Created by Gary Longoria

    Sea Sick is one of the flashiest tricks around, even if the trick is relatively simple. Despite its simplistic nature, however, Sea Sick is really hard to do correctly. Once you see the motion, you will agree that this is possibly the most appropriately named tricks around. This trick is visually spectacular. Its fun. It is a masterpiece.

    This has got to be one of the most misinterpreted tricks ever. To set the record straight, Sea Sick is bailing in and out of chain reactions, that happen to look somewhat vertical if done correctly. The following instructions are the official instructions, straight from Gary (the creator) himself.


Step 1

Start off with a split bottom mount. Just to let you know what is coming up, you are basically going do start off a chain reaction, then bail out of it at the last step.


Step 2 - Chain Reaction

Move your left hand behind your right hand, as indicated by the blue arrow. The yo-yo should end up following the orange arrows as a result. The next few steps will create a circular motion with your left hand.

Step 3 - Chain Reaction

Continue moving your left hand behind your right. When you do this, the yo-yo will land on the red string, as indicated by the small orange arrows.


Step 4 - Chain Reaction

After the yo-yo lands on the red string, your formation should look like the one to the right. Continue moving your left hand in the direction of the blue arrows: now it is going away from you and under the yo-yo.


Step 5 - Chain Reaction

After the underpass, continue moving your hands away and up. At the end, your hands should be in the same horizontal plane.


Step 6 - Chain Reaction

The next few moves happen very rapidly.

Now, after your hands are level. You are going to sorta just do the opposite of what you just did. Move your right hand away from you and up (blue arrows). The yo-yo will follow the path of the orange arrows, and for a split second end up where your right hand just was.


Step 7 - Chain Reaction

Here, the yo-yo is where your right hand was. Continuing this circular motion with your right hand, continue following the blue arrows. The yo-yo should continue to follow your hand as shown with the orange arrows. You will end up in the position to the right.

(Note that once you finish these arrows, you are in a split bottom mount -- don't go there!)


Step 8 - Bailing out of a Chain Reaction

Here is the part that probably 99% of all people have problems with. The reason is because everyone is so used to doing chain reactions, that they naturally finish off the motion. Well, as you can tell by the picture above, don't! It's hard, I know. It's weird, I know.

What you now want to is slightly push your right hand forward, away from you (blue arrow). This will cause the yo-yo to shoot down onto the red string. (Even if you can do this, please view the style notes at the bottom of this page to make sure you get the full effect of the trick.)


Step 9

After landing on the red string from Step 8, you will be in this position, you will now do an underpass with your left hand. After doing this step, you will be back at Step 5. Repeat this as many times as you wish.


Style Notes: Analyzing your style

Not everyone has the same yo-yoing style, and because of that, your Sea Sick may not look as good Gary's. Of all the people I have seen do this trick correctly, there is a common problem at Step 7 through 8. The triangle formation, when do correctly, should look more vertical than horizontal.

Correct: vertical-ish triangle. Wrong: Your triangle is too wide.

 If you find yourself doing the "wrong" version (which you can pretty much only tell by recording yourself on a camcorder then checking), don't worry. Your problem lies at Step 6.

Step 6

In this step, what you need to do is (with your right hand) "punch" upwards more in the direction of the blue arrows. In order to get the vertical triangle, you need to make the yo-yo pop higher, and this is the step that allows you do to it.


While doing the wide-triangle isn't actually wrong, when you see it done it just doesn't look as good. The effort to learn to make it stretch vertically is well worth the effort, even if it is a lot harder to do.

The picture to the right was taken by David Capurro at one of the Spin Doctor club meetings. Notice how perfect the Sea Sick triangle is...well, of course it is perfect, since Gary (the person in the picture) created it.