The 2nd Annual YoYoSkills "Best Of" Awards! 2010

I already asked you for who YOUR picks were, but now it’s time to share mine.
As a collector of information and my obsessive compulsive need to report on just about anything yo-yo for You, dear readers, I find myself in a unique place of seeing and cataloging a lot of information. With 2010 coming to a close, and to continue with the annual tradition here at, I present my personal picks for Best of the Year awards, 2010 in retrospect.

Hold on, let me get my flame retardant suit on because I am sure your lists will differ.

YoYoing Country of the Year – Japan (again)

Why? – Two Words: Hyper YoYo.  The staggered marketing / product release power of the Bandai toys engine.  At the beginning  of the year they started recruiting players using the Japanese YoYo Association and before you could say Tipping Point, Bandai had a marketing plan in action pitting Yomega, YoYoFactory, and Duncan in “competition” with each other.  The campaign started a wildfire of yo-yo popularity and the surge spread to other countries in Asia and Europe.

Who to watch for 2011 – Russia.  Its huge, and has a huge scene.

YoYo Player Team of the Year – YoYoFactory

Why?  YoYoFactory is like the Yankees of the yo-yo world.  Hans and Ben has made one thing very very clear, they like champions.  The YoYoFactory team is HUGE and encompasses champions from all over the world.  They tour countries setting world records and pushing the marketing of their product line.  Add Perfect Year holder Jensen Kimmitt and future World Champion Gentry Stein to this giant bucket of talent, and you have a winning team with a winning formula.  YoYoFactory came, saw, and conquered more contests than any other team this year.

Who to watch for 2011 – YoYoJam.  New Product line, new sponsor opportunities, new exciting developments

Yo-Yo Company of 2010 – YoYoFactory

Why? In terms of pushing the popularity of the sport, and sheer number of heavily desirable products, YoYoFactory led the market in 2010.    They went into the year strong and left the year strong.  They jump started a huge web presence, toured, and marketing their products very well.  There were some controversial moments along the way but through the end of it, YoYoFactory had the biggest market presence both in releases and marketing.

Who to watch for 2011 – Duncan.  Their new line is finally hitting Toys r Us shelves, and it looks to be the strongest line of the companies recent history.

New Manufacturer of the year – Vs Newton

In my post in late November asking who YOUR picks were, the voice for Vs Newton as New YoYo Manufacturer of the Year was the loudest.  I have to agree.  Vs Newton came out and hit the ground running.  There products show attention to detail and a passion for the industry.  Multiple releases, alot of attention, and a desire for charity, Heath has started his yo-yo company with a lot of passion.

CLOSE SECOND – Chico Yo-Yo Company.  I think CYYC would have taken this category if their products were more public.  They released 5 monster yo-yos this year, all extremely underrated.

Yo-Yo of the Year – OneDrop 54

Their competition will never admit it out-loud, but Side Effects are poised to make a HUGE impact on how designers think about yoyos.

Video of the Year –

This one was very hard to determine. Last year I gave it to David Ung’s video The Future is Us because of the quality, views, and composition. If you go by Views, then my YoYoExperiments Giant YoYo video had the most views of any “non contest” video, followed by “My name is Spencer”, but I think there were many videos that were better made but just did not get the attention they deserved. I think I need to give this one to dot 70p – SANATORIUM video featuring Sleeperz ( Robert Kucera and Zdenek Hýbl ).

For sheer film making and composition.

Freestyle of the Year -Sebastian Brock owning NYYC 1a division

After years of striving and coming with in fractions of a point, Sebby finally nailed it with a perfect freestyle. This lead up to one of the coolest moments in 2010 as his name was announced as the first place winner. His reaction was Priceless.

Contest Moment of the Year – Jensen Kimmitt winning Worlds 2010

Simple put, Jensen had a flawless contest year and this moment was the last piece of achievement. Every contest Jensen competed in this year he took first place.
Simply put, this was the perfect end to Jensen’s Perfect Year.

Outstanding Player of the Year – Jensen Kimmitt

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“Rookie” of the Year – Spencer Nelson

Rookie defines a young player under the age of 12 who has gained a sponsorship and started competing on in Contests.

Spencer is a shining star who wowed the world with his skill at the young age of 8 years old. At the age of 7, he competed in the California State contest, (among others), picked up a Chico Yo-Yo Company sponsorship, and a week after his 8th birthday his YoYoSkills Profile video went viral and captured teh attention of multiple media outlets and television shows.

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'The 2nd Annual YoYoSkills "Best Of" Awards! 2010' have 23 comments

  1. January 5, 2011 @ 9:18 am captainhunter

    Thanks for doing this again, Doc.

    Canada came in third for country! Go Canada!


  2. January 1, 2011 @ 10:17 am Elliott

    @miggy HA! You definitely get the award for, “Best Comment Amongst Other Comments Over the Choices of The Best of 2010”, which of course means we absolutely must have that as a category next year. 😉
    Oh, and also…. Complain grumble complain agree, defend agree complain. Conclude!


  3. December 31, 2010 @ 3:44 pm carter bliss

    yah chris that was great i think it was awesome


  4. December 31, 2010 @ 9:25 am Angel

    I believe this is just as awesome!


  5. December 31, 2010 @ 3:12 am Shaun

    I think the list was pretty spot on. Sure, you could branch out into a dozen or more different categories if you wanted to, but then it would be like the Oscar’s: 50 sub-categories, but only about 15 or 20 that people really care about.

    The yo-yo of the year category debate has merit, though. I think a simple way to help solve that controversy is to add a “Pro’s Choice” (like you mentioned) or a “Competitor’s Choice” category. If you look at sheer competition/pro usage, of course the Genesis wins, hands down. But if you look at the hype, buzz, innovation and overall competitor/average thrower impact, you were dead-on with the 54.

