Couldn’t make it out to the 2016 Bill Liebowitz Classic this year? That’s ok, Rowland Balcom has us covered with this video from the contest. It’s a great look at sweet tricks from some of the top players at the event, all of them with their heads chopped off.
We’ve got big news! The rumor mill has been working overtime since word leaked out that the National YoYo League was working on (finally) moving the US Nationals out of Chico, California. Well now it’s official….the 2015 US National YoYo Contest will be held in Redondo Beach, part of the greater Los Angeles area in southern California.
A new website for the event is currently in the works and should be live by the end of next week. The NYYL began working on this new location when two former National YoYo Champions, Tyler Severance and Patrick Borgerding, approached the NYYL with a proposal for moving the event. The proposal was promising, and with the help of these two players the NYYL was able to secure finals and prelim venues and make this move official. This is great news for all Nationals competitors, as the new location is significantly easier and less expensive to travel to, not to mention the fact that now you’re in Los Angeles with plenty of other activities available that are not the sad, sketchy bar at the Holiday Inn.
Check out the official press release below from the NYYL.
This year marks significant advances in the National Yo-Yo Contest. Exciting changes are under way to better serve the expanding growth of a quickly evolving youth oriented sport.
Annually since 1993 (22 years) the Contest has been held in Chico, CA, home of the National Yo-Yo Museum. The Museum’s mission is to provide national exposure to the sport and encourage kids to learn to play with the Yo-Yo.
In 2002, the National Yo-Yo League was developed to attract new players, and provide a foundation to officiate and coordinate all yo-yo contests. The League will now enlarge it’s role and perpetuate support for the National Yo-Yo Contest. Commencing in 2015 the annual Contest will be held in a progression of metropolitan areas across the country, starting with the southern California city of Redondo Beach on September 25th & 26th.
This is a larger Contest venue, minutes from a large airport, and in one of the nations largest media markets, and it will enable a greater number of kids to be introduced to the sport and begin their rise in competitive play.
The National Yo-Yo Museum & League will continue to be based in Chico.
US National Champion Alex Hattori appeared on FOX 11 in Los Angeles this morning..check out the full appearance above. Nice job, Alex!