We’ve got an all-new #playersweek compilation from Fist Salud, featuring CLYW’s Pall Gudmunsson! Palli always brings amazing tricks to the table (always always), so it’s no surprise that this video is filled with great stuff. Shot and edited by Eiji Okuyama.
We don’t get a lot of videos from Palli but holy crap, when he drops one it is really, really good! This is Palli’s official “farewell” to the Puffin 2, which is being retired today with one last batch hitting retailers tonight at 10 pm EST. (Design work has already started on the next version of the Puffin).
Neat fact about this is that during the summer solstice in Iceland there are only a couple hours of “night”. The sun goes down a little after midnight and comes back up just before 3 am. Crazy, right? A lot of this footage was shot around midnight in Iceland. Crazy.
Yoyo used is the Puffin 2 by CLYW.
CLYW team member Palli Gudmundsson scored a pretty awesome gig! He was filmed for a mobile phone commercial, but for the final commercial they lopped off his head with digital effects and added the head of, in his words, “the Ryan Gosling of Iceland”. AMAZING.
CLYW’s Palli Gudmundsson made it all the way through to the finals of Iceland’s Got Talent, and even though he didn’t win he put on one of the best performances of the series! His routine was a great representation of modern yoyoing to a wider audience, and it’s great that the Got Talent shows overseas seem to treat variety acts better than they do here in the US.
The video won’t embed, so click the image above to watch it! Congratulations, Palli!
Our friends at Perfect Elements have finally released their 45-minute film, “Perfect Elements: The Movie”. Instead of making this a commercial release, they’ve decided to just release it for free on Vimeo! Featuring Palli, Igor Galiev, Daniel Budai, Bryan Figueroa, Jason Lee, Kota Watanabe, Marcus Koh, Kentaro Kimura, Vashek Kroutil, and many more! Check out the filmmakers description below.
Welcome to the world of yoyo.
Yoyo is not just a game. It’s something bigger. You can see all this huge world with a place for everyone, here in this movie. It’s not only an hours of practice and learning tricks, but travels, adventures, parties… Tricks that was just a fantasy yesterday, today became a reality. It’s not an easy way, because without work and patience you can’t make even a first step, but that’s what makes it precious. Every new trick brings the joy of creation. It’s when sensation is what important, not the result, when you come on stage not attending to win, but to show your skills. It’s when you come back home all full of impressions and inspiration. It’s the awaiting of that very moment, when it appears in your head, perfect element!
On Friday January 24th at 7pm (Mountain time) CLYW are going to be releasing Palli’s brand new signature throw, the Puffin 2, at CLYW.ca. Chris dropped a HUGE amount of backstory to this design, and it’s definitely worth the read…quoted below!
As Palli started to add more complex tricks and longer more challenging combos to his freestyles he felt that he needed an update to his original design. So we listened! What Palli had on his wish list was:
- Keep the diameter and width the same
- Make the catch zone of the profile steeper to allow for horizontal tricks
- Make it spin longer
- Make it more stable
- Remove the nipple to make it easier to do finger tricks
- Keep the outer rims the same
- Reduce the side wall for easier horizontal tricks
So once we were ready Charles and I got on Skype with Palli and got to work on the design. We started off with the original CAD model of the Puffin, since we knew Palli wanted to keep the same diameter and width while keeping the outer rims the same. So first on the list was remove the bump on the catch zone and reduce the side wall. We kept playing with the angles and curves to see what type of surface would blend well between the two points. Eventually we got to a really nice flowing organic shape and would allow us to still distribute the rim weight in the inner hub. The profile looked too smooth though and needed something to break it up, and a subtle edge in the profile near the outer rim fixed that. Once we were happy with the catch zone we moved onto the inner hub.
To get the Puffin 2 to be more stable and spin longer, we had to remove the double rings. The double rings really made the original unique, but it really hurt us on maximizing rim weight with a mid sized throw, they seem to work a lot better for full sized throws like the Chief. Plus the double rings also add a level of complexity to machining. Eventually after some playing around we got to a really nice sort of wing like shape on the inner hub that made us think of Puffin wing tips. Then we made our way to the nipple and shrunk it down. Palli wanted to make it as short as possible, but still keep it there. In order to do this we had to switch to the same short axle system that we use on the Canvas/Arctic Circle.
The whole process was quite iterative, where I would make changes in CAD while Palli was watching and he would ‘Yay or Nay’ it. It was a lot of fun being able to work on this together and have Charles there to see how the whole design process works. The end result we felt was a much better representation of ‘a Puffin’. It’s definitely way more bird like, it fits Palli’s tricks better and Palli was involved in the whole process. An interesting fact about the 2014 lineup was that all 4 of the new models were designed over the course of 3 days and only 1 of the 4 had to go to a 2nd prototype (the Bonfire). This was definitely a first for CLYW.
CLYW Puffin 2 Specs:
Diameter: 2.100″ (53.3mm)
Width: 1.752″ (44.5mm)
Response: Snow Tires
Bearing: CTX Bearing by Central Bearing Co.
Made in Canada
Chris Mikulin is going to cry when he sees this.
We’ve just reported the addition of Patrick Borgerding and Ryosuke Iwasawa to Backspin, but it seems the elite team is not done yet!
Iceland’s pizza-making, puffin-toting Palli was announced as the team’s newest member today!
One of CLYW’s most outstanding players, Palli got 4th at this year’s EYYC, and further solidifies Backspin’s position as a bastion of extraordinary people! Palli’s signature yoyo with CLYW, the Puffin, has become an instant classic and his Alternative Freestyle exhibition from Worlds 2013 was one of the crowd’s favorites.
Coleman Weimer just dropped his 2013 World YoYo Contest clip video, and it’s got a solid roundup of all the usual suspects….Petr Kavka, Eric Koloski, Ann Connolly, Michael Ferdico, Zach Gormley, Palli, Darnell Hairston, Ayumu Harada, Ky Zizan, and plenty more. Dig in and enjoy!
CLYW presents 4:32 of some of the greatest yoyo talent ever assembled on one team. Every second of this video is absolutely inspired.
Caribou Rendezvous features:
Here’s another video from the 2013 Alternative Freestyle Invitational…featuring everyone’s favorite Icelander, Palli!