I had the amazing opportunity to be interviewed live on City TV’s Breakfast Television by Jody Vance and Riaz Meghji. I had a great time and appreciate all their support!
Check out the excerpt below, and follow the link for the full article.
Harrison Lee had just been practicing the yo-yo for four months when he entered his first competition, the Western Canadian Regionals. He finished second. He was 11 years old.
Two years later, the Burnaby boy is ranked fourth in Canada, he’s sponsored by a yo-yo manufacturer and he has his own line of specially coloured yo-yos.
Lee’s slender fingers dance through the neon-coloured string, weaving it in intricate patters as the grey and blue-splattered yo-yo spins perpetually at its end. He’s putting in two to three hours a day designing and perfecting new tricks that will bedazzle the four judges during his two-minute session at Saturday’s third Western Canadian Regionals, to be held at the National Nikkei Museum and Heritage Centre.
“Whenever I’m not eating or sleeping, I’m yo-yoing,” says Lee, who owns 40 yo-yos, many of them prizes from competitions he’s won since taking up the hobby.
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This video is recommended for audiences 18 years and older.
Youtube version here.
Because it is my regional contest, The Bay Area Classic is dear to my heart. Currently held in San Francisco, CA, the BAC always manages to bring together many of the world’s greatest players.
Since I personally never compete, I am always a spectator on the sidelines. I don’t mind this. In fact, I embrace it. Very rarely do you see me without my trusty camera. Since 1998, I have shot video at pretty much every yoyo event I’ve gone to. Some people have said that my work has documented the growth and change of yoyoing over the past 15 years. While I don’t feel I’m worthy of such high praise, I do feel that my videos have made a large impact in the yoyo community. That is why when the BAC committee asked me if I was willing to help shoot freestyles for the event, I gladly accepted. This acceptance, however, came with a downside.
This year, BAC ran freestyles throughout the day (as opposed to the end of the day). While this made everything run much smoother, it meant that I was unable to film tricks for a clip video since I would be busy with freestyles all day. I was pretty bummed, as I really enjoy making clip videos. So, to get my “documenting fix” in, I decided to shoot photographs and maybe hope that I could grab some good video footage at the Official BAC BBQ on Sunday.
My initial video plan was to make a video that showed people hanging out at the BAC BBQ. I wanted to make a sequel to last year’s BAC video, but this time focus on the players themselves, instead of their tricks. I wanted to show all of us hanging out, laughing, having a good time, making up and sharing tricks, and relaxing after a tough competition. This was the plan until I got home and realized that the photos I had taken all weekend showed a much more interesting story.
Over the course of the weekend, I shot approximately 2000 photos using a combination of my iPhone, Lumix LX7, and Sony NEX-5N using (primarily) a 8mm fisheye. If you were in my vicinity at any point this weekend, odds are I took your picture.
Inspired by Kohta’s EYYC 2012 video, this BAC 2013 video shows a different side of the contest filled with friends, family, spirits, camaraderie, yoyoing, and kendama.
Coleman Weimer and Harrison Lee hung out, got some Five Guys, and had a good time banging out some beautiful yoyo tricks and hucking kendamas around. Looks like a really good day.
Not sure what’s better…knowing that we have another generation of yoyo players coming up to take the reins, or getting this much of an advance look at our future overlords.
Harrison Lee, the shortest member of CLYW, does it again with this solid video. We’re all currently wondering what he’s going to get first: driver’s license or World YoYo Title. Fantastic control and composition…did CLYW find this kid or assemble him from the parts of other yoyo players?
Members of the CLYW team hanging out at the 2012 World YoYo Contest in Orlando…so good!