Check out this great video recap of the 2016 Czech National YoYo contest, held this past weekend in Prague!
Archives for October 2016
Yoyo collector Lucky Meisenheimer was recently featured in a great video by Barcroft TV for his yoyo collection, which is up over 10,000 pieces. If you’ve ever been able to visit Lucky’s house during past World YoYo Contests in Orlando and see his collection in person you know it’s pretty overwhelming. Congrats on the great press, Lucky!
Meet the skin cancer surgeon, who owns the world’s largest yo-yo collection – worth $250,000. Doctor Lucky Meisenheimer bought his first yo-yo as a teenager and has been collecting them ever since, now owning over 10,000 yo-yo’s. The Surgeon, from Orlando, Florida, has even turned part of his family home into a yo-yo museum that displays his prized collection. Lucky said: “I own around 10,000 yo-yo’s of which 5000 are different. You can never have too many yo-yo’s.Despite having thousands of yo-yo’s to choose from, Lucky still has clear favourites – including his most unique yo-yo that has a laser attached.
The report for 44FESTA vol. 19 is up!
The 19th installment of 44FESTA was held on September 24th, and despite the unpleasant weather, attendees were unfazed.
Get all the details on the official report, and don’ t forget to check this sweet clip video featuring music from the one and only Ky Zizan!
Having legends like Master Nakamura having a great time with the new school kids is one the things that make us want to attend 44FESTA!
Also, if you’ re in Japan in the coming weeks, 44FESTA will be busy with booths in two separate events: CHIMERA GAMES vol. 2, in Odaiba, and Yamato Industrial Fair in Yamato. Be sure to get all the details from 44FESTA!
I could watch Riccardo throwing weird slack tricks all. day. long.
Yoyo used is the CLYW Orca.
4x World YoYo Champion Hiroyuki Suzuki has announced that he’s launching a new brand called “Freshthings”, and the first delivery of releases looks pretty amazing.
First up is a plastic yoyo that echoes his typical design sensibilities, but is stock responsive and is a collaboration with Fragment Design, which means Hiroyuki is working with legendary streetwear designer Hiroshi Fujiwara! That’s pretty huge, and is the biggest fashion/yoyo design collaboration since Duncan produced yoyos for Lady Gaga’s pop-up store at Barney’s.
(Honorable mention to Self Edge for putting a yoyo on the leather patch of their collaboration with The Flat Head.)
Included in the first delivery it looks like we’ll also have a licensed collaboration with Coca-Cola, with two different designs: one featuring a Japanese logo and the other featuring a classic logo that appears to be from the 1980s. Both look pretty cool, and while neither is as exciting as the Fragment collaboration, it’s still pretty great to see Coke logos on a good playing yoyo…something we haven’t had since Russell Promotions stopped working with them in the late 90s.
No word yet on pricing or availability, but Freshthings will officially launch on November 2nd, 2016. We’ll update with more info when we have it!
Josh Yee dropped some new videos in his “Trick Moment” series, featuring Chew Hong Joon, Jordan Shen, Stephanie Haight, and William Woon. These aren’t tutorial videos…the tricks aren’t slowed down or broken down. It’s really meant to capture, as the title says, just a moment of play from various players. It’s a neat idea, and we look forward to seeing more!
Yoku Kato slows things down and delivers a beautiful new video! Really great stuff in here, and it’s always nice to see a player with unique pacing and delivery.
Yoyo used is a prototype by Werrd.
Check out this new video from Recess, featuring Tyler Severance, Tressley Cahill, and Brandon Napper. It’s got everything you need: fast food reference, dope tricks, graffiti, Tressley smiling a lot, and Tyler reminding everyone that his 1A is really, really good. Plus the added bonus of Brandon Napper, who is definitely a player to keep an eye on.
Please consider making a donation to support Steve. Any amount (no matter how small) is greatly appreciated! In addition we have a limited number of TYY-01 Titanium Yo-Yos available as a donation reward! Thank you for sharing your love & support with Steve and his family.
Steve Buffel (age 43) was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in November 2015. Since then he’s undergone a long battle that’s consisted of daily radiation treatments & chemotherapy (while working) and an extensive surgery in May. Steve’s surgery went very well and he now continues his fight, but is struggling through the follow up chemotherapy. The doctors described post-surgical chemotherapy like this: “The surgeon pulled the weeds and now we’re going to spray the lawn to make sure none grow back”. With this protocol Steve’s prognosis is good and has an 80% chance of being cancer free for the rest of his life. That being said, living with the side effects of the chemo can feel are far worse than the cancer itself.
With the help of friends and family, Steve and Suzanne have done their best to help maintain a normal routine for their household and kids, but unfortunately it’s a becoming struggle. Steve has been off work since his surgery in May and his insurance coverage has been exhausted. Steve looks forward to going back to work as a design engineer soon as he can, but in the meanwhile he has to rely on his wife’s extra efforts to support their family.
Steve recently lost his father to brain cancer.
