The 2016 Mid-Atlantic Regionals took place this past weekend at the King of Prussia Mall in King of Prussia, PA and we’ve got full results, scoring breakdowns, and video of the winners!
It’s finally happening!
Towards the end of Anti-Yo, Sonny designed a yoyo that was his crowning achievement for the company. It was square and boxy and big and it looked unlikely but everyone who tried the prototype agreed: it was the best Anti-Yo ever. So, of course, it never got made. Jake Bullock has one. He told me it was a perfect 5A yoyo. Sonny told me that’s why he wanted something bigger. I got misty-eyed about that.
For years only 10 of them have been floating around. (I have one. It’s one of my most treasured possessions.) The few players that had one continued to run their mouths about how perfect it was and pretty regularly say things to Sonny like “dude, I’m not joking, I will pay for the run to get these made”. A prototype sold on eBay for $700 a couple of months ago. We never gave up, but we all suspected that the Küntosh would never quite see the light of day.
AND NOW HOLY CRAP SONNY IS MAKING THEM WITH ONE DROP AND THEY LOOK AMAZING!
I talked to Sonny yesterday and confirmed: this is the original, unchanged design. This is the Küntosh, exactly as it would have been released originally by Anti-Yo (although, knowing those guys, if they released it themselves it would have come with a counterweight made from the crushed rear panel of an actual Lamborghini Countach or something insane like that). Available sometime this month (!!!) from retailers far and wide, the Küntosh starts at $85 for solids and will be the finest thing you own. And if you don’t like it, I’ll take it because I’m going stockpile these, just in case. Old habits, you know.
One Drop Küntosh by Sonny Patrick Specs:
Weight: 66.3 grams (with aluminium Flat Cap Side Effects)
Width: 45.6 mm
Diameter: 56.9 mm
Response: One Drop Flow Groove
Gap Width: 4.32 mm
Bearing Size: One Drop 10 Ball Bearing (Size C)
Axle System: Side Effects™
Our friends at Monkeyfinger Design have completely outdone themselves! WOW! This 1-of-1 special edition YoYoNews.com Gelada 2.1 turned out absolutely amazing, and now it can be yours!
Just head over to the brand new Monkeyfinger website and sign up for The Zoo, Monkeyfinger’s official collector club. It’s totally free, you get a membership card in the mail, and you’ll get early access to special promotions via the Monkeyfinger Store, inside company info, news about events that Monkeyfinger is sponsoring and attending, give aways, contests, and more. (Make sure you keep that card handy because you will need both the card and the number in order to win prizes as a Zoo member.)
Click the link above to join The Zoo, and ONE lucky Zoo member will win this ultra-limited one-off Gelada 2.1! This amazing custom yoyo not only plays great but it comes with a slew of extras: a certificate of authenticity, Monkeyfinger Buff and Gorillius Lubricus bearing lube, hand-twisted custom matching string, two different styles of handmade Monkeyfinger pouches, and a stack of stickers. But hurry…the giveaway ends on Friday, May 20th at noon EST! After that, one lucky winner will be chosen from all members of the Monkeyfinger Zoo.
Get signed up, and good luck! (And yes, if you are already a Zoo member, you are already entered!)
CLYW is finally releasing their second bi-metal design, the Igloo! This new signature model for Michael Kurti features a body that is evolved from the short-lived Bear Vs Man: Round 2, and stainless steel rings inside the cup of the yoyo. According to Kurti it’s the best yoyo he’s ever thrown, hands down. Sweet!
The CLYW Igloo will be available at YoYoExpert and other retailers on Thursday, May 5th at 10 pm EST. Retail price is $165, and CLYW will have a few un-engraved versions available only through their website. Check out the press release, specs, and more photos below!
The Igloo is the first signature return top for Michael Kurti, and our second bi-metal release.
Designed collaboratively by Michael Kurti and Chris Mikulin, the Igloo brings the classic CLYW feel forward with a new level of performance. As Michael’s tricks grew longer and more complicated, he needed equipment that could handle his new concepts and direction. He worked with Chris to gather up his favorite aspects of CLYW design, and Chris pushed the weight distribution to allow for the longest spinning and most stable return top possible within Michael’s specs…and the result is the Igloo.
With a body shape that CLYW fans will love and play value that can handle anything you can think of, the Igloo is the latest leap forward for CLYW.
CLYW IGLOO SPECS
Diameter – 56.5 mm
Width – 44.05 mm
Weight – 64.5 grams
Material – 6065 Aluminum / Stainless Steel Rings
Response – Snow Tires
Bearing – Size C Concave (w/permission from Dif-e-Yo)
Artwork – Mike Lundy
C3yoyodesign brings us a new video featuring Rising Force Japan team member Reia Torita! Between the chiptune music, animated embellishments, and tremendously promising skill, this video is a great watch for anyone who loves yoyoing. Which, presumably, is anyone reading this blog. Thus: we win.
