YoYoFactory Russia has released the final video in their “POV” series, and it’s every bit as fantastic as the rest. Featuring some truly excellent and inspiring tricks from Mikhail Baklanov, this last installment should give you a nice push into the weekend with plenty of new ideas and concepts to try out.
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I’m so jealous of everyone who got to attend the 2016 European YoYo Championship this year…it was another fantastic event, run by great people, filled with amazing players. But luckily there have been a slew of great EYYC recap videos (like this one from Jeffrey Pang) and now my homies at CLYW have dropped this fantastic bit of video showing off some amazing tricks and good times. I really need to get out to more contests.
The CLYW team is scattered across eight countries and three continents, so when they get together it’s filled with laughter, camaraderie, great tricks, and good times.
A huge chunk of the team converged on Prague for the 2016 European YoYo Championship. They had a great time. Featuring Petr Kavka, Tessa Piccillo, Palli Gudmundsson, Alec Campbell, Riccardo Fraolini, Ayumu Harada and Nuu Gatowsky. Special guest appearances by Eiji Okuyama, Jake Mulvey and David Stejskal.
(And here’s a Vimeo version…a few people reported problems viewing the YouTube version on mobile.)
World YoYo Champion John Ando jumped back on the stage for the first time in a while at the 2016 European YoYo Contest and every 1A player in the world collectively held their breath for those three minutes as one of the most unique and trend-setting players in the world raised the bar just a little higher.
So now, thanks to the good folks at Fist Salud, we get a closer look at new tricks from this revolutionary player. Amazing.
Yoyo used is the YoYoFactory Czechpoint.
I sat down at the bar at the Rosen Plaza Hotel one night with Ken & Riki Russell and Ben McPhee. It was the World YoYo Contest, I don’t remember what year, and it was the end of a long day. We were all drinking beers and chatting about past adventures. Ken said something about some country, and everyone chuckled except me because I hadn’t been there. I think it was Colombia. Might have been somewhere else. But as soon as the gang realized that I was the only one who hadn’t been there, Riki said “Well, now you have to drink.”
I have always loved the idea of a bunch of salty old yoyo demonstrators bellying up to the bar, slapping their passports on the counter, and turning their travels into a drinking game. There aren’t that many of us, and we’re an odd, rare breed of yoyo player. We stick together, mostly.
So it’s with a smile on my face and more than a little jealousy in my heart that I present this video of my friend Hans, throwing yoyos in Tibet. Good luck finding a more thrilling or exotic example of where yoyos can lead you. This beautiful country, difficult to travel reach both from a travel and a bureaucratic standpoint, has some of the most stunning geographical sights and some of the most extreme weather in the world. Mired in controversy and steeped in tradition, Tibet has become synonymous with “exotic destination” and few tourists are even allowed to visit.
So, of course, the next time I see Hans…I’ll be drinking to Tibet.
Everything is getting weird and awesome with yoyo designs these days! For years now, various companies have experimented with free-spinning components…from YoYoFactory‘s hubstacks to some truly interesting designs from Auldey, YoYoJam, and most recently YOYO.Y’s V5 Catch parts. And it’s those V5 Catch parts that have led to this latest bit of “wait, what?” from YoYoFactory.
The Nine Dragons is the yoyo we were teased back in 2007-2008 under the name “Revolution #9” back when YoYoFactory was really pushing their “Project Red Alert”, which was an ongoing initiative for them to create innovative (or just downright cheeky) yoyos separate from their main product line. From the old Project Red Alert blog:
“Revolution #9 was created but never released by YoYoFactory. Rampant reproduction of replicas by Asian manufacturers of other YoYoFactory designs prompted the decision to not release #9 until a change in the world retail market.”
Interesting, then, that it took a Chinese company to help YoYoFactory bring this one to market. Through a collaboration with Chen Jialin from YOYO.Y, Revolution #9 has a new name, an improved design, and it’s finally available.
The idea of the Nine Dragons is relatively simple to understand, regardless of how complicated it is to produce. The main body of the yoyo is covered by a POM shell that spins independently of the rest of the the yoyo. It’s not a revolutionary concept (well, not anymore…back in 2007 this was basically science fiction) but the implementation here is the most interesting thing, along with the fact that YoYoFactory is the first major company to really put a push into this technology that includes competition-specific promotion. In the video above, Ben McPhee announces that beginning this weekend at California States, YoYoFactory will be hosting and promoting “9A Divisions” to specifically foster the unique tricks that can be created with a Nine Dragons.
So, a unique competition division coupled with an interesting and readily available product at only an $80 retail seems like a great combination of things that could lead to some legitimately fun developments in yoyo contests.
The Nine Dragons was offered early to members of the YoYoFactory Dream email list (ordered mine!), will have a limited pre-release at Cal States this weekend, and should be available at retailers fairly soon after that. Expected retail price is around $80 USD. Check out YoYoFactory’s FAQ on the Nine Dragons HERE.
