WOW! My head is still spinning in a blissful state of euphoria. I returned in one piece, but seriously lacking sleep from the western hemisphere’s greatest indoor show on earth, the legendary Worlds Yo-Yo Contest. I’ve been four times and this year has to be one of the best yet. If we’re experiencing a boom like many people think, I’d say the level of talent in players is matching that growth. I’m still blown away with what I witnessed.
This WYYC was a benchmark event for the SPYY team and it definitely showed in the spirit and enthusiasm of our players. The team was in full brigade sporting new work shirts, belt buckles as well as a couple of new faces. Our presence was felt throughout the contest venue and local burger joints I’m proud and thankful for our colorful crew.
Jungyo Choi made his debut to the team at the contest. He originates from Korea, but now lives in Calgary where SPYY is produced. This will lend many benefits not only to SPYY’s product development, but also to our local club and scene.
Jungyo recently placed 7th at the Korean Summer Festival, 13th at Korean Nationals and most notably 2nd at the Canadian Nationals. We are confident in his abilities and believe that he has the foundation of a contest winning player. Look forward to seeing him at many USA events in the coming year. His player profile will be up soon.
Joey Fleshman made his first public appearance wearing SPYY colors and did us proud by representing with full vigor and enthusiasm. It was fun to see Joey surrounded by young, eager players who were all interested in trying every SPYY in his bag. Joey has been making his mark on the contest scene, with a strong second placing at MAR, he also has strong ties with SAVE DETH, a super bunch of people and a solid yoyoing lifestyle brand. Check out their webiste here: www.SAVEDETH.com. We look forward to seeing the future results of Joey’s fresh perspective on trick composition and competitive yoyoing.
Ed Haponik, the rock star of the team, arrived after a long drive to the contest venue 4:00am Friday morning. Our crew stayed up all night and into the morning to welcome him “home”. After a long hello and Ed handing out the much anticipated belt buckles (I had them delivered to NC), everyone dispersed to get a few winks before continuing our journey into yoyoing bliss the next day. Ed made a classic appearance in period dress for the Duncan 1964 contest recreation. The old rules were laid out (all very strict) and the players had to comply with precision or be sternly criticized by the judges. Yoyoing back then was serious business! Ed’s skills were strong and appreciated by all.
Guy Wright, the smooth master of flow and style was regularly spotted at the contest with his motley crew of friends all busting out insane combos and hits. Guy has made himself a legend our our community with his incredibly stylized moves and he was more than happy to show off these skills to whoever asked. Guy was regularly seen with an enthusiastic camera stuffed in his face, so watch out fresh contest footage of him in the coming days… There were also rumors floating around of an all new Punch Line in the works
A big thanks and hug to everyone at the contest I met and an even bigger hug to those who I missed. It was awesome to see familiar faces and to meet new ones. I had the time of my life and I miss you already. We’ll see you at Nationals!
The World Contest is and check point or milestone of sorts. Everything builds up to the event, especially for SPYY. It gets super busy and perhaps even flustered at times making sure everything is falling into place. There’s always some deadlines cut short or even missed, but in the end it all works out.