Shanghai Toy Fair

An annual event for YoYoFactory that takes a new meaning with the World YoYo Contest scheduled (well not scheduled as that would mean there is a date set, but planned maybe?)  for Shanghai in 2018.

Gentry and Shu lit up our booth today and will be for the rest of the week. We also have a community event planned for Saturday and a city to go get lost in! After this, Gentry heads to Japan with Shu for Yodobashi Cup, to eat Ramen and eventually head to Korea next month for YJYOYO Festival.

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Big in China. 

John Ando Adventure

‘I want to do an adventure ‘

Thats where it starts. Last year pre USA nationals we did Peru. This year our goals were not as broad but still pretty high. There was talk of rafting, multi day hikes but in the end we came back to some unfinished business.... the summit of Mt Lassen. First time we came through on a West Coast tour there was snow on the peak and we didn’t have gear. On a pre-nationals trip 3 years ago with YoYoExpert the trail was closed to maintainance. 

This time nothing was going to stop us. 

 

the peak  

the peak  

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the accent  

 

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On the way

 

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near the top

 

 

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Above it all! 

 

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Altitude Check  

 

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loop2020

 

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dressed for snow? 

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Adventure complete.

Got Talent!

lots of it!  In Poland, Kacper Pałatyński is the hot ticket while in Thailand  Polo Garbkamol is setting the stage alight! 

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Kacper has it! 

 

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Polo has it! 

USA NATIONALS 2017

The headline is easy EVAN NAGAO WINS but there are so many other stories from an amazing weekend of yoyo play.... 

The noise was made here

The noise was made here

 

It started on a picture perfect Friday night. The Wildcard round went off in just over 40 minutes leaving many to wonder why it couldn't have been added to the next day. ask them again 24hrs later and you would find out there was enough yoyo action to more than fill Saturday.

The contest had moved back to Chico but it also moved to a new venue, a theatre auditorium which offered not a bad seat in the house. Action started early and didn't end until late.

6th placed capped off a great competitive year for Chandler Steele

6th placed capped off a great competitive year for Chandler Steele

 

There is a bit of debate over the whole wildcard/prelim/semi/finals structure. especially when you consider it would have been faster to just let everyone do 3 minutes so its a good one to analysis how good a barometer 30 seconds and 1 minute can be to the overall results. As it turns out, wildcard winner Ryan Cvijanovich just missed a spot in finals meaning no-one who played Friday night would survive the 3 rounds it took to get to the finals. The bottom half of the semi-finals qualifiers filled out the bottom half of the finals result so the seeds certainly showed they earned their pass through the earlier rounds.

Angelo went from 'kid who might make finals but would be down the bottom' to 'oh, i can miss this guy'  at NYYC17. Star power the rise.

Angelo went from 'kid who might make finals but would be down the bottom' to 'oh, i can miss this guy'  at NYYC17. Star power the rise.

 

While 11 players stepped up to the finals, it was viewed by many as a three horse race. Crowd favorite, Nate Dailey looked unstoppable in qualifying and based on previous results including a pair of 3rd placed finishes looked ready to ascend to the title. Evan Nagao had a date with destiny and both of them would have to beat the king to be the king. Gentry Stein. 

5x the champ. Alex Hatorri

5x the champ. Alex Hatorri

In the 'other A' divisions there are changes going on. The 2a and 5a crows were not being defended. The reigning 3a and 5a champs both double digit favorites. It might not be remembered as a stellar year but long time competitors Josh Yes and Conner Scholten got titles and Philip White and our own Alex Hattori added another title each. Alex is 1 title away from equaling the record for most national title and conveniently, he only has to wait until the spring to aim for it.

 

Hunter Feuerstein again proved he is going to be a force in the future stepping closer to the top.

Hunter Feuerstein again proved he is going to be a force in the future stepping closer to the top.

