Philip White doesn’t get nearly enough attention for his 4A play, but hopefully this video will right that cosmic wrong. He’s an incredibly talented up-and-comer, and with his skill and style it shouldn’t be long before we see him start taking titles at some major contests.
2013 Singapore National Champion Sean Hung shows off some solid offstring play in this new video.
Yoyo used is the Eagle Eye by Japan Technology.
We’ve got results for Day Two of the 2014 European YoYo Championship!
EYYC 2014 – 2A Freestyle Winners
1st Place – Dave Geigle
2nd Place – Matyas Racek
3rd Place – Dominique Vionnet
4th Place – Andres “PAC” Pegam
EYYC 2014 – 3A Freestyle Winners
1st Place – Michal Jasko
2nd Place – Stepan Kosintzev
3rd Place – Stephen Langley
4th Place – Palli Gudmundsson
5th Place – Lorenzo Sabatini
6th Place – Attila Botlik
EYYC 2014 – 4A Freestyle Winners
1st Place – Quentin Godet
2nd Place – Lorenzo Sabatini
3rd Place – Groger Nandor
4th Place – Jenei Norbert
5th Place – Ondrej Schmid
6th Place – George Stoyanov
7th Place – Florian Kock
EYYC 2014 – 1A Open Winners
1st Place – Paul Kerbel
2nd Place – Marcus Koh
3rd Place – Iori Yamaki
4th Place – Yusuke Otsuka
5th Place – Li Ho Kwan
6th Place – Tatsuya Fujisaka
7th Place – Yixing Tan
8th Place – Ken Takabayashi
9th Place – Wong Wai Sheuk
10th Place – Kengo Kido
11th Place – Tal Mordoch
12th Place – Chingiz Alpyspayev
13th Place – Junliang Tan
EYYC 2014 is almost here…time to take a look at the top contenders in each division!
Today we’re going to take a look at the 4A (offstring) division. Offstring as a division is pretty thin this year, with only 13 registered competitors, but there is definitely some talent here!
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Lorenzo Sabatini is the returning 2013 EYYC Champion in the 4A division, making him the easy favorite to win this year. Lorenzo’s style is fluid and easy to watch, and his pacing is some of the most deliberate, mid-tempo play we’ve seen. He’s an instant favorite for crowds and judges alike, and we look forward to seeing what he brings this year.
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2013 Czech National Champion Ondrej Schmid is another favorite to win the offstring division. His winning routine from Czech Nationals was a little shaky, but we hear he’s practiced up and ready to go clean at EYYC!
Last year’s 3rd Place winner in the 4A Division at EYYC, Quentin Godet is definitely a rising talent who has the skill to keep his spot in the Top 3…or maybe even take top honors!
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Bulgarian player George Stoyanov has a lot of potential, but just didn’t deliver on stage at EYYC last year. But he’s got some promise…maybe this year he’ll step his game up.
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Coming off a Second Place win at Hungarian Nationals, Norbert Jenei is hungry for a win! Already a top competitor at 14 years old, he’s got the speed and skill…but can he hit his routine clean?
The 2014 California State website went live today, and it is extremely slick with a redesigned logo featuring the California Grizzly bear; with the live website came the opening of registration. With over $3000 in cash prizes, it will be well worth the $25 to enter. The event has been attracting tons of talent for years and has grown accordingly. This is an event you will not want to miss! The contest takes place on March 1st, 2014, in Sacramento, California.
Here is an official statement from contest organizer Johnnie DelValle:
– All Championship Divisions WILL have prelims
– We hope to take 25 Finalists into 1A
– Championship and Sports Ladder Registration is ONLINE only
– Prelims will have 15 set songs to choose from, once you register; a list of songs is emailed to you for you to choose from.
– There will be a Friday night even (Coming soon)
– Sponsors will be coming soon
– 1A Championship Division will have a minimum of $1,000 CASH for first place.
– Junior 1A will also be awarded for highest placing contestant under the age of 13
Good luck and get registered!
In the meantime, check out the winners from last years event:
The 2013 US National YoYo Contest wrapped up this past weekend, and YoYoNews is looking back at each division and bringing you post-contest analysis.
