It is spring time in Brentwood and with the amount of rain we have had this winter, everything is blooming. Which then trigger allergies for some who suffer from such including yours truly and HanzYoyo. So what better way to alleviate ourselves of the symptoms than by taking Claritin, using Visine eyedrops and throwing yoyos around 🙂
In this video you will find me doing tricks together with my new friend HanzYoyo who is also a YouTuber. I met Hanz at Cal State Yoyo Championships last April at Jack London Square in Oakland, CA. After the event, we stayed in touch and found out that we lived within 20 minutes of each other. So one day I called him up and invited him over to do this video collaboration.
In the video, HanzYoyo used the TopYo Quantum which you have seen me review before.
So right out of the box this yoyo is dead smooth. on a scale of 1-10 of smoothness, it is a 20!!! Finger Grinds, not a problem. Talon Grinds, easy. Thumb Grinds, gimme a break. The only finger grind that is a little difficult is the horizontal finger grind. Even though there is a dimple in the center of the face, that whole section is elevated upward, when you do a finger spin, your finger will land on the side of the ledge. So finger spins on this yoyo are doable, but they’re not great.
This yoyo leans more to the stable and heavy side as opposed to floaty and light yoyos. Due to the yoyo’s zero wall, it really difficult to do speed combos and horizontal combos with. Techy style on the other hand is not a problem. If you watch Yuuki Spencer’s tricks and combos, he doesn’t do too much speed or horizontal, however he does do a lot of techy tricks that are at a normal speed. So you play like that, then this yoyo is right for you!!! Some other players that play tech at a normal speed – Zach Gormley, Harrizon Lee
Now here is the unboxing of the Caribou Lodge Kayak –
Finally I got my hands on yet another CLYW yoyo masterpiece, the CLYW Manatee. JD Steele at YoyoBestBuy let me borrow the Manatee to try it out and to give it a Throw Score review. My original intent was to return it after the review but I decided to keep it after throwing it around for about a week.
The Manatee is very smooth right out of the box. It leans on the heavier side at 67 grams. It is a metal yoyo with a bead blasted finish. The color way is super cool. I was able to get the teal and red blend but when it spins, the yoyo actually looks like gun metal gray.
I have scored the yoyo in the video below and have laid out the total scores at the bottom of this web page. I added a new category that scores the yoyo’s stability while at play. I simply put a range between Floaty and Stable. The higher the number the more stable and the lower the number the more floaty the yoyo feels.
The CLYW Manatee is easily a “goto” yoyo. I highly recommend it to any serious yoyo player. It is a must have.
Check out the Throw Score video of the CLYW Manatee and let me know what you think.
It is the first day of school. I have my books, backpack, lunch, school clothes and yoyo. You meet your teachers, find your classes and meet new friends as well as reunite with old ones. Everything feels fresh, new and exciting. This is the inspiration to the yoyo trick in the video.
I named the trick The Freshman because when I do the trick, it feels fresh, new, exciting and even a little cheeky, LOL. Seriously, I looked at this video and thought to myself, I look like a freshman during his first day of school.
The yoyo in the video is a plastic yoyo by Yoyo Factory called the Yoyo Factory Protostar.
I like this yoyo because even though it is plastic, it plays like a metal yoyo.
Check out “The Freshman” and let me know what you think and leave a comment. Also feel free to Like and Share.
This video is different from the ones we posted before. We visited a friend of my Dad in his production studio and I was blown away. Actually my Dad was blown away because between him and I, he is the one who geeks over video equipment 🙂
In the studio, we shot video of tricks from different angles and scenes but mostly outdoors. This one was the only one we shot indoors.
The setup was fairly simple, there were two side lights and a black backdrop as the background. At first I thought, hmmm this is different. But it was not until I saw the video footage that made me realize how cool the shot was.
You know I cannot name yoyo tricks and in fact, I am one of those players that says it is just a combo. But since this video is full of new things, lighting, background, indoor video footage, the music, I am going to name it. Let me call this combo Vanilla Mint, because it is cool and refreshing like the breath mints sitting on my desk 🙂
The trick itself is straight forward but technical in nature. It involves string slack control, speed control, and finishes with a picture trick. As if the shot was not cool enough, when I was editing it, I saw something that made it cooler, slow motion.
This is when I went to the Bay Area Classic Yoyo Competition 2016. Although I didn’t compete, I had a fun time meeting new people, yoyoing, and watching all the competitor’s performances.
I got to meet up with friends whom I have met in past events. Seeing them again and witnessing how they have grown in yoyo tricks and skills is really an awesome experience. We spend the day not only watching the awesome display on stage, but also sharing and showing what we know and have practiceds since last we hung out.
In the video you will see lots of yoyos and combo tricks thrown by various players. In parts where I am doing tricks, you will see me use the OneDrop Gauntlet.