The Cleveland YoYo Club presents Cleveland Sessions 5, the latest video featuring Darnell Hairston, Jumario Simmons, Tahj Harrell, Mike Durdak, Perry Prine, Cameron Freidman, and Colin Beckford. Shot and edited by Brandon Jackson.
I post a lot of videos here, but with 365yoyotricks.com putting out a new trick every day it seems a little much to repost those every day. So instead I’m going to do a weekly round-up, which should keeps things more manageable!
The 2013 season features myself, Spencer Berry, Rafael Matsunaga, Jake Bullock, and Darnell Hairston…in addition to as many guest tricks as I can fit in there.
First up we’ve got some early tech 5A from former Trick Innovator of the Year, Jake Bullock.
Spencer Berry brings back Magic Drop with this super flexible repeater
I make things needlessly difficult with this awkward and mostly pointless suicide:
Up-and-comer Darnell Hairston gives us a new trick inspired by Zach Gormley:
I pop in again to take one of Jason Lee’s best-known tricks and make it about 2/3 as cool:
Ed Haponik drops in for a guest spot to make us all reach for a wooden yoyo:
Brazilian National YoYo Master Rafael Matsunaga drops a 10-year old mount and makes it look good again:
And Jake Bullock brings it all down with a crazy-long tech 5A construct that leaves you with a lot of homework to do.
Our friend Takahiko Hasegawa is at the Hong Kong Toy Fair, and he posted these pics to his Instagram account of the new YoYoFactory packaging. He also posted a pic of a new metal yoyo that we apparently weren’t supposed to see yet, since he deleted the pictures shortly afterwards. I didn’t grab the pics immediately when I saw them, and now I don’t remember the name of the yoyo. A text message to Seth Peterson at YoYoFactory yielded this: “Wait until Toy Fair. Maybe.”
So, rumor has it YoYoFactory has a new metal yoyo coming out that is currently on display in Hong Kong and might be on display in New York in February. More info when we get it! In the meantime, dig the new YoYoFactory packaging…hats off to John Huber for another fantastic job!
UPDATE: The yoyo is called the Ricochet, and František Bína pointed out on our Facebook page that YoYoFactory posted a pic of it on their Instagram. It’s been mentioned that it’s titanium, but no one from YoYoFactory will confirm. Pic below!
If the fact that it’s an amazing yoyo, and easily one of the best plastic yoyo releases of the past 12 months, wasn’t enough to get you to buy a new Severe from YoYoFactory, this video should do the trick.
2012 3A National Champion Patrick Borgerding just dropped a great video getting all of his old tricks as he prepares for the 2013 World Yo-Yo Contest.
Using the YoYoFactory Proton!
Yo-yo Used: Proton (Champions Collection)
Music: Be (Intro) by Common
Patrick Borgerding – 2012 USA 3A National Champion
Thank you to Yoshi Mikamoto, Ian Johnson, and everyone who inspires me daily.
I wanted to get all my old tricks on tape so I can start preparing for Worlds 2013. I hope you enjoy.
Anytime a video of 2008 World Yo-Yo Champion John Ando is posted you know it is worth a watch or two! This is a fun one.
Here John Ando is throwing the new YoYoFactory Proton.
A little video we made one day while waiting for lunch. We arrived 30 minutes before opening and used those 30 minutes well! We enjoyed the meal, hope you enjoy the video!
Yuji was kind enough to give us this New Years Eve trick dump video to drool over. Great style and great composition, as we’ve come to expect from Yuji.
Yoyo used is the Shaqler Protostar by YoYoFactory.
Maria Nechiporenko, from YoYoFactory’s Russian Junior Team, just dropped this new video that has us really excited to see how her play style develops. She definitely has a lot of potential and the beginnings of some really fluid trick presentation. YoYoFactory has always been gifted at spotting the rising talent, and they’re keeping the streak going with Maria.
I’m ridiculously excited to announce the 2013 roster for 365yoyotricks.com. If you haven’t been following, I started 365 in 2011 to see if I could create, film, and post an original yoyo trick every day. I pulled it off, and it was exhausting. So for 2012, I put together a roster of players whose play styles I really enjoy, and had them contribute weekly tricks. I’m continuing this for 2013 with a new roster of players; I’ll be contributing 3 tricks a week, and the players below will each contribute one…plus we’ll have special guest players pop in from time to time! So without further ado, here is the roster for the 2013 season of 365yoyotricks.com:
National Yo-yo Master and 2003 5A World Champion, Rafael is known for his highly conceptual and visually-appealing tricks. He is the founder and president of the Brazilian YoYo Association, and head organizer for the Brazilian National YoYo Contest. He spends most of his time disguised as a computer geek.
Co-winner of the 2007 Trick Innovator of the Year Award, Jake is one of the most gifted and under-appreciated counterweight yoyo players in the world. Jake was a massive force in the early development of tech counterweight play and, along with Jonathan Robinson, ushered in a new style of counterweight play that dominates contests to this day.
Darnell Hairston is an up-and-coming player from the Cleveland YoYo Club who managed to land a spot on the coveted YoYoFactory Protege Team. Mentored by National YoYo Master Steve Brown, expect to see Darnell destroying contests all over the Midwest in 2013.
Spencer Berry is responsible for a tremendous number of the building blocks of modern yoyo play. He is the creator of genre-defining tricks such as Breath, Rancid Milk, and Laceration and is generally regarded as one of the founders of modern yoyo play. His signature yoyo, Walter, will be available in 2013.
Everyone is fantastic in this video, but Ben Conde comes it right at the end and just kills it.
Luke Finnell from the USA and Rodion Sahanko from Russia made this awesome video, from opposite sides of the world! These 2 are up and comers and we’re sure you’ll hear more from them in the future.