The 2013 European Yo-yo Championship is just around the corner! With 150 players registered for 1A, competition will be fierce and furious. Who will come out on top? Here’s YoYoNews’ list of highlights:
We start out with the Europe’s biggest surprise of 2013, Norwegian marvel Magne Sætran. His first videos came out in the last days of 2012, and he’s already being considered a strong contender for the European title this year. His practice video above shows why. Can Magne become European Champion in his first contest ever?
Contrasting with Magne is the proven record of Polish veteran Plamek, winner of last year’s EYYC, and obviously a strong contender for this year as well. With more and more players taking competition seriously in Europe, the champion’s task will not be easy!
Another crowd favorite is Hungarian string charmer János Karancz. His unique style sets him apart from the crowd, and with support from his home turf in Budapest, János is Hungary’s biggest hope!
Last year’s runner-up and 2010 European Champion Vashek Kroutil is back for more! His contest experience and refined showmanship will be put to the test once again.
Another member of the all-star SLUSNY team from the Czech Republic is Petr Kavka. Petr had some excellent results in 2012 and if momentum means anything, he’s surely among the favorite!
Other strong contenders registered include 2011 European Champion Tomász Bubák, Iceland’s Palli Guðmundsson, Poland’s Michał Zakrzewski and Maciek Cwynar, Italy’s Riccardo Fraolini, Russia’s Maxim Gruzintsev, and UK’s Yuji Shimokawa Kelly.
The open international division is no sideshow, either, with World and National champions going up against each other. Here are just a few of them: Tyler Severance, Ben Conde, Ryosuke Iwasawa, 3A legends Kentaro Kimura and Taichiro Higashi, and the two most prominent “finger spinners” in the scene: Kohta Watanabe and Ethan “Momo” Wong.
Stay with us as we’ll be covering the contest as it unfolds next weekend!