It’s always exciting to see the birth of a new yo-yo scene, especially when they seem to be doing everything right from the very beginning!
Babayoyo is the main force behind the Israeli yo-yo scene, and they’ve just held their very first national contest!
Mexican 1A legend Paul Kerbel is also living in Israel now, which is no doubt quite an inspiration for all local players!
And the first Israeli National Champion is Tal Mordoch, who also competed at this year’s EYYC, and displayed quite a lot of confidence on stage.
On to the results! More videos can be found on the Babayoyo YouTube Channel.
- Tal Mordoch
- Roy Haddad
- Yona Zory
- Merdi Meir
- Omri Ben Zion
- Yair Hanig
- Guy Rahamin Danino
- Seva Rikov
- Shahar Matityahu
- Ori Weiss
- Omer Twik Lavi
- Eitai Nakash
- Roy Hendle
- Ofir Wasserman
- Michal Dudai
Registration for the 2014 Asia-Pacific Yo-yo Championships is now open!
AP14 will be held on July 4th to 6th in Singapore, at Bugis+. This is one of the few ways to get a seed into the final round of the 2014 World Yo-yo Contest, so we expect nothing but the best on stage in Singapore, making this edition even more promising than the past installments! Good luck to all contestants!
A teaser image was posted to the official 44CLASH website announcing the return of one of the world’s most prestigious events!
After skipping 2013, 44CLASH will be held again in 2014, on November 22nd and 23rd. Players worldwide have reacted very positively to the news, and we’ll probably see another great 44CLASH edition!
The 12th Annual European YoYo Meeting will be held May 1st – 3rd in the small town of Częstochowa, Poland. This low-key event is a great opportunity for yoyo players to get together, hang out, and have a great time together outside of the contest atmosphere. With some awesome little cabins and beautiful natural surroundings, the European YoYo Meeting looks like it’s going to be a ton of fun for everyone in attendance.
For only €65 ($89 USD) you get:
- Accomodation for 3 nights (May 1st – 4th, 2014) in Zlota Gora Hostel
- 3 breakfasts (May 2nd – 4th, 2014)
- EYYM’s Official T-Shirt
- Ticket for the Adventure (kayak trip to Mstów, barbecue and bonfire place, football pitch)
- Bus Ticket from Mstów back to the Hostel
- EYYM Starter Pack (special survival package)
The meeting is recommended for players who are 18+, and the registration deadline is April 24th. Head over to EYYM.org for details and to sign up!
The 2014 South Japan Regional Yo-yo Contest was held earlier this month in Fukuoka, and we have the results!
In 1A, newcomer Tsukasa Ryu got first place ahead of Toya Kobayashi. The remaining divisions saw very experienced players win with considerable ease. Veteran Shuhei Kanai won took the 2A division, former World Champion Minato Furuta won 3A, Tomohiko Zanka won 4A, and Hideo Ishida took home the 5A title.
Check the results below:
- Tsukasa Ryu
- Toya Kobayashi
- Hiroaki Yoshii
- Masahiro Terada
- Minato Furuta
- Masaya Kudo
- Shuhei Kanai
- Kensaku Hirayama
- Ryuya Kaneko
- Chikanobu Yamada
- Yusuke Kadoya
- Minato Furuta
- Hajime Ueda
- Takayuki Namba
- Tomohiko Zanka
- Shinya Muraki
- Takashi Naito
- Hideo Ishida
- Shogo Watanabe
The 2014 World YoYo Contest website is officially live!
Registration has not opened yet, but you can get details about the venue, rules, lodging options, YoYo Camp, and more. This year’s event will be the first under the new IYYF rules and oversight, and the first time the World YoYo Contest has left the United States since 1932. This is a LONG overdue change in management for the World YoYo Contest, and we’re all really looking forward to seeing the event grow.
YoYoNews will be the official media sponsor of the event, and if you thought our EYYC coverage was good just wait until you see what we have planned for Worlds!
Jirka Klíma put together a nice “best of” video from the 1A Finals at the 2014 European YoYo Championship. It’s a great compilation of signature moves, impressive binds, and bangers from the top competitors at EYYC. Enjoy!
We just got this press release from the Utah State YoYo Contest, announcing the first event in 15 years! To be held on April 26th in Salt Lake City, the contest was founded in 1989 by National Grand Master Dale Myrberg, but has been on hiatus for a while. Looks like Duncan Crew’s Jeff Coons is stepping up to help Dale run it…here’s hoping it’s a great event!
We are very excited and proud to officially announce the Utah State YoYo Contest 2014. This is the first time that the contest has been held in 15 years. It will be a full contest with divisions for players of all skill levels. As an added bonus, the highest placing player of the 1A Championship Division from Utah will be deemed State Champion and will be seeded to 1A Finals at the Central Pacific Regional (aka Bay Area Classic) YoYo Contest!
