Birthday: September 16
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Current favorite throw: Monster
5th Place National Yo-yo Contest 2008
6th Place National Yo-yo Contest 2009
3rd Place National Yo-yo Contest 2010
2nd Place BAC 2011
2nd Place MA States 2011
EXTREMES: MONSTER vs HORIZON
If you are looking to be an extreme yoyo player isn’t it logical to look for an extreme advantage in your equiptment? YoYoFactory have long been known for offering extremes, be it micro, long spin, or new features but today we look at two serious competitor yo-yos which push the norms.
MONSTER VS HORIZON
These two yo-yos are both too big to fit in our regular package and serve a very different purpose suiting two unique styles of play. They also ironically share a lot in common.
Monster came from a time where players had only just started to ditch undersized as their preferred contest yoyo in favor of what is now known as ‘full’ sized. It offered something totally foreign. In the hand it doesn’t even feel like a yoyo but on the string. It offered easier catches and ability to perform newly popularized hop tricks with greater ease. The nay-sayers claimed it impeded tech tricks, which from our standpoint was ok, yoyo play was getting tech heavy and stagnant. This promoted the type of play we wanted to see.
In contest play John Chow stood out s the champion of the concept. His tricks took play in the direction we hoped while showing little impediment on tech. His 2011 BAC 2nd place is a great example of this.
Horizon opens up a realm of performance possibilities with its longer than average spin and stability and as such continues to move away from tech tricks that occur in a 1ft box in front of a players chest. Paul Kerbel in the HORIZON debut video clearly shows he doesn’t play that way. while a lot of talk on horizon focuses on finger spin opportunities due to Pauls’ skills it is the power and spin that will matter most to more players.
The contrasts are easy to see when you place them both side by side
Horizon has a clear difference in diameter but the width of monster has to be seen to be believed. To emphasize it where is a 2 by 2 comparison
Drastically different in specs and appearance it can be said that both HORIZON and MONSTER are cut from the same cloth. They push yoyo in a bigger and more visual way while still allowing the tech intricacies that appeal to many players. If you get a chance to try either we hope you do so. It just might change the way you play.
John Chow Monster Part 2
For John Chow’s second edition of the Monster we went with a more tonal colorway. Instead of a stark dark and light contrast we went with a softer transition between acid washed blues. Expect this to hit select accounts soon.
Classical Mechanics- John Chow
John Chow has had a great 2011 contest season. And now, this amazing video featuring his new signature edition Monster.