Bay Area Yo-Yo Classic
Tricks like “Walk the Dog” and a flick of the wrist to wind up a Yo-Yo are a thing of the past at the Bay Area Yo-Yo Classic, an annual event which took place at Jack London square in Oakland over the weekend. Modern Yo-Yo’s are crafted with metal, filled with ball bearings, and even need unique tricks to wind them up once more.
Now in the niche, yet lively Yo-Yo community, practitioners choreograph complex series of tricks into musically accompanied performances. Not only may audiences be impressed, but judges too will watch and score each performance, awarding points for “elements,” which the lay-person may call an individual trick. The tricks themselves have developed into wrapping and winding the string around one’s fingers, while bouncing the Yo-Yo around like a tethered ball
The all day event is generally held near the end of May, with around 100 participants this year. Any aspiring Yo-Yo artists, or just those looking for a little bit of fun can be ready for the event in the coming year.