I missed this at the time. I’m not sure how far I would have gotten, especially with the time constraints, but I would have tried it for sure. I think it’s a great series of tricks, and a worthwhile challenge even without deadlines.
I thought it would be nice to compile them all on one thread, so that they are easier to access.
Starting nice and easy for round 1: Trapeze Stall, Brother Stall, back to Trapeze (spinning) and then Flyaway Dismount. MUST hit it just like this and conform to the full rules to move on to round 2!
Learn it in the tutorial section if you don’t know it, and hit 3 CLEAN REPS of it (ending in a stall) JUST LIKE THIS to move on to Round 3. You DO NOT have to go this fast, but it does have to be clean. It should evoke the feeling of Mark McBride’s classic trick “the Zipper”. Have fun (or get horribly frustrated - either way) and KILL THIS TRICK!!!
Kickflip to Lunar, then Stall-Suicide (no flip) back to Trapeze Stall, and finish with a [b]Double-Kickflip. First catch on the thumb, next two on the index - NO string-grabbing ;).
Throw 2 somersaults of Split the Atom (using the same Taffy-Puller entry shown), perform an inside loop out, then punch-regen the other way, between the legs, and straight into your freehand-side pocket.
Take it out and Snap-Start it to show you’re ready for Round 6! … You guys can Snap-Start, right?
A few quick notes:
a. No touching your pocket or stuffing it with something to make it more open. You’ll notice I turn mine out to show it’s empty when I take out the yo-yo. This trick is ALL about precision and accuracy.
b. The yo-yo must disappear within your pocket completely (and without you doing anything to obscure it or jostle it). Until you start taking it out, it should be entirely enclosed within your pocket.
c. You must do a proper Split the Atom (just like Andre’s version on this site) with both index fingers inside the loop on the somersaults, as opposed to outside like Braintwister. Might seem obvious, but I’ve seen a ton of players do that.
d. SNAP-START IS NO LONGER NECESSARY. TRICK ENDS WITH BANK DEPOSIT… however a snap-start trick WILL be coming up in future rounds.
Snap-Start (and ONLY Snap-Start) into a cross-armed 1.5 Stall (like Kwyjibo), Kickflip to the same mount, then Kickflip AGAIN to Trapeze Stall. Then regen in a reverse-Breakway to a Backhand Balance. After you’ve shown control of the yo-yo in the balance, bring it back to the hand. Show your yo, post your vid here, and prepare your soul (along with your Last Will & Testament) for Round 8.
Double-Sidewinder (throwhand-freehand) to Backhand-Balance (showing control), then Undermount Stall before Kickflipping to Trapeze Stall. Regenerate into UFO and recapture in another Trapeze Stall before bringing it back to the hand with a Makin da Zine.
This Alex Lozyniak trick is a true mid-school classic from the era when ball-bearings were really cementing their dominance over fixed axles with regard to mainstream play and progression. I have always found this trick to be beautiful in its simplicity. It is the quintessential “smooth repeater” and its length and string geometry present a fun challenge for fixed axle. If you don’t already know it, learn it and give me 3 reps with a flyaway dismount. Oh, and do me a favor and don’t make it look all gross and staccato. It’s called Superflow.
Snap-start to Trapeze Stall, perform a backside 360 Varial (by pulling the string toward your body), immediately throw a Kickflip, then regenerate and Shoot the Moon into a Mars Landing before hopping the yo-yo up and into a Lunar Landing. Regen back to the hand…
Throw Trapeze and pull up into a Stop-n-Go. Perform a Stop-n-Pop into a Brother Stall. Kickflip into another Brother Stall, then Kickflip again into reverse Trapeze Stall (throw-hand underneath). Regen into a Lunar Trapeze Stall before regenerating again into a Shoot the Moon on the throw-hand side.
Snap-Start to Archery Flip, Windshield Wiper regen to outside loop out.
Please do show it clearly so we can see all the loops on the correct digits. No wiggling allowed looking for loops. Hit it clean.
This takes more effort than I realized! Work in progress…