Here’s another look at EYYC 2015, the European YoYo Championship! Brought to you by the folks at Burnin’ Berlin and Fist Salud, so you know it’s curated by the best!
Backspin has finally released their official EYYC 2015 video and it is worth. the. wait. Check out this incredible look at one of the largest yoyo contests in the world, and the players who make it amazing.
The results are in for the first day of the 2015 European YoYo Championship! Check out full 1A Prelim results below, and congratulations to the top 13 players, who will advance to Finals! (We’ll update with more videos as they are uploaded.)
EYYC 2015 – 1A Prelims – Advancing To Finals
1st – Matous Tomes – 91.3
2nd – Vilmos Zoltan Kiss – 78.4
3rd – Aristdis Voultsios – 75.9
4th – Jan Hlinka – 75.0
5th – Pall Valdimar Gudmundsson – 73.0
6th – Petr Kavka – 69.9
7th – Michael Malik – 69.8
8th – Krystof Kindl – 69.1
9th – Marcin Drzewiecki – 67.0
10th – Robert Kucera – 66.6
11th – Matyas Racek – 66.2
12th – Dmitriy Akinshin – 64.7
13th – Chingiz Alpyspayev – 64.6
The 2015 European YoYo Championship is coming up fast, and once again YoYoNews will bring you updates from the event, as well as info and results as quickly as possible!
The contest WILL have a live video stream, available to watch all three days of the event only at eyyc15.com.
If you haven’t registered yet, please keep in mind:
- The next registration deadline is almost here! Register on or before February 26th, or the rates go up by 25%!
- Music has to be submitted by February 26th 23:59. After this deadline no online submissions will be accepted and you have to bring your music on a flash drive or a CD. If you have any trouble submitting your music via our online form, please send it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and name all the files accordingly.
We’ll have a few players updating the YoYoNews Instagram during the event, so be sure to follow us for party & contest pictures!
The 2015 European YoYo Championship is coming, and it’s time to start getting stoked! Check out this teaser from the organizers…hopefully we’ll see you in Poland!
The logo for next year’s European Yoyo Championship in Poland has been revealed! A beautiful and very distinct logo, it’s a refreshing departure from the style we’re used to!
We had a chat with Backspin’s mastermind Piotrek Śmietana to talk about the logo, the city, and the plans for next year’s EYYC:
That’s a beautiful logo, Piotrek, it’s also very unique and unlike most contest logos out there. What’s the story and inspiration behind it?
Well, first of all, thank you! As EYYC15 was my biggest dream so far in terms of organizing events, I wanted to make a very special logo for it. I honestly dislike most of the modern yoyo contests logos – they are often represented more like a child fair logos, rather than sport competition. Such big caliber contest logo must be modern, and have a story behind it. During designing process, I’ve searched for inspiration over dozens of other sports championship logos.
After having a simple concept in my mind, I’ve approached whole EYYC15 Organizing Committee, and we had long talk about the idea. The plan was not just to set up a logo, but entire event theme. After big brainstorm, we concluded that there are three major things I need to combine together – our passion, our national theme and modern feeling.
The logo itself combines shape of the yoyo and one of our most famous national aspects. The floral embroidery around the yoyo is very traditional design of flowers, typical for the region of Poland where the Cracow (the city where the EYYC will be held) is located. Such embroidery has it’s origins in the folklore of indigenous people over the region called here The Gorals (the best translation would be “Highlanders”). The embroidery they make is very specific and one of a kind in entire world. Also, the colors of the titles in the logo reminds of the polish flag – as Poland is the main host of this year European championships. I wanted to combine all that elements into one. I hope people will like it!
Why Cracow? Tell us about the city!
Many people can be curious why we haven’t decided to run EYYC in the capital of Poland – Warsaw. The answer is simple, Cracow is very magical place and it’s not being called the pearl on map of Europe without a reason. As it’s one of the oldest major cities in Europe, the city economics runs on the tourists – which makes it a perfect place for such contest. People from all around the world can gather for a yoyo contest, and also grasp a little from the Cracow rich history. Also, the city has very large number of beautiful locations, streets, bars and pubs, and walking during the night around is always an amazing experience. I am sure that people will love the vibe around here. Also, Cracow is often called The City of Kings, because of the great medieval castle located in the very center of it, where lie tombs of many great national heroes and kings. When Ann Connolly was visiting Backspin last summer, she told me that Cracow has strong “Game of Thrones” feeling – basing on the show’s popularity amongs community, I am sure that people will like that, haha!
