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Title: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: jim in paris on November 17, 2015, 11:18:20 AM
http://iyyf.org/wyyc2017-will-be-in-iceland/


 8) 8)

great location, i was there in 1980

jim
Title: Re: world yoyo contest
Post by: ta0 on November 17, 2015, 12:19:34 PM
Wow!  ???
I met and talked to a young yo-yo player from Iceland and his parents at Lucky's some years ago. there was one competitor from Iceland in Tokyo (I don't know if they are the same). I am surprised Iceland beat Poland, which from the announcement was also a candidate and organized the last European contest (unless they only volunteered in case nobody else did).

I don't know if we can get spintop players to Iceland. From the US it is expensive to fly there, but no so much from Europe. We cannot expect local spintop players like in Japan. It would be an unusual place to visit, no doubt. But perhaps the spintop worlds will have to split. We will see.


Title: rmy
Post by: jim in paris on November 17, 2015, 12:50:08 PM
From the US it is expensive to fly there

i don't think so
you guys,have a huge US Army base in Keflavik with AM radio and everything
i scanned a return  flight to NYC at 57O USD

we'll see what the wind does....

jim
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017
Post by: ta0 on November 17, 2015, 03:13:47 PM
Jim: I first checked on Travelocity from San Antonio and the cheapest it gave me was $1800! These are flights first going to London. But then from NYC got that $570 price you found on a non-stop Icelandair flight. So from here it would be around $900 buying tickets on two airlines. From Paris to Reykjavik there are flights for less than $300.
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on November 17, 2015, 03:36:36 PM
Well, that is a shocker from what little I know about the yoyo community.  I remember that family from Iceland.  They are a very nice bunch and it seems like they had children attending the top spinning workshop in Orlando.  I think I spent time with them at several world championships.

I will not be retired by then but I certainly am intrigued by this possibility!!!  There was a great show on one of the educational channels the other day about Iceland and all the great things they are doing with the heat from volcanoes.  They are really big on renewable energy and geothermal energy is a big part of their lives.

Here are a couple things I just read about on Wikipedia.  I did not realize Iceland is considered part of Europe!  Also, they went through a very bad time with their economy in 2008 but has bounced back quite nicely and a big part of that was tourism!  So, they are ready for the world yoyo event.

On a personal note, I see where the state church for Iceland is the Church of Iceland.  Here is the shocker (to me) - it is a Lutheran body and I am Lutheran!!!  Almost 75 percent of the people are members of the Church of Iceland.  This means there are a lot of potential connections for me in that country.  Wow!!!  I have a lot of things to think about.


Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017
Post by: kyo on November 17, 2015, 10:40:46 PM
Even the yoyo community thinks it's kind of a weird move.. there isn't much of a yoyo group there.

In any case, it's a really cool location.

I was finding flights in august 2016 (so that I'm looking at the right time of year) for $950 from Houston.. I know others were getting $700 from NYC.

Kyle
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017
Post by: Dick Stohr on November 17, 2015, 11:05:53 PM
I spent a lot of time in the Navy deployed to Keflavik Air Force Base. Never left the base on the ground but flew many missions looking for Soviet submarines. Thought that the locals that worked on the base were interesting and very nice. I would be interested to see what is left of the base.
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017
Post by: Shyguy on November 18, 2015, 07:45:43 AM
The project that ICeland presented to be voted is AWESOME, and won clearly to the one that poland made. A few polish yo-yoers got mad, but most of us love the idea. We are a bit sick of Budapest and Prague. Tokyo was awesome but way too expensive for most europeans. Nest year it will be hosted by Cleveland, Ohio (2016). I'm planning to go (to represent my japanese yo-yo sponsor). I'd love to meet everybody attending.
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017
Post by: ta0 on November 18, 2015, 09:51:40 AM
Is The Earl of Whirl saying that he may consider competing in Iceland?  :o

It would be great to meet you in Cleveland, Shyguy!
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on November 18, 2015, 11:11:36 AM
I flew the idea by my wife and she did not say no.  We are officially "thinking about it" but when I said we could maybe go to Europe after that her eyes lit up!!!
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017
Post by: Jack on November 18, 2015, 12:33:06 PM
I flew the idea by my wife and she did not say no.  We are officially "thinking about it" but when I said we could maybe go to Europe after that her eyes lit up!!!


hoowaaaa!!! did not know you were married  :o
i hope you convince her its a good idea to go  ;)
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017
Post by: MarkHayward on November 19, 2015, 07:41:07 PM
I went to Iceland this summer, and it was FANTASTIC! There is a new discount airline called WOW Air, and if you buy your ticket far enough in advance you can get it for as low as $100. We had to buy our kind of late, and it was peak season, so they were more in the $700 range. Iceland is a really easy place to be a tourist as an American since everyone speaks english, and are really friendly. The landscape is so different from anything else I've ever seen. I got to walk on tundra! For both me and my wife it was a transformative trip. I can't recommend it highly enough.

Mike, the word I got about religion is that Iceland is not a very religious country. They may be Lutheran primarily on paper, but I don't really know. One thing that I can tell you though is that in every town and city the church is the coolest building around. There were a couple of places we went where the houses were totally boring and the church was amazing!
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017
Post by: jim in paris on November 21, 2015, 01:39:29 PM
salut Mark and all

Mike, the word I got about religion is that Iceland is not a very religious country. They may be Lutheran primarily on paper, but I don't really know.

i didn't get the same feeling when I was there

I spent 6 weeks in Iceland in 1980 from Seidisfjiordur , driving all around anti clock wise Akureiri, Reykjavik,Keflavik and then the south coast
at one point there was an eruption of the Hekla vulcano ,
the 14th august i think
anyway
people were super friendly and open
they would open a school to host  us (me ,my bro simon and another friend in a VW 1300 Bug)
we never slept in a hotel or in a paying accommodation
for alcohol the laws were (still are) very strict
only on Fridays could you buy booze
and the locals go wild
when we drove past Keflavik i remember this AM radio from the US army base
good rock'n'roll and blues nights

high spinning times ahead :D

jim
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on May 25, 2016, 12:01:00 PM
I appreciate all the good information about Iceland.  Thank you.  There was a recent segment on snapchat with beautiful pictures from there.  It got my wife and I to talking about it again and she is all in!!!  My one big question is about the dates.  I do not see anywhere the possible dates or times.  Maybe someone around these parts has some inside information?
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on September 30, 2016, 12:32:50 PM
Reykjavik in the news today as the city council voted to have all lights turned off Wednesday night (9/28) in order to provide the best possible viewing for the aurora borealis!  Interesting!!!
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on October 02, 2016, 01:47:33 PM
Once again, the island up north known for ice and snow is in the news.  Today the paper has an article about recent disasters in that area that are being blamed on natural events or.......elves!!!  "Icelandic elves, also called hidden people or alfar, are not tiny, pointy eared creatures.  They are thought to be regal and humanlike, and a good way to think of them is as the Icelanders version of karma."

Elves have been blamed for wreaking havoc on construction projects across Iceland for decades.  I may have to do some more investigation about this so I can get the elves on my side when I do my freestyle.
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017
Post by: jim in paris on October 02, 2016, 03:49:59 PM

 >:D >:D
I hope to be there ;D

10-12 AUG !!! coming soon!!!



jim
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017
Post by: ta0 on October 02, 2016, 08:48:38 PM

 >:D >:D
I hope to be there ;D

10-12 AUG !!! coming soon!!!


jim

Woohoo!!!
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017
Post by: Attila on October 03, 2016, 02:08:26 PM
Hi!
I'm new here and I know very little about this whole contest, I would really love to try my best at such an event.
How much would it cost to go there and is there any chance to get there from Hungary even if I'm not really wealthy? Are there sponsors who would support me or anyone who is new to this world?
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017
Post by: ta0 on October 03, 2016, 02:31:04 PM
Welcome to the forum!

