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06 Mar 2014

Posted By: yoyofactoryben

Our first stop on tour has concluded! Speaking to you from Salt Lake City Utah at the moment. But our last week in Nevada City is what I want to talk about. It being our first stop we had our share of troubles, but those were outweighed heavily by our experiences! First we broke down from Phoenix to San Fransisco, after that fiasco we had a exciting sleepless PNWR weekend. Then Nevada City! During our 5 days we had demonstrations at 9 schools and taught kids how to yo yo everyday at Mountain Pastimes. We had incredible turnouts! Everyday we had more kids than the last! By the end of the week all the kids were talking about a club and how they could all continue to practice yoyoing. Nevada City, Success!

Words from us.

Tyler Severance

” With every tour there are challenges, but in Nevada city they were mainly good ones. There was only so much space to teach new players. There were only so many people who were able to teach new players. But toward the end of the week when the rain started things got more cramped. With that showed up all the local players who were a huge help with new players, and entertaining parents.”

Joe Wilson

” The Nevada city stop on tour was great! We noticed early that the city was small, so we were hoping to reach out to most of the kids. As the week went on we noticed an increase in kids each day leading up to the contest on Friday . I’m positive that our visit brought the most kids to mountain past times than ever befor . My favorite part from that town was that I was able to make a difference in a child’s life. At the end of the week a kid gave me a letter telling me I got him back into yoyoing . The feeling of making an impact on a kid who I never met before made all the work worth it.”

Clint Armstrong

” This 80 70 80 Tour is YoYoFactory’s longest tour ever. We’ve had a lot of build up going into it. We could not have had a better start than with Nevada City! The dedication and passion that the local kids showed was so inspiring. Putting a yoyo into someone’s hand and then seeing them improve in a matter of minutes Is a feeling I can’t put into words. Nevada City is a very quaint town, and is a small community in itself. I would love to go back in a year and see how far the yoyo community has grown!

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14 Oct 2013

Posted By: yoyofactoryben

Lots happening in the world of YoYo. We finished up a tour in California that started in Chico the week before Nationals and ended up in Santa Cruz where we ran the 2nd Annual Santa Cruz City Contest. lead by Tyler Severance this years crew featured Jason Lee, Clint Armstrong and Cory Hendon.

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Thousands of new player were introduced to YoYo along the way. Thanks to all those who helped us out making this possible.

 

In Europe The Slusny crew + Ann hit the road again.This weekend they headed to Hungarian Nationals (Sponsored by YoYoFactory Europe). Boldog Gabor threw it down for the team taking 4th place. While Vashek took out the international division and Ann rounded out the top ten.

Slusny keep rolling this week visiting Olomouc, a beautiful city in the east of the Czech Republic in lands known as Moravia.

Ann in Olomouc

 

Coming up this week SHUTTER blasted goes into production, We begin designing the 2014 metal line and YoYoFactory.cn are in Shanghai at Shanghai Toy Fair!  Stay tuned for more news as it happens.

23 Aug 2013

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Ann Connolly is sure collecting stamps in her passport book! A last minute decision at Worlds found Ann heading straight to Edmonton AB Canada for Canadian Nationals! While in Canada she did some in-store appearances, competed in the International Division and even traveled to beautiful Jasper!

 

28 Jun 2013

Posted By: admin

It should come to no surprise that the YoYoFactory Team does a lot of traveling. On any given weekend we have members attending contests, doing trade shows, touring, teaching and promoting Yo-Yo literally around the world. To give you a little glimpse into where we’re at this weekend, we put together a little report:

 

Ann is no stranger to travel. Over the last few years she’s become quite a jetsetter, hitting Japan, China, Russia, Australia and all over the USA on tour. Her current trip takes her to the London for a few days, then this weekend Ann makes an appearance at a Toy show in Japan as the special guest. From Japan she’ll be heading to Prague. Then onto a whirlwind European tour. Poland and France among others.