1A started off clean. Chandler Steele went early and held down the 'most likely to be in first spot' until we got pretty deep in the back end of the competition. As the judges called it, Kieran beat him out, to be in the 1st spot until Michael Feridco took the lead with 3 players remaining. It was Nates time and in literally the blink of an eye, the pull on a string to release a snag he had a yoyo on the floor. In terms of scoring this is -5. In the semi-finals this would have taken a player from 1st to 5th... The way the scoring works, the dream of winning basically ends at that point.  Nate didn't quit, he doubled down. threw hard, put on a show. Might not have won but was definitely a champion.

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And then there were two.

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Evan first came to Nationals in Chico when he was 3. He came as a 2a player 1 year and then a few years ago he stunned everyone to come as a top 5 1a player. He rolled on the floor and was focused on the show. Still focused on the show, he also showed he could consider the judges and in recent years has been putting the elements together to construct a winning freestyle. The wins have been spaced out but PNWR 2016, EYYC 2017 (open) showed his ability to get the nod and take a crown.... and it was shaping up to be his day. it was cleaner than everyone before him, his pacing was great, dense dense piles of tricks broken up with BIG BIG HARD tricks. This was a winning freestyle. When it ended he was in the lead. It would have been the end of the story if it wasn't for Gentry Stein.

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There isn't anything Gentry hasn't done and everyone knew he was going to bring it. When the dust settled it wasn't perfectly, clean. If it had been there would have been little doubt ... but there was. Gentry had it, everyone knew it. When the announcers called him for second the crowd was on the edge of their seat (pun intended). Evan Nagao was the new champ. When his emotions got the better of him on stage during photos it could be argued the happiest person on stage might have even been Gentry, he looked stoked for Evans win. There was going to be a celebration. Evan is King!

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Usa NATIONALS Prelim results

USA Nationals 1a prelim results


20 to semis


1. Nate Dailey YYF

2. Kieran Cooper

3. Angelo (shutter Crew)

4. Paul Harness

5. Joey MONTOYA (shutter crew)

6. Phillip Pacific

7. Mathew Poon

8. Tomo CLARK

9. Remy B

10. Hunter F (shutter crew)

11. Ryan C (shutter crew)

12. Tal Rogers

13. Kevin Nicholas (YYF)

14. Tyler B

15. Eugene J

16. Phillip White

17. Michael Kurti

18. Chris G

19. Collin Ellington

20. Stuart White

 

 

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USA Nationals

Day 1 of competition was about 45 minutes....  GREAT VENUE and love the backdrop styling.

Some of the action:

Prelim Qualifiers

1

Ryan CVIJANOVICH

99.10

To Prelims

2

Alec CECENA

87.10

3

Tal ROGERS

85.30

4

James PRATT

84.20

5

Tyler BROOKS

82.50

6

Chris GODSEY

75.00

7

Tomoaki CLARK

74.30

8

Collin ELLINGSON

57.90

9

Talia JAMISON

54.50

10

Josiah DAVIS

54.10

11

Erik EVERSON

51.60

12

Hong Joon CHEW

46.00

Usa Nationals in Chico

A locals tips on what to do. ...

We hit up Gentry for some tips.  

 

“ok, first get some Gentrystein mural action shot shutter Wide Angle giveaway 😎” (details in photo)

 where to eat?

“Gordon burrito taco truck... bomb”

“Sierra Nevada brewery, great meals”

“Sicilian cafe if the parents want to get fancy“

to eascape without going too far? 

Bear hole upper bidwell park

a bit further? 

Table mountain. A bit of an adventure.

 

Good spot to film Yoyo tricks? 

"Love" mural at Lulus. 

 

 

“Enjoy Chico! “

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Mic Check

Headed to Chico. 

The trip to the USA nationals can be the biggest of adventures or the biggest drag. It can be an epic cross country road trip, or flight panics, missed connections and lost bags. Do it enough you are bound to experience it all. We have.

To get some perspective we went to Hans Van Dan Elzen, aka YoHans, aka mr YoYofactory who has been going to Chico for Nationals since, well, it began.

when was your first nationals? 

1993 it might have been the first nationals. Prior to that it was California State Contest.  

 

Has it ever been easy to get to Chico?

