This might well be one of the densest kendama trick videos I’ve ever seen. The amount of work put into these five combos is over the top, and absolutely beautiful to watch. Bookmark this video, you’re going to want to watch it a few dozen times.
CLYW‘s Charles Haycock gives us another advanced yoyo tutorial with great style and a lot of flannel. In this Cabin Tutorial episode, Charles gives us a solid look at the workings of a highly-truncated Boing E Boing with plenty of interference segments. Not only is this a great yoyo sequence to learn, but there is a TON of potential for a lot of those segments as mounts. Get to work!
Yu Tsumura dropped this amazing 3A banger called “Panda”, so I obviously had to go for the easy joke with the post title. Please forgive me. It’s late.
Yu is a fixture on the Midwest contest scene, and if this trick is any indication we’re going to be seeing some amazing stuff from him this year.
The newest Yomega yoyo pro, Daniel Dietz, was spotted recently in Canada doing yoyo demos at a local toy store during school holidays. Daniel was promoting Yomega yoyos, and touring with a Rubik’s Cube demonstrator.
Amazing new talent Michal Zakrzewski is the newest player to join the YoYoFactory Contest Team. You might remember Michal from the Severe promo video he shot for YoYoFactory.pl, the Polish distributor for the brand. He also took 1st Place in the Winter Freestyle Competition and 6th Place at EYYC 2013. Michal is definitely a strong contest player and another great addition the YoYoFactory’s European team. Congratulations to Michal and YoYoFactory!
Kendama USA’s 2013 Pro Models are available now! The 2013 Pro Models use a brand new paint Kendama USA have been developing for several years, and offer a high level of grip during kendama play.
Each Pro has chosen their own unique color, and has his autograph and spirit animal engraved into the handle. A portion of every sale goes directly to each player. Every 2013 Pro Model comes with a replacement string and bead set, instructions, and extra stickers.
These kendamas are available now, only at KendamaUSA.com.
YoYoFactory has dropped two more videos featuring 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 two more of your favorite pros…
Next up to test the boundaries of the upcoming YoYoFactory Ricochet we have multi-time Czech National and European Champion, Vashek Kroutil. Clocking in at 55 seconds, Vashek’s run is stylish and impressive.
And last but not least, Clint Armstrong cranks an impressive 1:18 with a combo that just. never. ends. Not sure what’s more impressive here, the throw or the thrower. I think Clint can make anything look good, but the Ricochet sure seems to help.
Oxygène YoYo has a new yoyo coming out called “Megatron”, a signature model for 6x Italian National YoYo Champion, Lorenzo Sabatini. Production halves are currently being anodized, but the retail price has not yet been determined. A few raw prototypes are available from Rewind for $130 each, and final production will likely be a bit higher due to engraving and anodization. According to Carlo Menon, owner of Oxygène YoYo;
All the specs were dictated by him [Lorenzo] and while the shape was developed here, he gave me ideas and approved the final project. It took 5 protos to reach the final drawing: the mass is located by maximizing inertia and even with the most precise machines it was hard to get the consistant quality I require for production. This will be Oxygène’s first attempt of having splash anodizing. The name “Megatron” was an idea of Lorenzo’s after he noticed the “bad robotic” look of the yoyo. It was a precise requirement of Ciccia’s that the yoyo could be used for finger grinds in horizontal play, this was also an inspiration to use titanium since the threaded part on the halves had to be reduced and risked to be fragile with aluminum.
Megatron YoYo Specs:
We’re getting closer to the release of Duncan Toys‘ new signature model for 2013 EYYC International Open Division Champion, Kohta Watanabe. This highly anticipated signature model is long-overdue for one of the most creative and influential players in modern single yoyo play. Full specs are below, as well as video of Kohta’s win at EYYC 2013.
Here at Duncan HQ we’re getting more and more stoked as we progress with the development of Kohta Watanabe’s signature yo-yo, STRIX. Strix features a precision machined aluminum body, concave ball-bearing axle, SG Sticker response, and modern wide shape for performing the most insane tricks. Strix was Kohta’s weapon of choice to win the 2013 European Yo-Yo Championship and we can’t wait to see how many titles it claims after its release this May!
String Gap: 4.1mm
Response System: SG Sticker
Bearing: Large (.250x.500x.187)
World YoYo Champion Hank Freeman gives us another round of densely-packed 3A tricks, courtesy of Japanese retailer, Rewind. Watching this it’s hard to believe that 3A started off as a bet between Mark McBride and I, then became a running joke, and now it has its own division at contests worldwide.
History is weird.
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.
World famous street performers John & Rebecca Higby, better known as the YoYo People, are doing a show this Saturday, March 16th, that will be offered as a live pay-per-view HD broadcast. For only $5 you can get a ticket to watch the live show and if you haven’t seen John & Rebecca perform….trust me, it’s worth every penny!
The YoYo People hold 3 Guinness World Records and have performed on David Letterman, “Fetch!” on PBS Kids, the Discovery Channel, and in more than 25 countries.
Watch them perform live this Saturday at www.ConcertWindow.com.
And here we go, seven more yoyo tricks to confuse and delight!
Aint no party like a Jake Bullock party, ’cause a Jake Bullock party don’t stop!
Spencer Berry gives us all the trick and elbows we can handle with another rubbery repeater.
Here’s a ridiculous counterweight trick that feels surprisingly good.
Ed Haponik knows a few things about fixed axle yoyo tricks.
Another old chestnut from the “Useless Tricks of Steve Brown” files.
This trick is stupidly difficult. Seriously. It’s difficult enough that I almost feel like a jerk for setting it loose and giving people the false hope of hitting it with any consistency.
Work on those. We’ll see you next week.