Harold Owens III and Tyler Severance have given up another taste of what we can expect from them at the 2013 World YoYo Contest next month. As always, looks like the 1A and 5A divisions are going to have the fiercest competition.
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YoYoFactory team members Tyler Severance and Harold Owens III are dropping another taste of their freestyles for the upcoming 2013 World YoYo Contest. Competition is going to be fierce this year, and Harold & Tyler are stepping up early as the American players to beat in 1A and 5A, respectively.
YoYoFactory is making a lot of noise about their upcoming titanium release, the Ricochet. Previously covered on YoYoNews, the Ricochet will be available from YoYoExpert on March 17th. In the meantime, here’s what it can do in the hands of your favorite pros…
Long-time favorite Paul Han kicks out a solid half-minute combo. Not bad!
…but newcomer and National YoYo Champion Harold Owens III has a little more up his sleeve, and crushes a solid 48-second run.
Expect more Ricochet videos from YoYoFactory leading up to the release.
Hot on the heels of their Yolex demo, Gentry Stein & Harold Owens III are back with two minutes of excellent combo construction and absolutely zero sleeves. Between this Yoyofactory wonder duo and Innovation Movement’s Zach & Isaac, it’s safe to say that the young American yoyoing scene is killin’ it. The kids are alright. According to the comments, Harold’s using an H.O.T. and Gentry’s throwing a (?) – something to be revealed at worlds? Can’t wait to see what these two throw down in Orlando.
Check out this insanely long (and dense) trick compilation video, assembled by Nehemiah Peterson. Filmed mostly at Worlds (but with some submitted player footage mixed in), this video highlights modern “technical” yoyo play. Featuring…well, featuring a crapload of people. Who do you want to see? They’re in here. Zach Gormley, Anthony Rojas, Evan Nagao, Andrew Maider, Ahmad Kharisma, Harold Owens III….it’s a crazy pile of talent.
Perfect Elements, the film production name of Russian super awesome guy Igor Galiev just dropped an epic video featuring nearly 8 minutes of brilliant yoyo tricks from the best players in the world. All you are doing for the next hour is watching this over and over. I’m not even kidding here. Shot at 60fps, so make sure you watch it full screen at full size!
Featuring Ben Conde, Riccardo Fraolini, Yoshi Mikamoto, Justin Weber, James Reed, Charles Haycock, Jensen Kimmitt, Harold Owens III, Petr Kavka, Vashek Kroutil, Kentaro Kimura, Paul Kerbel, Takeshi Matsuura, and more.
Results are in for the 2014 US National YoYo Contest, and Zach Gormley is the new US National YoYo Champion!
Videos of all freestyles are online now…subscribe to YoYoNews on YouTube to check them out!
1st – Zach Gormley – 88.95
2nd – Gentry Stein – 84.33
3rd – Anthony Rojas – 83.28
4th – Andrew Maider – 79.58
5th – Harold Owens III – 79.43
6th – Evan Nagao – 76.98
7th – Michael Kurti – 76.76
8th – Michael Stecz – 67.92
9th – Paolo Bueno – 67.15
10th – Sebastian Brock – 66.77
11th – Tylor McCallumore – 65.84
12th – Nate Dailey – 63.85
13th – Tessa Piccillo – 62.81
14th – Patrick Canny – 62.67
15th – Daniel Joranlien – 62.11
16th – Eric Tranton – 58.61
17th – Odon Alberto Jr. – 57.50
18th – Michael Nakamura – 55.71
1st Place – Joseph Harris – 84.8
2nd Place – Connor Scholten – 73.6
3rd Place – Benjamin McPhee – 69.4
4th Place – Yoshi Mikamoto – 69.4
5th Place – Alexander Kido – 58.8
6th Place – Adam Bottiglia – 46.4
7th Place – Josh Yee – 32.8
1st – Alex Hattori – 87.243A Freestyle
2nd – Patrick Borgerding – 80.27
3rd – Eliot Ogawa – 72.06
4th – Colin Beckford – 53.46
5th – Ian Smith – 52.96
6th – Stuart White – 35.24
7th – Elijah Tan – 26.73
1st – Zac Rubino – 90.67
2nd – Michael Nakamura – 89.03
3rd – Ian Johnson – 64.03
4th – Connor Scholten – 62.25
5th – Nate Dailey – 59.87
6th – Philip White – 59.32
7th – Stuart White – 46.79
8th – Noah Bachofen – 45.12
9th – Josh Yee – 26.71
10th – Nehemiah Peterson – 17.96
11th – Stephanie Haight – 9.88
1st – Tyler Severance – 87.45
2nd – Jake Elliott – 82.66
3rd – Bryan Jardin – 78.75
4th – Chase Baxter – 52.60
5th – Miguel Correa – 50.86
6th – Patrick Canny – 47.23
7th – Ryan Gee – 43.09
8th – Will Hahn – 37.08
9th – Michael Marshall – 34.09
10th – Josh Yee – 33.63
11th – Blaine Shelton – 25.48
12th – Justin Perez – 23.56
13th – Philip White – 21.42
The 2014 US National YoYo Contest is tomorrow in Chico, California and the best players in the US will gather to compete for the title of National Champion. The lineup this year is absolutely stellar! Here’s the full list of competitors for the 1A Division.
