Here’s another fantastic piece of promo for the 2014 World YoYo Contest…a special video made for CzechTourism to promote the event locally. The amount of high-level promo for this year’s contest raises the bar significantly, and has easily put this contest light years above and beyond any previous World events…Japan, hope you’re taking notes for 2015!
The BU2R by Turning Point is the ultimate event yoyo, created for the 2014 World YoYo Contest in Prague. Precisely machined in Japan, developed by the 3x World Champion Kentaro Kimura, lined with crystals from one of the most prestigious Czech glass manufactures (PRECIOSA) and approved by World YoYo Contest platinum sponsor –BU2R. Limited to only 100 pieces and accompanied by a book which captures the Czech yoyo community on it’s way to making hosting the 2014 World YoYo Contest, and the first one to be held outside of the United States since 1932.
Check out the teaser trailer (!!!) below for this incredible limited edition!
The first 2014 World YoYo Contest special edition yoyo has been revealed….a super limited Speedaholic by C3YoYoDesign!
The first 200 registered competitors get one of these limited beauties for free. Still not registered? You should do that RIGHT NOW! A very small number of these will be available to the public as well, but those are going to disappear quickly.
The contest is just a few weeks away…see you there!
We’re less than a month away from the 2014 World YoYo Contest, and everyone is finalizing their travel plans and getting excited for the event. The event organizers took a moment to speak with judge Matthew Fernandez (aka Boxthor), who is flying in from San Francisco to judge several divisions.
Hello Box! How are you today?
We are all pretty excited that you’re heading to Prague for WYYC. Why did you decide to go?
I’ve gone to the World Yoyo Contest for the past 9 years in a row, and now it’s tradition for me – I don’t go for the contest, I go to hang out with friends from all over the world, many of whom I only get to see once a year. I’ve always wanted to visit Prague and now I have the perfect excuse to.
What do you expect from this event?
I’ve watched previous EYYC streams, and from the looks of it, Prague is able to put on a professional looking event LEAGUES ahead of any other contest I’ve been to. I think it’s exactly the direction the yoyo industry needs to go in.
What are your suggestions for making WYYC better than it ever was? Is there something crucial we should not forget?
Paid flights for top competitors and judges would be a great start. I think as a contest, Worlds was always fine, but it was severely lacking in media exposure and recently, didn’t do anything to really promote the industry.
Do you know that the local community sees you as quite a star? Why do you think that is?
Back in around 2007, YoYoFactory started coming out with their first widespread models, and really got players excited about making videos. Vashek rose to fame quickly, and I soon became friends with him and his brother Ondrej, who did all the filming. I don’t know much about the Czech scene, but I imagine Vashek / YYF was a great starting point, as as that community grew, they began to go and search for other yoyo videos, and I was putting out both clip videos and the freestyle videos for a lot of the major contests in the US at the time.
Do you plan to do some special project while you’re here?
I’ll have my camera – I’m not sure what I want to do with it yet. I started a new job 2 years ago and haven’t had the time to come out with a really awesome worlds video lately, but I have plans for the footage once I get some time.
Are you going to participate in the event as a spectator or are you planning to get more involved?
One of the main reasons I love judging is that I get a front row seat to see all of the freestyles – besides that I’m looking to just hang out with friends and take in the sights.
Is there anything special you’re planning to do or see in Prague?
I haven’t started looking in to extra activities but I did book a couple extra days to go sightseeing, so I am open to suggestions as to what to check out.
Any last words?
I want to get a tattoo while I’m there but I haven’t decided on a design. What’s the most Czech thing I can get? I need help deciding, or else I’m gonna end up with a tattoo that reads “Strč prst skrz krk”.
This year’s Asia Pacific Yo-yo Championship marked the 10th anniversary of the contest. The idea of a multi-national event was new back then, and we’re thrilled to see it bigger and better every year!
We have some results and freestyle videos, courtesy of C3yoyodesign!
Many had been wondering if Ahmad Kharisma’s win over Hiroyuki Suzuki and Christopher last year was an exception to the norm, but the Indonesian star proved he is among the best on the planet, and a contender for this year’s World Yo-yo Contest! Second place went to Iori Yamaki, with Hiroyuki Suzuki finishing third.
In 2A, Shinji Saito showed us he’s still very much the god of 2A, winning the old-schooler battle and finishing ahead of Hiraku Fujii and Liu Man Ki.
If 2A was all about veteran players, 3A gave us a glimpse of a very bright future, with Hajime Miura displaying an unbelievable level of control on stage!
Jeon Ji-Hwan won the 4A division with his usual flashy style, beating Chan Chun Hin and Sean Hung to take the title.
Finally, in 5A, Jaued Cervas, from the Philippines, beat Teeny Kai Zhang and Naoya Takeuchi to bring home the trophy!
Check the results below!
