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!
Professional YoYo Performer Justin Weber has launched an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds for a full production run of the Chameleon, his ultra-oversized yoyo designed for long-string performances. At 80.3 mm it’s the biggest yoyo available anywhere, and even if you’re not a performer you’re gonna want one of these for your collection. They look amazing! Learn more about the project below, and then click over to IndieGoGo to show your support and help Justin make his dream come true. There are just a couple of days left to support this project…hurry up and pre-order yours now!
Justin Weber x Turning Point Chameleon Specs:
Weight: 113 g
Diameter: 80.31 mm
Width: 50.66 mm
Weight: 102 g
Diameter: 80.31 mm
Width: 50.66 mm
Doc Pop is back with another Popcast, and in this episode we get the amazing news that his proposal for a yoyo emoji has been ACCEPTED! Highest of fives to you, Doc!
Check out the latest from everyone’s favorite
mad happy genius yoyo player.
We are devastated to announce the death of Robbie Graham.
Robbie was a good guy and a good yoyo player and he was one of us. I wasn’t close to him, but I was always happy to run into him at contests and I always walked away with new ideas and a general sense of ease when I saw him. He was just one of those random good people that you meet in this community, the kind of person that makes you a little better for knowing them. He was too young, and our thoughts go out to his family and friends.
His father, Mark Graham, posted this information on Facebook:
To Robbie’s friends… He suffered an adverse reaction to acetaminophen (which he had been taking for chronic back pain). It caused liver and kidney failure that was irreversible. We let him slip back to God shortly after noon yesterday. We are brokenhearted, but we find comfort in knowing that he is with God. Sadly, all of us must go on without his presence. Thanks to you who loved him and enjoyed his talents.
There is no word yet on a service or where donations can be made in his name, but we’ll update this post with any additional information we’re given.
Professional YoYo Performer Justin Weber has launched an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds for a full production run of the Chameleon, his ultra-oversized yoyo designed for long-string performances. At 80.3 mm it’s the biggest yoyo available anywhere, and even if you’re not a performer you’re gonna want one of these for your collection. They look amazing! Learn more about the project below, and then click over to IndieGoGo to show your support and help Justin make his dream come true.
Justin Weber x Turning Point Chameleon Specs:
Weight: 113 g
Diameter: 80.31 mm
Width: 50.66 mm
Weight: 102 g
Diameter: 80.31 mm
Width: 50.66 mm
It’s a sad day for many generations of “Toys R Us Kids”. Six months after filing for bankruptcy in the US (and one month after filing in the UK), Toys R Us announced will be closing all 900 stores across the United States and the UK.
Toys R Us is one of, if not the largest single retailer for yoyo brands like Duncan, YoYoFactory, and Yomega so this is going to be a huge hit for those companies. Gift cards will be honored in the US for the next 30 days, and we expected liquidation pricing to go into effect soon. It will be a good time to pick up plenty of great yoyos for cheap for your local club, but that’s about the only silver lining we can find here.
Originally manufactured by YoYoJam, the original Bolt was a fun plastic yoyo that was great for beginners and advanced players, and had that extra bit of charm that all of Doc’s projects seem to carry. The Bolt Part 2 looks like it will be another great, fun yoyo and with manufacturing by C3yoyodesign the quality is going to be top notch.
Check out the project description below, and then head over to Kickstarter to back the project and guarantee your own!
The Original Bolt was a hell of a throw, and was manufactured for over 5 years, with devout fans all over the world. After 12 years, we’ve taken the best of the Bolt design and updated it for modern play.
The final design is a collaboration between myself (Doc Pop) and Hadrien Bennaceur (who has designed some of my favorite yo-yos) and will manufactured by the awesome folks at C3 Yo-Yo Design, makers of the Re:Master Galaxy, FingerSpin, and Speedaholic (just to name a few). Big shout out to Hadrien, Walter, and Ron for working on this yo-yo with me.
The Bolt Part 2 is made from machined delrin, with aluminum hubs and side caps for better play and longer spins. The caps feature a new “cubby hole” design for horizontal finger spins and delrin body has “schmoove grooves” to reduce string friction. It fits comfortably in your pocket, but still has a nice catch-zone.
Most importantly, it still feels fun.
World & National Champion Gentry Stein showed up on the Steve Harvey Show yesterday with World Champions Tessa Piccillo and Mark Montgomery, and National Champion Philip White. That’s a fantastic crew of talent there, and they all got to show off a bit for Steve and his audience. Great work everyone, and thanks for representing modern yoyoing to the public so well!
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!
It’s here! YoYoExpert’s Cyber Monday sale happens all day Monday AND Tuesday! Save up to 50% (or even more) on products from YoYoFactory, YoYoRecreation, Duncan Toys, Something, C3yoyodesign, Turning Point, and more!
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Head over to YoYoExpert.com and take advantage of these deals while supplies last!
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.