The Daily Hampshire Gazette ran a great piece on YoYoExpert, highlighting owner André Boulay’s long-standing commitment to and involvement in the yoyo community. Always great to see members of the community getting some good press!
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.
The IYYF announced additional guidelines today for all National contests worldwide. Worth checking out, if you’re a competitor or organizer!
National Contest Seeding Additional Guidelines 2019
In the interest of continuing to guarantee fairness for all National Contests that are recognized by the IYYF as officially seeding to the World Yo-Yo Contest, we have some new rules that we are putting in place. These rules are effective immediately, and should pose no issues for contest organizers while also helping to maintain a clearer standard of excellence for all existing events.
1. All National Yo-Yo Contests recognized by the IYYF and seeding players to Multi-National or World events must adhere to whatever IYYF rules and guidelines are in-place at the time of the event. To accommodate events of different sizes, contest organizers may request a variance to specific rules by contacting the IYYF Board of Directors for approval.
2. National Yo-Yo Contest results may not be combined with any other event results to determine what players are seeded and eligible to compete at the World Yo-Yo Contest. Countries may combine results from multiple events for their internal titles and prizes, but only the stand-alone results from the single, recognized National Contest, run to IYYF standards, may be used to determine seeding eligibility.
3. If evidence is presented to the IYYF to indicate any issues with the accuracy of scores, either intentional or by accident, it will trigger an audit whereby an IYYF representative must oversee scoring at the event in question in order to maintain recognized seeding status. If the audit is refused, the contest will no longer be recognized as an official National event, and winners will no longer be seeded to Multi-National or World contests until the National event in question has been brought back into compliance.
We hope these new policies will help allay any fears that players might have about the validity of event results, and welcome any feedback from contest organizers to continue making sure that their events are held to IYYF standards.
Ann Connolly is back on YouTube with another YoYoFactory product review, this one for for the controversial-ish YoYoFactory Wide Angle Shutter that looks like a bi-metal but isn’t! It’s a fun yoyo though, and Ann is always a joy to watch so dig in!
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.
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!
C3yoyodesign has announced a new version of the Speedaholic for 2019, and it looks great! Coming soon to YoYoExpert!
Start from the Basics! Speedaholic is Back!
C3yoydesign Speedaholic 2019 is perfect for beginner players. The ball bearing with silicon response which provides enough spin power for entry level players to learn new tricks. Not requiring any lubricant oil or special setting. You just need to attach the string and you can start to practice your tricks!!!
C3yoyodesign Speedaholic Specs:
Diameter: 56.6 mm
Width 43.8 mm
Weight: 68 grams
Response: C3 White Thick Pad
MSRP: $10 USD
Doc Pop hopped on a train recently headed up to Eugene, Oregon with the goal of collaborating with the folks at One Drop YoYos to design and produce a new yoyo in 48 hours. Check out the second part of his epic quest to create The Weekender, a new modern responsive yoyo!
OhYesYo and One Drop have finally announced and released pics and specs for their collab, the Eclipse!
Check out the full story behind this yoyo and specs below. No word yet on release date but expect to see these hitting stores this month or very early December.
On the 21st of August 2017, the “Great American Eclipse” happened. It was a total solar eclipse. As the two heavenly bodies came into alignment, we found beauty in the darkness. Coffin Nachtmahr, Founder of OhYesYo, Frequency Wavelength Modulator, and Yo-yoing’s Modern Anti-Hero, tells the story of the Eclipse:
— The Set Up —
This project started as a camping trip to Marty Coatney’s farm in Lebanon, Oregon. He invited a bunch of yoyoers and others to the land to see the 2017 solar eclipse. Andy Kenst (a yo-yoer who lived in Oregon near One Drop) and myself had been building a friendship and he helped fund a project of mine earlier that year and was like “Coffin, you gotta come see this man.” Apprehensive as I usually am, I explained I’d try to make it. A week later Andy messaged me and said “Hey, I got you a plane ticket – see you soon lol.” From that point on it was all great – I’d never been to Oregon and I was beyond hype. Andy joked about collaborating with One Drop and I said if they’re interested I’d gladly draw something up on the spot.
— The Eclipse —
Fast forward a bit and I’m in Eugene, Oregon. Marty comes to pick me up from the airport and we head to his house. This is really my first interaction with Marty and we get along immediately. I met his family as well and got his son into skateboarding which for me felt amazing. Andy and I finally meet face to face and the party begins. Lots of fun and festivity at Marty’s place as people begin coming in to set up camp. I successfully broke and repaired his dad’s 4×4 which bridged a gap between me and his dad. There were lots of great folks at the farm.