The 4A division at the US National Yo-Yo Competition saw a complete turn around from the World competition; routine after routine left you thinking, ‘hmm… that could take the cup’, which is just what the division needed. The youngsters like Alex Lee, Julian Guaurner and Stephanie Haight had some trouble on stage losing quite a few yo-yos but each still showed lots of promise and they gained much needed experience on the center stage. The present top players in this division are strong and the future looks bright.
Flawless. That is what it took to win the 2013 National Yo-Yo Contest in offstring. There is a winner every year but there aren’t flawless routines every year. Ian Johnson entered the history books on Saturday with a routine that had zero minor deductions and zero major deductions–three minutes of flawless yoyoing in front of a huge crowd in Chico on the United States’ biggest stage. His routine had technically difficult tricks, flashy bangers and perfectly timed music cues. Ian’s routine was constructed so well and really speaks to his experience on the big stage. After Ian’s first two minutes looked dead locked with Bryan and Zac, his final minute continued to rise when Zac and Bryan’s final minutes had some difficulties albeit extremely, emphasis on extremely, minor ones but that was all it took to lose pace with the eventual champion. Ian was smiling and it was obvious from the crowd he was having fun on stage while hitting a routine he won’t ever forget–something that, at it’s core, is what the sport of yo-yo is all about–having fun.
Zac Rubino had the best routine of his life and showed everyone what he is capable of; he proved he is world class, right there with Ian, Bryan and Michael. Add in Ben Conde and the United States has a scary top 5 when on their game. Zac came out hot hitting banger after banger, technical combo after technical combo and looked like he was going to take the title home for Chico and he finished very strong. His routine was topped only by a flawless routine which speaks to the quality of his. Additionally, Zac has worked quite a bit on his choreography and overall structure of his routine and definitely proved me wrong when saying he has difficulty outside. On almost any other day, Zac walks home with a cup with that routine and should be very proud of the show he put on.
Finally rounding out the top three, Michael Nakamura came out with another beautiful routine to follow up his World Champion routine. He topped even Ian in his technical score which speaks to how dangerous he can be when he goes even cleaner but with a few drops and miscues, third was a pretty solid finish and probably the best he was going to finish after all the routines were completed. Michael may leave disappointed but absolutely backed up his World title and will continue to be a top contender in international competitions.
Ben Conde was also right there hitting one his cleanest routines through the first two minutes but had a few drops in the end. Ben always brings a great show and will always remain at the top of the division when it comes to innovation. It will be Ben’s time one of these days but this Saturday was not quite it.
Bryan came out with a strong routine that looked much more polished than his World routine and when Zac and Michael were announced in second and third, it looked like maybe Bryan managed to return to the top. Ian took down the six time defending champion Bryan Figueroa, who earned the admiration of the entire yo-yo community for accomplishing six years of dominance and creating the essence of excellence that the American offstring scene is now defined by. Bryan IS what it means to be a champion and while he did not finish at the top this weekend, he will always have the respect of every offstring player in the United States; but this weekend was Ian Johnson’s–perhaps a passing of the torch.
2013 US National YoYo Contest – 4A Division Winners
2nd Place – Zac Rubino
Offstring will be one of the most interesting divisions to watch this year simply due to the strange nature of the World contest. There will be several players looking to prove something, and others still looking to make their name on the big stage. There is a great lineup of seeded players and semi-finalists and YoYoNews is providing some insight on who we believe to be in top contention for the title.
UPDATE: Ben Conde is now on the registered list of competitors and thus has been added to this list.
4A (Offstring) Division
Bryan Figueroa – 6X National Champion
Bryan Figueroa is the six time defending champion. For that reason alone he has to still be considered a favorite despite his performance at the World contest two months ago. Chances are he will be out to prove he is still the best American offstring player. Little has to be said about his trick complexity and typical accuracy–he has dominated this contest every single year since 2007. The only thing stopping Bryan from capturing his 7th straight title would most likely be Bryan himself; however, this contest could be the turning point of the American offstring scene if Bryan loses.
Michael Nakamura – World Champion
Michael Nakamura is one of the few players to have Bryan’s number as of recent and became only the second American player to take home the 4A World title. This obviously makes Michael the prime candidate to take down Bryan but the World contest and the National contest are different–outside versus inside, which plays the biggest role in offstring more so than any other division. Michael has a fast, accurate style with an ever improving choreography and will, similiar to Bryan, be out to prove why he is the World champion which will surely mean he is bringing his A game.
