The Czech Republic has a lot of great food, great beer, and great yoyo contests. Check out the winners of the recent Rakovnicky YoYo Contest!
The 2015 Pacific Northwest Regionals was held this past weekend, and the level of talent at this event was intense! All of the players in the Top 10 were fantastic, but ultimately CLYW player Michael Kurti took home the top honors in the 1A Division. Check out the winning freestyles and full results below. (Players highlighted in yellow are the highest placing from the Pacific Northwest Region, and are seeded to Finals at the 2015 US National YoYo Contest. Players whose names are in red on the final scoring sheets are seeded to semi-finals at US Nationals.)
1st Place – Michael Kurti (CLYW) – 90.9
2nd Place – Zach Gormley (CLYW) – 90.7
3rd Place – Eric Koloski (YoYoFactory) – 88.8
4th Place – Nate Dailey (Chico YoYo Company) – 87.7
5th Place – Michael Nakamura (sOMEThING) – 87.2
6th Place – Colin Beckford (Duncan Toys) – 80.9
7th Place – Luckey Yulin Li (King Yo Star) – 78.9
8th Place – Harrison Lee (CLYW) – 78.7
9th Place – Patrick Canny (YoYoFactory) – 78.5
[highlight color=”yellow”]10th Place – Odon Alberto Jr. – 74.5[/highlight]
11th Place – Matthew Poon – 71.7
12th Place – Michael Marshall (GSquared) – 71.2
13th Place – Noah Bachofen – 68.1
14th Place – Ken Luo – 67.7
15th Place – Paul Dang (One Drop) – 67.4
16th Place – Ethan Cheung – 65.2
17th Place – Nehemiah Peterson (Werrd) – 64.9
18th Place – Angelo Aguirre (GeneralYo) – 64.6
19th Place – Skyler Routon (Chico YoYo Company) – 64.4
20th Place – Lake Steppan – 60.9
21st Place – Aaron Bendich – 60.4
22nd Place – Kyle Hedges (Monkeyfinger) – 58.6
23rd Place – Zack Lin – 58.5
24th Place – Ibrahim Rahman (YoYoFactory) – 58.2
25th Place – JT Nickel (One Drop) – 54.7
26th Place – Stephanie Haight (YoYoJam) – 51.1
27th Place – Joey Montoya – 50.8
28th Place – David Ung (YoYoFactory) – 44.7
[highlight color=”yellow”]1st Place – Jordan Sambueno – 76.3[/highlight]
2nd Place – Hugh Higinbotham – 65.0
3rd Place – Alex Kim – 0.2
[highlight color=”yellow”]1st Place – Ken Luo – 79.5[/highlight]
2nd Place – Colin Beckford – 78.2
3rd Place – Elijah Tan – 72.0
4th Place – Mason DeVriend – 44.0
5th Place – Keiran Cooper – 15.9
1st Place – Michael Nakamura (sOMEThING) – 93.2
[highlight color=”yellow”]2nd Place – Trivet Sembel – 79.3[/highlight]
3rd Place – Steven Yok Wai Lee – 78.3
4th Place – Nate Dailey (Chico YoYo Company) – 71.9
5th Place – Noah Bachofen – 71.6
6th Place – Jeremy McKay (King Yo Star) – 70.3
7th Place – Harrison Lee (CLYW) – 61.1
8th Place – Matthew Poon – 46.7
9th Place – Rick Cobb – 38.2
10th Place – Keiran Cooper – 35.9
11th Place – Anthony Martinez – 43.9
12th Place – Nehemiah Peterson (Werrd) – 34.4
[highlight color=”yellow”]1st Place – Kyle Hedges (Monkeyfinger) – 88.0[/highlight]
2nd Place – Patrick Canny (YoYoFactory) – 81.1
3rd Place – Boming Wang – 80.2
4th Place – Michael Kurti (CLYW) – 76.8
5th Place – Michael Marshall (GSquared) – 74.5
6th Place – Robbie Graham – 60.2
7th Place – Luke Reinert – 57.4
8th Place – Mason DeVriend – 50.8
9th Place – Aaron Bendich – 40.5
The Prague YoYo Battle took place last weekend, and two players tied for First Place! CLYW’s David Kreibich and YoYoFactory’s Matous Tomes tied for First, with C3yoyodesign’s Tomas Bubak following closely in Third Place.
