Scales members Keiran Cooper, Colin Beckford, and Patrick Canny discuss some of their favorite moments from the 1A finals at this year’s World Yo-Yo Contest. Players featured are: Andrew Bergen, Gentry Stein, Yuki Nishisako, Ethan Cheung, Keiran Cooper, Michael Ferdico, and Nate Dailey.
The Recess crew shows us what’s what with the company’s latest release, the Komodo. Featuring Ky Zizan, John Wolfe, Colin Beckford, Tyler Severance, Joe Wilson, and Andrew Bergen.
Yoyo used is the Recess Komodo.
The Scales Collective is back with two more episodes of their podcast…a mini episode discussing the first two events of the 2017 Japan YoYo League, and an interview with…well, with me. Neat.
2017 has already proven to be one of the most competitive years of yo-yo of all time, and Japan is at the forefront of it. Scales members Patrick Canny, Colin Beckford, and Keiran Cooper discuss the first two contests of the 2017 Japan Yo-yo League – East Japan A Block and Central Japan – and analyze some of their favorite freestyles from each, as well as predictions for what the rest of the year will show for yo-yo in Japan.
Steve Brown is one of the most important yo-yo players of all time – from being an inventor of a world-renowned division, a National Master, yo-yo news website leader, contest organizer and more, it is safe to say that his impact on the community has been something worth noting. In this episode of the Scales Podcast, member Andrew Bergen interviews Steve on some topics such as running the 2016 World YoYo Competition, his insight on people who are interested in running competitions, and more. Listen to this episode and gain some knowledge from one of the industry’s best! Thank you to our sponsors: YoYoExpert, Caribou Lodge, and Recess International!
The Scales Podcast is quickly shaping up to be a great resource for yoyo players to dig deeper into the intricacies of this glorious little subculture we’ve created for ourselves. Check out two new episodes!
In episode 2 of the Scales Podcast, team members Andrew Bergen and Mark Mangarin interview one of the industry’s most intelligent minds in the realm of social media, team management, and design; Chris Mikulin! Some topics that are mentioned in this feature are future plans for Caribou Lodge, sub-brands of CLYW such as Heaven Sent and Pool Party, Basecamp, and more!
For new players, sponsorship can be seen as one of the most daunting and confusing aspects of yo-yo. Scales team members Andrew Bergen and Mark Mangarin reflect upon their experiences as sponsored players, talk about what they feel as though the true definition of being sponsored is, as well as even give prime examples of great representatives of this generation. Give Episode 3 of the podcast a listen in order to enhance your perspective of what being sponsored really means! Thank you to our sponsors: YoYoExpert, Caribou Lodge, and Recess International!
The Scales Collective bring us a new yoyo-related podcast called Scales, and it’s off to a solid start. The Scales Collective is made up of Andrew Bergen, Andrew Maider, Colin Beckford, Dennis Cinquegrani, Ethan Cheung, Keiran Cooper, Mark Mangarin, Patrick Canny, and Zafran Aqil.
If you’ve ever spent even a few minutes talking to Bergy or Mark or any of the rest of the Scales crew about yoyoing then you know those guys are some of the most thoughtful yoyo players in the scene, with perspective beyond their years and a desire to move the scene forward.
Episode 1 finds Bergy sitting down with Nehemiah Peterson, a self-described “tech innovator” who is passionate about the more technical aspects of modern yoyoing.
If Andrew Bergen isn’t one of your favorite yoyo players, you’re doing it wrong.
We don’t get many videos from Bergy, but every one of them is pure gold. Check out the latest from the guy with the best looking yoyo in the Recess lineup. (Note to self: pick up one of these before they are gone.)
Yoyo used is the Recess Vacation (Andrew Bergen Edition).
The Recess Vacation is finally available! This next-gen remake of the Weekend is a noticeable step forward in design for this young company, and to celebrate the initial launch we’ve got a new video from Recess featuring Keiran Cooper, Daniel Flaherty, CJ Atkinson, Tyler Severance, Andrew Bergen, Joe Wilson, and John Wolfe.
Yoyo used is the Recess Vacation.
