Take a look at the other entries as well!
Rain City Hipster Highlife Specs:
Diameter: 56 mm
Width: 45 mm
Weight: 64.4 grams
Response: Monkeyfinger Monkey Snot
Bearing: Size C (.250 x .500 x .187)
Rain City Skills is a new skill toy company founded by Jeremy McKay and his wife Andra! After telling Andra about his trip to visit the One Drop shop in Eugene, she had the idea of starting up a high end skill toy brand. They combined their skills; Jeremy had the years of experience playing with skill toys and was connected with the community and Andra put her art school degree and years as a professional flow toy entertainer to work. Each toy released by Rain City Skills is the result of collaboration with experts in each field, extensive testing and carefully thought out artistic design.
This yoyo design is focused on supporting North American industry. Machined by One Drop, anodized by Gruntbull and assembled with Monkeyfinger bearings, handmade string and snot, this yoyo represents the North American yoyo scene in every way.
The Hipster Highlife is built for competition while keeping comfort and style in mind. It has smooth curves, a rounded profile, and the perfect weight distribution for long spins and stability.
And for more fun, Rain City designed the hub with a Lego compatible nub; each throw will ship with a pair of Lego pieces that match the yo-yo theme, as well as spares that will let players tweak the center weight of the throw. And, staying true to it’s name, each Hipster Highlife is packaged in a hemp bag inside of a mason jar. What’s more hipster than that?
The Hipster Highlife has extra fat and comfy rims, so the first thing you notice is how great it feels in your hand. Those beefy rims bring plenty of rim weight to the game, resulting in a yoyo that throws heavy but plays light and always seems to come back with more spin than you’re expecting. The wide v-shaped gap makes landing pretty much anything a breeze, and it rejects string well if you’re into those type of tricks. It’s a solid all-around player…great for contests or for just bumming around and grinding all that ano off fulfilling Walk The Dog requests.
The Hipster Highlife come with Monkey Snot flowable silicone installed for response…as with all flowable silicone give yourself some time to break it in! Those first few binds can be a little grabby until the silicone wears in a bit…so watch your knuckles.
The Hipster Highlife comes in multiple colorways (Starving Artist is shown below), all of which look great in person and are the product of top-notch anodizing. But where this yoyo really sets itself apart is the Lego-compatible side nubs that allow for practical modifications (there are Lego pieces that work nicely for fingerspins!) or for more aesthetic modifications…go ahead, put Darth Vaders head on there. Why not?
The fit and finish on the Hipster Highlife is great, and even without anything else snapped on to those hubs, it’s a good looking yoyo.
The Hipster Highlife retails for $109. It’s a fair price for this kind of play and quality, but the pile of extra Lego pieces and the glass jar packaging really put this over the top. The presentation on these is top notch, and the silly fun of snapping Lego bricks on your yoyo cannot be overstated.
The Rain City Hipster Highlife is available at YoYoExpert.com.
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Professional YoYo Performer, Super Dad, A+ Husband, and all-around excellent human being John Higby performed on the newest iteration of ABC’s The Gong Show the other night! As usual, John wowed the audience, the judges, and even the host Tommy Maitland.
As is tradition with John, he painted a custom one-of-a-kind yoyo for the host. Tommy loved it!
Hajime Miura, the 2016 World YoYo Champion in the 3A division, just wants to let you know that he’s gonna be the 2017 World YoYo Champion in the 4A division. Daaaaaamn.
Yoyo used is the Something Jet Set EC.
Ayumu Harada is one of the strongest contenders in Japan right now, and the past couple of years have seen him steadily climb the ranks in Japanese contests, some of the toughest in the world. A win at this year’s East Japan B-Block contest led to a 6th Place finish in the 1A Division at Japan Nationals, and leaves him at the top of the contender list for the 2017 World YoYo Contest. This new video showcases the talent and hard work that got him here, and give us a taste of what we’ll see from him at Worlds 2017.
Yoyo used is the CLYW Blizzard.
Check out video of the winners from the 2017 Asia Pacific YoYo Championship!
1st Place – Shion Araya
1st Place – Arata Imai
1st Place – Hajime Miura
1st Place – Hajime Miura
1st Place – Yoshihiro Abe
You asked for it, you got it! Check out this great behind the scenes video of the making of the Metal Skyva, the latest passion project from Jeffrey Pang. Available now at YoYoExpert!
