XENIA — Reigning Rubik’s Pyraminx world champion Drew Brads is going viral with his twisting and turning expertise.
The 14-year-old Xenia resident has teamed up KidzVuz, a website with videos by kids for kids, to help pay his way to this weekend’s national championships and to help youngsters solve the Rubik’s Cube.
Brads, who will be a freshman at Xenia Christian High School, can solve the standard 3X3 cube in 4.26 seconds and will share his knowledge with young web browsers.
“I’m really pumped to be partnering with KidzVuz.com to help get other kids excited about Rubik’s Cubes, and their help in getting me to nationals could not be more appreciated,” Brads said.
As part of the partnership, Brads has made a three-part tutorial video series covering the Rubik’s Cube, which is available on his KidzVuz Channel at https://www.kidzvuz.com/kidz/xtowncuber/reviews/. Brads will also be promoting KidzVuz.com on his own YouTube channel at youtube.com/xtowncuber.
“KidzVuz is all about empowering kids so we jumped at the chance to sponsor Drew and support his super-cool skills and talent,” said website co-founder Rebecca Levey. “We know that our tween and teen audience will love to see Drew compete, and get inside tips and tricks from a teen master.”
Brads has solved the Pyraminx in 1.71 seconds, a record for an official North American competition and unofficially has solved it in .89 seconds.
“In general the Pyraminx one is easier,” Brads said. “It’s about finding the shortest solution you can. The standard one is about turning real fast.”
That’s the strategy he will use at the U.S. competition in Jersey City. There are 16 events for the various puzzles including normal, one-handed and blindfolded.
“There’s people solving it with their feet, which I think is disgusting,” Brads said.
Brads will enter 10 events, ranging from a 2X2 to a 7X7 and one-handed.
He has been working with Rubik’s products for four years and started competing three years ago.
“Although I mostly attend competitions in order to have fun talking to other cube enthusiasts, I do have a few goals that I would really like reach,” Brads said.
He would like to place in the top eight for the standard 3x3 cube, and achieve an average time of less than nine seconds. Brads also wants to defend his title as Pyraminx national champion and he would like to fulfill what he called a “long-term goal” of breaking the world record for the Pyraminx, which currently is 2.96 seconds.
“Right now I’m only 0.05 seconds away from this record, so I have high hopes,” Brads said.