The Czech yoyo scene is amazing, and it’s easy to forget how old it is. Here a group of players hang out and reflect on their decade as yoyo players and professionals. Hit the CC button at the bottom for subtitles! Featuring Jan Novotný, Vašek Kroutil, Adam Gaszczyk, Peter Kišoň, Pavel Klůs, and Marek Němeček.
New video from Adam Brewster, who is one of those people who has always been known as a “player’s player”. Along with players like Justin Weber, Jon Gates, and Sid, Adam is a pioneer of trick composition and his play just oozes with a completely unique style.
The 2013 European YoYo Contest is approaching quickly, and as one of the most prestigious and competitive events in the world all eyes will be on Budapest on February 23rd & 24th.
The seeding rules and a partial list of seeded players has been posted, and it’s a thick with talent. This contest is going to be absolutely amazing, as always. Make your travel plans now!
The list of seeded players is not final, so keep an eye on their site for updates. But as of today, these players will be in the finals in their respective divisions:
- Anthony Destremx (France)
- Aristidis Voultsios (Greece)
- Daniel Tamariz-Martel (Spain)
- Gökten Uzuner (Turkey)
- Grzegorz Wójcik (EYYC’12)
- Janos Karancz (Hungary)
- Kojo Boison (Germany)
- Konstantin Tudjarov (Bulgaria)
- Lorenzo Sabatini (Italy)
- Marcin Drzewiecki (Poland)
- Martin Prochászka (Slovakia)
- Maxim Gruzintsev (Russia)
- Nico Jendretzki (Austria)
- Vashek Kroutil (Czech Republic)
- Yuji Shimokawa Kelly (UK)
- Dave Geigle (EYYC’12)
- Lev Derzhavets (Russia)
- Michal Jasko (EYYC’12)
- Sergey Bandurin (Russia)
- Alex Lipka (Slovakia)
- David Molnar (Hungary)
- Harald Klemm (Austria)
- Lorenzo Sabatini (Italy/EYYC’12)
- Vitaliy Evdokimov (Russia)
- Alexey Nemchik (Russia)
- Daniel Budai (EYYC’12)
- David Molnar (Hungary)
- George Stoyanov (Bulgaria)
- Jano Hlinka (Slovakia)
- Matt Gallacher (UK)
- Petr Kavka (Czech Republic)
Great players, great tricks, and Brandon Jackson from Duncan Toys gave us the heads up that Kohta Watanabe is throwing a prototype of his upcoming signature model!
I got Brandon on the horn, and found out that Kohta’s new signature model will be aluminum, and part of the De-Luxxe Series from Duncan, which means it will retail under $60. Tentative release is Spring/Summer 2013 but nothing is finalized. That was all the detail he could spill for the time being, but I know where he lives so I’ll stalk him until I can get more info.
Duncan Toys has a long and rich history, stretching back to the late 1920s and encompassing some of the most brilliant and truly American aspects of entrepreneurship.
And of course, that means they’ve made some absolutely horrifying commercials. Here are a few choice gems from their archives that will leave you wondering, laughing, and cringing.
Have you ever heard a human being speak more awkwardly than this? Disco robot demonstrator?
No matter how weird a guy on stilts throwing yoyos may be, the Japanese voiceover makes it seem oddly commonplace.
I’m not sure exactly why they chose to film this in the back warehouse of a lawn & garden shop, but the fake gazebo in the back really sells the “fun” of yoyos.
Filmed in someone’s garage and produced for the princely sum of no more than five dollars, this is hands-down the most god-awful, low-budget commercial I’ve ever seen. For anything!
This commercial starts off ridiculous, and then? BOOM: Fat Elvis Kid pops out the top of the convertible. Amazing.
Wait…is the kid on the couch the same as the Fat Elvis kid from the last commercial?
Because nothing says relevant in 1999 like a long-defunct 80’s New Wave band from Ohio. Bonus: Look at lil’ Hank Freeman!
