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9.27.2007

winner and still champion


Forgot to mention that earlier this month, Ochi "Dainoji" Yousuke of Japan destroyed all competitors, receiving the highest score from a panel of judges to win the Air Guitar World Championships for the second straight year: Japanese Man Remains Air Guitar Champion. The competition, held every year in Oulu, Finland, is an epic international showdown of air guitarists vying for supreme greatness—airness. Check out video of his victorious performance here. Ridiculous, I know. Here's the funny thing. Asians have inexplicably dominated this competition for several years. The last two years it's been Dainoji. Miri "Sonyk-Rok" Park of USA took it in 2004. There's my favorite, David "C-Diddy" Jung of USA, who was the champ in 2003. And Fatima "The Rockness Monster" Hoang, who was US Champ in 2005. Forget the piano lessons. These folks are living proof that Asians can excel at doing absolutely nothing.

Speaking of air guitar, be sure to watch the excellent and highly entertaining documentary Air Guitar Nation, which was recently released on DVD. The film chronicles the journey of 2004 US Champ David "C-Diddy" Jung, air-rocking his way to greatness at the World Championships. C-Diddy is a fun, engaging personality, and a just a cool guy to hang with. You root for him all the way to the top. It's a crowd-pleaser, so check it out.