Ian Johnson is undefeated through two minutes in 2013 winning all five contests he entered leading up to the World competition; if the World contest was a two minute routine, he may have been crowned the 2013 World Champion, but his final minute saw an unraveling that dropped him to fifth place. He did manage to take down Bryan Figueroa and Ben Conde despite the flawed final minute. Ian’s focus on choreography is readily apparent with themed shirts and gloves, and his trick complexity and creativity have each seen dramatic increases from last year. If he can put together a solid three minutes, he will be tough to beat.
Ben just appeared on the registered player list for the 2013 National Yo-Yo Contest and he is a huge threat to take the title. If he hits his routine straight through he is probably near unbeatable but his tricks are just so hard that even he has difficulty hitting them consistently–add in the variable of outdoors and his tricks become even harder. Ben is the ultimate performer and always has a fun routine to watch. Whether Ben wins or not is in the air but what we do know is the audience sure wins.
Zac is the darkhorse of the 2013 National Yo-Yo Contest in offstring. His tricks are there and his choreography has been in contests before but his consistency can be questionable at times due to the Conde-esque difficult nature of his tricks. Zac, a Chico native, has home court advantage but doesn’t seem to do well outside but he has the potential to step up and take the title if the door is left open and he put together a routine that has no switch outs.
Alex is one of the most exciting up and coming youngsters. With the seed he will be able to focus on his three minute routine which will give him the time to improve his choreography and trick density. Every contest he has competed in this year he has improved dramatically and he was the first cut at Worlds in an extremely tough 4A prelim that saw four flawless routines. If any of the names listed above leave the door open for Alex, he may find his way into the top 3 but is probably a year or two off being a top contender–but look out.
Julian Grunauer is on a similar level with Alex Lee in that he is improving dramatically but should set his sights on around top 5. Right now, all of the names listed above are currently more poised to the fill the top 5 but Julian showed a few weeks ago at the Bill Lebowitz Classic that he has the skill to put on a top 5 performance but needs to get experience on the big stage and find a level of confidence that the above listed names have demonstrated many times before.
The final regional competition of the 2013 United States National Yo-Yo Contest qualification process finished up on Saturday and we have the full results. The contest was a great success with an improvement in the judging and an increased attendance from the previous year. We will update the 2013 Semi-Finals for the National Contest, check here.
On to the results,
In 5A, National Champion Tyler Severance took the seed and looks to defend his title in the next three weeks. Paolo Bueno, 1A juggernaut, who is heavily influenced by Tyler in 5A, took second and closed the gap from the last contests he has competed against Tyler. Finally, Shannon Jackson of Arizona, loved by many and a consistent name in 5A, qualified for Nationals and took the third place honors.
- Tyler Severance
- Paolo Bueno
- Shannon Jackson
- Michael Nakamura
- Dylan Benharris
- Ryan Gee
- Ryan Ayes
- Newman Becker
4A saw World Champion Michael Nakamura easily take top the spot despite a few (wind-aided) errors. Up and coming youngest Julian Grunauer took home second place with an extremely clean first half of his routine; with more and more experience, look for Julian to finish stronger with a clean second half in contests in the future. Finally, Stephanie Haight took home the third spot home and bolsters YoYoJams 4A roster and more young talent.
- Michael Nakamura
- Julian Grunauer
- Stephanie Haight
- Ty Goldman
- Yusuke Moriki
- Ryan Ayers
- Newman Becker
3A pitted #2 and #4 from last month’s 2013 World YoYo Contest against each other and Alex Hattori won this time around with a great routine. Continuing his trend of ultra clean routines, Alex has put together 5 minutes of near flawless yo-yoing and has had a strong 2013 after a rough 2012. Look for Alex to be a huge contender going into the 2013 US National YoYo Contest. Patrick Borgerding had a relatively clean routine sans an extremely long switch out after an ugly knot. Yoshi Mikamoto edged out Newman Becker for third place. Newman has been steadily improving his 3A and looks stronger and stronger each year.