We commented about your spintop video here: skilled cookie alert @@ (http://www.ta0.com/forum/index.php/topic,4410.msg45602.html#msg45602)

You have lots of skill and it is great to have a player from Hungary in the forum.
A couple of years ago the European spintop contest was in Budapest, Hungary (part of the European yo-yo contest). It is a pity that you missed it. I told Gustavo to tell his Hungarian players but he said they were not interested. The videos are here: EYYC 2014 videos (http://www.ta0.com/forum/index.php/topic,3217.msg32805.html#msg32805).

ITSA will be providing some help to players to attend worlds next year. We may be able to help you with lodging but probably not with the transportation. But, if there is an European spintop contest and you manage to win, then we can talk about more help  ;D But an European spintop contest in 2017 has not been confirmed yet.
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on October 03, 2016, 08:53:40 PM
Attilla......you certainly are skilled!!!  I like your video and I like the fact that you have now joined this forum.  Thanks for posting.  Hang with us.  I hope to see you in Iceland.
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017
Post by: Attila on October 04, 2016, 02:33:28 AM
I will try my best but I see very little chance to be there. I have some time until then so who knows I hope to be there and I will keep practicing until then.
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017
Post by: Hrosik on October 04, 2016, 04:39:02 AM
So, as I read this thread, there will be a spintop division at WYYC 2017. I'm glad about it, I think that it's not the right time to divide yoyos and tops. I would love to come there and compete, it will be quite an expensive trip, but I think it's possible.

And about EYYC 2017, it will be held in Bratislava, Slovakia. Me and Jakub are in good contact with guys there and I hope there will be enough players for spintop division to be opened. We are probably going to take care of rules.
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017
Post by: jim in paris on October 04, 2016, 01:13:49 PM
salut daniel

you know the guys from loon plage will be going to Bratislava
Mermouille (who now can regenerate)
Emmmanuel (grand manu)
Cyril(vodka-topper)

a lot of fun ahead:!!

jim


Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017
Post by: Hrosik on October 04, 2016, 03:34:23 PM
Actually I'm in contact with Mouy, they will come in their van to Prague to Czech Nationals (22nd October). They plan to do some sightseeing and so, they will be here for over a week I guess. Mouy said they'll bring some special tops for a little exhibiton for Czech people to see the tradition of tops around the world. We will hold there two small contests for beginner players: Target - 3 tries to hit a target and it gets smaller and smaller; and Long Spinner. Unfortunately no Spintop division due to small amount of participants but hopefully we will raise a new generation of spintop players!

And if they plan to come to Bratislava too, they'll need to compete for sure! It would be great if they could make it there too.
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017
Post by: Jack on October 04, 2016, 09:41:42 PM
Mouy said they'll bring some special tops for a little exhibiton for Czech people to see the tradition of tops around the world.

 @-@
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017
Post by: ta0 on October 13, 2016, 07:51:16 PM
Nice things about Icelandair: Buddy Service for a perfect layover (http://www.cntraveler.com/story/icelands-celebration-stopover-buddy-service-will-help-plan-the-perfect-layover).
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017
Post by: ta0 on October 20, 2016, 07:08:17 PM
We may see more tourist than Icelanders next year  :-\ :

www.cntraveler.com/story/iceland-will-have-more-american-tourists-than-actual-residents-by-2017
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017
Post by: CUPER on October 20, 2016, 08:43:01 PM
la aventura islandia suena genial,amigo mike alla nos vemos amigooooo mike abrazo,,y todos los possibles ahi nos vemos
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on October 20, 2016, 10:20:02 PM
ja ja......a trompo reunion.  Amigo Marco......Subway sandwich para breakrfast?
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on January 01, 2017, 04:43:05 PM
My wife just asked me where worlds will be in Iceland so I did some searching and found this on the meetinreykjavik website:

IYYF WORLD YO-YO CHAMPIONSHIP 2017
10 August - 12 August
The International Yo-yo Federation is pleased to announce that Reykjavik, Iceland, has been elected as the host city for the 2017 World Yo-Yo Contest! Expecting about 700 guests to attend at Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre on August 10-12, 2017.

Harpa concert hall?  Seems like there might be a piano there!!!
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017
Post by: ta0 on January 01, 2017, 06:41:25 PM
That is a pretty spectacular venue!

Main concert hall (but the contest could be in another hall):
(http://www.stagesconsultants.com/performing_arts/progress/bigPics/harpa2.jpg)

(http://for91days.com/photos/Iceland/Harpa%20Reykjavik%20Iceland/Harpa%20Reykjavik%20Iceland%20-%2002-20130707%20for91days.com.jpg)

Personally, I prefer the venue to be attached to a hotel. Anyway, it should be great!

Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on January 12, 2017, 12:26:30 AM
I have been told by the organizer that ITSA will be in charge of the spintop contest in Reykjavik.  ;D
There will be two stages, but they want us on the main one.  :) :)
I don't know yet about the availability of workshop/throwdown rooms.

Wow Air (https://wowair.com/) (Iceland) currently has flights from Miami to Amsterdam or Paris with layover in Reykjavik for $300 round trip, but not in August. Also very cheap from the West Coast (but does not fly from Texas  :( )

Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: kyo on January 16, 2017, 03:25:59 AM
You can find flights in August for cheap, just have to dig through their very bizarre website to be able to search those dates. I think I got there by finding flights from a particular city for an advertised month, then modifying the date ranges within their search results.

I found NYC to Reykjavik for about $280 on dates around worlds (allowing for a week stay and leaving the day after worlds). Would probably be worth getting to a city Wow Air flies out of and then taking their cheap flight if you're on a budget.

I'm actually going to be in Iceland quite a while.. my wife is coming with me and she has to be back for work by the 31st of July so we're going to do a week-ish there then she'll leave and I'm sticking around until after worlds.. pretty excited to have 9+ days to drive around the country and do some photography without anybody bugging me about being too slow ;)

Kyle

Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: jmadrigal on January 16, 2017, 02:50:54 PM
The Iceland Worlds website is up with information as of this weekend. They list places to stay in the accommodations section. Where is everyone planning on staying? If I go I want to be where the top players will be. 
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on January 16, 2017, 07:44:36 PM
.. pretty excited to have 9+ days to drive around the country and do some photography without anybody bugging me about being too slow ;)
Kyle
Lucky guy!

The Iceland Worlds website is up with information as of this weekend. They list places to stay in the accommodations section. Where is everyone planning on staying? If I go I want to be where the top players will be.
I don't know yet. I just looked at the worlds site and the accommodations are not precisely cheap.
I guess it is time to look into this.
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: Neff on January 17, 2017, 01:04:47 PM
Looks like this is the place to stay.  About $100 a night.

Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: jim in paris on January 17, 2017, 02:00:40 PM
looks good
but for 100$ it's only one bed/one night ? in a room of 6 or 8 ?

my budget says I could sleep in the car park or at a camping if there is one...

