US Woman Wins In World Yoyo Contest in Iceland

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San Francisco area resident Tessa Piccillo wins World Yoyo Contest. Watch her winning routine below, and learn her tricks on

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Over 30 countries were represented this year at the annual World Yoyo Contest this past weekend in Iceland on August 10-12, 2017. San Francisco area native Tessa Piccillo, competing in the women’s division, brought home the sole US win. “Iceland has been pretty awesome so far, the crowd was really excited. I’ve been practicing for months, the most I've ever practiced for a contest... 2 hours, I think, every day.”

Tessa is well known and respected in the yoyo community. She is sponsored by Canadian yoyo company, CLYW, and she has taught several of her unique tricks on the yoyo tutorial website “It was really difficult to make the tutorials, but they’re super important to the community, to keep the kids learning.”

Watch all the World Yoyo Contest winners here.

Modern yoyoing has several divisions of competition, including two dual-handed divisions, and one style where the yoyo comes off the string. Winners are judged by a panel of veteran players who rate them according to nine criteria, ranging from technical execution to showmanship. A champion must know how to move both the yoyo and the audience to win. While people have been swinging yoyos for thousands of years, several revolutions in yoyo play and design have turned this national pastime into a bonafide sport.

About is a gold sponsor of the 2017 World Yoyo Contest in Iceland. They have also worked extensively with many professional yoyo players, including Tessa Piccillo, to create tutorial videos to teach their unique tricks to the next generation of yoyo players.


To learn more about Tessa Piccillo, the World Yoyo Contest, or please contact:

Adam Bottiglia
(248) 935-7203

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