There’s a bit of conventional wisdom that says you should never meet your heroes, because they’ll only disappoint you. But in this case. Hugh Jackman went the other way entirely and proved that he’s not only as cool as we thought, but he’s even COOLER than we could have imagined. Watch at Hollywood megastar Hugh Jackman runs through some classic yoyo tricks and talks about his days as a yoyo champ back in primary school. And high-five to the folks at Russell Promotions, since it’s almost certain they were the ones behind that promotion!
World YoYo Champion Zach Gormley shows off the creativity that got him the title, and the newest version of his signature edition yoyo. Solid.
Yoyo used is the CLYW Borealis.
Seven-time World YoYo Champion and nine-time Japan National Champion Takeshi Matsuura is one of the greatest yoyo players who has ever lived, and every minute you spend watching a video from him is a really good life decision.
Yoyo used is the Turning Point Colony.
CLYW has announced the first retail release of the re-designed Borealis, the signature yoyo of 2015 World YoYo Champion Zach Gormley. While a small pre-release was available at the 2016 World YoYo Contest in Iceland, this is the first full release of this re-designed version of the Borealis. Check out CLYW’s official release below:
The Borealis is the return top that helped Zach Gormley become the 2015 World YoYo Champion, and now it’s even better!
This modified organic shaped return top has quickly become a favorite of players all over the world, and we’ve worked with Zach to adapt the Borealis to better suit his ever changing style. As his tricks have become even more challenging and acrobatic, so must the Borealis change to keep up with his needs. We’ve widened the catch zone a bit and created slightly more of a V-shape to the profile, and moved some weight from the center to the rim for increases stability. The changes sound small on paper, but make a huge difference on the string.
This new Borealis is ideal for fans of the original who are hoping for a little more power and stability…or just anyone looking for a competition-friendly return top with a more comfortable profile.
This run of Borealis ships with a Center Trac bearing.
Available Thursday, December 14th at YoYoExpert.com. Check out full specs and more pics below!
CLYW Borealis Specs:
Diameter: 56.33 mm
Width: 44.17 mm
Weight: 66 grams
Response: Snow Tires
Bearing: CBC Center Trac
The pride of Iceland, Palli Gudmundsson shows off the tricks that have made him one of the most popular yoyo players in Europe. It’s rare that we get a video from Palli, but always worth the wait.
Yoyo used is the CLYW Puffin.
World YoYo Champion Tyler Severance seems to be getting better with age. Check out the latest from the Recess Intl. owner and definitely dig on that last trick…repeaters ftw!
Yoyo used is the Recess Joyride.
Women’s World YoYo Champion Xiao-Wen Wang shows off the latest model from C3yoyodesign, and once again impresses us with her style, flow, and trick construction. This is truly a fantastic time for women in yoyoing…there is so much talent to encourage the next generation!
Yoyo used is the C3yoyodesign Bastet.
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Head over to YoYoExpert.com and take advantage of these deals while supplies last!
YoYoFactory is known for a lot of things…great yoyos, a massive selection, and an incredible team of sponsored players. And in recent years they’ve become the ultimate yoyo travel company, bringing their players to the most exotic of locations for tricks, good times, and incredible photos and footage. Their most recent adventure didn’t find anyone throwing yoyos though, since it would increase their chances of getting shot.
You should absolutely stop what you are doing and head over to their site for the full blog post on this trip. Here’s an excerpt, to give you an idea what kind of intense experience this was:
North Korea is now off limits to US citizens. Visitors from other nations can access it via China and we know a number of people who have visited in the last 2 years. None of them recommended going. Since the capture and ultimate death US tourist Otto Warmbier its something we wouldn’t consider doing…. but there is another way to visit.
Its safe they say. Organized tours leave Seoul daily shuttling camera toting tourists to the DMZ (demilitarized zone). This area is 6km back from where the battle line was when a ceasefire on the Korean Peninsula was called in 1953. Roughly following the 38th parallel, the DMZ stretches almost 150-mile-long.
Located within the territory is the “truce village” of P’anmunjom here North Korean and American soldiers stand face to face. This is part of the Joint Security Area (JSA) which is used by the two Koreas for diplomatic engagements and, until March 1991, was also the site of military negotiations between North Korea and the United Nations Command (UNC). Now its is used for posturing. Loud speakers blare propaganda, both directions.
While the military stands face to face, guns ready. So do tourists. From the South and North.
Head over to YoYoFactory.com and check this out. And hats off to Ben and Gentry for bringing us all along for such an amazing journey!
C3yoyodesign and MagicYoYo have teamed up for a new collaboration, the Vapor Motion! This plastic/aluminum hybrid design is the next evolution of C3yoyodesigns amazing fingerspin yoyos, and another leap forward for Magic YoYo collaborations.
Following the success of last year’s Fingerspin release (a dual signature model for Ethan Wong and Kohta Watanabe), C3 wanted to try out some new ideas. The result is a polycarbonate plastic body with 6061 aluminum fingerspin caps with great weight distribution and a ton of rim weight, and the seal of approval from fingerspin pioneer Ethan Wong.
Check out full specs below and then head over to YoYoExpert to pick up one now!
