New Releases!

In the next couple of weeks we will be seeing a ton of yoyo action around the world with the 20th Bay Area Classic competition in California, the Japan National Contest, and the 2017 World YoYo Contest in Reykjavik, Iceland! YoYoFactory will be actively in attendance at each of these events to cover this very exciting time in yoyo!

Paolista
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Paulo Bueno has spent the last 5 years patiently developing his skills and quietly becoming one of the most dominant yoyo players in the world. Over the past two years, Paulo has taken 1st in the highly competitive Bay Area Classic, Brazilian National Championships, and nearly taking out World Champion Gentry Stein at the 2016 EYYC competition. For 2017, YoYoFactory wanted to make sure that Paolo had everything he needed to be ready for a big year of competitions. Enter the Paolista. Paolo's signature model is focused on consistency, durability, and pure performance. The thick rim offers sustainability through long combos, the shape is as comfortable in the hand as it is on the string, and the gap has been brought in ever so slightly so that binds are tight. This is the refined competition yoyo, designed for Paolo.

 

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Replay Pro
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It has been a long term goal and dream of Gentry Stein's to have his name behind a low price plastic yoyo. We are happy to announce that Gentry has achieved this goal with the Replay Pro! This model was in development for almost a year, with the focus being on World Champion performance, extreme durability, and a low price point. Replay Pro is constructed of tough poly-carbonate, and uses a Center Trac bearing.

 

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Yo to the Yo!

Hey YoYo Athlete!

Are you looking for an iOS game to spin when your too tired to actually play yoyo?


Check out 'Yo to the Yo' :

https://appsto.re/us/Da8xcb.i

*Made by Purple Pwny Games who we have. No relationship with, other than the fact we downloaded their game!


First grab an 'ol faithful' (I know, if there is one thing playing yoyo has taught you it is don't always choose the cheap option but there is no other choice)


Throw with Power!


Rather than do tricks it's a timing based game waving you toss the yoyo to the moon (and beyond!)


Fun Facts about actual yoyo stuff are a neat addition but is really the only thing about the game that has anything to do with yoyos.


Nothing wrong with a bit of pointless fun though so we gave it a try. A couple of upgrades later it was actually pretty fun.


Beat our top score within 24hrs and get a 10% off code for yoyofactory.com highest score sent to us by Friday (noon PST) can get a free Space Cadet!


To claim your code (valid for 2 weeks), or high score email  us a screen capture (which you will find is a challenge in itself) to contact@yoyofactory.com

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New Releases for May!

We are super excited to introduce some really exciting new items to you all!  We have been working hard on new product development and the new models listed below are a few of the many anticipated new releases. 
 

Czech Pivot
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After a year of development, YoYoFactory is ready to introduce the Pivot series of yoyos. This technology, which started with the Basecamp Sherpa yoyo, is being released for the first time on a modern performance unresponsive yoyo - Czech Point! The goal of the Pivot technology is to achieve the perfect finger spin! The magic is in a revolutionary two-piece design that allows all of the necessary rim weight to stay in place while offering a contoured finger spin cap and an uncompromising body shape. Experience the next evolution in finger spin technology with the Czech Point Pivot!

 

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YoYoFactory.com exclusive color!

YoYoFactory.com exclusive color!

Flight Pro
54.99

The Flight Offstring yoyo has cemented itself as the best value Offstring model available. In 2017, YoYoFactory decided to take all of the best features of the Flight, combine them with a new rigid material, add a few design tweaks, and offer an even higher level of performance. The all new Flight PRO is the next evolution in your journey as an offstring player. High quality POM machined plastic offers increased durability and flexibility while a slightly altered weight distribution brings a faster feel. 

