This was 10 years ago: a humble contest, hidden between the busy streets of San Francisco. With an open freestyle division, players from all over California got to show off their routines to crowds of parents, fellow yoyoers, and the few passersby who happened to be in the right place at the right time.
This is now.
The 2010 California State Yo-Yo Championship featured over 100 competitors from around the world competing to claim the top prize. Prizes were no longer yoyos, but one thousand dollars instead. Crowds filled the two-story mall to see what yoyoing has evolved into. This video is a glimpse of the 2010 yoyo community as a whole.
Looking at the leap in skill over the last ten years, I can’t help be excited for what the next ten has in store for us.