I had the pleasure of meeting Alexis at a Montreal yoyo gathering one time, and he mentioned to me that the El Ranchero is his throw of choice from the SPYY lineup (who knows what the future will bring!) mainly because the relatively narrow gap (at ~4mm as opposed to the ~4.5mm most have) helps enable certain elements of his style.
Imagine if you will… some company is smart enough to snap him up (mainly for the quality videos he produces! Although as a competitor he’s not shabby either!) and offer him a signature yoyo… you can bet it’s going to have a gap on the narrower side!
But we digress!
Threw my Red Devils a bit today. Those are some good south-african-made fixed-axle loopers! The shape is like a Fast Eddy looper, which in turn is like… er… something else well-known whose name escapes me. 2A is not easy stuff!
On the subject of kickflip moebicides, they are very challenging. The loop is definitely a nice size, but that fact that it’s completely disconnected from your hand makes it pretty tough to land. It also has a nice risk factor associated with it that’ll really turn some heads.
Found this while reading through the old The Wood Thread at YYN. Justin Carbonara 4 years ago, tearing it up with really smooth play on a No Jive, and then a Renegade.
I find it fascinating that I had never seen this until today, and yet I unknowingly copied a lot of his patterns. I would really like to see where his fixed-axle play has gone since then to see where I’m headed.
Yes, yes I did. I couldn’t help remarking to myself that orienting a “pocketwatched” yoyo the correct way and landing it on the string is somewhat akin to landing kendama tricks. I suspect kendama comparisons are already becoming passe, but that’s what I thought of as I watched some of the tricks!
ed killed it this week! sooo good, i’m working on learning that gravity-defying snapstart to pocketwatch above the face but i’m gonna need to practice that one away from ceilings for a bit.
i agree that pocketwatch mounts definitely have a kendama feel to them. i think it’s a fair comparison for a lot of stalled/non-spinning tricks, 'cause you don’t got the spin to stabilize it and really gotta stick the landing. thank goodness for high walls and small gaps on fixed axle yo-yos!
did you all catch alex curfman’s answer to the flip trick video? chopsticks kickflip, dang!
How are you digging that “Bloody” Pocket Love Yooldman? I can’t tell for certain, but that’s what it looks like you used in part of your video; if so, I can’t believe you managed to get my yoyo to accomplish those feats- you definately put my fixed skills to shame