Yuki Nishisako performs some stunning tricks built with skill and performed with style. Daaaaaamn, dude. SO GOOD!
The 2017 Hungarian Nationals was held just a week ago (there were some organizing issues that led the 2017 event to be delayed and not run until 2018), and we’ve got full scoring breakdowns and video of the winners. Check out the videos below, and then hit their YouTube page for more competitors!
1A Division – 1st Place – Janos Karancz
4A Division – 1st Place – Norbert Jenei
5A Division – 1st Place – Viktor Kollar
Open Division – 1st Place – Tal Mordoch
Harrison Lee drops all kinds of new goodies in this long overdue video, shot and cut by Keiran Cooper.
Yoyo used is the CLYW Orca.
Ky Zizan drops a burly improvised combo in this lost footage from Iceland. This guy, I swear. Amazing.
Yoyo used is the Recess Joyride.
Arata Imai crushes it in this new video for Mowl! Great tricks, good-looking video, solid pacing, and it took me four tries to finish it because I kept getting halfway through it and getting up to try and figure out his tricks. Perfect.
Yoyo used is the mowl Surveillance.
C3yoyodesign x Magic YoYo Vapormotion Specs:
Diameter: 57 mm
Width: 42.85 mm
Weight: 64.4 grams
Response: 19mm Slim Pad
Bearing: Centering Bearing Size C (.250 x .500 x .187)
Retail Price: $45-$55 USD
C3yoyodesign has one of the most well-rounded and complete product lines on the market, with something for nearly every taste and need. Magic YoYo has one of the largest ranges of entry level price points for a variety of styles. The two companies met years ago at a contest in China, and hit it off. After bumping into each other again last year, they decided to work together on a new model and we got the Vapormotion, a new fingerspin yoyo designed for high performance at a low price.
The C3yoyodesign x Magic YoYo Vapormotion is a full plastic/metal hybrid, something we haven’t a lot of since YoYoJam closed up shop. An incredibly minimal plastic body holds together two large metal side panels that act as both weight rings and fingerspin cups.
The C3 x Magic YoYo Vapormotion plays almost absurdly fast! Fans of a quick, light play style will absolutely adore the Vapormotion as it’s perfect for zipping through a ton of tricks quickly with a light touch on the string. It definitely feels like a 64 gram yoyo on the string, with that unique hybrid feel that’s bi-metal performance at a bargain price.
The spin time is pretty excellent, thanks to the extreme weight distribution created by the large metal cup design, and as you can imagine it’s fantastic for fingerspin tricks. If you’re looking for a fingerspin yoyo, you’ve found it. If you’re looking for something that is stable and fast for speed combos, you’ve found it. If you’re looking for something that really doesn’t feel like any other yoyo released in the past couple of years, you’ve found it.
The Vapormotion keeps things simple without a lot of engraving or splash anodizing. This is a yoyo that was designed to play and play well, and they’ve allowed the actual design of the yoyo to really be the visual standout here. The box graphics (which follow the theme of the video thumbnail above) are a nod to Memorex cassette tapes from the late 80s / early 90s, but the looks of the yoyo itself are kept clean and distraction-free. Since the entire cup of the yoyo is meant to be a play area, there is no engraving that would interfere with play, and this allows you to really appreciate the shape that they designed. The Vapormotion is available in either solid colors or acid washes, both of which look great and are nicely done. (The acid washes do not interfere with play, since there is not the same kind of build-up that you get with splash anodizing.)
The C3yoyodesign x Magic YoYo Vapormotion retails for $45 for solid colors and $55 for acid washes, making it an easy purchase for casual players and an affordable competition model for serious players who will need a half-dozen of them for contests. Fans of C3 and Magic YoYo should cop this yoyo immediately, fans of Ethan Wong Wing Hang should cop this yoyo immediately, and anyone who just loves unique yoyo design and great play should cop. this. yoyo. immediately!
The C3yoyodesign x Magic YoYo Vapormotion is available now at YoYoExpert.com.
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Video is up for the winners of the 2018 South Japan YoYo Contest, and the amount of talent on display is mind-blowing. Japan Nationals is gonna be amazing.
Izuri Hasumi took the 1A division with an intense but problematic routine. He was still able to power through a lot of small mistakes and mostly stick to his music cues, which shows how much work he’s put in. A clean version of this would could definitely be a Japan Nats contender for Top 3.
