Check out the latest video from SLVRANDBLK, shot during the after-party for the 2017 European YoYo Championship in Bratislava.
Archives for April 2017
The Recess crew shows us what’s what with the company’s latest release, the Komodo. Featuring Ky Zizan, John Wolfe, Colin Beckford, Tyler Severance, Joe Wilson, and Andrew Bergen.
Yoyo used is the Recess Komodo.
Japan Nationals is one of the biggest National events in the world, and it’s frequently a really good look at the players who will be at the top of their divisions in that year’s World YoYo Contest. If you’ve never been, I HIGHLY recommend it.
The 2017 Japan National Yo-Yo Contest will be held from June 17th to 18th at Sakura Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo.
This year marks the 19th annual Japan National Yo-Yo Contest. During that time it has evolved from a small contest in a local community center with around 50 in attendance, to its current size of 600-800 in professional convention halls and auditoriums throughout Japan in recent years. JN is arguably one of the most competitive yo-yo contests in the world, which makes it an incredibly exciting event to attend in-person. Among those fighting for this year’s five national titles are many former and current national and world champions. See your heroes up close and personal and cheer them on for the win!
This year, in addition to the 1-5A Championship Divisions, Women’s, Over 40, Team, and Compulsory Trick divisions, we are happy to announce a brand new International Open Freestyle (IOF) division! This division is open only to players who are not Japanese citizens, nor residents of Japan, so if you’re visiting for JN this is your chance to share the stage with top Japanese players and perform in front of one of the best yo-yo audiences in the world.
Whether you’re ready to get in on the action, or just want to cheer on and interact with your favorite players, we warmly invite you to attend the 2017 Japan National Yo-Yo Contest. See you in Tokyo!
Tyler Vienneau takes the lead in this new video from A-RT, the yoyo company started by Jensen Kimmitt and Charles Haycock. You can see the influence of Jensen and Charles’ yoyo play here, but with Tyler’s own style peeking through. We got a nice glimpse of Tyler’s play in the recent Diptych promo video, but it’s nice to see him hold down a full-length video on his own.
Yoyo used is the A-RT Grail. Music is NSFW.
Paolo Alto is gearing up early for 5A May, that glorious month where all eleven remaining 5A players in the world shake their heads slowly and pour one out for the death of their division. OK, so it’s not really that bad…it just feels that way sometimes. Which makes this 5A trick dump video from Paolo Alto just that much more welcome…it’s good to get a little creative boost in a style that’s slowed way down in recent years. Thanks for the motivation and inspiration, Paolo!
Yoyo used is the Yoyofficer X-Point.
CLYW dropped a new Cabin Tutorial, this one featuring guest star Michael Ferdico! In case you missed it, the Bird just won the 2017 California State YoYo Championship this weekend! Perfect timing for a guest spot, huh?
Yoyo used is the CLYW Manatee.
The 2017 California State YoYo Championship was held this past weekend in Oakland, California. Check out full results, scoring breakdowns, and video of the winners below. (1A Prelim scoring breakdowns here.)
1st Place – Michael Ferdico
1st Place – Josh Yee (only competitor)
1st Place – Ian Smith
1st Place – Zac Rubino
1st Place – Will Hahn
Josh Yee brings us a great highlights reel from this past weekend’s 2017 California State YoYo Championship. Featuring a ton of players, including Alann “Hotpocket” Herrera, Daniel Flaherty, Zac Rubino, Michael Ferdico, Keiran Cooper, Ernest Kahn, and more.
CLYW launched their “Vlog Cabin” weekly video series! Helmed by team member Aaron Davis, the first episode gives us a layout of what to expect from future installments, catches us up on what Aaron has been doing lately, and gives viewers a chance to win some “old school” Yeti Fist t-shirts from the CLYW archives.
Note: Commenting on this article won’t enter you to win, but if you head to YouTube and comment there, you have a chance!
Popular yoyo contest emcee Cheng interviews a lot of players on his YouTube channel, The Wind Up, and the latest is rising star Arata Imai. Check out this interview, and then subscribe to Cheng’s YouTube channel to make sure you catch the other two parts when they’re uploaded.
66Percent Barracuda Specs:
Diameter: 37 mm
Width: 29.4 mm
Weight: 56.8 grams
Response: 66Percent Pad
Bearing: Size A (5x10x4 mm)
66Percent Haymaker Specs:
Diameter: 38 mm
Width: 28.3 mm
Weight: 44.4 grams
Response: 66Percent Pad
Bearing: Size A (5x10x4 mm)
The 66Percent project by Spingear is one of the cooler small-run yoyo projects we’ve seen. Takahiko Hasegawa from Spingear takes his favorite yoyos, reduces them to 66% of their original size, and then has them machined out of stainless steel for maximum playability. The first two models in the series are both from Duncan Toys, the Barracuda and the Haymaker.
The 66Percent series brings a lot more play value than the average mini yoyo. Being slightly larger than most mini yoyos, the 66Percent Barracuda and Haymaker are both plenty capable of hitting pretty much any of your tricks, although the reduced size will definitely make them more challenging! The steel construction gives them enough weight that you can still really feel them on the end of the string, which helps a lot in pushing through your favorite tricks. For a novelty yoyo, these really pack a ton of play value. (Note: the 66Percent Haymaker is actually a bi-metal, with an aluminum body and steel rims.)
The 66Percent series keeps it simple without any engraving or logos on either the Barracuda or Haymaker. The Barracuda comes in raw or rose gold, and the Haymaker comes in blue/raw. They’re so tiny that keeping it simple really is the best option, and the result is that these look clean and elegant in your hand and on the string.
Both the 66Percent Barracuda and 66Percent Haymaker retail for $85. For Japanese machining quality and such a cool and unique item, it really is a great price for anyone looking for something fun to throw in their pocket, or looking for a challenge to keep them sharp during practice sessions.
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Five-time World YoYo Champion Rei Iwakura shows off his new signature yoyo in his latest video for C3yoyodesign! It’s always a treat watching one of the best players in the game, and seeing him with the latest and greatest yoyo to be designed to his specs? Perfect.
Yoyo used is the C3yoyodesign Contrail.
The CLYW team got together at the 2017 European YoYo Championship in Bratislava, Slovakia for all the usual stuff…yoyo tricks, laughing, arm wrestling, yoyo tricks, drinking beverages, dance parties, hangovers, and more yoyo tricks. Always amazing.
Featuring Andrew Maider, Petr Kavka, Palli Gudmundsson, Nuu Gatowsky, David Kreibich, Tomas Vyletel, and Alec Campbell.