YoYoFactory went off on another adventure! This one was a little closer to home that usual, and found Gentry Stein and Hans Van Dan Elzen road tripping to Thatcher, Arizona to meet up with one of the competitors from the recent Arizona State YoYo Contest to offer him a second chance. This video is a really sweet reminder that nearly every company in this industry is still just run by a handful of yoyo players. Hope you had a good time, Hiram!
It warms my cold, black heart to see Gentry and Ann goofing off in London, Hans breaking a Guinness World Record for Most Loops in One Minute, and Gentry doing an interpretive dance on hoverboard to someone singing Journey at the London Toy Fair. I mean…this is pretty much all of my favorite things, really. Yoyos, classic rock, fog, tea, bridges, and good humans. Awesome!
World & National Champion Gentry Stein showed up on the Steve Harvey Show yesterday with World Champions Tessa Piccillo and Mark Montgomery, and National Champion Philip White. That’s a fantastic crew of talent there, and they all got to show off a bit for Steve and his audience. Great work everyone, and thanks for representing modern yoyoing to the public so well!
YoYoFactory is known for a lot of things…great yoyos, a massive selection, and an incredible team of sponsored players. And in recent years they’ve become the ultimate yoyo travel company, bringing their players to the most exotic of locations for tricks, good times, and incredible photos and footage. Their most recent adventure didn’t find anyone throwing yoyos though, since it would increase their chances of getting shot.
You should absolutely stop what you are doing and head over to their site for the full blog post on this trip. Here’s an excerpt, to give you an idea what kind of intense experience this was:
North Korea is now off limits to US citizens. Visitors from other nations can access it via China and we know a number of people who have visited in the last 2 years. None of them recommended going. Since the capture and ultimate death US tourist Otto Warmbier its something we wouldn’t consider doing…. but there is another way to visit.
Its safe they say. Organized tours leave Seoul daily shuttling camera toting tourists to the DMZ (demilitarized zone). This area is 6km back from where the battle line was when a ceasefire on the Korean Peninsula was called in 1953. Roughly following the 38th parallel, the DMZ stretches almost 150-mile-long.
Located within the territory is the “truce village” of P’anmunjom here North Korean and American soldiers stand face to face. This is part of the Joint Security Area (JSA) which is used by the two Koreas for diplomatic engagements and, until March 1991, was also the site of military negotiations between North Korea and the United Nations Command (UNC). Now its is used for posturing. Loud speakers blare propaganda, both directions.
While the military stands face to face, guns ready. So do tourists. From the South and North.
Head over to YoYoFactory.com and check this out. And hats off to Ben and Gentry for bringing us all along for such an amazing journey!
Scales members Keiran Cooper, Colin Beckford, and Patrick Canny discuss some of their favorite moments from the 1A finals at this year’s World Yo-Yo Contest. Players featured are: Andrew Bergen, Gentry Stein, Yuki Nishisako, Ethan Cheung, Keiran Cooper, Michael Ferdico, and Nate Dailey.
Gentry Stein is kicking off his teen heart throb career nice and proper with a starring role in the new video from Baby Raptors for their song “Strings”. He plays an empathetic bartender with a big fat crush on the lead singer, whose boyfriend is a total jerkwad. True love and yoyo tricks ensue. Nice work from Gentry, and a nice looking video to make yoyoing look cool to the general public. Congrats, Gentry!
He’s also been doing some pretty crazy appearances to promote the release…like a shirtless routine with glow body paint.
Wanna buy the yoyos that Gentry uses in the video? Get ’em here:
YoYoExpert gets in-depth with World YoYo Champion Gentry Stein in the latest installment of their Trick Theory series. Gentry breaks down what he looks for in a trick and talks about his approach to building a freestyle performance.
Yoyo used is the YoYoFactory Shutter.
YoYoFactory Shutter Specs:
Diameter: 56 mm
Width: 44.4 mm
Gap Width: 4.75 mm
Weight: 67.8 grams
Bearing: CBC Center Trac Size C
Response: CBC Slim Pad 19mm
OMG BEN CONDE WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN WE MISSED YOU BUDDY! Ben Conde finally pops up again with a new video (and it’s been so long we nearly missed it, totally our fault), and we get the double bonus of him hanging out with World YoYo Champion Gentry Stein and European Offstring Champion Quentin Godet, and we get a sneak peek at his new yoyo from YoYoFactory. Ok, so that was worth the wait, I guess.
Basecamp Navigator Specs:
Diameter: 56.4 mm
Width: 43 mm
Weight: 65 grams
Response: CBC 19mm Slim Pad
Bearing: Size C (.250 x .500 x .187)
The Basecamp Navigator is the newest collaboration between CLYW and YoYoFactory, and the first bi-metal design from Basecamp. Designed for serious competition, the Navigator was designed by pulling features and inspiration from several competitor-focused YoYoFactory and CLYW yoyos used by players to win titles all over the world. This design direction, plus the addition of brushed stainless steel rims for superior weight distribution make this easily the most competition-oriented model in the entire Basecamp line, and one of the more exciting new contest yoyo releases.
The Navigator really is an incredible contest yoyo. It’s got all the speed and stability you would expect of a bi-metal yoyo, but where it really shines is horizontal play. Even without a cupped area for finger spins, the Navigator really excels at horizontal play. With its extra flared gap, zero wall response, and massive concentration of rim weight, an experienced player should have no problem pulling off their most extravagant horizontal combos with this yoyo, and even players new to horizontal play should find themselves progressing quicker than they thought possible. The brushed finish on the rims is a nice touch that prevents that drag that is common to bi-metal yoyos when they hit your hand during play.
As you can see from the comparison image below, the final look of the Navigator combines a very functional YoYoFactory H-shape with the stylings and curves more common to CLYW, and the result is a stunning blend of form+function. The fit of the stainless steel rims is impeccable, and the matte finish gives the Navigator a premium look and feel. The engraving is minimal, but the Basecamp word mark on just one rim is a really nice, subtle touch.
The Basecamp Navigator retails for $120. For a high quality competition yoyo that draws inspiration from some of the most decorated competition yoyos in the world, that seems like a pretty good deal. If you’re on a budget, there are plenty of other options but you won’t find much better in the bi-metal category. Not a casual purchase, but then again it’s not a casual player.
The Basecamp Navigator is available at YoYoExpert.com.
THIS POST SPONSORED BY YOYOEXPERT
Ann Connolly’s latest video blog finds her apartment loaded with yoyo players gearing up for EYYC! Gentry Stein, Andrew Maider, and Palli Gudmundsson all stopped by for dinner (orange chicken w/white rice) and so that Gentry could help Andrew with his freestyle. And then we got a sneak peek of Ann’s new signature edition of the Shutter, with a sweet looking purple-to-pink fade!
Joey Montoya dropped a great video to hold up his spot on Gentry Stein’s “Shutter Crew”, a small team of players picked by Gentry as kind of a “junior team”. Great tricks…keep an eye on this kid!
Yoyo used is the YoYoFactory Replay Pro.
The latest YoYoFactory Adventure video is here, and this one is from their recent trip to Peru! You might remember the IndieGoGo project that backed this trip and launched the Titanium Shutter…well, now we finally get a look at the scenery and dude, IT WAS WORTH IT. Another amazing video from the folks at YoYoFactory, featuring Gentry Stein, Paul Kerbel, Vashek Kroutil, André Boulay, and more.
Sponsored by a ton of players and YoYoExpert.
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?