— Beerlunch —
Andy says “hey dude, let’s make a trip to One Drop”, so I grab my backpack and we’re outta there. I arrive and finally get to meet the One Drop team and they are arguably some of the chillest people ever. I proceed to go observe the machines in their factory that I’d obsessed over in the background of several videos. Spotted Victoria (One Drop names all of their machines) and snapped a photo of it. Having some background in robotics I just wanted to observe them while they worked to learn as much as I possibly could. Deep States and Trilliums were going out this weekend so I offered my help if it was needed, but everyone wanted me to enjoy the trip more than anything. We left the shop and walked to get some beer and food nearby (might’ve been the greatest beer I’ve had) and then an ice cream shop where I had to be educated about what an Affogato was (ice cream with espresso poured over it) – so good. We came back and sat at Shawn’s desk and he says “you wanna make something?” I reach for my mini notebook and sketch up something that looks like it would be fun. I’ve always been biased to mid weight over direct center or rim weight. After about 20 minutes of very minor tweaks for aesthetics and what not, we had something that resembles a damn good yoyo.
Throughout the weekend I come back and forth to the One Drop factory to hang out and play with the massive collection of Yoyos available there.
— It’s Alive… It’s ALIVE —
Months later I receive a photo of the most gorgeous matte grey yo-yo that tells me it’s Everything I wanted it to be. A few days after that, the Eclipse protos arrive at my house and just in time I take them to the East Coast Masters yo-yo contest and it’s an instant hit – everyone was hooked on them. From that point on, people have been asking when or where they could get one. July comes up and I’m at Nationals with one Eclipse and it’s getting passed around profusely and it strikes me again everyone loves it. Markmont claims it was incredibly smooth for the way it looked. I’m very pleased with this knowledge.
The plan now is for me to come back to Oregon to finish what we started. I cannot wait to assemble these and to share this wonderful opportunity with the people who have patiently waited for it. Collaboration is what this community is all about, and the story and the result of the Eclipse is ready to be shared. Nothing but love … and a little darkness.
OhYesYo x One Drop Eclipse Specs:
Weight: 65.20 grams
Width: 43.80 mm
Diameter: 55.00 mm
Stock Response: One Drop Flow Groove
Gap Width: 4.45 mm
Bearing Size: Large (C) stainless steel (One Drop 10 Ball Bearing)
Material: 6061 Aluminum
Doc Pop hopped on a train recently headed up to Eugene, Oregon with the goal of collaborating with the folks at One Drop YoYos to design and produce a new yoyo in 48 hours. Check out the first part of his epic quest to create The Weekender, a new modern responsive yoyo!
Singer-songwriter Axel Mansoor released a video for his single “Father Time” and the video features none other than 2013 US National YoYo Champion Ian Johnson! Always neat to see yoyo players popping up in music videos.
The International YoYo Federation announced some organizational changes to the way the World YoYo Contest will be handled moving forward. At this year’s IYYF meeting in Shanghai, and after discussion from board members, a few key changes were agreed upon to help streamline the organizing process.
Here’s the official statement from the IYYF:
WYYC2020 will be held in Budapest, Hungary.
WYYC2021 will be in Japan.
IYYF is proud to introduce the host countries of the 2020 & 2021 World Yo-Yo Contests. WYYC2020 will be held in Budapest, Hungary, and WYYC2021 will be held in Japan.
Further details will be announced when they have been confirmed. Keep your eye on www.iyyf.org for news.
WYYC Proposal Process Change
We have had many discussions among the IYYF board on how to decide the location and team for running WYYC. Each year there are many exciting location options, yet at the same time there are many challenges and difficulties that come with running the contest in a different place every time.
Learning from our experiences over the course of the past five years organizing WYYC, we decided to reevaluate our situation and have, as a result, revised our decision plan.
Here are some changes about how the WYYC location will be chosen in the future.
1. We will no longer be bound to the three-year cycle of Americas, Europe and Asia.
2. We are no longer accepting proposal documents for new locations in the same way that we have in the past.
3. If you are interested in running WYYC in your country, please contact us so we can discuss the possibilities; we will also ask serious applicants to join the current WYYC organizing team as a core member.
This way, the IYYF team can better share its knowledge, resources, and get to know new members through working together with them. New members will be able to learn more from current organizers and work alongside them to help run WYYC. Essentially, instead of asking other people to struggle and come up with ideas by themselves, we have decided to welcome more people so we can diversify our team and work closely together for future contests. In the long run, we hope to better ensure stability, consistency, and increase the quality of the event year to year.
Thank you, as always, for your participation in the World Yo-Yo Contest. None of this would be possible without your involvement and support. We look forward to being able to bring WYYC to even more places around the globe, and we hope you’ll join us on that journey!
There has already been some confusion over some of these points, so let’s go through them for some clarification.
We will no longer be bound to the three-year cycle of Americas, Europe and Asia.
This does not mean the contest will no longer travel! This just means that it will no longer be forced to follow a strict pattern of movement. The IYYF’s Executive Board is currently the core organizing team for the World YoYo Contest, and all three Executive Board Members (Ondra Sedivy, Hironori Mii, and Steve Brown [me!]) are constantly looking for new locations & venues for the World YoYo Contest. Breaking the cycle means that instead of trying to force the contest to fit into a certain region in a certain year, the IYYF can take advantage of any opportunities that arise to hold the contest in the best area with the best support for that year. This may mean that regions will double up in the future (two years back to back in Asia, but different countries) or it may mean that the IYYF simply changes the order to best use it’s resources (Americas – Asia – Europe), but what it definitely means is the contest is still moving, and the IYYF now has a little more freedom to make sure that the best possible option is utilized for that year.
