Chandler boy to test his skills at international yo-yo competition in Iceland

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It's competitive, fast-paced, and sometimes people get hurt. We’re talking about the sport of yo-yo!

A young man in Chandler is one of the best and he's ready to test his skills at the World Yoyo Contest in Reykjavik, Iceland, Aug 10 to 12.

"It takes effort, practice," said 12-year-old Hunter Feuerstein.

Ten hours a day, every day, Hunter works on his moves.

"I actually make up all my own tricks, because once you learn all the basics you can basically combine those and make it into your own tricks," said Hunter.

He has nearly 100 yo-yos in his collection. 

But he has one in specific picked out that he'll be bringing with him when he leaves Saturday: a purple and blue yo-yo made by his sponsor, the Yoyo Factory, a local manufacturer. 

When he gets to Iceland, Hunter will go up against nearly 200 other players from 30 countries, many of them much older than him.

“I'm hoping to make it to the semifinal round," said Hunter. 

Hunter started playing four years ago after his mother signed him and his brother up for classes one summer. Now he's the one doing the teaching. Hunter formed the Chandler Yoyo Club and is happy to show off his tricks. 

Training for a yo-yo competition has its ups and downs.

"I hit myself in the face today,” said Hunter. “Like five times."

A small price to pay if you want to become the world yo-yo champion.

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Lauren ReimerLauren Reimer joined the 3TV/CBS 5 family in June 2016. She is originally from Racine, WI but is no stranger to our heat.

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She previously worked for KVOA in Tucson, covering topics that matter to Arizonans including the monsoon, wildfires and border issues. During the child migrant crisis of 2014, Reimer was one of only a handful of journalists given access to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection detention facility in Nogales, where hundreds of unaccompanied children were being held after crossing into the U.S. from Central America. Before that, Reimer worked at WREX in Rockford, IL. Lauren is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and still visits home often. When not chasing news stories, Reimer loves to explore, enjoying everything from trying new adventurous foods to visiting state and national parks or local places of historical significance.

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