SPEEDCUBERS from around the state, including Bass Coast, hit the town of Sale to twist and turn 3D puzzles of various shapes and sizes all weekend.

It was part of an official cubing event hosted and promoted by Speedcubing Australia, a not-for-profit organisation that manages World Cubing Association competitions.

There were 12 events over the two days and Harvey Welsford from Inverloch competed in eight of them, with Sale being his seventh official speed cubing competition.

Brock Robbins, also from Inverloch, was attending his second official competition and entered in five events.

Events included traditional Rubiks 3*3, 2*2 and 4*4 square cubes along with Pyraminx, Skewb, Megaminx, one-handed and blind solves.

Rubik’s cubes, originally invented in 1974 by Hungarian Erno Rubik, took the world by storm in the early 1980s, becoming the most popular puzzle toy in the world.

In 1981, the first ever speed cubing event was hosted by the Guinness Book of World Records, with the goal being that competitors set their ultimate speed cube times.

Speed cubing competitions give entrants the chance to win titles, awards and prizes for being the fastest to solve cubes.

“It’s exciting as our times are recorded so we also have an official World, Oceanic and Australian ranking,” Harvey said.

“I love the solving but it is also a great way to meet new friends and challenge myself in a really fun and supportive place,” he added.

Harvey and Brock set personal bests at Sale, completing sub 20 second solves in the 3*3 and Harvey completing the 2*2 in sub 5 seconds, all of which will significantly improve their World and Australian rankings.

Both boys are students at Bass Coast College and are so enthusiastic about getting others involved in speed cubing, they approached school principal Mike

Shone for support in setting up a speed cubing club at lunch time and were given the go ahead to do so.

Cubing Club will run Friday in the library once school resumes.

For more information about speed cubing, contact Harvey Welsford on harveywelsford@gmail.com or Monique Wilson 0421 054 667.