2011 has been a stellar year for Harold Owens III. Seemingly out of no where, though we’ve had our eye on him for a while, he took the US contest season by storm. Garnishing quite a bit of attention with his high placing in every contest he entered, Harold joined the YoYoFactory Contest Team shortly before the World Championships.
And his performance at Worlds did not disappoint. Even though he barely missed finals, he became a true crowd favorite. After Worlds Harold had his sights set on one thing: US Nationals.
As he took the stage, he definitely “got his swagger back”. Flying through one of the most fluid, stylish freestyles of the day Harold took top honors: 1A US National Champion.
To commemorate his outstanding 2011 contest season YoYoFactory has created a special edition Catalyst, the same yo-yo he used to win Nationals. Available in 2 colors, these are already moving fast.
November 19th and 20th marked the 3rd year of 44Clash, held in Tokyo, Japan. This premiere event combines seasoned veterans from all over the world with new, up and coming stars of Japan. And YoYoFactory’s Paul Han was on hand to catch all the action.
The future. These kids haven’t been playing for long, but you wouldn’t know it by their amazing skill set.
Shu Takada and his father getting ready for his 2A freestyle. It’s always great to see the support players get from family and friends.
Some people in this picture have been yo-yoing longer then another has been able to walk. Any guesses who?
Family. Friends. Players. Competitors. The combination is what makes the crowd at 44Clash one of the most electric in the world.
You’ll have to be one of the best in the world to take home one of these souvenirs.
But these are a little easier to come by. 44Clash 2011 Avant Garde. Every year we put together a special edition to support the contest. This year we pulled out all the stops. Available in Purple or Gold.
x Division Winners
2A Winners- Congratulations to YoYoFactory Team member Shu Takada
A month ago Clint Armstrong was just a kid we saw at contests. Somewhere along the way his sponsor decided he would be better off with us. We didn’t really know him at the time but liked him a lot once we got to know him.
Clint plays YoYo. ALL THE TIME. Welcome to YoYoFactory Contest team.
This year at US Nationals Clint scored a PERFECT in his prelim. And if you think that’s good, you should see him practice for Worlds. This kid is going places.
When we took the first look at our new Stainless steel whistling yo-yo the idea was already there to film a short video. It was a ‘return to retro’ concept with dare I say, ‘futuristic’ styling and interchangeable response system. Inspiration was drawn from MANY time periods.
All we needed then was the worlds most famous Stainless Steel Car and a $6,000 pair of shoes…
“We rolled up in our van. Its pretty easy to spot a car with strobes, neons and speakers blazing a movie soundtrack”
“Before the sun set we took it for a drive. Speed limits weren’t the only thing that kept it below 88. The owner says it would need to be going downhill, with a tailwind, to get close”
“Feeling like cinderella, they fit like a glove”
“Ironically the shoes were much more comfortable than the car”
“Our budget for the shoot was $30. That bought a smoke machine, liquid for it and a bottle of lighter fluid.”
“I could play with this for hours” (unidentified crew member hopefully talking about the yoyo). Kids, don’t play with fire, despite how fun it looks.
“In the end it was a super fun night. The yo-yo is super fun too. Hope you enjoy the video”
This past weekend, in Chico, CA, Harold Owens III took 1st place in the 1A division of the USA National Yo-Yo Contest. Harold was added to our team earlier this year this was his first time competing in the USA National Yo-Yo Contest. Congratulations Harold.