Check out the latest from Nehemiah Peterson and Drew Mrowiec-Barnhart. Good dudes, good tricks.
Archives for May 2016
Yoyorecreation seems to be putting most of their energy into their Rebellion budget line these days with plenty of releases and videos to promote. Check out their latest run of promo videos, featuring Kento Muraoka.
Yoyo used is the Rebellion Gazer.
The Recess Diplomat is nearly here, and we’ve got a new promo video from Recess and Colin Beckford. A pre-release in silver and gold will be available from retailers soon, with more colors following later this month.
Recess Diplomat Specs:
Material: 7075 aluminum
Response: 19mm Slim Pads
Bearing: Size C
Suggested Retail: $70 USD
The 2016 Bay Area Classic is coming up really soon…are you ready?
The contest is being held May 27th & 28th…prelims on Friday night, and Finals on Saturday. Registration closes on May 25th and all competitors must register and upload their music in advance. Register and upload your music online at yoyocontest.com.
If you’re heading to the 2016 Bay Area Classic, you definitely want to stay in the official contest hotel. Rooms are going fast and the contest rate is going to expire soon and trust me…staying in the Bay Area can get real pricey, real quick! Take advantage of this deal and get your room….the special contest pricing is only available through Friday, May 13th so hurry up and book NOW at the link below.
The Hotel Kabuki, San Francisco is the official Hotel of this year’s BAC. It’s located in the heart of Japan Town within walking distance of Peace Plaza and the Japan Center Mall.
We’ve reserved a block of rooms to accommodate our traveling contest attendees and they’re available for our special contest rate. Rooms are limited so please book fast.
iYoYo picked up a new team member…and announced a new offstring yoyo! Congrats to Quentin Godet on his new sponsorship, and congrats to iYoYo on picking up a European champion!
We are absolutely honored and stoked to announce our newest team member from France – 2 x European Offstring Champion Quentin Godet!
Quentin is all you could ask for in a player. He’s got the tricks, he’s got the performance – and most and foremost: he’s got the passion. You can see it in any of his moves how much he loves yoyoing!
Quentin helped us to test the AiR DiVE and was so stoked about it that he wanted to use it for his contests. From there, our decision was an easy one.
The new iYoYo Air Dive will be released this month, and should do well with a champ like Quentin backing it. Check out pics and full specs below.
iYoYo Air Dive Specs:
Width: 59.9 mm
Diamter: 69.5 mm
Weight: 77.3 g
Bearing: Centering Bearing Size C
Material: CNC machined Delrin (POM)
Design: Ze’ev Yehuda
Official release: May 19
Price: 39.99 EUR (~ 45 USD)
Production company Early Light Media is kicking off their Invisible Thread short film series with “Throw”, a documentary about OhYesYo owner Coffin Nachtmahr. The film will debut at Mountainfilm in Telluride, CO later this month. Looks like a great piece on one of the more interesting personalities in the yoyo community…maybe we’ll have to organize a screening at the World YoYo Contest, too?
Throw tells the story of an outsider from East Baltimore, an area challenged by gang violence and poverty. Often misunderstood, Coffin Nachtmahr found acceptance among a subculture of “throwers” and it turns out, he’s a virtuoso. He now helps others find a creative and social outlet by sharing the very toy that inspired him.
David Larson, the co-director of the film, was walking through Patterson Park when he discovered Coffin playing with a yo-yo. Coffin is hard not to notice with his gothic appearance, eye makeup, and prodigy-like throwing moves. After a brief conversation we decided to learn more and now we’re proud to finally debut the film later this month. Please stay tuned to watch the full version that will soon be available on our website and social media channels.
This was an exciting and humbling project for us to undertake. Thank you Coffin for letting a couple of awkward dudes with cameras tag along with you for a little while, and of course thank you for having the courage to share your inspirational story.
The 2016 Mid-Atlantic Regionals took place this past weekend at the King of Prussia Mall in King of Prussia, PA and we’ve got full results, scoring breakdowns, and video of the winners!
1st Place – Andrew Bergen
2nd Place – Michael Kurti
3rd Place – David Kane
1st Place – Stuart White
1st Place – Christopher Chunn
1st Place – John Wolfe
Daigo Komiya brings the good stuff in this quickie video, shot by Ryosuke Kawamura.
Yoyo used is the One Drop Rebirth.
Check out the latest Cabin Tutorial from CLYW…it’s a sweet front style trick from Yuuki Spencer! And since front style is nearly an endangered species in the yoyo trick world, this is basically the yoyo equivalent of a video that teaches you how to be a bald eagle. Which would be awesome. Awesome like this:
Kenta Kushiro makes that Recess sponsorship look good in this new video. A++, would buy again.
Yoyo used is the Recess Weekend.
This video is raw as hell and crazy good. The tricks are next level, the video is barebones, the editing is tight, the music will definitely get you in trouble at work without headphones, and you’re gonna want to watch this at least a half-dozen times.
Featuring Paul Kerbel, Sergio Licona, and Brandon Parra.
Yoyos used are the YoYoFactory Horizon.
Duncan Crew Japan’s Yoshihiro Abe cranks out a beautiful 5A video for 5A May, the official month where everyone collectively goes “Hey, what happened to 5A?” and a dozen players yell “STILL HERE” and drop excellent videos.
Yoyo used is the Duncan Barracuda.
Michael Malik has joined the YoYoFactory team! Looks like his really nice 2nd Place finish at the TYC event back in March turned some heads…well, that and his great style and sweet tricks.
Check out Michael’s welcome video, and congratulations to both Michael and YoYoFactory!
Yoyo used is the YoYoFactory Replay Pro.
Time to brush up on your Portuguese!
The Brazilian yoyo scene was “the little scene that could” in the early 2000s. They were relatively far removed from the rest of the countries with major scenes, handicapped by huge import duties that made it really hard for them to get the yoyos everyone else was using, and with a lower-value currency that made it stupidly expensive to get to the US or Japan for major contests. So they did what any resourceful, creative, dedicated, amazing group of talented people would do: they figured out how to make it work all on their own. They built their own local brand, they built their own scene, and they made so much noise that the rest of the world couldn’t miss them if they tried, culminating in Brazilian player Rafael Matsunaga becoming the first modern World YoYo Champion not from the US or Japan.
I had the good fortune to visit Brazil once for Brazilian Nationals, and it was amazing. Every player in the country piled into a room that was so thick with bodies there was condensation on the ceiling, cheering each other on with deafening whoops and hollers as they started their routines. It was the very model of a scene built out of love and necessity, and I’m so glad that it’s been documented, and that someone is putting these time capsule together so that everyone can see what an amazing contribution to the art and sport of yoyo play Brazil has made.