TheGioiYoYo.vn got a visit from Werrd Alliance player Eric TranTon, and put together this great video featuring Eric TranTon, Huynh Huu Loc, Tran Quoc Huy, Van Dinh Sang, Chau Hong Anh, and Tran Thanh Phong. It’s always great to get a look at growing scenes in other countries, and it’s especially cool to get to see a player going home for a visit. Nice work!
The fine folks at the Saint Petersburg YoYo School have released a new video called “YoYo Almanac 1”, featuring guest spots from an international all-star list of yoyo players!
Werrd team member Carlos Braun jams out some tricks in his garage in this new video, showing off the Werrd Irony JP.
Ryosuke Ito puts the Werrd Eighty-Six 400 through its paces….twice, actually, since he’s doing 3A. The video is pretty rough, but there are some great tricks in there, even if the whole thing does look like a police training video for stalkers.
Robbie Graham has dropped a new video of 5A tricks, featuring some really nice concepts and transitions. Yoyo used is the Werrd Hour.
Werrd 2K13 Hour Specs:
- 60mm diameter
- 41.5mm wide
- 4.7mm gap
- 65.5 grams
- K-pad response
- Center Trac Bearing
- BluePrint String
Splash Anodised (multiple colors)
Gold Anodized (for the pimp look)
Silver Anodized (for stage bling)
According to Stu:
I revised the weight distribution to see if we could speed up the Hour on the string a little. This is tricky for such a large diameter yoyo but I was able to do this by adding percentage weight to the rim and increasing spin time while actually making the 2K13 Hour lighter and more maneuverable. Success.The Werrd Bounty is still up for grabs and the Hour and 2K13 Hour are the current weapons of choice. Before Worlds we will add another yoyo (or maybe 2) to the eligible Bounty yoyo arsenal.Limited pieces of the 2K13 Hour will be pre-released at Japan Nationals this weekend. For Japan Nationals Werrd is attending in force; flying in, fresh off his BAC 3A Win is Eric Tran-ton. Australian National Champion Vu Ho and Yu Tsumura will also be in attendance as well as the heart beat of Werrd – Stu Brown and Andrew Savage.
Sounds like huge things are in store for Werrd…we’ll update with more info as we’re able to get it. In the meantime, check out the team and new throws at Japan Nationals this weekend! Stu hinted to me that there might be some more new releases at Japan Nationals if they make it in time…we’ll find out soon!
Robbie Graham spent a little time filming at his grandmother’s house and turned out this video.
No joke, he shot it at his grandma’s house. Bet she watched him filming, said “That’s nice, dear”, and gave him a cookie. Grandmas are awesome like that. Hug your grandmas, kids.
Yoyo used is the TRE by Werrd.
We mentioned that we were sick of the quickies and wanted a full video, and Robbie delivered a full video. Coincidence?
WE THINK NOT.
Robbie also seems to have dropped his Square Wheels YoYos and moved exclusively to using Werrd, rather abruptly. Kinda weird, but we love both companies so…whatever floats your boat, Robbie.
We just got werrd (ha ha see what we did there? sorry.) that Ivan Maslin has joined the Werrd Wrecking Crew. Congrats Werrd and Ivan! Check out this video and see why…Ivan is a talented young player with a smooth style. Nice job!
[Editor’s Note: Drew Tetz is in Italy, drinking coffee and swooning at the sight of his lovely girlfriend this week. So the newest member of the Werrd Alliance, Jacob Jensen, is filling in with some crazy fixed axle goodness. Thanks Jacob! – S]
Alternating Chopstix Eli Hops
How do you make Eli Hops harder? Do them in a chopstix mount! How do you make them harder than that? Alternate them! This trick is a good example of one of my favorite things. Take something and push it to the next level. Now push it another level further, because one level is for regular ol’ people. You, on the other hand, are awesome. And who’s stopping you from pushing it another level further than that? Step ya game up, son.
