Sweet mother of all that is thrown and spins, this diabolo routine by Akira Fukagawa is absolutely amazing. Just watch it, and then pass it around to everyone you know.
YoYoExpert has officially announced the full line-up for their 2013 trading card series, as well as details for a pretty massive series of giveaways, hidden inside packs of the cards. They’ve managed to relay this in what is possibly the tallest yoyo-related graphic ever posted online, but lemme tell you…it’s totally worth all the scrolling.
There are a total of 65 cards this year, including players from YoYoFactory, Yomega, Duncan, YoYoJam, CLYW, SPYY, C3 YoYoDesign, 365yoyotricks.com, OneDrop, Werrd, and more…including three very special 3-D Legend Cards featuring Jason Lee, Paul Escolar, and John Higby.
Special “Winning Ticket” cards are mixed in randomly to the foil packs that each contain 3 random trading cards…and you get one of these foil packs with every single order of $50 or more placed at YoYoExpert.com. If you find a Winning Ticket…you win the prize associated with that ticket…it’s just that simple!
Full details are online at YoYoExpert.com. The list of prizes is kind of insane, and really tall, so get that scrolling finger ready and…..GO!
The good folks at Terra Kendama have struggled to keep up with demand for their unique kendama model, The Pill, since they introduced it. People just couldn’t get enough of them, and they couldn’t make enough to keep up with demand.
So it’s pretty awesome for everyone that they’ve announced they have finally sourced a production house that can maintain their level of quality, and help them produce The Pill in large enough quantities to meet demand. Finally!
These should be available soon…keep an eye on Terra Kendama for details!
And if you’re new to The Pill and don’t quite understand how these work, here’s a fantastic video showing the possibilities of The Pill from The Kengarden:
SpinGear just tweeted about this new offstring yoyo by World Champion Tsubasa Onishi. Looks…well, it looks a lot like another huge offstring yoyo for serious competitors. That style of play doesn’t really lend itself to a lot of variety in the equipment. I mean, you can shoot for different colors but even then….you’re really kinda stuck with delrin because there just isn’t enough demand to justify molding versus machining. But according to Spin Gear, there will be additional weight kits for this yoyo available later, so that’s pretty cool.
Width: 53.8 – 55.0 mm (depending on gap adjustment)
Response: YYF Slim Pad
And really, what announcement about a Japanese yoyo would be complete without a hilariously confusing description, courtesy of Google Translate:
Model with respect to the shape of the creative ingenuity that was used to Kamui Onishi players prefer. It is the model that brought, was realized in the factory planning Onishi players themselves are produced in domestic. Endorsement is uncompromised performance ease of use that made the prototype himself until satisfactory.
Pick one up at SpinGear, and while you’re there you should get some Hyper YoYo stuff. Because seriously, it’s all awesome.
The European Juggling Convention is the largest juggling festival in the world, with anywhere from 2,500 – 4,500 jugglers and other skill toy enthusiasts, teachers, and performers attending. Held in Southern France, the 2013 EJC will be July 27th – August 3rd and well worth the trip. Check out the teaser video above, and book your tickets now!
Plenty of bangers plus some quick-shots from my trip to California and around Canton. I wanted to create a higher energy kendama edit and took inspiration from the music video for the song DIE SLOW by HEALTH. All rights to HEALTH.
The 8th Malaysian Yo-Yo Championship (MYYC) is our club’s biggest annual event after the Central Malaysia Yo-Yo Championship where we unite the yo-yo players from all over Malaysia under one community to compete for the Malaysian Yo-Yo Champion Title in 4 different divisions. These divisions are Single A Division, Double A Division, Off-String Division and Freehand Division.
MYYC 2012 will be held on December 15th & 16th at Fahrenheit88, Kuala Lumpur. This is an open contest to where families are free to attend and watch the competitors compete for the Malaysian Champion title as well as join in the fun we have in store for them. In addition, we will hold a yoyo workshop for those who are interested to start yo-yoing free of charge.
