Norwegian player Magne Sætran shows us some straight-up beautiful yoyoing that had me reaching to re-string with a full-length string and work on making my slack tricks look better. Players are drawing parallels from Magne to Ryosuke Isawawa’s tricks and Eric Koloski’s style but honestly, I don’t care….I just think what Magne is doing looks amazing and I wish my yoyoing was that pretty. I swear it looks like he’s just playing with magical jellyfish tentacles or something.
Maria Nechiporenko, from YoYoFactory’s Russian Junior Team, just dropped this new video that has us really excited to see how her play style develops. She definitely has a lot of potential and the beginnings of some really fluid trick presentation. YoYoFactory has always been gifted at spotting the rising talent, and they’re keeping the streak going with Maria.
The lyrics in this video are most definitely NSFW, but the video is just sooooo good that I had to post it anyway. A minute plus of pure genius. Apologies to anyone with offended ears!
C3 YoYo Design is just killing it lately in the product video department. If they keep this up I’m going to have to just give them their own section of YoYoNews and charge them rent.
Video features Peter Pong Si Yee and Ng Wang Kit a.k.a. “Lowhand”.
to my knowledge, the first a dedicated Vietnamese yoyo retailer…and they’ve released this great video showing a couple of their demonstrators performing at a local school and signing autographs and just generally being total rock stars. Nice work!
(EDITORS NOTE: TheGioiYoyo.vn was apparently the first dedicated Vietnamese yoyo retailer, as I was corrected in the comments. Thanks for the info!)
2011 AP Champion and 2012 3rd Place World Champion Christopher Chia’s new signature model ANGLAM Ver. CC by sOMEThING is releasing this year, and sOMEThING just dropped this teaser video to hype it up.
I’d like to think that everyone who gets a signature model from sOMEThING also gets brightly colored plastic sunglasses that they are required to wear while playing, but I’m sure Christoper just brought his own.
And here is Christopher’s special performance freestyle at the 2012 Malaysian YoYo Championship, in case you forgot how awesome he is.
Ahmad Kharisma is an up-and-coming young player from Indonesia, sponsored by YoYoRecreation, and Ray Tambunan is a member of Indonesia’s SpinMe YoYo Club. Together they do not come together and form a giant robot, but they do make for a pretty good battle video.
Hi, Kids! If you haven’t heard, I’m working with [The] Drew Tetz to bring some added Fixed Friday action to Yoyonews.com. Drew has been a friend and source of inspiration for years, and I’m stoked to be able to continue pushing and sharing alongside him.
For today’s segment, I wanted to share a move that’s near-and-dear to my heart – the “Stop N’ Go Eli Hop”. For those even remotely experienced with yo-yoing, the trick sounds like the most self-explanatory thing ever. However, it’s deceptively sketchy to get consistent, and even more so to incorporate into the context of a longer trick.
I first remember seeing this trick at IYYO in New York. It was late Saturday night, and a throng of yo-yo players had descended upon Washington Square Park. Paul Han was skating, other folks were chatting, and Justin Weber and Adam Brewster were sharing trick elements. Adam had been throwing one of my No Jives all weekend, and Justin had sequestered it to do some of the silly-hard responsive tricks that only he can do. The conversation shifted to Stop-N-Go, and specifically how there wasn’t much you could do once you stopped (other than, of course, GO). Justin said something like “Well, I guess you could just Eli Hop out of it.” He did it, spontaneously and beautifully, landing it before the yo-yo ran out of spin. I was dumbstruck.
It really is a great move, partly because it’s so explosive. Audiences of all sorts and sizes love Stop-N-Go, because you can really milk that John Cage-esque moment of silence before SLAMMING the yo-yo back into motion. With the Eli, it’s even better, because the yo-yo is sucked up on the Stop, and then blasted FURTHER up on the Go.
