Here’s to Yoyo, a good game and interesting photo subject

a spool dancing on a string in various combinations

Hungarion version

Now you might be thinking yoyo is just for kids, a humble spool attached to a string rolling up and down until you (soon) get bored. There are clearly some however who cannot get enough of it and have developed some rather special ways of getting tricks out of the yoyo.

I suspect the players at the recent Yoyo European Championships in the PeCsa Hall in Budapest started doing their impressive and artistic tricks precisely because the basic up-down-up-down (repeat ad infinitum) concept was boring them to tears. I didn’t spot anyone at the event working the yoyo the traditional way. I tried to capture some of the mood of this style but have a look at this TED talks video on yoyos for more, it’s really worth it!

Kojo Boison (GER)

Kojo Boison of Germany competes during the Yoyo European Championships in Budapest, Hungary on February 24, 2013. ATTILA VOLGYI

Yoyo European Championships

Participant practices during the Yoyo European Championships in Budapest, Hungary on February 24, 2013. ATTILA VOLGYI

Kojo Boison (GER)

Kojo Boison of Germany competes during the Yoyo European Championships in Budapest, Hungary on February 24, 2013. ATTILA VOLGYI

Aristidis Voultsios (GRC)

Aristidis Voultsios of Greece competes during the Yoyo European Championships in Budapest, Hungary on February 24, 2013. ATTILA VOLGYI

Gökten Uzuner (TUR)

Gökten Uzuner of Turkey competes during the Yoyo European Championships in Budapest, Hungary on February 24, 2013. ATTILA VOLGYI

Aristidis Voultsios (GRC)

Aristidis Voultsios of Greece competes during the Yoyo European Championships in Budapest, Hungary on February 24, 2013. ATTILA VOLGYI

Yoyo European Championships

Participant competes during the Yoyo European Championships in Budapest, Hungary on February 24, 2013. ATTILA VOLGYI

Yoyo European Championships

Participant competes during the Yoyo European Championships in Budapest, Hungary on February 24, 2013. ATTILA VOLGYI

Marcin Fresel (POL)

Marcin Fresel of Poland competes during the Yoyo European Championships in Budapest, Hungary on February 24, 2013. ATTILA VOLGYI

Marcin Fresel (POL)

Marcin Fresel of Poland competes during the Yoyo European Championships in Budapest, Hungary on February 24, 2013. ATTILA VOLGYI

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