Check out the freestyles below…Prague really is the yoyo capital of the world!
David Kreibich (CLYW) – 1st Place
Matous Tomes (YoYoFactory) – 1st Place
Tomas Bubak (C3yoyodesign) – 3rd Place
Petr Kavka (CLYW) – 4th Place
Ondra Dolejs – 5th Place
Full results are in for the 2014 Las Vegas Open! Werrd sponsored player Ky Zizan took home the top prize in the 1A division with an absolutely jaw dropping routine that had the entire crowd on their feet! Check out full results for all divisions below…..official contest video coming soon!
Congratulations to the 2014 Polish National YoYo Champion, Grzegorz “Plamek” Wójcik! Check out full results and video of the winners below.
1A Freestyle Division
1st Place – Grzegorz “Plamek” Wójcik
2nd Place – Michal Zakrzewski
3rd Place – Marcin Drzewiecki
1A Open Freestyle Division
1st Place – Vilmos Zoltan Kiss
2nd Place – Viktor Kollar
3rd Place – David Molnar
5A Freestyle Division
1st Place – Maciek Cwynar
2nd Place – Viktor Kollar
3rd Place – Bao
X Freestyle Division
1st Place – Karol Tutkaj
2nd Place – Maciek Cwynar
3rd Place – Damian Wiesala
Congratulations to all the winners of the 2014 Vietnam National YoYo Contest! Check out video of the top winners below, and head over to YoYoAccessory’s YouTube Channel for video of all the competitors.
1st Place – Hua Phu Nguyen
2nd Place – Huynh Huu Loc
3rd Place – Nguyen Pham Minh Khoa
1st Place – Tran Minh Hieu
2nd Place – Nguyen Hoang Tuan
3rd Place – Chau Hong Anh
1st Place – Nguyen Tri Dung
2nd Place – Le Thanh Phong
3rd Place – Pham Dang Quoc Thinh
1st Place – Nguyen Hoang Tri Hai
2nd Place – Trinh Hung Liem
3rd Place – Tran Thanh Phong
1st Place – Tran Quoc Huy
2nd Place – Nguyen Minh Chien
3rd Place – Vo Luong Duy
The International YoYo Federation has issued a new ruling on how Multi-National events will seed to the 2015 World YoYo Contest as well as all future World YoYo Contests. This does affect the upcoming Las Vegas Open!
Previously for WYYC14 Champions were seeded to the FINALS of the World Yo-Yo Contest.
Starting with World Yo-Yo Contest 2015 the Top 3 will instead be seeded to the SEMI-FINAL of WYYC15.
EYYC (Poland), AP (Singapore), Las Vegas Open (United States) and Latin America (Mexico) are the qualifying Multi-National Contests for WYYC15.
Not only EYYC, AP and Pan-America, but in the near future, we see a strong possibility of other regions being able to host their own MNC. Therefore, in order to accommodate all MNCs to be seeded to the World Contest, IYYF has decided to seed the MNC winners to the semi-finals instead. Furthermore, we value the quality of skill and performance of the top placing winners of MNCs and have decided to seed the top 3 from each division of all MNCs.
A few weeks back, on August 23rd, Ky Zizan and I had the unexpected honor of attending the 2014 Summer Freestyle Competition in Jarocin, Poland.
When we arrived in Berlin on Friday night, Pac informed us that there was a contest the following day, 4 hours away in Poland. We weren’t planning to go at first, taking a train to catch a bus to catch another bus would have been fairly inconvenient. But then Pac’s (non-yoyoing) friend Toby showed up with his RV. As fate would have it, Toby is going to have his driver’s license revoked by the German government very soon, so he was eager to drive as much as possible while he still can.
Around noon on Saturday, as Pac, Gesine, Toby, Ky, and myself loaded in the RV to leave Berlin, Pac called up Nowak (SFC oragnizer) to let him know we were actually coming. The contest was scheduled to begin at 2pm, but when Pac told him that we would arrive around 4pm, Nowak said “Ok, we’ll start when you get here.” We were pretty stunned. I guess I’ve never been an international guest at a yoyo contest like this before, but still, stalling the entire event for us to get there, was an awesome gesture. It was around this point, as the RV turned onto the Autobahn, it really began to sink in that this would be an event unlike anything I’ve ever been to before.