 

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Jason Lee is in transit between the Middle East (Iran was the last place he touched down) and Europe. Pictured below, Jason is standing at the edge of a perpetually burning gas crater. Berlin for a bit, then to Prague to meet up with Ann and the SLUSNY crew. Where to after that? Only Jason knows.

 

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State-side US National Champ Patrick Borgerding took 1st at Midwest Regionals, then headed to Chicago for some sight seeing and inspiration.

 

Here at the YoYoFactory Office in Arizona, Tyler Severance just booked his tickets South Central Reagionals in Denver, CO. And everyone is finalizing travel plans to Worlds.

 

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We also have some special guests in the office. Former US National Champ Harold Owens III is in town for an extended stay. Sharpening his demonstrating skills with the awesome summer programs Tyler is running here, and fine tuning his Worlds freestyle. He’s got to make it through all the prelims AND get a final routine down. The peace and quite of the desert is helping him focus.
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Along with Harold, we also had a surprise visit from 2x time World Champion Eiji Okuyama all the way from Japan. He and Harold made the trek up to the Grand Canyon to see the sights and get some cool photos.

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And finally, Brazil is getting ready for it’s National Yo-Yo Contest and YoYoFactory will be represented by Paolo Bueno! He and his family are down visiting family and fortunately it coincides with Brazil Nationals.

 

 

20 Mar 2013

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On a recent trip to San Fransisco Ann Connolly shot this great video with our friend Jake Wiens of The Ken Garden. Awesome shots at very cool locations with a great yo-yo, the H.O.T., and of course the tricks look good too!

 

12 Nov 2012

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During Ann’s recent Australian Yo-Yo Tour she made an appearance on Channel Ten’s Breakfast Show which is a hugely popular morning show. Lots of Yo-Yo love and a really fun interview with Ann!

 

27 Sep 2012

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West Coast Tour with Tony Hawk, World YoYo Contest, more West Coast Tour and releasing a signature WHiP. When does Ann find time to practice? We can’t wait to see what she has planned for her Nationals freestyle.

 

21 Sep 2012

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With the first week of Champions Collection releasing to the public, the Ann Connolly Whip has become the #1 seller. We think it might have something to do with her new video…

 

31 Aug 2012

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The YoYoFactory West Coast Tour finds Augie, Ann and Seth in beautiful San Francisco, CA. Hanging out in Union Square Park, they filmed this video. Great beats. Great Tricks. All in a great city.

 

29 Aug 2012

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Our last demo for this leg of the YoYoFactory West Coast Tour (don’t worry, there will be more!) we head to Napa for Blues, Brews and BBQ. A huge street festival that Toy B Ville has invited us too. On the left is Darren, the owner of Toy B Ville and a really rad guy (more on that later). On the right is John, he started the local scene here and heads the Yo-Yo club at Toy B Ville. It’s always so amazing to see passionate, dedicated young people take charge and create something awesome for their community.

 

 

All day we had patrons visiting our booth. Learning, watching and having a good time. We never grow tired of people saying, “Wow! These are so much better then the old yo-yos I used to have when I was a kid. I can actually DO tricks!”.

 

But yo-yoing wasn’t the only thing happening…

 

 

… Darren was defending his title as Rib Eating Champion. Last year he came in as a rookie and destroyed the competition with 27 ribs in 10 minutes.

 

 

And within a few minutes, it was apparent how hungry he was for another title. Taking down 12 ribs before most others were even close to double digits.

 

 

Chowing down on another 12, and he was well ahead of the pack. 3 away from his previous record.

 

 

As he sets his 33rd rib in the bowl there was a little less then a minute to go, and 5 ribs ahead of the closest competitor.

 

 

Your 2012 Champion, Darren!

 

Now, back to yo-yoing…

 

 

 

We had a full day at the festival. Everyone who stopped by was excited to learn yo-yo. We had first timers and old hands alike take YoYoFactory yo-yos for a spin.

 

 

 

Ann and Augie also wow’ed the crowd with demos. Showing what Modern Performance Yo-Yos were all about.

 

Thanks to Darren, John and the whole crew at Toy B Ville for a great event.