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07 Nov 2013

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Luke Finnell, Ibrahim Rahman, and Joe Wilson all dropped breathtaking Shutter videos!


 

We’re all hard at work here setting up the 2013 Arizona State YoYo Contest, It’s going to be huge! Be sure to join us on November 16th at the Desert Ridge Marketplace!

Arizona YoYo Contest 2013

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Patrick wasn’t at the office last week, he was busy in California filming for an episode of Fusion’s Good Morning Today! Watch P-Mitch keep it real!

Yo-Yo World’s Bad Boy Patrick Mitchell Shows Off at Good Morning Today

The Czech National YoYo Contest made for an insane weekend in Prague! Vashek never fails to impress, scoring a solid 2nd place with his new pro model Czech Mate. The crowd loves him just as much as we do!

 

Glow Collection essentials. Be sure to NOT miss out on these gorgeous new additions!

Protostar, Loop 1080

Protostar, Loop 1080

25 Jan 2013

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Yo-yoing has always been a very personal hobby of mine. I never planned on advertising or promoting myself very much outside of attending yo-yo competitions because for me, yo-yoing is a creative outlet that I take part in purely for the joy that I get out of it. Ironically enough, over the years my yo-yoing has caught the attention of people/companies who have sponsored me, sent me around the world, put me on nationwide television, and allowed me the opportunity to share my love of this hobby by performing in front of crowds around the globe. The experience has been amazing and I have learned a very big lesson in the amount of success that a person can have by simply finding something that they are truly passionate about and focusing on it, even if only for the reason that they just love doing it.

 

The below video, shot by Hironori Mii from Yo-Yo Store REWIND of Japan, is a short and simple compilation of some of my older and more favorite tricks. Enjoy!

 

- Patrick Mitchell

 

08 Oct 2012

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Patrick Mitchell wears many hats. He started working at YoYoFactory 3 years ago and learned the business building yoyos and shipping boxes. He also traveled the world demonstrating his skills and love of yoyo. His current job title probably states ‘Sales Manager’ but he does way more than that. The fact he has time to keep his skills sharp enough to claim his second USA National title is amazing, but then again, so is Patrick.

 

 

17 Jul 2012

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15 Jul 2012

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Another amazing day in California. Today’s stop is the San Jose Skatepark. Before we could even get set up, people started picking up yo-yos and learning their first tricks.

 

 

In no time we had a huge crowd watching the YoYoFactory pros: Paul, Ann and Pat all threw down great freestyles. A true showcase of what modern performance yo-yos can do!

 

 

Next up was our first of many Long Sleeper Contests. For most of these players, today was their first time throwing a yo-yo. But they picked it up quick and won some great prizes!

 

 

Back in the YoYoFactory tent, people packed in to learn about yo-yos, look at the rad YoYoFactory product lineup for 2012 and learn more tricks.

 

 

In no time, the skate demo started. Huge crowds surrounded the bowl while the Birdhouse team went at it.

 

 

Always a fun watch, Kevin Staab killing it with color and skill!

 

 

Whether you’re a fan because of his style, his boards, or his shoes, Steve Caballero is a true legend in skateboarding. For those of you who don’t know, those Half Cabs you have, this man’s signature shoe. Undeniable Legend.

 

 

Speaking of Half Cab, this is Steve’s daughter. Rockin’ her own pair of her dad’s shoe. And showing the same style and grace int he bowl as him too.

 

 

More Long Sleeper contests back at the YoYoFactory booth. Show up for a skate demo, walk away a yo-yo champion with $100 YoYoFactory 888 in hand? Sounds like a good day!

 

 

We also help the YoYoFactory San Jose West Coast Tour Pro Contest! While one of our favorites of the day, Heshgod couldn’t hold it up to Aaron who threw down a great freestyle and took home the coveted West Coast Pro trophy! Congrats!

 

 

Tomorrow is slated to be the best day yet. Sacramento State Fair with tons of YoYoFactory Pros: Pat, Ann, Tyler, Augie, Gentry, Ben and Seth. Along with the Birdhouse Vert team and tons of other great activities! See you there around 4pm!

 

 

 

14 Jul 2012

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It was a beautiful day to star off our first stop of the YoYoFactory West Coast Tour in Santa Clarita!

 

 

As soon as we set up the YoYoFactory booth at the skatepark, people started learning how to yo-yo.

 

 

The whole day was nonstop crowds of new players eager to learn, and more experienced yo-yoers that stopped in to hang out and trade tricks.

 

 

Later in the day the Skate demo started. Tony Hawk, going hard even after breaking a rib recently.

 

 

Then it was time for the first YoYoFactory West Coast Pro Contest! We had a great line-up of players.

 

Ernest from the Philippines (now living in LA) came out on top. Congrats on the win, and the awesome trophy!

 

 

Oh yeah… and we saw this happen.

 

 

Tomorrow, San Jose! Rumor has is Steve Caballero is going to be skating the demo.

14 Jul 2012

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13 Jul 2012

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The day started early with Paul and Ann’s arrival into LAX. First stop once the crew is assembled: Randy’s Donuts. This LA institution is just down the street from LAX, and made the perfect start to a great day!

 

 

Our next stop was Hollywood. Ann wanted to see the Chinese Theater and all the stars on the sidewalk. While we were there, we ran into Wonder Woman and Michael Jackson. We hooked them up with some yo-yos and MJ  Moon-walked the Dog (we wish).

 

 

Ann was set out to find one specific star. Her favorite actress, Marilyn Monroe.

 

 

After a star studded, touristy morning, we headed to the Griffith Observatory for an amazing view of the city.

 

 

And on the other side, one of the best views of the Hollywood sign you can find!

 

 

No better way to end a packed day then to chill at the beach. A quick walk from our hotel brought us right out to the shore. Ben took some photos and footage of Ann and Pat playing on the beach as the sun was getting low in the sky.

 

 

The sun sets on another great day on the road. Next stop: Santa Clarita!

 

 

12 Jul 2012

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The van rolled out of YYF hq under heavy skies thanks to the seasonal monsoons that kicked in overnight. Unlike last years east coast tour the west coast isn’t too far away so we stopped at a number of scenic locations filming for this years tour videos.

As we end up in Canada we also went to the Mexico border to truly cover the nation South to North.

All work and no play isn’t our style so we took a break at the WAVEHOUSE on Mission Beach for some chlorine tubes. Ironically it was AP last year YoYoFactory ran a private surf party in Singapore and this year we ride waves in southern California while AP gets underway in Singapore.


Next stop was La Jolla to connect with YoYoFactory Contest Team member David Ung and film some tricks. David is attending his first world yoyo contest this year and it was great to see him. Finally we crashed out for the night in Orange County, closer to our 1st public Demo as part of the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD presents Birdhouse Left Coast Tour powered by Tech Deck Tour . Tomorrow morning Tour veterans Ann Connolly and Paul Han fly into LA. We could say we have hard work to do but that would be a lie….

 

Be sure to check out our first stop of the tour:

 

Saturday, July 14            3:00PM

Santa Clarita, CA

Santa Clarita Skatepark

20840 Centre Pointe Parkway Santa Clarita, CA

 

 

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!