INTRODUCTION TO XJUGGLING
Technical juggling skill has reached an all time high but the hardest, most radical tricks are not performed on stage or even in juggling competitions. Before tricks are perfected, they are only attempted in practice sessions that are hidden from the public's eyes. But what if there was a place to show off these cutting edge tricks? This is the only competition where jugglers on the cutting edge can shine.
At the X Games, the most exciting competition with the biggest tricks and the biggest risks is the Best Trick Competition. Inspired by that contest, in 2006, Ben Tolpin and Jack Kalvan coordinated the first Extreme Juggling Best Trick Competition.
This is not polished juggling routines or entertainment gimmicks. This isn't about pretty, this isn't about perfect; this is about the glory of landing a trick that no one has ever seen or done before. This is where you can watch the best jugglers in the world pull off huge tricks, or just crash and burn!
Q: So, you want to make juggling like the X Games?
A: We want the excitement of the X Games.
In skateboarding you have your main competitions, the street and half pipe. You're given a time limit to try to put together the best run and you're judged on style, difficulty and diversity of skill.
But then at the end of the day, all the skaters gather around the street course or the half pipe and the gloves come off. It's the Best Trick Competition and it's easily the most exciting competition in skating. This is where you're going to see skating at it's most raw and most pure. These are the tricks that are too difficult or too dangerous
to go in any routine. The best trick is where Tony Hawk threw the first 900 in skateboarding, it's where Darrin Shapiro threw wakeboarding's first double front flip, Taig Khris threw inline skating's first double back flip.
Q: What's "extreme" about juggling? Is it juggling something dangerous or doing stunts?
No. Juggling chainsaws is extreme, but this competition is not about gimmicks. What's "extreme" is the skill, risk, creativity, and excitement you'll see in this competition. It's about pushing the envelope. You'll experience the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, all in short, fast paced competitions.
Q: How is this different from other jugglers I've seen?
A: More action, more emotion, and the drama of competitors going balls to the wall and risking everything. Traditionally, performing jugglers have to play it safe so they don't drop and embarrass themselves. Always being in-control often leads to the public not appreciating how difficult a skill really is. The excitement comes from seeing the human struggle to briefly gain control of a seemingly impossible physical feat.