YoYoFactory has been supporting the yoyo scene in Mexico for nearly a decade, sponsoring their players and sending special guests to their events. This year they attended the 2017 Mexican National YoYo Contest with Evan Nagao and shot some beautiful footage with team members Luis Enrique, Betty Gallegos, and Paul Kerbel.
The Mexican YoYo Association released another meeting video, their last of the year! Featuring a ton of local talent, including superstars Luis Enrique and Paul Kerbel.
Yoyo meetings in Mexico City are stocked with a crazy amount of talent! Check out some tricks from Paul Kerbel, Luis Enrique, and more!
Luis Enrique is one of the most exciting players on the YoYoFactory Contest Team, and he’s spent the past year just destroying every stage he sets foot on. With an unheard of tie-for-first at the Bay Area Classic, an outstanding 2nd Place finish at the Mexican Nationals and a solid 3rd Place at the World YoYo Contest, 2013 has been Luis’ best contest year yet. And to cap that off, YoYoFactory has worked with him to design his new signature model, the Aviator! Squeaking this one out to stores just before the end of the year sets the stage for Luis to swing in to 2014 with plenty of credibility, tons of skill, a new signature model to promote, and a lot of contests to win. Full specs and release date below!
YoYoFactory Aviator Specs:
Response: 19mm CBC Yellow Pads
Bearing: CBC Center Trac
Axle: CBC 8mm
Retail Price: Approx. $90 USD
Release Date: Monday, December 30th, 2013
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
Looks like YoYoFactory is going to have a strong presence at this weekend’s Sport Chalet Outdoor Expo in La Cañada, California. Sounds like fun!
We are excited to join with a wealth of great brands at the Sport Chalet Outdoor Expo this weekend! Come join Pat, Tyler, Paul, Luis and Pat for a fun day of awesome yo-yoing and fun! If you’re in the area, we’ll also be doing Yo-Yo Classes and Demos at the Sport Chalet La Cañada store every day starting at 4pm.
The YoyoFactory duo Luis Enrique and Paul Kerbel finished on top at this year’s Mexico National Contest, held yesterday. Luis Enrique came out on top, followed by Paul and Duncan Crew’s Alan Grimberg.
- Luis Enrique Villaseñor
- Paul Kerbel
- Alan Grimberg
We’ll post more detailed results as they become available!
March 11th will be an action-packed Sunday for yoyoing!
In Mexico, the 7th National Yo-yo Contest will put YoyoFactory’s extraordinary duo Paul Kerbel and Luis Enrique against each other again for the title. With expressive results at last year’s World Yo-yo Contest (5th for Luis Enrique, 7th for Kerbel), and Triple Crown (1st place for Kerbel), Mexico is quickly becoming a major force in international yoyoing!
The contest will be held in Plaza Satelite, Mexico City, and will also features guests Paul Yath, Augie Fash, and Tyler Severance.
In Japan, the South Japan regional contest will take place in Fukuoka, featuring big names such as former World Champions Takuma Inoue (5A) and Minato Furuta (3A). In 1A, Kengo Kido, Shinya Azuma, and last year’s winner Akitoshi Tokubuchi are some of the names to keep an eye on!
We’ll be back with contest results as they become available!
Mexico is no doubt quickly becoming a hot country in the yo-yo scene, and clearly ahead of the pack are YoyoFactory’s duo Luis Enrique and Paul Kerbel, who took first and second place at Mexico’s Winter contest, held last month.
While Paul has been competing internationally for a couple of years, Luis Enrique hit fast and hard this year, taking not only the Winter contest, but also the Summer contest in July and an impressive 5th place at this year’s World Yo-yo Contest. Paul comes from a win at this year’s Mexican national contest, the Triple Crown of Yoyo‘s East Coast Classic title, and a very respectable 7th place at the World Yo-yo Contest.
As demonstrated by Singapore’s recent success, the key to developing highly successful players may be a strong local competition scene, and that’s exactly what we see in Mexico right now. We look forward to seeing more of those guys!