Up until his surgery, Steve enjoyed family life, his pursuit of the perfect pair of jeans and immersed himself in the craft of jean making… and titanium yoyo production! Steve also competed at the local BMX track with his kids. Steve is looking forward to getting back to these hobbies once his body heals and hands are free of nerve pain that’s caused by the chemotherapy. To follow Steve and his interests, here’s his Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/spyycanada/
A kind message from friend Ed Haponik:
“It is difficult to find a bad yo-yo these days. Pretty much every model seems to play pretty smooth, spin a long time, and respond consistently… 10 years ago this was NOT the case. Not only were performance metal yo-yo’s expensive; there were giant disparities in quality from one model to another and amazing variation in their features, right down to the basic structure of the response systems and bearing seats. It was during this time, when precision-crafted yo-yo’s were few and far between, that SPYY came into its own.
Steve Buffel is a true craftsman. And when he gets it in mind to pursue a project (whether a yo-yo, pair of jeans, or a skateboard for his kid), he goes at it with an obsessive drive to complete it as well as it can be done, with no allowance shortcuts or mediocrity. His yo-yo’s were touted as the smoothest out there from the very first protos released on eBay. And as the SPYY line grew in the mid 00’s (from the Radian to the Addict, Spyder, and Pistolero), the company became synonymous with this level of quality. Even when Steve made the somewhat agonizing decision to start selling discount rejects, the purchasers of his “STAR-grades” remarked that these seconds spun far truer than most companies’ A-grades.
When he decided to build a team, Steve did so as patiently and deliberately as he developed his yo-yo line. Jon Rob, Guy Wright, Nate Sutter, Alexis JV, Sebastian Brock, Joey Fleshman, myself… The players he picked were out of the box and all over the map. It seemed like the only thing we had in common was having nothing in common, and yet it was more a “team” than any I’d seen. Being generous to a fault, Steve would send me tons of yo-yo’s, even though he knew I wasn’t interested in competition. And when I tentatively approached him about wanting to dedicate a year to playing fixed axle, he didn’t just give me his blessing – he gave me the tool for the job in the form of the sweetest wood yo-yo ever.
In time, SPYY folded, partly under the weight of the high expectations Steve maintained for himself. When he emerged last year to drop a titanium bomb on the community, everybody seemed thrilled, both at the prospect of the yo-yo and for SPYY to be back on the scene at all. The TYY-01 proved to be everything I’d hoped for: a modern competition-friendly profile, a 4mm gap giving tight winds and great regens, and smoothness worthy of the SPYY brand. Unfortunately, it dropped just as the market was at its most Ti-saturated, and for reasons I don’t understand, they remain available.
As most reading this will already know, Steve has been battling colorectal cancer for the past year. He has fought like hell through surgeries and several grueling rounds of chemotherapy. Being one of the most stoic people I know, he has never once complained about it to me. But I know it wears on him not having the energy to chase his kids all over creation on their BMX bikes or throw himself into his various crafts.
Steve has been a great friend for a long time. He is a true family-man, one of the most giving people I know, and he has had a legitimate and positive impact upon modern yo-yo’s and upon our little community. He has had a rough run lately, to say the least, and it would be amazing if our community could show him that we’ve got his back as he continues to recover. This is an opportunity to support a guy who, like so many of us, has thrown much of himself into this strange little passion (and to earn some pretty slick rewards while you’re at it). This is not the kind of thing he would ask for, so it falls to his friends to do so on his behalf. I hope you’ll join me in throwing some support to one of the best among us.”
Please join us for showing love and support to an amazing friend and a person who has been a true ‘force of good’ in our yo-yo community!
All donations are greatly appreciated and welcome. Donate $185 and receive a SPYY TYY-01 yo-yo!
Ben Conde’s latest “Around The World” video entries show him getting it handed to him in Japan, hunting down the location of a photo he’s been using for his iPhone wallpaper, and getting up at 4 AM to hit a beautiful bamboo forest before the tourists crush it. Amazing.
The CLYW team tore it up at the 2016 US National YoYo Contest this year with a half-dozen players making finals in two divisions, and now we get to see what they were up to when they weren’t on stage. Check out some great tricks from Anthony Rojas, Tessa Piccillo, Ernest Kahn, Michael Kurti, Andrew Maider, Zach Gormley, Harrison Lee, Alec Campbell, Mark Mangarin, Grayson Johnson, and Isaac Nozick.
CLYW brings us another Cabin Tutorials featuring 2x World YoYo Champion Yuuki Spencer! This is one of those tricks that is quintessentially Yuuki…the pacing, the construction, the rhythm – it’s impossible to look at this trick and not know who created it!
Yoyo used is the CLYW Scout.
Check out results, scoring breakdowns, and video from the 2016 Budapest Throwdown, held October 8th in Budapest, Hungary.
1st Place – Racz Denes
2nd Place – Viktor Kollar
3rd Place – Gabor Kocsis
1st Place – Viktor Kollar
1st Place – Kristof Gal
Check out the latest video from Yoshinori Kawamura…smooth and fun to watch, as always.
Yoyo used is the One Drop Benchmark 2016 W.