Kendama USA

Posts Tagged ‘Kendama Contest’

2nd Annual Cook’s Customs Contest

2nd Annual Cook's Customs Contest 2015

Second Annual Cook’s Customs Contest 2015

Cook’s Customs and Kendama USA have partnered once again to bring you the Second Annual “Cook’s Customs Contest”!!! The Cook’s Customs Contest was so successful last year we couldn’t help but give it another shot. Many talented contestants entered from all over the world and helped achieve an amazing 2014 contest. The winner of the 2014 contest, Joey Swisher, has teamed up with the Cook and Kendama USA to judge the 2015 contest. Enter to win several prizes and more importantly to make your own custom line of Kendamas sold on


The 2014 contest was mainly based on creativity, YouTube video quality and technicality, however this contest is different. We have concluded that one of the most overlooked aspects about kendama edits are locations. Filming an edit is not about how many stilt flips you can land in a row while you’re in your basement, it’s about getting outside and playing in beautiful and interesting places. One of the great things about Kendama is that it doesn’t need electricity, it runs off of you! We encourage all participants to explore where they live and show us the most interesting, crazy, beautiful, small, big, or creative places where you can film your tricks. Feel free to use props, jumbos, string-less, or anything else kendama related you can think of.

We realize that it might be an unfair advantage to younger contestants that are unable to drive to awesome spots or make really intricate videos with expensive cameras so for the first time we are making a fifteen and under “Junior” division and also a separate “Pro” 16 and up division. So invite your friends of all ages to enter!!!


Here is a summary:


  • Raines Cook
  • Joey Swisher
  • Kendama USA Team


What we’re looking for:

  • Trick technicality
  • Smoothness
  • Style
  • Video quality
  • Music incorporation
  • Creativity



  • Use any kind of Kendama you want and be as creative as you want.
  • The edit should be titled Cook’s Customs Contest 2015 (your name here).
  • Doubles edits are ok. Prizing will be split with your partner.
  • Post video to YouTube & send link to here w/ division, address and phone.
  • Contest ends @ midnight EDT on Aug. 15th
  • “Pro” entries under 16 add age as a side note when submitting your edit.

Prizes :

Pro Division:

  • 1st Prize: Collaborate with the Cook to create your own custom line of Kendamas that will be sold on the KendamaUSA website. Also you will receive two of these Kendamas (one to keep and one to play). As well as other surprise bonus items. Also your edit will be posted on the KendamaUSA website.
  • 2nd Prize: You will receive any two Cook’s Customs Kendamas that you desire on the KendamaUSA website as well as a one of a kind surprise Cook’s Custom.
  • 3rd Prize : You will receive one of any Cook’s Custom Kendama sold on the KendamaUSA website and other surprise bonus items.

Junior Division:

  • 1st Prize: Along with having your edit posted to the KendamaUSA website you will receive a Cook’s Customs care package
  • Care Package will include:
  • Included: Purple pearlized Cook’s Custom
  • Custom Rasta Tama
  • Blue Energy Series Kendama
  • 2 Surprise Custom one of a kind Kendamas
  • String pack, stickers, ect.
  • 2nd Prize: You will receive a surprise Cook’s Custom kendama and other bonus gifts.



Follow @cookscustoms on Instagram for updates and contest info as well

Continue Reading...

Freestyle 15 Instagram Video Contest

All right, here’s the deal. We’re holding an Instagram contest and we want to see your most creative 15 Second Freestyle with only one rule…No spacewalks! Judges Alex Smith, Turner Thorne & Trevor Starnes will be looking for creativity, style & flow. Grab your gear and enter to win!

Deeply rooted in the Kendama community, judges Alex, Turner, & Trevor are always trying to improve and help others improve on their skills in freestyle sports. We’ve thrown together a prize pack that represents their love of not only Kendama but also Skateboarding for this contest.

All submissions must be tagged with hashtag #kusafreestyle15 and received by Sunday night, June 14th, 2015. Only 1 submission per person.

  • #kusafreestyle15


  • Alex Smith
  • Turner Thorne
  • Trevor Starnes

  • No Spacewalks.


Alex Smith Winner:

    • New Bamboo Pill
    • Alex Smith v4 Pro Model
    • Denim Blue Jumbo Pill
    • Autographed Natty Beech Pill
    • Kendama USA Logo Skateboard

Turner Thorne Winner:

    • New Wenge Pill
    • Turner Thorne v4 Pro Model
    • Sienna Red Jumbo Pill
    • Autographed Cherry Pill
    • Kendama USA Seal Skateboard

Trevor Starnes Winner:

  • New Padauk Pill 
  • Kaizen Select – Natural Beech
  • 2013 A.Smith Trad’l Cherry Pro
  • Autographed Purple Pill
  • Kendama USA Kaizen Skateboard


Continue Reading...

STACK 2 WIN Contest Recap

Thank you all for participating in our Stack2Win Contest! We truly had some really creative submissions and we hope to see more when we do this again!

Here are your winners!

1st Place: Ryan Plourd

2nd Place: Dwight Daly Jr.

3rd Place: Raven Thomas

Honorable Mention:

Camille Cruz

Be sure to check out all the submissions by clicking here.

Everyone who enters our contests wins, Message us if you didn’t place 1st 2nd or 3rd for an exclusive deal!

Continue Reading...