28 Jun 2013

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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.




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.





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.




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.


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.



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.



26 Mar 2012

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“This youngster has great potential!” was Paul Han’s comment when he visited China in Dec 2011, he was amazed by the skill of Shen on both 1A and 2A (just like Paul himself).



Shen is based in Shanghai, China.  He is a passionate yoyo play who first started with 1A , then tried 2A a year later and obsessed with it. We have to admit it’s hard to find a yoyo player who is talented with both 1A and 2A play, Shen is definitely one of those rare players.


YoYoFactory is pleased to welcome Shen Yi Jun to the Protege team and can’t wait to see him hit hard in coming contests. Keep it up, Shen!



19 Mar 2012

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Gentry Stein has picked up a new Protegé, Luke Finnell. Here are a few words from Gentry about Luke:


The first time Lukes yoyoing caught my attention was last year at the 2011 Pacific Northwest Regionals. At the time he was 13 years old and had been yoyoing for only a year. The amount of professionalism and control he had over the yoyo on stage amazed me. The best part is, it was his first ever competition. Since then, I have been watching him progress through his videos and he has improved so much in such a short amount of time. Luke is going to hit the contest scene hard this year, but I am confident he will continue to bring the heat, and become a top competitor in the near future. Making yoyoing look good is one of the most important aspects of it all. There’s no question Luke knows how to do that. I am stoked to announce Luke as my protege.


14 Mar 2012

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We had a lot of great players representing, and playing with, YoYoFactory at Cal States. Here’s a video featuring some of our Contest and Protegé Team members. Be sure to check out the Cal States Freestyle playlist on our YouTube Channel.


14 Mar 2012

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Last year saw Paul Kerbel competing in major contests all over the Americas. Stops in Boston, MA and Orlando FL. Along with contests in Mexico, Paul has been hard at work perfecting his tricks. In his first major contest of the year Paul pulls out all the stops and clenches an amazing 2nd place victory at Mexico Nationals.


07 Mar 2012

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There is no question, Gentry Stein is a rising star in yo-yoing. Last season he made his mark on the contest scene with multiple wins, and high places at some of the most prestigious contests in the world. In the 2012 season he plans to do even better. After his win the weekend before at PNWR, Gentry set his sights on his home states title, California Champion, and got it. We are all looking forward to seeing what he has to show at the Bay Area Classic in May.


01 Mar 2012

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Kanyao Deng is one of the well-known players in Chongqing, China. He has been yoyoing for more than 7 years. His skills with the yoyo have always put him in top rank at  the local yoyo contests. Tall, sophisticated 1A tricks can briefly describe this yoyo-hearted youngster. He has shown his eagerness to join the YoYoFactory team, and after a period of observation, we believe Deng has great potential to go further, a little polish on his skill is all he needed.


YoYoFactory proudly announces Kanyao Deng as the newest member of YYF Protege Team and we look forward to seeing him breaking through in upcoming contests. “are you YOYOFACTORY”?


06 Feb 2012

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Last December, YoYoFactory embarked on the 1st China Tour with Ann Connolly and Paul Han. For almost 3 weeks Paul and Ann toured Hong Kong and China demonstrating at Toys R Us, sight seeing and doing TV appearances. Here’s a great performance they did for a Hong Kong news show.


02 Feb 2012

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For John Chow’s second edition of the Monster we went with a more tonal colorway. Instead of a stark dark and light contrast we went with a softer transition between acid washed blues. Expect this to hit select accounts soon.




30 Jan 2012

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After bowing out of EYYC ’11 due to a serious injury, Vashek returns to the European YoYo Championships stage in 2012. And the hometown favorite doesn’t let his fans down. Vashek has as seamless blend of tech tricks and energetic stage presence that is hard to rival.