Check out this great contest video of the 2017 Japan National YoYo Contest. The JYYF does such an amazing job with all of their events, and a video like this really captures what an intense, high-level competition this is. If you’ve never been to a Japanese national championship, make it a priority!
Archives for June 2017
World YoYo Champion and part-time wizard Janos Karancz shows off his new bi-metal signature model in this promotional video from Duncan.
Yoyo used is the Duncan Toys GrasshopperX.
CLYW’s newest team member Michael Ferdico handles this week’s Cabin Tutorial with his trick “Power of the Sun”. Good stuff!
Yoyo used is the CLYW Manatee.
This years World YoYo Contest will be held in Iceland in just 6 weeks! Here’s what you need to know:
- The next registration deadline is coming up soon…after that, competitor fee jumps from $30 to $60. Registration is available HERE.
- If you are registering to compete, you still have to purchase a day pass! In previous years this was all done at the same time, but due to venue restrictions you must purchase your day pass separately. Do that HERE.
If you haven’t uploaded your music yet, do that HERE.(Music upload isn’t available yet, but should be soon.)
- Submission deadline for the Art & Performance Division has been extended to July 10th! Details HERE.
- There’s a good FAQ on the website about Iceland HERE.
- There is no specific “contest hotel” this year. Because Iceland is small, the lodging is going to be more like past years of EYYC…a sort of “players village” with everyone scattered at multiple hotels, hostels, and Air BnBs all very close to each other. There are 7 different options listed on the event site HERE, plus you can search AirBnB if you want something a little more private.
- Freestyle rules are HERE. If you are competing, it’s your responsibility to know these rules inside and out. If you have questions, please contact the IYYF for clarification as soon as possible.
Good luck, and see you there!
Duncan Toys is releasing a signature yoyo for long-time player favorite Chris Makita! The Duncan MKT debuted at Japan Nationals and should be hitting stores soon…see it in action in this new video from your favorite yoyo player, Chris Makita.
Yoyo used is the Duncan Toys MKT.
Tessa Piccillo once again proves her badassery in this week’s Cabin Tutorial from CLYW.
Yoyo used is the CLYW Blizzard.
Evan Gronberg throws down some nice tricks on a trip to Israel in this promo video for the YoYoBrothers Heirloom, a titanium bi-metal yoyo coming soon.
YoYoExpert.com has released another video in their “Trick Theory” series, this one featuring the amazing Anthony Rojas! Widely regarded as one of the most creative and original yoyo players in the country, Anthony Rojas has a truly distinctive style in both 1A and 5A. Widely respected by fans and fellow competitors, Anthony is a stand-out talent in yoyoing.
Anthony’s signature model is the CLYW Dune.
Japan Nationals is always one of the biggest contests of the year, with the winners becoming heavily favored to take their respective divisions at that years World YoYo Contest. So here you go…here are your new favorites for Worlds!
1A Divison – Presented by C3yoyodesign
1st Place – Shion Araya
2A Division – Presented by YoYoFactory
1st Place – Takuma Yamamoto
3A Division – Presented by CLYW
1st Place – Tomoya Kurita
4A Division – Presented by Japan Technology
1st Place – Takumi Yasumoto
5A Division – Presented by Duncan Toys
1st Place – Takuma Inoue
International Open Division
1st Place – Luckey Li
(no video yet)
Aaron Davis gets pretty in-depth about yoyo freestyles in the latest episode of the CLYW’s Vlog Cabin series.
Paul Dang is leaving his job at the One Drop shop for a new city and new opportunities. He’ll still be on the team, and involved with OD as a sponsored player, but he is moving away from Eugene. For those who have grown used to his shop videos and his calming presence, this is a huge blow. But for those who just wish the guy well and are happy to see him happy, it’s a great step forward for a solid guy. Cheers to you, Paul!
Bonus: a few of the Tech Creator / OD folks got together and made a Dang tribute video. Awwww.
We have your first look at the new machined plastic yoyo from G Squared! Check out full specs and more pics below, along with details on the release direct from G Squared.
The Ghost is G2’s first attempt at a plastic yoyo, but this is no ordinary plastic. Jake decided to design a yoyo using PTFE (Teflon), you know the stuff the is used as a coating for your non-stick pots and pans. Besides the obvious grindability reasons, PTFE was used to take advantage of the plastics higher density. Allowing for thinner walls and more aggressive weight distribution than most plastic yoyos on the market today.
The Ghost will be released in white with multiple hub colorways throughout the summer starting in late July. Estimated retail is $65. Want one before then? You might be lucky enough to snag one from the G2 booth at Ohio States or SEC.
Both the design and play were greatly inspired from the Banshee which can easily been seen from the angles in catch zone, along with the speed and agility felt on the string.
G Squared Ghost Specs:
Diameter – 57mm
Width – 43.04 mm
Weight – 66.5 grams
Material – PTFE
Gap – 4.5mm
Response – G19 Pads
Bearing – Size C (Ships with Boss Rage and Wrath bearings)
YoYoFactory has been supporting the yoyo scene in Mexico for nearly a decade, sponsoring their players and sending special guests to their events. This year they attended the 2017 Mexican National YoYo Contest with Evan Nagao and shot some beautiful footage with team members Luis Enrique, Betty Gallegos, and Paul Kerbel.