This year at the 2011 Russian National YoYo Championships YoYoFactory Contest Team showed up in full force. Taking home top honors for the 3rd time was YoYoFactory’s own Victor Gravitsky. Followed closely by his team members Alexander Pelevin and Igor Galiev.
Hong Kong based HERE WE YO celebrates their 10th anniversary in 2012. We are proud to unveil this limited edition Supernova as our first release of 2012 and wish them many more decades of success promoting yoyo in Hong Kong and around the world.
YoYoFactory is proud to announce the “1st China Tour” featuring Paul Han and Ann Connolly. From December 15th to 26th Paul and Ann will be demonstrating and teaching at Toys R Us. Along with Toys R Us appearances, they will also be doing various TV spots.
For more info, and to find out if Ann and Paul will be visiting your city, check out www.yoyofactory.cn
Be sure to check out the “1st China Tour” video featuring interviews and footage of Paul and Ann.
To commemorate the tour we’ve produced a few Special Editions. First we have the Starbrite. It features the “1st China Tour” logo along with Paul and Ann’s signature.
Second we produced a special Superstar for Ann for her world travels to Russia and China. Featuring blue splash on purple with opposite hubstacks.
In 2009 YoYoFactory embarked on production of a followup video to Undeniable. Though it never came to fruition, we amassed some amazing footage and have finally opened the video vault.
The week before 2009 Worlds, YoYoFactory team members from all over the world posted up in a house in Orlando to hang out, practice and film. “Summer” is a glimpse into our week, working hard and playing hard.
With so many YoYoFactory players coming in from all corners of the world, we spent a lot of time at the airport. So what do we do while we wait? Film another video of course. Featuring Mateus Ganc (Poland) and Kentaro Kimura (Japan).
In 2009 YoYoFactory released an unprecedented 10 new models at the World YoYo Championships. Many of these were modern performance plastic yo-yos that heralded a “Death to Metal”. At the forefront of this was the Protostar. World and National Champion John Ando’s signature yo-yo. Throwing a special Midnight release, YoYoFactory demonstrated the amazing ability of the Protostar. We also filmed the entire release to give you a feel of the energy that night.
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.
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”
In addition to Quiksilver and Tech Deck, the Birdhouse MIA To NYC tour sponsors include Staples, YoYo Factory and the truth® youth smoking prevention campaign. Tech Deck’s National Fingerboarding Championships will be held on tour September 3rd at the Quiksilver Pro New York in Long Beach, NY.
2011 Tony Hawk Miami to New York Tour Schedule
8/21 Miami, FL · West Wind Skatepark
8/22 Tampa, FL · Skatepark of Tampa
8/23 Jacksonville, FL · Kona Skatepark
8/25 Savannah, GA · Buckwalter Skatepark
8/27 Fayetteville, NC · Double Decker Skatepark
8/28 Virginia Beach, VA · Virginia Beach (East Coast Surfing Championships)
8/31 Washington, DC. · Frederick Skatepark
9/2 New York City, NY · Hudson River Park’s Pier 54
9/3 Long Beach, NY · Quiksilver Pro New York
YoYoFactory will be Joining the Birdhouse 2011 Tour. As Part of the Tour YoYofactory will be at every event running contests teaching tricks, giving away stickers and prizes. The Team for the Tour will include PAUL HAN, ALEX KATO, BEN MCPHEE, SETH PETERSON and ANN CONNOLLY. Keep update with more tour information on yoyofactory.com
From the Streets
We have been saving a few up and this week is going to get pretty busy so its time…