44FESTA started 2014 in style! The first FESTA of the year was held on January 18th, and included a New Year party for all attendees!
As usual, 44FESTA is not just about playing, but also about enjoying yoyoing as a whole. This time, the exhibit booth had a very nice display case from Masanobu Iwata with the medals he won over the years in contests around the globe, including BAC, US Nationals and Worlds, each with the respective yo-yo used in the contest! That’s true dedication to the sport!
Next up was the mini-contest, which required the cooperation between one of the organizers and the participant. As with past mini-contests at 44FESTA, both seasoned competitors and newcomers have a fair chance at it, as Chris Makita demonstrates:
The new generation continues to triumph over the veterans at the freestyle contest!
Check the results below:
- Yamato Murata
- Hajime Miura
- Yamato Fujiwara
- Chris Makita
- Ryosuke Kawamura
Yamato Murata won his second 44FESTA freestyle contest in a row! Expect him to become a serious competitor very soon! You can check all freestyle videos on the 44FESTA page.
And let’s not forget the party! The 44FESTA New Year party was a pretty relaxed pizza-burger-fries-nuggets time for everyone, and let’s be frank here: sharing a pizza at a yo-yo meeting is always a great time.
That’s it for this edition! The next installment of 44FESTA will be on February 23rd, be sure to attend if you’re in Japan and go greet the legendary 44FESTA ducks!