It’s always great to see something legitimately different in yoyo videos! This one uses motion tracking to isolate the movement of the yoyo, and use it as an anchor for the frame. The result is fantastic, and a truly enjoyable to watch. Another video using the same technology came out a few years ago called STEADYo…go ahead and watch that one too and enjoy the fact that we live in an era with such awesome video technology available to everyone.
C3yoyodesign has been on a roll recently with picking up great talents like Sora Ishikawa and Reia Torita. Keeping on with their momentum, C3yoyodesign has announced their latest addition to their contest team, Xiao-Wen “Hobbit” Wang. Hobbit is the 2015 World YoYo Contest Women’s division champion and is a solid addition to C3yoyodesign’s contest team.
The man, the myth, the living legend Yuuki Spencer has recently been announced as the newest team member of CLYW. Yuuki is a well decorated veteran in the yoyo community with an outstanding resume. Some of his accomplishments include 2x World Champion, 3x US National Champion, and 2005 Trick Innovator of the Year. We are excited to see what Yuuki and CLYW have in store for the future, and we’ve heard that CLYW is already working on a signature yoyo for him!
Check out some freestyles that makes Yuuki a solid favorite by many.
Here’s the full announcement:
The International Yo-yo Federation is pleased to announce that Reykjavik, Iceland, has been elected as the host city for the 2017 World Yo-Yo Contest!
Featuring some of the most experienced and well-known yo-yo contest organizers from Europe and the USA, the team behind the 2017 World Yo-Yo Contest is ready to deliver an event focused on players, where contestants from around the globe will be able focus on competing in the best possible conditions.
The IYYF congratulates the Icelandic team, and is looking forward to a fantastic event! Further details about the event and Reykjavik itself will be available in the coming days.
We would also like to express our gratitude towards team Poland, for stepping up to the challenge and presenting themselves as candidates to run the most important event for the worldwide yo-yo community.
We’ll surely hear more about the contest in the coming days, so keep your eyes open for more information soon!
The 2018 (Asia), and 2019 (Americas) cycles are also ongoing, with candidate application deadlines for the former scheduled for December 1st, 2015 and August 1st, 2016.
The results are in for the 2015 Las Vegas Open YoYo Championship! The talent on stage was top notch, with World & National champion players from the US, Canada, Mexico, and Japan competing for seeds to Semi-Finals at the 2016 World YoYo Contest! Check out full scoring breakdowns and video of the winners below, and be sure to subscribe to the Las Vegas Open YouTube channel to see the rest of the freestyles as they’re uploaded. Huge thanks to all the players and sponsors for making this event happen!
1A Pro Division
1st Place – Gentry Stein
2A Pro Division
1st Place – Shuhei Kanai
4A Pro Division
1st Place – Ben Conde
5A Pro Division
1st Place – Bryan Jardin
1A Sport Division
1st Place – Hunter Feuerstein
It’s always great when an old friend comes back to visit. When we last saw Steve Buffel he was closing up shop for SPYY to spend more time with his family and less time staying up until the wee hours of the night running an amazingly high quality yoyo company. Looks like he just couldn’t stay away, though! He caught the bug, and had to make his contribution to the Year of Titanium™!
Why titanium? Why now? It came down to me missing the community, yoyo friends, contests and wanting to somehow explore titanium as a way to re-engage myself. There’s been a big hole left in my life after closing SPYY. I guess the hangover of running the business has somewhat subsided and I wanted to get back in touch with the things that inspired me to run my own yoyo business in the first place.
The development of this design became the ultimate SPYY hybrid of sorts. I looked at my favorites and infused elements of each into this super fun and high performing yoyo. Titanium is a seductive, yet sinister alloy! The temptation is to exploit every bit of strength and thin down the walls to a mere fraction of that of an aluminum yoyo, pushing all the weight to the rim. After countless CAD studies and trials I came to the conclusion that one could make a yoyo spin forever, but at what cost? I tweaked and tweaked the geometry over and over to exploit the benefits of added rim weight, while not getting greedy and going overboard. A heavy hand with rim weighting can easily result in a sluggish feel with excessive kickback… that uninspiring rock on a string feeling. My hope is that I struck the ultimate balance between precision, float, spin and fun!
Manufacturing this yoyo became more of a challenge that anticipated for myself, our CNC programmers and machine operators. This stuff is pure EVIL! Titanium pushes back hard, wears out carbide inserts and kills tools with an explosive bang and sparks! SPYY has produced over 20,000 aluminum yoyo halves with the same tooling and inserts. Aluminum is THAT forgiving. Titanium burns them up every ten pieces or less! We’ve had to regroup several times during this process in an attempt to tame the evil alloy sometimes referred to as “unobtainium”. That being said, the finished product is stunning to look at, hold and feel, while playing like nothing SPYY’s ever produced before!
