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The 2017 California State YoYo Championship was held this past weekend in Oakland, California. Check out full results, scoring breakdowns, and video of the winners below. (1A Prelim scoring breakdowns here.)
1st Place – Michael Ferdico
1st Place – Josh Yee (only competitor)
1st Place – Ian Smith
1st Place – Zac Rubino
1st Place – Will Hahn
66Percent Barracuda Specs:
Diameter: 37 mm
Width: 29.4 mm
Weight: 56.8 grams
Response: 66Percent Pad
Bearing: Size A (5x10x4 mm)
66Percent Haymaker Specs:
Diameter: 38 mm
Width: 28.3 mm
Weight: 44.4 grams
Response: 66Percent Pad
Bearing: Size A (5x10x4 mm)
The 66Percent project by Spingear is one of the cooler small-run yoyo projects we’ve seen. Takahiko Hasegawa from Spingear takes his favorite yoyos, reduces them to 66% of their original size, and then has them machined out of stainless steel for maximum playability. The first two models in the series are both from Duncan Toys, the Barracuda and the Haymaker.
The 66Percent series brings a lot more play value than the average mini yoyo. Being slightly larger than most mini yoyos, the 66Percent Barracuda and Haymaker are both plenty capable of hitting pretty much any of your tricks, although the reduced size will definitely make them more challenging! The steel construction gives them enough weight that you can still really feel them on the end of the string, which helps a lot in pushing through your favorite tricks. For a novelty yoyo, these really pack a ton of play value. (Note: the 66Percent Haymaker is actually a bi-metal, with an aluminum body and steel rims.)
The 66Percent series keeps it simple without any engraving or logos on either the Barracuda or Haymaker. The Barracuda comes in raw or rose gold, and the Haymaker comes in blue/raw. They’re so tiny that keeping it simple really is the best option, and the result is that these look clean and elegant in your hand and on the string.
Both the 66Percent Barracuda and 66Percent Haymaker retail for $85. For Japanese machining quality and such a cool and unique item, it really is a great price for anyone looking for something fun to throw in their pocket, or looking for a challenge to keep them sharp during practice sessions.
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The CLYW team got together at the 2017 European YoYo Championship in Bratislava, Slovakia for all the usual stuff…yoyo tricks, laughing, arm wrestling, yoyo tricks, drinking beverages, dance parties, hangovers, and more yoyo tricks. Always amazing.
Featuring Andrew Maider, Petr Kavka, Palli Gudmundsson, Nuu Gatowsky, David Kreibich, Tomas Vyletel, and Alec Campbell.
This video is chock full of some of the absolute best yoyo tricks I’ve ever seen. Holy crap.
Yoyo used is the A-RT Diptych.
Yoyo documentary THROW has been nominated for a Webby Award! Head over now and cast your vote for this award-winning documentary featuring Coffin Nachtmahr and his friends as they use yoyos to elevate themselves beyond their place and circumstances. It’s a truly powerful work, and it represents some of the best of our scene. Please click the link below and cast your vote…THROW is currently in Third Place and we can definitely bump it up!
iYoYo produced a really beautiful look back at the 2017 European YoYo Championship, featuring team member and 4A European Champion Quentin Godet. This is definitely a top notch contest video…great shooting/editing, and gives a really nice feel of the event. Thanks, iYoYo, and congratulations Quentin!
Yoyo used is the iYoYo Air Dive.
YoYoExpert gets in-depth with World YoYo Champion Gentry Stein in the latest installment of their Trick Theory series. Gentry breaks down what he looks for in a trick and talks about his approach to building a freestyle performance.
Yoyo used is the YoYoFactory Shutter.
YoYoFactory Shutter Specs:
Diameter: 56 mm
Width: 44.4 mm
Gap Width: 4.75 mm
Weight: 67.8 grams
Bearing: CBC Center Trac Size C
Response: CBC Slim Pad 19mm
Japanese EDM group Future Boyz (you might remember them from their appearance at the 2015 World YoYo Contest) just dropped a new video for their song “Throw Down with MK” and yeah…it’s a straight up yoyo video. The music video features Shaqler, because they are amazing, as well as stage footage of a pile of different players from the recent THROWDOWN contest in Japan. I’m always excited to see our scene get some love…huge thanks to Future Boyz for shining a light on some of the best players in our scene.
Ann Connolly brings is a great look at the first day of the 2017 European YoYo Championship, held in Bratislava. If you couldn’t make it to the contest, this is a great look at what you missed. If you did make it to the contest, here’s a great excuse to reminisce.
Our friends at YoYoFactory Russia put together a great look at the 2016 Russian National YoYo Contest. For the contest/history nerds out there, this year was the first year of a new event & organizer being recognized by the IYYF as the “official” Russian national competition. Hooray for progress! Featuring Mark Artsruni, Victor Gravitsky, Chingiz Alpyspayev, Bogdan Bezugliy, and Tasya Ganikhina.
Keiran Cooper said:
Opting out of competing at this year’s PNWR yielded arguably the most fun I’ve had at a yo-yo competition
and after watching this video, we agree. Looks like PNWR was an absolute blast, and huge thanks to Keiran for putting together such a beautiful love letter to this contest.