Hot on the heels of their Yolex demo, Gentry Stein & Harold Owens III are back with two minutes of excellent combo construction and absolutely zero sleeves. Between this Yoyofactory wonder duo and Innovation Movement’s Zach & Isaac, it’s safe to say that the young American yoyoing scene is killin’ it. The kids are alright. According to the comments, Harold’s using an H.O.T. and Gentry’s throwing a (?) – something to be revealed at worlds? Can’t wait to see what these two throw down in Orlando.
This video is recommended for audiences 18 years and older.
Youtube version here.
Because it is my regional contest, The Bay Area Classic is dear to my heart. Currently held in San Francisco, CA, the BAC always manages to bring together many of the world’s greatest players.
Since I personally never compete, I am always a spectator on the sidelines. I don’t mind this. In fact, I embrace it. Very rarely do you see me without my trusty camera. Since 1998, I have shot video at pretty much every yoyo event I’ve gone to. Some people have said that my work has documented the growth and change of yoyoing over the past 15 years. While I don’t feel I’m worthy of such high praise, I do feel that my videos have made a large impact in the yoyo community. That is why when the BAC committee asked me if I was willing to help shoot freestyles for the event, I gladly accepted. This acceptance, however, came with a downside.
This year, BAC ran freestyles throughout the day (as opposed to the end of the day). While this made everything run much smoother, it meant that I was unable to film tricks for a clip video since I would be busy with freestyles all day. I was pretty bummed, as I really enjoy making clip videos. So, to get my “documenting fix” in, I decided to shoot photographs and maybe hope that I could grab some good video footage at the Official BAC BBQ on Sunday.
My initial video plan was to make a video that showed people hanging out at the BAC BBQ. I wanted to make a sequel to last year’s BAC video, but this time focus on the players themselves, instead of their tricks. I wanted to show all of us hanging out, laughing, having a good time, making up and sharing tricks, and relaxing after a tough competition. This was the plan until I got home and realized that the photos I had taken all weekend showed a much more interesting story.
Over the course of the weekend, I shot approximately 2000 photos using a combination of my iPhone, Lumix LX7, and Sony NEX-5N using (primarily) a 8mm fisheye. If you were in my vicinity at any point this weekend, odds are I took your picture.
Inspired by Kohta’s EYYC 2012 video, this BAC 2013 video shows a different side of the contest filled with friends, family, spirits, camaraderie, yoyoing, and kendama.
1st – TIE!! – Gentry Stein & Luis Enrique
3rd – Paul Kerbel
1st – Joseph Harris
2nd – Patrick Mitchell
3rd – Yoshi Mikamoto
1st – Eric Tran-ton
2nd – Elliot Ogawa
3rd – Patrick Borgerding
1st – Michael Nakamura
2nd – Bryan Figueroa
3rd – Zac Rubino
1st – Tyler Severance
2nd – Josh Yee
3rd – Elliot Jackson
The California State Yo-Yo Championships is one of the larger yo-yo contests in the United States. Players travel from across the country to show off their amazing tricks and combos, hang out with friends, and compete for thousands of dollars in prize-money.
This video showcases several amazing yoyo (and kendama!) tricks that were filmed at the contest.
Music: Luv(sic) Part 5 featuring Shing02 by Nujabes
Vimeo version here.
Congratulations to Gentry Stein, the 2013 California State YoYo Champion!
1A Division (Single YoYo)
1st Place – Gentry Stein (YoYoFactory)
2nd Place – Zach Gormley (CLYW)
3rd Place – Charles Haycock (CLYW)
2A Division (Double YoYo Looping)
1st Place – Joseph Harris (YoYoJam)
2nd Place – Shane Karan
3rd Place – Yoshi Mikamoto (YoYoJam)
3A Division (Double YoYo String)
1st Place – Patrick Borgerding (YoYoFactory)
2nd Place – Yoshi Mikamoto (YoYoJam)
3rd Place – Ian Smith
4A Division (Offstring)
1st Place – Bryan Figueroa (YoYoJam)
2nd Place – Zac Rubino
3rd Place – Steven Lee
5A Division (Counterweight)
1st Place – Tyler Severance (YoYoFactory)
2nd Place – Paolo Bueno (YoYoFactory)
3rd Place – Josh Yee
Fixed Axle Championship
1st Place – CJ Atkinson
2nd Place – Josh Yee
3rd Place – Blake Freeman
The Pacific Northwest Regional contest was held yesterday in Seattle, WA, and Team YoyoFactory took home no less than three of the four titles!
Gentry Stein winning 1A and Miguel Correa in 5A come as no surprise, but 2A was won by none other than two-time World 1A champion Yuuki Spencer! 3A winner was YoyoJam’s Yoshi Mikamoto, and 4A was won by Zach Rubino.
- Gentry Stein
- Daniel Dietz
- Zach Gormley
- Yuuki Spencer
- Paul Yath
- Ryan Lai
- Yoshi Mikamoto
- Paul Yath
- Ryan Lai
- Zach Rubino
- Miguel Correa
- Sterling Quinn