Eiji Okuyama from Fist Salud decided to take a peek at the site of the 2017 World YoYo Contest, the glorious frozen wonderland of Iceland! Locals Palli and Oskar were on-hand to show off some tricks and guide the cameras through a sneak peek at their home country for tourist Graeme Stellar. Tons of fun from Fist Salud, as always.
Archives for January 2016
Seva Golovin – Turning Point II
Petr Kavka sent us this video he shot for his friend Seva Golovin…featuring a new Turning Point prototype! No details yet on the new yoyo, but knowing Turning Point it will be pretty damn good.
Ryosuke Kawamura Presents: Paul Kerbel
Paul Kerbel gets a turn in the spot light of Ryosuke Kawamura’s player video series. Paul performs his tricks with such ease, that they appear almost magical. Probably because Paul is not human. He is a magical Mexican elf-man.
Yoyo used is YoYoFactory Horizon.
Cabin Tutorial – Blista Compact
What’s that? Another new Cabin Tutorial from CLYW featuring Yuuki Spencer, the greatest of all time?
Yes. Thank you.
Yoyo used is the CLYW Scout.
Ryosuke Kawamura Presents: Ky Zizan
Ky Zizan is front and center in the latest video from everyone’s favorite video collector, Ryosuke Kawamura. If yoyo players were Pokemon, Ryosuke would be that guy who caught all the Pokemon.
Yoyos used are the Recess Weekend and Joyride.
Michael Malik – Nightmare
You can always count on the Czech Republic to deliver the goods, and this latest video from UnitYo is further proof that this little country is the idealogical capitol of the European yoyo scene. Check out some smooth play from Michael Malik…great filming and editing, and quality trick construction. Enjoy!
Yoyo used is the YoYoFactory Nightmare.
And if you’re interested, check out the “making of” video…it’s a nice peek behind the scenes!
Yusuke Otsuka – Start The Riot Test
Rebellion, the budget yoyo line from YoYoRecreation, has it’s first bi-metal yoyo releasing soon! Yusuke Otsuka runs it through a hella clean prelim run in this quick video. Yusuke took 5th Place at last year’s World YoYo Contest, so I think it’s safe to say that he knows a thing or two about making a yoyo look good.
No word on price or release date yet, but considering the pricing of the Rebellion line I think it’s safe to say we can expect this to come in under $100. Sweet!
Arhaus YoYo Gang on Denmark’s Got Talent
Check out the Arhaus YoYo Gang’s audition for Denmark’s Got Talent! Seems like every year we get a fistful of yoyo players heading for one of the “_____ Got Talent” shows, and while I like these guys it doesn’t look like they put much work into their audition.
So, a few tips for any aspiring performers out there:
- Always be dressed better than your audience. This holds true for pretty much anything you could possibly do in front of a crowd, from yoyo shows to commencement speeches. It immediately elevates you and draws people’s attention towards you. It also shows that you respect your audience by making the extra effort for them.
- If the trick you are doing is so hard that you can’t look away from it, it’s probably too hard for the audience to understand. Keep it simple when you are performing for a non-player crowd! Big, simple, fast, flashy, and fun.
- Build a routine. Don’t just get up there and run through whatever tricks you know. Create a routine that fits the time you have allotted, and has a beginning, middle, and an end. Tell a story, take your audience on a journey.
Keep those three tips in mind and your audience will thank you for it!
Much love to Jose Pineda for this front-line view of the 2016 Bill Liebowitz Classic! This year contest organizer Mark McBride went with a new judging format, where audience members basically throw Monopoly money at the players as they are performing, and whoever has the most fake money at the end of the contest wins ACTUAL money.
So basically, it was strip club judging. Leave it to Mark McBride, right? We would list the results but let’s be real here: when the goal is to hang out, have a good time, and throw fake dollar bills at yoyo players, we all win.
Dwight Daly Jr. – Halyard POV 2
Dwight Daly Jr. brings us another solid POV video. This guy is coming up quick…great trick construction and flow!
Yoyo used is the YoYo Workshop Halyard.
Daniel Kim – 2015
Daniel Kim just dropped a really solid new video; great tricks, great filming and editing. Good work, all around!
Not sure if he meant to title it “2015” because it’s the culmination of the work he put in last year, or if like the rest of us he just isn’t quite ready and keeps writing “2015” on everything, but either way Daniel is definitely a player to watch in 2016.
Eric Tranton presents – Intermission ft. Zack Lin
Eric Tranton put together this slick video of Axis YoYos newest player the have picked up, Zack Lin. Zac kills it with his sleek looking flow.
Yoyo used is Axis Mixtape
Takashi Hinata – sanDWIch
We haven’t posted up much kendama stuff lately because, well, it’s been a little on the stale side and I quit paying attention. But then this video popped up! Featuring some really interesting new tricks from Takashi Hinata, this little gem will totally make you want to rummage through your bag and find that kendama you forgot about.
2016 Virginia State YoYo Contest – Full Results
We’ve got the 2016 Virginia State YoYo Contest results including the full scoring breakdown! Congratulations to Joe Wilson for his winning his third Virginia State Champion title! Andrew Bergen and Donald Hodgkinson took home the gold in the 1A and Open divisions, respectively. This contest was so lit with all that talent in the finals. Check out the rest of the winners and full scoring breakdowns below. Videos are coming soon to the YoYoNews YouTube channel, so make sure you’re subscribed.
1st Place – Andrew Bergen
1st Place – Donald Hodgkinson
*6th place in 1A is Tylor McCllumore
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