Fun fact: I didn’t actually know about the whole “Give Us The Finger” thing until AFTER I filmed my part of this commercial. And when I found out, and told them that it was the stupidest idea I’d ever heard, they were not happy with my quality feedback. And thus did I learn: Never say yes until you’ve seen the whole script. *facepalm*
PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE FACT THAT I NEVER ACTUALLY USED THE YOYO THAT THE COMMERCIAL IS SELLING. DRINK COKE!
This is actually pretty good. Kinda surprised it holds up as well as it does, actually.
Ed Haponik set himself apart with his stint on 365yoyotricks.com last year by only using a single wooden yoyo, handcrafted to his specs by SPYY. And not only did Ed go a full year only throwing a single fixed axle yoyo, but he managed to contribute some of the most creative and mind-bogglingly difficult fixie tricks we’ve ever seen.
Fedor Karpenko gives us a great single shot / single throw video featuring the CLYW Cliff.
Information about the Chinese YoYo Championship is a little thin since I can’t read Chinese, but here’s what Google Translate had to say:
In 2012, the Chinese yo work ACG again organized by the Chinese professional yo contest, professional exchange platform for Chinese yo enthusiasts, the game continues to promote Chinese yo movement for the purpose to improve the level of the Chinese yo movement, hope that the Chinese yo players in the internationalstage goal achieved outstanding results, and make China a lengthy motion to continue moving forward.
Match time: the preliminaries Dec. 30 final Dec. 31 and Jan. 1
Preliminaries Location: Guangzhou fashion Tianhe Square
Final Location: Guangzhou Pazhou Poly World Trade Expo
Huge thanks to the folks at Hong Kong YoYo Fan Club for posting videos of all the freestyles! More video is still going up, so check out their YouTube channel for the rest of the finalists. Champions freestyles are posted below!
As I understand, there are multiple “National Championships” in China due to large rival manufacturers each holding their own major contests and only recognizing their own as the championship. From the backdrop on this one it’s hard to tell who is responsible, but hopefully we’ll see one single event supported by all Chinese manufacturers in the future. Although, considering the general struggles in the worldwide contest scene and the slow, miserable death of the current World YoYo Contest over the last 6 years or so, I guess we here in the US don’t have much of a leg to stand on when asking another country to “get it together”, contest-wise.
Benson Fok – 1st Place – 1A (Single YoYo)
Yiu Siu Ho – 1st Place – 2A (Double YoYo Looping)
Wong Chak Wing – 1st Place – 3A (Double YoYo String)
Yam Lan Ting Justin – 1st Place – 4A (Offstring)
Ng Chun Kit – 1st Place – 5A (Counterweight)
Drew Tetz put it best when he said “How am I supposed to get any work done today?” Seems the new year has brought a mad rush of new video material from a ton of players, and here’s Michael Kurti dogpiling on to keep you just another 1:34 away from being productive. Nice Cure shirt, Michael!
I’m not sure what’s better in this video from Magic YoYo…the yoyoing, or the bizarre special effects combination of Harry Potter Dark Wizard teleportation into neo-futuristic The Matrix-meets-JayZ CGI sets.
Part of me is definitely on-board with yoyo product videos being this crazy and over-the-top, but it’s definitely really distracting from the actual play.
It’s still totally worth 5 minutes of your time, though. Enjoy!
Sora Ishikawa just posted up 2:55 of counterweight 3A bangers that have us thinking that 2013 is going to be a pretty amazing year for yoyoing.
DefinitiveYoyoing.com has posted the second part in their series on yoyo response, giving an in-depth breakdown on all the ins-and-outs of yoyo string. Well worth a read, so head on over and check it out!
Unlike everything else about a yoyo, the string itself has seen the least amount of change. The modern yoyo string starts out as a type 8 (4×2) 100% cotton string. The next large trend in string was the Slick 6 (3×2) 50/50 cotton/poly blend. Now the gold standard is the type 6 (3×2), 100% polyester string. It has not been until recently that small indie string companies have opened up, trying out different things. The vast majority of yoyo string, however, fall under the above three types, and over 95% of them come from the same factory too.