Big congrats to Remy Baskin on joining the SF YoYos team! PNWR was his first official outing for the company, and it was great to see him on stage being awesome with a new sponsor. Congrats to SF on a great pickup, and to Remy on a sweet new sponsor!
Malaysian yoyo player and friend to many, Ahmad Dimi suffered a stroke over the weekend. Dimi is a pillar of the Malaysian yoyo scene, and beloved by all who have met him.
Surgeons were able to successfully remove the blood clot in his brain, and as of today he is awake and able to recognize the people around him. Local yoyo players have been visiting him in the hospital as often as possible to keep his spirits up, and doctors are monitoring his blood pressure to make sure he’s not at risk for a second stroke or complications from the first.
The right side of his body is partially paralyzed, and it will be a long road to recovery for Dimi with medical care and physical therapy. A GoFundMe page sprung up immediately, and even though it’s met the original goal, further donations are needed and welcome to help Dimi with the costs of ongoing care and recovery.
On a personal note, Dimi is one of the kindest and most gentle people I’ve ever known, and one of my best friends in the world. He personifies everything that we love about our community, and is a constant reminder to me to try harder and be a better person. Please donate if you can, and signal boost the fundraiser to help spread the word. Thank you.
UPDATE: Tuesday, March 12,2019 @ 4:07 pm (Malaysian time)
As before, Dimi can move his left side (sometimes aggressively) but still no movement on his right. However while he cannot move his right side, the doctor said when they did tests on the side he showed reaction to it. We take this as a positive.
Dimi is still sleeping most of the time because the effect of the injury to the part of the brain. He is no longer on sleeping medication, but still needs a nasal oxygen tube and feeding tube.
His blood pressure is still high, which is why he is still in ICU. This is likely because of damage to his liver caused by gout, and the hospital is providing medication for this. Once his blood pressure is lower he can be moved to normal ward and starts active physiotherapy. He has already started passive rehab.
Dimi recognizes some of the visitors who’ve come and knows that people are here, but he hasn’t spoken yet and he can’t see because he’s not wearing his glasses. The nurses did say he says his name to them when they asked him.
CT scan post op has shown that the swelling and midshift have decreased. Another CT scan will be done later in the week.
Doc Pop presents another episode of his vlog, PopCast, and this one features….me! Which is super weird for me to post but people seem to be digging it so I figured I would share. Enjoy this conversation that Doc and I had at 3 am after being up for 48 hours straight.
mowl consistently creates some of the absolute best videos, and their latest is no exception. Featuring mowl Ambassador Chip and filmed in Barcelona, this short clip showcases all the creativity mowl is known for.
Yoyo used is the mowl Obsession.
Music is NSFW.
The 2019 Pacific Northwest Regionals was another amazing event, once again setting the tone for the US contest season to come. Check out full results and videos of the winners in all divisions.
1st Place – Keiran Cooper
1st Place – Hans Yim
1st Place – Elijah Tan
1st Place – Zac Rubino
1st Place – Jared Marcus
Novice Open Division
1st Place – Raymond Lien
The YoYoFactory crew was in and out of PNWR, fresh off the heels of the International Toy Fair in NYC, but Ben still managed to find time to shoot enough for a sweet trick showcase video. Awesome!
The 2019 contest season is in full swing around the world, and as usual all eyes are on Japan to see who will be advancing to Japan Nationals and finally to the 2019 World YoYo Contest. Check out full results from the Central Japan Regionals, along with video of the winners!
1A Division Champion – Ryuichi Nakamura
2A Division Champion – Takuma Yamamoto
3A Division Champion – Minato Furuta
4A Division Champion – Ryo Oishi
5A Division Champion – Shigehiro Yamada
The always amazing folks at Kuma Films have created another instant classic, this time with World YoYo Champion Shu Takada! Filmed in Japan, Kuma Films showcases one of the best members of our weird little sport with impeccable quality video and beautiful cinematography.
Be sure to subscribe to them on YouTube, and check out the rest of their channel for a TON of great skill toy videos.
C3’s newest release is a getting a lot of love from C3 fans. The combination of a comfy organic shape with bi-metal power and stability is pretty fun, and now we’ve got a new video showing it off from up-and-coming Hong Kong player William Chow.
Yoyo used is the C3yoyodesign Astrea.
One Drop YoYos just announce their largest yoyo yet, the Par Avion. Made from the largest diameter bar stock they could fit through their machines, the Par Avion has a diameter of 62.5 mm and according to the write-up on their site, plays surprisingly floaty. Neat!
The Par Avion floats into YoYoExpert on March 1st. Check out full specs below.
One Drop YoYos Par Avion Specs:
Weight: 65.20 grams
Width: 47.25 mm
Diameter: 62.5 mm
Response: One Drop Flow Groove
Gap Width: 4.7 mm
Bearing Size: Large (C) stainless steel (One Drop 10 Ball Bearing)
Alloy: 6061 Aluminum
CJ Atkinson and Tyler Severance drop some gold in this new video for the latest release from Recess Intl. The Little League is a new undersized organic-shaped yoyo from Recess, built for both play and nostalgia. That comfy, organic feel brings back memories of the earlier days of modern yoyoing, while the performance is plenty good enough to keep up with players like Tyler and CJ. Good stuff. The Little League is available now at Recess’ website, and hits stores soon.
Yoyo used is the Recess Little League.
Recess Intl. Little League Specs:
Diameter – 50.5 mm
Width – 40.74 ..
Weight – 65.8 grams
Response – 19mm Slim Pads
Bearing – Size C
Joe Wilson drops in to show off new colors for the upcoming Komodo release from Recess, and remind everyone that he’s got style and trick density to spare. Good stuff from a good dude!
YoYo used is the Recess Komodo.
Scales Collective dropped a new video of the whole damn gang, filmed during Virginia States. Tricks were performed, Cookout was consumed, good times were had by all.