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 61 
 on: August 14, 2018, 11:58:58 AM 
Started by Jospin - Last post by Jospin
All right, so far I've been working on the Spintastics patches and I've got up to the 24 trick set.  Currently working on the freestyle (maybe I was overambitious in my trick selection,but it should be fun once I get consistent).  I'm also starting to work on snap starts and that's where my question is, what's the easiest/ most preferred regen technique to use on a snapstart?  Any general suggestions for snap starting?  I took your suggestions a got myself a QS Hybrid (very nice top), so that's what I'm using to practice.

 62 
 on: August 14, 2018, 10:22:53 AM 
Started by ta0 - Last post by ta0
Was it warm in the performance hall?  How was the humidity there?  If I remember correctly, it was warm at worlds in the Czech Republic and that affected things.
The stage itself felt fine, although the backstage was hot and humid. The lights bothered a bit if you threw high while facing to the front. Farid complained about them.

These are Ju's tops:



They are high-end Spingear komas. Many of Kanta's komas were also from Taka, but lower end (no bearings).

 63 
 on: August 14, 2018, 08:15:01 AM 
Started by ta0 - Last post by the Earl of Whirl
Was it warm in the performance hall?  How was the humidity there?  If I remember correctly, it was warm at worlds in the Czech Republic and that affected things.

 64 
 on: August 14, 2018, 06:34:47 AM 
Started by Renee - Last post by Softspin
I have seen those replacement kits on ebay at times also call yoyo SAMs they have odd stuff in warehouse ya never know!

 65 
 on: August 14, 2018, 03:21:50 AM 
Started by ta0 - Last post by SuperTaiyaki
I'm kind of curious what Kanta can do with just a kendama, that was a nice juggle.

@Ta0: Nice kick start!

The yoyoers were missing a lot of tricks too, even the aliens like Rei Iwakura were missing stuff. Was there something up with the stage that was tripping competitors up? Evan Nagao also commented about getting food poisoning...

 66 
 on: August 14, 2018, 12:02:02 AM 
Started by Renee - Last post by ta0
I can bring you to Miamisburg a vintage Duncan replacement kit and you could try it. I don't think I have that glued and heavy Imperial.

 67 
 on: August 13, 2018, 11:59:39 PM 
Started by ta0 - Last post by ta0
I heard a rumor that should make Attila happy: it's almost certain that in 2020 the WYYC will be in Hungary!  ;)

In US customs in Seattle I met Andrew Bergen, a great yo-yo player (current US 1A champ, I believe, and 14th at worlds). He commented about Kanta and reminded me that he had once freestyled in tops (before my time, 2003 I think). I told him he should freestyle with tops again and he said he might. He did say that he needed to get some good string  ;D
Jim: you should try to convince Quentin to do the same. ;) By the way, I couldn't believe Quentin did not go to the 4A finals.

 68 
 on: August 13, 2018, 11:29:18 PM 
Started by the Earl of Whirl - Last post by the Earl of Whirl
I have stopped at a couple of LA Fitness locations and I am becoming a big fan.  They have treated me nicely and have been very welcoming.  I am driving up to Rochester for a connection with Don Olney (Jim Neff and Butterfingers are going to meet us there) and I stopped at one LA Fitness location in Columbus, Ohio.  I got some spinning time in and a little lifting with my walking tour.  The internet says there are 700 of these locations in the U.S.  I am looking forward to checking out more of them.

 69 
 on: August 13, 2018, 11:27:23 PM 
Started by ta0 - Last post by ta0
Well, I'm a home and I finally watched the videos. I hadn't realized that I wasn't the only one to miss so much more than in practice. I saw Kanta do two consecutive body wraps without fail in practice and on the freestyle he tries two times without succeeding. Ju's koma soloham was a killer, even just seen him mount it was very impressive, but on the freestyle he cannot even start it. Taka misses the traditional tricks he normally performs without a drop. Watching myself I look very tight and second guessing my moves. But missing the tops while doing roller coaster or a simple frontal trapeze mount must mean I was more nervous (or tired) than I thought. I saw everybody's practice and we should have done much better than we did on stage  :'(

The Japanese have been able to adapt many of the modern Western tricks to koma. For example, both Ju and Kata did a horizontal corkscrew (Vortex), although they change the direction on the arm. And the body corkscrew is Colombian (but I don't recall seeing the consecutive ones that Kanta was doing in practice.

I guess I cannot let this be my last freestyle, so I will have to freestyle again and try to redeem myself a bit  ::)

 70 
 on: August 13, 2018, 11:21:39 PM 
Started by ta0 - Last post by the Earl of Whirl
Nice picture of Kanta with his hardware.  Did we get any comments from the winner?  Or anything from the runner-up?  I know the language barrier is a factor but I always enjoy hearing from the contestants.  I sure would love to hear Taka's reflections on the competition and his new style of spinning.  I would love to hear from Rob, too, about his participation and what he saw during the competition.

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