Congratulations to Shu Takada, the 2019 World YoYo Champion in the Art + Performance Division! Takada also won the Artistic Award in the event.
The International YoYo Federation announced some organizational changes to the way the World YoYo Contest will be handled moving forward. At this year’s IYYF meeting in Shanghai, and after discussion from board members, a few key changes were agreed upon to help streamline the organizing process.
Here’s the official statement from the IYYF:
WYYC2020 will be held in Budapest, Hungary.
WYYC2021 will be in Japan.
IYYF is proud to introduce the host countries of the 2020 & 2021 World Yo-Yo Contests. WYYC2020 will be held in Budapest, Hungary, and WYYC2021 will be held in Japan.
Further details will be announced when they have been confirmed. Keep your eye on www.iyyf.org for news.
WYYC Proposal Process Change
We have had many discussions among the IYYF board on how to decide the location and team for running WYYC. Each year there are many exciting location options, yet at the same time there are many challenges and difficulties that come with running the contest in a different place every time.
Learning from our experiences over the course of the past five years organizing WYYC, we decided to reevaluate our situation and have, as a result, revised our decision plan.
Here are some changes about how the WYYC location will be chosen in the future.
1. We will no longer be bound to the three-year cycle of Americas, Europe and Asia.
2. We are no longer accepting proposal documents for new locations in the same way that we have in the past.
3. If you are interested in running WYYC in your country, please contact us so we can discuss the possibilities; we will also ask serious applicants to join the current WYYC organizing team as a core member.
This way, the IYYF team can better share its knowledge, resources, and get to know new members through working together with them. New members will be able to learn more from current organizers and work alongside them to help run WYYC. Essentially, instead of asking other people to struggle and come up with ideas by themselves, we have decided to welcome more people so we can diversify our team and work closely together for future contests. In the long run, we hope to better ensure stability, consistency, and increase the quality of the event year to year.
Thank you, as always, for your participation in the World Yo-Yo Contest. None of this would be possible without your involvement and support. We look forward to being able to bring WYYC to even more places around the globe, and we hope you’ll join us on that journey!
There has already been some confusion over some of these points, so let’s go through them for some clarification.
We will no longer be bound to the three-year cycle of Americas, Europe and Asia.
This does not mean the contest will no longer travel! This just means that it will no longer be forced to follow a strict pattern of movement. The IYYF’s Executive Board is currently the core organizing team for the World YoYo Contest, and all three Executive Board Members (Ondra Sedivy, Hironori Mii, and Steve Brown [me!]) are constantly looking for new locations & venues for the World YoYo Contest. Breaking the cycle means that instead of trying to force the contest to fit into a certain region in a certain year, the IYYF can take advantage of any opportunities that arise to hold the contest in the best area with the best support for that year. This may mean that regions will double up in the future (two years back to back in Asia, but different countries) or it may mean that the IYYF simply changes the order to best use it’s resources (Americas – Asia – Europe), but what it definitely means is the contest is still moving, and the IYYF now has a little more freedom to make sure that the best possible option is utilized for that year.
We are no longer accepting proposal documents for new locations in the same way that we have in the past.
World YoYo Contest proposals in the past have assumed that the contest would be run entirely by a local team, with some logistical support from the IYYF, and the results have been mixed. External teams have done some great work and with oversight from the IYYF there has been some degree of consistency, but for an event as important as the World YoYo Contest, a higher degree of consistency must be maintained from one year to the next. And not just at the event itself, but also in the lead-up to the event, with registration deadlines, sponsorship proposals, ticket sales, etc. Moving the organization of the contest to a new group each year essentially means starting over each year for a lot of these things, and for the continuity of the contest it’s easier for one core organizing team to manage the main aspects of the event each year, regardless of location. But fresh ideas and new people are essential to the growth not just of the event but also of the IYYF, which brings us to….
If you are interested in running WYYC in your country, please contact us so we can discuss the possibilities; we will also ask serious applicants to join the current WYYC organizing team as a core member.
Instead of people saying “Hey, my team can run Worlds, here’s our proposal” the new protocol will be to vet applicants based on their standing in the community and experience in event organizing, and then bring them into the organizing team for the upcoming World YoYo Contest. This will allow them to work side-by-side with experienced contest organizers and learn all the detail and procedures that need to be addressed for the World YoYo Contest, which will in turn make sure they have all the skills and perspective needed in order to take the lead on organizing the event in their home country. For example, the 2019 World YoYo Contest will be held again in Cleveland, Ohio and organized by Steve Brown and the 2020 World YoYo Contest will be held in Budapest, Hungary and organized by Vilmos Zoltan Kiss. In order to add continuity to the proceedings, Vilmos has joined the Cleveland organizing team to make sure that he has all the information and knowledge he needs in order to run a great event in Hungary, and the core team from the Cleveland event will also be assisting with the event in Hungary. After that, the core teams from both Cleveland and Budapest will assist with the 2021 World YoYo Contest in Japan.