1A Finals Seeds
- Andrew MAIDER
- Daniel JORANLIEN
- Nate DAILEY
- Michael STECZ
- Sebastian BROCK
- Eric TRAN-TON
- Luke FINNELL
- Anthony ROJAS
- Michael KURTI
- Zach GORMLEY
1A Prelims – Competitor Order
- Jonathon BEST
- Keegan ORR
- Kevin NICHOLAS
- Ian LAWSON
- Noah BACHOFEN
- Wilson VAN GUNDY
- Philip WHITE
- Ty GOLDMAN
- Tylor MCCALLUMORE
- Michael NAKAMURA
- Paolo BUENO
- Joe WILSON
- Odon ALBERTO JR.
- Evan NAGAO
- Colin BECKFORD
- Tomoaki CLARK
- Harold OWENS III
- Will HAHN
- Nehemiah PETERSON
- Tessa PICCILLO
- Michael MARSHALL
- Hayden BRICKMAN
- Dylan BENHARRIS
- Patrick CANNY
- Josh YEE
- Erik BJORK
- Shakeem ANDERSON
- Dennis CINQUEGRANI
- Ibrahim RAHMAN
- Chandler STEELE
- Eric KOLOSKI
- Clint ARMSTRONG
- Aaron DAVIS
- Nicholas DE VALPINE
- Ryan GEE
- JT NICKEL
- Angelo AGUIRRE
- Adam SCHULTZ
- James REED
- Gentry STEIN
The 1A division this year has been absolutely STACKED with talent! More than 90 players entered the wildcard round, with only 27 moving through to prelims. Of those, only the following outstanding players will advance to semi-finals!
1 Shinya Kido 84.3
2 Iori Yamaki 80.6
3 Peter Pong Si Yee 79.4
4 Hiroyuki Suzuki 77.9
5 Izuru Hasumi 75.4
6 Jakub Dekan 73.1
7 Václav Kroutil 72.7
8 Masahiro Terada 72.6
9 Paul Kerbel 72.5
10 Yusuke Otsuka 71.3
11 Ayumu Harada 70.3
12 Andrew Maider 69.9
13 Paolo Bueno 68.0
14 Harold Owens III 66.8
15 Yamato Murata 66.7
16 Michael Kurti 66.0
17 Marcus Koh 65.6
18 Akitoshi Tokubuchi 64.1
19 Aristidis Voultsios 63.7
20 Daniel Tamariz 61.0
21 Anthony Rojas 61.0
22 Andrew Bergen 59.9
23 Mizuki Takimoto 58.9
24 Zach Gormley 58.6
25 Grzegorz Wójcik 58.2
26 Maxim Gruzintsev 57.8
27 Matouš Tomeš 57.1
28 Ilya Matros 56.3
29 Igor Galiev 55.9
30 Attila Botlik 55.8
The 2014 World YoYo Contest is coming up soon, and they’ve just posted a list of some of the top names that are registered for the event. The level of play at the World YoYo Contest is always high, but with this year’s event being held in Prague I think we can expect a pretty amazing blowout of talent as the event levels up.
Registration is still open, and there’s just about another month before the next price increase. Check out the all-star list of registered competitors below!
