Zach Gormley Wins World YoYo Contest!!!!

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Photo by Alec Campbell

We’re so incredibly proud of our team member Zach Gormley on winning the 1A Division at the 2015 World Yo-Yo Contest in Tokyo, Japan.

The World Yo-Yo Contest ran from August 13th to the 17th and was the first time it has ever been held in Japan. With 527 competitors from 32 countries the competition was stacked with the best yo-yo players from around the world.

Here’s Zach’s winning freestyle that earned him the world title by an unheard of margin of 7 points! Most contests are won by 1-2 points.

Zach used a prototype of his new signature model, the Borealis … we’ll be announcing pics, specs, and estimated release date very, very soon.

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Photo by Alec Campbell

I had a chat with Zach and asked him a few questions about the contest.


When I was on stage I wasn’t thinking about winning, or all the work that it took to get there. I was living in the moment, and happy that all of the hard work finally paid off. It was my biggest win to date. The whole week in Japan was amazing and felt like a dream.


I started preparing for worlds about 8 months before the contest. I was mainly talking to other players about freestyles, judging and how to improve from last year. It wasn’t until 3 months before the contest that I started to build the freestyle.


Leading up to the contest I would practice my freestyle about 5-10 times per day. Then the week before I probably did my freestyle about 100-150 times. Altogether I would say I did my freestyle around 3-400 times. This was the most I’ve ever practiced for a contest.


My last model the Arctic Circle 2 was great for going fast, but almost too fast and if I pushed too hard it was easy for me to get out of control. The Borealis is way more stable and easier to control speed wise. If I want to go fast I can go fast and not worry about going out of losing control.


Photo by Alec Campbell

Watching Zach grow as a player and being able to support his journey has been one of our greatest honours, we couldn’t be prouder of him.

Thank you, so much, for everything you have done for CLYW!

About Zach

At the age of 19 Zach has achieved more in the last 4 years than most yo-yo players do in a lifetime: 2X US National Champion, 44 Clash Champion and now the 2015 World YoYo Champion. Hailing from Fort Collins, Colorado Zach joined team CLYW in 2009. We all knew that he had huge potential and would become a world champion one day. On August 16th he proved us all that we were right.

Elite players from around the world consider Zach to be one of the most influential and impressive players to pick up the toy in recent years. Aside from yo-yoing Zach is a student at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, he is also interested in photography, tennis, piano, Japanese anime, and the ancient Asian board game Go.

About CLYW

CLYW is a premium return top company based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Started by retired mechanical engineer Chris Mikulin in 2004, CLYW combines art, craft, and technology to create some of the best performing return tops in the world.

CLYW is managed by owner Chris Mikulin and Marketing Manager Steve Brown. Together they work daily on creating playable art for discerning return top players, and contributing to the future of the return top industry worldwide.

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