyo. Not one thing. It’s a capricious little knucklebuster. One throw she’s all nice and breezy and you think that maybe you’re going to like this after all… the next, she dies two seconds in to your ever-so-slightly crooked throw… then it’s all knuckle chomping and inexplicable knots in the gap and magically becoming take-apart. This must be the yoyo version of breaking a horse. I gotta tell you, when you do land a trick on this thing, it’s like magic. Even simple tricks, like Braintwister, are a challenge. Throwing hard and straight enough to finish Rock The Baby takes extra concentration. But when the tricks happen on this yoyo, they are perfection. They have to be.
I’ve landed Split the Atom a few times. Barrel Rolls - only a few reps without missing. I’m starting in on some picture tricks. I have a few extra tricky things I’m trying to land… Yesterday, I tried Kickflip Suicide for the first time and landed it. That’s a satisfying trick
I’m not giving up. This month is giving me an opportunity to explore tricks I normally wouldn’t and retool my throw (I keep getting a sore finger). I’ve pretty much already forgotten about my “progression” in bearing play. I just got a package today (pictured below). Right now, that’s what I want to throw come Edmas.