We are no longer accepting proposal documents for new locations in the same way that we have in the past.
World YoYo Contest proposals in the past have assumed that the contest would be run entirely by a local team, with some logistical support from the IYYF, and the results have been mixed. External teams have done some great work and with oversight from the IYYF there has been some degree of consistency, but for an event as important as the World YoYo Contest, a higher degree of consistency must be maintained from one year to the next. And not just at the event itself, but also in the lead-up to the event, with registration deadlines, sponsorship proposals, ticket sales, etc. Moving the organization of the contest to a new group each year essentially means starting over each year for a lot of these things, and for the continuity of the contest it’s easier for one core organizing team to manage the main aspects of the event each year, regardless of location. But fresh ideas and new people are essential to the growth not just of the event but also of the IYYF, which brings us to….
If you are interested in running WYYC in your country, please contact us so we can discuss the possibilities; we will also ask serious applicants to join the current WYYC organizing team as a core member.
Instead of people saying “Hey, my team can run Worlds, here’s our proposal” the new protocol will be to vet applicants based on their standing in the community and experience in event organizing, and then bring them into the organizing team for the upcoming World YoYo Contest. This will allow them to work side-by-side with experienced contest organizers and learn all the detail and procedures that need to be addressed for the World YoYo Contest, which will in turn make sure they have all the skills and perspective needed in order to take the lead on organizing the event in their home country. For example, the 2019 World YoYo Contest will be held again in Cleveland, Ohio and organized by Steve Brown and the 2020 World YoYo Contest will be held in Budapest, Hungary and organized by Vilmos Zoltan Kiss. In order to add continuity to the proceedings, Vilmos has joined the Cleveland organizing team to make sure that he has all the information and knowledge he needs in order to run a great event in Hungary, and the core team from the Cleveland event will also be assisting with the event in Hungary. After that, the core teams from both Cleveland and Budapest will assist with the 2021 World YoYo Contest in Japan.
Moving forward this will not only guarantee a higher degree of consistency for each event, but will also bring in more organizers with new skills and perspectives that can help grow the IYYF and the World YoYo Contest.
tl;dr – Worlds is gonna continue getting better, and keep moving around the world. All good.
Sebastian Brock has teamed up with One Drop YoYos to design and produce his ideal organic shaped yoyo, the Overture! Check out One Drop’s description and full specs below. No word yet on release date or price.
An Overture is an introduction and a start to something great.
We are deeply honored to begin working with U.S. National Champion Sebastian Brock to bring his dream yo-yo into the world: The Overture. Sebby is a legend and has been at the top of the yo-yo competitive scene for more than a decade. He is also an innovative yo-yo artist with a unique style. He brings years of experience and perspective so we were thrilled to have the opportunity to build his yo-yo.
We are also excited to have Max Naff in the collaboration to bring us the artwork.
The approach to the collaboration was to build the yo-yo that Sebby has had in his mind and heart for a long time: a refinement of the classic organic yo-yo. Sebby’s yo-yoing is noted for plane-pushing and having many layers to the tricks, and as a result he was looking for big (58mm), stable, bead blasted yo-yo with a balanced distribution of weight that is tuned for his style. It feels good to return to a large retro hub that allows for a little extra center weight, a beefy and reliable 16mm axle and lots of style.
Besides being a top competitor, Sebby is well known for creating the The Alternative Freestyle Invitational which generally takes place at the World Yo-Yo Contest. He had the idea to showcase the art of yo-yoing without the pressure of the point system. He did this for the love of yo-yoing and inspiring players are all kinds to showcase their talents and style and hopefully inspire future players.
Sebby hopes the Overture will inspire your play and he says that it “slays with a soul”.
Sebastian Brock x One Drop YoYos – Overture Specs:
Weight: 66.9 grams
Width: 45.0 mm
Diameter: 57.9 mm
Response: One Drop Flow Groove
Bearing Size: Large (C) stainless steel (One Drop 10 Ball Bearing)
Congrats to Hunter Feuerstein on officially moving up to the YoYoFactory Contest Team! Check out the full statement from YoYoFactory below. Great job, Hunter!
Hunter Feuerstein graduated SHUTTER CREW and was immediately presented with the opportunity to join the YoYofactory Contest Team. Hunter is the first Graduate to be offered a spot on the Team and we proud to announce he accepted!
Hunter has been a prolific traveller this season making it out to PNWR, NWR and just this weekend he put down his best freestyle to date at MWR taking 2nd place amongst a talented field. If he were a horse we would say he is just coming into form for the big race, the race being USA nationals. We would also say he is quite small for a horse.
Congrats on the MWR result and heres to a bright future on the team!