Had a great weekend with my Hyper Crew teammate Jason Morgan. We invaded Washington DC for the 2015 Hyper Games. Being part of the Hyper team requires wearing a lot of hats. Not only was I there as the cameraman, but also as the muscle to setup and takedown the event and assist with sales. Here are some of my highlights.
I took his shot out of my plane window on the way to DC. The way the clouds were above and below us with the sunset was pretty spectacular, plus with a little Instagram filtering I was able to create this neat photo.
Hyper Games Athlete Photoshoot. Between the various events of the day, I found some time to create a fun photoshoot for some of the competitors that were at the booth. I made a collage for each of them that included 4 funny faces, and then I made this animated sequence as a fun way to illustrate some of the different faces from that day. I love working with Hyper because we get to show how cool and fun it can be to be a kid athlete in the martial arts.
Signature Hunt – We set a challenge for athletes to gather as many Hyper Pro signatures as they could find. These two girls teamed up and were the first to come back with every signature of a Hyper Pro present at the tournament.
Athlete Reposts! A collection of some of the photos posted up on Instagram throughout the course of the weekend.
This weekend’s Hyper Games at The U.S. Capitol Classics was so much fun! — Here’s a few photos we were tagged in that we wanted to repost. #hyperma A photo posted by Hyper Martial Arts (@hyperma) on
Starbucks Break! On Saturday afternoon, we have a short amount of time to take down the event, grab a Starbucks, and head to the nightshow. JRCloudHopper Jason Morgan made sure the operation came together. The tournament was held at National Harbor, which is right across the river from DC. You can see the infamous Ferris Wheel in the background.
Nighttime Show — This IG clip is just a few clips from my Snapchat story. The athletes I work with are some the top competitors in the world. Some are world champion athletes I used to look up to from afar and now I call my friends. Others I’ve known since they were little kids and now run the Men’s division. And others I’ve spent years training with in my hometown, like Joseph Bein, who not only was on stage as a competitor, but also coached two junior athletes who made it the national stage that evening.
Happy Birthday Joseph! Not only did Joseph make it to stage, but it was also his birthday. No NASKA competition is complete without the after party nightlife. Had to grab a shot of our birthday shots.
Washington DC Day Trip — I made a point to set my departure flight out DC for later in the day on Sunday so that I could spend some time exploring DC. It ended up being nearly 100 degrees and I was straight up dying, but I did manage to find Mr. Washington Monument.
Shoutout to Daulton Zschunke from Pennsylvannia who tried to top my Instagram post a few weeks later with his own version. Touché sir.
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