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NorthStar
19.99

In 2010, YoYoFactory set the goal of producing a modern performance plastic/metal hybrid yoyo that out performed the most capable metal yoyos at a fraction of the price. The result of those efforts was the Northstar yoyo, which went on to win the 2010 World YoYo Contest. This week, we are re-introducing the Northstar in an entirely new light. The new Northstar Finger spin comes equipped with carefully designed finger spin side caps that are amazing for modern horizontal finger spin tricks. Precision aluminum weight rings give the Northstar an advantage on other plastic yoyos with greater stability and spin time. Additionally, this new version comes with a $19.99 MSRP making it a top competitor for the best value to performance on the market!

 

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Evan Nagao wins EYYC!

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Evan Nagao of Honolulu Hawaii is the 2017 Open champion at the European YoYoContest held in Bratislava Slovakia.  

in his first Euopean Contest final Evan performed a jaw dropping array of complicated technical and flashy tricks to earn a victory over Andrew Maider and Colin Beckford both also from the USA.

Evan will now spend a week traveling in Europe before heading to Africa to participate in humanitarian relief in Malawi. 

 

 

 

Full results: http://eyyc17.com/contest/results/

Dragon Tamer Contest Results!

The results are finally here! Thank you all for being so patient, and thank you for sharing all of your incredible tricks! The winner will receive all of our new releases during the beginning of 2017, including the Heist, Space Crown, and more! Check out the winning video below, and congradulations to Logan Theobold! 

All entries can be viewed at yoyofactory.com/dragon-tamer-entries 

We would also like to thank all of our contestants, and here are a couple of featured tricks we really wanted to share!

Honorable Mentions:

Paolista Love!

Paolo Bueno's signature yoyo released last week and it is quickly becoming a fan favorite! Paolo has released a new promotional video showing off some amazing new tricks in Portugal, and YoYoFactory Team Player Ann Connolly has also released her review of the Paolista on her YouTube Channel! Check out both videos below!

YoYoFactory Adventure PERU

 

YoYoFactory Adventure began before it had a name. We would always try to add to our formal travel with fun detours. When we gave it a name there was both freedom to just go places and pressure to do something special.

This year we went big. We crowdfunded our biggest trip and invited strangers to join us. The first to sign on was a guy named Louie. We didn't know him. He didn't know who was coming in on the trip or even where it was going. But he was in. Next Andre Boulay from YoYoExpert tossed his hat in the ring. Finally local Phoenix player Ryan and his dad signed up. That was a crew already! What about the players? Gentry has found his way onto some of the best YYF Adventure trips and his hand was up first again despite the fact this trip returned only 2 days before he was scheduled to defend his Usa national title. Paul Kerbel hadn't been in a trip since White Sands almost 13 months ago so he eagerly joined as well. The final slot went to YYF Adventure veteran Vashek. He had done Iceland, Jordan and if he could survive 40+hrs travel he would be on this one!
 

Vashek on the trail

Vashek on the trail


Peru....
The idea for an adventure to Peru probably started in White Sands with Paul, who has some Peruvian heritage. Machu Pichu was the big draw with the romantic concept of hiking the Inca trail in. Logistically we needed to get the trip done in a week to fit into everyone's schedules so we planned it out to the last degree. Everyone traveled pretty light. We needed to deal with the fringes of the tropical rainforests, snow capped mountains and lots of time in planes. The biggest concern was altitude and how we would handle it. Cusco, sitting at 11,542ft would be our base camp. We would spend days lowered but also days higher....

The whole crew

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Vashek and Gentry first met Louie in LA. We were not ever worried he wouldn't fit in, by having the adventurous spirit to book we knew he would be the right person. From there we stretched our budget the furthest by hopping to Panama, then Lima where we found a lonely Paul waiting for us. Ryan and his dad got better flights and were also waiting at the gates for our next flight. The sunrise jump over the Andes was spectacular. We arrived in Cusco. When Andre joined us shortly after the whole crew was together and we started exploring the city. Sights and smells, new sensations like extreme shortness of breath and new tastes.... like Coca.

Coca life.

Coca life.


