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12 Dec 2014

Posted By: yoyofactoryben

By Ben McPhee/YoYoFactory

Being a part of a team isn’t for everyone. The expectation of you to do anything, especially something you do for fun for anything isn’t everyones game. The opportunities it can create however are priceless. As someone who has travelled the world and turned yo-yo into a career for the majority of my life on the planet I can’t tell you it isn’t fantastic. The relationship needs to be mutual. If you are in sponsorship for a few yo-yos and a few strings it might work, for a while, until either party looses interest. If you take it as the opportunity to put something on your back and do something it can have huge returns. It can turn into life experiences to drive you into the next phase of life, or it could become a career for you too. The experience is largely what you make it. It isn’t a formal set of rules with limits.  We started with a ‘contest team’ because it was quantifiable. Effort could be measured on results and rewards given. That didn’t work for everyone and we learnt to become flexible and learn to reward different aspects of yo-yoing.  Managing the expectations and rewarding effort is largely communications and while building a company we haven’t been the best of it in the past but we are finally getting the hang of it, so its time to grow our team. With many of our original core players added over the past 11 years less involved its time for the next generation to be welcomed to the team.

 

Here they are.

 

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Betty Gallegos

@bettygallegos_yyf

Betty was always the best girl in her scene. Now she is just one of the best. Graduating from the Mexican proteges to Contest Team she is clearly #3 in Mexico and ready to show the world!

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Dmitriy Akinshin

@dima_akinshin

When the Juniors beat the Pros, its time to upgrade them. Welcome to the Contest Team 2014 Russian National Champ Dmitriy Akinshin!

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Patrick Canny

@therealcans

From up there where the air is clean in Colorado Patrick Canny popped up on our radar during some Colorado tours and with his growing presence in videos and contests. His trick development is solid and we look forward to getting to know him more as he represents YoYoFactory.

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Michael Stecz

@steczyy

Michael is not an overnight sensation. He has worked hard building his game and we have been watching him develop for a long time. Earlier this year we knew he was ready for sponsorship and his MER win, solid 8th at USA Nationals and follow-up Illinois state contest win over a stacked field confirmed it. Big future ahead.

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Wilson Van Gundy

Wilson is a little bit quieter than your average yoyo kid…. until he throws the yo-yo. Technically superior to a lot of older competitors a little more consistency and Wilson is going to place at every contest he competes in.

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Chandler Steele

@chandlersteele77

YoYoFactory is West Coast centric. We are out in Arizona, and we see a long more of the west coast scene but when someone starts making a name for themselves East of the Rockies throwing our product news starts getting back to us pretty quickly. It didn’t take too much following along to see Chandler Steele is the real deal.

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Jake Rimmer

@idkallday

Jake doesn’t have the big results yet, but we can see where he is headed. It takes a lot for wins in SoCal. In if you can make it there, you don’t need to make it in New York to make it anywhere.

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16 Sep 2014

Posted By: yoyofactoryben

19 Aug 2014

Posted By: yoyofactoryben

 

Gentry Stein, 18yo of Chico California is the 2014 World YoYo Champion defeating all comers in the premier 1A division at the World Yoyo Contest held in Prague Czech Republic. Seeded to semi finals as USA National Champion Gentry took first place in the semi finals  and again in the finals in front of a packed house at the Archa Theatre in an atmosphere more like a rock concert than a yoyo contest. Second place went to Takeshi Matsuura of Japan, 3rd Iori Yamaki of Japan and 4th to Gentrys’ teammate Paul Kerbel of Mexico.

 

Full results:  http://www.worldyoyocontest.com/2014worlds/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/1A_FINAL_results.pdf

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152617898836182.1073741888.62596221181&type=3

 

 

 

08 Jul 2014

Posted By: yoyofactoryben

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25 Mar 2014

Posted By: yoyofactoryben

YoYoFactory is still on #YYFTour14 and this week we are in Kansas City with Go Big Skill Toys!

If you are in the area and want to come hand out Tyler, Joe, and Clint will be at Go Big everyday from 3:30 to 6:00 this whole week. Come by and learn some tricks!

