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18 Dec 2014

Posted By: yoyofactoryben

More great new entries in our ongoing NEW HORIZON CONTEST

15 Dec 2014

Posted By: yoyofactoryben

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A List of the entries received so far….

 

 

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12 Dec 2014

Posted By: yoyofactoryben

By Ben McPhee/YoYoFactory

Being a part of a team isn’t for everyone. The expectation of you to do anything, especially something you do for fun for anything isn’t everyones game. The opportunities it can create however are priceless. As someone who has travelled the world and turned yo-yo into a career for the majority of my life on the planet I can’t tell you it isn’t fantastic. The relationship needs to be mutual. If you are in sponsorship for a few yo-yos and a few strings it might work, for a while, until either party looses interest. If you take it as the opportunity to put something on your back and do something it can have huge returns. It can turn into life experiences to drive you into the next phase of life, or it could become a career for you too. The experience is largely what you make it. It isn’t a formal set of rules with limits.  We started with a ‘contest team’ because it was quantifiable. Effort could be measured on results and rewards given. That didn’t work for everyone and we learnt to become flexible and learn to reward different aspects of yo-yoing.  Managing the expectations and rewarding effort is largely communications and while building a company we haven’t been the best of it in the past but we are finally getting the hang of it, so its time to grow our team. With many of our original core players added over the past 11 years less involved its time for the next generation to be welcomed to the team.

 

Here they are.

 

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Betty Gallegos

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Betty was always the best girl in her scene. Now she is just one of the best. Graduating from the Mexican proteges to Contest Team she is clearly #3 in Mexico and ready to show the world!

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Dmitriy Akinshin

@dima_akinshin

When the Juniors beat the Pros, its time to upgrade them. Welcome to the Contest Team 2014 Russian National Champ Dmitriy Akinshin!

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Patrick Canny

@therealcans

From up there where the air is clean in Colorado Patrick Canny popped up on our radar during some Colorado tours and with his growing presence in videos and contests. His trick development is solid and we look forward to getting to know him more as he represents YoYoFactory.

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Michael Stecz

@steczyy

Michael is not an overnight sensation. He has worked hard building his game and we have been watching him develop for a long time. Earlier this year we knew he was ready for sponsorship and his MER win, solid 8th at USA Nationals and follow-up Illinois state contest win over a stacked field confirmed it. Big future ahead.

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Wilson Van Gundy

Wilson is a little bit quieter than your average yoyo kid…. until he throws the yo-yo. Technically superior to a lot of older competitors a little more consistency and Wilson is going to place at every contest he competes in.

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Chandler Steele

@chandlersteele77

YoYoFactory is West Coast centric. We are out in Arizona, and we see a long more of the west coast scene but when someone starts making a name for themselves East of the Rockies throwing our product news starts getting back to us pretty quickly. It didn’t take too much following along to see Chandler Steele is the real deal.

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Jake Rimmer

@idkallday

Jake doesn’t have the big results yet, but we can see where he is headed. It takes a lot for wins in SoCal. In if you can make it there, you don’t need to make it in New York to make it anywhere.

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08 Dec 2014

Posted By: yoyofactoryben

 

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http://youtu.be/U_7MzuEuKeo

Go Beyond.  Push limits.
Rules:
Upload your Best 1min+ combo Video Contest.
Points awarded for difficulty, risk, number of elements performed. Points deducted for pauses and repeated elements.
First 10 2min+ combos (no significant pauses or repetition) win a Special engraved YoYoFactory Horizon.
MUST USE YOYOFACTORY HORIZON
Contest runs: Dec 10 2014 – Jan 1 2015  (all videos MUST be uploaded by Jan 1).
Winners announced and prizes shipped Jan 14 2015.
Judge: Paul Kerbel (judges decision is FINAL)
1st Prize receives 1 of 1 special edition HORIZON + YYF YoYo Bag + 2 solid color HORIZON
2nd Prize recieves 2 solid color HORIZON
3rd Splash Horizon
Upload videos on YOUTUBE and send link to contact@yoyofactory.com (who will confirm video received).
NO regenerations.

 

04 Dec 2014

Posted By: yoyofactoryben

A lot of people ask what is our most popular metal yo-yo so we count them down!

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10. G5 just sneaking into the Top 10 is the G5! As the best hubstack playing yo-yo of all-time G5 still offers players a chance to innovate the game. LOOK

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9. SHU-TA premium 7075 material and a more solid feel than its counterpart the SHUTTER sets a new standard in solid powerful spin. An amazing all-round performer. LOOK

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8. CYBORG 3A isn’t easy. You need a bunch of spin and great control which the CYBORG offers. This translates also into an amazing yoyo for any style LOOK

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7. AVIATOR Luis Enrique has shown us the awesome power of his signature yoyo, the Aviator, at the IYYC and boy does he make it look good!LOOK

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6. CYPHER A definite team favorite for overall yoyo play. The perfect yoyo to carry with you at contests or clubs, and will surely help you improve your overall skills. LOOK

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5. HORIZON – Paul Kerbel has opened peoples eyes. He is taking yo-yo play HIS WAY. follow along, but you are going to need a serious yo-yo and HORIZON is that! LOOK

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4. TOOhot – Delays have added to the anticipation of this release. Despite being our 4th best seller it may still be the most under-rated. You won’t find better, regardless of price! LOOK

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3.Space Cowboy – The brightest light in the Sky, This bi-metallic creation has become the new team favorite. Players everywhere love the Space Cowboy. LOOK

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2. DV888 – The DV888 has become our entry yoyo into the world of metal yo-yos. It outperforms anything else in its class and is upgradable to a full blown high-performance yoyo with a simple upgrade kit.LOOK and upgrade kit HERE

 

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1. SHUTTER – Gentry Stein showed what could be done on a Shutter and thousands of people agree! THE BEST in performance AND reasonably priced means lots of people are buying TWO! LOOK

25 Nov 2014

Posted By: yoyofactoryben

By Ben McPhee

By trade, I’m not a paid entertainer. It’s not something I pursue and often I regret not doing it, because it can be so much fun!

