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23 Aug 2012

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We rolled into Chico this afternoon, just in time to pick up Gentry from school. If there’s one thing that turns more heads them Gentry’s shoe game, it’s the YoYoFactory van.

 

 

Once we got Gentry we headed over to the National YoYo Museum in downtown Chico. The Museum is full of awesome displays that chronicle the timeline of Yo-Yo.

 

 

 

YoYoFactory is honored to have multiple displays in the Museum showing our growth and progression in the past 10 years. The Museum also has many of our players signature models, personally signed for the Museum.

 

 

The walls of the Museum are literally covered in history. Old. New. Championship winning. Prototypes. Even quirky promotional yo-yos are on display. And they all tell a story.

 

 

The National YoYo Museum also plays host to the National Yoyo Contest. Every year honors are given out at the contest. Ann has received “Female Player of the Year” awards quite a few times.

 

 

The man responsible for it all, Bob Malowney. Bob is the godfather of it all. He was instrumental in bringing the yo-yo back into popularity in the 80′s. Creating and curating the National YoYo Museum in the 90′s. And bringing us the modern yo-yo contest through his efforts in the National YoYo League and National YoYo Contest.

 

 

What started out as a passion for Bob has grown into the thriving, vibrant yo-yo culture we have today. Yo-Yo has come a long way since Bob started, but without him a lot of what we take for granted today wouldn’t have happened.

 

 

As Bob gave us a tour of the Museum you couldn’t help but be in awe of what he has worked to achieve. In the early 90′s the main means of promoting the National YoYo Contest was word of mouth. Every time someone would write for information on Nationals Bob would be sure to send extra fliers back to give out to others who might be interested. Now, almost two decades later, Nationals is one of the most prestigious contest in the world. Bringing in an international audience and competitors from every corner of the country.

 

 

 

A lot of passion and hard work has gone into developing Yo-Yo into what is is today. Bob is a testament to hark work and following your passions.

 

 

 

After the Museum tour, we went out front and set up for the local street festival. Bird in hand, Bob’s store that houses the National YoYo Museum, has a strong club, and many of them came out.

 

 

It was perfect weather and a grew crowd. We were honored to be able to work with such an institution and were proud to fly our flag next to Bird in Hand.

 

 

The next generation of yo-yo is alive and well in Chico.

 

Thank you again Bob, Thad, and everyone at Bird in Hand and the National YoYo Museum. We had a great time in Chico!

 

17 Aug 2012

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Over the past week YoYoFactory was given the opportunity to stop in Portland for a week to hold a YoYo Summer Camp during our West Coast Tour. Thanks to YoYoUniversity, Portland has a thriving young yo-yo scene full of amazing talent.

 

 

As part of YoYoUniversity’s program, they teach many building blocks, and test the campers on their proficiency. As they work their way around the “U” they achieve higher, more exclusive, levels in the program.

 

 

The ages and skill range was great. We had kids who had just picked up a yo-yo, to players who had been in the YoYoU program for over 2 years and were placing well at regional contest.

 

 

Along with all the yo-yo activities, there were outdoor breaks. Who could turn down the chance to go up again a Yo-Yo Champ in a game of ball?

 

 

Another feature of each day at YoYo Camp was time meeting and learning from the Pros on hand. Each of the Pros has very interesting insights into yo-yoing and the campers were eager to hear and full of questions.

 

 

Speaking of our Pros for the week, here’s a nice group shot. From Left to Right: Ibrahim Rahman, Luke and Jack Finnel, Augie Fash and always camera aware Ann Connolly.

 

 

The campers were so stoked to have some of the best Pros in the country on hand to teach them tips and tricks.

 

 

 

For the last day, the Camp had a big head to head team battle. Augie’s team huddled up to plan their epic team routine. With the veteran performing experience of Augie, they were sure to have a good routine.

 

 

Teams assemble and get ready to face off.

 

 

 

Both teams had great ideas and really entertaining routines. Augie’s team came out victorious with their amazing team jump trick and solid performance.

 

 

Thank you to everyone who came out to YoYo Summer Camp. Special thanks to the parents and campers for making this such a fun, successful event. Special thanks to Colin and Greg of YoYoU and Ibs, Jack, Luke, Seth, Ann, Augie and Gentry for coming out. We can’t wait for next year!

 

 

13 Aug 2012

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As part of the YoYoFactory West Coast Tour, we find ourselves in Portland, OR again. After a quick break, and a trip to the World YoYo Contest, we’re back on the road. This leg of the tour we have Ann Connolly, Augie Fash, Gentry Stein and Seth Peterson.

