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Colombian nationals 2018
« on: October 29, 2018, 12:31:37 AM »

This is for Cecil  ;) :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vt5Vu-LMtI

I didn't ask how heavy it was, but it was massive.
The owner/thrower is Herney García, the overall winner of the contest.
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Re: Colombian nationals 2018
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2018, 06:29:16 AM »

It certainly is quite large.  Yet, he throws it overhand and does some regen at the end.  Quite impressive.

Sorry your other stories and pictures from Colombia were lost.
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Split trompo
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2018, 12:01:51 AM »

The legend of the split top. Oh my! I heard it from so many people, from so many places. But never witnessed . . . until it happened!  :o



For La Calle competition, the organizers provided the trompos so everybody played with the same top. They were made by Roberto Castiblanco, 6 inch tall, with a large steel point inserted in a drilled hole. The one on the right was an extra one and you can see that it was nicely made. I wouldn't have expected a top like this to split, even though they were thrown with force. You can see that the one split had a rough short life against the concrete of the parking lot. I'm pretty sure this was the striking top and not the target top, and my guess is that it split by hitting the concrete on the side. Actually, two tops split during the competition! We couldn't find the tips of either one, which must have flown far away. According to Roberto, when he went to pick up the wood, they only had an old beam taken from a construction. He believes the wood was "too dry".
Anyway, I have now witnessed a clean split of a top during battle. I feel my life is complete!  :D

Both Rayuela and La Calle were played outside in the parking lot of the shopping center. This is the judges table, but we actually stood among the players during the competition (I gota bad sunburn in my neck).



Before the actual competition, there was an informal contest of "calculadora" (calculator), which is the name they give to a very high trapeze (what Mexicans call suicide). I think the name is because you need to calculate very carefully where to place the string to catch the top. I was the judge and I just compared the heights by eye, but I wished I had timed them so we could figure out the height attained. Herney also won this one, with a really high throw. You had to catch it when it came down to count.
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Re: Colombian nationals 2018
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2018, 12:30:40 AM »

BIG IS BEST. My record for target fighting was 23 feet 9 inches. The other day it was close to dark -- so I stooped at the park put the target at 24 feet. I took my fighter and didn't even re wrap the line -- I just took aim and hit the plastic bottle coke top dead center. NEW RECORD FOR ME. If you want to get a little more aggressive - just use a 22 hallow point for the tip. You can buy good fighters on EBAY,.
I WISH I WAS THERE.
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Re: Colombian nationals 2018
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2018, 07:37:26 PM »

The event had the most media coverage of any past spintop contest. I was interviewed in a TV program, by 3 radio stations and by the local newspaper.






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Re: Colombian nationals 2018
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2018, 02:20:12 AM »

You're an International Toy-Boy  ;D


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Re: Colombian nationals 2018
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2018, 06:08:05 AM »

Ha!  International toy boy, indeed.  Congratulations on all the press.
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Video Colombian nationals 2018
« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2018, 01:40:39 PM »

My camera failed to record the freestyles, but I got part of them from two videos on Facebook and edited them below. Unfortunately, it's missing several players:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTILylzhJOM

No, Jhon and Brayan are not typos  ::)
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Re: Colombian nationals 2018
« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2018, 12:30:35 AM »

I want to to go to COLOMBIA.
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Re: Colombian nationals 2018
« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2018, 11:31:58 AM »

Nobody commented on the spintop tattoos Jhon shows off at 11:58:


 
After showing the camera, he taps his chest and says: "100% trompo!"   :)

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Re: Colombian nationals 2018
« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2018, 04:18:29 PM »

Loco como trompo.
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Re: Colombian nationals 2018
« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2018, 10:56:53 PM »

Jorge,
Thanks for editing and posting.  Great Players
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Re: Colombian nationals 2018
« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2018, 12:30:27 PM »

I'm re-uploading a few photos:



The venue:



The winners:

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Re: Colombian nationals 2018
« Reply #13 on: November 05, 2018, 12:37:36 PM »

A nice (eerie?) coincidence happened to me. After the contest I went back to Bogota and stayed in a large hotel complex. I got a room on the 7th floor of one of the building. Each floor had different paintings besides the elevator. This was the painting on my floor  :) :


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Re: Colombian nationals 2018
« Reply #14 on: November 05, 2018, 12:59:23 PM »

The last day I visited the Catedral de Sal (Cathedral of Salt) in Zipaquirá, 1 hour from Bogotá with average traffic. It's a really impressive salt mine with huge caverns, inside which a "cathedral" was built from the rock. It's something unique that I highly recommend visiting. There are, of course, gift shops (inside the mine) that sell all kind of souvenirs, many made out of salt. I don't need more trinkets in my house, so I decided I would only buy one if it could be spun like a top (as if I needed more tops  ::) ). I was about to give up when I found this candle holder:



After taking out the candle I tried to boomerang it and was successful on the second try, with a good spin on my hand. As it passed the test without breaking, it's now my first top made out of salt.  :)
(I was told that the salt was embedded with a glue for durability.)
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