How To Get Into Competitive Vaping
How To Get Into Competitive Vaping
Cloud Chasing is a fascinating sport with the power to electrify (literally) vapers around the country with the spirit of community and competition. These "cloud comps" are held across the United States at conventions and vape shops to see which super vaper can blow the biggest cloud or do the best trick. In the last few years, demand for these events has exploded due to an ever-expanding vape community. In some cases, large purses of money are offered, with the Vaping Capitol Cloud Chasing Championship offering up to $10,000 in prize money every year, to name just one series.
So, you’ve been vaping for a few years, you’ve practiced your cloud, and you think it’s time to take on the big leagues. What’s your next move? In this article, we’ll look at a few ways that you can not only have fun, but also get to meet other passionate vapers like yourself, and get engaged with new vape gear, maybe even winning a bit of money along the way.
Find A Competition
Whetting your tongue with the taste of competition and blowing clouds with some other serious vapers are some of the best ways to dip your toe into the waters of vaping competitions. No matter where you live, there is most likely a brick-and-mortar shop that hosts a recurring cloud chasing competition open to the public. If you’re a more experienced vaper you can look for international events that are held in bigger venues and draw tougher participants. Once you find an event suitable for your vaping experience level, pick a date and start training.
There are a few things to remember when you’re training. Some of the logistical ways that have to do with your vaping equipment, others have to do with putting your nose to the grindstone and getting your vaping talents to the max. According to this YouTube series on cloud chasing by renowned (and sometimes reviled) pro reviewer Rip Tripper, there are nine aspects of becoming a cloud master. Some of these are dependent on equipment choices, but others have to do with technique.
- Battery Safety – Use the safest possible batteries possible. Knowing which type of battery fits your mod is important, and a topic we’ve covered before here at Breazy. Since many comps still require the use of mechanical mods, you'll want a battery with a 30 amp continuous draw rating - there are only a few, and we can't stress enough that you click that link to find out more...
- Airflow – The lower the resistance, the more airflow is needed. Too much airflow, however, can thin out your vapor clouds. This tip is particularly important if you’re looking for cloud size.
- Juice – The higher the VG content in your e-liquid, the thicker your vapor clouds will be. Some experienced competitors will vape straight VG if given a choice, not even adding any flavor or nic base.
- Mod – Knowing which is the right mod works for you is important, especially for powering extremely low-resistance coil-builds that produce large clouds.
- Atomizer – For competitive Cloud Chasing, a Rebuildable Dripping Atomizers are a must.
- Body Posture and Inhale/Exhale Technique – This is where most of the variables come into play. Vapers have perfected the way they exhale and inhale over months and years.
- Wicking – This is an important factor that allows the juice and air to flow to your coils.
- Build – Different builds will affect vapor production, the lower the resistance, the bigger the cloud.
- Genetics – As it implies, every person’s lung capacity is different. Hopefully you're blessed with tremendous lung volume, and haven't damaged it too much with years of smoking.
For the talented and serious vaper, getting into competitive vaping can be a fun experience. However, know that not a lot of people outside of the vaping community will take it seriously as a sport. Often the response that I get from non-vapers is “that can’t possibly be a sport,” but alas, that’s one of the many challenges of being part of the vaping community. Good luck!