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Meet This Year’s World Air Guitar Champion
August 26, 2013
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The 2013 Air Guitar World Championships just went down in Oulu, Finland, and this year's champion can really shred. Air, that is.

Eric "Mean Melin" Melin, from Kansas, took the top prize this year - one of four U.S. air guitarists to finish in the competition's top five spots.

That's one of Melin's winning performances at the top of the post - according to the Air Guitar World Championship website, Melin's "straight-forward rock charisma" led to the win, as he edged out another American, Doug 'The Thunder' Stroock, for the top spot.

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Eric 'Mean Melin' Melin performing at the World Championship in Oulu, Finland (Photo: Timo Heikkala/AFP/Getty Images)

It turns out Melin didn't even qualify for the competition - he came in second in the U.S. Air Guitar Championships back in July, so he wasn't technically eligible to compete in Finland, the Kansas City Star reports.

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Doug 'The Thunder' Stroock performing at the World Championship in Oulu, Finland (Photo: Timo Heikkala/AFP/Getty Images)

But he was allowed to do his thing in the Dark Horse round, an extra event that gives outsiders a way into the finals.

Once there, he edged out 16 other competitors from around the world to clinch the top spot.

Although he may not play a real instrument when he's onstage at Air Guitar competitions, Melin is in a band: he plays drums for a group called the Dead Girls. He's also a movie critic in his native Kansas.

If you're not familiar with the world of competitive air guitar, you may be surprised by the level of passion the activity inspires.

Case in point: this guy is such a big fan of Melin that he uploaded a video of himself watching the championship on TV and air guitaring right along with him...

Via The Guardian

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