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.