- Alex Hattori
- Patrick Borgerding
- Yoshi Mikamoto
- Newman Becker
National Champion Patrick Mitchell won despite an exploded yo-yo and a restart–testimony to his skill and he looks poised to defend his title this year. 2A veteran Yoshi Mikamoto took second honors and nearly edged out the National Champion. Finally, Yususke Moriki took home third place–everyone’s favorite jokester and always entertaining 2A player.
- Patrick Mitchell
- Yoshi Mikamoto
- Yusuke Moriki
- John Huber
- Path Yath
This year saw the addition of the rookie 1A division, a trend that many contests are now adopting, which was a good opportunity for the next generation to get on center stage. It is always awesome to see how fast everyone is improving and growing!
- Ryan Lagrou
- Lucas Madison
- James Martin
- McCando Kao
- Jose Pineda
- Spencer Rawnsley
- Daniel Walling
- Elijah Ortencio
Anthony Rojas. Look out. He is a clean three minutes from being the US representative at the 2014 World YoYo Contest in Prague next year. A beautiful display of control and innovation with a hint of artistry and even a bit of swagger (brush your shoulder…). Anthony is a definitely the biggest crowd favorite in the US–last year at the National Contest when Anthony switched out there was an audible sigh of sadness from the crowd. In second, 4A Champion Michael Nakamura proved he should be considered a threat on all fronts. He has improved drastically even since Worlds and will make a run at qualifying again for the finals after his finaling at Worlds. Finally, Paolo Bueno took home third with yet another extremely innovative routine with his (becoming) trademark 3D tricks. He continues to improve and will certainly be a threat for the 2014 World title after a very strong year this year.
- Anthony Rojas
- Michael Nakamura
- Paolo Bueno
- Paul Dang
- Wilson Van Gundy
- Eric Koloski
- Ty Goldman
- Keiran Cooper
- David Ung
- Clint Armstrong
- Yusuke Moriki
- Dylan Benharris
- Tyler Goldenberg
- John Huber
- Ryan Gee
- Matt Leoun
- Paul Yath
Thank you for a great event and see you next year!
Three Minutes From The Cup / 2013 US National YoYo Contest
As the 2013 US National YoYo Contest quickly approaches, YoYoNews has lots of top-notch coverage planned, including in-depth analysis of the top contenders for the title this year in all divisions with commentary from past champions, interviews, resources and below, promo videos to get you guys excited and inspired for the United States’ top competition.
Zach Gormley | 1A Defending Champion
Gentry Stein | 1A Contender
Harold Owens III | 1A Contender
Patrick Mitchell | 2A Defending Champion
Ian Johnson | 4A Contender
Get registered over at contest.nationalyoyo.org and start practicing! Keep an eye out for the coverage!
Hiro from Kitty String posted this great video of Duncan Crew offstring superstar, Sean Perez! The interview portion is all in Tagalog, but if you don’t speak it you can skip ahead to 2:17 for the beginning of four minutes of outstanding yoyoing from Sean, who is a 6x Philippine National YoYo Champion.
As we gear up for the 2013 World Yo-Yo Contest, we take a step back to appreciate and admire the greats of years past. We will be posting the top 5 in each division in the weeks leading up to the World Yo-Yo Contest.
This time we take a look at the history of the offstring (4A) division. The inception of the style can be traced back to the 1950 Duncan instructors pushing the limits of yo-yos. Rumor has it that Duncan demonstrators would sometimes show the kids a single offstring trick—a front mount, and high toss—at demonstrations; it was intended to be just enough for the kids to try, break their yoyo, and buy another one. It wasn’t until 1990 when Dale showed a group of people the concept and Jon Gates took the style to a whole new level by introducing diabolo and Single A concepts but most importantly: the offstring bind. Later Jon collaborated with John Higby, and with the popularization of ball bearing axles and rubberized rims, Jon was able to push the boundaries another step further. After Jon led the Japanese Hyper Viper tour of 1998, which featured offstring, the style spread like wildfire. With the ground work established, players like Hironori Mii and Sky Kiyabu began to add offstring tricks to their routines. Due to the unprecedented nature of the style, offstring was initially accepted within the Single A division before being moved to the X Division and then eventually being granted its own dedicated division. Today offstring is one of the most intense divisions—any mistake can end up with a yo-yo flying off the stage. Regenerations, solo-ham, technical, whip catches and so much more—the growth from a challenge among friends to a highly competitive world-wide division remains a testimony to the creative possibilities of yo-yo and the ingenious minds who foster it.
