California teen Gentry Stein won the 2014 World Yo-Yo Contest with his EDM-inspired tricks

By Nate Jones
Updated August 13, 2014 01:40 PM
Credit: Matej Divizna/Getty

What do you get when you cross EDM and yo-yos? If you’re California teen Gentry Stein, the answer is first place at the 2014 World Yo-Yo Contest.

Stein, the first American to win the championship in six years, is a professional yo-yo star who even has his own signature model of yo-yo. At this year’s championships, held in Prague, he took home first place in the 1A division (routines done with just one yo-yo) with a techno-inspired routine that owes just as much to choreography as schoolyard tricks.

As he told MTV News, Stein’s flashy style rankles some old-school yo-yo experts, who say the toy should be the star. He thinks that mindset is limiting to the sport.

“I want to make yo-yoing bigger,” he said. “I want to be the person who can blow yo-yoing up into something people on the street can recognize as being really cool. Yo-yoing has so much potential, but the [perception] killed the vibe.”

Watch Stein’s routine above, and then check out Takuma Yamamoto’s winning routine in the 2A (two yo-yos) division below.

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