In this month’s PopCast I hang out with my by buddy Kyle Nations and discuss the fundamentals of responsive play with a freehand yo-yo. Since we recorded this video, I feel like I’ve come a long way in my responsive-freehand play.
Modern responsive yo-yoing is a style of yo-yoing that uses highly responsive yo-yos to do tricks like trapeze stalls and kickflips. These tricks can be performed with a wooden yo-yo or a ball bearing yo-yo.
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.
YoYo Review: Weekender
G2Nate just shared a great review of The Weekender Yo-Yo. Nate was one of the Kickstarter backers and I’m really glad to hear his thoughts on how the yo-yo turned out.
The Weekender Yo-Yo, now on Kickstarter!
After months of hype, The Weekender is finally available on Kickstarter… but only for 4 more days!
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.
The 48 Hour Yo-Yo Project: Part 1
Last month I hopped on a train from San Francisco to Eugene, OR in order to spend a weekend with the One Drop crew. The goal was to design a brand new (and somewhat atypical) yo-yo. We ended up calling this the 48 Hour Yo-Yo Project and plan on making it an annual thing.
Thanks to the support of my backers on Patreon, I was able to hire my buddy Clifton B. to document this project along the way. I’m happy to share part one of The 48 Hour Yo-Yo Project:
IF you enjoy these videos, you can help support me on Patreon. This month I’ll be giving away one of the 48 Hr Yo-Yo prototypes to one of my Patreon backers, so don’t delay.
PopCast Yo-Yo #16: A complete guide to “Modern Responsive” yo-yoing!
Modern Responsive yo-yo play is a new way to look at old school yo-yoing. Rather than focus on trying to see how much spin you can squeeze out of a fixed axle yo-yo, this new style focuses on balance, regenerations, and creative tricks you can do without the yo-yo even spinning. It’s like a cross between kendama, contact juggling, 1A, and 2A yoyoing. If you are interested in getting started, check out the newest episode of PopCast, which is a guide on many of these responsive trick concepts and combos.
There are lots of great responsive yo-yos out there, but I truly love the “Doc Pop” Legend Wing yo-yos available on my shop for just $14.
I’ve also shared an in depth interview with Ed Haponik about his @bandalores project on Instagram. Be sure to give them a follow!