Hell yeah! YoYoFactory is doing an entire collection for team member, National Champion, and all-around awesome guy Eric Koloski! Looks like the first announced model in the collection is a crazy neon pink Replay Pro, and of course Eric rips with it. Of course. We’re looking forward to seeing what other models are announced for this collection…nice job, YoYoFactory!
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You know what I love about Eric Koloski? Besides the fact that he’s pretty much the nicest guy in the world and one hell of a yoyo player, Eric has this awesome thing he does at contests. He gets on stage, and all of his backup yoyos are different. He’ll step up with one yoyo in his hand, and then put three or four different ones on the stage as his spares. Why? Because he knows that they’re all fine, and they will all do all the tricks, and it’s really not that big a deal. And he still crushes some truly amazing freestyles, consistently, with literally whatever is in the top of his bag that day.
True yoyo professional, right there.
Yoyo used in this video is the YoYoFactory Replay Pro.
Eric Koloski was cleaning files off an old iPod and found some great footage of Yuuki Spencer from a couple of years ago…so he edited it and got it online!
There’s a ton of great material in here, and let’s be real – two year old tricks from Yuuki is like brand-new material from just about anyone else. This is like your favorite band cutting an entire album and then forgetting to release it! Enjoy!
Yoyo used is the Yuuksta by YoYoFactory.
YoYoFactory has released their first team team featuring their newest employee, Eric Koloski! Eric is a great player and demonstrator, and should be an excellent all-around addition to YoYoFactory.
Yoyo used is the Superstar by YoYoFactory.
Wow! This is a huge add for the YoYoFactory Contest Team…congratulations to Eric and YoYoFactory! I’ve known Eric and his family for a long time, and Eric is a fantastic player, demonstrator, and person. Check out YoYoFactory’s official statement below.
In 2003, YoYoFactory released its first yo-yo: the FAST 201. The first day release happened simultaneously in Arizona and at the US National YoYo Contest.
I remember the day pretty vividly, it was a big deal. I can remember explaining the new yo-yo and the concept behind the company to one of the National YoYo Masters who was shopping for a souvenir yoyo for the contest. He politely put the yoyo down and bought something else. It was a disheartening moment until this little kid who had overheard the explanation asked to take a look at it and bought the yo-yo.
That kid went on to win that contest four years later and here, a decade on, we are proud to announce he is joining our team.
Welcome to YoYoFactory, Eric Koloski.
USA National Champion 2008
2nd Place USA National Champion 2007, 2009
3rd Place 1A World Champion 2006
Reigning Triple Crown 1A Champion
And here’s what YoYoJam had to say:
This is a bittersweet day for Team YoYoJam. Eric Koloski will be retiring from the YoYoJam Pro Team to take a salaried position with YoYoFactory. This move allows Eric to pursue his goal of working in the yo-yo industry as a full time profession. We wish we had a position for him within our corporate structure, but unfortunately we do not at this time. While we are sad to see Eric leave, we are happy for this opportunity for him and we wish Eric the best of luck in the pursuit of his new career.
We are pleased to announce that Eric will continue his long-time association with YoYoJam through our Legends. We will also continue to produce his Signature Series Diamondback yo-yo. Watch for more updates to the YoYoJam Legends coming soon!
Eric Koloski has been a driving force in competitive yoyo play for over a decade, and is one of the most consistent and talented players I’ve ever met. In the parlance of old men everywhere, Eric Koloski is a “good kid”, and it’s more than a little exciting to see how far he’s come in the course of his yoyo career. This latest video, created with teammate Grant Johnson to promote Eric’s signature DiamondBack yoyo from YoYoJam, should come as no surprise to anyone who’s watched Eric compete…he is innovative, his trick construction is always solid, and he plays clean and with plenty of style.
One of the most well known faces in the yoyo community, as well as charming smile, is Augie Fash. As many of you know, Augie works for Duncan Toys and they have partnered up to send some true Duncan love to the Koloski family.
Do you know Eric Køløski?