 

 

We started our first day in Portland on Alberta Street. The neighborhood is full of great food, coffee and shops. We had a chance to stop into the Antler Gallery and hang out with a new friend, artist Neil M. Perry.

 

 

After Alberta St. we met up with some friends for dinner. Here is the YoYoFactory team, bookended by YoYoUniversiy.

 

 

 

 

At dinner we were also joined by our buddy, and Protegé, Ibrahim. He’s always full of stories and good times.

 

 

Then, off for desert. If you’re in Portland, it’s a must to stop at VooDoo Doughnut. Racks on racks on racks of delicious, sugary goodness waiting to be devoured.

 

 

 

 

No matter what time of day, you’ll find a line at VooDoo. Luckily we brought our yo-yos.

 

 

VooDoo is known for their crazy toppings and themes. Among the group there was oreos, cereal, frosting and bacon! It was a great end to a fun first day in Portland. Tomorrow we start YoYo Summer Camp.

 

10 Aug 2012

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The term “sleeper” has been thrown around a lot with Gentry Stein this year. Bowing out of competing at BAC, Gentry gave all his focus and attention to preparing for Worlds. Through prelims and semi-finals he didn’t lead the pack. But that was intentional. Gentry didn’t want to give to much away until Finals. With a jaw dropping Final routine at Worlds, Gentry has cemented himself as one of the top Modern yo-yo players in the world.

 

03 Aug 2012

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Cool, calm and calculated. Gentry’s Semi-finals show again why he’s been laying low this year on the contest circuit. We can’t wait to see hi Final round.

 

02 Aug 2012

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Gentry Stein is sitting right where he wants to be on the results board. He’s a sleeper.He took it very safe with his prelim freestyle. But it was more then enough to secure him a spot right in the middle of the pack. Semi-finals tomorrow will only tell what Gentry might have up his sleeves.

 

17 Jul 2012

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16 Jul 2012

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For our Sacramento stop of the West Coast Tour we had special guests Augie Fash and Gentry Stein… and Chris in the background.

 

 

 

We had great crowds at the fair. Today was the only day for the vert ramp, so the whole team was pumped to skate.

 

 

 

Excited crowd, great skating and some of the best yo-yoers in the country. Sounds like a good day to us!

 

 

30 May 2012

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The Deal

Prior to the competition Paul and Luis struck a deal. If they could win 1st and 2nd, they would win a trip to 44Clash.

 

I hope they like sushi.

 

The Joker

Wild Card Paul Han. It is easy to forget Paul Han was a narrow 2nd at Nationals 2010 and how much of a contender he is every time he walks on stage. He was 2 Mexicans away from taking another BAC title 15 years after his first.

The People favorites

Gentry Stein wasn’t on the stage but he certainly was winning hearts off the stage. Without the demands of competing Gentry spent most of the day sharing tricks off to the side of the stage with anyone interested in learning. A true star.

 

 

The YoYo

One – Star was it. There is a challenge in making high performance low priced yoyos and it usually comes in the form of lower durability. At a low price less skilled users are not dissuaded from purchase meaning lots of people who don’t know what they are doing get their hands on yoyos you need a little bit of savy to use. This yoyo is our latest shot at it and it is too early to tell for sure but the general crowd reaction suggests we got it right.

 

 

The mindblower

Kevin Nicholas isn’t new to yoyo or competitions but a move to Seattle for school from Indonesia has put him firmly under the spotlight. Solid Cal States and PNWR freestyles enhanced his reputation and BAC sealed the deal.  TRUE horizontal BEHIND THE BACK. Those in the crowd watching him practice off stage know he is holding his best stuff back too.  Worlds? Nationals? LOOKOUT!!!

 

 

Harold Owens III

Come August in Orlando the USA could not have a better representative seeded into finals. Harold proved it once again he has the tricks he has the composure and he has what it takes. Over 3 minutes, on THAT stage? Game ON.

 

 

5A 

The battle continues! the winner?  Guess who? (don’t sue!)

 

 

BomBSquad 

Pre-contest fun! over $800 worth of prizes GIVEN AWAY, grab bag deals plus the Avant Garde 2 release. Everyone had fun. Thanks guys.

 

 

Day After

Nothing better than finding somewhere relaxing to hang out, with food provided and some sunshine. The BAC organizers did it right. Cant wait for BAC 2013!

 

27 Apr 2012

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Gentry is one of the younger members on the YoYoFactory Contest Team, but don’t let that fool you. Over the last 2 contest seasons Gentry has racked up an impressive resume of top placings. To give you a taste of what’s to come, he has released a new video. Hopefully we will see more in the future…