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.
We’ve got the final results of the 2014 European YoYo Championship! The competition was fierce, but in the end it was Germany’s Carlos Braun taking the championship in a huge upset! Janoz Karancz, the favorite to win, came in a staggering 5th Place in a 1A Division with some of the highest level of play we’ve ever seen in a European competition.
C3YoYoDesign’s David Molnar absolutely DESTROYED the 5A division with one of the best counterweight routines I’ve ever seen, and was the clear winner by a margin of more than 17 points!
EYYC 2014 – 1A Division Winners
1st Place – Carlos Braun (Germany)
2nd Place – Jan Hlinka (Slovakia)
3rd Place – Vilmos Zoltan Kiss
4th Place – Konstantin Tudjarov (Bulgaria)
5th Place – János Karancz (EYYC 2013)
6th Place – Michal Zakrzewski (Poland)
7th Place – Ákos Linzenbold (Hungary)
8th Place – Matyáš Racek
9th Place – Pall Valdimar Gudmundsson
10th Place – Leonid Nemchik
11th Place – Lorenzo Sabatini
12th Place – Daniel Tamariz
13th Place – Petr Kavka (Czech Republic)
14th Place – Tyler Young
15th Place – Vashek Kroutil
16th Place – Francesco Gioia (Italy)
17th Place – Peter Aminev (Russia)
18th Place – Tomáš Bubák
19th Place – Gabriel Szalay
20th Place – Adrian Koniecki
21st Place – Íxbalam Tapia (Spain)
22nd Place – Matouš Tomeš
23rd Place – George Ganchev
24th Place – David Molnar
25th Place – Clément Bertaux (France)
26th Place – Anton Vinokurov
27th Place – Vilyami Erkkila (Finland)
EYYC 2014 – 5A Division Winners
1st Place – David Molnar (Hungary)
2nd Place – Budai Dániel
3rd Place – Petr Kavka
4th Place – Matt Gallacher (UK)
5th Place – Rolandd Kovács
6th Place – Alexey Nemchik
7th Place – Maciek Cwynar
8th Place – George Stoyanov (Bulgaria)
9th Place – Karol Szyszka
10th Place – Din Bao Dang (Germany)
EYYC 2014 – Women’s 1A Division Winners
1st Place – Jaslyn Shi
2nd Place – Corli du Toit
3rd Place – Josefina Nešporová
4th Place – Ewelina Wejner (Nuu Gatowsky)
5th Place – Yuval Buzaglo
6th Place – Tamara Jemelková
7th Place – Alice Porowska
Here is the final player order for the 5A Finals and 1A Finals for the 2014 European YoYo Championship! The live stream is up and running above, and I’ll be providing live commentary during finals!
EYYC 2014 – 5A Finals – 13:00 – 14:30
1 Maciek Cwynar
2 Alexey Nemchik
3 Rolandd Kovács
4 Karol Szyszka
5 Petr Kavka
6 Budai Dániel
7 Din Bao Dang (Germany)
8 George Stoyanov (Bulgaria)
9 Matt Gallacher (UK)
10 David Molnar (Hungary)
EYYC 2014 – 1A Finals (Round 1) – 15:40 – 17:00
EYYC 2014 – 1A Finals (Round 2) – 17:20 – 18:20
16 Vilyami Erkkila (Finland)
17 Íxbalam Tapia (Spain)
18 Francesco Gioia (Italy)
19 Jan Hlinka (Slovakia)
20 Clément Bertaux (France)
21 Konstantin Tudjarov (Bulgaria)
22 Carlos Braun (Germany)
23 Peter Aminev (Russia)
24 Michal Zakrzewski (Poland)
25 Petr Kavka (Czech Republic)
26 Ákos Linzenbold (Hungary)
27 János Karancz (EYYC 2013)
Patrick Borgerding spent a few minutes interview some of the European National Champions who will be representing their countries in the 1A Freestyle Finals at the 2014 European YoYo Championship. Check out the competitors!
2013 EYYC and World Champion – János Karancz
Russian National Champion – Peter Aminev
Spanish National Champion – Íxbalam Tapia
Finnish National Champion – Viljami Erkkilä
French National Champion – Clément Bertaux
German National Champion – Carlos Braun
Italian National Champion – Francesco Gioia
Bulgarian National Champion – Konstantin Tudjarov
Czech National Champion – Petr Kavka
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
Day 2 of the 2014 European YoYo Championship is getting underway, and we’ve got the player order for 5A Prelims, as well as 2A, 3A, and 4A Finals! Follow at home on the live stream above, and watch as the best players in Europe compete for the title of European Champion! Budapest local time is displayed above as well, and the times for each division. The times listed below are the originally scheduled times, but the event is currently running about 10 – 15 minutes late.
