Hey everyone, Colin from Scales here with a new post regarding an interview that Patrick and Mark recorded with Polo on their favorite #trickcircle players. Unfortunately, due to some audio issues the episode was unable to be published, however instead we've chosen to release it in text form. Enjoy and let us know who your top 5 are!
Patrick: Hey guys! This is Patrick Canny for the Scales Podcast. I’m here with #trickcircle extraordinaire, Polo Garbkamol from Thailand, and Mark Mangarin from the USA. We’ll be discussing our top 5 favorite #trickcircle players of 2017.
Mark and Patrick's #5 - Yuu Fujita @yuunpr
Mark: My 5th place is Yuu Fujita from Japan. He always makes use of really crazy/weird elements. His tricks really come out of nowhere; he posts half-done tricks and they all seem to work very well as stand-alone tricks.
Patrick: Yeah, my number 5 was actually Yuu as well!
Polo's #5 - Thawhir Iqbal @thawhir
Polo: Ah, that’s a nice one. So, my number 5 goes to Thawhir Iqbal from Singapore. He has been posting a lot of 3A bangers recently. Recently, he got featured on the Instagram main account, and has built up quite the following for himself.
Patrick and Polo's #4 - Hajime Miura @hjm_mur
Patrick: Solid start to the list, guys! Number 4 for me goes to Hajime Miura. Hajime, obviously one of the most insane players coming out of Japan, has recently started a public Instagram account, so I’m really excited to see more tricks from him in 2018. Everything he posts is absolutely crazy.
Polo: Hey, I also had Hajime for 4th! His freestyles at Festa competitions are always insane.
Mark: Oh yeah, those circular 3A Eli Hops, right?
Polo: Yeah, and his 4a stuff as well. His horizontal whips, and soloham as well.
Mark's #4 - Tony Sec @tonysec
Mark: Yeah, he has so much good stuff going on between both 3A and 4A. My number 4 goes to Tony Sec from the Czech Republic. Tony is like, one of the classic Instagram #trickcircle players. He has all of these crazy bangers that he consistently posts, and is always up-to-date on the current #trickcircle meta.
Patrick and Mark's #3 - Jason Liu Zichen @tp_jasonliu
Patrick: For sure! Rolling right along to number 3, mine goes to the 2016 Chinese Champion, Jason Liu Zichen. Jason’s always posting insane tech tricks, and is always bringing his unique style to Instagram. A lot of the time, his posts are really funny as well, which is something I can totally appreciate.
Mark: My #3 also goes to Jason also, I just realized. Jason posts like, fake #trickcircles where he’ll post half tricks or imperfected elements which goes to show just how much fun he has with yo-yoing. It’s really cool to see how skilled of a player he is while not taking the sport too seriously.
Polo's #3 and Patrick's #2 - Arata Imai @arata_imai44
Polo: My #3 is Arata Imai from Japan! He is arguably one of the best players in the game right now. He has been posting a lot of great content lately, both in 1A and 2A. He’s one of my favorite players of all time.
Mark: Yeah, Arata’s like, legend status right now.
Patrick: Oh totally, Arata might be on the most skilled players right now. For that exact reason, Arata sits at my #2 spot. He has so much raw talent and insane coordination. His tricks almost always sway from the current meta.
Mark's #2 - Polo Garbkamol @ppolor
Mark: My #2 is actually Polo from Thailand. Just absolutely controlling the #trickcircle meta, which is a big reason why we decided to ask for his opinion. It’s no surprise he’s in my top 3.
Polo's #2 - Tony Sec @tonysec
Polo: Thank you! My #2 is Tony Sec from the Czech Republic. I’d say his bangers are god-like. His transitions from one trick to another are really well done.
Mark: Yeah, Tony’s actually pretty versatile in that manner, too. He’s good at all kinds of tricks.
Patrick's #1 - Polo Garbkamol @ppolor
Patrick: Moving right along to our #1 spots, mine goes to the man himself, the undisputed king of #trickcircle, Polo! Everyone just loses their mind when they see his stuff, he manages to consistently push the boundaries of #trickcircle. Unintentionally, he has pushed #trickcircle to become arguably *the* place for people to find yo-yo-related content on Instagram.
Mark: Yeah, the whole notion of pushing #trickcircle forward is a really big deal and has shaped the landscape of the community.
Polo's #1 - Riccardo Fraolini @blablanchard
Polo: Thank you guys! My #1 spot goes to Riccardo Fraolini from Italy. Some of my favorite tricks from him are his 360 finger grind and his grinds in general. He has been posting some of his hoodie tricks recently which is probably one of the most unique things you can put into yo-yoing. I really enjoy watching his tricks!
Mark's #1 - Arata Imai @arata_imai44
Mark: Yeah, Riccardo has been pushing boundaries for such a long time; his tricks are so different from everyone else’s. My #1 is Arata Imai, who has been mentioned multiple times on everyone’s lists already, haha. He comes out with tricks that are so out-of-this-world, and brings a breath of fresh air to both 1A and 2A.
Patrick: If you took the skill of a modern yo-yoer, and isolated them from everything else going on in terms of meta elements, you’d end up with Arata’s trick archetype. The tricks he does are so a-typical and almost random if you will.
Mark: Awesome! That was our rundown of our top 5 players on #trickcircle! We all heavily recommend you check out all of these amazing players on Instagram. Going into 2018, I’m super excited to see where everyone takes the #trickcircle meta! #metamonday?