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.
New video from Cleveland YoYo Club member and YoYoFactory Protege Team Member, Darnell Hairston.
Darnell is planning to attend and compete in a lot more contests next year…expect to see him at the Triple Crown of YoYo in Chicago, Indiana States, and more.
Hyper Yo-yo is at full power during the Winter World Hobby Fair in Japan!
Japan’s biggest toy event, World Hobby Fair, will once again host a huge Hyper Yo-yo event in each of its venues.
– Jan. 20th in Nagoya
– Jan. 26-27th in Tokyo
– Feb. 3rd in Fukuoka
– Feb. 10th in Osaka
The Hyper Yo-yo booth will feature the usual shows from the “Hyper Spinners” Tyler, Tiger and Shun, as well as the unveiling of a new member of the Hyper Yo-yo demo team, presumably replacing Zero, the last Duncan Hyper Spinner.
Regional contests will also be held in each event site, and although details are scarce at this point regarding the format, the event site notes that winners will be the official representatives of each region in an upcoming National contest.
A “Hyper Yo-yo School” will be available to all newcomers during the whole event at each venue.
(translation via Rafael Matsunaga)
Great new video from one of YoYoFactory’s sponsored players in China, Vong Kin Ian.
Doomsday – As you may or may not have heard, 12/21/12 marks the end of the Mayan calendar and many have speculated that this also marks the end of the world as we know it. TERRIBLE as this may be, YoYoFactory has decided to turn this bad news into something SO big that it may actually eclipse all of the potential up and coming tragedy. On 12/21, YoYoFactory will be releasing the Doomsday Genesis, an entirely new version of one of the most popular metal yo-yos that we have ever produced. This version of the Genesis is manufactured out of ultra high grade 7075 aluminum, making it stronger and more durable than any other Genesis ever produced. Slight design alterations yield a slightly different weight distribution, a flat face on the yo-yo rather than an axle hole, and brand new laser engravings on both halves of the yo-yo. YoYoFactory and the Mayan’s can agree on one thing: Doomsday is coming!
42.75 mm wide
56.42 mm diameter
Clint Armstrong makes another bid for the top of the heap with “On The Town”. The YoYoFactory Contest Team has a lot of talented players, but Clint is quietly climbing the ranks…watch out for him at contests in 2013.
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!
There are few things I miss about Malaysia that don’t involve street meat on a stick, dipped in sauce from a rusty desk drawer (ask Dimi about that one), but one thing I really do miss is just how over-the-top the yoyo players are about pretty much everything. Even something as simple as a t-shirt gets a full 1.5 minute video….hilariously, they featured the t-shirt will full on-screen specs and neglected to tell us who the player is. But this video from 28spin.com is well worth the watch if for no other reason than just to say “Why yes, I have seen the most awesomely enthusiastic yoyo t-shirt commercial, ever.”
Hats off to 28spin.com for being awesome!
YoYoExpert has posted a peek at their 2013 trading card series…and this year’s lineup is 65 cards, their biggest yet!
I’m incredibly proud to also tell you that a few players will have special 365yoyotricks.com cards in the series…I’m literally grinning from ear-to-ear right now just typing about it. This year’s series is shaping up to be fantastic, and I can’t wait to get my set.
More info at www.YoYoExpert.com.