As Suspension Mecca grew closer and closer over the last few weeks, there were plenty of people nervous about how it would turn out. The first year of the event brought several questions to mind; would enough people show up, can those attending cooperate and work together, will the attendees enjoy themselves, and most importantly, will all the suspensions taking place go smoothly and safely? Now that the weekend has come and gone, I think we are all relieved and excited to know that the answer to all of those questions is a definite yes. The weekend was incredible, and I think everyone there I spoke to described it in a similar way. The overall agreement was that the event was a relaxed and fun environment to work in, and as a result several fantastic suspensions took place as teams and individuals collaborated on their projects. I think there are very few people who can really appreciate how much goes into an event like this, and how hard the individuals putting it on worked to make it happen for all of us. If you haven’t already, make sure you send out some love and thank you’s to the ladies and gentlemen who put in the blood, sweat, tears, and hooks to make this all come together. Now, on to a few of the amazing suspensions that took place that weekend.

Although I think fewer people showed up than what a lot of us expected, it really felt like the perfect number to give everyone plenty of free hands to help out, but not so many that things became overwhelming or chaotic. The size of the venue definitely added to the overall easy-going feel of the weekend by allowing everyone to spread out and work without running over one another.

There were so many amazing suspensions throughout the weekend that I hate to single any one person out, but I couldn’t help but notice that every time I turned around it seemed like Steeve Easley was working on another wonderful suspension. Mecca was my first chance to really see much of his work, as well as to work alongside him a little, and I was really impressed. There were a lot of ideas he was using in his rigging and projects which I could pick out that I appreciated, but really what stood out to me were the suspendees and practitioners he worked with. I think more positive things were said to me about him and his work than anyone else that weekend, and it definitely shows in the people he helped to put in the air.

Even though Steeve might have been the person I heard bragged about the most, I was really quite impressed with everyone there. Any event like this is going to wear on people as they get tired, hungry, or just generally worn down from working. I saw people get irritated here and there, but I think the way this weekend ran and the way those people handled the situations that came up was a great reflection on how we are growing as a community. Many of the practitioners present are really advancing and growing into the people I see becoming leaders in our community as time goes by. It was refreshing to feel like there was a room full of adults working rather than a handful of team leaders trying to keep their members on task and in line.

I think if I tried to mention everyone that made it a great weekend, this article would become a novel. I hope every team leader there takes the time to pat their team members on the back for how well everyone in their individual crews worked together. It is great to see so many people able to move between groups without any major differences or hangups. It reflects on each of you as leaders, as well as showing a level of uniformity in protocol our community seems to be reaching.

Overall, it was a fantastic weekend. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make it happen, especially Mike for the stress and headache of putting together the event for us all. It was wonderful to attend, and I can’t wait to be telling people that it is time to sign up for Mecca 2013. I am sure it will only continue to get bigger and better each year.

Photos courtesy of Diablo Organics, Rolf, and Juan Duran. Thanks guys!