If you’ve been enjoying the top-notch vlogs from Ann Connolly and Ben Conde, we’ve got another one you’ll dig. Igor Galiev from YoYoFactory Russia is two episodes in and we’re already looking forward to more in the series. If the whole series ends up being Igor flying around and eating ramen, we are 100% on board for that. Check out the first two episodes below, and we’ll post more as they’re uploaded!
Ben Conde is one of the most magnetic and engaging personalities in the yoyo community, and after a short break following his sponsor YoYoJam closing up shop, Ben is back with a new initiative on YouTube to bring modern yoyoing to the masses.
Players like to spend a lot of time creating reasons they think yoyoing isn’t more popular in the mainstream but the simple reality is that it just doesn’t look that good. For every one great looking yoyo video there are 1,000 videos of a player standing in their bedroom, making knots and staring at their hands. Players like Ben and his new push on YouTube are the one of the best hopes we have of really getting non-players interested in modern yoyoing as more than just a novelty.
Subscribe to Ben’s channel, and expect to start seeing new content weekly on Fridays at noon EST!
Time to brush up on your Portuguese!
The Brazilian yoyo scene was “the little scene that could” in the early 2000s. They were relatively far removed from the rest of the countries with major scenes, handicapped by huge import duties that made it really hard for them to get the yoyos everyone else was using, and with a lower-value currency that made it stupidly expensive to get to the US or Japan for major contests. So they did what any resourceful, creative, dedicated, amazing group of talented people would do: they figured out how to make it work all on their own. They built their own local brand, they built their own scene, and they made so much noise that the rest of the world couldn’t miss them if they tried, culminating in Brazilian player Rafael Matsunaga becoming the first modern World YoYo Champion not from the US or Japan.
I had the good fortune to visit Brazil once for Brazilian Nationals, and it was amazing. Every player in the country piled into a room that was so thick with bodies there was condensation on the ceiling, cheering each other on with deafening whoops and hollers as they started their routines. It was the very model of a scene built out of love and necessity, and I’m so glad that it’s been documented, and that someone is putting these time capsule together so that everyone can see what an amazing contribution to the art and sport of yoyo play Brazil has made.
8-time Mexican National champion Paul Kerbel has created a unique campaign to find some great new talent. It’s an open invitation to anyone and everyone to try out for Team Horizon, and those that are chosen as part of the team will be eligible win an even grander prize: a full sponsorship with YoYoFactory.
Team Horizon Rules:
1. Post videos/ photos on your Facebook or Instagram using YoYoFactory Horizon.
2. Tag @paul.kerbel, #YyfTeamHorizon, #yyfhorizon, & #paulkerbel
Seems like a neat way to seek out fresh talent…post and tag your tricks for a shot at sponsorship!
We’ve got the video of the winners from the 2015 US National YoYo Contest! All the rest of the contestants will be uploading soon…subscribe to YoYoNews on YouTube to catch them all.
1st Place – Gentry Stein
2nd Place – Andrew Maider
3rd Place – Nate Dailey
4th Place – Michael Kurti
5th Place – Evan Nagao
1st Place – Grant Johnson
2nd Place – Connor Scholten
3rd Place – Tyler Hsieh
1st Place – Alex Hattori
2nd Place – Elliot Ogawa
3rd Place – Donald Hodgkinson
1st Place – Philip White
2nd Place – Michael Nakamura
3rd Place – Zac Rubino
1st Place – Jake Elliott
2nd Place – John Wolfe
3rd Place – Chase Baxter
YoYoExpert forum member Parvar Singh mentioned that he really wished he could tour the One Drop facility in Oregon…but since he’s in India, that’s probably not going to happen any time soon.
So Paul Dang filmed this video tour of their shop as a treat for Parvar…and for everyone else!
This video is recommended for audiences 21+.
The World Yo-Yo Contest 2015 held official after-parties on every night (Nights 1 through 4) after the contest. It was well organized, and incredibly helpful to have an officially sanctioned event. It helped unify everyone after the contest, despite everyone staying at different hotels. I think this should be a case-study for future contests, in terms of unification of players, and for monetization purposes. (Yoyo players like to party!) Details of the after-party structure can be found here: http://tokyo15.com/en/world-yo-yo-party/
The 5th night was at a nightclub in Shibuya, Tokyo, where DJ Kohta was spinning. We drank and danced until the sun came up and the trains started again.
Personal thanks to Dimi. Tokyo was too much for one person to take in, so Dimi helped shoot with another camera over several nights. So many of the great shots you see in this video were thanks to him. Without his support, this video would not have been possible. Thank you, Dimi. For more of his photos, follow him on instagram at @iam_dimi.
Music is サマーナイツ (Summernights) by Alejandro Dale.
It can be found on Soundcloud here.
Thank you for watching.