From the Geneva Autoshow to Fashion Week in NYC and Sydney the gigs that come my way always come with an amazing party as well as maybe even more fun whilst doing the show.

This one was no different. I was to be a roving performer at the F1 GP in Abu Dhabi.

The UAE is amazing. Like no-where on the planet. Not just like New York when the skyscrapers first went up, think Rome, but built in a day.

Not my first trip, I tagged a stopover vacation there in 2010 on the back of Russian national contest, but not somewhere I get to visit often. The YoYo scene is very very small. A few player are contactable in Dubai but in AbuDhabi there isn’t anyone who clearly identifies them self as a ‘YoYo player’.

An event the size of f1 is a giant machine, it takes a lot of work to get all the parts moving but when it does it is amazing.

My brief was pretty nondescript: play YoYo at these specific places at these specific times, make people entertained. Mission accepted! Added was the bonus of deep supply of Yoyofactory yoyos, custom made to the signature YAS blue of the track, for race goers to play and keep.

From the corporate boxes to the rowdy beer gardens I covered most of the track. I went from bottom of the south grandstand to the start finish line I twirled my yoyos, people clapped and have it a try themselves! I performed on the main stage to a crowd of hundreds, I performed in the chill out zone to a crowd to 2, didn’t matter, there were loops and string tricks for all. In the actual grandstands were some of the best moments moving from section to section giving short shows to race fans waiting for the action to start on track. People really were into it too which made it even more fun.

The most memorable moment, the tale I will repeat the most, happened when I went the extra effort to go and perform for a group of 4 people, alone at the end of main straight. It was pretty quiet and my flashy tricks or maybe just the noise of my portable sound system caught the attention of some people on the opposite side of the track, specifically Prince Harry (of the British royal family). When I concluded my show, with a customary skyrocket to the pocket (-3 for those who compete) I turned and bowed and was rewarded by the signature royal handclap.

Work was fun. Fun was work. I managed to get seats for the race, checked out some of the other performers on track and found time to see Pharrell Williams. HAPPY I was.

Checkout my pictures below.

Thanks to YAS marina circuit for having me and to all the race goers who gave YoYo a spin!

By the numbers:
Travel time round trip: 60
Longest flight 15hrs
YoYos taken: 328
Yoyos coming back: 2
Strings used: 72

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24 Oct 2014

Posted By: yoyofactoryben

Videos coming daily 27-31st October.

Check the preview!

09 Oct 2014

Posted By: yoyofactoryben

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Shanghai China
14-16 October
China Toy Expo

http://www.china-toy-expo.com

Singapore
October 17 @ Spinworkx Store

4pm – Meet & Greet
5pm – Short Performance in store
5.15pm – Mini contest
5.45pm – Raffle/Giveaway
6pm – Dinner (Singapore food!)

Malaysia @ 28SPIN @ Pop By Jaya One
October 18
Schedule (2pm-4pm)
2pm – Meet & Greet
2.45pm – Short Performances in store
3.00pm – Mini Contest (Shutter Only)
3.34pm – Raffle / Giveaway
4.00pm – End

Address :
28SPIN @ Pop By Jaya One
100.P1-045 The School
No. 72A Jalan Universiti, Jaya One
46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Vietnam
October 19
HCMC Youth Cultural House – 4 Pham Ngoc Thach street, dist. 1.
Meet begin at 9am and Gentry will be there!

Tokyo
October 20
Spingear Store Akihabara
1pm – Meet & Greet
Short Performance in store
Raffle/Giveaway
Free Donuts!

29 Sep 2014

Posted By: yoyofactoryben

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Come Meet 2014 World Champion Gentry Stein!
Trade tricks with the champ
Grab an autograph
Checkout his signature yoyo SHUTTER (in exclusive tour colors only available at tour stops)
Try prototypes of new models coming from YOYOFACTORY.
Win exclusive prizes in Free Raffle draw

Shanghai China 14-16 October China Toy Show YoYoFactory booth
Singapore 17 October Spinworkx store
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 18 October 28SPIN @ Pop By Jaya One
Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam 19 October HCMC Youth Cultural House
Tokyo Japan 20 October Spingear Tokyo

More details soon!

21 Sep 2014

Posted By: yoyofactoryben

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‘YoYoFactory Europe’ was formed in 2010 with the hope of expanding the availability of yo-yos in Europe. As time went by we didn’t see the growth we hoped for and have taken distribution back into the hands of the global ‘YoYoFactory’ brand. It isn’t a failure, yo-yoing in Europe has grown steadily during this time, and with this growth we have seen more players getting involved in yoyo making an industry where once there was just a category. As the largest player owned and operated brand in the world it gives us great pleasure to work with so many other players and empower them to be part of this new industry. Vashek Kroutil and his team at SLUSNY will be an integral part of our future plans not limited to but critically enabling fulfillment and distribution. We look forward to working even closer with the dedicated retailer who are growing the yoyo scene in Europe and hope this serves as a model for other regions in the world.

This reunification make YoYofactory a single global brand again. We welcome the Europe team onto the YoYoFactory Contest Team.

For further enquiries email benmcphee@yoyofactory.com