Coca leaves were sacred to the Incas, and since then have been used as a natural remedy for many ailments, including headache, sore throat and stomach upsets. Today, the coca leaf is a vital part of the Peruvian national identity. It's also used as the base ingredient in Cocaine but they are NOT addictive or bad for your health. The main reason there is so much Coca in Cusco is to treat the symptoms of altitude sickness.

The tea offers less 'kick' than a cup of coffee but a couple of them and perhaps some chewing of the acidic leaf and the dull headache of altitude receded just a little. We needed to be at our best because the next morning we would be on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Goal.

Goal.



The Inca trail originally ran all the way from Cusco to Machu Picchu. We didn't quite have that long so we bussed then trained it to a remote section of the trail where we would hike out of the valley, past waterfalls and less visited ruins entering Machu Pichu from the fabled 'sun gate'. We loaded up but hardly made good time. Too many oddities to see and places to film! Alpacas were curious but luckily the bears and Jaguar stayed clear. Finally we got to the sun gate and saw Machu Pichu. It's majestic appearance Only made us feel underprepared, what, how, when why? Who read the book?

Luckily the next day we would have a private guided tour to answer all the questions. Built in the 15th century, inhabited for less than a decade, lost for almost 400 years.... no, not made by aliens. Amazing. Time flew by. We found some quiet corners to soak up the view. Was this the pinnacle of our adventure?

Couldn't be. Nothing is that easy.

In the valley before local villagers were declaring industrial action. As we headed back to Cusco we saw the signs. Roads would be closed we would be trapped. Our activities the next 2 days were cancelled. What now?

A day spent exploring the town and fortress overlooking Cusco and some amazing Peruvian food wasn't going to be a bad way to spend the day. Louie went from quiet guy to leader. Ryan and his dad never far behind. We watched the sun set that night with another early day planned for tomorrow but no idea if the roads would be open.

Around 5am we swooped out of town. Heading up the valley away from the strikes we spent the day rafting on a tributary of the Amazon, finishing it off with a zip-line in the shadows of a 16,000ft peak. Luckily it was a light day as tomorrow we would be climbing one of them!

Here it was, our last full day. On plan we left before 5. Heading of the highways, off the sealed roads through small villages and heards of alpaca to a quiet valley...



It was frigid. As soon as we hit the first accent however cold wasn't a concern, we could barely breathe!

Previously on YYF Adventure we summited Mt Fuji. This hike began roughly at the same altitude that one maxed out at. It was slow going, more like a shuffle. The pause in breathing to even click a photo became problematic. Playing yoyo a downright chore! Still we climbed and climbed and eventually we reached the amazing Rainbow Mountain. 360 views and for some reason at the top, it felt easier to breathe.

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Lifelong friends were made. Limits tested. With increased lung capacity and potentially failing an Olympic drug test due to tea consumption, Gentry won USA Nationals less than 3 days later. Vashek struggled through 40hrs of flights sick and Paul had to say goodbye to everyone and miss USA nationals. Ryan, Louie and Andre have standing invitations to join us on future adventures and we hope you can join us some day too!

Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Hello everyone! We all know the Holidays are quite hectic when it comes to shipping, so we have set in some deadlines to make things a little easier. USPS has certain deadlines that we must meet, so we have created our deadlines based on theirs. For Christmas delivery, all US orders must be placed by 9am PST on Dec. 19th for First Class or 9am PST Dec. 20th for Priority. Canada orders must be placed by 9am PST on Dec. 17 with the "USPS Priority Express International" shipping option for Christmas delivery. Please keep in mind that this does not guarantee Christmas delivery, as there can always be hiccups on USPS's end when it comes to delivery. However, these deadlines do guarantee that they will be received by USPS by their Holiday Shipping deadlines listed on their website. 

Must Watch Videos for the Weekend!

There have been a plethora of amazing videos released this week, so here's our list of what you should catch up on while you're enjoying the weekend!