Back when you could fly into Chico it was ok but you still needed to connect and by the time you check in and transfer and the inevitable delays it took just maybe longer than to fly in to Sacramento and drive. 

Has Chico changed much since 93? 

Not too much. Lots of fresh faces, the way Yoyo play has evolved is probably there greatest difference.

Who are some of the people you still see?

Bob and Thad obviously, the grand masters, Richie Nye.... just us old dudes. 

Most memorable Freestyles (of the past 24years)?  

there are at least 2. 

Mark Sitton. It wasn’t formally a freestyle but the way he played on a no-jive. His flow and style was unmatched. He use to play on the metal shafts, no wooden sleeve. Amazing.

Alex Garcia 1996. The first competitive Freestyles at the contest and he set the tone for everything that has come since.

 

Any traditions? Anything you do every year or don’t miss?  

Visit Bird in Hand. See what’s news, check out any new additions in the museum. typically get dragged along to Madison Bear Garden for at least a meal.... and always a late night meal at Denny’s.

Just wanted to add I’m excited to be back in Chico especially to watch the Futures contest Sunday to see the next generation!

 

 

 

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The slow burn

What does it take to create a legendary Yoyo? It’s the question we face every time we begin a new project at yoyofactory. Recently we have been working on a number of new projects with a new way of answering the question. 

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Shu Takada has won 3 2a world titles using yoyofactory yoyos. He has also done it on 3 different yoyos. Most recently Shu won on the loop2020 which still has not progressed past the prototype stages and still we aren’t rushing to put it on shelves.

Photos by Alec Campbell

The latest design plan involves long to the point of exhaustive testing. It involves a greater level of player input and a total lack of deadline or release schedule. Sometimes the pressure makes diamonds, more often it leaves product just a touch short.

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Nate Dailey began throwing YoYoFactory in 2015. He was a top 3 finisher at USA nationals and already had a signature Yoyo from another brand. We wanted Nate’s next yoyo to be legendary. We created a Yoyo based on his old signature Yoyo profile to get him something suited to his needs immediately. This yoyo was made available in a mystery box on YoYoExpert but not sold to the public at retail beyond this. Nate used that Yoyo to win regional events and to again place high at Nationals but we knew we could do better. A new profile and design was created and it almost was it. Nate used it to again win contests and placed in the top 10 at worlds with an un-named unreleased yoyo and still, we didn’t settle, we worked in it. 

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While the 2020 still needs to pass some testing for a release we are finally at the point of release for Nate’s Yoyo.

Introducing the ND Ultra. The result of a slow burn creating a beautiful unique playing experience. 

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ND Ultra Specs

Material: 7068 Alloy

Bearing: CT

Axle: Stainless Steel

Pads: 19mm CBC

Weight: 63.7gm

Width:45.7mm

Dia:56.6mm

 

In this final design we delivered the spin and power needed while removing a deal of weight. We brought the response down with the pad to pad distance narrower. We did a bunch of things that sound impossible, but really, all it took was time to get it right.

 

ND Ultra will release Worldwide October 7, the same day Nate will make his contest Debut with it at the USA national Contest.

Loop2020..... when its ready, and not a day sooner.

AND THE WINNER IS....

EDGE has overcome Shutter by a mere handful of votes to win the poll in our September Sweepstake!

Edge AND Shutter both join our sale.

The winner of our daily vote is : Justin Pettit

and the winner of our 8 YoYo package of EVERY yoyo in the sweepstake is: Collin Meadows!

 

Edge was a favorite from the start because its large price meant a BIGGER discount but also because it is just such an amazing yoyo!

EDGE
from 99.99
Shutter
from 44.99

September Sweepstakes FINALS DAY

A record number of votes have been tallied! After removing any duplicate votes and verifying email address the winner is EDGE, setting up the final matchup between

EDGE and SHUTTER

voting has closed

RULES

  • 1 vote per day per person.
  • 1 random voter will receive the winning yoyo each day.
  • at the end of the sweepstake 1 random voter will be selected from ALL the days voting to receive all 8 yoyos.