ITSA must look into this matter so that we could arrange a collective accommodation at a sensible rate

agreed ?

jim


Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on January 17, 2017, 09:09:45 PM
ITSA must look into this matter so that we could arrange a collective accommodation at a sensible rate
agreed ?
jim
What the Chairman says  ;D
I checked on VRBO and there are possible places, although that week is quite booked.
For example, I found a nice three-bedroom apartment available on those dates that costs $285 a night for 5 people,  $375 for 8 people. Great location, about 600 meter from Harpa.
What do you say? August 9-13th (4 nights) would be $1500/8 = $190 total per stay per person for eight people. ITSA could pay 50% or 100% of the cost for players who are given assistance.
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: Ludo on January 18, 2017, 01:20:21 PM
yess good way good idee bye ludo
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on January 19, 2017, 11:35:13 AM
ITSA has secured a "command center" in Reykjavik  :) We believe this is a great opportunity to help attendees and to have a meeting place for spintop players when Harpa is closed. The total cost with fees (cleaning, insurance, booking) is around $60 per person per night. We have it reserved from August 9 until the 13th (4 nights). Our reservation if fully refundable until July 10th, but I don't think we will lack interested players.

(https://imagesus-ssl.homeaway.com/mda01/18982bb9-6a0c-43ed-aed8-1041619a9e1f.1.6)(https://imagesus-ssl.homeaway.com/mda01/c4f99326-e60f-4aab-bb22-25b1201c52a9.1.6)(https://imagesus-ssl.homeaway.com/mda01/902581b5-add1-4764-95c0-75910b15aae6.1.6)

You can see the 3-bedroom apartment here (https://www.vrbo.com/4021888ha).
It is really close to the venue (on the next marina on the old harbor) and at the edge of downtown Reykjavik. I believe the black building in the background that can be seen on the photo from the balcony is Harpa.

If you are interested, please, send me an email. Some players will receive assistance, but we still have to discuss this on the board.
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on January 21, 2017, 06:22:40 PM
My plan right now is to take advantage of Iceland Air stopover program and visit Lourens in Hoorn. :) I am looking at a flight from Denver to Amsterdam August 4th, flying to Reykjavík the 9th, and returning to Denver the 14th. That will leave me Sunday to visit the Iceland countryside.
Anybody wants to share his plans? If there were enough people interested we could extend the apartment lease one day.

PD: For once the Denver-Amsterdam flight will be the top (instead of pot) express ::)
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: jim in paris on January 22, 2017, 05:28:22 AM
WHAT ??
visiting Lourens before worlds ?? don't you try to double-cross me and Ludo!
blistering barnacles , you texan top-master!
we would change our plans accordingly >:D, if your majesty would dare to tell us more about these spinning plans
i have to check potcity to keflavik assap!

jim
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on January 22, 2017, 10:38:29 AM
we would change our plans accordingly >:D, if your majesty would dare to tell us more about these spinning plans
jim
Actually, it seems that I am the only one sharing his plans. Is Ludo coming to Iceland?
My first thought was going to visit Lourens after worlds, but then it would bump against the solar eclipse and I need some break from tops and fun to work!  >:(
So, I checked with Lourens and he will be available the week before worlds.

I believe both Iceland Air and Wow Airlines sell their flights per segment, without one-way overcharges with respect to round trip. It would make sense for you to triangle between Paris, Amsterdam and Reykjavík.
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: jmadrigal on January 24, 2017, 08:46:16 PM
Looks like me and my two traveling companions secured a place about 9min walk from the Harpa. Now I have to start looking for airline tickets.
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on January 24, 2017, 10:38:37 PM
Ha ha!!!  Blistering barnacles!!!
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on January 24, 2017, 11:08:10 PM
Looks like me and my two traveling companions secured a place about 9min walk from the Harpa. Now I have to start looking for airline tickets.
Good, but, is your place refundable in case we need more people to fill the ITSA headquarters?  ::)

I hear that Ludo is coming with his wife, Karine. Mike: tell Dawn that she may have somebody else to talk to while we are at Harpa.

What about JNeff? Are you still coming to Iceland? And the current world champ? It would be fun to have the two Neff's under the same roof!
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: jmadrigal on January 25, 2017, 09:02:54 PM
Looks like me and my two traveling companions secured a place about 9min walk from the Harpa. Now I have to start looking for airline tickets.
Good, but, is your place refundable in case we need more people to fill the ITSA headquarters?  ::)

I didn't book it, my friends wife did. I'm just tagging along since they've been to Iceland before.
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: Eric on January 26, 2017, 02:59:04 PM
Dorothy and I are planning on going to Worlds, Noah is coming too! (for those of you that remember him from Orlando Worlds a while ago he is now a 21 year old college student, 6'1" and a handsome dude).  We are planning on tacking on a bunch of extra days, but we're trying to figure out whether to add the extra days before or after Worlds. What are other people thinking?
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on January 27, 2017, 12:09:36 PM
Dorothy and I are planning on going to Worlds, Noah is coming too! (for those of you that remember him from Orlando Worlds a while ago he is now a 21 year old college student, 6'1" and a handsome dude).  We are planning on tacking on a bunch of extra days, but we're trying to figure out whether to add the extra days before or after Worlds. What are other people thinking?
Yippee! Worlds is getting better and better!

Unfortunately, I will only stay in Iceland one extra day after the contest.
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: jim in paris on January 28, 2017, 12:44:56 AM
hello  !

that's great news , Eric !
if you have some spare time and wheels
i would recommend

Geysir which is 1h from reikjavik
then drive north to Kyolur, see the big waterfalls
and optional drive all the way north to akureiri
there are a couple of fords on the way ...
from geysir you could also drive east as far as the
vatnajokull, the large ice cap which remains frozen in the summer

plenty of incredible landscapes

c u there

jim
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: cecil on January 29, 2017, 07:11:15 PM
     I think we should all get together for a TROMPO weekend in San Jose, California.  Why because Gus has a sister in Hayward, Brian, lives in Salinas, Katheryn lives in Dublin, and Herman lives in Sacramento.  And jmadrigal has family in the bay area.
     My grandson and I have a lot of different tops – different sizes and different woods.  We need the experts to check them out and have a lot of fun. I know Gus would LOVE it.  Let me know what you think.
 
Title: Re: world yoyo contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on March 07, 2017, 10:28:34 PM
You gotta love Iceland, what a country
With a history of fish and Vikings and the sea
Sure there's some cold, that's how it goes
But lots of geisers and volcanoes
And a land that is beautiful and free
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on March 08, 2017, 01:09:13 PM
Too cold for me to live there but it looks beautiful to visit.

154 days left!
We might have a very nice group of spintop players in Reikjavik. El Rey del Trompo, Gerardo Jimenez (the circus guy from Mexico) is coming. There are two groups in Colombia that may come. Some other countries may be represented  :-X

Flights at the time of the contest on Icelandair from Chicago are $499. By the way, Icelandair does not have baggage fees, while Wow will kill you with those.
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on March 08, 2017, 10:47:25 PM
For years they were a part of Denmark
And sometimes winters can be quite dark
They like their elves and it's quite fitting
Their national pastime is knitting
To stay warm when things are quite stark
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: Jack on March 08, 2017, 11:42:37 PM
For years they were a part of Denmark
And sometimes winters can be quite dark
They like their elves and it's quite fitting
Their national pastime is knitting
To say warm when things are quite stark

i enjoyed that, i enjoyed that immensely @-@
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: jmadrigal on March 09, 2017, 04:41:42 PM
Any info on the contest? Events and what not.
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on March 09, 2017, 11:34:19 PM
Any info on the contest? Events and what not.
This weekend is the European contest in Bratislava. I expect things to start moving after the organizers settle back, by the end of the month.
Although ITSA is officially in charge of running the spintop contest, we don't yet know how much stage time and top space we will have available. We want to have as many activities as possible so, please, give us any suggestions you have.
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on March 11, 2017, 10:08:07 AM
Here is the third verse:

The northernmost capital on earth
Is Rejakavik, full of love and mirth
There are many Lutherans you can see
And one of the visitors will be me
For a championship of some worth
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on March 20, 2017, 03:14:37 PM
Putting all three verses together forms a song I have been singing at open mike night at the Lucky Star.  I am nervous about sharing my new verse.

