Adam's the type of guy that likes going on long walks on the beach and long hikes up some pretty crazy mountains. Hailing from New York, Adam's style never disappoints. With every trick that $KUTZ does, you can tell he's having fun and has pure swaggggggger. Outside of yo-yoing, Adam is a mechanical engineer and enjoys taking spiffy film photos at yo-yo events and miscellanious party events.
Between having a podium finish at AP for 4 years straight with 2 champion finishes to being one of the technical innovators in the scene, Ahmad has done more in the past few years than most will accomplish in their yo-yo careers. Hailing from Indonesia, Ahmad has influenced his local scene an insane amount, with players from all over the country taking influence from his style. Buy Ahmad's signature yo-yo, the Komodo, here!
Due to making fresh ideas since the mid-2000s, most experienced players understand the true impact of how much Bergy has contributed to the development of yo-yoing. Bergy's style is calculated; every element is important and relevant to the combo, and there is no wasted time. His concise and efficient trick-set is undoubtedly one of the best in the community and took got him second place at the 2017 World YoYo Contest. Outside of his contributions to trick development, Bergy, along with Keiran and Colin, is a major contributor to the Scales Podcast, which is a source that sets out to bring a real voice to the yo-yo community and expand on stuff in the community that they enjoy.
Since 2014 when he was first discovered by many, it was obvious that Daniel was one of the most creative kids in yo-yoing, as all of his tricks were new, innovative, and fire in general. Daniel has been making his way up the competitive scene, and has recently placed in the top 5 at California States and the top 3 at PNWR, two of the most competitive contests in the United States. Outside of yo-yoing, Daniel is another academic-focused yo-yo player, and his tricks show certain traits that carry over from outside of yo-yoing such as being calculated and efficient.
Dennis is one of the coolest cats you will ever meet in the yo-yo community. His optimistic and friendly aspects make him a person that's always exciting to be around, and don't even get us started on this guy's yoyoing. For only playing for a few short years, Dennis has established an amazing style of awesome tricks. Can you pronounce Cinquegrani?
Gabo is a 3x podium finisher at Slovakian Nationals, and 1x champion. He's also one of the most technical and stylish players in the world. With this along with his relevance in Europe from going to contests all over the continent, there's no doubt that Gabo will be known as a top-tier player worldwide soon.
We like people who know how to have fun. Ian Johnson is the embodiment of this, and we're stoked to have him on the team. The 2013 US National 4A Champion is also one of the coolest and down to earth guys you will ever meet in your life. Ian's routines are amazing for so many reasons: great tricks, hype, and he knows how to perform.... so much that he's even made it to the Quarterfinals on America's Got Talent. Outside of yo-yoing, Ian enjoys living by the Los Angeles lifestyle and taking quality photos.
Joe is quite the familiar face around the nation due to his multiple state titles, 2 signature edition yo-yos, and the fact that he has traveled across the country spreading yoyo to the next generation by starting clubs and teaching students around the east coast how to yo-yo. When Joe isn't playing yo-yo or being the life of the party at contests, he enjoys to skate and make new clothing ideas and samples.
After only competing in 5A for a few years, John has done more than most are able to do in their whole careers. By doing things like winning every contest he attended in the US in 2016, and ultimately winning the national title, we know that John has a very very very bright future ahead. Outside of yo-yoing, some things that John is interested in are embroidery (be on the lookout for new products featuring his work soon!), thrift store shopping, and teaching yo-yo in the Pittsburgh area with Ky.
Have you ever heard of Onigiri? From Japan, Kazuki Morii has some of the most stylish tricks we've seen from Asia in a hot minute. Outside of Recess, Kazuki has other roles in the yo-yo world, such as working at Spingear and creating his own fun team of great yo-yo players, Onigiri Club!
For only playing for just a few years, Kenta has set his place in the yo-yo community as one of the most stylish players in Japan. Although he is able to pack a punch in his trick content, he doesn't stop there; you know our team can do both. Kenta is also a 4x Japan National contest qualifier, and has recently placed 4th at North Japan, one of the most competitive regions in Japan.
Very few people in yo-yo are able to present their tricks and content with such style, grace, and attitude as Ky does. With one of the most impacting and future freestyles of all time, his 2014 Las Vegas Open, Ky's ability to create such dense tricks with unorthodox slacks and movements is untouchable. Outside of creating literal fire in 1A, he also has extremely developed 6A, also known as Double Dragon, which features two strings on one 1A yo-yo. Ky also gives back in yo-yo by performing and teaching children how to yo-yo all around the Pittsburgh area.
It's rare for innovation to be showcased in styles outside of 1A, as well as for it to be done well. Patrick Borgerding is one of the people that does both, as Patrick's 3A tricks are fresh, creative, and visually appealing. When Patrick steps and performs on stage, he is able to captivate the crowd with amazing tricks, choreography, and bangers. Outside of his tricks, Patrick gives back to yo-yoing by organizing the US National Yo-Yo Championships and being an all-around great representative for yo-yoing.
If you’ve ever watched Shane yo-yo before, you know that he’s the type of guy to make the whole room go wild when he shows off his heat. Hailing from Midwest United States, Shane has always been one of the more underrated players in the scene. However, after his performances in Alternative Freestyles at Worlds and US Nationals in 2016, Shane’s picking up the recognition he deserves around the community. We’re proud to have one of the most lit yo-yo players in the world on our team.
If you've never watched Shota yo-yo, you've taken a lowercase l. It's okay, though, we forgive you and hope you fix this problem. From Japan, Shota is one of the youngest innovators in the community. By posting amazing trick ideas for the past few years on social media, Shota has established himself as one of the best.
Hailing from a small community in Malaysia, Zaf has established himself as the kingpin of his area. With two national titles, it is clear that this guy is the real deal in Southeast Asia. Zaf's tricks also speak to you as to why he's one of the best. With so much style and showmanship in all of his combos, he can make anything look good. We're excited to have Zafran on board and work with him on projects in the future!