When we arrived in Jarocin, Pac found out that he would be judging (though he had considered doing a routine), and I found out that they needed someone to film the freestyles. Good thing we decided to go!
It was a quaint little contest, only about 20 competitors, and a non-standard judging system (string hits only), with some players doing multiple styles in their routines, all in a single division. It was very much a low-pressure opportunity for the local players to get stage experience. Despite the relaxed, non-competitive atmosphere, we witnessed some great rising talent, and these guys have a lot to look forward to at Polish Nationals later this month.
I never would have thought to find myself in an RV, going to a yoyo contest in a foreign country on a moment’s notice. Nor did I ever expect I would attend a yoyo contest on a Polish farm with goats and go-karts, ponies, pedal-boats (in a lake on the premises), and communal dinner cooked on an open fire. It was an awesome weekend, and we couldn’t have planned it if we had known about the contest beforehand. Many thanks to Toby for transportation, and of course thanks to our Polish friends for waiting for us!
2014 Summer Freestyle Competition Results
1st Place – Patryk Nawolski
2nd Place – Marcin Potarzycki
3rd Place – Borys Radziszewski
4th Place – Kacper Pałatyński
5th Place – Julek Rosa
6th Place – Ky Zizan
7th Place – Maciek Cwynar
8th Place – Patryk Kusyk
9th Place – Michał Grabowski
10th Place – Ernest Wróbel
11th Place – Hubert Mantey
12th Place – Adam Czapla
13th Place – Dawid Tomczak
14th Place – Kuba Tomaszkiewicz
15th Place – Gesine
16th Place – Szymon Szczepański
17th Place – Ben Gates
18th Place – Jakub Orpel
19th Place – Kacper Tomaszkiewicz
20th Place – Mariusz Szymkowiak
21th Place – Mateusz Bargenda
Head over to YouTube for all freestyles from the contest!
Chinese National 4A YoYo Champion Zhao Chen created a new iOS app that turns your device into scoring clickers! This neat little app works like this:
- Click the freestyle by tapping on the positive and negative to mark points.
- Hit “Finish” to enter the player’s name, record their score, and clear the score for the next player.
- Once you’ve entered all your results, tap “Results” to see a list of the player’s names and their total technical score with the negative points deducted.
The “Clear” function empties the current score manually, and you have to delete the final results manually, but it’s a really neat start to the idea of publicly available apps to help with contest scoring.
Yo Clicker is available for download now in the iTunes App Store.
Here’s an awesome submission we got from the 1960 Hong Kong yoyo champion, Tony Tebbutt. It’s always great to get first-hand accounts of yoyo contests from the “golden age”. Check out what Tony has to say about the contest below. (Thanks to Korda at YoYoStore.cz for sending us this one!)
That’s me in the center of the photograph, the 1960 yo-yo champion of Hong Kong and Macau. I won what was then an enormous prize of $7,500 HKD (editor’s note: that’s about $15,790 USD today!) sponsored by Coca Cola and Russell yo-yo’s. I think this was the first such contest in Asia and the skill level and engineering development of the yo-yo today is light years ahead of what we had in the 1960’s. Nevertheless the competition was as fierce as it is today and the experience was one of the highlights of my life. My ability with the yo-yo never left me and throughout my career I would find occasions to use my yo-yo to bring some fun and levity to speeches to some very large audiences. This Hong Kong boy, born of Eurasian heritage, went on to University in California and senior management positions in Canada and England before becoming the President of a $2 billion US company. Keep practicing, you never know where your yo-yo might take you! Today I am 66, retired, wrote a book on my teenage years in Hong Kong (including the yo-yo contest) and on occasion I still give yo-yo demonstrations.
As a former yo-yo prodigy, it is so exciting to read about the re-emergence of yo-yo contests around the world and then be able to watch some of the performances via YouTube. Technology and Talent have brought the modern-day yo-yo contest to a vastly different skill level vs. the way it was in Hong Kong in the year 1960. In those days, the contest format was very different but the pressure to perform was as grueling as it is for today’s contestants. If you would like to know more about a major yo-yo championship held back in the “old days,” the excitement, the drama and the prizes; I devote an entire chapter in my book A Rising Son In The Land Of Nine Dragons.