We’ve got the 2016 Virginia State YoYo Contest results including the full scoring breakdown! Congratulations to Joe Wilson for his winning his third Virginia State Champion title! Andrew Bergen and Donald Hodgkinson took home the gold in the 1A and Open divisions, respectively. This contest was so lit with all that talent in the finals. Check out the rest of the winners and full scoring breakdowns below. Videos are coming soon to the YoYoNews YouTube channel, so make sure you’re subscribed.
1st Place – Andrew Bergen
1st Place – Donald Hodgkinson
*6th place in 1A is Tylor McCllumore
Holy crap, when was the last time we got a new video from Andrew Bergen?! Easily one of the most talented and creative players out there, Bergy’s trick construction is just stunning. Dig in, and be prepared to rewatch this a couple dozen times.
Yoyo used is the Recess First Base.
It’s been great seeing Cabin Tutorials from Mark Mangarin, one of the most creative and unsung players around. Check out his latest, where he breaks down a branding combo from the equally fantastic Andrew Bergen.
Yoyo used is the CLYW Orca.
The #trickcircle tag on Instagram is blowing up with yo-yo players sharing their tricks, and we here at @Yoyonews are picking out the best ones to share every week. This second installment also features our first batch of mini-interviews, in which Yuji sheds light on the thinking behind his combo and Mark questions just what the heck “flow” is supposed to mean anyways. More bangers from John Ando, Malcom Chiu, and more after the jump.
@johnando starts the week off with a huge bang, or rather two: back-to-back bangers in this video, and a second round of brilliant concepts in another. John Ando is perhaps most often remembered for his 2008 World-winning freestyle when he reminded everybody that a trick could be compelling with only a few string hits, and his opening wrap to trapeze proves this to be as true as ever. John is also a world-class 2A player, which surely informs his movement-oriented style and gives you an idea where the idea for a wrap like that comes from. The trick that follows is just as gnarly: while he can make a single string hit look good, he is in no way limited to simple tricks, and sequences like this rack up the points quick. This combo has a particularly satisfying punchline in the form of an elbow slack catch which sets up into a ripcord release, the impact of which is greatly increased by John’s performing it behind his shoulder. There are very few players who can space their tricks the way that John does, and I dearly hope we see more #trickcircle tricks from him soon.
Yoyonews: What, if anything, was the genesis of this trick? Was there a theme you wanted to explore or did the moves just gel together?
Mark Mangarin: I was creating an extension to a combo that Adam Schultz was working on when I was hanging out with him and Andrew Maider in NYC — ideas from this were adapted into the first segment. The rest was made in conjunction, but it’s part of a much longer trick that doesn’t fit in the instagram time limit (:15 goes by so fast). Theres a debate about the concise definition of ‘flow’ going around right now, so I’m playing around with different approaches.
YYN: What is your personal definition of “flow”?
MM: Haha, oh shoot. Honestly, I don’t like to bother defining the concept. It’s like asking what the meaning of hipster or ratchet is…
I don’t think theres a specific definition. Going by what the community considers flow, then both JD and Sid have “really good flow” so it’s wrong to consider flow as the smoothness about specific physical motions. It has more to do with one’s timing/execution, but it can be uniquely good per person and what’s considered good flow can change over time very quickly, so I think of flow as a vague/undefined subset of someone’s execution style and trick construction.
YYN: What would you consider the centerpiece or main idea you’d like to communicate with this trick?
MM: Personally I think the execution, but the reverse quarterstack whip is a big takeaway too. It’s the easiest to explain compared to the rest of the trick, but a reverse quarterstack mount leaves you with many options because you can drop the loop using your elbow.
YYN: The drop before the reverse quarterstack (trapeze-brother elbow catch) seems somewhat different from your usual combo construction. What are the benefits and disadvantages of including a pause like that in a trick?
MM: I usually never drop strings/mounts randomly as it can make tricks look shallow. I’m just messing around with different things right now, as #trickcircle seems like a good outlet to share ideas including those not fully developed. I think it gives more attention to the whip, but maybe someone out there can make a full drop look good?
While the community may be a ways off from agreeing on a definition of “flow”, few would disagree that @andrewbergen has it in spades. His first entry into the #trickcircle canon, titled “jsmy”, opens with what appears to be a shockwave-inspired chopsticks combo that sets up a lovely falling slack whip before folding its way into a complex triangular string formation. Much of this trick’s strength comes from the sense of rhythm that it establishes early on with back & forth motions, and we at Yoyonews are all hoping that Andrew graces us with some more choice bits of tech soon.