Excerpt from Aqueous
Aqueous is a really great trick by Jake Bullock. I made a parody trick called Vacuous back when it came out because I thought of it as the philosophical epitome of everything I hated about trick creation. Later on I changed my mind about it, and later yet I decided, you know what? Jake only ever landed the trick once…I should see what’s so hard about it. So then I got in and really studied it, and discovered that it’s loaded with cool concepts that most people have never tapped into. If you want to know where I look for inspiration, Aqueous is one of the richer sources for me. Way too much of my stuff pulls from some part of it or another, from almost direct copying of maneuvers to abstract approaches I can’t even really put my finger on. What you see here is a small excerpt, and it’s one of my favorite parts, where the very first maneuver in the original trick is finally explained (an unusual chopstix mount using both index and middle fingers, which for several maneuvers appears inconsequential…until it suddenly becomes critical for the dismount of the first “act” to function properly).
Instant Wristmount to Eiffel Architect
I love instant wristmounts. It’s all like, yeah, I’m doing a forward pass like any other dude, but then BAM wristmount. I think the first time I figured out how to do it was nats 2010. I was playing with lots of instant mounts around then. Instant mounts are the bomb, and more people should do them! But anyway, out of that I go into Willie Terrian’s picture trick Eiffel Architect, which is like a super tower. Except I’m not sure if the name “Eiffel Architect” refers to just the picture itself or the whole trick leading up to and including it (which I forgot the rest of once I figured out a quicker way in). Them’s the hazards of learning from videos. BAM BOOM anyway.
This is probably one of my more favorite moves of mine, and was inspired by some of Paul Escolar’s old tricks. The last part, the loop drop to trapeze, was the focus of the trick when I made it, but once I started showing it to people everyone was getting more excited about that slack that stays vertical as I throw and catch it. And I was like, okay, whatever, but then I watched a video of it and I was like…oh yeah, that is kinda cool, isn’t it? I’ve shown the trick to Paul like three times, and each time he sees it he’s like, whoa, show me that again. So I’ve taught it to him twice (the other time he was kinda busy and didn’t have time). I don’t remember if I’ve told him the name of it or that it’s named after him and his old spiky hair from back in the day. I think it’s funnier if he doesn’t know and I just keep teaching it to him over and over again. Plus who can say no to Paul Escolar saying your trick is cool more than once?
Some Kinda Stall or Something?
So now for something more like what you’d be expecting in a Fixed Friday video: this is a shrinking trap stall to full inward z-axis flip with a half turn to…whatever that dismount is. I was originally trying for this trick without the half turn, but we don’t always get what we want, do we? Like it kept doing the turn no matter what I did. So I did it intentionally and it still looks like a mistake. Also I’m punching through the…man, it totally looks different in third-person. When I’m doing it there’s this gap between my left arm and the string/yoyo that I punch through and that forces the dismount out, except I don’t make a fist while I’m doing it because that messes it up. BUT THAT’S WHERE THE MOTION CAME FROM.
Yu Tsumura dropped this amazing 3A banger called “Panda”, so I obviously had to go for the easy joke with the post title. Please forgive me. It’s late.
Yu is a fixture on the Midwest contest scene, and if this trick is any indication we’re going to be seeing some amazing stuff from him this year.
Jacob Jensen has officially joined the Werrd team of sponsored players, and it seems to us like a perfect fit. Jacob, better known on yoyo forums as “Elephark”, is one of the most creative technical players out there, and his videos are usually just banger after banger. Congrats to Jacob on his sponsorship, and to Werrd on picking up another tremendously creative yoyo player for their roster!
YoYoExpert has officially announced the full line-up for their 2013 trading card series, as well as details for a pretty massive series of giveaways, hidden inside packs of the cards. They’ve managed to relay this in what is possibly the tallest yoyo-related graphic ever posted online, but lemme tell you…it’s totally worth all the scrolling.
There are a total of 65 cards this year, including players from YoYoFactory, Yomega, Duncan, YoYoJam, CLYW, SPYY, C3 YoYoDesign, 365yoyotricks.com, OneDrop, Werrd, and more…including three very special 3-D Legend Cards featuring Jason Lee, Paul Escolar, and John Higby.
Special “Winning Ticket” cards are mixed in randomly to the foil packs that each contain 3 random trading cards…and you get one of these foil packs with every single order of $50 or more placed at YoYoExpert.com. If you find a Winning Ticket…you win the prize associated with that ticket…it’s just that simple!
Full details are online at YoYoExpert.com. The list of prizes is kind of insane, and really tall, so get that scrolling finger ready and…..GO!