The most amazing thing to me about Innovation Movement is not that two of the best players in the world have an eye for talent…it’s that they’re able to find talent that is so incredibly young with trick construction and execution that rivals far more experienced players and even World Champions. Ayumu takes familiar elements and pushes them to their next logical conclusion…while managing to leave us all in shock that we didn’t think of these conclusions ourselves. Another solid find from Innovation Movement.
Archives for February 2013
YoYoFactory Prototype Code Name: CZM84VKYoYoFactory always delivers on releases at EYYC. For 2013, we’ve been hard at work on a new model that is a long time coming. The whole office has been stoked on this, and once you get a chance to try it you’ll know why. Available in extremely limited quantities at EYYC. It will also be make its rounds for testing at PNWR and Cal States in the coming weeks. No confirmation that it will see general release at this time.
Just got pics from Duncan Toys of the super limited Barracudas they’ll be dropping at the 2013 European YoYo Championship. With the EYYC logo replacing the familiar Barracuda, these guys are only available in blue and black, and will be limited to only 15 pieces of each color. No word on price, but I’m assuming these will be close to the usual $110 retail.
Japanese yoyo star Takahiko Hasegawa was the best source of yoyo news and pictures at the 2013 International Toy Fair in New York this year, and he just posted this video tour of the YoYoFactory booth. This is our first really good look at the new Ricochet, a titanium yoyo coming soon from YoYoFactory. Release date and price have not yet been finalized, but we hear it will be available in Spring 2013 in the $200 – $300 range. And from the engraving, it appears that these will be a limited edition of only 500 pieces. Enjoy the video!
Congrats to the winners of the Amateur and Pro Divisions at the 2013 YoYoFactory Cup! Check the videos below for freestyles of 1st – 3rd place.
1st Place – 1A Pro – Igor Galiev
2nd Place – 1A Pro – Vlad Zamahaev
3rd Place – 1A Pro – Petr Aminev
1st Place – 1A Amateur – Oleg Kazanstev
2nd Place – 1A Amateur – Vladimir Lartsev
3rd Place – 1A Amateur – Stepan Koftaenko
This past weekend was the YoYoFactory Cup contest in Russia, and 98yoyo.com just dropped this great video from the event…looks like the contest was plenty of fun, with a ton of serious talent on hand.
From a cinematography point of view this video was really well done!
Starring Steiffan Mang.
Went to Downtown Dallas and filmed this. Came out amazing.
Big shout outs to Tommy for filming and editing:
Also Sammy Rith for being the Behind The Scenes photographer:
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!
Shared with us by the amazing Ben Conde:
This weekend the Chicago Yo-Yo Club got together for our February meet, we did the Harlem Shake, yo-yo edition.
This looks like a great club to be part of!
I never thought I’d see a community grow so quickly, and I could not be more thankful to be attending college here.
Huge thanks to (Triple Crown) for being a big impact in our growth, and I would also like to give credit to James Buffington and Linda from the Cat and Mouse Yo-Yo Store — they make everything happen!
The only thing I love more than Japanese television, is Japanese television featuring yoyo players.
The Hildy Brothers have released their second wooden yoyo, and this one is a butterfly-shape! The Currier is hand-turned out of beautiful purple heart wood, with a walnut axle. Laser engraved with the Hildy Brothers logo, these are incredibly limited and are available now for only $30. Absolutely gorgeous…get one now before they’re gone!