Go Big Skill Toys

12156 Shawnee Mission Prkway, Kansas

(913)-248-3277

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06 Mar 2014

Posted By: yoyofactoryben

Our first stop on tour has concluded! Speaking to you from Salt Lake City Utah at the moment. But our last week in Nevada City is what I want to talk about. It being our first stop we had our share of troubles, but those were outweighed heavily by our experiences! First we broke down from Phoenix to San Fransisco, after that fiasco we had a exciting sleepless PNWR weekend. Then Nevada City! During our 5 days we had demonstrations at 9 schools and taught kids how to yo yo everyday at Mountain Pastimes. We had incredible turnouts! Everyday we had more kids than the last! By the end of the week all the kids were talking about a club and how they could all continue to practice yoyoing. Nevada City, Success!

Words from us.

Tyler Severance

” With every tour there are challenges, but in Nevada city they were mainly good ones. There was only so much space to teach new players. There were only so many people who were able to teach new players. But toward the end of the week when the rain started things got more cramped. With that showed up all the local players who were a huge help with new players, and entertaining parents.”

Joe Wilson

” The Nevada city stop on tour was great! We noticed early that the city was small, so we were hoping to reach out to most of the kids. As the week went on we noticed an increase in kids each day leading up to the contest on Friday . I’m positive that our visit brought the most kids to mountain past times than ever befor . My favorite part from that town was that I was able to make a difference in a child’s life. At the end of the week a kid gave me a letter telling me I got him back into yoyoing . The feeling of making an impact on a kid who I never met before made all the work worth it.”

Clint Armstrong

” This 80 70 80 Tour is YoYoFactory’s longest tour ever. We’ve had a lot of build up going into it. We could not have had a better start than with Nevada City! The dedication and passion that the local kids showed was so inspiring. Putting a yoyo into someone’s hand and then seeing them improve in a matter of minutes Is a feeling I can’t put into words. Nevada City is a very quaint town, and is a small community in itself. I would love to go back in a year and see how far the yoyo community has grown!

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05 Jan 2014

Posted By: yoyofactoryben

Ginji Miura in a new mind blowing video showing off his 2a play.

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11 Dec 2013

Posted By: yoyofactoryben

The new SPLASH/BLASTED John Ando edition Superstar is available worldwide this week.

 

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Check it in Action

 

 

19 Nov 2013

Posted By: yoyofactoryben

The Arizona State Yo-Yo Contest went down this weekend. In 1a Clint Armstrong took home his first ever contest win. Newman Becker winning 3a, and Daniel Mizell winning 4a!

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28 Jun 2013

Posted By: admin

It should come to no surprise that the YoYoFactory Team does a lot of traveling. On any given weekend we have members attending contests, doing trade shows, touring, teaching and promoting Yo-Yo literally around the world. To give you a little glimpse into where we’re at this weekend, we put together a little report:

 

Ann is no stranger to travel. Over the last few years she’s become quite a jetsetter, hitting Japan, China, Russia, Australia and all over the USA on tour. Her current trip takes her to the London for a few days, then this weekend Ann makes an appearance at a Toy show in Japan as the special guest. From Japan she’ll be heading to Prague. Then onto a whirlwind European tour. Poland and France among others.

 

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Jason Lee is in transit between the Middle East (Iran was the last place he touched down) and Europe. Pictured below, Jason is standing at the edge of a perpetually burning gas crater. Berlin for a bit, then to Prague to meet up with Ann and the SLUSNY crew. Where to after that? Only Jason knows.

 

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State-side US National Champ Patrick Borgerding took 1st at Midwest Regionals, then headed to Chicago for some sight seeing and inspiration.

 

Here at the YoYoFactory Office in Arizona, Tyler Severance just booked his tickets South Central Reagionals in Denver, CO. And everyone is finalizing travel plans to Worlds.

 

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We also have some special guests in the office. Former US National Champ Harold Owens III is in town for an extended stay. Sharpening his demonstrating skills with the awesome summer programs Tyler is running here, and fine tuning his Worlds freestyle. He’s got to make it through all the prelims AND get a final routine down. The peace and quite of the desert is helping him focus.
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Along with Harold, we also had a surprise visit from 2x time World Champion Eiji Okuyama all the way from Japan. He and Harold made the trek up to the Grand Canyon to see the sights and get some cool photos.

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And finally, Brazil is getting ready for it’s National Yo-Yo Contest and YoYoFactory will be represented by Paolo Bueno! He and his family are down visiting family and fortunately it coincides with Brazil Nationals.