Fist Salud brings us another jaw-dropping trick compilation from 44Festa! The 21st volume of 44Festa took place on January 14th and, as usual, the talent at the event was just amazing with plenty of players honing their freestyles for upcoming JYYF regional events. Every trick in this 6-minute video is worth a look. Enjoy!
Archives for February 2017
The New York YoYo Club is one of the most consistent and popular groups on the East coast. They recently decided to start doing video player profiles, highlighting some of the regular attendees and their style. Pretty cool concept to promote the club and help spread the word on players. With two videos out already, be sure to keep any eye out for more on their YouTube channel. Check the first two videos below.
Evan Slack is the third (and final, for a while) player to join the SF YoYos team, and here is his video. It’s a good video. We like it.
Yoyo used is the Delrin SF.
Joey Montoya dropped a great video to hold up his spot on Gentry Stein’s “Shutter Crew”, a small team of players picked by Gentry as kind of a “junior team”. Great tricks…keep an eye on this kid!
Yoyo used is the YoYoFactory Replay Pro.
Our friends at YoYofficer have finally made the jump to plastic! Their first plastic yoyo, the XPoint, should be hitting stores soon and it looks like a solid player. Check out specs below, as well as a new video from Ilya Shaposnikov featuring the XPoint.
Yoyofficer XPoint Specs:
Bearing: Size C – Both Narrow & Centering
Retail Price: $13.9 USD
The Scales Collective is back with two more episodes of their podcast…a mini episode discussing the first two events of the 2017 Japan YoYo League, and an interview with…well, with me. Neat.
2017 has already proven to be one of the most competitive years of yo-yo of all time, and Japan is at the forefront of it. Scales members Patrick Canny, Colin Beckford, and Keiran Cooper discuss the first two contests of the 2017 Japan Yo-yo League – East Japan A Block and Central Japan – and analyze some of their favorite freestyles from each, as well as predictions for what the rest of the year will show for yo-yo in Japan.
Steve Brown is one of the most important yo-yo players of all time – from being an inventor of a world-renowned division, a National Master, yo-yo news website leader, contest organizer and more, it is safe to say that his impact on the community has been something worth noting. In this episode of the Scales Podcast, member Andrew Bergen interviews Steve on some topics such as running the 2016 World YoYo Competition, his insight on people who are interested in running competitions, and more. Listen to this episode and gain some knowledge from one of the industry’s best! Thank you to our sponsors: YoYoExpert, Caribou Lodge, and Recess International!
Ky Zizan is back with some new Double Dragon tricks! Featuring guest appearances by John Wolfe and the cast of Law & Order.
There are no words.
We are a bit late on this, but our good friend Masanobu Iwata sends word about this year’s first 44FESTA, held on January 14th!
Go check out the event report for all the goods, and be sure to check this edition’s freestyle contest! The 2017 Japanese League is currently being held all around the country, and several contestants are using every opportunity they can to hone their freestyles!
The next edition of 44FESTA will be held on March 26th, but be sure to go meet the crew at the JYYL events!
Drew Mrowiec-Barnhart shows off a few new tricks in this quickie video. Short and to the point…just how I like ’em. Single-serving awesomeness!
Yoyo used is the One Drop Kraken.
CLYW team member Tessa Piccillo rocks out a great trick in this new Cabin Tutorial. It’s one of those tricks where you’ll be able to get the mechanics pretty quick, but it’s going to take you a while to smooth it out. Get started!
Yoyo used is the CLYW Blizzard.
YoYoFactory player Betty Gallegos shows off her latest tricks, and they’re all pretty damn good. Nice job, Betty!
Yoyo used is the YoYoFactory Edge.
YoYoFactory dropped two new models under the radar, both from metals that we don’t normally see in the average yoyo release.
The YoYoFactory Heist is the newest stainless steel pocket yoyo from YoYoFactory. Previous steel models have been more of a novelty…the Stainless Steel Whistler was purely for noisy fun, while the Mighty Flea was playable but incredibly tiny and limited. The Heist steps up their game quite a bit with a larger than the Flea (but still pocket sized) release. The density of stainless steel allows them to give it the weight distribution of a full-sized yoyo in a decidedly undersized package. All the play at a fraction of the size!
YoYoFactory Heist Specs:
Diameter: 40 mm
Width: 25.64 mm
Weight: 61.5 grams
Bearing: Small Center Trac (5 x 10 x 4 mm)
Response: CBC Small Pad
Material: Stainless Steel
And next up we have the YoYoFactory Space Crown Ultra, the first yoyo from YoYoFactory to utilize 7068 grade aluminum. This ultra-tough alloy has a better weight:strength ratio than Grade 5 Titanium at a fraction of the price, and is pretty new to the yoyo industry. Featuring a nice looking v-shape and a great fingerspin hub, we can’t wait to get our hands on one of these and beat the everloving crap out of it!
Diameter: 57.55 mm
Width: 45.75 mm
Weight: 65 grams
Bearing: CBC Large Center Trac(.250 x .500 x .187)
Response: CBC 19mm Slim Pad
Material: 7068 Aluminum
Mathilde Witt won a Regional Science Contest at the age of 14 with a hand-drawn sketch of a competition yoyo…so iYoYo made it for her. Check out Mathilde in a video showing off her design, the new iYoYo Veritas.
Best origin story for a yoyo design? We think it’s pretty damn good!
Yoyo used is the iYoYo Veritas.