- Ahmad Kharisma
- Iori Yamaki
- Hiroyuki Suzuki
- Izuru Hasumi
- Christopher Chia
- Marcus Koh
- Yamato Murata
- Shion Araya
- Toya Kobayashi
- Kazuya Murata
- Benson Fok
- Cha Dam-Dae
- Darrell Mitchell
- Chow Chakron
- Takahiro Kato
- Dong Ruida
- Zhao Chen
- Ikumi Kato
- Chayanan Jeensomboonpanich
- Zafran Aqil
- Sun Yu Qi
- Huynh Huu Loc
- Mohammad Khairsyah
- Shinji Saito
- Hiraku Fujii
- Liu Man Ki
- Tomoyuki Kaneko
- Shunsuke Kawakami
- Shuhei Kanai
- Ryuya Kaneko
- Wasakorn Lattilertwit
- Yu Kizami
- Hou Yu-Chiun
- Hajime Miura
- Thawhir Iqbal
- Taiichiro Higashi
- Chong Yichen
- Su Chen Dong
- Chen Junhao
- Hassan Marialis
- Chen Kun
- Teruo Kameya
- Li Tiancheng
- Jason Kao
- Jeon Ji-Hwan
- Chan Chun Hin
- Sean Hung
- Zhao Chen
- Pornpinit Sanprasert
- Kuo Po Han
- Tsubasa Onishi
- Trivet Sembei
- Shotaro Masuda
- Lee Min Woo
- Ewin Ee
- Chang Chih Chieh
- Teruo Kameya
- Tomohiko Zanka
- Lin Jia Her
- Wee Teng Ee
- Cai Zhi Ming
- Dewanta Fachrureza
- Jaued Cervas
- Teeny Kai Zhang
- Naoya Takeuchi
- Tatsunori Yoshiba
- Tsui Chengyu
- Ian Loh
- Lee Wei Ting
- Zhu Sheng-Yong
- Iskandar Shah
- Muhammad Shakeel
- Hobbit Xiao-Wen Wang
- Kim Min Soo
- Sitiporn Noppakoon
- Wu Jun Jie
- Teruo Kameya
The 2014 Asia Pacific YoYo Championship is happening now, and you can tune in and watch the live stream right here on YoYoNews.com!
Check out the full schedule and Day 1 player sequence list below.
2014 Asia Pacific YoYo Championship
9:30 AM – Registration
11:00 AM – Preliminaries
12:30 PM – Lunch Break
1:00 PM – Preliminaries
2:30 PM – Stage Presentation: Magicyoyo
3:00 PM – Preliminaries
4:30 PM – Stage Presentation: OST / Go Pro
5:00 PM – Preliminaries
6:30 PM – Stage Presentation: Duncan Toys
7:00 PM – Preliminaries
9:15 PM – Results (Finalists) Announcement
9:45 PM – End of Day 1
AP14 Day 1 Sequence List
11:30 AM – Registration
1:00 PM – Pro Division Finals (2A, 3A, 5A)
2:00 PM – Stage Presentation: Spingear
2:30 PM – Pro Division Finals (2A, 3A, 5A)
3:30 PM – Stage Presentation: sOMEThING by YoYoAddict
4:00 PM – Pro Division Finals (2A, 3A, 5A)
5:00 PM – Stage Presentation: KendamaSG
5:30 PM – Pro Division Finals (2A, 3A, 5A)
6:30 PM – Prize Giving for SYYC Spinner Division
7:00 PM – End of Day 2
10:00 AM – Registration
11:00 AM – Pro Division Finals (1A, 4A)
12:30 AM – Break – Alternative Freestyles
1:00 PM – Pro Division Finals (1A, 4A)
2:00 PM – Break – Alternative Freestyles
2:30 PM – Pro Division Finals (1A, 4A)
3:30 PM – Break – Alternative Freestyles
4:00 PM – Pro Division Finals (1A, 4A)
5:00 PM – SYYC & AP Prize Presentation
6:00 PM – Champion of Champions Battle & Prize Presentation
6:30 PM – Singapore Street Festival 2013 Closing
7:00 PM – Group Photo Taking / Transit to AP Bash
7:30 PM – AP14 After Party Bash – Dinner
8:30 PM – AP14 After Party Bash – Battle / Photo Taking
10:00 PM – AP14 After Party Bash – Closing speech
10:15 PM – AP14 After Party Bash – Handshake
10:30 PM – AP14 After Party Bash – Clear up & End
*Ticket required for entry.
Former World Champion Marcus Koh is making some noise about his upcoming performance at the 2014 Asia Pacific Championship, happening this weekend in Singapore. He’s definitely got what it takes to wreck this contest, although last year he only managed 10th Place. This this be his year?
Yoyo used is the Magnum by Auldey.
Have you registered yet for the 2014 World YoYo Contest? Better get on it soon, because the next price increase happens at the end of the month! The competition fee increases from $30 to $40 per player in just a few days…save yourself some money and get registered now!
The organizers have also announced a discounted taxi-on-demand service during the event…awesome! Check out the full details below.
Heading to the World YoYo Contest and prefer to move around an unfamiliar city by taxi? Or would you like to have a car ready for you when your plane lands? Keep reading – we have something just for you!