C3yoyodesign x Magic YoYo Vapor Motion Specs:
Diameter : 57mm
Width : 42.70mm
Weight : 64.5grams
Gap width : 4.3mm
Bearing : Size C Grooved bearing
Response : C3 Blue pad
Check out some footage from Andrew Bergen, shot at the 2017 World YoYo Contest in Iceland. Players always spend a fair bit of time just milling around outside of whatever venue a contest is in, so Recess took the opportunity to film Bergy just hanging out and throwing tricks because let’s face it…most players are at their best when they are just knocking off tricks for fun. Bergy made a hell of a showing on stage at this year’s contest, but it’s always great to see him just kicking back and working out ideas.
Yoyo used is the Recess Joyride.
The third iteration of the CLYW Puffin, signature model for Icelandic champ Palli Gudmundsson, will be available at YoYoExpert on November 9th! There was initially a small release at the 2017 World YoYo Contest in Iceland, but this is the first full production release of this new design.
OFFICIAL RETAIL RELEASE DATE:
NORTH AMERICA – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9 / 10 PM EDT / 7 PM PDT
JAPAN – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH, 11 AM JST
EUROPE – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH, 4 AM CEST
The Puffin is the newest signature model for Icelandic champ Palli Gudmundsson!
The evolution of the Puffin has matched Palli’s growth as a player. Always a wide return top to help Palli land his most difficult and acrobatic tricks, the newest version of the Puffin is the result of several years of conversations and refinement as Palli honed in on exactly what he needs on stage. The result is one of our most daring monometal designs, with a ton of rim weight pushed to the edge by an undercut that was intensely difficult to pull off.
The result is a truly unique return top that speaks to Palli’s skill, daring, and innovation as a player while still delivering a degree of familiarity that lets you know you’re throwing something from CLYW. We’re very proud of this design, and can’t wait to see what you do with it!
The new Puffin hits YoYoExpert on November 9th at 10pm EDT in all colors. Check out full specs and more photos below!
DIAMETER – 54 MM
WIDTH – 46.9 MM
WEIGHT – 66.25 GRAMS
BEARING – CT BEARING
RESPONSE – SNOW TIRES
MagicYoYo REX Specs:
Diameter: 57 mm
Width: 44.3 mm
Weight: 66.4 grams
Response: 19mm Slim Pad
Bearing: Size C (.250 x .500 x .187)
Retail Price: $469 USD
MagicYoYo has long been a standard for super affordable, entry-level yoyos but with recent projects like the Skyva and Metal Skyva with Jeffrey Pang they have begun moving into higher quality, specialty releases. The MagicYoYo REX is the culmination of this…a titanium/stainless steel bi-metal yoyo designed in collaboration with Yixing Tan. The result is absolutely stunning…the MagicYoYo REX plays with speed and power only available with this kind of extraordinary weight distribution.
The body is machined out of titanium, a high strength/low weight ratio material that has become more popular among yoyo companies. According to MagicYoYo, processing each piece of titanium body takes more than 45 minutes, and when you include processing and assembling the stainless steel rim it takes approximately 1 hour to fabricate one half of a REX yoyo; that’s almost 15 times as long as making a normal aluminum yoyo half. The REX has a body thickness of only 0.5 to 0.7 mm…the same thickness as a few sheets of paper.
The rims are made of high-density stainless steel. The edge of the outer rim is only 2.17mm, which makes the whole yoyo seem to possess a homogeneous thickness, like a single, smooth arc. This makes the REX feel very comfortable in the hand and very pleasing to the eye, but the real function is weight distribution. The rims account for over 55% of the total weight of the yoyo, making for absolutely incredible spin times.
The MagicYoYo Rex is one of the absolute fastest and most stable competition yoyos on the market. There is always a lot of discussion about “speed combos” among competitive players, and this is the kind of yoyo that can help make you a speed player or accelerate your existing speed combos in a way that you have to try to believe. Some yoyos have a natural tendency towards faster or slower play, and while equipment is not a substitute for practice, having a yoyo that just naturally plays faster can definitely give you an edge. The MagicYoYo REX plays faster. From the gap to the materials to the weight distribution, everything about the REX is built for pure speed, and it definitely delivers.
It’s very easy to buy into hype for a high-end release, but the MagicYoYo REX really does deliver a play experience on-par with the Luftverk Fulvia BTM or the Something Anglam TISS…extraordinary speed, stability, control, and quality at the highest-end of the production spectrum.
There is a lot of beauty to be found in simplicity, and the MagicYoYo REX delivers on a very simple aesthetic that makes it feel even more like a premium art object. The REX was designed with heavy inspiration from the Bauhaus art movement. From TheArtStory.org:
The motivations behind the creation of the Bauhaus lay in the 19th century, in anxieties about the soullessness of manufacturing and its products, and in fears about art’s loss of purpose in society. Creativity and manufacturing were drifting apart, and the Bauhaus aimed to unite them once again, rejuvenating design for everyday life.
With this aesthetic and philosophy in mind, the REX was created to be functional, simple, pleasing to the eye and hand, and reflect an ideal of creativity into an inanimate object. The result is incredibly appealing to the eye and to the hand.
The MagicYoYo REX retails for $469 USD. This is a truly premium item, manufacturing to exacting tolerances out of the best materials available, and the price tag definitely reflects that. That said, it’s still $100-$400 less expensive than similar titanium/steel bi-metal yoyos from other manufacturers…so if you are looking to try out the ultra-high end of the market for titanium bi-metals, this is a perfect way to start with great quality and value.
The MagicYoYo REX is available now at YoYoExpert.com.