USA Today has a list of the happiest nations on earth and the Norse countries are tops with Norway, Denmark and Iceland the top three.  Canada is #7 with USA at 12.  Germany is 16, UK 19 and France 31.  Glad we are going to a happy place.  I am sure we will see lots of smiles!
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on March 20, 2017, 09:10:06 PM
Quote
I am nervous about sharing my new verse.
Mm, I have the inkling that it may mention me.  ???
C'mon, share it with us!
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on March 22, 2017, 10:46:34 PM
Well, this evening I added my extra verse at open mike night.  I warned them but they still laughed and screamed a bunch, which surprised me since it is kind of a "bar" like atmosphere (officially it is a brewery).  I told them if anyone could handle it then it should be them.  Here it is...........

Leif Erikson was born in Iceland.
Bobby Fischer is buried in their soil and sand.
The country has a number of geniuses,
And a museum with the world's largest collection of penises.
Thankfully they are animal parts and glands.
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on March 23, 2017, 01:00:25 AM
 ;D ;D ;D
If you enlarge a little bit the google map on the worlds site, the Icelandic Phallological Museum of Penises is one of the first landmarks that appears.
Now we know what the wives and girlfriends at the contest will tour while we play tops  >:D

Years ago on a TV show (something like Believe It or Not) they interviewed a guy in Iceland who had put on his will a body part so the museum could complete the collection.  ;D
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: jim in paris on March 23, 2017, 03:20:48 PM
hello art amateurs >:D
let's come back to the world spintop contest

are there any bookings for the ITSA offer about a collective accommodation?

5 months to go 8)

jim

Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on March 23, 2017, 07:46:30 PM
are there any bookings for the ITSA offer about a collective accommodation?

Many have said "keep a place for me" but there are no confirmations. My feeling is that in the end we will get a full house. But it would be nice to know ahead of time  ::)
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on April 28, 2017, 11:52:55 PM
100 days until worlds!!!

Dale Oliver is coming to Reykjavik  :) Unfortunately, Val is not  :( Dale will stay at the ITSA apartment.

We are soon going to announce a raffle to benefit ITSA. We already have secured some prizes, but if you have something that you can donate for the raffle, please contact me.
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on May 04, 2017, 03:27:58 PM
Iceland once again makes USA Today newspaper.  This time it is in the up and down words puzzle.  The puzzle starts with the word "big" and ends with the word "all".  Puzzle clues are 1)ego, slangily 2)way to find Santa 3)Iceland's locale 4)Portugal has one 5)shoreline protectors 6)protect from and 7) "___ ___ odds"

Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on May 04, 2017, 09:18:12 PM
Iceland once again makes USA Today newspaper.  This time it is in the up and down words puzzle.  The puzzle starts with the word "big" and ends with the word "all".  Puzzle clues are 1)ego, slangily 2)way to find Santa 3)Iceland's locale 4)Portugal has one 5)shoreline protectors 6)protect from and 7) "___ ___ odds"
I did not even know what was called an "up and down word puzzle". But the USA puzzle is available here: http://puzzles.usatoday.com/updownwords/ Select May 4 to solve the one mentioned by The Earl. But don't expect to learn anything about Iceland that you did not already know :P
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: jmadrigal on May 04, 2017, 09:45:49 PM
When are people arriving in Iceland? I am looking for tickets and want to have an idea of others plans.
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on May 05, 2017, 09:43:58 AM
When are people arriving in Iceland? I am looking for tickets and want to have an idea of others plans.
Dale is arriving the 9th and leaving the 13th. I arrive the 9th (after visiting Lourens) and leave the 14th.
I think most top players haven't bought the tickets yet . . .
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: jmadrigal on May 05, 2017, 12:24:15 PM
When are people arriving in Iceland? I am looking for tickets and want to have an idea of others plans.
Dale is arriving the 9th and leaving the 13th. I arrive the 9th (after visiting Lourens) and leave the 14th.
I think most top players haven't bought the tickets yet . . .
Thanks Jorge, I will update when I have tickets.
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on May 05, 2017, 07:09:46 PM
Up and down puzzles are fun.  They build from one two word answer to another.  Sorry, ta0, they are not Wikipedia and meant to teach one about a new country.  If you want to know more about Iceland, listen to me sing my song on open mike nights in downtown Miamisburg.  I am almost ready to do it without a guitar and only a top to accompany me.  Jim, I am a true amateur.  We need more amateurs in the world....including the top spinning world.

you start with this.....BIG ___
ego, slanglily............BIG HEAD
way to find Santa......HEAD NORTH
Iceland's locale.........NORTH SEA
Portugal has one.......SEA COAST
shoreline protectors..COAST GUARD
protect from............GUARD AGAINST
____ ____ odds........AGAINST ALL

Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on May 05, 2017, 07:55:58 PM
Good job, Mike! I am ashamed to admit it, but I was somewhat in a hurry and I used the cheat option on the USA site: each time you press "hint" it gives you a letter. The official solution has Atlantic instead of Sea, which perhaps is technically more correct (as Iceland is not in the official "North Sea") but I like yours more.
Why don't you come up yourself with one that is only spintop related? It would be fun to solve.
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on May 08, 2017, 09:20:58 AM
Ahh....yes, ATLANTIC instead of SEA.  Makes more sense. 

Amazingly, we just found out that our neighbors (just one house away) are in Iceland right now!  I cannot believe it and I look forward to their return to hear some of their stories.

I have had a number of ideas about puzzles for this forum, including this Up and Down style.  Sadly, I have limited time to work on them.  Besides that, I am generally the only one who tries to solve them.  This past puzzle is another example of how little interest there is for puzzles on this forum.  Thanks for your comments, ta0, and responding to this puzzle.
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: jmadrigal on May 08, 2017, 08:35:37 PM
Well I got my plane tickets and will get in to Iceland around 9am on Wednesday. :D
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: cecil on May 09, 2017, 01:03:42 AM
You know all of you can come to San Jose, California, and play with some of the BEST TROMPOS IN THE WORLD. But you have to hurry because I can go ANY DAY.
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: jim in paris on May 09, 2017, 07:21:09 AM
 :P OULALAH Cecil!!
But you have to hurry because I can go ANY DAY.
yes but we can come any day too! 8)

keep the good fun for a long time spinning with
 BIG TOPS


jim
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: studio42 on May 09, 2017, 04:43:19 PM
You know all of you can come to San Jose, California, and play with some of the BEST TROMPOS IN THE WORLD. But you have to hurry because I can go ANY DAY.

Might have to coordinate with you when my wife makes the trek down from Sacramento to a temple down there. Maybe a Fellowship of the String meet on the same day. Do try to come to BAC. It will be June 3rd in San Jose at the Children's Discovery Museum. You'll have to grab me from doing sound for a bit and have one of my guys take over for a bit.