Winner of the daily Prize winning an EDGE is Jacky Le!

Please note our FREE BAG OFFER HAS ENDED (we ran out of bags).

Horizon
from 44.99
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Quantity:
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    September Sweepstake Semi Final #2

    We have our first Finalist!

    SHUTTER is in to the final defeating Space Crown Ultra!

     

    This is our best price ever for a 7068 yoyo so really the winner is you!  

    Please note our FREE BAG OFFER IS ENDING, as we are running out of bags... 

    we will ship them until we don't have any more.

     

    Over 500 votes were tallied from valid email addresses and selected from them the winner  of the daily prize is Stephanie Honeycutt who will be getting a SHUTTER.

    Everyone who votes goes in the draw for the grand prize of ALL 8 yoyos.

    Now it is time to find out who the other finalist will be.

    HORIZON VS EDGE

    Two yo-yos used be world ranked players supported by teams of amazing players.... but there can be only 1 winner!

     

    Vote for your favorite yo-yo to earn bigger discounts on yoyofactory.com

    • 1 vote per day per person.
    • 1 random voter will receive the winning yoyo each day.
    • at the end of the sweepstake 1 random voter will be selected from ALL the days voting to receive all 8 yoyos.

     

    YoYos eliminated in Round 1 will get a 10% discount applied until Sept 30.

    YoYos eliminated in Semi Finals will get a 15% discount applied until Sept 30

    Loser of the final will get a 20% discount applied until Sept 30

    WINNER will 30% discount applied until Sept 30

    September Sweepstake SEMI FINAL 1

    The final 1st round matchup is now OVER!

     

    Horizon has defeated HEIST

    Heist
    59.99

     

    The winner  of the daily prize is James Chase

    Everyone who votes goes in the draw for the grand prize of ALL 8 yoyos.

    Now it is time to vote on the first Semi Final Matchup! 

    This could be close..... SHUTTER is a fan favorite, Space Crown Ultra is something a lot of people still want to try..... 

    Now its up to YOU to choose a favorite!

    Vote for your favorite yo-yo to earn bigger discounts on yoyofactory.com

    • 1 vote per day per person.
    • 1 random voter will receive the winning yoyo each day.
    • at the end of the sweepstake 1 random voter will be selected from ALL the days voting to receive all 8 yoyos.

     

     

    YoYos eliminated in Round 1 will get a 10% discount applied until Sept 30.

    YoYos eliminated in Semi Finals will get a 15% discount applied until Sept 30

    Loser of the final will get a 20% discount applied until Sept 30

    WINNER will 30% discount applied until Sept 30

    September Sweepstake Day 4

    In a CRUSHING victor Edge has taken the vote on day 3!

    Never fear Aviator fans, we have a great deal on them for you now!

    Aviator
    from 19.99

     

     

    Our Daily Prize winner is Brett Kozma! Brett wins himself an EDGE!

    Everyone who votes goes in the draw for the grand prize of ALL 8 yoyos.

    Which brings us to DAY 4 voting. Our final round before the semi Finals!

    Its the Amazing Horizon and the Pocket Monster HEIST!

    Now its up to YOU to choose a favorite!

    Vote for your favorite yo-yo to earn bigger discounts on yoyofactory.com

    • 1 vote per day per person.
    • 1 random voter will receive the winning yoyo each day.
    • at the end of the sweepstake 1 random voter will be selected from ALL the days voting to receive all 8 yoyos.

     

     

     

    YoYos eliminated in Round 1 will get a 10% discount applied until Sept 30.

    YoYos eliminated in Semi Finals will get a 15% discount applied until Sept 30

    Loser of the final will get a 20% discount applied until Sept 30

    WINNER will 30% discount applied until Sept 30

    DAY 3!

    At some stage last night the automatic system failed and after tallying our individual emails we can announce in a CLOSE one, SPACE CROWN ULTRA has narrowly defeated PAOLISTA! While disappointing to some Paolista fans, the discounts on paulista have now been applied. We increased the discount a bit too, this will be your only chance this year for discounted Paolista so don't miss this great deal!