1A – First Place – Izuru Hasumi
Ryo Yamashita took the 2A division with a solid routine that only had a few minor losses of control and could probably win any 2A Division in the US easily. The level of play for 2A is so high in Japan that it’s hard to say how this routine will play out at Japan Nats, but it’s definitely up to snuff.
2A – First Place – Ryo Yamashita
Ryosuke Ito put together a nice 3A routine that led off with some interesting asymmetrical tricks, but definitely struggled to land it clean. The routine was difficult enough to pull off a win, but he’s got some work to do before Nationals.
3A – First Place – Ryosuke Ito
Yuki Uchida brought a stunning offstring routine that has definitely pushed him out to the front of the pack for Japan Nationals contenders. With 4th Place finishes at the last two World YoYo Contests, Yuki Uchida is definitely a rising star and one of the most exciting new contenders in offstring.
4A – First Place – Yuki Uchida
2015 Japan National Champion Hideo Ishida took the 5A division with a strong routine and minimal flubs. Hideo is a gifted and practiced player, and a clean run with this routine could definitely make some waves at Japan Nationals this year, as well as Worlds.
5A – First Place – Hideo Ishida
Viktor Kozhuharov collaborated with his friend Azim Jameel for this short documentary-style video about Azim’s yoyo career, and it’s a great watch. Always nice to hear someone talk about their motivations as a yoyo player. Great work, you guys!
Videos are finally up from the 2017 Russian Yoyoing Competition, and looks like they were worth the wait. The scene in Russia has gone through a pretty dramatic downturn, with them losing nearly all of their “casual” player base in a very short time period. It was a pretty typical boom-to-crash scenario, but without a large retained player base afterwards to keep it sustainable. Luckily the players who have remained are all pretty amazing, and there is still a TON of talent there to inspire the next generation of Russian players. Check out the winners from this December 2017 contest!
1A – 1st Place – Ilya Agaryshev
1A – 2nd Place – Ivan Maslin
1A – 3rd Place – Yuri Karpinskiy
X Division – 1st Place – Alexey Stein
X Division – 2nd Place – Sergey Talanov
X Division – 3rd Place – Danila Potapov
Congrats to Nate Dailey on an absolutely amazing winning freestyle at this years Pacific Northwest Regional YoYo Contest! Check out video of the winners below.
1A – First Place – Nate Dailey
1A – 2nd Place – Patrick Canny
1A – 3rd Place – Shuyun Tang
2A – First Place – Hugh Higinbotham
3A – First Place – Mizuki Takimoto
4A – First Place – Michael Nakamura
5A – First Place – Patrick Canny
Recess just released two videos back-to-back, and there is a TON of great stuff here for you to unpack.
The videos are embedded below, but it’s definitely worth heading over to their website to check out the full scoop on where they filmed and why. The Cloisters are a pretty inspired shooting location and worth reading up on.
Another Recess Extra Credit Tutorial from your pal and mine, Joe Wilson. This yoyo tutorial is for Joe’s trick, Inside Tower Job, which is a smooth little jam that looks good and feels good to do.
Yoyo used is the Recess First Base.
World YoYo Champion Tyler Severance shows off the latest from his company Recess with this quick video that reminds everyone “Oh hey, Tyler is hella good at 1A, too.”
Yoyo used is the Recess Charm.
One Drop YoYos and SF YoYos have teamed up for a new release, available first at the Pacific Northwest Regional YoYo Contest this weekend in Seattle. Check out full specs and details below!
SF + OD = SK
We love collaborations. This time we are proud to be working with SF. If you are already a fan of SF, you know the deal. If you haven’t heard of them, the thing to know is that there isn’t much to know except that their yoyos are well loved, coveted and collected. Who are they? Few people know and the mystery is what makes them fun.
You can learn more by following them on Facebook (go give them some love):
The yo-yo is called the SK. In keeping with the theme, the product page on our site doesn’t give you too much go on. But know this: It’s bead blasted, made in America at the One Drop factory, is finger spin ready and will sell for $44.
The first run will be released this weekend at the Pacific Northwest Regional Yo-Yo Contest in Seattle. Both companies will have a booth and SKs. Come say hi.
If you can’t make it to PNWR, more SKs will release in a few weeks from both the SF and the One Drop websites.
Salsa dance with the enigma. It’s that feeling all the time.
One Drop x SF SK Specs:
Weight: 66.1 grams
Width: 42.57 mm
Diameter: 56.77 mm
Response: Original Flow Groove
Gap Width: 4.45 mm
Bearing: Large (C) stainless steel (One Drop 10 Ball Bearing)