The 2015 World YoYo Contest will have another excellent quality live stream of the entire event! Bookmark this post, and check out the schedule below so you know when to come back. (Pro tip, use this site to figure out the time difference.)
Luis E. Celis from Bogota, Colombia sent us this new fixed tip spin top video, and it’s packed with crazy hard stuff. Not many people are crazy enough to specialize in fixed tip but those who do are baller beyond compare. Enjoy!
The 2015 Japan National Yo-yo Contest comes to an end with mind-blowing freestyles, and some surprises among the winners!
Videos courtesy of yoyovideoarchive!
1A Division – 1st Place – Takeshi Matsuura
In 1A, Takeshi Matsuura retains the National title with yet another superb mastery of slack tricks! Yusuke Otsuka, who’s been better every year, finished second, followed by three of the best players from the new generation: king of 44FESTA Yamato Murata, and C3yoyodesign’s duo Ryuichi Nakamura, and Shion Araya.
2A Division – 1st Place – Takuma Yamamoto
2A also saw last year’s champion retain his title, with Takuma Yamamoto finishing with a four-point lead even after shedding two points to yo-yo stoppage. Shu Takada scored an incredible 38.5 out of 40 in evaluation scores and finished second, followed by living legend Shinji Saito.
3A Division – 1st Place – Tomoya Kurita
The biggest upset of the contest was in 3A, where current World Champion Hajime Miura was unable to present his usual consistency and finished in fourth place! The winner, Tomoya Kurita, had a couple of great bangers and pretty good trick volume, giving him the edge over runner-up Mizuki Takimoto and 2010 World Champion Minato Furuta.
4A Division – 1st Place – Rei Iwakura
Rei Iwakura trampled over all the other 4A contestants with yet another superb freestyle! His evaluation score? 38.7 out of 40! Naoto Onishi was the runner up, over ten points behind Rei, followed by former World Champion Tsubasa Onishi.
5A Division – 1st Place – Hideo Ishida
5A was up for grabs this year, with neither Takeshi Matsuura or Takuma Inoue competing. Hideo Ishida, who had finished third a few times before, was the clear winner, even with some loss of control during his freestyle. Sora Ishikawa displayed his usual repertoire of bangers, but was hurt by lower trick volume and a -3 deduction for not returning the yo-yo to the hand at the end of the freestyle.
With the World Yo-yo Contest approaching fast, players worldwide are now aware of what to expect from the home field contestants, and Japanese players had the chance to experience the venue that will host the contest in August!
Check the full results below!
- Takeshi Matsuura
- Yusuke Otsuka
- Yamato Murata
- Ryuichi Nakamura
- Shion Araya
- Akitoshi Tokubuchi
- Tatsuya Fujisaka
- Kazuki Okada
- Ryota Ogi
- Masahiro Terada
- Iori Yamaki
- Toru Miyazaki
- Hirotaka Akiba
- Toya Kobayashi
- Atsunori Tanimoto
- Takuma Yamamoto
- Shu Takada
- Shinji Saito
- Tomoyuki Kaneko
- Hiraku Fujii
- Arata Imai
- Shunsuke Kawakami
- Ryo Yamashita
- Shuhei Kanai
- Toshiaki Onuma
- Kiwamu Ebata
- Tomoya Kurita
- Mizuki Takimoto
- Minato Furuta
- Hajime Miura
- Yuki Fujisawa
- Yasuki Tachibana
- Taiichiro Higashi
- Ryosuke Ito
- Yuto Yamaguchi
- Rei Iwakura
- Naoto Onishi
- Tsubasa Onishi
- Hajime Miura
- Takumi Yasumoto
- Kazuaki Sugimura
- Futoshi Maruyama
- Yuki Uchida
- Tsubasa Takada
- Shinya Muraki
- Teppei Hino
- Hideo Ishida
- Sora Ishikawa
- Naoya Takeuchi
- Takayuki Kuriyama
- Naoki Uemae
- Ryotaro Morimoto
- Yoshihiro Abe
- Yuto Yamaguchi
- Masahiro Tsuburaya
Czech television station Česká Televize has posted a 25-minute documentary about the 2014 World YoYo Contest and the Czech yoyo scene that put it together. A fair chunk of the documentary is, predictably, in the Czech language but it’s a great watch and you can still get a pretty clear idea of what’s going on. Because hey, yoyoing is an international language, right?
Click the image above to watch the documentary!
Grain Theory kendamas put together another community edit, featuring killer tricks from Grain Theory fans around the world!
Piotrek Smietana, one of the most celebrated and respected videographers in the yoyo scene, is working on a new documentary about our community, our industry, and the people who hold it together.
We Are Throwers will begin fundraising soon on Kickstarter to raise money for gear and travel for Piotrek and his crew to visit players and events around the world to truly document what it means to be a yoyo player in the modern age. Check out this amazing trailer, and we’ll be sure to update when their Kickstarter page is live!