World YoYo Champion Gentry Stein continues to serve as one of our leading ambassadors for the sport/hobby with this great feature on Wired.com. Great work bringing yoyoing to the masses…thanks to Gentry and to producer Patrick Farrell for this great piece!
Is it fair to say that John Higby is everyone’s favorite yoyo artist and performer and human being? We think so.
Everyone’s favorite yoyo artist and performer and human being, John Higby, is making a children’s book called “Everybody Yo-Yos” and he’s funding it with a Kickstarter campaign. The campaign is already fully funded, but if you definitely want one of these for that special child in your life (lol jk we know you’re buying it for yourself, all good so are we) then backing the project on Kickstarter is the best way to guarantee you’ll get one!
There are still 17 days to go in the campaign and some pretty sweet extras including painted yoyos, limited editions fro YoYoFactory, and original canvas paintings of the artwork used in the book. We highly recommend you scoop up one of those paintings…they really are a joy to look at and you’ll thank us later.
Videos are posted for all divisions at the 2019 European YoYo Championship. Check out the winners below!
1A – Palatynski Kacper
1A Women’s – Veronika Kamenska
1A Open – Keiran Cooper
1A Junior – Lukas Kabelka
2A – Chan Chun Hay
3A – Lorenzo Sabatini
4A – Fery Prochazka
5A – Petr Kavka
Yoyo player, designer, judge, and all-around great guy Matt Schmidt has left us. He was 35 years old.
Matt was a long-time member of the Midwest yoyo scene, and one of the first yoyo players to just design and make his own yoyo, the Underdog. He even re-designed it and ran a new batch pretty recently. I was really looking forward to picking one up.
Matt was kind, and funny, and creative, and always a joy to hang out with at contests. When people talk about all the things they love about the yoyo scene and community, they’re talking about people like Matt. He gave freely of himself and his time for the betterment of all, he was kind and patient with beginner players, and he was just always really fun to be around. He was loved, more than he knew, and he will be very missed.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations in Matt’s honor to NAMI Minnesota. NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. For over 40 years, NAMI Minnesota has worked to promote the development of community mental health programs and services, change public attitudes about mental illnesses, improve access to services and increase opportunities for recovery. You can donate online here: NAMI Minnesota
Harrison Lee is back with his first full-length video in a while, and while he was gone he definitely leveled up. Tremendous style and trick construction from Harrison here…watch this video like 30 times and thank us later.
Shot and cut by Jeffrey Pang.
Yoyo used is the CLYW Pickaxe.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
Guest post by André Boulay and sponsored by YoYoExpert.
Every now and then a yo-yo comes along so unique and so special that it just makes you go ‘WOW’. Unscrew the capsule to reveal the new titanium SPACESHIP and you will understand why everyone is excited. Every element of design has so been carefully thought through including the artwork, the logo, the packaging, the extras. Not to mention the actual yo-yo design. This is a masterpiece.
As the story goes:
In the year 2088, our solar system will be under siege by the Nactaria: the most advanced alien species in the known and unknown universe. The Nactaria will have begun to devour the planets of our Sun the moment they reach the Kuiper belt. The only hope for Earth’s survival lies with the Eljasek alien species. Although out-smarted by the Nactaria on several occasions, they have finally discovered their Achilles heel weakness – TITANIUM! This rare precious alloy is fatal to the Nactaria upon contact which causes an instant spontaneous adverse reaction.
The SPACESHIP was developed after an extensive research collaboration with the Eljasek and a gift to humanity. With 40 Titanium SPACESHIP yoyo’s deployed to earth, you can help protect our planet and improve your own game in doing so. The Nactaria have an acute sensitivity to old school yo-yo shapes. This prompted the Eljasek to design the SPACESHIP with classic influences of the yo-yo boom in the 2000s, pulling inspiration from the RecRev Bad Rep and Yoyofactory 401k.
The SPACESHIP is made of premium Grade 5 titanium (Ti6-Al-4V), the only known titanium alloy that is able to trigger an anaphylactic reaction in the Nactaria upon contact. What does that mean to you? Absolutely nothing unless you happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time during the Nactaria invasion. And if you are, you’ll be glad the SPACESHIP is your throw of the day. So will the good samaritans around you. The durometer of hardness and thermal resistance of the alloy ensures that zero damage occurs after contact with the Nactaria, so humans like yourself concerned with sustainability will be able to reuse the SPACESHIP infinitely. In laypersons terms and those who don’t want to think so hard, it’s that durable!
Holding the delrin capsule just immediately feels magical. It’s smooth and slick and as you unscrew the top the excitement builds and doesn’t disappoint. Inside you will find a circular badge showing the number (1 of 40), a USB Flash Drive containing an actual SPACESHIP ‘alien font’ they designed just for the yo-yo, a small container holding nylon string and response, and then of course the yo-yo wrapped tightly in a nice cloth.
The art on the capsule was done by the amazing Jason Week. Someone who appreciates a good yo-yo just like the rest of us.
Each side of the SPACESHIP is engraved with really neat planetary style art and the SPACESHIP logo font for a package is truly out of this world.
You might remember our article from last year about Doc Pop’s yoyo emoji application being accepted…well it looks like we’re finally going to see it available in September or October! DesignBoom just posted a huge info drop about all 230(!!) new emojis coming to all major platforms in 2019 and we’re thrilled that yoyos are part of this next wave.
Congratulations, Doc Pop, and thank you!