Yo! Here’s the winner of the 2017 National Yo-Yo Contest!!

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Check out Evan Nagao of Honolulu, the winner of the 2017 National Yo-Yo Contest!!

On Reddit he shared, “7 years ago, I started yoyoing competitively. Today, after trying and failing year after year, I finally won the U.S. National Yoyo Contest 2017!”

What does it take to be this good?

Well first, start early…

That’s Evan, at 5 years old, on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2001.

He started yo-yoing at age 1 and by age 3, had graduated to tricks where he would wield a yo-yo in each hand, Nagao said. His talent led to TV appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Ripley’s Believe it or Not,” and “America’s Most Talented Kids.”

Nagao then took a six-year break to “just be a kid” before picking up the activity again in 2009 while on a family vacation in Los Angeles.

Yo-yos were the family business! Evan’s dad marketed them, so there were plenty around to pick up and play! His story is pretty spectacular… check it out.

Second, practice a lot. Evan says he practiced about three hours a day for five straight months before the championship!

Congratulations, Evan!! 

photo 1 by Paul Drinkwater / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images file, photo 2 via EvanNagao.com


  • Helen Gircko

    This is the case when a person was almost born with a yo-yo in his hands … and was able to improve his talent. Evan – Mozart in his genre. Impressive performance. Applause and congratulations!
    Thanks, Pee-wee!