11:10 – 12:10 5A Prelims
1 Budai Dániel
2 Quentin Godet
3 Attila Botlik
4 Andres “PAC” Pegam BurninBerlin
5 Alexey Nemchik
6 Biser Lukich
7 Karol Szyszka
8 Kollár Viktor
9 Petr Kavka
10 Rolandd Kovács
12:20 – 12:50 2A Finals
1 Andres “PAC” Pegam BurninBerlin
2 Matyáš Racek
3 Dave Geigle
4 Dominique Vionnet
13:00 – 13:30 3A Finals
1 Lorenzo Sabatini
2 Igor Kramarskiy
3 Pall Valdimar Gudmundsson
4 Attila Botlik
5 Stepan Kosintsev
6 Michal Jaško
7 Stephen Langley
13:40 – 14:40 4A Finals
1 Maciek Cwynar
2 Florian Köck
3 Budai Dániel
4 Quentin Godet
5 Grőger Nándor
6 George Stoyanov
7 Ondřej Schmid
8 Jenei Norbert
9 Zdeněk Hýbl
10 Lorenzo Sabatini
11 Tomáš Kochman
16:00 – 17:20 1A Open
1 Chingiz Alpspayev
2 Iori Yamaki
3 Junliang Tan
4 Ken Takabayashi
5 Kengo Kido
6 Li Ho Kwan
7 Marcus Koh
8 Paul Kerbel
9 Tal Mordoch
10 Tatsuya Fujisaka
11 Yusuke Otsuka
12 Yixing Tan
13 Wong Wai Sheuk
C3YoYoDesign has announced the Dymension, the new signature model for European team member David Molnar!
Based on the DarkSonic’s profile, with a redesigned weight distribution and diameter, the Dymension was designed with both 1A and 5A in mind.
The three colors above will be the first release, available at EYYC 2014 this coming weekend. No word on retail price.
C3YoYoDesign Dymension Specs:
Weight: 67 grams
Gap width: 4.310mm
Bearing: Size C (.250 x .500 x .187in)
Gap Type: Large Silicon sticker / flowable silicon
As always, the 1A Division at EYYC is absolutely stacked with top notch talent. It would take forever for us to list off every amazing player in the division…so here are a handful of our favorite contenders for Top Five. Good luck to EVERYONE competing at EYYC this coming weekend…can’t wait to see you all on stage!
Sponsored by Duncan
What can we even say about János? He took top honors last year at EYYC and the World YoYo Contest, and looks to be unstoppable. There’s going to be a lot of talent in the 1A division, but for everyone who gets on that stage….János is the man to beat.
Grzegorz “Plamek” Wójcik
Sponsored by C3yoyodesign
Plamek took 2nd Place at both EYYC and the Open Division at Czech Nationals last year, and he’s definitely got his eye on the prize, and the skill to back it up. But can he beat János?
Country: Czech Republic
Sponsored by CLYW
Czech National Champion Petr Kavka has greatly improved his 1A game since his 10th Place finish at EYYC last year…his winning Czech Nationals routine was the best we’ve seen from him yet!
Sponsored by Turning Point
Coming off a stellar 1st Place finish at the BRNO YoYo Contest last month, Ján Hlinka is definitely Top Three material. He took the 5A division last year, so he’s no stranger to keeping up with the talent at EYYC…maybe this is his year!
Sponsored by WERRD
Carlos took 1st Place last year at both the German Masters competition and the Open Division at Czech Nationals, and could definitely take a spot in the Top Five at EYYC.
Pall Valdimar Gudmundsson
Sponsored by CLYW, Backspin
We all know and love Palli for his style and originality, but he’s that rare combination of player who can create mind-blowing tricks AND deliver them on-stage. He took 4th Place at EYYC last year…will he stay in the Top Five or will be move up to the Top Three?
Sponsored by YoYoFactory
2013 Bulgarian National Champion Konstantin Tudjarov is a relatively fresh face in the top ranks of competition, but if his winning Nationals freestyle is any indication, he’s coming up quick and could possibly snag a spot in the Top Three.
City: Nizniy Novgorod
Sponsored by Throw yoyo, Broken Fingers Yo-Yos
Petr just took First Place at the YYF Cup in Moscow this past weekend, and looking at that routine he seems like a safe bet for Top Five in the 1A division if he goes clean.
Country: Czech Republic
Sponsored by Yoyofactory, SLUSNY
A permanent fixture in the Top Five at pretty much every European contest he attends, Vashek Kroutil is definitely a favorite to come up with a spot in the Top Three…and always a treat to watch!
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.