If you don’t, you should. Eric is one of the greatest guys I know. Eric and I go back about 10 years. Even though he’s got multiple jobs and a mountain of responsibilities, he still finds time to teach kids, to volunteer his time, and to help keep this yo-yo community going.
He’s got a big heart and has shown a lot of love to the yo-yo world over the years. I’m hoping we can do the same for him in return.
To make a long story short, Eric’s mom has run into severe health problems. She could really use our help.
As many of you know, I work for Duncan Toys. In the back of the Duncan warehouse is a small room known as “the cage”. The cage is an archive of rare Duncan products and prototypes. Duncan has agreed to open up the cage and sell some of the items, with ONE HUNDRED PERCENT of the proceeds going to Eric’s family.
You can purchase these rare yoyos here:
If you can’t buy anything, you can still help by sharing the link. Alternately, if you would like to do a straight-up donation, please head here: https://www.gofundme.com/Love-To-Koloski
Augie will be updating the website over the course of the next few weeks with even more rarities, so be on the look out. Big props to both Augie and Duncan Toys for doing this.
Steve and Teri Koloski are two of the most wonderful human beings I’ve ever met. They love their kids fiercely, and have been some of the most dedicated and reliable supporters of the yoyo community you could imagine for the past two decades. If you’ve ever seen Eric Koloski shredding on stage at a yoyo contest, you can thank his parents for making sure that he was loved, supported, and made it to every single contest they could get him to. They have spent untold hours volunteering their time at yoyo events for as long as I’ve been around, running registration and scoring, and helping in every way they possibly could. They’ve done as much for yoyoing as Eric himself, and that’s saying a lot.
Teri Koloski, the caring mother of Eric and Kyle, has run into some health issues. Her husband Steve is balancing two jobs with care taking, and they need extra assistance in their home to help Teri. It is no longer an option or safe for her to stay home alone.
Every little bit helps. Please send something their way if you can, and if you can’t then please just share this so that maybe someone else can. Thank you.
Jeffrey Pang does it again with another absolutely beautiful contest recap video! Filmed during his trip to Iceland for the 2017 World YoYo Contest, this one has it all: amazing yoyo tricks, late night parties, hardwood floors, Eric Koloski’s dazzling smile, waterfalls by the dozen, and friggin’ GLACIERS.
Fist Salud presents a pile of awesome tricks from Eric Koloski and Tal Mordoch, filmed at the 2016 Czech National YoYo Contest in Prague. Shot and cut by Igor Galiev.
Check out this video of the Eastern half of the CLYW x YoYoFactory Basecamp roadtrip to the 2016 World YoYo Contest. Featuring Palli Gudmundsson, Eric Koloski, Ibrahim Rahman, Aristidis Voultsios, Paolo Bueno, Andrew Maider, and Gentry Stein. Heck of a roster, huh?
YoYoFactory really knows how to pick a destination. Check out this video from their recent YoYoFactory Adventure trip to Jordan to explore more beautiful scenery and check out another international yoyo scene. Featuring Ann Connolly, Gentry Stein, Eric Koloski, Igor Galiev, Ben McPhee, and Vashek Kroutil.
In 2016 YoYoFactory went on a mission exploring Lost Civilizations and discovering YoYo Culture all around the world. The lure of Petra, the beauty of the desert and the wonder of the Dead Sea paled in comparison to the hospitality of a dedicated crew of YoYo players we met there. Video by SLUSNY.
It’s always a good time at Basecamp! Check out the latest collaboration video between YoYoFactory and CLYW players, filmed with the help of a blacklight that really makes the string pop.
Featuring Igor Galiev, Petr Kavka, Eric Koloski, and Tony Sec.
Music is NSFW.
The day after US Nationals, a handful of players headed off to Venice Beach for a day of filming, hanging out, watching Ben Conde strike out with women, eating surprisingly good street food, and enjoying the general craziness that is Venice Beach. Check out some footage from Fist Salud of that gloomy but glorious Sunday. And high five to André for buying dinner!
Featuring tricks from Anthony Rojas, André Boulay, Hank Freeman, Steve Brown, and Eric Koloski.