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

The whole crew



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!

FIVE Yo-Yo YOUTUBE accounts you should be subscribed to

1. YoYoFactory (DUH!)

Lots of new videos coming up including new BASECAMP video, Gentry Stein responsive REPLAY video and 3 YoYoFactory Adventure videos this November!

Ann is always doing something fun from her base in Prague. Be it working on her own yoyo game, and sharing tips, to traveling to events all around the world. Right now she is posting videos from Japan!

3. Gentry Stein

Gentry has made a promise to his subscribers to start posting more so it looks like its time to subscribe!  Gentry has a pile of footage from his travels this year so expect some great stuff from the current USA champion

4. YoYoTricks.com

The most subscribed to channel in YoYo! Some amazing player tutorials plus some great clip videos like this latest one featuring Evan Nagao

5. Ben Conde

With some big name collaboration videos with multiple millions of views Bens channel is quickly becoming the best in yoyo. Ben is currently in the middle of a 15day / 15 video trip so now is as good a time as any to subscribe!

Kent Lim's Loop 1080 Review!

Kent Lim has just posted a really awesome and in-dept review on both the Loop 1080 and Loop 1080L over on his YouTube channel! I f you have ever wondered if the Loop 1080 is right for you this is a great video that shows all the pros and cons of this yoyo over others for competitive 2A. You can check out his video below, and be sure to head to his channel for more videos!

Learn Ben Conde's Moves!

Ben Conde's latest video shows off not only his yoyo moves, but the moves he's made in his life to follow his passion and become the great yoyo player he is! Ben is a very inspirational player, and we are extremely proud of all of his moves in yoyo and in life. Make sure to subscribe to see all of his videos and future en devours!

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Evan Nagao Tutorials Coming to YoTricks

Evan Nagao is infamous for his performance and variety of tricks, and a series of tutorials are coming to YoTricks.com so you can learn all his best moves! Watch out for these tutorials in October, and you can get Evan's signature yoyo the Edge now at YoYoFactory.com. 

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