We understand that feeling safe, secure and not having to stress about anything travel related is very important if one wants to have fun. That’s why we’ve partnered with one of Prague’s leading taxi companies, Modrý Anděl, so you can take advantage of their services!
First thing you have to do is to download their mobile application for your iPhone or Android device. Fill out the necessary details, let the app locate you and enter a discount code! Within seconds you’ll get an confirmation, approximate arrival time of your car and you can even check the position of the car approaching you. If you enter the destination you’ll immediately get price estimate as well. (alternatively you can just call their hotline – +420 737 222 333). The app also has an “airport pickup” mode. Select it, enter your flight number and the driver will be waiting there, just for you!
All WYYC attendees can use the discount code “YOYO14“. This will lower the price to 16 CZK/km.
We strongly recommend using this service and this company. All of their cars are clean, regularly serviced and all the drivers are very polite. You can be sure that you’re paying the right price, you don’t have to know your location or the exact address and if you (or the driver) have a problem with communication, you can make sure you’ll end up in a right place.
Modrý Anděl (Blue Angel) – providing taxi services, airport shuttles, vehicle pickup and transportation around Prague and it’s surroundings. Nonstop booking throughout mobile application, hotline, online or via SMS. Business class for even higher comfort. Loyalty program with discounts and many other advantages.
This past weekend was the South Moravia YoYo Contest, held in South Moravia, Czech Republic. CLYW’s Petr Kavka took home first place in both the 1A and X Divisions…crazy! Check out video of the top winners below!
1st Place – Petr Kavka
2nd Place – Kuba Dekan
3rd Place – Jano Hlinka
1st Place – Petr Kavka
2nd Place – Matyas Racek
3rd Place – Petr Mika
This year we tried out a new multi-camera filming setup, and despite an exciting variety of equipment issues, the Top 10 of 1A are presented in this exclusive new configuration. This is the first time I’ve ever seen multiple camera angles edited together for an American contest, and these videos turned out pretty awesome.
And here are a few moments aside from the winning routines that are worth checking out:
Air YoYoing Freestyles
Players compete with imaginary yo-yos to win a YoYofficer Aura. With demos by judges Paul Dang and Graeme Steller, and competitors David Kane, Anthony Federici, Gabe Carter-Weidenfeld, and Hudson Wright.
The Blindfolded Legends Sports Ladder
Hosted by Graeme Steller, yo-yoing legends Daniel Dietz, Eric Koloski, Jeff Coons, Mark Montgomery, and Paul Dang perform classic 1A Sport Ladder tricks, without using their eyes!
John Wolfe does awesome 5A juggling, also crazy Rei-Dragon (dual-string 5A) tricks in his 3rd place routine.
And congratulations to Adam Lord for earning the Brett Outchcunis award, in recognition for his efforts to encourage and support the yoyo community. Adam is a Yomega Ambassador and also responsible for organizing the NH State YoYo Contest, which is coming up soon on June 21st.
The 2014 Bay Area Classic was another amazing event, filled with the top talent in the nation. Check out this video from the contest, featuring Ky Zizan, James Reed, Charles Haycock, Eric Koloski, Tyler Severance, Tessa Piccillo, Paul Dang, and more!
The 2014 World YoYo Contest is coming up soon, and they’ve just posted a list of some of the top names that are registered for the event. The level of play at the World YoYo Contest is always high, but with this year’s event being held in Prague I think we can expect a pretty amazing blowout of talent as the event levels up.
Registration is still open, and there’s just about another month before the next price increase. Check out the all-star list of registered competitors below!
- Vashek Kroutil – Czech Champion
- Mimi Thian – Team C3YoYoDesign Malaysia
- Clint Armstrong – YoYoFactory Contest Team
- Harold Owens III – USA National Champion
- Igor Galiev – Russian YoYo Star
- Vilmos Zoltan Kiss – Team One Drop
- Matyáš Racek – Mr. Unique Style from Prague
- Takeshi Matsuura – World and Japanese National YoYo Champion
- Hiroyuki Suzuki –4x World YoYo Champion
- Anthony Rojas – 2014 Bay Area Classic Champion
- Carlos Braun – EYYC 2014 winner and Werrd Team Member
- Shinya Kido – 2009 World YoYo Champion & C3YoYoDesign Japan Team
- Riccardo Fraolini – CLYW Team & #trickcircle dominator
- Takuma Yamamoto – World YoYo Champion
- Joseph Harris – US National Champion
- Dave Geigle – European 2A Champion
- Patrick Borgerding – US National 3A Champion
- Quentin Godet – European YoYo Champion
- Rei Iwakura – Japanese YoYo Champion
- Ben Conde – Team YoyoJam Legend
- Ian Johnson – US National YoYo Champion
- Maciek Cwynar
- Takeshi Matsuura – World YoYo Champion
- Chin Min Tuan – Vietnamese YoYo Champion
- Sora Ishikawa
- Jake Elliot – USA National Champion
Results are in for the 2014 Bay Area Classic…long-time favorite Anthony Rojas took the 1A division, and Chase Baxter upset the 5A division by edging out both Tyler Severance and Bryan Jardin for the win! Check out video and results below.