    Or, if you want to look at it in another way, both the 54 and the Genesis make the Pro-Bowl, but the Genesis gets Super Bowl MVP and is a lock for Hall of Fame, but the 54 gets regular-season MVP.


  6. December 30, 2010 @ 6:51 pm Daniel Ho

    Haha Kanye Fail.


  7. December 30, 2010 @ 4:19 pm caribouchris

    Wasn’t towards you Durfee.


  8. December 30, 2010 @ 2:42 pm Durfee

    @ caribouchris, I hope you don’t mean to imply that I was discourteous towards Dr. Yoyo in anyway, as I regard him with nothing but respect.

    and @ Not YYF Ben: we don’t need 800 new subcategories. It’s fine as it is, and as has been said, it is Dr. Yoyo’s choice. Chris has been able to spend a fair amount of time with a great number of the new yoyos to come out this year, and if he feels that the 54’s play combined with the new axle system it introduces warrant it the top spot this year, I will have to respect that.

    I guess my view was limited in terms of viewing a yoyo only for it’s pure performance value as opposed to the innovations it brings along in terms of play diversity. So taking that into consideration, Chris could very well be right here in assigning the 54 the top spot. My first post was probably more of a knee-jerk reaction. I really don’t think two “best yoyo” spots are necessary, but it is a thing to consider.

    And the problem that will exist in any discussion like this is that everyone has different ways in which they evaluate yoyos to determine how great they are, so we’ll never get a consensus on something like this. For example, I don’t care at all about an IRG on a yoyo, other people look at it as a necessity.

    Anyway, sorry to stir so much up with that initial comment. This was another great contribution to the site from you Chris, as your articles always are.


  9. December 30, 2010 @ 1:58 pm Dr. Yo-Yo

    Perhaps I should re-assign everything to Kenny Strausser


  10. December 30, 2010 @ 1:55 pm Not YYF Ben

    “Video of the Year” also need to be subdivided into “Best Yo-Yo Video of the Year” and “Best Appearance by a Yo-Yo in a Non-Yo-Yo Video”, because it’s a shame that Little Tybee’s “Nero” music video featuring Mark Montgomery throwing was not mentioned:


  11. December 30, 2010 @ 1:26 pm trevor

    woohoo! 54!!! =D

    i will say, yyf does do some really good stuff for the community…


  12. December 30, 2010 @ 12:42 pm Not YYF Ben

    Dr. Yo-Yo, just throwing this out there, but next year you may want to specify if “Yo-Yo of the Year” is the best new yo-yo to come out that year, or just the best yo-yo currently available. Miggy pointed out that the Genesis is the best yo-yo OFF ALL TIME, and this may be true, but the Genesis came out in 2009, so is it even technically eligible for 2010 Yo-Yo of the Year in your definition? Not expecting any answers… you splitting the categories next year into “Best New Design Concept” and “Best Yo-Yo of the Year” should suffice, but you’ll still need to decide if the Best Yo-Yo of the Year had to come into creation that year… if not, it could be the Genesis for years to come, or I could even argue that it is still held by the 07 888, which Chris Fraser had a signature edition resurrected from old blanks this year cause the 07 888 is still a beast. So maybe the need to subdived to “Best New Design Concept of the Year”, “Best Yo-Yo Created This Year”, and “Current Best Yo-Yo of All Time” 🙂


  13. December 30, 2010 @ 12:21 pm ben

    rabble rabble rabble


  14. December 30, 2010 @ 11:31 am RIDE

    If this list had been made a few years ago and the 888 was selected as yoyo of the year due to its use of hubstacks….I don’t think some people would be complaining even tho hubstack could be used on other YYF yoyos. So the choice of the 54 is a great one….a fantastic playing yoyo that happens to introduce a truly ORIGINAL and innovative design idea that will change the future of the sport.


  15. December 30, 2010 @ 11:31 am caribouchris

    It’s Dr. Yo-Yo’s choice … so uhm mind your manners.


  16. December 30, 2010 @ 10:45 am Durfee

    I think yoyo of the year vs new yoyo design concept of the year should be two different things. Without thinking of the future impact side effects may or may not make (which shouldn’t come into play in a yoyo of the year discussion since it hasn’t happened yet), there are so many other yoyos that outshone the 54, an as Miggy stated above, I can agree the Genesis is one of them.


    • December 30, 2010 @ 10:55 am Dr. Yo-Yo

      I see exactly what you are saying. In 2011 I will break the two of them out. I think its a bit late to do that at this point but I will state the addendum: The Genesis was one of the most heralded yo-yos as far as “Pro’s Choice” this year and breathed life into the full sized category.


  17. December 30, 2010 @ 10:02 am bk

    Yoyofactory _conquered_, not concurred, hehe..

    Nice list, mostly on point.


  18. December 30, 2010 @ 9:56 am Darcy

    YoYo Website of the Year:!!!


  19. December 30, 2010 @ 9:46 am x52

    Awesome. All you’re choices made sense, and I really enjoyed reading this. Thanks for the end of the year Yoyoskills tradition Chris!


  20. December 30, 2010 @ 9:43 am lolsk8er92

    yeaah!! goo onedrop!!!


  21. December 30, 2010 @ 10:22 am Miggy

    Im really happy for you and ima let you finish, but the Genesis is the best yoyo OF ALL TIME


  22. December 30, 2010 @ 7:06 am brian melford(bmel)

    that video is sick, and i’m glad i have the yo-yo of the year 54


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