Yoyo used is the C3yoyodesign Imagine Breaker.
Fellow yoyo player Christopher Chunn is a good dude, with a good family, and they could use our help right now.
A few weeks ago they got into a brutal car accident and completely totaled the family car. No one was seriously hurt, which is amazing, but their car is annihilated. Since Michigan is a “no fault” state, they’re pretty well screwed. And being a one-car family means they are now a no-car family.
I’ve got a family of five and we only have one car…in their same position my own family would be utterly screwed. I’m grateful they are all safe and sound, and my heart goes out to them during this massive setback.
There is a GoFundMe page up to help them raise funds for a new car. Their goal is only $5,000, so they aren’t even looking for a “new” car, just a decent used vehicle that will get them where they need to go. They aren’t asking for much, just what they need, and right now they need our help.
Please donate whatever you can, and just as importantly please share this around as much as you can. Thanks for your support…let’s take care of our own!
When Shion Araya wanted a new signature model, C3yoyodesign got to work. They talked to him about what he wanted and then created three different designs that all accomplished those goals in different ways. Through their Facebook page we got to see them walking through the prototyping process with these different iterations, and working through the process of Shion testing and deciding what worked best for him. Now we have the final product, releasing this weekend at the Hamamatsu YoYo Contest in Japan, and worldwide on May 2nd.
I’m forever amazed that C3yoyodesign isn’t a much larger company. I’m genuinely surprised when I walk around at a contest and I don’t see half the players throwing C3 yoyos. They are great people, who love what they do, and they make a wide range of genuinely fantastic products. They are deeply and intimately involved in every single step of the production process, and they are all passionate yoyo players who truly, madly love what they do.
This video is a great look at what it means to love what you do.
C3yoyodesign Radius Specs:
Weight: 63.92g (sandblasted) / 64.09g (polished)
Gap width: 4.5mm
Response: C3 purple pad
Bearing: Genuine Dif KonKave Bearing – Size C
Veronika Kamenska shows off 3 years of practice and hard work in her newest video. Awesome!
Yoyo used is the C3yoyodesign Berserker SS.
Anthony Rojas has joined CLYW! It’s a perfect pick-up..congratulations to Anthony and CLYW! Check out the official statement below from CLYW, and a new video from Anthony to celebrate the news.
Anthony Rojas is art in motion. Watching him throw return tops is like watching a thousand divergent thoughts suddenly coalesce into a single, insistent concept that changes shape depending how the light hits it. And we aren’t exaggerating at all, which is kinda crazy.
Anthony has long been considered one of the most uniquely creative yoyo players in the world, and we’ve been fans since he first started making noise on the contest scene back in 2009. He’s humble, intelligent, amazing with a return top, a great artist and graphic designer, and truly fun and inspiring to be around.
We like this guy a lot, and it’s an honor for us to be able to support such a rare and incredible talent.
Welcome to the CLYW family, Anthony!
44RPM Blues Specs:
Weight: 66.1 grams (w/o rings)
Weight: 71.5 grams (w/rings)
Response: 19mm pad
Bearing: Center Trac Size C (.250 x .500 x .187)
The 44RPM Blues is the second aluminum release from 44RPM, the start-up company from Drew Tetz and 3x World & National YoYo Champion Hank Freeman. 44RPM launched with a load of “flatpack” toys…yoyos, kendamas, and spin tops that are laser cut from a single sheet of wood and then assembled by the player. The Blues is their signature edition yoyo for co-founder Drew Tetz.
The 44RPM Blues is a huge, ridiculous yoyo that is almost guaranteed to be the most fun and unique throw in your entire collection. The huge diameter juxtaposed with a totally reasonable weight means that without the wooden weight rings, the Blues is huge and floaty, and plays in a way that is best described as “round”. Add the included laser cut wooden rings and the Blues picks up a little extra spin time and the play goes from “round” to “fat”. Trust me…once you actually play with a Blues, this all makes perfect sense. Only a yoyo this strange and wonderful could be suitable as the signature model for 2014 Trick Innovator of the Year Drew Tetz.
Available in solid colors with art created by Rodrigo “Whip” Yokota, the Blues makes use of laser cut wooden rings to give it a truly unique look. The combination of a rich red anodizing with the burnt wood of the rings makes the Blues look classy and interesting…I can’t speak for how the other colors will look with rings, but I suspect they’ll be fantastic as well. The anodizing is solid, without flaws, and the art is bold and cleanly engraved.
The 44RPM Blues retails for $55, which is plenty reasonable for a great playing modern aluminum yoyo, and a total bargain for something that is truly unique in the market. There is no other yoyo available that looks or feels like the Blues, and it’s worth the $$ just to have one handy for the sake of variety.