YoYoFactory Boss Specs:
Weight: 66.8 grams
Response: 19mm pad
Bearing: Size C (.250 x .500 x .187)
The Boss is the latest entry-level metal yoyo from YoYoFactory, and is designed and intended to be a great first metal yoyo for players who are new to unresponsive play.
The YoYoFactory Boss is stable and forgiving, two things that every beginning player needs. The small size makes it a fairly quick player, and the shape is comfy in the hand and easily maneuverable on the string. If you’re used to a full-sized yoyo, it will take a few minutes of play to get used to the smaller diameter and slightly different throw/unwind of the Boss, but once you’re dialed in even an experienced player will find that this is a small, zippy, and really fun knock-around yoyo.
Available in solid colors with a simple engraving, the Boss has a clean, simple look. The anodizing is nice and the engraving is clear, and the YoYoFactory Boss is available in Red, Blue, and Black.
The YoYoFactory Boss retails for only $30, making it a fantastic deal for any player looking for their first unresponsive metal yoyo or any experienced player looking for a beater they can throw in a jacket pocket and not worry about damage from Walking the Dog to impress the ransoms.
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World YoYo Champion Hajime Miura has been enjoying some popularity on the interwebs lately, since his winning 2016 routine got stolen and re-uploaded by every single content-jacking account on Facebook and then spread far and wide. Raise your hand if you’ve had at least a half-dozen people post it on your timeline and ask you “Have you seen this!?”
Yep. Same here.
So, as long as we’re all thinking about Hajime and how sweet and awesome that kid is, we might as well enjoy his latest routine, fresh from 44Festival in Japan.
Yoyos used are the Something Phaser.
This short video feature on how yoyo’s work maybe not bring a seasoned player any new insights, but it did make us feel a little sadder about missing YoYoJam.
But thanks to the Nerdist we have this new animated gif, and that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
CLYW team member Ayumu Harada shot and edited this new video from promising talent Sota Aoyagi. If you can believe it, Sota is only nine years old and already has more skill than a ton of players twice his age. Amazing!
Yoyo used is the CLYW Bonfire.
Rising from the depths of the dark ocean, Radical Seas has given us a first look of their latest yoyo, the Oracle! With bi-metal designs flooding the market, Radical Seas wanted to approach their newest design in a unique way by producing it with either brass or copper ring. Check out full specs below, and keep an eye on the Radical Seas’ Facebook and Instagram pages for more details.
The oracle was a copper bimetal idea, deciding to sub out different metals to show character of materials. The final design ended with a flush pressed ring that varied in material, restated design aesthetics and made the cup standout. The finish is a light beadblasting with 180 mesh media. The densities of the metal play a big factor in individual performance of each model, it’s pretty cool to feel
Radical Seas Oracle Specs:
Diameter: 55.4 mm
Width: 43.4 mm
Weight: 66.6-67 grams (based on rings)
Gap: 4.4 mm
Bearing: Size C
Response: 19mm slim pads
Collectible figure and statue company Gentle Giant has an adorable series of statues going of cute kiddie versions of some of Marvel’s characters. The series so far includes Thanos, Iron Man, and Captain America, and the latest character to get the treatment is Spider-Gwen…and she’s playing with a yoyo!
For those who are unfamiliar, Spider-Gwen is a current comic book featuring an alternate Earth where Peter Parker never got bit by that radioactive spider…instead it was his girlfriend Gwen who got bit and ended up with powers. The story is great, the artwork is fantastic, and it’s generally been a really excellent title. Totally worth checking out.
The statue is available now for pre-order on the Gentle Giant website. Check out pics and info below.
Gentle Giant Ltd. is delighted in announcing the next character in our Marvel animated statues line, with Spider-Gwen! Passing the time while practicing her yo-yo, this adorable collectible is a playful take on Gwen Stacey found off the cover and pages from Marvel Comics. Marvel’s most adorable arachnid was digitally sculpted and printed on state of the art 3D Systems printers. The high-resolution prints were then used in the creation of prototypes needed to produce this animated collectible. This statue stands at 3.5” tall and is hand-cast, hand-painted, and hand-numbered with a limited edition certificate of authenticity. Make Mine Marvel!
The folks at TYM.de (which might be one of the longest running yoyo websites in the world…click here for an eye-shattering glimpse of what the site looked like in 1999) have released a video of their trip to the 2015 World YoYo Contest in Tokyo. It’s a long one, so settle in with some snacks and take another look back at Japan!
WOW! I love seeing a player with truly unique style and pacing, and Shimon Osada is fantastic to watch. Something about the way he pulls into and out of those mounts is really unique, and the way he manages slack components looks awesome. High fives to Ryosuke Kawamura for bringing us another hidden talent from Japan.
Yoyo used is the CLYW Wooly Marmot 2.