    Paolista
    from 44.99

     

     

    The winner is will be announced of the daily prize is Samuel Hipol! Samuel voted for Space Crown Ultra and thats what he will be getting!

    Everyone who votes goes in the draw for the grand prize of ALL 8 yoyos.

    Which brings us to DAY 3 voting. Its our first Signature VS Signature matchup, EDGE vs AVIATOR!

    Both of these yo-yos have been used by player placing in the top 10 at the World Yoyo Contest.

    Now its up to YOU to choose a favorite!

    Vote for your favorite yo-yo to earn bigger discounts on yoyofactory.com

    • 1 vote per day per person.
    • 1 random voter will receive the winning yoyo each day.
    • at the end of the sweepstake 1 random voter will be selected from ALL the days voting to receive all 8 yoyos.

     

    YoYos eliminated in Round 1 will get a 10% discount applied until Sept 30.

    YoYos eliminated in Semi Finals will get a 15% discount applied until Sept 30

    Loser of the final will get a 20% discount applied until Sept 30

    WINNER will 30% discount applied until Sept 30

    September Sweepstake Day 2 Space Crown Ultra VS Paolista

    Votes are in for DAY 1.

    The winner is SHUTTER! Over 400 votes were recorded with shutter winning by a greater than 3-1 margin.

    The price for DREAM is now 10% off (ok we were getting a bit excited and made it a little more than 10% off)  on YoYofactory.com and SHUTTER will go on to face the winner of todays Vote in the semi final!

    Aluminum Dream
    from 34.99

     

    Remember we also have a BI-METAL sale going on right now with Navigator, Nightmare, Ex Machina and Space Cadet all $50!

    The random winner for day 1 is ETHAN DAVID. Congratulations, you will receive a SHUTTER!

    Everyone who votes goes in the draw for the grand prize of ALL 8 yoyos.

    Which brings us to DAY 2 voting. and epic match up between the faceless SPACE CROWN ULTRA, crafted of its 7068 alloy and the PAOLISTA, the weapon of choice of Brazilian/American/European Paolo Bueno!

    Vote for your favorite yo-yo to earn bigger discounts on yoyofactory.com

    • 1 vote per day per person.
    • 1 random voter will receive the winning yoyo each day.
    • at the end of the sweepstake 1 random voter will be selected from ALL the days voting to receive all 8 yoyos.

    DAY 2 VOTING HAS CLOSED

     

    YoYos eliminated in Round 1 will get a 10% discount applied until Sept 30.

    YoYos eliminated in Semi Finals will get a 15% discount applied until Sept 30

    Looser of the final will get a 20% discount applied until Sept 30

    WINNER will 30% discount applied until Sept 30

    September Sweepstake Day 1

    Vote for your favorite yo-yo to earn bigger discounts on yoyofactory.com

    • 1 vote per day per person.
    • 1 random voter will receive the winning yoyo each day.
    • at the end of the sweepstake 1 random voter will be selected from ALL the days voting to receive all 8 yoyos.

     

    VOTING IS COMPLETE FOR DAY 1

     

    Votes are in for DAY 1.

    The winner is SHUTTER! Over 400 votes were recorded with shutter winning by a greater than 3-1 margin.

    The price for DREAM is now 10% off (ok we were getting a bit excited and made it a little more than 10% off)  on YoYofactory.com and SHUTTER will go on to face the winner of todays Vote in the semi final!

    Aluminum Dream
    from 34.99

     

     

    Remember we also have a BI-METAL sale going on right now with Navigator, Nightmare, Ex Machina and Space Cadet all $50!

    The random winner for day 1 is ETHAN DAVID. Congratulations, you will receive a SHUTTER!

    Everyone who votes goes in the draw for the grand prize of ALL 8 yoyos.

    YoYos eliminated in Round 1 will get a 10% discount applied until Sept 30.

    YoYos eliminated in Semi Finals will get a 15% discount applied until Sept 30

    Loser of the final will get a 20% discount applied until Sept 30

    WINNER will 30% discount applied until Sept 30