Moving forward this will not only guarantee a higher degree of consistency for each event, but will also bring in more organizers with new skills and perspectives that can help grow the IYYF and the World YoYo Contest.
tl;dr – Worlds is gonna continue getting better, and keep moving around the world. All good.
Everyone loves a good redemption arc, right? Zichen Liu was the local favorite to win Worlds this year, and after crowd-favorite freestyles in both Prelims and Semi-Finals, his Finals routine just fell apart and we never got to see it in it’s full glory. But thanks to the good folks at Turning Point and Huatian, now we get the whole freestyle, executed perfectly, and it was worth the wait. Amazing.
Yoyo used is the Turning Point Haast.
Shinya Kido’s got a new version of his signature yoyo available, so the only logical thing to do if you want to promote it properly is film tricks in front of the glaciers, crater lakes, and generally breathtaking scenery in Iceland. Perfect!
Yoyo used is the C3yoyodesign Krown 2017.
Jeffrey Pang does it again with another absolutely beautiful contest recap video! Filmed during his trip to Iceland for the 2017 World YoYo Contest, this one has it all: amazing yoyo tricks, late night parties, hardwood floors, Eric Koloski’s dazzling smile, waterfalls by the dozen, and friggin’ GLACIERS.
The new website is live for the 2018 World YoYo Contest! The 2018 event will be held in Shanghai, China in August 2018. Final dates and venue details are coming soon.
Bookmark the site now and be sure to follow the contest on social media for updates on dates, venue, travel information, visa details, registration deadlines, and more.
(Please note, there will also be a Chinese-language site coming soon!)
WYYC2018 Official Web Site
WYYC2018 Official Instagram
WYYC2018 Official Facebook
WYYC2018 Official Twitter
Members from the Duncan Team Worldwide show off the new Windrunner! Filmed during the 2017 World YoYo Contest in Iceland, this video has solid tricks and stunning backdrops. Featuring Team Duncan Members Tal Mordoch, Janos Karancz, Remy Baskin, Javier Augusto, Tylor Maccallumore and Viktor Kollar.
Yoyo used is the Duncan Windrunner.
Check out full results and scoring breakdowns for Semi-Finals at the 2017 World YoYo Contest in Reykjavik, Iceland!
Check out full results for Prelims in all divisions at the 2017 World YoYo Contest in Iceland!
This years World YoYo Contest will be held in Iceland in just 6 weeks! Here’s what you need to know:
- The next registration deadline is coming up soon…after that, competitor fee jumps from $30 to $60. Registration is available HERE.
- If you are registering to compete, you still have to purchase a day pass! In previous years this was all done at the same time, but due to venue restrictions you must purchase your day pass separately. Do that HERE.
If you haven’t uploaded your music yet, do that HERE.(Music upload isn’t available yet, but should be soon.)
- Submission deadline for the Art & Performance Division has been extended to July 10th! Details HERE.
- There’s a good FAQ on the website about Iceland HERE.
- There is no specific “contest hotel” this year. Because Iceland is small, the lodging is going to be more like past years of EYYC…a sort of “players village” with everyone scattered at multiple hotels, hostels, and Air BnBs all very close to each other. There are 7 different options listed on the event site HERE, plus you can search AirBnB if you want something a little more private.
- Freestyle rules are HERE. If you are competing, it’s your responsibility to know these rules inside and out. If you have questions, please contact the IYYF for clarification as soon as possible.
Good luck, and see you there!
The Scales Collective is back with two more episodes of their podcast…a mini episode discussing the first two events of the 2017 Japan YoYo League, and an interview with…well, with me. Neat.
2017 has already proven to be one of the most competitive years of yo-yo of all time, and Japan is at the forefront of it. Scales members Patrick Canny, Colin Beckford, and Keiran Cooper discuss the first two contests of the 2017 Japan Yo-yo League – East Japan A Block and Central Japan – and analyze some of their favorite freestyles from each, as well as predictions for what the rest of the year will show for yo-yo in Japan.
Steve Brown is one of the most important yo-yo players of all time – from being an inventor of a world-renowned division, a National Master, yo-yo news website leader, contest organizer and more, it is safe to say that his impact on the community has been something worth noting. In this episode of the Scales Podcast, member Andrew Bergen interviews Steve on some topics such as running the 2016 World YoYo Competition, his insight on people who are interested in running competitions, and more. Listen to this episode and gain some knowledge from one of the industry’s best! Thank you to our sponsors: YoYoExpert, Caribou Lodge, and Recess International!
The website is now live for the 2017 World YoYo Contest!
The 2017 World YoYo Contest will be held in Reykjavik, Iceland from August 10 – 12. Organized by Ben McPhee, this year’s event promise to be one of the most exotic World YoYo Contests yet…a true destination event!
Check out some great raw footage of Ahmad Kharisma going hard at the 2015 World YoYo Contest in Tokyo. Are you a fan of Ahmad? Of course you are. Because he’s rad. Enjoy!