If you are looking to be an extreme yoyo player isn’t it logical to look for an extreme advantage in your equiptment? YoYoFactory have long been known for offering extremes, be it micro, long spin, or new features but today we look at two serious competitor yo-yos which push the norms.
MONSTER VS HORIZON
These two yo-yos are both too big to fit in our regular package and serve a very different purpose suiting two unique styles of play. They also ironically share a lot in common.
Monster came from a time where players had only just started to ditch undersized as their preferred contest yoyo in favor of what is now known as ‘full’ sized. It offered something totally foreign. In the hand it doesn’t even feel like a yoyo but on the string. It offered easier catches and ability to perform newly popularized hop tricks with greater ease. The nay-sayers claimed it impeded tech tricks, which from our standpoint was ok, yoyo play was getting tech heavy and stagnant. This promoted the type of play we wanted to see.
In contest play John Chow stood out s the champion of the concept. His tricks took play in the direction we hoped while showing little impediment on tech. His 2011 BAC 2nd place is a great example of this.
Horizon opens up a realm of performance possibilities with its longer than average spin and stability and as such continues to move away from tech tricks that occur in a 1ft box in front of a players chest. Paul Kerbel in the HORIZON debut video clearly shows he doesn’t play that way. while a lot of talk on horizon focuses on finger spin opportunities due to Pauls’ skills it is the power and spin that will matter most to more players.
The contrasts are easy to see when you place them both side by side
Horizon has a clear difference in diameter but the width of monster has to be seen to be believed. To emphasize it where is a 2 by 2 comparison
Drastically different in specs and appearance it can be said that both HORIZON and MONSTER are cut from the same cloth. They push yoyo in a bigger and more visual way while still allowing the tech intricacies that appeal to many players. If you get a chance to try either we hope you do so. It just might change the way you play.
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.
Paul Kerbel is no stranger to the Worlds stage, but this year he took it to a new level! Making his way to center stage by backpacking was just the start. Be sure to check out his entire routine below.
Coming in 3rd… or is it 2nd?… Mexico National Champion, Paul Kerbel. After Worlds last year his name was at the end of everyones recap. The 2013 Session has shown Paul as a true competitor for a World title. With a National title already under his belt, he’s got a spot in the final round which gives him a lot of breathing room. At BAC, he was a big crowd favorite and judging by the routine, you can see why!
One of the cornerstones of YoYoFactory is our team. You’d be hard pressed to find a more eclectic group of up-and-comers, veterans, future, and current champions. Their skill is undeniable.
Future Champions, Paul and Luis are focused and hungry any title they go for. With a 1-2 finish, their biggest competitor? Each other. You’d be hard pressed to find a more dynamic duo that push each other to succeed on and off the stage. Last year at the World Championships they showed what they were capable of. And this year they are on the top of the list for the top spot in the world.
The Veteran, Paul Han has accomplished the most winning BAC career in history. 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004 and 2006 were champion years at BAC for him. And when he wasn’t the top spot, he was still on the podium. 2012 brought yet another top 3 placing. 15 years of undeniable skills.
Current Champion, for Harold Owens III, 2011 was a stellar year. And he’s not planning on making 2012 any different. With a US National Title under his belt, he hit 2012 running with a very experimental California States freestyle. For BAC Harold took a new approach to trick development. Trying to strip down all the filler and concentrate on amazing trick composition. And it definitely showed. Next stop, the Worlds stage.
The Up-and-Comer, Kevin Nicholas is fast becoming the underdog of 2012. Breaking onto the US contest scene at PNWR earlier in the year, at Cal States we knew we wanted him on the team. And after his back breaking performance at BAC, we knew it was Contest Team material. His precision and unique approach has gained accolades from his peers, and a firm hold on earning a finals spot at Worlds this year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The battle continues! the winner? Guess who? (don’t sue!)
Pre-contest fun! over $800 worth of prizes GIVEN AWAY, grab bag deals plus the Avant Garde 2 release. Everyone had fun. Thanks guys.
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!