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.
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.
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.
To say Gentry Stein has worked hard for this National title is an understatement. He has risen through the ranks of competitive yo-yoing in short order. He’s had his share of successes and failures. He’s dismissed the haters and showed what determination really means. As a local from Chico, this win makes it all the sweeter. In front of friends, family, Factory and fans he took home top honors and after years of being so close, finally captured the US National Champion title. Congratulations Gentry, from all of us at YoYoFactory.
Harold Owens III took to the stage with confidence this year. Coming in at his traditional 2nd highest score of prelims, he was ready to show a whole new level of accuracy to the stage. When the dust settled on the stage Harold was standing proud with a 4th place finish. When asked as a former National Champion if he was disappointed with 4th he replied, “I couldn’t have asked for a better freestyle. I went as hard as I could and hit everything. No shame in that.” Spoken like a true Champion.
Kevin Nicholas has become everyone’s new favorite to watch on stage. Turning up to Nationals with a Pacific Northwest Regional seed, it was only Finals that he had to worry about. With an array of tricks, Kevin shows of the best trick of Nationals. Wait till the end if his freestyle to see it!
If you’re in the Santa Cruz area, this week YoYoFactory will be doing demos and shows all over the area! Come join Tyler, Clint, Jason and Cory at Kaleidoscope 828 Bay Ave Capitola, CA 95010 (831) 475-0210 or Capitola Hobby 3555 Clares St FF Capitola, CA 95010 (831) 462-3555
We’re back with a new installment of Underground Tapes! On our travels we come across some great players with some great tricks. The aim of this series of videos is to share those tricks with the world.
Players: Shu Takada, Ginji Miura, Takeshi Maruyama
If you follow our Facebook Page you probably saw our Pre-Worlds prep for the team. Part of what we do here at YoYoFactory is provide the best possible equipment to our team. When Luis came to us and asked that we make special version of the popular Genesis, we couldn’t say no! The first, and most noticeable change was we added a small step in the inner wall to cut down even more friction when in horizontal tricks. The next part was where it got tricky, the weight. Luis had some ideas, but he really needed to feel the weights to decide. So we ended up with 3 different weights, each denoted by color. Luis actually ended up using a 2 different weighted versions at Worlds to capture 3rd place! He used orange at prelims because it was the heaviest and let him power through his tricks and rack up the points. Then he moved on to the Pink for Semis and Finals.
We have a great team from around the world that supports and awesome community. In Mexico we are proud to support the best players around. This video catches up with National Champion Paul Kerbel and up-and-comer Betty Gallegos.
Ibrahim, or Ibs, is a the man. He’s a good dude with a great beard, and one of the best from the Northwest. Gearing up for Nationals, Ibs has collaborated with two other good dudes, Aaron Davis and YoYoFactory Team member Clint Armstrong to give you two great videos.
As always, Ibs has some great tech with just the right amount of BANG. Aaron shows off some silky smooth combos, and Clint as always shows up with some amazing stuff. Both video parts are a great watch. Enjoy!