Currently, we are in negotiations for finalizing the judge roster, but we have confirmed that National Trick Innovator of the Year and former National YoYo Champion Zach Gormley will be among them. We’re very excited to bring Zach to Utah to add a professional judging standard and a world-class performance to the contest. Other judges will be announced pending confirmation.
More and more sponsors will be signing on as the days go by, so don’t forget to check out that section of the site and support the companies that support our community.
Registration for the contest is now officially open! We ask you to register as soon as possible to give us an idea of how many competitors to expect. If you are interested in getting involved in the contest, but do not want to compete, please consider donating or volunteering. More information about all of those things can be found on the website.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please get in touch via the contact form on the website. We will do our best to respond to you in a timely manner.
Thanks for your time and we hope to see you at the contest!
Dale Myrberg & Jeff Coons
Organizers, Utah State Yo-Yo Contest 2014
Here comes another clip video for the 2014 European YoYo Championship…and at 2:34 this one almost feels like a trailer compared to the 18-minute monster that Backspin dropped.
As you’d expect from Slusny, this video is quick and fun and makes EYYC look like the great time that it was!
Pacific Northwest Regionals at the Seattle Center was a HUGE regional this year. Some big names competed and the results are in! Props to Michael Nakamura for winning BOTH 1A and 4A! Talk about skill!
Some videos being posted via KingYoStar YouTube Page:
And now for a look at our top contenders in the 2A and 3A divisions at EYYC 2014! Both divisions are pretty thin this year, but there’s still plenty of talent to look forward to.
Sponsored by YoYoFactory Europe
As the 2013 EYYC champion in the 2A division (and possibly the most advanced 2A player in Europe), Dave Geigle is the easy choice for this year’s top contender. We’re fully expecting a repeat from this this year, although
Country: Czech Republic
With a 3rd Place finish at Czech Nationals, Matyas is a strong contender for Top 3 the sparse 2A division at EYYC.
Country: Czech Republic
Returning 2013 EYYC champion Michal Jasko is our top contender for the 3A division…but with World Champion Hank Freeman judging the division this year, Michal will have to be on top of his game if he wants the top score.
City: abbadia san salvatore (SI)
Sponsored by Oxygene
Last year’s 2nd Place winner, Oxygene’s Lorenzo Sabatini is a strong contender for the title this year, but Michal Jasko is going to be a tough act to beat.
Country: United Kingdom
And rounding out our list of top contenders, last year’s 3rd Place winner! The Top Three from EYYC 2013 will all be competing in top form, and it’s going to be tough for any other players to crack this group of last year’s champs.
Raw speed and accuracy were Iori Yamaki’s weapons once again to take the West Japan title for the second year in a row! Even Hiroyuki Suzuki’s perfectly choreographed routine was not enough to beat Yamaki’s blazing-fast horizontal-behind-the-back-under-the-wrist madness. No doubt one of the strongest contest routines we’ve seen recently!
In 2A and 3A, Ryo Yamashita and Taiichiro Higashi counted on their larger contest experience to take their respective titles. The first runner-up in each division was close enough in Technical Execution to be a threat, with Sora Tahira even beating Higashi here, but the Technical and Performance evaluations easily guaranteed the title for both Ryo and Taiichiro.
Speaking of experience, 4A was a delight to the audience, with veterans Futoshi Maruyama and Kazuaki Sugimura displaying beautiful precision in their own unique styles, and Futoshi taking the title by a little over three points, the closest gap in the entire contest.
Three relatively new players competed in 5A finals, with Yasuhiro Uchida claiming his first title despite having four points deducted from his score.
Check the results and winner videos below, courtesy of yoyovideoarchive:
- Iori Yamaki
- Hiroyuki Suzuki
- Kazuki Okada
- Masaki Okita
- Amane Okubo
- Kazuya Murata
- Yuki Shiguematsu
- Ryo Yamashita
- Arata Imai
- Keigo Nakata
- Reo Takamatsu
- Yuki Yamaguchi
- Taiichiro Higashi
- Sora Tahira
- Atsushi Kamoshita
- Futoshi Maruyama
- Kazuaki Sugimura
- Yuki Uchida
- Teppei Hino
- Ryuzo Baba
- Yasuhiro Uchida
- Daisuke Ariyoshi
- Ryotaro Morimoto
The catalog picture we posted didn’t give a very clear view, but now we have a much better look at YoYoFactory’s second wave of their Glow Collection. This batch are in white plastic with a glow additive…which makes for a much more attractive yoyo under regular light than that weird green that most glow plastics come in.
Be sure to check out our Toy Fair Preview for YoYoFactory for the full scoop on their new 2014 products.