1. The Gentrified YoYo Trick

2. YoYoFactory Adventure - Cambodia

3. Ann Connolly - My New Signature YoYos!

4. Spacecamp

Ann Connolly - On a Midsummer's Eve

YoTricks.com has released an AWESOME new video showcasing YoYoFactory Pro Player Ann Connolly! Ann visited YoTricks's headquarters a few weeks back and filmed a whole series of tutorials for them that will be featured every Friday on their YouTube channel, along side the Even Nagao tutorials! Make sure to check them out every Friday! They are definitely tricks you do not want to miss!

Dragon Tamer Video Contest!

Welcome to the official Nine Dragons Trick Contest hosted by YoYoFactory! This contest will show off original tricks from players all around the world, along with the limitless possibilities that the Nine Dragons yoyo is capable of handling. 

Andrew Hulterstrom has a great video to pull some inspiration from, showing off a collection of tricks for your individual trick video. Check out Andrews video, and be sure to read all the rules below!

You can also check out Dragon Tamer Kevin Nicholas on his Instagram (@nivex) for even more inspiration!

The contest will run for three weeks, giving everyone plenty of time to create, film, and upload an original trick. The contest will start Friday, November 11th and end Sunday, December 4nd. 

Prizes! To determine the winner, we at YoYoFactory will pick our top 10 favorite tricks, and hold a fan voting contest over the following week. This will determine the winner of the Dragon Trainer Video Contest! Our top ten favorites will all win a NINE Dragons pack which, includes $200+ in prizes of everything you will need for you Nine Dragons. This includes, but is not limited to, colored shells, spare bearings, and miscellaneous parts. The Grand Prize winner, who will be picked by popular vote, will receive the ULTIMATE PRIZE PACK which includes every new YoYoFactory release in the beginning of 2017, along with the previous mentioned NINE Dragon pack, guaranteeing over $1000 in retail value.

Dragon Trainer Video Contest Rules:

In order to enter, one must create, upload, and name an original trick using the Nine Dragons yoyo to YouTube titled “YoYoFactory Nine Dragons Trick - [Insert trick name here]”.  Once your video is uploaded, send us an email to contact@yoyofactory.com with a link to your video so we can see it! We will email you back to confirm that we received it and you are officially entered. All contestants are allowed to upload multiple videos of different original tricks. If there is a duplicated trick, the first upload of that trick will be considered for the prizes. 

Any previous Nine Dragons owner who submits a video entry will receive a free pair of shells, and if you need a pair of shells in order to enter, just email us at contact@yoyofactory.com and we will send you a new pair.

All of our favorite videos will be listed on YoYoFactory.com as recommended tricks for new and old players to learn in our trick gallery, using your original trick names!

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YoYoFactory's Weekend Round-Up!

It was a very busy weekend for YoYoFactory Players all around the world, so here is a little wrap up of all the awesome things that happened!

1) Gentry Stein: 9 Hours in Paris

Gentry released a new video showing off all the awesome places he visited in his short 9 hour vacation in Paris, and even shows off some tricks! 

2)  Discovered on Instagram

Ben Conde shows off YoYoFactory Player, Polo Garbkamol, and his amazing talent/passion for yoyo. Polo is pushing the technical side of yoyoing to a whole new level that we have not seen before, and is becoming infamous on Instagram for his amazing style. This is a great video showing Polo's character and how he's developing himself as a player by spreading his passion through Instagram. 

3) Paulo Bueno Wins Italian National's Open Division

The Italian Nation YoYo Contest wast this past weekend and YoYoFactory Pro Paulo Bueno won the open division! We are still waiting for freestyle videos, but with the quality Paulo has been bringing lately, we are confident that its an amazing routine! 

4) Slusny in Hungary

Slusny is back in Budapest for 3 weeks doing school tours! Be sure to check out their Instagram as they are posting some amazing content of their travels! 

5) John Ando

John Ando has been posting some insane new tricks on his Instagram that are definitely a must see if you are working on new tricks of your own! Check out his latest trick below!