- Vashek Kroutil – Czech Champion
- Mimi Thian – Team C3YoYoDesign Malaysia
- Clint Armstrong – YoYoFactory Contest Team
- Harold Owens III – USA National Champion
- Igor Galiev – Russian YoYo Star
- Vilmos Zoltan Kiss – Team One Drop
- Matyáš Racek – Mr. Unique Style from Prague
- Takeshi Matsuura – World and Japanese National YoYo Champion
- Hiroyuki Suzuki –4x World YoYo Champion
- Anthony Rojas – 2014 Bay Area Classic Champion
- Carlos Braun – EYYC 2014 winner and Werrd Team Member
- Shinya Kido – 2009 World YoYo Champion & C3YoYoDesign Japan Team
- Riccardo Fraolini – CLYW Team & #trickcircle dominator
- Takuma Yamamoto – World YoYo Champion
- Joseph Harris – US National Champion
- Dave Geigle – European 2A Champion
- Patrick Borgerding – US National 3A Champion
- Quentin Godet – European YoYo Champion
- Rei Iwakura – Japanese YoYo Champion
- Ben Conde – Team YoyoJam Legend
- Ian Johnson – US National YoYo Champion
- Maciek Cwynar
- Takeshi Matsuura – World YoYo Champion
- Chin Min Tuan – Vietnamese YoYo Champion
- Sora Ishikawa
- Jake Elliot – USA National Champion
YoYoExpert is releasing a small prototype batch of YoYoFactory’s next metal release, the Too H.O.T.! The yoyo releases Friday at 10 PM EST, but at 9 PM EST YoYoExpert is going to host a live chat with Harold Owens III himself.
Tune in for a chance to talk to Harold about his new signature model, his practice routine, and what he’s got planned for the 2014 contest season.
Head over to YoYoExpert.com for the release countdown page, and come back here tomorrow for the live chat!
YoYoFactory Too H.O.T. Specs:
Diameter: 56.50 mm / 2.22 inches
Width: 44.60 mm / 1.75 inches
Gap Width: 4.80 mm / .18 inches
Weight: 67.3 grams
Bearing Size: CBC Center Trac
Size C (.250 x .500 x .187)
Response: CBC 19mm Silicone Slim Pads
Just got this new video from Ben Gates, showcasing the first wave of today’s players experimenting with Double Dragon, Ky Zizan’s 1A variation that’s been picking up some traction. Starting next week we’ll have some exclusive new tutorials here on YoYoNews, so you can learn Double Dragon too!
It’s 2014. This is the future. Presenting exclusive new Dragon style yo-yo tricks, using two strings on a single yo-yo. Innovative original concepts from Ky Zizan, Anthony Rojas, Bryan Figueroa, Eric Koloski, Michael Kurti, Nate Sutter, Tylor McCallumore, Ryan Gee, Harold Owens III, and many, many more!
Featuring Ky’s Double Dragon (two strings tied to both hands), Tethered Dragon (both strings tied to the throwhand), and also Nate Sutter’s Monodragon (a giant loop of string, not tied to the hand).
Rounding out our advance coverage of yoyo offerings at the 2014 International Toy Fair is a peek at what YoYoFactory will be showing at their booth.
The new catalog is our first look at the upcoming release of the standard version of the Hubstack yoyo. With the Afterglow version shipping to stores at the end of the month, we know the specs and know what to expect. The Hubstack will be responsive out of the box, and is expected to retail for around $20.
The Preview page of the catalog is where we get to the good stuff! We get a first look at the Glow Collection Round 2, which features white glow-in-the-dark plastic versions of the Northstar, Loop 1080, and Hubstack. These are going to look great, and should be shipping to stores around the end of the month.
We also get a look at the next version of the signature model for Harold Owens III…the Too H.O.T., due in March. Refined weight distribution and a new profile should make this a top-notch competitive yoyo.
Jason Lee is getting a unique signature model…the Detour. We don’t have any specs, but this model appears to be based on the Supernova, with feedback from Jason. This is Jason’s first signature model that wasn’t a color way of something else…FINALLY! One of the most gifted natural yoyo players in the world, it’s about time we got a Jason Lee yoyo.
And coming this spring, looks like we have a new signature model for Patrick Borgerding, the CYBORG, and a new signature design for Paul Kerbel! As usual, I think we can expect great stuff from YoYoFactory this year in the metal yoyo department.
And finally, we have YoYoFactory doing what they do best: bringing new players into the sport. YoYoFactory seems to have refined their in-store teaching program, called PLAY, and created their own tiered learning system for retailers. Combined with constant touring by YoYoFactory demonstrators as well as local support, PLAY looks to be the big winner for 2014 in terms of a major manufacturer working to create new yoyo players.