This release is officially designated as TYY-01 and is limited to around 150 pieces. This may be it for SPYY’s adventures in titanium. The cost and time required to produce them was staggering, possibly making it suicide to consider doing it again. We’ll see how this release is accepted by our community.
eBay account saturnprecision spyy.bigcartel.com Sunday, November 8th at noon EST for the official release.
$300 USD ($400 CAD), shipping included.
SPYY TYY Specs:
Mass: 65.5 grams
Width: 41 mm
Bearing: Large C Dif-e-Yo KonKave
Responce: CBC 19mm Slim Pads
Axle: 316 stainless steel
Steve and Teri Koloski are two of the most wonderful human beings I’ve ever met. They love their kids fiercely, and have been some of the most dedicated and reliable supporters of the yoyo community you could imagine for the past two decades. If you’ve ever seen Eric Koloski shredding on stage at a yoyo contest, you can thank his parents for making sure that he was loved, supported, and made it to every single contest they could get him to. They have spent untold hours volunteering their time at yoyo events for as long as I’ve been around, running registration and scoring, and helping in every way they possibly could. They’ve done as much for yoyoing as Eric himself, and that’s saying a lot.
Teri Koloski, the caring mother of Eric and Kyle, has run into some health issues. Her husband Steve is balancing two jobs with care taking, and they need extra assistance in their home to help Teri. It is no longer an option or safe for her to stay home alone.
Every little bit helps. Please send something their way if you can, and if you can’t then please just share this so that maybe someone else can. Thank you.
Sengoku is a new company based out of Nagoya, Japan whose focus is on producing premium competition yoyos. Following up on their first release, the Nobunaga, their sophomore release is called Masamune, and is named after a legendary swordsmith. Masamune, a bi metal created with stainless steel rings and a new material never before seen in the yoyo industry that is only available in Japan called Alumigo Hard. Here is what Sengoku owner Julio Robles has to say about the new alloy:
Alumigo Hard is an high tech alloy that is comparable to and even better than steel, relatively new, commercially available since around 2 years ago and made in Japan only.
In numbers, aluminum 7075 is far behind in all properties. Alumigo Hard also has excellent machinability and resistance to corrosion, and the most important feature is that unlike titanium Alumigo Hard is not extremely expensive.
This new alloy sounds absolutely amazing and the possibilities are endless. With all the talks about the new alloy, what about the yoyo itself? Well Sengoku has already prototyped and finalized the design of Masamune all while fully utilizing Alumigo Hard.
The walls are extremely thin and the Steel rings weighs more than 50% of the aluminum body weight. The rings were placed using nitrogen to shrink and make them able to withstand hits.
The Masamune will be available November 13th at select retailers, as well as direct through Sengoku.
Sengoku Masamune specs:
Width: 43.5 mm
Diameter: 55 mm
Gap: 4.4 mm
Weight: 64.8 grams
Bearing: YYR DS Bearing
Retail Price: $228 USD
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of AJ Kirk. A true force of good in the yo-yo community who we will never forget.
AJ’s impact on the yo-yo community and the friendships he made will be forever eternal. His passion for the sport and for enjoying life to its fullest was obvious from the minute you met him. A mentor in so many ways he personally devoted his time to trying to make others happy wherever he was. From teaching new kids their first throw at YoYoJoe’s Yo-Yo Club to his amazing work in hospitals – putting smiles on people’s faces who needed love and hope more than ever. The minute he walked into a yo-yo contest you knew he was there – high energy and so much fun. He touched so many lives and the world is a better place because of him.
A member of Team YoYoJam from the early days he had a long competition career even placing 3rd in 5A at the 2006 World Yo-Yo Contest. Locally he worked hard to support the local scene at Mitchell’s (and later YoYoJoe’s) and co-hosted the YoYoRadio Internet Show with Joe Mitchell. He helped judge contests across the east coast and was always willing to help out wherever & whenever he could. He was also an avid juggler and performer – balancing chairs on his head and pulling off a 5 ball cascade. Most recently he helped create the Tiki Tiki YoYo Club in Delaware and had an amazing following of people. His signature series yo-yo the Ring Master was everything he had hoped for in a design and I can still remember how happy he was the day that became a reality.
His presence in our community will be forever missed. RIP our friend and thank you for the memories.