We’ve come to expect great production value and extensive promotion from Backspin, what are you preparing for EYYC?
Well, I must say that this is going to be one of the aspects we want to concentrate on really big scale. During our previous experiences, and having a contact with such big companies as Google or RedBull, we’ve noticed that one of the biggest flaws of yoyo stigma is the media side of it. We approach yoyoing as a sport here in Europe, and if you want to sell it to people as a sport, it has to be very professional and modern. That includes very strong concentration on the medias and promotional materials. You can rely on us in terms of that, and as the main designer of Backspin I will make sure to make all of our goals become real. As the EYYC is happening in Poland for the first time, we came up with an idea of series of promotional videos that we will release consequently one after another that we called satirically “Rocky Road to Poland”. The videos will present different parts of the city and also will feature some of the finest polish players promoting the event. You can expect the first video very soon!
What else can we expect for EYYC in Poland?
As you know, Backspin has a pretty long history on making up events. We were the main organizers of WFC International. Also we are very good listeners and observers, we have taken all the problems we had in the past and discussed about them, learning from our mistakes. We really like the way how the Czech Republic and Japan are running their events, and works of both IYYF, JYYF and CYA are very inspiring for us. We also have some pretty amazing plans and ideas, which no one in yoyo community has done before us, and we will do our best to make this contest unforgettable for it’s attendess. It’s too early to inform about specific things, but you can be sure that we will reveal some big cards during the organization process. Despite the fact that Backspin is main organizer this year, we have joined our forces with some of the best people from the community here in Poland and also CZ-ART Associaton which was responsible for running the first European Yoyo Conference last summer. We are sure, that together as one committee we are going to make something special, and enjoyable for everyone. And as for Backspin – it will be crowning achievement of our event work over the years. But it’s definiately not the thing on which we will end up! I am sure that Backspin will make a little mess over the worldwide scene in the future. 😉
Thanks for sharing your plans and insights, Piotrek! We’re already excited about the contest, and can’t wait to see more about EYYC in Cracow!
Thank you for the interview!
2014 European Champion Carlos Braun is all set to roll through the rest of the contest season, and his new video gives a solid look at the tricks he’s going to be using to kill every other contest he enters this year. Not a lot of new stuff from his EYYC performance, but it looks likes he’s refining and polishing his tricks. If he can hit all of this as clean on stage, he’s definitely going to be a force to be reckoned with at this year’s world championship!
Yoyo used is the Werrd Irony.
The 2015 European Yo-yo Championship will be held in Poland!
The fine folks at Backspin will be the organizers of next year’s EYYC, to be held early next year in Cracow!
With Backspin’s experience running WFC in the past few years, and relentless efforts in promoting yoyoing, we are quite happy with this piece of news!
The exact date and venue have yet to be announced, but it’s time to start saving for a trip to Poland!
Follow all the updates on the official Facebook event page to keep up-to-date with all the details!
Backspin put together a great video of the European YoYoJam team members, filmed during the 2014 European YoYo Championship. As we’ve come to expect from Backspin, the video is epic and magnificient; as we’ve come to expect from Team YoYoJam members, the tricks are fantastic.
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!
Dávid Molnár is a C3 Professional who is a highly accomplished 5A player, being the EYYC14 Champion. Proving his skill at many competitions, Dávid is a well respected and easily recognized face in both the European scene as well as the community worldwide. Dávid and I had the chance to talk tricks, contests, his new signature yoyo, and more!
Dávid, as the 5A Champion of EYYC14, contest organizer, and C3 Professional you’ve definitely proved yourself in yoyoing so far. How did you first start yoyoing?
I got my first yoyo in the summer of 2007, but managed to break it within a week. So, I count December 2007 as the beginning. One of my classmates had a yoyo, and I saw him doing Double Trapeze. I was mindblown, and that was the moment I decided to start.