This contest has attracted a lot of new players & yo-yo enthusiasts from 8 different states in Malaysia to compete in respective division to be crown the next national yo-yo champion which will represent Malaysia in the upcoming international contest (Asia Pacific yo-yo contest 2013 & Worlds yo-yo contest 2013). MYYC 2012 is recognized & sanctioned by the World Yo-Yo Organization and it is also supervised & organized by M-YO (Malaysian Yo-Yo Club)
Full details and schedule are posted on the contest website.
Great new video from Montreal-based player Alexis JV. Sponsored by SPYY, Alexis has an incredible grip on trick pacing for someone so young. His sense of timing and trick construction are remarkable and watching him play you’d think he’s been throwing for at least a decade.
Great work from an incredibly promising player from the SPYY team.
Top Row (left to right): Jack Rabbit, Black Gold, Clareview Station, Fire Blizzard
Bottom Row (left to right): Ash Berry, Concrete Blizzard, Confetti
As we posted before, HSpin is officially no more. To clear up some of the last company debt, they’ve released a very small handful of beautifully anodized yoyos with some of the best colorway names yet (personal favorite: She Killed Him On A Meadow In Summer) that you can scoop up for $169 each. Each piece has special engraving with the dates 1997 – 2012…the years that HSpin was operational. (Note: sales are through the PayPal Buy Now button at the bottom of the page…just choose the model you want from the drop-down menu.)
I remember throwing the first production release of the HSpin Handquake at a Kite Trade Associate show in Clearwater, Florida in 1998. It was a tiny, weird little thing but we all gathered around Eric Wolff and marveled at how elegant and precise it was. None of us really like the way it played, but we couldn’t help but be absolutely enthralled by the quality and simplicity.
I’ve known Chris for a long time now. He’s a good guy with a beautiful family and a gentle heart, and I wish him well on this next chapter in his life. So long, HSpin!
Rick from MadHouse YoYos just sent us this group shot of all three colorways of their new RAD yoyo, shipping to stores this week. This is your first look at all three colorways of their new RAD yoyos…and viewing all three together like this might actually be enough to blind you.
Diameter: 2.00 inches
Width: 1.53 inches
Gap Width: 0.17 inches
Weight: 67 grams
Bearing Size C (.250 x .500 x .187)
Response: Flowable Silicone
There are few things I miss about Malaysia that don’t involve street meat on a stick, dipped in sauce from a rusty desk drawer (ask Dimi about that one), but one thing I really do miss is just how over-the-top the yoyo players are about pretty much everything. Even something as simple as a t-shirt gets a full 1.5 minute video….hilariously, they featured the t-shirt will full on-screen specs and neglected to tell us who the player is. But this video from 28spin.com is well worth the watch if for no other reason than just to say “Why yes, I have seen the most awesomely enthusiastic yoyo t-shirt commercial, ever.”
Hats off to 28spin.com for being awesome!
Our friends at Hong Kong-based C3 YoYoDesign have released BTH, the 220-gram yoyo used to set the 2012 World Records for Longest Sleeping YoYo. C3’s own Simpson Wong used the BTH at the 2012 World YoYo Contest to set a new record of just over 30 minutes.
This is definitely not for everyone. In fact, I’m going to say it’s not for most people. I’ll even go a step further and say that I would probably seriously hurt myself with this thing. Just thinking about throwing it makes my wrists hurt.
But hats off to C3 for the pure genius of this design, and for being just crazy enough to produce and release them. Wow.
YoYoExpert has posted a peek at their 2013 trading card series…and this year’s lineup is 65 cards, their biggest yet!
I’m incredibly proud to also tell you that a few players will have special 365yoyotricks.com cards in the series…I’m literally grinning from ear-to-ear right now just typing about it. This year’s series is shaping up to be fantastic, and I can’t wait to get my set.
More info at www.YoYoExpert.com.