YoYoNews has full results and scoring breakdowns for the 2A Division of the 2017 World YoYo Contest. Congratulations to 2017 World YoYo Champion Shu Takada!
MOAR 2A VIDEOS, PLEASE!
Shinnosuke Ishizaka tears through some great 2A tricks in this new video. Good enough that I’m going to go grab some loopers and hit myself in the collarbone for an hour or two before I remember I’m no good at 2A.
Yoyo used is the YoYoMonster Crook.
Watching Shinnosuke Ishizaka kinda makes you want to dust off those loopers, doesn’t it?
Yoyo used is the YoYoMonster Crook.
C3yoyodesign has finally joined the 2A game with a new looping yoyo, the Initiator!
Scheduled for release at the 2015 World YoYo Contest in Japan this weekend, the Initiator is the result of a year of development and testing between C3yoyodesign and a team of champions in Hong Kong and Japan. The Initiator is designed to be fully contest-ready without any modifications for all skill levels of 2A players.
YoYoAddict.com has dropped pics and more info on their forthcoming looping yoyo. Interesting to see smaller companies offering loopers, especially considering the small size of the 2A player base these days. Maybe this influx of new models will increase the general interest in the division?
Pics and awkwardly translated info below!
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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.
From the earliest days of yoyo demonstrators, beginning with the Flores YoYo Company in the 1920s, two-handed yoyo play was set as the pinnacle of skill. Demonstrators would whip out a pair of yoyos and kids’ jaws would drop and their parents wallets would open…it was the ultimate demonstration of mastery. With the intense development of 1A and the invention and popularization of the alternate styles, two-handed looping has lost its mystique a bit…but the top levels of play are nothing short of staggering. Two-handed looping remains one of the most visually stunning forms of yoyoing, and while the skill barrier for this division gets higher every year, those who have put in the time and work to master it continue to blow minds every year.
5. Matt Harlow –
Known for his blistering speed which shattered and destroyed many yo-yos and snapped equally as many strings, Matt infamously snapped a string one year and World YoYo Contest judge Dennis McBride took a yoyo at full speed, right in the chest. (In Dennis’ credit, he shook it off and kept clicking, establishing for all time that he was secretly a superhero.) Back when 2A was the measure of a great yo-yo player, Matt took the top spot at the World level. Matt brought a lot to the double looping division when wraps were just being introduced and tangler combos were in their infant stages.
4. Hiraku Fujii –
A staple in the 2A division for almost a decade, Hiraku has taken the top spot at Japan Nationals numerous times as well as consistently winning his Regional competition. His technical skill and choreography have remained superb for years. Once again, Hiraku could not top Shinji’s dominance, but his longevity in the division, placing third at the World contest in 2012, earns him a spot on the list.
3. Takuma Yamamoto –
The only person to put a blemish on the list of accomplishments of Shinji Saito, Takuma Yamamoto immediately earned a spot as one of the greatest. His technical 2A is unmatched today, above and beyond the best in the world right now, and his recent double-digit win at Japan Nationals only proves that notion. With several more National titles to back his 2008 World title in which he beat Shinji, Takuma is still a fiercely competitive 2A player moving forward.
2. Koji Yokoyama –
Koji will be the highest ranked player to never win a world title—stymied by the greatness of Shinji. But it is undeniable, Koji was one of the most electrifying performers and toughest competitors. With an unmatched eight second place finishes in 2A on the World stage, Koji Yokoyama demonstrated great creativity and passion for the sport while maintaining runner-up for almost a decade and some would argue deserved the top spot in 2007. Winning the title at Japan Nationals and Asia Pacific only adds to this man’s great legacy.
1. Shinji Saito –
Were you expecting anyone else? The single most dominant yo-yo player of all time. His near perfect record only speaks to his greatness. Technically skilled, innovative and overall endlessly entertaining—eight 2A World titles to show for it—Shinji Saito is the all-time greatest 2A player and has a strong argument for the greatest yo-yoer of all time. Period.
Who do you think are the greatest 2A 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.
Blk Sens, a new Hong Kong-based yoyo company, has announced a new looping yoyo called the Traccia designed by Yiu SiuHo, the Hong Kong and China 2A Champion. Full specs are below, along with more pics of the guts and gap. It’s pretty interesting that a new company would choose to go with a looping yoyo…for this price I can only assume it’s a re-branded version of an existing yoyo already being made in China. Since it looks to simply be a fairly straightforward Raider clone, I think it’s safe to assume these will need heavy lube for modern 2A play.
Here’s some great 2A play from Masakazu Yamasaki, promoting the recent release of the Vortex looping yoyos by YoYo Joker. The tangler that he rolls down his back at 1:46…gotta be honest, that scares the crap out of me but it’s SO GOOD! It’s actually really similar to an old hoop juggling move from the vaudeville days.
Duncan Toys has released full photography of all colors of their new looping yoyo, the Hornet. Check ’em out!
AdegleYoYos from Taiwan just posted some new pictures of their upcoming Macaron Looping yo-yo that seems like it is nearing an official release. Considering how amazing the PSG and Asteroid are for the price this one should also be quite the exceptional looping yo-yo!
Weight: 49.6 g
Width: 34.28 mm
Effective Width: 12.3 mm
Diameter: 58.5 mm
Gap Width: 2.3 mm
Bearing Size: Size A
Gap Type: Adjustable Gap
Response System: Spiral Claw
(Via ADEGLE 裕和商店s Facebook)