Last week we got an amazing surprise when a thoughtful and well-written article on modern yoyoing showed up in the mainstream media. Vice Sports sent someone out to the 2015 US National YoYo Contest to talk about the struggle for modern yoyo contests to turn from amateur events into something more polished and professional.
The modern yoyo industry is still very young, very amateurish, and very resistant to change and progress. Against a backdrop of contest organizers who change rules in the middle of events, small companies struggling to become self-sustaining, and players with such low expectations that they will accept literally anything and praise it as being the “best ever”, a new generation of contest organizers struggle to raise the bar and create events that will not only serve the needs of the die-hard players that contests have always catered to, but will also provide a smoother and more accessible point of entry for new players to join.
This article is one of the best outside views of modern yoyoing I’ve ever read. Huge thanks to Tyler Severance and Patrick Borgerding not just for their work in helping organize the 2015 US National YoYo Contest, but also for working with Vice Sports to give the outside word an honest view of our strange, tiny little industry.
Head over to Sports.Vice.com to read the full article.
Developer Dele Greg has released a new Android app called YoYoTuts that compiles more than 700 existing yoyo trick tutorial videos from YoYoExpert, CLYW, and more! This is a great resource for any yoyo players who aren’t sure what trick to work on next, or who just want some inspiration at their fingertips. Only available for Android users via the Google Play store for now, but an iOS version is already in the works.
Check out screenshots of the app below, and then head over to the Google Play store to download YoYoTuts for yourself.
Spin Dynamics new Alter Ego releases tonight!
Great video released by Daniel Dietz and edited my Michael Ferdico showing everyone what the Alter Ego is capable of!
There’s a lot going on in Dookie’s backyard. Recess Intl. gives up one hell of a trick dump, featuring players from Recess, CLYW, and YoYoFactory. Aint no party like a sponsored player party!
Featuring the good stuff from Ky Zizan, Chris Rodrigues, Paolo Bueno, Tyler Severance, and David Albert.
There’s a great video contest going on the YoYoExpert forum right now, specifically geared towards players who are 30 and older! Check out details below, and head to the YoYoExpert Forum for instructions on how to submit your video.
Entries must be recieved by Sunday November 1 at 11:59pm EST***
- Eligibility: You must be 30 years or over before the closing date for entries. You can be from anywhere in the world. You must have a YYE forum account. Your post count and date of joining is irrelevant to your eligibility!
- Video Length: 1:34. Some will find this to be on the short side, but I have the judges to think about. 4 seconds at the beginning of the yoyo must display the contest graphic with all our sponsors.
- Format: This is a trick showcase video. Edits are allowed and encouraged though they are not strictly “required”. Your tricks can be across any category. Mostly 1A but with a 4A banger in your back pocket? Great. 3A has occupied your time and has become your obsession? Go for it. Fixed Axle is what “does it” for you? G’head!
- Divisions*: There are two divisions: “around” a year or under, and then… the rest. Yes, a person with a year and a half of playing will be going up against someone with potentially a decade or more of play. I’ve done it myself and you still have great odds. Even better this year, as you’ll see by the judging criteria.
- Judges: Judging will be by a panel of 5 AMAZING yoyo personalities (including National Masters, yoyo legends, and world-renowned players). Yes, I will tell you who they are.
No, I’m not telling you yet.Turn to page 3 for the announcement that our panel includes Steve Brown, Dazzling Dave, Daniel Dietz, Augie Fash, and Ed Haponik!
- Judging Criteria: For each of the “main” divisions, each judge will score based on a 10-point scale for three categories: Skill, Creativity, and Execution**
Prizes! We have those! Here’s a starting point:
- “A year or under“: 1st-3rd places, each with a package of prizes
- “Over a year“: 1st-3rd places, each with a package of prizes
- “Well, I entered!“: random draws will mean that everybody can still win big!
- “Best Banger“: A premium metal yoyo (and something else!) awaits the best trick across both divisions. Our judges have seen a lot of bangers, so if you’re after this prize, make it good!
- “Best Video“: Regardless of your yoyo skill level, you have the chops to put together an impressive video. The best video across both divisions receives a prize pack including (another!) premium metal yoyo. This is your time to shine, even if you’re not sure you can cop 1st place in the main divisions
- “More“: I have more ways to get yoyos into your hands. Stay tuned.
Every entry is qualified to receive a FREE 10-PACK OF STRINGS! courtesy of our own YoyoExpert just for entering. When you submit your video, just let me know if you are interested in claiming them and I will take it from there.
For details on how to submit your video for the contest, please visit the contest thread on the YoYoExpert Forum.