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.
We’ve got official video of the winners from the 2014 Las Vegas Open YoYo Championship! Subscribe to our YouTube channel for the rest of the freestyles as they’re uploaded.
1st Place – Ky Zizan
2nd Place – Andrew Maider
3rd Place – Anthony Rojas
1st Place – Joseph Harris
1st Place – Hank Freeman
1st Place – Michael Nakamura
1st Place – Jake Elliott
Results are in for the 2014 Austrian National YoYo Contest! Check out video of all the winners below.
1st Place – Nicolas Jendretzki – 100
2nd Place – Lukas Galos – 73.00
3rd Place – Phillip Szkokan – 68.97
4th Place – Timotheus Schroer – 62.39
5th Place – Florian Kock – 54.74
6th Place – Martin Siegrist – 43.20
1A Open Freestyle
1st Place – Gabriel Szalay – 91.42
2nd Place – David Molnar – 85.32
3rd Place – Viktor Kollar – 81.73
4th Place – David Bolgarfalvy – 79.87
5th Place – Joe Black – 67.19
6th Place – Mikhail Novikov – 62.94
7th Place – Norbert Jenei – 57.33
8th Place – Eric Klesken – 45.54
9th Place – Levente Mecser – 45.22
10th Place – Gabor Kocsis – 44.99
1A Semi-Pro Freestyle
1st Place – Jakob Urban – 95.60
2nd Place – Leonardo Schroeer – 79.50
3rd Place – Felix Passler – 26.45
1st Place – Harald Klemm – 100
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2nd Place – Phillip Szkokan – 57.42
3rd Place – Jakob Urban – 48.69
4th Place – Florian Kock – 45.18
5th Place – Martin Siegrist – 31.88
6th Place – Timotheus Schoreer – 18.38
X Division Freestyle
1st Place – Norbert Jenei – 95.05
2nd Place – David Molnar – 93.21
3rd Place – Viktor Kollar – 62.05
4th Place – Johannes Voggenthaler – 33.93
5th Place – Mikhail Novikov – 22.30
Video is already up for the 2014 Hamamatsu YoYo Contest, held this weekend in Japan. The skill level here is fantastic…enjoy these videos of the 1A winners and head over to the YoYoVideoArchive YouTube channel for the rest!
1st Place – Yamato Murata
2nd Place – Ryuichi Nakamura
3rd Place – Reiki Sekiya
4th Place – Ayumu Harada
5th Place – Tatsuya Fujisaka
The official videos have been posted for the 2014 Virginia Beach Classic, the contest that served as the seeding event for the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Check out the top winners below, and visit the contest’s YouTube channel for the rest.
1st Place – Michael Kurti
2nd Place – Eric Koloski
3rd Place – Jared Veratti
1st Place – Shane Karan
1st Place – Alex Curfman
1st Place – David Kane
2nd Place – Jared Veratti
1st Place – Samm Scott
2nd Place – Michael Kurti
3rd Place – David Kane
We got some great entries into our Win A YoYoFactory Hubstack Afterglow contest on Instagram. The contest was simple…just post a creepy photo of yourself on Instagram, and tag it with #yoyonews and #hubstack. We dug through all the entries, and here are our three winners! We’ll be contacting them to get their shipping information and send them their YoYoFactory Hubstack Afterglow yoyos. Congratulations everyone!
Michigan yoyo player Connor Scholten took First Place and won $500 in his local “GR’s Got Talent” show in Grand Rapids, Michigan. That’s a nice chunk of change for a yoyo player, almost enough to buy an Anglam! (Just kidding. It’s enough for an Anglam and some special Anglam string.) Congrats, Connor!
Thanks to the good folks at Adegle YoYos for posting freestyles from the 2013 Taiwan YoYo Contest! Here are the top 3 in each division…visit Adegle’s YouTube channel for more freestyles from the contest.
2013 TYYC 1A – 1st Place -曾弘傑
2013 TYYC 1A – 2nd Place – 郭子瑋
2013 TYYC 1A – 3rd Place – 盧彥霖
2013 TYYC 2A – 1st Place – 后御群
2013 TYYC 2A – 2nd Place – 吳尚仁
2013 TYYC 2A – 3rd Place – 廖世鼎
2013 TYYC 3A – 1st Place – 余宗倫
2013 TYYC 3A – 2nd Place – 高中宸
2013 TYYC 3A – 3rd Place – 謝天戰
2013 TYYC 4A – 1st Place – 郭博翰
2013 TYYC 4A – 2nd Place – 張子威
2013 TYYC 4A – 3rd Place – 林家禾
2013 TYYC 5A – 1st Place – 崔正瑜
2013 TYYC 5A – 2nd Place – 朱聲詠
2013 TYYC 5A – 3rd Place – 韓毅
Junior – 1st – Jeong Yong-Chan
1A Final – 1st – Lee Do-Seung
2A Final – 1st – Han Jin-Gyu
3A Final – 1st – Kim Min-Gyu
4A Final – 1st – Jeon Ji-Hwan
5A Final – 1st – Roh In-Kyu
First things first: CONTEST WINNER!
