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The F.A.S.T. Challenge was developed by Hans Van Dan Elzen and Ben McPhee as a competition for the YoYoFactory's F.A.S.T. line of yo-yos, predominantly the F.A.S.T. 201. It includes a variety of basic and intermediate tricks, all of which can be done by all YoYoFactory yo-yos. The idea behind the F.A.S.T. Challenge is to provide new players with a list of tricks which are easily and quickly learned, and a series of immediate goals that can be reached.

The F.A.S.T. Challenge is usually broken up in to specific time goals with prizes attached to each goal met. During the 2005 promotion managed by Hasbro, each time goal was rewarded with a different color wristband, as well as chances to draw prizes from a prize drum. During the 2006 promotion in Singapore, the time goals were revamped and the prize structure increased as follows:

  • 10 tricks in 60 seconds: 2 free strings
  • 10 tricks in 30 seconds: F.A.S.T. logo stopwatch
  • 10 tricks in 15 seconds: Gold Edition F.A.S.T. 201 yo-yo

For the Singapore promotion, grading cards were also added to the packages. Contestants were required to be timed by an official F.A.S.T. Demonstrator, and their cards with marked with their time and given to the demonstrator in order to receive the prizes.

More can be found at http://www.yoyofactory.com/.

F.A.S.T. Challenge Winners

The winner or the Midwest F.A.S.T. Challenge 18+ division was Dylan Kowalski, whose fastest score was a 12.8 seconds.

The winner of the Midwest F.A.S.T. Challenge 12 and under division was Ian Johnson, whose fastest score was around 15 seconds.

The winner of the North East F.A.S.T. Challenge was Jeff Coons (YoYoPunk); his speed was around 15 seconds.


There are ten steps to the F.A.S.T. challenge. The goal is to successfully complete all ten steps before one's opponents do. The steps are as follows:

  1. The Wind Up
  2. Gravity Pull
  3. Forward Pass
  4. Break-Away
  5. Around the World
  6. Walk the Dog
  7. Rock the Baby
  8. The Bikini
  9. Stop and Go
  10. Skyrocket