The 2020 World Sign Spinning Championship is among us and this Friday and Saturday in Las Vegas, Nevada; a champion will be crowned. This year is looking bigger and better than ever before (I know we say that every year.) Over 75 different competitors from 30 different cities and 7 different countries will have their chance to showcase their skills, but there can only be one champion. Who will take home the title, prize money & merchandise, and the bragging rights for the whole year?
The best sign spinners from all corners of the world have been training all year for their shot at the title. Each competitor will showcase their own unique moves, drawing inspiration from acrobatics, martial arts, skateboarding, dancing, and other extreme sports and performance arts. Don’t blink, because the action happens so fast. There will be many new faces this year and many familiar ones stepping in the ring, even past champions will make their way to Fremont Street to try to regain their title as the World Champion Sign Spinner. Follow their stories below!
How is competitive sign spinning judged? Sign spinning is judged on 3 different categories by 3 different judges; leading to a maximum possible score of 90 points. The 3 categories are technical ability (sign spinning tricks: flips, spins, twists), execution (how smooth and complete said tricks are performed); and lastly but often overlooked, style (how well its all put together: dancing, poses, rhythm). The 3 judges are usually veteran sign spinners, former world champions, or even household favorites. This year the judges consisted of the first ever World Sign Spinning Champion – Dijon Rice, The Director of Training and spinventor of 100’s of sign spinning tricks – Justin Brown, and sign spinning legend and spinner’s choice – Theodore Davis; all sign spinning pioneers in their own regard.