- John Higby in an astronaut suit; yo-yoing in slow motion.
- Harrison Lee wins the championship. The crowd goes crazy.
- Michael Witteman's fantastic 4a routine places him in 2nd, but as the top ranked Canadian in open division.
- Hordes of ravenous teenagers descend on an unsuspecting store in the West Edmonton mall to clean out the CLYW stock. Thankfully no one was injured.
- Jensen Kimmet excites and disappoints fans by registering in the morning (to Chase Hadden's dismay), then disappears at lunch and doesn't show up to compete.
- Player wins a Yeti (the return top, not the snow monster) in a trivia contest, throws it into the crowd. Mall security was almost called. Thankfully no one injured their yoyo hand in the kerfuffle.
- Caribou Chris collapses on stage in exhaustion after the contest. Thankfully Joey Hockin had smelling salts handy (we didn't ask why) and Chris was revived.
- Jeremy Meugens (of team Monkeyfinger) placed 11th. Mostly only relevant to me but hey, author's privilege.
- My fiancée managed to land 'double or nothing' in the sport ladder having only learned it that morning. Again, mostly only relevant to me. But still awesome.
We saw great performances from most of Canada's top yoyoers, including a crowd pleasing entry from former champion Charles Haycock landing him second place. Harrison Lee stole the show with a nearly flawless and professional routine in his usual blindingly fast and complicated style.
Ki Zizan did a Double Dragon demo that had the crowd roaring. Ann Connolly of Yoyo Factory did a demo at a local toy store the day before, and was a crowd pleaser competing in both 1a international division and 3a in the open division.
One bit I hadn't seen at a contest before that was highly entertaining was the trivia questions. Due to the venue rules there wasn't a raffle. Instead, yoyoers were called upon to answer questions like "what was the first aluminum ball bearing yoyo" and "what was another business that Donald Duncan was famous for". "Harvey Lowe" was an answer to one question, and it took a few guesses! Kids these days...not up on their history!
Overall this was hands down the best Canadian contest in memory. I think everyone had a blast and can agree it was a huge success. Vancouver BC will be hosting in 2014, and they will have some big shoes to fill!