Hey everyone, Pat here. I'm really excited to bring you a recap of the first major US contest of the year: Virginia states. VA states has brought some of the most memorable freestyles ever seen at a state contest, including this gem from Yuuki back in 2012. VA states continually proves to be one of the most energetic and competitive state competitions in the US, with a host of east coast players showing their latest and greatest tricks for the first time. Without further ado, let's get into this year's contest!
The 1A division champion was Scales' own Andrew Bergen! Bergy set out to break necks with a high energy and masterfully cued routine to a heavy hitting song, and definitely turned some heads. Bergy's signature whip style was apparent in this performance, and I don't think we'll see these tricks going anywhere. Able to win with a switch, Bergy has solidified his place as a contender for the USA title this season. Personally, I think he's the early-season frontrunner for national champion. Check out his routine below, using the Charm from Recess.
Open division saw a variety of unique styles being played, including the seldom-seen slippery eel! In the end, Colin Beckford came out on top with his new 3A trickset. Colin is focusing on becoming a multi-division force to be reckoned with, and his impressive finishes at VA states set him on a great course for 2018! We haven't seen a 3a freestyle from Colin since a casual attempt at MER last year, so his tricks were totally new to the stage. Colin used his newest signature yoyo, the Cognition from Unparalleled. Check out the routine below!
Michael Kurti also had a strong showing at VA states, showcasing a variety of new tricks, and representing his new company Good Life Yoyo for the first time. Kurti is always an exciting player to watch, and this routine was no exception. Watch out for him on stage this year!! He used the Good Life Gully on stage.
Remy Baskin is one of my favorite US players right now. He brings great energy and tricks to the stage with every performance, and always puts his own twist on the "meta tricks" of the moment. This routine utilized a variety of unique frontstyle elements and a varied trickset from Remy. We're looking forward to seeing him continue to grow as a player this year. He used the Orbital from Duncan!
Special shout out to Eric Koloski for his super fun tribute to Takeshi Matsuura. This routine was amazing to watch. We want to see more freestyles like this in 2018. Used the Flight from YYF.
Colin also did a super entertaining and unique 1a freestyle, with a huge amount of new content. Colin wanted to avoid doing rail, horizontal or frontstyle elements in this routine, and absolutely killed it! Watch out for him at PNWR...
I loved so many routines from VA, and wish I could do a section on all of them. Definitely be sure to check out John Wolfe in both 1a and 5a, Ky Zizan, David Kane, Mark Mangarin, and all the other routines!
What was your favorite routine from VA states? Do you think that the USA Champion will come from the East Coast this year? Who are you excited to see on stage next? Leave us a comment, and be sure to subscribe to the podcast for some great new content in 2018. See you at PNWR!