C3yoyodesign offers up the good stuff from Hong Kong team member Jackey Li Ho Kwan! Jackey’s tricks (and hair) are always fantastic…enjoy!
Riccardo Fraolini drops a truly beautiful trick with a couple of amazing rewind/regens right at the end. Startling and beautiful trick construction from the king of the #trickcircle.
Yoyo used is the CLYW Scout.
Nick De Valpine makes it looks effortless in this great new video showing that he’s a person to look out for in 2016.
Yoyo used is C3 YoYodesign Berserker
Ken Russell is now the City of Miami Commissioner for District 2. Ken, as you might recall, is part of the Russell family that made their name selling more than a billion Coca-Cola branded yoyos worldwide.
Russell Promotions was started by the legendary Jack Russell, and originally served as the international arm of Duncan Toys. Jack was a Duncan demonstrator with an eye for business and promotion, and he had a knack for getting Duncan into international markets that had no cultural connection with the yoyo by co-marketing them as advertising premiums. The business took off, and eventually Jack left Duncan and formed his own company, with the gentleman’s agreement that he would stay out of the United States and leave that business to Duncan.
My favorite Russell story comes from Jack’s time with Duncan. Jack traveled to Cuba to launch a yoyo promotion there, and even brought along his convertible with “Jack Russell – Duncan YoYo Demonstrator” emblazoned on the doors. Pretty swanky stuff. Unfortunately he had to leave the car there when he fled Cuba with only the clothes on his back because some dude named Fidel Castro seized power and everything went sideways. Chances are good that car is still on the island, and maybe even still running. Now that Cuba is once again open to US citizens, first one to find it gets a hell of a prize package from YoYoNews, I can promise you that.
I mentioned it was a family business, right? Jack Russell’s wife, Kazuyo, ran her fair share of promotions as well and was once considered one of the best yoyo players in Japan. Just from this picture I can tell her Creeper game is stronger than mine, I can guarantee that.
Brothers Ken and Riki ran the company in modern times, but as Coca-Cola’s focus shifted away from on-the-ground promotions like what Russell offered, the company wound down and the brothers pursued other interests. Although they did recently crank out those bitchin’ Daft Punk yoyos, so while Russell Promotions is quiet, it’s not completely gone.
Now Ken has won a long (and if you were watching it, slightly unpleasant) political battle against Teresa Sarnoff (who’s husband was the incumbent Commissioner for District 2). And once again a yoyo player rises up from the ranks and proves himself to be not just a nice guy and a great demonstrator, but someone with significantly more ambition and skills than we expected. Didn’t see it coming, but you know what? I’m not surprised.
It’s that time again…another year, another glorious special edition wooden yoyo from SPYY x TMBR x YoYoExpert to celebrate everyone’s favorite fixie sage, Ed Haponik! Check out the latest video from Ed and a full description of the yoyo below. YoYoExpert still has a few in stock, but once they’re gone…they’re gone.
In 2012, SPYY team member Ed Haponik took a one year oath to play only a single fixed axle, wooden yo-yo. It was a custom design from SPYY who sponsored him at the time. He completed this goal as of 12/31/12 and documented his efforts on 365yoyotricks.com and in several of his clip videos. Ever since Ed has truly helped to inspire a resurgence in fixed axle play!
In 2015 things have changed. SPYY is no longer around has just re-entered the game with a new Titanium Yo-Yo and Ed is still throwing the best fixed axle tricks around via his Instagram page!
In hopes of continuing this amazing story we decided to approach Ed, SPYY, & TMBR. And again this year, all agreed the story and message behind this great yo-yo needs to live on. The legendary yo-yo he used, The EH, is now re-envisioned once again and available in a limited run.
This year, the limited EH is crafted from WHITE oak. This wood offers a beautiful tight grain that isn’t too porous with an excellent density and smoother feel to the touch. This newest version also comes with one of the coolest axle systems out there – The TMBR Wood Thread Axles! Hand carved by Colin Leland, you will not find anything else like these on the market! After spending some time with the new 2015 EH, Ed thinks it’s the perfect fixed axle yo-yo for tricks like stalls, kickflips, varials, and lunar landings!
The 2015 ‘EH’ is limited to 96 pieces and will not be reproduced. Each EH comes packaged with a special signed note from Ed and one side of the yo-yo features the EH logo engraved with the other left untouched to give it a simple clean look. Play Simply Our Friends!
Start Your Fixed Axle Journey With Tutorials from Ed Haponik HERE!
This post sponsored by YoYoExpert.
