The results are in, and Israel’s Tal Mordoch is the new European 1A Champion! Check out the full results and scoring breakdowns below. Videos coming soon!
Fist Salud dropped an amazing new Big Dipper video featuring CLYW team member Petr Kavka, and I’ve already watched it six times. In my professional opinion, you should watch it at least four times. I’m a professional, so I have to do this kind of thing more than you, but four should be pretty good for you. Maybe five.
Filmed last week during a pre-EYYC trip to Berlin, this love letter to The Grey City features beautiful filming and editing, and a fantastic visual breakdown of the tricks and style of Czech uber-champ, Petr Kavka. So damn good!
Yoyo used is the CLYW Big Dipper.
This is it! We all got the best Christmas gift we weren’t expecting! Legendary 1A artist Rodrigo Yokota (Whip) dropped this beauty to cheer this holiday season!
I’ve talked about being a trick artist before, and Whip is certainly the best example of a trick artist. His trick elements are not just randomly put together, but composed in a unique, and beautiful fashion.
Hit the full-screen button, sit back, and enjoy!
The 2014 US National YoYo Contest is tomorrow in Chico, California and the best players in the US will gather to compete for the title of National Champion. The lineup this year is absolutely stellar! Here’s the full list of competitors for the 1A Division.
1A Finals Seeds
- Andrew MAIDER
- Daniel JORANLIEN
- Nate DAILEY
- Michael STECZ
- Sebastian BROCK
- Eric TRAN-TON
- Luke FINNELL
- Anthony ROJAS
- Michael KURTI
- Zach GORMLEY
1A Prelims – Competitor Order
- Jonathon BEST
- Keegan ORR
- Kevin NICHOLAS
- Ian LAWSON
- Noah BACHOFEN
- Wilson VAN GUNDY
- Philip WHITE
- Ty GOLDMAN
- Tylor MCCALLUMORE
- Michael NAKAMURA
- Paolo BUENO
- Joe WILSON
- Odon ALBERTO JR.
- Evan NAGAO
- Colin BECKFORD
- Tomoaki CLARK
- Harold OWENS III
- Will HAHN
- Nehemiah PETERSON
- Tessa PICCILLO
- Michael MARSHALL
- Hayden BRICKMAN
- Dylan BENHARRIS
- Patrick CANNY
- Josh YEE
- Erik BJORK
- Shakeem ANDERSON
- Dennis CINQUEGRANI
- Ibrahim RAHMAN
- Chandler STEELE
- Eric KOLOSKI
- Clint ARMSTRONG
- Aaron DAVIS
- Nicholas DE VALPINE
- Ryan GEE
- JT NICKEL
- Angelo AGUIRRE
- Adam SCHULTZ
- James REED
- Gentry STEIN
Check out this awesome 1A vs 5A battle video from the Philippines featuring Joebert Flores (1A) versus Paolo Alto (5A). So good!
Who wins? Cast your vote below!
Vote for 5A. VOTE FOR 5A!!!!!!!!!
The results are in for one of the absolute closest contests in years, and Gentry Stein is your new World Champion!!!
1 Gentry Stein 88.2
2 Takeshi Matsuura 86.7
3 Iori Yamaki 81.4
4 Paul Kerbel 80.5
5 Zach Gormley 80.3
6 Ahmad Kharisma 78.3
7 Shinya Kido 77.5
8 Hiroyuki Suzuki 76.6
9 Yamato Murata 75.5
10 Izuru Hasumi 73.0
11 Janos Karancz 65.9
12 Carlos Braun 63.3
13 Václav Kroutil 62.7
14 Yusuke Otsuka 61.1
15 Petr Aminev 58.6
16 Marcus Koh 58.4
17 Andrew Maider 57.3
18 Masahiro Terada 57.0
19 Peter Pong Si Yee 56.9
20 Matouš Tomeš 43.1
Here are the results from the 1A Semi-Finals…these players will advance to finals for a chance at the title of World YoYo Champion!
