The new yo-yos have ball bearings in them and can spin for as long as 29 minutes. That makes for some mind-boggling tricks. Prices for the new yo-yos range from $10 for the basic model to $200 for a titanium top-of-the-line.
Said to have been invented in ancient Greece, the yo-yo became popular in the U.S. in the 1920s and has had booms and busts regularly. The last boom was in the 1990s according to yo-yo expert Tyler Severance. The new technology is reviving the art again now, he adds.
Check the video above for tricks and what makes yo-yoing cool again.
And see the live shows and contests here:
8:30 a.m. Del Mar Elementary
3:30 p.m. Capitola Hobby
11 a.m. -2 p.m. Kaleidoscope Toy Store YoYo Contest
3:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Capitola Hobby YoYo Contest