That’s interesting, I think I broke some yoyos too when I first started. How did you first learn tricks back then?
I think everybody breaks at least 1 yoyo in his career 🙂 In the beginning, I was watching YouTube for the first couple of months. After that, it turned out that there are meetings in Budapest every weekend. I joined them, and they were very friendly and helpful.
What were some of your favorite tricks then?
I didn’t have any favorite trick, but I loved all kind of slacks- Follow, for example. Interesting fact…I hated 5A back then.
Wow, that’s surprising! How long was it after you started yoyoing that you first tried 5A?
It was at a 2008 New Years Eve party. We had a yoyo party at a players home. Dana Bennett was studying in Hungary back than, and he was there too, showing off some tricks. Completely changed my attitude towards 5A. Not even half a year passed, and I won the first 5A division I was competing at, and in December 2009 I became the 5A Hungarian National Champion.
That’s so awesome, would you say you learned 5A pretty quickly then?
I think I learned the basics fast, but we all are still learning.
Did you have any inspirations in 5A/1A back then?
In 5A I was watching Petr Kavka, Tyler Severance, Dana Bennett, Takuma Inoue, and in 1A Guy Wright, Yuuki Spencer, Sebastian Brock. Mostly USA guys, but nowdays I almost only watch Japan/Asia players and some upcoming talents from the USA. Some of my biggest inspiration comes from Hiroyasu Ishihara, Soujun Miyamura and still Takuma Inoue.
Those are all inspirational yoyoers in my opinion too. At what point did you decide to start competing?
I decided to start competing from the first second I found out that there are competitions in Hungary.
What was your first contest?
My first was August of 2008. Offline Sport Games in Hungary, and I got Semi-Pro 5th out of more than 20 players.
That’s really impressive for your first contest. If you had to pick, do you think it’s harder to compete in 1A or 5A?
It is very hard to compete in 1A, since there are the most players, and it is the division most people admire, but most of the time I just enjoy myself on the stage. But since I have chosen 5A to be my main division, I have a huge pressure in the division even at the smallest contest I attend.
That’s true, I know what you mean. I think it would be hard to compete in different divisions at the same contest. When it comes to tricks, how do you make your tricks up?
I don’t really have a method. Sometimes I watch videos, and when there is a move I really like I stand up, and try to figure out something from it. Sometimes, I just open a bottle of wine, put some chill music on and start to play, and the trick comes by itself. I invent a lot of moves, or mounts, but I throw most of them away if I don’t find them good enough for competition.
That’s awesome, I think that everyone has their own method to creating tricks but it’s really what works best for someone that helps make a trick good. How long does it take to prepare for a contest?
For me it all depends on when I can choose the music. I always build my freestlyle on the music. Most of the time, I can only find music during the last week before the competition, but in the meantime I practice the tricks a lot. I have the order in my mind, and I just change it a little to fit the music.
Did you plan on taking 1st in 5A at EYYC14?
I really wanted to win this year to show what great yoyoing it is, so I practiced a lot. It turned out that I did well since I won with about +17% compared to second place. I was really happy.
That is really good, I would definitely say that it was a well deserved win. On another note, how did you end up getting sponsored by C3?
Actually, I was in Turning Point first. I quit from them in June 2012, and right after I quit was when official C3YoYoDesign offered me a place. They only had a few yoyo back then, but they were amazing people with great goals, so I decided to join them.
What was the process like in putting together your new signature yoyo from them?
For my signature yoyo, I just told them what I like and what I want it to play like. Ron got my proto designed in December, we changed a few things by January, and I was sent some samples to try. I loved it, so they went to final production, and they turned out even better than the prototype. I would like to mention Balint ‘Vooper’ Farkas for helping me to find the perfect name for the yoyo.
That sounds like a pretty painless process to me, I really like the name too. Lastly, do you have any advice for any aspiring yoyoer in any division?
I would recommend to watch lot of videos, go to lots of contests and meet other players. Try to develop your own style no matter what division, set a goal for yourself, and don’t stop practicing until you have reached it. Then, it is time for a short break, and to have new goals. Thank you very much for the interview Matt.
