|The German Yo-Yo Masters took place in Dresden, Germany, on 28/29 October
2006 as part of the Dresden Autumn Fair. Host for the 9th time in a row
was the GYYA (German Yo-Yo
Association). Competitors gathered from Germany, Switzerland, the Czech
Republic, Slovakia, Italy and Austria. It was great to see old friends
again, and to make new ones - and it was fun to meet in person the people
you´ve been chatting all over the year over the Internet. That fantastic
atmosphere that always accompanies the German championships was back again:
yo-yo players everywhere, the typical hum of the bearings, happy people
and that buzz of precompetition nerves.
There were three Freestyle categories: one yo-yo (Master Class 1A),
two yo-yos simultaneously (Master Class 2A) and Team Freestyle.
Christoph Ernst came on dressed as a giant carrot and immediately had the audience in the palm of his hand. Markus Wagner also scored heavily for his parody of Bibi Blocksberg (heroine of a German children´s comic series about a little witch), using power to crack the broomstick. Jessica Noll presented a very nice show in the guise of a pirate.
Dave Geigle from Berlin attempted a world record in successive suicides, and made a staggering 42, beating the previous best by 3. In Team Freestyle, the Munich-Skillaz were followed by DYS-Funktion, but the best performance came from Tobias-Leon Haecker and Marek Grummt, who became German champions in great style - thanks not least of all to the sensational live music on saxophone and electric guitar which the pair built into their show. A worthy successor to the Team Yo-Yo Maniacs (TYM) who took the title in 2005 but didn´t attempt to defend it this year as they were busy organising the whole event.
For the first time there was a X-Division fun contest on saturday evening, which is reserved mainly for Offstring, 5A and Triple A techniques. Offstring is where the yo-yo is not attached to the string, but is played like a diabolo. 5A means that the yo-yo is not looped round a finger, but instead a counterweight (such as a dice) is attached to the free end of the string. Triple A is a technique using two yo-yos, like Double A, except that here the emphasis is on complex string moves instead of loops and wraps. It was Dave who wrapped up the fun contest. But also Andres „PAC“ Pegam had an excellent performance due to his genius and extraordinary 5A tricks.
In the finals presenter Eric „UFO“ Bergmann made the audience cheer. The players were free to show off all the tricks that are possible with a yo-yo. In the AA category, favourite Dave Geigle emerged a clear winner, and he also finished first in the A category, thus taking the overall German champion´s crown, just ahead only a few points of Pierre Beitz, who surprised the spectators with his high-speed tricks.
Also foreign guests could start for the international ranking. Their skills were also evaluated by expert judges, which were Joe Greve, Markus „Jumper“ Springer, Daniel „DJ“ Springer, Jan Marhauser and Johannes Voggenthaler. The judges have been worlds participants, German champions and have also international judge experience. During the breaks they showed the audience, that they still play yo-yo like champions.
Philip Mattar was called best newcomer of the year, Marek Grummt and Tobias-Leon Haecker were happy about winning the teamfreestyle and Dave Geigle is now German Champion in A and AA. The best girl at the contest was Jessica Noll.
The 9. German Yo-Yo Masters were a full success! The players had much fun and could learn a lot of new tricks. The sponsors (TYM.de, TMS Messen, hspin, Henrys, yo-shop.de, YoYoJam, Dif-e-Yo, Infinite Illusions, Extremespin, Yomega, Bird in Hand, yoyonation.com, Vulto, YoYoRama, Duncan, Takeshi and Flashcups) had a big part to make this event possible!
Report by Markus „Jumper“ Springer