UK National Champ and Yoyofactory star @yujirobert dipped a toe into the #trickcircle waters with this Yuuki-influenced tech tour de force. He also filled us in on the details behind it with a short interview:
Yoyonews: What, if anything, was the central idea behind this combo? What did you want to showcase or express most?
Yuji Shimokawa Kelly: The central element I wanted to showcase is the slack drop which happens just where i’ve selected the screen cap. I wanted to create an effect where i would drop the slack with my arms pointed to the right, and then dismount using the same movement to the left. This was the first time I’d actually filmed it, and I can see that it doesn’t work quite as well as I had hoped.
YYN: Looks good to us. Do you name your tricks?
YSK: I very rarely name my tricks, and this particular one I don’t think is name worthy just yet.
YYN: Would you say this trick is “finished”? How can you tell when a trick is complete?
In terms of the combo, far from it. I don’t think first and second half will ultimately be part of the same combo, I just wanted to fit them on one clip. Watching the clip back, I’m finding a couple of little things I can change to improve it.
YYN: We’ll be excited to see what this turns into, thanks for the look!
Taking a quick trip from England to Hong Kong, we have @jackey_li of team @c3yoyodesign showing us just how good slack can look in slow motion. Slomo really helps break down the subtleties of the trick here, and the fact that it’s only a few moves makes it very tempting to learn. Just because it’s short does not mean that it’s easy, and Jackey packs some serious depth into it: in addition to looking pretty, the opening rejection sets up a clever slack move that gets the strings in place for the following sequence of pops culminating in a triangle.
If you’re anything like us, you probably had to watch the latest tricks from @meowcolm (AKA Malcolm Chiu of Duncan Crew) a couple of times before they made any sort of sense at all. Fortunately, Malcolm’s supplemented the mobile video with an HD slomo clip of some other lassos so you can really gawk at that perfect loop before he hucks it into the gap… but you’re probably going to need some practice before you can get that cross-handed GT down. Apparently, the 720 lasso root trick is Jesse Christe‘s creation, and Malcolm is to be commended for both taking it to another level and properly citing his sources.
Want more insta-madness? Don’t forget to check out all the videos tagged with #trickcircle and submit some of your own for a chance to be featured next week… and, hey! Follow @yoyonews while you’re at it, yeah? Here are some of our other favorites of the week that we didn’t have time to write about.
- Tsukasa Takatsu’s Bottom-mount Shockwave
- Michael Ferdico’s Black Hops Knee Bounce
- Shane Lubecker’s around the head cross-armed combo
- Ryan Gee’s “Tin Foil Hats”/”Turnt Up”
- Daniel Ickler’s “Fash Rolls”
- Andy Jones’ Clockwork heart combo
- A puppy high five assist in Tressley’s “Mylets”
- and two-headed monster tricks with Drew & Melissa.
See you next week!
What’s Bergy got cooking? I know he’s been practicing because he offered to set me up with some tricks for 365yoyotricks.com…but then he didn’t, so he’s been stockpiling tricks. Probably awesome tricks. Probably lots of them.
Whatcha got, Bergy?
This one totally slipped by us…our favorite comment troll, Ben Gates, filmed a short documentary on modern yoyoing…on 16mm, no less! Looks like it was shot at last year’s MA State YoYo Contest. From the video description:
An exploration of modern yo-yoing as a form of visual communication. Produced for Documenting Visual Culture IN 374. Filmed on a 16mm Bolex camera at MA States 2012 and Z-Games 2013.
Featuring the tricks of Alex Lozyniak, Michael Ferdico, James Lowell, Tyler McCallumore, Grant Johnson, Eric Koloski, Mark Mangarin, Elliot Jackson, Nick DeValpine, Matt Burkhead, Andrew Maider, Andrew Bergen, and CJ Atkinson.
Special Thanks to Kathryn Ramey, Rob Todd, Cass Marks, and Steve Baldwin at National Boston. No thanks to CineLab, because they suck.
This week’s Cabin Tutorial is “Bergy’s Got Slack”, performed by the slightly-constipated looking Charles Haycock. Charles is looking increasingly pained in these videos…I’m a little concerned for the dear boy. Maybe more fiber in his diet?