5. Bryan Figueroa –
- 6x National Champion, 12x Regional Champion, 4x State Champion
One of the few players on these lists to not have a World title, Bryan’s six straight National titles are impossible to overlook. Dominating—which is perhaps a dramatic understatement—an extremely tough 4A division in the United States for six years, Bryan is clearly one of the greatest to play 4A. Bryan is known for his technically difficult tricks and extreme accuracy—rarely does he lose a yo-yo. With two near victories at the World stage, Bryan is a World title away from cementing his legacy further.
4. Naoto Okada –
- 2x World Champion, 3x National Champion, 4x Regional Champion
One of the four players on our list to own two World titles, Naoto is the ultimate performer. His on-stage persona is more artistic than anything else, taking yo-yoing in a direction that highlights its expressive beauty. With a number of near flawless routines to cement his extreme professionalism, Naoto never seems to disappoint. Even in the midst of a less than perfect routine, Naoto maintains his composure—something only a true performer can do.
3. Rei Iwakura –
- 2x World Champion, 1x Asia Champion, 3x National Champion, 8x Regional Champion
The curse of 4A World Champion—no one has ever won back-to-back 4A World titles and after taking the top spot at Japan Nationals, Rei has perhaps the best chance ever to accomplish this feat. And with it, he will certainly have an argument for the greatest of all time. Already one of the most out-of-the-box thinkers in yo-yo, and now incorporating his brilliant Artistic Performance routine concepts into his 4A routines, Rei is truly a master of offstring. With no end in sight after taking the top spot over Naoto and company at Japan Nationals, he only seeks to climb the list.
2. Tsubasa Onishi – /
- 2x World Champion, 2x Asia Champion, 3x National Champion, 2x Regional Champion
Tsubasa holds the interesting feat of winning both US and Japan Nationals. Not to mention his two World titles, his resume is only to be expected with the creativity he exhibits year after year. One of the few to make full combos that incorporated his ears, Tsubasa is undeniably one of the most ingenious offstring trick creators. Add in his arm stand whips & jump behind the back whips and it is clear Tsubasa belongs among the greats.
1. Eiji Okuyama –
- 2x World Champion, 1x Asia Champion, 1x National Champion, 2x Regional Champion
The first ever to capture two world titles, Eiji is the original offstring superstar. Creator of the classic trick which bears his name, Eiji Regeneration, Eiji pioneered offstring and pushed it to levels unheard of. With his signature extremely long string, Eiji was at the top of the offstring division for many years. Incorporating full arm grinds, long regeneration combos and intricate string tricks, Eiji was diverse in his repertoire; Eiji also had an aura of confidence and swagger which emanated on stage. All of these qualities came together to cement his place at the top.
Who do you think are the greatest offstring players of all time? Feel free to post your thoughts below!
As a reminder, these rankings take into consideration competitive players from around 2000 and on.
Introducing GAIA, the signature offstring design for 3X Korea Champion Jeon Ji Kwan!
When we first asked Jeon Ji Kwan about his dream 4A design, he mentioned “speed, power spin, floating time, quick regen, and finger spin”. After number of prototypes to fit his requirements, he proved GAIA is his dream design by capturing his 3rd Korea Championship!
There will be a limited pre-production release of the C3YoYoDesign Gaia at Japan Nationals and Malaysia Nationals this weekend.
Weight: 72.4 grams
Width: 53.25 mm
Diameter: 75.27 mm
Gap width: 2.1 mm(thin spacer), 2.15 mm(thick spacer)
Bearing Size (Inside x Outside x Width): 5mm x 10mm x 4mm (Size A)
Gap Type: Fixed
Response: Silicon sticker / flowable silicon
Slusny.net just dropped a really fun video to promote the YoYo Empire Nimbus offstring yoyo, featuring Petr Kavka and Zdenek Hybl.
Jeon Ji Hwan, from the South Korean C3YoYoDesign team, just won the 4A division at the 2013 Korean National YoYo Championships…and right before the contest, C3YoYoDesign dropped this year-old video of him from their archives.
And today we got a brand new video from Jeon! It’s great to be able to see his progression as a player both in tricks and style.