The Fixed Friday group on Facebook saw a number of quality entries over the last few weeks for the chance to win a one-of-a-kind maple leaf-branded SPYYxTMBR “Eh”. The Light Sleeper Society (which DOES exist, though they would have you believe otherwise) convened to pick a winner. On the combined basis of pushing boundaries and adherence to the contest’s theme, the winner is…
Congrats, Kyle. Your super-special “Eh” is on its way, and it’ll be lucky to get thrown by someone who legitimately rips fixed axle.
Alright, on to the trick premise for this week: Question everything.
If you want to do anything meaningfully, you kind of have to have that approach (or at least willfully ignore it).
In my last column, I suggested that yo-yo tricks don’t need to start with the yo-yo wound up. This time, I’m going to operate from the premise that you don’t need to throw them “right”.
Reverse spin tricks have a unique appeal with regard to fixed axle. For much of an unresponsive-bearing yo-yo trick, the direction of spin is something you are welcome to ignore. The yo-yo is spinning, which gives it the angular momentum to resist turning against its primary axis, which keeps you in your intended trick, and that’s good enough. When it’s time to bind back up, spin direction matters again, but only kind of, for most people. When you’re rocking wood though, it matters big time.
For one, nearly all of the progressive fixed axle play going on now involves some version of staccato, stall-based or stop-n-go-based play. I used to feel like a trick had some old skool flavor if I ended with a phat flyaway dismount, but now I feel like regenerating from some kind of stall has taken over as the fixed axle modus operandi. As I’ve said every week, when stalling out a yo-yo, spin direction is your first concern. If you throw a standard breakaway, you can go right to a trapeze stall, but not to a man-bro stall. But what kind of bull-jive is that? And who says you have to START from a standard breakaway?
In these tricks, the yo-yo is thrown or regenerated “backwards” at some point. There are two main ways to do this. You can either throw down with the yo-yo wound in reverse (the way you teach kids NOT to throw down), or you can regenerate in such a way that the yo-yo DOES NOT flip over, resulting in a backward spin. Either way, if you can keep it straight, you’ve entered a cool, “Bizarro World” of mirror-image stall possibilities. Check out these examples, and then find your own methods of getting that sweet negative spin.
In the first one, I demonstrate a nice, clean way to go right into a reverse-wind without an audience really noticing (not that most would care). Bob Rule taught me this one on stage at Worlds. The subtle nuances and tricks that guy has locked away in his noggin would stun almost any modern performer in his tracks. Just throw forward pass, and catch it with your fingers pointing up. We’ve all done it, but how many people do it purposely to seamlessly move into a reverse wind? I’ma say “few”. Throwing a breakaway with a reverse wind takes some practice. You tend to put it on its side, and there’s a weird, sketchy feeling that you have to overcome. Once you do though, going right into a free-hand chopsticks man-bro stall (there has to be a better name for that) feels pretty rewarding.
Another option is the “bowling” throw. Drew and I have both come up with variations of this trick independently. Hold the yo-yo “regular”, but let it roll off your hand in reverse as you do a kind of “softball throw”. You can’t do this quickly, which is great because it gives your throwhand time to get into position and land in a neat Bird-In-Hand which would be impossible using a normal throw. There’s a lot of potential in this sort of throw, and I love tricks which I can do with my hand stylishly enclosed within my pocket.
Trick #3 is one of my babies (albeit, a kind of lame baby that no one loves or appreciates besides his father). Anti-loops are a great way to get into a reverse spin. Yeah, an Anti-loop is basically a Gravity Pull done “outward”, but try doing 5 of them in a row. Once you’ve switched the direction, you really have to switch the side you’re stalling out on. On a normal forward pass, your freehand would have to be in front. The Anti-loop lets you switch it.
Last trick is one of my favorite fixed axle repeaters. Watch the pogs on the yo-yo. Notice that they’re always on the same side. Between the two stalls, there’s an inside-loop regen. If the yo-yo flips over, the stall (just like the one in trick #1) is a no-go. If, however, you can purposely KEEP it from flipping on the loop, the spin direction will be reversed and the stall will work. This is a great test of your loop control. We’re all used to Moons and Planet Hops where the yo-yo isn’t “supposed” to flip, but keeping it from flipping on an inside loop feels strange… in a good way.
And that’s kind of the whole thing. We’re collectively deciding right now where fixed axle yo-yoing can go. By limiting our options with respect to hardware and spin time, we’ve got no choice but to open our minds to other aspects and dimensions within our play. If there’s something we’re taking for granted (how the yo-yo is wound, thrown, caught, stopped, started, etc), then it’s worth examining. If we want to transcend the notion that fixed axle yo-yo’s are primarily a good training ground to practice the same tech tricks we’d do on a modern metal yo-yo, then it’s on us to develop the trick vocabulary that suits the medium. That’s what’s going to take fixed axle yo-yoing from being a useful and fashionable novelty to being something we can really consider a “style”.