Birthday: June 1
Location: Cupertino, Ca
Current favorite throw: (Super G)
Achievements: 2006 National Champ
YoYoFactory Presents: Paul Han ONEstar
The new colorway of our very popular Paul Han ONEstar is hitting retailers worldwide. Check out Paul in action with the ONEstar in this short, but sweet, video part.
The Ricochet and the Pros
To show the long, stable spinning of the Ricochet we gathered some of the best in the world to test how long they could make a trick on the Ricochet. In the next few days we’ll be releasing single trick videos from Harold, Paul, Clint and Vashek to show you the Ricochet going through some serious testing. Who will have the longest trick? Moreover, how long can YOU throw for?
Paul Han rips through his long trick with the Ricochet! He’s not one to waste time or speed in a freestyle. Clocking in at 30.7 seconds, it’s clear he could have hit a longer trick. Just watch how much spin is left when it returns to the hand. That’s the power of Titanium! Think you can beat him? March 17th the Ricochet releases and you’ll have a chance to shine, or spark!
Next, we have Harold Owens III throwing down his long Ricochet trick. Clocking in at a strong 48 seconds, that’s almost 1 throw for a qualifying round! When every second of a prelim counts, don’t you want to maximize your time by not having to return and throw your yo-yo more then you need to? On March 17th you can!
Coming in at 55.5 seconds on the Ricochet… multi-time Czech National Champion, and European Champion, Vashek! That’s pretty close to a 1 minute freestyle, in 1 throw. And with the tricks he’s doing, he would be one of the top qualifiers.
Clint Armstrong, as his last name would suggest, hit it with a huge 1:18.3 second on the Ricochet!
Now, it’s your turn! Ricochet hits stores this weekend, March 17th. For those lucky enough to score one, we want to see how long you can go with 1 throw! Who’s in?
Paul Han ONEstar
Paul Han is a yo-yo legend. After 15+ years of yo-yoing, Paul has traveled the entire world to promote yo-yoing, he has more competition titles under his belt than almost any other yo-yo player, and he is still one of the most recognizable faces in yo-yoing today. The only yo-yo that we could see matching Paul’s massive influence on the yo-yo world is the all new ONEstar. Using the popular shape of the Protostar and the unbelievably durable material of the ONE, the ONEstar is pure performance at a budget price. Top it off with a hot pink body and zebra printed caps and you have a yo-yo that is as dynamic as Paul Han.
55.25 mm Diameter
43.5 mm Wide
YoYoFactory West Coast Tour 2012: Part Two, CALI with Birdhouse
YoYoFactory West Coast Tour Day 4- San Jose
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!
YoYoFactory West Coast Tour 2012: Part One, Westward Ho!
YoYoFactory West Coast Tour Day 2- Los Angles
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!
YoYoFactory West Coast Tour begins!
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
Throwback Thursday- Paul Han
You’d be hard pressed to find a more charismatic, versatile player then Paul Han. Paul was touring the world, playing yo-yo for huge crowds, before many hadeven picked up a yo-yo. Now, over a decade later, Paul still has the energy and passion.
In honor of “Throwback Thursday” we wanted to share Paul’s 1998 US National freestyle, along side his recent BAC performance. FIRE!
YoYoFactory Takes Top 5 @ BAC 2012
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.
Bay Area Classic Wrap-Up
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!
New Protegé Team member: Kevin Nicholas
YoYoFactory is pleased to welcome Kevin Nicholas to the Protegé Team, under the guide of Paul Han. Kevin is the Indonesia National Yo-Yo Champion, but now lives in Seattle, Washington. After his performance at PNWR and Cal States, Paul was extremely impressed with Kevin’s skills and stage presence.
Paul and Ann TV Spot on 1st China Tour
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.
EYYC ’12: Paul Han 3rd Place Open Division
Paul Han’s 2011 yoyo resume reads like a dream. Toured with Tony Hawk, toured China. Now he’s added the European YoYo Championships to the list. Paul is a crowd pleaser, and the attendees at EYYC were not disappointed. With his raw talent and natural ease on stage, Paul always has a good time.
EYYC ’12 Special Edition: Paul Han
One of the last YoYoFactory Content Team members to be confirmed for European YoYo Championships but we didn’t leave him behind with a signature edition for the event. Blue and yellow, and bits of green, acid washed Super G with silver splash and Paul’s signature on the rim. Very unique yo-yo for, what’s sure to be, a very unique trip for Paul.