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Sometimes I make up tricks that are so hard that by the time I’m supposed to film them, I hate them already. This was one of those tricks. It’s stupidly difficult but it feels so smooth to perform…when you can actually hit it, anyway.
Song is “Dance of Days” by Embrace. They appear courtesy of Dischord Records.
Remember the trick “Flim Flam” from Jan. 27th? Yeah, you can turn it into a repeater that is obnoxiously hard but kinda ends up looking like cigar box juggling.
Song is “Cornada” by Burnman. They appear courtesy of No Idea Records.
Oh hey look, the snows melting again.
Song is “Assassin” by Floor. They appear courtesy of No Idea Records and the crushing weight of gravity.
I’m still in love with hubstack 5A, and I’m not even close to getting it where I want it. This is a new nunchuck combo I’ve recently gotten cleaned up and smoothed out.
Song is “Amargas Lembranças” by The Shame.
This is another little gem from my 2007 Worlds routine, although I can’t remember off the top of my head if it actually made it in the routine or not.
Song is “Styrofoam” by J Church. They appear courtesy of No Idea Records.
Sorry for the lame trick name, but I really couldn’t think of anything else. It’s been a long day already.
Song is “Whacky Shack” by Savage Brewtality. They appear courtesy of BEER and AWESOME.
In 2004, Takeshi sent me a Bootleg Monkey with free-spinning sidecaps. I broke it almost immediately. But before I broke it, I came up with this combo, a few more that I’ll get around to filming eventually, and some counterweight tricks that were the infant beginning of my 2007 Worlds routine. The burst of creativity I had with that yo-yo was absolutely insane, and I was pretty jealous (but excited) that YoYo Factory got a reliable yo-yo with spinning caps to market with a design that was infinitely better than the one I left at Duncan when I quit. (I still have no idea what they did with that design, since it’s never been released. Although they fired the engineer who was working on it shortly after I left, so it’s probably in the bottom of a desk drawer some where…or it just got thrown away.)
The day I first held a YoYo Factory G5 in my hands with T-Stacks was the day I realized I could never out-engineer Hans and Ben. It was also the day I realized I didn’t want to, and I was pretty content to just be the guy playing with yo-yos instead of trying to design them. That was a big day for me, personally, and I felt a tremendous weight lift off my shoulders.
Yo-Yo used is the G5 by YoYo Factory.
Song is “See You In Hell” by Small Brown Bike. They appear courtesy of No Idea Records.
My buddy Mike jokingly said “How come you don’t have a trick named ‘Pinetree’ yet?”
Hi, Mike. 😉
This is the opening combo from my 2007 Worlds freestyle. It’s still a damn strong opener, particularly now that it’s smoother and faster than it was in 2007. It’s also a really good way to set the tone of “Yeah, this isn’t going to score much in the way of points but it’s going to look rad”.
Song is “Glassing” by Planes Mistaken For Stars. They appear courtesy of No Idea Records.
Another nugget from my 2007 Worlds Freestyle of Confusion & Doom. This one is a personal favorite, because it feels a lot like old yo-yo tricks…it’s one “thing”, and then you’re done. I still love that.
Song is “If You Don’t” by Fiya. They appear courtesy of No Idea Records.
Another nugget from my 2007 World Yo-Yo Contest. This one is more of a combo, and uses several of the elements that I think are important to building counterweight tricks that utilize any of the increasing number of yo-yos available with free-spinning sidecaps.
First, there’s the pullstart. You get a faster spin and way more stability this way, so get used to it. Then there’s a pinch from an existing mount. There’s a degree of familiarity there…you already know how to do the mount. So adding a pinch is, presumably, a fairly simple matter. Lastly there is the holding of the caps while you place the yo-yo on the string into a move.
Yeah, the trick looks pretty basic and straightforward. But try getting it smooth. There’s more going on that you think, but about half of it is probably just difficult because it’s unfamiliar.
Today’s trick is brought to you by No Idea Records.
Song is “Off-Track” by The Blacktop Cadence. They appear courtesy of No Idea Records.
Today’s trick was filmed on location at designRoom Creative. They have excellent hard-wood floors. This does not aid in yo-yo play, but it’s worth nothing because they’re ever so lovely.