World Yo-Yo Contest

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The World Yo-Yo Contest(WYYC) is a contest of yo-yo competitors from around the world[1] currently run by the International Yo-Yo Federation (IYYF). As of 2006, 22 countries[2] have fed into the World Yo-Yo Contest from their respective national yo-yo contests. Numbers in attendance varies from year to but average over 500 people. The 2014 contest is set to be held August 7–9 in the city of Prague.[3]

Click on hyperlink for a list of past Yo-Yo World Champions.


The first World Yo-Yo Contest was held in London, England, in 1932. The winner was Harvey Lowe.[4] However, the contest was not held annually until 1992,[5] when Dale Oliver started one in Montreal, Canada during that year's annual International Jugglers' Association's (IJA) convention. The contest was held during this convention until 1999, when it was held in Hawaii. The 2000 contest was held at Universal Studios in Orlando, but in 2001, the event moved to the Rosen Plaza Hotel, where it was held annually until 2013. After the 2013 contest, an international coalition (the IYYF) was formed to organize a new, rotating contest which will be held in a different venue/country every year.

WYYC Future Events[edit]

The WYYC Schedule for the next three years is:

  • 2014 Czech Republic (Prague)
  • 2015 Japan (Tokyo)
  • 2016 United States of America

Contest Divisions[edit]

The World Yo-Yo Contest has 6 World Title Divisions currently.

In addition to these World Divisions, the world Yo-Yo Contest also hosts yo-yo modifying and design contests, known in the field as modding and other yo-yo contests for all age levels that do not carry a world title.

Current Divisions[edit]

Division Name Other Name Explanation
The following 6 divisions in Freestyle are sanctioned as the official World Champions.
1A Single Hand String Trick The player uses a long spinning yo-yo to perform tricks that typically require manipulation of the string.
2A Two Hands Looping Trick The player uses two yo-yos simultaneously to perform reciprocating or looping maneuvers.
3A Two Hands String Trick The player uses two long spinning yo-yos and performs tricks with both simultaneously.
4A Offstring The player uses an offstring yo-yo, often releasing the yo-yo into the air and attempting to catch it on the string.
5A Counterweight The player uses a yo-yo with a counterweight on the other end of the string rather than having it attached to a finger.
AP Artistic Performance The performer uses any type of yo-yo or other prop for an open-ended performance which emphasizes choreography and stage presence.
The following 7 divisions are not sanctioned as the official World Champions.
DL Diabolo Ladder
DF Diabolo Freestyle
SL Sports Ladder
SF Sports Freestyle
SL Spintop Ladder
SF Spintop Freestyle
MD Mod The player produces and designs a self-made yoyo.

Past Divisions[edit]

Division Name Other Name Explanation
SH Single Hand 1998.
DH Double Hand 1998.
TM Team 2000.
CH Championship 1992 - 1994.
GC Grand Championship 1995 - 1997.
M Master 1992 - 1997.
X Extreme 2000 - 2002. The combined division of current 3A, 4A, 5A because there were not those divisions excluding 1A and 2A.
CB Combined 2006 - 2009. This is the Combined Division, where players have to compete and demonstrate skill in multiple styles. Due to difficulties with judging, this division was removed in 2010. Shinji Saito remained the only person to ever win this division (winning all three years it was held) .

Current Champions[edit]

Style 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
1A Gentry Stein Takeshi Matsuura Iori Yamaki
2A Takuma Yamamoto Yasushi Furukawa Hiraku Fujii
3A Hajime Miura Hank Freeman Minato Furuta
4A Rei Iwakura Michael Nakamura Naoto Okada
5A Takeshi Matsuura (6th world title) Jake Elliott Sora Ishikawa


  1. ^ Patch Staff (2012-05-20). "Local-teen-to-compete-in-world-yo-yo-championships". Castro Valley Patch. Retrieved 2013-03-29. 
  2. ^ Gutierrez, Andres (2012-05-19). "Dallas Teen heads to World Yo-Yo Contest". Richmond News. Retrieved 2013-03-29. 
  3. ^ "2014-world-yo-yo-contest-venue/". Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  4. ^ Hopkins, Michelle (2009-04-19). "'Great ambassador' passes away". Richmond News. Retrieved 2009-04-12. 
  5. ^ Branch, John (2008-08-18). "Competitors Go To Extremes in World Yo-yo Contest". NY Times. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 

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