Birthday: May 1st
Location: Chico, CA
Favorite throw: Super G
Achievements: PNWR 2011 1st place, BAC 2011 1st place, World yoyo contest 2011 3rd place, National yoyo contest 2011 3rd place.

2013 US National Champion Gentry Stein!

To say Gentry Stein has worked hard for this National title is an understatement. He has risen through the ranks of competitive yo-yoing in short order. He’s had his share of successes and failures. He’s dismissed the haters and showed what determination really means. As a local from Chico, this win makes it all the sweeter. In front of friends, family, Factory and fans he took home top honors and after years of being so close, finally captured the US National Champion title. Congratulations Gentry, from all of us at YoYoFactory.


YoYoFactory presents: SHUTTER- Gentry Stein’s new Signature

Gentry Stein has not done it all. He doesn’t have a room full of trophies. He doesn’t have a National title. This is what keeps him the hungriest, most committed yoyo player on the planet. His tricks and freestyles are on point, with undoubtable style. His day just hasn’t come yet…but when it does, he will be ready.


Introducing the Shutter, Gentry’s third signature release designed specifically to be there when his day comes. Designed from the ground up, the Shutter features an inner foil designed to achieve a weight distribution that offers power, speed, and control through long technical combinations and flashy performances. It also offers unique finger spin opportunities on both inner faces as well as a central and outer ring grind capabilities.
It takes more than a great yoyo to be a champion, but a great yo-yo is something every champion needs.






Shutter 2_1


55.83 mm Diameter
44.33 mm Width
67.5 Grams
SPEC Bearing
White CBC Pads


Shutter 5_1


SHUTTER available World Wide August 29


Shutter 8_1

YoYoFactory Presents: Gentry Stein and Luis Enrique Villaseñor BAC 2013 TIED for 1st Place

Yo-Yo is one of the most evolving sports in the world. Things move so fast that the competitors are defining the rules. In an unprecedented turn of events, the 2013 Bay Area Classic was host to the first tie in a freestyle division. Watching both Gentry and Luis, you’d be hard pressed to find a definitive winner. As The World Championships gets closer, what these 2 will bring to the stage is on everyones mind.


Gentry Stein 1st Place 1A @ California States 2013

Coming off of a “safe” routine at PNWR, fans were curious to see what Gentry Stein was planning for California States. As the final competitor of the night, a lot of amazing players had preceded him. But Gentry was ready for them. Gentry was an explosive grand finale that brought the crowd to a roar! As the results were called, there was no question, Gentry had taken his first California State title with authority. And now the world waits to see if 2013 is indeed his year. We’ll all have to wait and see…


Gentry Stein 1A @ PNWR 2013

Gentry Stein may not have placed as high as he’d wanted, considering he was the defending champion, but it wasn’t without reason. He planned to lay low at PNWR this year and save his serious stuff for California State Championships. Gentry is poised to really take the stage in 2013. Stay tuned…


Gentry Stein Protostar

It’s been a minute since we saw what Gentry was up to. Looks like after US Nationals he’s got a bag full of new moves and concepts! That’s whats up!


Gentry Stein 2nd Place 1A @ US Nationals 2012

The 2012 contest season has been full of amazing players and stories. None was more exciting then Gentry’s. A strong start At California States, then laying low for BAC. You knew he was holding onto some amazing stuff. Gearing up for Worlds was his focus and you could see it in each round. Playing it cool and not letting out to much, he rose through prelims and semi-finals in the middle of the pack. As he took the stage for finals the crowd was on the edge of their seats. After his stellar performance at Worlds, he only had one goal, US Nationals.


Gentry Stein’s New 7075 Super G

With Nationals fast approaching, Gentry is gearing up for his shot at the title. Here is a small teaser of what’s to come the first weekend in October…


YoYoFactory West Coast Tour: Chico and the National YoYo Museum


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!


YoYoFactory Summer Camp with YoYoUniversity


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!



YoYoFactory in Portland


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.


YoYoFactory @ 2012 World YoYo Contest 1A Finals: Gentry Stein

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.


YoYoFactory @ Worlds 1A Semi-Finals- Gentry Stein

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.


YoYoFactory @ Worlds 1A Prelims- Gentry Stein

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.


YoYoFactory West Coast Tour 2012: Part Two, CALI with Birdhouse

YoYoFactory West Coast Tour Day 5- California State Fair @ Sacramento


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!



Bay Area Classic Wrap-Up


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.




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.



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!


Gentry Stein: Create.

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…


New Protegé Team Member: Luke Finnell

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.


Gentry Stein @ Cal States

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.


Gentry Stein 1st Place 1A at PNWR 2012

In 2011 Gentry Stein had a big year. In his first professional season he manged top placings at some of the biggest contests in the country, along with top 3 at the World and National Championships. Not bad for being 15 years old. And 2012 is shaping up to be even better. Talking top honors at PNWR last weekend, Gentry is gunning for his state’s title, California Champion.



YoYoExpert is first to list this new yo-yo from YoYoFactory, the second signature edition of Gentry Stein.


“With the HUGE success of Gentry Stein and his signature yo-yo, the Super G, YoYoFactory wanted to re-think what the Super G is capable of. Shrunken down to an undersized throw, the G Funk is one of the best all around pocket yo-yos that they have ever made.


Almost identical in shape and dimension to its bigger brother, the Super G, the smaller diameter and lighter weight G Funk is a fundaMETAL yo-yo that can rival the best all around throws on the market. The smaller diameter changes the weight distribution so that the yo-yo is more nimble on the string and faster though the air.


If you like what the Super G brings to the table, you are going to love the G-Funk! This initial release features the G-Funk in three colors (Blue/Black Acid, Green Acid, Solid Red). But also available in a solid black wavelength edition with laser engraved wavelength rims!”