We previously reported full results from the 2013 Spain National YoYo Contest, and they’ve finally uploaded video! Check out the winners of the 1A Pro and Advanced divisions below.
1A Pro – 1st Place – Ixbalam Tapia
1A Pro – 2nd Place – Daniel Tamariz
1A Pro – 3rd Place – Juan Fco Mateo
1A Pro – 4th Place – Daniel Capilla
1A Pro – 5th Place – Alfredo Mascali
1A Pro – 6th Place – Pablo Correa
1A Advanced – 1st Place – Gemma Planas
1A Advanced – 2nd Place – Daniel Rodriguez
1A Advanced – 3rd Place – Juan Mari Otazo
1A Advanced – 4th Place – Federico Serrano
1A Advanced – 5th Place – Jorge Furones
Results have been posted from this weekends Georgia State Yo-Yo Contest!
Congrats to the new official State Champion Charlie Byers.
And congratulations to the winners of the major divisions: Eric Koloski for his win in 1A, Samm Scott in 5A, and Alex Curfman for the Open Division.
Georgia State 1A Finals
1 Eric Koloski 92.67
2 Sebastian Brock 90.70
3 Joe Wilson 78.64
4 Alex Curfman 77.04
5 Charlie Byers 70.43
6 Noel Kunz 69.68
7 Spenser Davis 68.65
8 Andrew Robinson 67.61
9 Samm Scott 62.95
10 Gee Cheung 59.85
11 Arthur Foley 54.32
12 Uri Gottschalk 53.62
13 Anthony Greer 46.34
14 Max Jones 41.75
15 Darren Tan 41.50
2013 Georgia YoYo Champion
Scott, Samm 86.54
Brock, Sebastian 80.74
Kunz, Noel 60.53
Pond, Jarrett 56.11
Foley, Arthur 41.34
Curfman, Alex 100.00
Davis, Spenser 66.94
Kinder, Steven 60.96
Gottschalk, Uri 35.44
Zerkel, Jake 17.03
Byers, Charlie 10.00
Brock, Sebastian 88.10
Koloski, Eric 82.82
Curfman, Alex 73.72
Wilson, Joe 72.20
Cheung, Gee 63.80
Davis, Spenser 61.59
Kunz, Noel 60.68
Greer, Anthony 59.06
Byers, Charlie 59.03
Robinson, Andrew 55.70
Tan, Darren 51.05
Scott, Samm 48.27
Jones, Max 47.39
Foley, Arthur 46.94
Gottschalk, Uri 46.77
Fuentes, Stephen 44.15
Gronberg, Evan 42.81
Alonso, Tony 42.52
Beland, Nicholas 42.27
Zerkel, Jake 42.12
Fairhurst, Alex 38.46
Johnson, Reid 38.06
Knox, Jeffrey 35.13
Tran, Dao 34.11
Rogan, Joe 33.62
Kinder, Steven 32.14
Wright, Madison 30.14
Harris, Turner 29.92
Phillips, Caleb 29.13
Holland, Tucker 24.05
Rifenburg, Shannon 23.53
Pond, Jarrett 23.03
Marie, Matthew 20.26
Garay, Ian 17.57
Lambert, Gavin 6.71
Mehaffey, Chris 2.61
Videos are going up for the Slusny Junior Cup, and there’s a ton of fresh new talent in the Czech Republic! First and second place are up, and it looks like more videos are uploading now…keep an eye on their YouTube channel for more.
1st Place – Tony Šec
2nd Place – Michael Ďurčo
Registration is now open for the 2013 Asia Pacific YoYo Championships!
Held in Singapore, AP is one of the largest contests in Southeast Asia and draws top talent from all over the world. Spectators can expect to see competitors from Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, China, Thailand, Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Japan and more as they compete for the title of Asia Pacific Champion.
AP 2013 takes place July 12 – 14 at Bugis+ in Singapore. Full details are up on the contest website, AsiaPacYoYo.com. YoYoNews will be covering the event live via our Instagram account using hashtag #ap2013.