1 Gentry Stein 89.2
2 Hiroyuki Suzuki 86.8
3 Paul Kerbel 86.7
4 Takeshi Matsuura 86.0
5 Shinya Kido 82.4
6 Izuru Hasumi 81.4
7 Yamato Murata 80.5
8 Zach Gormley 79.5
9 Yusuke Otsuka 78.0
10 Iori Yamaki 77.2
11 Václav Kroutil 75.7
12 Andrew Maider 74.2
13 Marcus Koh 73.8
14 Masahiro Terada 73.6
15 Petr Aminev 72.6
16 Peter Pong Si Yee 72.3
17 Matouš Tomeš 71.0
Results are in for the 1A Division Wildcard round, where non-seeded players had 30 seconds in a private judging session to advance to the next round of the 1A Division! Some amazing players made it through from YoYoFactory, CLYW, YoYoJam, and more!
1A Division – Advancing to Prelims
1 Hiroyuki Suzuki – Japan 97.4
2 Iori Yamaki – Japan – 83.8
3 Peter Pong Si Yee – Hong Kong 82.6
4 Yamato Murata – Japan – 73.2
5 Ryosuke Iwasawa – Japan – 72.0
6 Andrew Maider – United States – 66.0
7 Mizuki Takimoto – Japan – 65.7
8 Aristidis Voultsios – Greece – 64.7
9 Jakub Dekan – Czech Republic – 62.2
10 Ayumu Harada – Japan – 60.9
11 Paul Kerbel Mexico – 59.8
12 Masahiro Terada – Japan – 58.3
13 Clint Armstrong – United States – 57.9
14 Tatsunari Kado – Japan – 57.7
15 Jensen Kimmitt – Canada – 57.6
16 Keiran Cooper – United States – 56.9
17 Matyáš Racek – Czech Republic – 55.7
18 Yixing Tan – China – 55.7
19 Wong Wai Sheuk – Hong Kong – 55.4
20 Adam-David Hutchinson – Czech Republic – 55.1
21 Paolo Bueno – United States / Brazil – 55.0
22 Tessa Piccillo – United States – 54.2
23 Attila Botlik – Hungary – 54.0
24 James Reed – United States – 53.4
25 Andrew Bergen – United States – 52.9
26 Kenji Nakatsuka – Japan – 51.5
27 Erik Bjork – United States – 51.2
1A Division – Not Advancing
28 Victor Shevchenko Russia 48.4
29 Nicholas de Valpine United States 48.1
30 Victor Gravitsky Russia 47.7
31 Alexey Vandakurov Russia 47.5
32 Daniel Dietz United States 47.1
33 John Votrubec Czech Republic 47.0
34 Michael Malik Czech Republic 47.0
35 Matthew Poon United States 46.5
36 Ondřej Horák Czech Republic 46.5
37 Tomáš Vyletěl Czech Republic 46.4
38 Eric Koloski United States 45.5
39 Evgeniy Kochergin Russia 44.1
40 Leonid Nemchik Russia 43.6
41 Dylan Benharris United States 43.6
42 Yuan-Ching Yang Taiwan 43.4
43 Ricardo Marechal Brazil 43.4
44 Gábor Kocsis Hungary 42.6
45 Dmitry Akinshin Russia 42.5 45
46 Renjie Lv China 42.5
47 Wilson Van Gundy United States 42.3
48 Alex Berenguel United States 41.8
49 Norbert Janowiec Slovakia 41.6
50 Borys Radziszewski Poland 41.0
51 Ondřej Dolejš Czech Republic 40.9
52 Chingiz Alpyspayev Kazachastan 40.1
53 Matej Hatala Slovakia 38.3
54 Hans Wong-Jensen Singapore 38.1
55 Alexander Bachvarov Bulgaria 37.6
56 Gergő Priately 37.5
57 Ann Connolly United States 36.9
58 Ky Zizan United States 36.4
59 Michael Nakamura United States 36.4
60 Justin Weber United States 35.3
61 William El Sawalhi 34.1
62 Brian Leung Pak Wai China / Hong Kong 32.9
63 Maciej Janiak Poland 32.5
64 Aaron Bendich United States 32.2
65 Andrey Glukhov Russia 31.7
66 Rodrigo Yokota Brazil 31.0
67 Elliot Ogawa United States 29.9
68 Li Ho Kwan Hong Kong 29.6
69 Alexey Khaynovskiy 29.3
70 Simone Capurro Italy 28.4
71 Honza Bui 27.5
72 Filip Pietraszewski Poland 26.6
73 Hunter Gormley United States 25.9
74 Jakub Mozgawa Poland 25.7
75 Kryštof Kuchař Czech Republic 25.0
76 Simon Blount United Kingdom 23.5
77 Mathias Ditlefsen 22.3
78 Chih Min Tuan Vietnam 22.2
79 Oleg Matveev Russia 22.0
80 Isaac Kanarek Mexico 21.9
81 Adam Reeder United States 21.6
82 Ma Hailin China 21.5
83 Andy Jones United Kingdom 21.0
84 Federico Zermian Italy 17.4
85 Patrik Foldvari 15.8
86 Piotr Jerczynski Poland 14.4
87 Marco De Lucia Italy 14.2
88 Sara D’Amato Italy 13.8
89 George Wollaston United Kingdom 12.4
90 Michael Gleockner 7.4
91 Quentin Lefrancois France 7.1
92 Andreas G. Nie Germany 3.1
YoYoFactory’s Shu Takada dropped a new 1A video, courtesy of Fist Salud. This is also our first look at the prototype of Shu’s new signature model from YoYoFactory. The rumor was that it was a signature version of the Shutter, but maybe it’s something new? From the video it looks like a Shutter…maybe the specs have changed and this is the next version!