Those drives wipe me out.
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: Jon Gates on May 11, 2017, 11:56:53 PM
I was just getting to register and it seems really expensive. Is this the same price as the last few years?
It looks like going to the event requires additional payment to watch in addition to completion regeneration fees.
Any word on what day tops are happing? I may go for just 1 day.
I already have airfare paid so I will be going anyway. 89 days until the event!

http://www.iceland2017.com/buy-tickets/ (http://www.iceland2017.com/buy-tickets/)
http://www.iceland2017.com/register-temp/ (http://www.iceland2017.com/register-temp/)
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: studio42 on May 12, 2017, 03:05:08 AM
I was just getting to register and it seems really expensive. Is this the same price as the last few years?
It looks like going to the event requires additional payment to watch in addition to completion regeneration fees.

I can only speak about specific yoyo contests and the most recent US Nationals(and the one before through others).

It would appear things are on the rise in regards to registration prices. I don't compete so these fees won't affect me. While I think registration fees should rise a bit, I think the latest jumps have been too much too fast. At the same time, I'm not out fees for venue rentals, insurance, permits and other stuff, so I don't know how much that influences registration fees.

Audience admission fees seem to vary depending on the rental agreement and/or the venue. Without knowing policies or seeing contracts, I can't comment.

I do know since the NYYL has been re-formed and is an actual body now, I think that despite the rapid amount of changes, the long term will benefit.  I am hoping to see spin tops represented at US Nationals. I'm hoping to to secure the contract for sound production/music director again, and I don't think that no matter how much I practice, that I'll be worthy of representing spin tops. I mean, I guess I could have something to shoot for. With the advisement of people on here, I think I'll get a fair assessment.

I'm glad spin tops are still going to get representation at Worlds for 2017. I want to see that momentum carry into next Worlds, as well as for other large yoyo contests.
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on May 12, 2017, 11:14:55 AM
I was just getting to register and it seems really expensive. Is this the same price as the last few years?
It looks like going to the event requires additional payment to watch in addition to completion regeneration fees.
Any word on what day tops are happing? I may go for just 1 day.
I already have airfare paid so I will be going anyway. 89 days until the event!

http://www.iceland2017.com/buy-tickets/ (http://www.iceland2017.com/buy-tickets/)
http://www.iceland2017.com/register-temp/ (http://www.iceland2017.com/register-temp/)
Woohoo! It will be great to see you again at a worlds contest Jon! :) The venue looks fantastic to be on stage (and feel like an opera singer  ;D ).

Last year there was a big jump in registration costs if you did not preregister very early, specially for tops which before paid little. This year the attendance passes are more costly than in Cleveland, but the competitor fees are significantly lower: last year was $50 for tops plus a general competitor fee that started at $45, was already $90 in May, at $200 at the event.
Right now, to compete in tops is $30 and the 3-day pass $51, or $81 total.
Note to everybody: there is a $30 increase June 1st for competitors, $30 more ($60) July 1st or $100 at the event.
You can wait until the event to buy the 3 day pass. So it is worth to at least pay the competitor registration fee now.

I have not yet heard from Ben when the tops freestyles will take place.


Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: Jon Gates on May 12, 2017, 12:21:19 PM
Ben?
Also, any idea who is judging spintop? Hope more than one person.
I am excited to show the new stuff I have been working on.
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on May 12, 2017, 01:16:52 PM
Ben?
Also, any idea who is judging spintop? Hope more than one person.

Ben McPhee is in charge of the worlds' logistics. ITSA is in charge of the spintop contest.

Dale and myself will be judges for sure. The third one is still undecided (Korda? Ben? André?)

I am excited to show the new stuff I have been working on.
8) 8) 8)

Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: jmadrigal on May 12, 2017, 08:06:23 PM
Just registered!
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on May 13, 2017, 01:33:23 AM
Jon Gates in Iceland?  Hmmmm.......the legend returns!!!
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: jmadrigal on May 19, 2017, 06:52:47 PM
Any more thoughts on activities/schedule?
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: tkunkel on May 20, 2017, 08:21:45 PM
I am planning to come to Iceland for the world top contest, but I just started throwing at the end of last year.  Are you guys going to have a trick ladder to get into the freestyle competition?  I would like to do the trick ladder, but do not think that I can put together a freestyle routine for the competition without embarrassing myself.   
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on May 20, 2017, 08:29:04 PM
Good to see you around these parts, tkunkel.  I am sure if you want to do a ladder, there will be others to judge you and others to join in on the fun.

Glad to hear you are going to Iceland.  Where are you from?
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: tkunkel on May 21, 2017, 12:18:21 AM
I live in Ridgecrest, and am coming to Iceland with my buddy Jmadrigal. 
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on May 21, 2017, 01:16:10 AM
I am sure if you want to do a ladder, there will be others to judge you and others to join in on the fun.
The Earl is right. If you ask for it, you'll get it. ITSA can buy some medals  :)
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: tkunkel on May 21, 2017, 10:17:46 AM
I think a ladder would be great.  I am looking forward to the trip.  It should be a lot of fun to see some of the best players in the world compete.  Thanks.
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: Hrosik on June 01, 2017, 04:28:03 PM
We'll be there with Jakub (and girlfriends) too! Really looking forward to the contest and of course Iceland itself!
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: Eric on June 01, 2017, 04:48:42 PM
 :( Sadly, Dorothy and I have had to cancel our Iceland plans  :(
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on June 01, 2017, 10:30:20 PM
Arghhh!!!  No Eric or Dorothy.  It is a sad day.
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on June 02, 2017, 10:51:31 AM
:( Sadly, Dorothy and I have had to cancel our Iceland plans  :(
Bummer!  We'll miss you! >:(

We'll be there with Jakub (and girlfriends) too! Really looking forward to the contest and of course Iceland itself!
Wonderful!  8)
Girlfriends? Perhaps the Czech spin brothers are beatable after all  ;D  ;D  ;D
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: Attila on June 03, 2017, 07:05:58 AM
My hopes of getting to Iceland are slowly fading away as I can't find anyone who would support me and I don't think I can get enough money in time so unless someone here can help me with finding a cheap way to get there from Hungary, I will stick with just watching the stream and hope for a closer location next year :D
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on June 03, 2017, 10:11:58 AM
My hopes of getting to Iceland are slowly fading away as I can't find anyone who would support me and I don't think I can get enough money in time so unless someone here can help me with finding a cheap way to get there from Hungary, I will stick with just watching the stream and hope for a closer location next year :D
Don't give up.
The cheapest round trip flight I could find on google flights from Budapest to Reykjavik was $475 on Finnair for the competition days. But those prices change several times a day. You may be able to get cheaper if you look often and buy fast. Also, you may want to subscribe to the alerts from www.scottscheapflights.com (they have a free option). ITSA might be able to help you a little: it depends on what happens with the apartment and if we have another successful raffle.

By the way, I would like to hear from people (here or through a pm) if they are interested in the ITSA apartment (either paying or if they are asking for an ITSA grant). That will help us plan better.
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on June 22, 2017, 10:10:45 AM
48 days until worlds!!!!
Registration goes up by $30 in July (currently $30 + $30 = $60 for spintops freestyle).