We are sad to announce that YoYoJam is officially closing their doors on December 30th, 2015. And while they certainly slowed down tremendously in recent years, I’m still really sad to see them go. I’ve always been a huge fan of the risks they’ve taken on design (even if I’ve never been a fan of their art and packaging, ha ha), and it can truly be said that YoYoJam was one-of-a-kind, in an industry that almost prides itself on recycling ideas. From the SpinFaktor (hybrid metal/plastic) to the MiniJam (Philip Travalent’s tiny yet playable signature model); from the Ben Jammin’ (rubber bodied loopers!) to the Aquarius (first truly popular offstring yoyo), YoYoJam has always either been at the forefront of yoyo design or failed spectacularly on their way there, and I’ve loved watching every minute of it. YoYoJam owner and founder Dale Bell is truly a tinkerer of the first order, someone who is never more at peace than when he’s chasing a new idea. He’s a good guy, he’s always been terribly kind to me (even when I was unbearable), and I’m damn sad to see him go.
But hey…it was one hell of a run. To Dale, Valerie, and everyone else who helped make YoYoJam the company that it was, I would like to thank you on behalf of the entire yoyo industry and community. You folks sure kept it interesting, and we were better off for your contributions.
Check out the official company press release below, and if you were on the fence about picking up anything from their current product line…now is the time.
For nearly 17 years YoYoJam has provided patents that revolutionized the industry, designs that changed the direction of modern yoyo play, products used by multiple World Champions and National Champions from all across the globe, and a team that has included some of the most incredible players and innovators in the industry.
But on December 31, 2015 YoYoJam® will officially close it doors forever bringing an end to a legendary brand, a legendary team, and perhaps one of the most influential companies in modern yo-yoing.
The decision did not come easily. However, company owner and chief design engineer Dale Bell has suffered from very poor health over the last several years. Doctors have advised him to avoid stress as much as possible. So Dale has made the difficult decision to close the company that he has put his whole heart into building. He is looking forward to just relaxing and enjoying retirement with his dog, Billy.
Dale’s daughter, Valerie Aaron (Vice President of the company) stated “This decision has not come easily – it is truly the end of an era for our family and for the team that has become part of our family. We thank everyone who has been a part the brand – we appreciate you and will miss you all.”
YoYoJam will be liquidating inventory for the remainder of the month. The official last day of business will be December 30, 2015.
C3YoYoDesign took to social media to get constructive criticism on their yoyos and it ended with them coming out with two of the great looking yoyos! After reviewing and studying comments and contests, C3YoYoDesign brings to life the Railgun & Imagine Breaker! They will both be starting at $40 USD for solid colors.
On 4th November 2015, Simpson wrote a post in “YoYo BST & Talk” asking for comments on C3 products. We got lots of constructive comments and the comment appear most is “C3 only design BORING V SHAPE yoyos”. We can’t say enough Thank You for all the comments!!!!!! After studying all the comments, we have an internal meeting about our future design direction immediately. And we come up with Two new designs: “Railgun” and “Imagine Breaker”
— About “Railgun” —
At the same time, V-shape yoyo probably is the expertise of C3. We are not leaving this field. “Railgun” is using our flagship model “Krown.st” as reference. We try even harder to push the limit with “Railgun” to recreate the similar feeling with mono-metal design. So we come up with these:
1) Speedy with good control
2) Powerful spin
3) Light weight in spec but play heavier that the spec value. This is good for long time practice especially Japanese players. Less the weight, less the shoulder stress.
4) Good amount of rim weight to achieve pt.1,2,3 = V-Shape!
Weight: 63.6 g
Diameter: 56.17 mm
Width: 43.79 mm
Bearing Size: Size C .250 x .500 x .187 in
Gap Type: Fixed
Response: C3 slim pad
— About “Imagine Breaker” —
We are good at designing V-shape yoyos. No doubt, this probably is our comfort zone. But in these 6 years, C3 also released some rare shape yoyos like “Master Galaxy” and “Teleport”. We are capable to design different yoyos rather than just V-shape. Spending a week to watch WYYC freestyles who are non-asian style players. We concluded to design a yoyo which needs to be:
1) Solid feeling and still able to accelerate.
2) Good spin time.
3) Good enough binding power for 10-15secs combo but not too strong like holding a beast back.
4) Easy to do rejection tricks.
5) Sand-blasted surface
6) Last but not least, this must not be a V-shape yoyo because of the weight distribution.
Imagine Breaker Specs:
Weight: 67.6 g
Diameter: 56.16 mm
Width: 42.96 mm
Bearing Size: Size C .250 x .500 x .187 in
Gap Type: Fixed
Response: C3 slim pad
Recess has been building themselves a hell of a team of fresh young talent, and the latest to be added to the roster is Keiran Cooper! Keiran is a fantastic yoyo player and has really been doing some great video work, so he’s a solid addition to the roster for Recess. Expect to see their video game get upped.
Congrats to Keiran and Recess!
Filmmaker Piotrek Smietana has released the second trailer for his in-progress documentary about yoyoing, We Are Throwers. Looks like Piotrek has been having fun with his drone!
Piotrek and I are working on a proper cinematic premiere of the film at the 2016 World YoYo Contest…we’ll announce details once they are confirmed!