Here’s a promising video from an up-and-coming Czech player, Veronika Dlesková. She’s only been throwing a little over a year, and is showing a lot of skill for such a short time. There are so many good players in the Czech Republic…thanks to our friends at Slusny for sharing another with us.
Archives for July 25, 2013
Ryan Gee is back and blowing our minds with another 2 minutes of frantic genius. Seriously, what planet is this kid from? Amazing!
Hot on the heels of their Yolex demo, Gentry Stein & Harold Owens III are back with two minutes of excellent combo construction and absolutely zero sleeves. Between this Yoyofactory wonder duo and Innovation Movement’s Zach & Isaac, it’s safe to say that the young American yoyoing scene is killin’ it. The kids are alright. According to the comments, Harold’s using an H.O.T. and Gentry’s throwing a (?) – something to be revealed at worlds? Can’t wait to see what these two throw down in Orlando.
YoYoFactory has been dropping bits and pieces of information about the release of the newly redesigned Superstar, and they’ve finally pulled everything together into one comprehensive post on their website. So we nicked the whole thing, added full specs, and have reposted it below for your convenience along with John Ando’s recent video showing off just how good it looks in the right hands.
YoYoFactory Superstar 2013 Specs
Weight: 66.9 gm
Diameter: 56 mm / 2.20 inches
Width: 46.6 mm / 1.83 inches
Bearing: C-Size Center Trac (.250 x .500 x .187)
Response: CBC Slim Pad – 19mm
In 2008 we wanted to see how far we could push the rules of yo-yo design. We wanted to make something wide and easy to control, because that’s what our team was asking for. We wanted something that could spin longer so our team could have the best chance at success. What we came up with was the Superstar. Early prototypes were hit or miss. The ones that worked were amazing! But, because of the inherent difficulty in the design, we didn’t plan on making them a production model. That is, until our team started winning World and National titles with it!
John Ando winning the 2008 World YoYo Contest with the first YoYoFactory Superstar
John Ando was the first to capture a World title with the Superstar in his ground breaking freestyle that turned a new generation of yo-yoers onto arm tricks and movement in a freestyle. After that, we knew we had to make this for every player. After careful engineering and working closely with our factories we finally had the ultimate competitive design. The Superstar has gone on to win tons of titles, and become a staple yo-yo in any players arsenal.
Now, 5 years later, we have taken the core philosophy of the Superstar and given it new attributes that todays players are asking for. We pushed the boundaries even wider. We brought the inner wall closer to the bearing to reduce friction when doing horizontal tricks. And, most noticeably, we designed it without hubstacks to minimize center weight for even longer spin times.
John Ando shows off the new YoYoFactory Superstar
Available Worldwide August 1st.
Russia’s Igor Kramarskiy throws down another solid video, this one promoting his clothing sponsor Apparel Bear Company and YoYo String Lab. Yoyo used is the C3YoYoDesign Glitter.
As previously reported, CLYW did a small run of kendamas to give to their team and friends, with just a few from the production run being available at retail. Well, those have finally landed at YoYoExpert and they’re going quick!
We got our hands on a black one and these are fine kendamas, pretty much in line with what you would expect from the Kendama USA Classic model. Nothing fancy here, just a one-time run that is a neat way for you to keep up with the kendama madness while showing some love for CLYW! Available for $29.99 each, these are pretty limited and we expect they’ll be gone soon.
If you aren’t sure whether to get one, let this video of Pekka guide your decision.