Diameter: 58.08 mm
Width: 43.38 mm
Weight: 64.2 grams
Response: 19mm LuftPad
Bearing: Center Trac
Material: Aluminum w/Delrin caps
We’re thrilled to announce that the documentary THROW, featuring Coffin Nachtmahr, has won a regional Emmy award! Huge congratulations to Coffin and the Early Light Media team for this well-deserved win! (Skip to 48:28 to see them accept their award)
The 59th Emmy® Awards Gala LIVE https://t.co/1y5zYBlDYr
— Capital Emmys (@CapitalEmmys) June 24, 2017
**DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 3RD**
Hey guys, my interview with Keiran Cooper and Patrick Canny for the Scales podcast was just released! I had the pleasure of talking to them about how we used to share yo-yo tricks when I first started yo-yoing versus how we share them now. Listen to the episode below:
The main moral of the interview is: I miss yo-yo videos. Sharing tricks on Instagram through #trickcircle has a lot of pros… but there is something special about making an entire curated package in a trick clip video. So, I thought it would be fun to host a video contest to try and get a few more clip videos out there! So here are the rules…
1) All videos submitted must have the following splash screen at the beginning of the video for 5 seconds.
2) The minimum total duration for the video is 1 minute and 30 seconds.
3) Upload your video on YouTube with the following title format: “Scales Video Contest – name of video”
4) Submit your name, email, and a link to your video at the submission box at the bottom of this page.
5) The deadline for video submissions is
Monday, June 26th, 2017 Monday, July 3rd. This gives you a little over a month to come up with a video idea, film, edit, and upload!
The guidelines for this contest are pretty open so that everyone entering has a lot of freedom in what kind of video they want to make. I will be judging all of the videos and choose my top 3. The top 3 will receive a ton of bragging rights and YoYoFactory and YoYoExpert were kind enough to put up some great prizes! The prizes are:
1st: YoYoFactory EDGE and an $80 YoYoExpert Gift Certificate
2nd: YoYoFactory Czech Point Pivot and a $50 YoYoExpert Gift Certificate
3rd: YoYoFactory Horizon and a $20 YoYoExpert Gift Certificate
Now get out there and go film! Thanks a ton to the Scales Collective, YoYoNews, YoYoFactory, and YoYoExpert for supporting the community and helping me put this contest together!
This years World YoYo Contest will be held in Iceland in just 6 weeks! Here’s what you need to know:
- The next registration deadline is coming up soon…after that, competitor fee jumps from $30 to $60. Registration is available HERE.
- If you are registering to compete, you still have to purchase a day pass! In previous years this was all done at the same time, but due to venue restrictions you must purchase your day pass separately. Do that HERE.
If you haven’t uploaded your music yet, do that HERE.(Music upload isn’t available yet, but should be soon.)
- Submission deadline for the Art & Performance Division has been extended to July 10th! Details HERE.
- There’s a good FAQ on the website about Iceland HERE.
- There is no specific “contest hotel” this year. Because Iceland is small, the lodging is going to be more like past years of EYYC…a sort of “players village” with everyone scattered at multiple hotels, hostels, and Air BnBs all very close to each other. There are 7 different options listed on the event site HERE, plus you can search AirBnB if you want something a little more private.
- Freestyle rules are HERE. If you are competing, it’s your responsibility to know these rules inside and out. If you have questions, please contact the IYYF for clarification as soon as possible.
Good luck, and see you there!
YoYoExpert.com has released another video in their “Trick Theory” series, this one featuring the amazing Anthony Rojas! Widely regarded as one of the most creative and original yoyo players in the country, Anthony Rojas has a truly distinctive style in both 1A and 5A. Widely respected by fans and fellow competitors, Anthony is a stand-out talent in yoyoing.
Anthony’s signature model is the CLYW Dune.
Japan Nationals is always one of the biggest contests of the year, with the winners becoming heavily favored to take their respective divisions at that years World YoYo Contest. So here you go…here are your new favorites for Worlds!
1A Divison – Presented by C3yoyodesign
1st Place – Shion Araya
2A Division – Presented by YoYoFactory
1st Place – Takuma Yamamoto
3A Division – Presented by CLYW
1st Place – Tomoya Kurita
4A Division – Presented by Japan Technology
1st Place – Takumi Yasumoto
5A Division – Presented by Duncan Toys
1st Place – Takuma Inoue
International Open Division
1st Place – Luckey Li
(no video yet)
Gentry Stein is kicking off his teen heart throb career nice and proper with a starring role in the new video from Baby Raptors for their song “Strings”. He plays an empathetic bartender with a big fat crush on the lead singer, whose boyfriend is a total jerkwad. True love and yoyo tricks ensue. Nice work from Gentry, and a nice looking video to make yoyoing look cool to the general public. Congrats, Gentry!
He’s also been doing some pretty crazy appearances to promote the release…like a shirtless routine with glow body paint.
Wanna buy the yoyos that Gentry uses in the video? Get ’em here:
Check out the top winners from the recent 44Festa vol.25 event. Amazing talent, as always.