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Kyle Nations: Modern Responsive Yo-Yoing

A few months ago I flew out to St. Louis to check out the United Yo-Yo Contest. While I was in town I got to hang out with Kyle Nations, one of my favorite modern responsive yo-yoers, and shoot a clip video of some of his rad tricks.

This is the first non-Doc Pop clip video I’ve made in a loooong time and I really love how it turned out. Kyle is using a Weekender Yo-Yo, which I sell on my site and is great for responsive yo-yoing.

If you’d like more goodies, check out this long interview I shot with Kyle too.

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The Weekender Yo-Yo, now on Kickstarter!

After months of hype, The Weekender is finally available on Kickstarter… but only for 4 more days!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/docpop/the-weekender-yo-yo

If you follow this blog, you may recognize this yo-yo from my 48 Hour Yo-Yo project last year. If not, be sure to watch the two part documentary about this experiment and my trip to the One Drop machine shop in Eugene, OR.

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The Yo-Yo Emoji is nigh!

The Unicode Consortium has just released Unicode 12, which features several new emojis, including the yo-yo emoji. Now that Unicode 12 is released it’s only a matter of time before Apple, Google, Twitter, Facebook, et al add support for the new characters. For those who don’t know, I helped propose the yo-yo emoji last year (thanks to help from my friends at Emojination).

I can’t wait to see how each major platform designs their version of the yo-yo emoji. For example, here are 6 variations of the ghost emoji.

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PopCast #18: Pop-outs… or whatever.

Hey y’all, happy Monday! Here’s a new video to kick off your week, it features a move called “pop-out”, which is really simple and easy to throw in to just about any combo. Don’t forget to use #popcastyoyo if you share it on IG.

Due to popular request, I also added a review of the Sharper Image yo-yo, which uses a cheap plastic sleeve instead of a bearing and it’s… kind of great for responsive play. It reminds me of this recent thread on YoYoExpert.

I also talk about my biggest regret from 2018 and collabo goals for 2019. Thanks for all of your support!

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PopCast #17: Slack-Wraps

Hey y’all, I’m back from a short trip to Tennessee where I was stuck in an airport for 6 hours so I decided to film a new episode of PopCast. This ended up with me focusing on a neat element that I hadn’t thought about documenting before, even though it is one of my most requested tricks. The focus is: slack wraps. 

PopCast #17

As usual, I want to give a big shout out to all of my Greg Knowles, Jeff Atwood, and all of my sponsors on Patreon.com/docpop who help make this show possible. 

I’m looking for more yo-yos to feature in upcoming episodes. So if you have a yo-yo you’d like to donate for a giveaway (and possibly have featured in the show), please hit me up. Thanks!

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Car Chat: The 48 Hour Yo-Yo Project Part 1.5

We are still working on part two of the 48 Hour Yo-Yo Project documentary, but here is an excellent clip of Shawn (from One Drop) and myself talking about how yo-yo design and the current state of the Weekender project.


Speaking of the Weekender, I’ve shared a couple short yo-yo clips where I’m using a prototype. You can kind of get an idea of the sort of “modern responsive” play we are aiming for.