In the first trick, which is the basic foundation, the key point is keeping the yo-yo straight when you pull apart. In regular Stop-N-Go (which works from either an under-mount or Trapeze), the free hand doesn’t have to do much. It kind of just holds the yo-yo aloft while the throwhand plunges down, restarting it. With the Eli, the free hand determines the direction the yo-yo will take AND whether the yo-yo will come out straight or slanted. You’ve got to keep your hands in line or the trick will just laugh at you. With a responsive yo-yo, you also have to keep the slack string out of the gap. Otherwise the Eli will go out and then come right back to your hand, robbing you of your hard-earned trapeze. With some control, this becomes a pretty crazy regen-repeater.
By ‘08, I had been working on Eli Hopping into stalls for a while, and applying the Stop-N-Go version seemed a natural, but there’s a pretty hefty catch. As you know from Drew’s last entry, spin direction is an essential consideration in working out stall tricks. You really have to be aware of positive or negative spin before you try to stall something out, or the stall won’t work consistently. Since the spin direction is reversed during the Stop-N-Go (which is, itself, a regeneration), whatever stall you land in has to be reversed (i.e. Man-and-His-Brother, as opposed to Trapeze).
Thus, in the second trick, you have two solid options shown (there are obviously more). In the first Eli, I grab a segment with the throw-hand and landing in a Man-Bro Stall. You can regenerate that back to a standard trapeze and (if you’ve got enough spin) get it to Stop again. On the 2nd Eli, I’m flipping the free hand over to land in between the thumb and middle finger in a Reverse Chop-Stall. This is another cool (but challenging) option which works since the yo-yo is spinning opposite its normal breakaway direction. Experiment with some other reverse-stalls out of that Eli. The options are limitless, and popping straight out of Stop-N-Go can add a neat feeling of continuity and staccato flow to your freestyle sessions.
I’m ridiculously excited to announce the 2013 roster for 365yoyotricks.com. If you haven’t been following, I started 365 in 2011 to see if I could create, film, and post an original yoyo trick every day. I pulled it off, and it was exhausting. So for 2012, I put together a roster of players whose play styles I really enjoy, and had them contribute weekly tricks. I’m continuing this for 2013 with a new roster of players; I’ll be contributing 3 tricks a week, and the players below will each contribute one…plus we’ll have special guest players pop in from time to time! So without further ado, here is the roster for the 2013 season of 365yoyotricks.com:
National Yo-yo Master and 2003 5A World Champion, Rafael is known for his highly conceptual and visually-appealing tricks. He is the founder and president of the Brazilian YoYo Association, and head organizer for the Brazilian National YoYo Contest. He spends most of his time disguised as a computer geek.
Co-winner of the 2007 Trick Innovator of the Year Award, Jake is one of the most gifted and under-appreciated counterweight yoyo players in the world. Jake was a massive force in the early development of tech counterweight play and, along with Jonathan Robinson, ushered in a new style of counterweight play that dominates contests to this day.
Darnell Hairston is an up-and-coming player from the Cleveland YoYo Club who managed to land a spot on the coveted YoYoFactory Protege Team. Mentored by National YoYo Master Steve Brown, expect to see Darnell destroying contests all over the Midwest in 2013.
Spencer Berry is responsible for a tremendous number of the building blocks of modern yoyo play. He is the creator of genre-defining tricks such as Breath, Rancid Milk, and Laceration and is generally regarded as one of the founders of modern yoyo play. His signature yoyo, Walter, will be available in 2013.
New video from Ayumu Harada showing off his CLYW Arctic Circle…worth the watch!
Chinese-based manufacturer Magic YoYo has posted this teaser trailer for “3 Chapter”, which we can only assume is a new yoyo they will be releasing soon.
From this video, we can only be certain of two things: Chinese yoyo manufacturers have much larger video production budgets than their American counterparts, and all Chinese yoyo players are wizards.
Members of the CLYW team hanging out at the 2012 World YoYo Contest in Orlando…so good!