Malaysian yoyo player Zafran Aqil got a nice write-up in The Star Online, a Malaysian newspaper. Article excerpt below!
Get personal with Zafran Aqil, one of Malaysia’s top yo-yo players.
THE yo-yo craze might already be dead, but someone clearly forgot to tell art student Zafran Aqil, 19. And it’s a good thing no one did either, because the guy is now one of the best yo-yo players in the country!
Zafran has been successful not just in local yo-yo competitions, but in overseas ones as well. He placed third in the Central Malaysian Yo-yo Contest 2012, and was once invited to the Philippines as a guest performer at a competition!
He’s now sponsored by Singaporean yo-yo brand Diamont Noir, as well as clothing label Menagé.
He specialises in the 1A category, where the player performs string tricks with a single “sleeping” yo-yo. A sleeping yo-yo is one that continues spinning even after it has reached the end of the string.
Zafran admits that he was one of those who got caught up in the trend as a kid. He bought his first yo-yo when he was 14, and it cost him RM40. Now he has over 15 yo-yos, collectively worth at least RM3,000!