Go big or go home! 🙂
I totally agree, no problem! Thank you Dávid!
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!
Backspin just dropped an eighteen-minute video from EYYC 2014…and it’s amazing. Seriously, it’s all killer, no filler, for just over eighteen minutes…which is pretty amazing considering that most contest clip videos are about 4 minutes long and you’re glad when they’re done.
The production value is crazy good on this…enjoy!
I’ve just shambled into my hotel room from the after-party (which was still going strong when I left) of the 2014 European YoYo Championship, and I wanted to give our readers a brain-dump while everything is still fresh in my mind.
Before I get into the event though, I would love feedback on our coverage! Drop us a line in the comments section and let us know what you thought! This was our most ambitious piece of contest coverage yet, and certainly our most exhaustive. Having an HD live stream of the event to focus around we posted schedules and player orders, and I did play-by-play commentary on the live stream. We filmed, edited and uploaded player interviews before the 1A division happened, and had results up as fast as humanly possible. I took approximately 5,000 photos, and will be uploading the best of them in the next week.
We’re planning big things for our contest coverage of major events this year, and every event will be better than the last!
So, to the meat of things.
This was my first time at EYYC, and first time in Hungary. Hard to believe I’ve been in the scene for nearly 20 years and have only finally made it here, but it’s true. I caught up with friends I hadn’t seen in a decade, met people I only knew from video and contest photos and rumors and legends, and had an amazing time. I had built EYYC up in my head to be this massive juggernaut, run by magical creatures with a monstrous budget and I was excited to see upon arrival that the European scene and resources are really not much different from ours in the US….they’re just a lot better at managing them towards a greater end goal. We can learn a lot from the way a contest like EYYC is managed, and I’m filled to the brim with ideas for the National YoYo League, and the events that I’ll be running this year in the US.
It’s disappointing to see that the European yoyo scene is plagued by the same problems as the US…rival factions that can’t seem to work together, cliques of players who exclude more than they include, dwindling entrants into 2A, 3A, and 4A divisions, and incredibly limited resources. But the good news is that these are problems that can be solved…and same as in the US, there are people here who are working hard to make things better. As with all yoyo contests, I left feeling more connected to many other players; but I’m leaving Budapest with something more – the secure knowledge that there is a worldwide network of people who are constantly putting everything on the line to make yoyoing succeed, and there are significantly more of them than I thought.
I’m leaving Budapest with a renewed vigor to keep making YoYoNews a better and better resource for the worldwide player community and yoyo industry. I’m leaving Budapest knowing that while I’ve spent a good many years frustrated at the lack of growth in the contest industry, there are solutions and contests are still getting better. EYYC has a greater production value than any event I’ve attended in the past 20 years in the United States, including the World YoYo Contest. But instead of despairing, I think we should be inspired to step up our game. The US has long held the largest yoyo community in the world, and yet our contest quality has been vastly overshadowed by Asia and Europe. It’s time to get things going here in a big way, and I’ll be working closely with the National YoYo League this year to do whatever I can to raise the production value of all US Regional events.
I encourage everyone to GET INVOLVED in contests near them, and find out how you can help! Organizers need all hands on deck, and only by really pulling together can we get ourselves to the level of our peers in Europe and Asia.
A HUGE thanks to all of the organizers, volunteers, and staff who made EYYC possible this and every year. Much love to all the players who showed up and brought their talent to the stage. And a massive THANK YOU to everyone working to teach new players and grow the European yoyo scene without drawing lines in the sand and try to exclude anyone based on sponsor or affiliation.
We’re all in this together, and nowhere is that more evident than EYYC. The camaraderie is just stunning, and I’ve never felt so supported and welcomed at an event in my life. Much love and high fives to everyone who shook my hand, snapped a picture with me, handed me something to sign, asked if I needed a coffee, or told me that I helped them love yoyoing in some way. I can never repay the kindness that I’ve been shown, but I’m going to try and pay it forward by continuing to do everything I can to support and unite the yoyo scene worldwide.
So long, Budapest, and thanks for all the goulash.