Wow airlines generally charges you a lot for baggage, but for 24 hours it's offering a free checked bag from some airports (in August.) A quick check gave me that you can fly to Reykjavik from Pittsburgh August 9th and return the 14th for $480! The details of the offering:
Quote
*One checked bag is included with your ticket price and is automatically added in the booking process if you book your trip between 11 am GMT, Thursday, June 22nd and 11 am GMT, Friday, June 23rd, 2017. The baggage allowance is for one checked bag per passenger per leg of journey and is included when booking flights to Iceland from Chicago (ORD), Miami (MIA), Los Angeles(LAX), Pittsburgh (PIT) and San Francisco (SFO). Please note that the baggage allowance does not have to be chosen in the booking process, it will be added automatically if you book your flight during the 24 hours of validity and travel within the travel period of this offer.

The last day for us to cancel the ITSA apartment (http://www.ta0.com/forum/index.php/topic,4065.msg50569.html#msg50569) is July 10th. I need to hear from those interested soon.

ITSA will be budgeting the money used at worlds in the next couple of weeks. If some help from ITSA would let you attend, please, let us know! You don't lose anything by asking!

If you are still debating if going or not, just take the plunge. The world spintop community is small but special: you want to be there!

Iceland was listed by CNN as one of the 17 places to visit in 2017: link (http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/best-places-to-visit-in-2017/index.html).
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on June 28, 2017, 02:24:50 PM
A new promo video of the spintop contest prepared by Jomaser of Colombia:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0-0lfG5fwE

He asked for it to be hosted on an official ITSA youtube account, so I started one.

Thanks Joaquín for all the work you put into this! It looks great!
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on June 28, 2017, 09:32:04 PM
Just to clarify, US players can also request assistance from ITSA to compete at worlds.

This Saturday registration goes up.
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on June 29, 2017, 07:44:54 AM
People around these parts are really talking about Iceland.  Sadly, it is not about the top fest.  It is about Eric Clapton catching a giant fish in Iceland.  Actually, it was a salmon and it is the largest catch of the year at 28 pounds.  Can you believe it was 42.5 inches long?  So now people are suggesting that I add another verse to my Iceland song.....with Mr. Clapton and his fish, of course.  I will begin working on it tonight!!!
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on July 05, 2017, 12:57:57 PM
Well, I only have 4 people, including myself, interested in the ITSA apartment (http://www.ta0.com/forum/index.php/topic,4065.msg50569.html#msg50569). If I don't hear from anybody else soon, I will have to cancel the reservation (the deadline for a full refund is the 10th).

Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: Jeremy McCreary on July 05, 2017, 01:40:27 PM
People around these parts are really talking about Iceland.  Sadly, it is not about the top fest.  It is about Eric Clapton catching a giant fish in Iceland.  Actually, it was a salmon and it is the largest catch of the year at 28 pounds.  Can you believe it was 42.5 inches long?  So now people are suggesting that I add another verse to my Iceland song.....with Mr. Clapton and his fish, of course.  I will begin working on it tonight!!!

I hate being upstaged by fish.
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on July 07, 2017, 10:49:17 AM
The freestyle rules are here: www.spintops.org/freestylerules.html
I have asked Ben to post them on the worlds site.
The only difference with respect to last year is that there won't be deductions for drops, only for winding the top on stage. However, drops can impact the Performance Score.
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: Hrosik on July 07, 2017, 02:23:23 PM
The only difference with respect to last year is that there won't be deductions for drops, only for winding the top on stage. However, drops can impact the Performance Score.

That is a good decision.

Are there any negative points (on clickers) for technical score? About 1 negative point for each drop, that wouldn't be so strict. Or will the drops only be judged in the performance score?

Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on July 07, 2017, 02:41:28 PM
The only difference with respect to last year is that there won't be deductions for drops, only for winding the top on stage. However, drops can impact the Performance Score.

That is a good decision.

Are there any negative points (on clickers) for technical score? About 1 negative point for each drop, that wouldn't be so strict. Or will the drops only be judged in the performance score?

Only winding the top on stage will give a negative point. I am not sure if we even need a clicker to count those. Drops will only affect the performance score if they interfere with the flow, etc.
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: Jon Gates on July 07, 2017, 05:05:46 PM
The only difference with respect to last year is that there won't be deductions for drops, only for winding the top on stage. However, drops can impact the Performance Score.

That is a good decision.

Are there any negative points (on clickers) for technical score? About 1 negative point for each drop, that wouldn't be so strict. Or will the drops only be judged in the performance score?

What if winding the top is part of the tricks you are trying to do??? Still a deduction?
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on July 07, 2017, 07:20:33 PM
What if winding the top is part of the tricks you are trying to do??? Still a deduction?
Ha! Is the top self winding? Then, no, au contraire. :D But if you are planing to wind it because you are only using one top and you need a boomerang in the middle of the show, yes, you get a point deducted. The reason we started doing this is because winding the top is an audience killer.

I suggest that if  you have a trick you suspect could be mis-scored, you explain it to the judges before the freestyle. I think they are pretty flexible and reasonable.   ;)
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: Jon Gates on July 07, 2017, 10:42:07 PM
I was planning something entirely different than what you are suggesting.  The crowd killer is actually a lack of continuity and flow not necessarily in the activity of winding a top.  Thanks for the info.
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on July 08, 2017, 07:16:19 PM
Because of lack of interest, I had to cancel the ITSA apartment (today was the deadline for a full refund).  :(
The Brazilian player(s) I was expecting got a snag with delays in the expedition of passports and won't be coming. The Colombians couldn't raise enough money (even if ITSA provided help).

I'm going to share a hotel room with Dale. Cuper and Gus (if he comes) will have to find some other place.

This is the list registered for spintop freestyles as of last week:

1. Gustavo Castro (Mexico)
2. Marco Palma (Mexico)
3. Futoshi Maruyam (Japan)
4. Jon Gates (USA)
5. Jakub Konecny (Czech Republic)
6. Daniel Konecny (Czech Republic)
7. Tom Kunkel (USA)
8. Jose Madrigal (USA)

I should know if Gus is actually coming in the next few days (a matter of $).
The Earl told me he will register soon.  ::)
I imagine Taka will also freestyle.
Dale mentioned Ko, but I forgot to asked him if he knew something specific.

It should be a good contest and we'll have fun for sure.
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: jmadrigal on July 08, 2017, 08:15:47 PM
Hot dog, lots of great players. I am am excited.
Do we have an idea for a schedule?
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on July 09, 2017, 09:26:34 AM
Do we have an idea for a schedule?
The schedule has not been finalized yet, but should be very soon.

The spintop rules are now up on the official site (including ITSA logo  8) ):
http://www.iceland2017.com/spintop-contest-rules/

If you compete you need to upload your music here: www.iceland2017.com/music/

Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on July 09, 2017, 07:30:55 PM
MSN is highlighting Iceland again with some terrific pictures of the country....

http://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/tripideas/icelands-secret-sights-that-most-visitors-miss/ss-BBDsJ6b?ocid=spartandhp
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: tkunkel on July 10, 2017, 11:39:47 PM
Ta0,
I am interested in doing the trick ladder, but not the freestyle. I am a beginner and cannot put together a 3-minute run. I could put together a 1 minute run and get eliminated immediately in the prelims, but that is the extent of my ability right now.  I am mostly going to the competition to support my buddy jmadrigal and to meet some really awesome top competitors and learn a lot (also, my wife loves Iceland). I am fine with either being removed from the freestyle portion altogether or just doing the 1 minute qualifier freestyle, but my run will not be impressive. Whichever works best for you guys is fine with me.
Thanks,
Tom
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on July 11, 2017, 12:16:16 AM
Tom: I had guessed that you were not freestyling. Thanks for registering anyway, it helps us with the organizers.
ITSA will get a nice medal for the winner of the ladder  :)

We have not yet decided if we want to get special  ITSA trophies for the freestyles, mainly because the luggage issue (I am going going to visit Lourens before going to Iceland). Now, if somebody else volunteers . . .
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on July 19, 2017, 10:28:44 AM
The ITSA board has approved refunding the spintop portion of the competitors fee ($30) to all competitors that are or become ITSA members.
Just pm me your Paypal email address (or I can give you the money at worlds).