BUY THE 44RPM BLUES
THIS POST SPONSORED BY 44RPM
I’m so jealous of everyone who got to attend the 2016 European YoYo Championship this year…it was another fantastic event, run by great people, filled with amazing players. But luckily there have been a slew of great EYYC recap videos (like this one from Jeffrey Pang) and now my homies at CLYW have dropped this fantastic bit of video showing off some amazing tricks and good times. I really need to get out to more contests.
The CLYW team is scattered across eight countries and three continents, so when they get together it’s filled with laughter, camaraderie, great tricks, and good times.
A huge chunk of the team converged on Prague for the 2016 European YoYo Championship. They had a great time. Featuring Petr Kavka, Tessa Piccillo, Palli Gudmundsson, Alec Campbell, Riccardo Fraolini, Ayumu Harada and Nuu Gatowsky. Special guest appearances by Eiji Okuyama, Jake Mulvey and David Stejskal.
(And here’s a Vimeo version…a few people reported problems viewing the YouTube version on mobile.)
World YoYo Champion John Ando jumped back on the stage for the first time in a while at the 2016 European YoYo Contest and every 1A player in the world collectively held their breath for those three minutes as one of the most unique and trend-setting players in the world raised the bar just a little higher.
So now, thanks to the good folks at Fist Salud, we get a closer look at new tricks from this revolutionary player. Amazing.
Yoyo used is the YoYoFactory Czechpoint.
Everything is getting weird and awesome with yoyo designs these days! For years now, various companies have experimented with free-spinning components…from YoYoFactory‘s hubstacks to some truly interesting designs from Auldey, YoYoJam, and most recently YOYO.Y’s V5 Catch parts. And it’s those V5 Catch parts that have led to this latest bit of “wait, what?” from YoYoFactory.
The Nine Dragons is the yoyo we were teased back in 2007-2008 under the name “Revolution #9” back when YoYoFactory was really pushing their “Project Red Alert”, which was an ongoing initiative for them to create innovative (or just downright cheeky) yoyos separate from their main product line. From the old Project Red Alert blog:
“Revolution #9 was created but never released by YoYoFactory. Rampant reproduction of replicas by Asian manufacturers of other YoYoFactory designs prompted the decision to not release #9 until a change in the world retail market.”
Interesting, then, that it took a Chinese company to help YoYoFactory bring this one to market. Through a collaboration with Chen Jialin from YOYO.Y, Revolution #9 has a new name, an improved design, and it’s finally available.
The idea of the Nine Dragons is relatively simple to understand, regardless of how complicated it is to produce. The main body of the yoyo is covered by a POM shell that spins independently of the rest of the the yoyo. It’s not a revolutionary concept (well, not anymore…back in 2007 this was basically science fiction) but the implementation here is the most interesting thing, along with the fact that YoYoFactory is the first major company to really put a push into this technology that includes competition-specific promotion. In the video above, Ben McPhee announces that beginning this weekend at California States, YoYoFactory will be hosting and promoting “9A Divisions” to specifically foster the unique tricks that can be created with a Nine Dragons.
So, a unique competition division coupled with an interesting and readily available product at only an $80 retail seems like a great combination of things that could lead to some legitimately fun developments in yoyo contests.
The Nine Dragons was offered early to members of the YoYoFactory Dream email list (ordered mine!), will have a limited pre-release at Cal States this weekend, and should be available at retailers fairly soon after that. Expected retail price is around $80 USD. Check out YoYoFactory’s FAQ on the Nine Dragons HERE.
YoYoFactory Boss Specs:
Weight: 66.8 grams
Response: 19mm pad
Bearing: Size C (.250 x .500 x .187)
The Boss is the latest entry-level metal yoyo from YoYoFactory, and is designed and intended to be a great first metal yoyo for players who are new to unresponsive play.
The YoYoFactory Boss is stable and forgiving, two things that every beginning player needs. The small size makes it a fairly quick player, and the shape is comfy in the hand and easily maneuverable on the string. If you’re used to a full-sized yoyo, it will take a few minutes of play to get used to the smaller diameter and slightly different throw/unwind of the Boss, but once you’re dialed in even an experienced player will find that this is a small, zippy, and really fun knock-around yoyo.
Available in solid colors with a simple engraving, the Boss has a clean, simple look. The anodizing is nice and the engraving is clear, and the YoYoFactory Boss is available in Red, Blue, and Black.
The YoYoFactory Boss retails for only $30, making it a fantastic deal for any player looking for their first unresponsive metal yoyo or any experienced player looking for a beater they can throw in a jacket pocket and not worry about damage from Walking the Dog to impress the ransoms.
BUY THE YOYOFACTORY BOSS
The YoYoFactory Boss is available now at YoYoExpert.com.