Hiroyuki Suzuki is the most well known modern yo-yoer. He has also had the longest career in high level competitive yo-yoing, managing to stay within the top 10 in the World for an incredible 13 years. During his tenure, Hiroyuki has collected 9 Regional titles, 6 National Titles, 7 Asia Titles, and 4 World Titles. En route to winning these titles, Hiroyuki has proven himself to be the best performer in all of yo-yo. Here we will take a look at his top 10 routines over the years.
Before we start, we will only be ranking unique routines. For example, 2012 JN and 2012 AP use the same routine; we will only rank the better of the two.
10. 2013 Asia Pacific – 3rd Place
In this routine, Hiroyuki brings to the table a very different vibe from his past routines.
9. 2006 Central Japan – 1st Place
Classic old school Hiroyuki.
8. 2014 West Japan – 2nd Place
Hiroyuki’s first outing in the 2014 circuit was very refreshing. Fantastic synchronization with the music, and a departure from the heavy dub-step of the past few years.
7. 2008 World Yo-Yo Contest – 2nd Place
The first World performance to feature the now iconic sunglasses, Hiroyuki brought a timeless routine in 2008.
6. 2012 World Yo-Yo Contest – 1st Place
8 years after winning his first World title, Hiroyuki reclaimed the title in 2012. Although with his restart, it is the weakest of his 4 World title routines.
5. 2010 Japan National Yo-Yo Contest -1st Place
Despite a restart and a change out, Hiroyuki managed to win the National title. The routine is exceptionally clean, despite the major deducts; so clean, in fact, you will forget about the restart/switch out all together. Along with the beautiful choreography, this has to be considered Hiroyuki at his best.
4. 2006 World Yo-Yo Contest -1st Place
In 2006, Hiroyuki completed the 3 peat. He hits most of his major music cues, as well as his big bangers. He also introduces plenty of new concepts in this routine. This routine is very close to topping his routine from 2005, but not quite.
3. 2005 World Yo-Yo Contest -1st Place
The most viewed routine of all time–and it comes as no surprise. This routine is vintage Hiroyuki. As always, perfect choreography, speed, accuracy, and extremely innovative tricks. This is Hiroyuki’s best routine of his 4 World titles.
2. 2012 Japan National Yo-Yo Contest -1st Place
Hiroyuki has dominated Japan National’s many times, but in 2012 he put on an unbelievable performance that more than just dominated. Extremely high risk tricks, incredible choreography, and the new-school swagger that Hiroyuki brings every time.
1. 2004 Japan National Yo-Yo Contest -1st Place
High energy, perfect music use, incredibly difficult tricks, and all the while going near flawless. Treat yourself to a classic:
Not technically a competitive routine, but an incredibly entertaining performance nonetheless.
So, what do you think? Which is your favorite routine from Hiroyuki?
French National Champion Clément Bertaux just released a video from his outing at the beautiful Versaille castle in France and he shows off some impressive lacerations and great flow with his tech combos. Clément will be in the semi-finals at the World Yo-Yo Contest, so we look forward to what he brings to the stage. Clément is throwing the Summit by CLYW. Also, some fun editing and music cues to keep you involved! In the words of Clément himself, “The king is in da palace”; check it out:
Slusny dropped a new video featuring Petr Kavka, and it’s burly. The music is NSFW, and the tricks are *NSFA.
YoYo used is the Yeti by CLYW.