We will be assisting the Czech Association and the Mexican Association with $400 each.
We will also help defray a small part of the expenses of the senior judge (Dale) with $200.
We will be getting a trophy for the winner plus medals for all the rest.

This will still leave ITSA with over $1000 for future projects.  :)
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on July 21, 2017, 09:47:35 PM
I need to double check on some things.  I am sure the answers are on the internet but I am taking the easy way out and saving myself some time.

What is the date and time for the top spinning freestyles?

Should we bring our music on cd's?  What is easiest?

Does anyone know what the stage looks like?

When are people arriving in Iceland?

Thanks for your help!
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on July 21, 2017, 11:02:48 PM
Mike: perhaps you should ask Dawn to be your spintop manager  ;D

The Spintop Finals are Friday at 17:00. But award ceremony is Saturday at 18:30. The schedule is just now on the website:
www.iceland2017.com/contest-schedule/

You need to upload your music before July 27th, 2017. If you don't, you have to bring it as an mp3 file in a a USB drive and pay a $50 late fee:
www.iceland2017.com/music/

But first you need to register! You will be paying an extra $60 with respect to those who registered early, but better than the $100 extra at the event:
http://www.iceland2017.com/register/

The stage should be pretty big, but don't know anything more.

I am arriving Wednesday (9th). I am leaving Monday.
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on July 22, 2017, 02:33:06 PM
Lots of good information.  Thank you.

Do you think one who is going to Iceland but does not want to set foot at the event or see any top spinning freestyles or even touch a top.......do you think they would be a good spintop manager?
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on July 22, 2017, 04:48:14 PM
Do you think one who is going to Iceland but does not want to set foot at the event or see any top spinning freestyles or even touch a top.......do you think they would be a good spintop manager?
She may change her mind when she sees how beautiful the Harpa venue is. Specially if some cold arctic rain starts.
Or I guess you could tell her that if she doesn't see your freestyle she will have to visit the phallological museum by herself!  >:D

(http://www.tenpennydreams.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/DSC_0047-1024x682.jpg)

Is anybody staying Sunday in Iceland? I would like to visit some of the countryside and we could rent a car together.
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: Jon Gates on July 23, 2017, 05:37:31 PM
Any idea when the trick ladder will be and what tricks are on it?
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on July 23, 2017, 11:32:50 PM
Any idea when the trick ladder will be and what tricks are on it?
Are you freestyling AND doing the trick ladder, Jon?
If everybody is available, we could do them Thursday afternoon. It would be an ITSA event but it will not appear on the official schedule of the contest.
The last list we used at worlds for the Sports Division (not really a ladder as you can select the order) was this one: Spintop Sports Division (http://www.worldyoyocontest.com/2013worlds/index.html@page_id=127.html)

The official logo of Iceland almost looks like a whip top, so I don't know if it's worth changing, besides SPINTOP for YO-YO.
(http://ta0.com/photos/images/contests/Worlds17_Iceland/Iceland2017-logo.jpg)
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on July 24, 2017, 10:24:15 PM
My manager and I sat down for some serious work tonight.  She helped me register for the Iceland event and then she helped me with her Amazon account to get the music downloaded for worlds.  It seemed to go very smoothly and I think I am all set.  I hope everyone else was also able to get their music taken care of!!!
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: tkunkel on July 25, 2017, 09:44:47 AM
Tom: I had guessed that you were not freestyling. Thanks for registering anyway, it helps us with the organizers.
ITSA will get a nice medal for the winner of the ladder  :)

We have not yet decided if we want to get special  ITSA trophies for the freestyles, mainly because the luggage issue (I am going going to visit Lourens before going to Iceland). Now, if somebody else volunteers . . .

If you need help transporting trophies or other stuff to Iceland, I may be able to help.  We are packing our bikes to bike to the highlands after the competition and should have some extra room in the bike boxes. Let me know if you want to send some stuff with me. 
Thanks,
Tom
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on July 25, 2017, 10:17:41 AM
You got a great manager, Mike!  ;)

Thanks a lot of the offer, Tom! Today I am going to the trophy shop. I'll chose one that is not too big.

After the spintop freestyles, the over 40 yo-yo contest will take place. There are only two people registered! Hey, Jon, you should compete on that one! By the way, it looks like this will be a little smaller contest overall than usual, with about 180 competitors registered as of last week. In 1A there are 113, compared to 159 in Cleveland and 284 in Tokyo (around 500 between all divisions). The big difference is that there is only 1 local player  :o so the number of international competitors might be the biggest ever.
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on July 26, 2017, 11:29:27 AM
The organizers have told me they have a trophy (at least for the first place, not sure about 2nd and 3rd). So we will just make medals for everybody who competes. They will be custom "spinning" medals  ;D

Just 2 weeks until worlds!!!

I am actually leaving the 4th, so I can visit Lourens and his antique top collection just before Iceland. On my way back I am visiting Jeremy' and his Lego spintop collection in Denver!  :o  8)

I am freaking out a little on how to pack summer and winter clothes plus tops (and take Figaro!)
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: jmadrigal on July 27, 2017, 08:55:35 PM
A friend of mine who also 3D prints made me this top. He painted Icelandic imagery in commemoration of this trip. It's a looker.
 
(http://i1270.photobucket.com/albums/jj615/jmadrigal2/20170727_174458.jpg) (http://s1270.photobucket.com/user/jmadrigal2/media/20170727_174458.jpg.html)
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on July 27, 2017, 10:02:36 PM
Wow!  8) That is a really nice paint job! Is the cap also 3D printed?

I know everybody in Iceland can speak English, but it's always nice to learn a few words of the local language.
The Icelandic language sounds pretty difficult, and the word for spinning top is a good example:
Skopparahringla. We should all learn it  ;)

Actually, skopparahringla could be a good pickup line for those looking for Viking love:

"Excuse me, how do you pronounce this word?" you ask.
"That's, skopparahringla. Why do you want to say that word?" the pale blonde asks.
"I came to participate in the skopparahringla world contest."
"That's strange."
"I think Icelandic people are strange. For example, you have weird museums."
"Ha! THAT museum."
"What do you think? Is it worthwhile visiting?"

Depending on the answer ("It's my favorite museum", or "Better visit the Hallgrímskirkja church (http://www.visitreykjavik.is/hallgrimskirkja-church)") your prospects will be clear.  >:D

EDIT: Skopparahringla is the name found on Knut Hegna's old list of spintop names (http://heim.ifi.uio.no/~knuthe/top/snurre.html) that many other websites have copied. A Google search only gave me three matches in Icelandic, but one of them in fact sells a plunge top (http://www.oo.is/leikfong/leikfong/2560/Skopparahringla/default.aspx) and is from Reykjavik. The google translation is "bouncing rattle" and this would be consistent with a plunge top. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear to refer to an old Viking top.


Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: jmadrigal on July 28, 2017, 09:33:11 AM
Wow!  8) That is a really nice paint job! Is the cap also 3D printed?
Yup, the whole thing is printed.
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on July 28, 2017, 03:56:20 PM
Good news! We are going to have time slots at a room downstairs for a spintop workshop, sports contest and more!
Who is in for a corkscrew challenge?

If you have ideas or preferred days, please say so!
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: studio42 on July 29, 2017, 04:06:04 PM
A friend of mine who also 3D prints made me this top. He painted Icelandic imagery in commemoration of this trip. It's a looker.
 

Wow. That is looking great!
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: Jeremy McCreary on July 29, 2017, 04:26:37 PM
Just 2 weeks until worlds!!!

I am actually leaving the 4th, so I can visit Lourens and his antique top collection just before Iceland. On my way back I am visiting Jeremy' and his Lego spintop collection in Denver!  :o  8)

Looking forward to your visit, ta0! Better get those twirling fingers ready!  ;D
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: jmadrigal on July 30, 2017, 09:26:24 AM
Good news! We are going to have time slots at a room downstairs for a spintop workshop, sports contest and more!
Who is in for a corkscrew challenge?

If you have ideas or preferred days, please say so!

That sounds great!
There is definitely tricks I would like some guidance on. Mabey have an open tutorial session with requests taken.

I will participate in any challenge I can.

Any battle tops?
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on July 30, 2017, 11:11:10 AM
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Any battle tops?
Of course!  >:D There will be at least one. It will probably be of the "precision" type, everybody throwing simultaneously into a raised platform, the last one standing getting the points. We will need to secure some kind of platform once there.  :-\

Music upload was extended until tomorrow (July 31st).

There is an crowdfunding initiative through Indiegogo to support the contest. They started this late as it ends after the contest.
You can get yo-yos and T-shirts:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/world-yoyo-contest-2017#/
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: jmadrigal on July 30, 2017, 03:11:38 PM
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Any battle tops?
Of course!  >:D There will be at least one. It will probably be of the "precision" type, everybody throwing simultaneously into a raised platform, the last one standing getting the points. We will need to secure some kind of platform once there.  :-\

What tops are used for this?
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on July 30, 2017, 03:37:31 PM
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Any battle tops?
Of course!  >:D There will be at least one. It will probably be of the "precision" type, everybody throwing simultaneously into a raised platform, the last one standing getting the points. We will need to secure some kind of platform once there.  :-\

What tops are used for this?
Depends of what people have, but not bigger than a Giulia. If everybody has a fixed tip, that's what we use.
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: studio42 on July 30, 2017, 09:29:30 PM
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Any battle tops?
Of course!  >:D There will be at least one. It will probably be of the "precision" type, everybody throwing simultaneously into a raised platform, the last one standing getting the points. We will need to secure some kind of platform once there.  :-\

What tops are used for this?
Depends of what people have, but not bigger than a Giulia. If everybody has a fixed tip, that's what we use.

Why a platform? I'd say if you have to, a circle of chalk would be sufficient if it was acceptable. Otherwise, a length of rope or string or even paracord to make a rough circle. But, if one wants to spend a little money(which I don't recomend), I'm sure they have plastic wading pools or hula hoops. I just figure a stick of yard chalk or some cord would be easy to stuff into a pocket or luggage and someone probably already has one or both of these items.

Wasn't the battle top of choice at Nationals a wooden fixed axle that one was supposed to put a bottle cap on the crown? Anyone selling those? While I"ll probably never use it for battling, it would be a good item to have around and be familiar with.

Whatever happens, it definitely sounds like people are going to have a lot of fun at Worlds!
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on July 30, 2017, 11:56:44 PM
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Why a platform?
We have done all types of battletops. A small platform from where tops can fall makes for a fast paced battle that is not "violent" and probably a good choice for this venue. If the platform has two levels it is even better (3 points last standing on the upper level, 1 point last standing on the lower level).

If the weather is good and people want, we could have a Nationals-style battle outside (it shouldn't be difficult to find a snow sled over there, even is summer). I miss the Ultimate Battletop Championshp of the Universe and Mark's incredible trophies (but I never was even close to winning one). What we will never be able to do again is a light bulb battletop.  >:D
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on July 31, 2017, 07:42:43 AM
Ahhh....the light bulb battletop contest.  What a good memory!  As I sit here on the Eiffel Tower (writing this just to see if it will post) I can envision some fine "cheap" sleds being available for some good battles.  By the way, I was already in Iceland with my wife.  I would like to say that I checked out the facilities but we just had a short layover in the airport on our way to Paris.  We rent a car and head to northern Italy tomorrow.  My life is truly a whirl...wind!!!
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on July 31, 2017, 01:38:14 PM
As I sit here on the Eiffel Tower (writing this just to see if it will post)
As far as I know, that is a first for the forum.  8) Enjoy your pre-contest trip!

X-ray machine operators at airports are starting to see an up-tick in conical shaped objects  :P
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on August 01, 2017, 11:05:10 AM
Cuper finally bought his plane ticket!  Talk about last minute! :o
He is arriving Wednesday and we meet at the airport.

ITSA got spinning medals for everybody competing and a surprise spinning award for somebody special  :)   :-X
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on August 02, 2017, 07:37:06 PM
Most of the contest will be at the Silfurberg Hall of Harpa:

(https://en.harpa.is/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/DSC1361-2-1024x683.jpg?v=1483627617)

I just hope there is carpet outside the hall  ;)

The forecast for Reykjavik during the contest is about 56/48 degrees F or 13/9 Celsius and some rain and wind. It's going to be a big change from south Texas!  :'(
The aurora borealis forecast is low for the contest but if anybody is already there this weekend it's high (but probably too much twilight light to see it, anyway).
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on August 05, 2017, 03:35:06 PM
The theater looks nice and well lit.  As ta0 says, hopefully there are some spaces to spin outside that hall.  I hope to be in OK shape to do some stuff as I slipped on some wet and damp sidewalk in Venice and have been limping around in Florence.  At least I found a good circus arts store with juggling stuff and unicycles, but no tops (as far as I could tell).  It is called Jokolarte.  http://www.jokolarte.com
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: ta0 on August 09, 2017, 06:39:46 AM
I hope you are not limping by the time of the freestyles! :-\

You should have asked at the juggling shop. I also found one in Amsterdam and did not see the tops until I asked. They had a Tompo Space Saturn and three 5 Estrellas Turbo. In addition, there was a finger top and a whip top (that I bought). I did a very little demo for the clerck and left some of my ta0 cards on their bulleting board.

But, more amazing, through the window of an antiques shop (that was closed) I could see half a dozen old pegtops!  :o

I will open a new thread when I am in Reykjavick
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: Jack on August 09, 2017, 12:58:08 PM
ATTENTION: Tom Connolly is in iceland!!!
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: Diz on August 10, 2017, 01:42:05 AM
Will there be a live video stream?
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: jmadrigal on August 10, 2017, 03:48:28 AM
Will there be a live video stream?
Just saw an update on the Wold website with a spot for a live stream.
Title: Re: world spintop contest 2017 in Iceland
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on August 10, 2017, 03:50:49 AM
Ha ha!!!  A circus arts store and me not go in?  I thought you knew me better than that.  I would have left my wife sitting on the curb to go in and check out all the unicycles and clubs and rhythm sticks and more that I saw in the window.  Sadly, though, it was closed!!!  We will see what can be found in Iceland.

To answer Diz, I would be surprised if they do not have a live feed.  We will soon see about that, also.