Looks like our dude Ben Conde is getting into the tutorial game! Ben Conde Classics aims to give the 21,000+ subscribers to his YouTube channel a chance to learn how to yoyo from the very beginning. Pretty good way to promote his new responsive beginner yoyo from YoYoFactory, huh? Check them out below, and feel free to encourage your non-player friends to subscribe and start learning!
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
Our friends at YoYoFactory Russia put together a great look at the 2016 Russian National YoYo Contest. For the contest/history nerds out there, this year was the first year of a new event & organizer being recognized by the IYYF as the “official” Russian national competition. Hooray for progress! Featuring Mark Artsruni, Victor Gravitsky, Chingiz Alpyspayev, Bogdan Bezugliy, and Tasya Ganikhina.
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.
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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!
We’ve got a new trick dump video from Joe Black and it’s filled with goodness. We haven’t seen anything from Joe since July 2016, so it’s nice to get a fresh wave of his style and skill.
Yoyo used is the YoYoFactory Paolista.
Check out some budding new talent from Poland in the form of Milosz Poplawski & Kacper Krasinski, a couple of kids who put together this new video to show off what they’ve learned so far. Solid work you guys…keep it up!
Ann Connolly navigates into treacherous territory with a new video about…stuff she can’t do. Sometimes you’ve got to just accept your limitations. Other times you should practice hard and overcome them. And still other times you should just make a funny video about them and rack up those views, amirite?
Some of Ann’s weaknesses include fingerspins, Shoot the Moon, and Seasick and to be fair those are some tough ones. Seasick and Shoot the Moon especially are all about timing and can take a while to lock down. Same for Boingy Boingy and other “timing” tricks from that era.
But hey…keep at it and you’ll get them eventually. And if not, there’s a (not really) lucrative career in your future, where you can video blog about not being able to do them.
(Editor’s Note: I can’t really do horizontal tricks either. Also, I am terrible at 5A tanglers and I made up the style for cryin’ out loud. -S)
Holy crap, we got a new video from Konstantin Tudjarov! We haven’t heard from him since December 2015 and apparently he’s been practicing. A lot. Check out the new hotness from your favorite Bulgarian!
Yoyo used is the YoYoFactory Edge.
Julian Chee and Polo Garbkamol drop a hot pile of tricks you can’t do in this new Team Horizon video. There is some truly unbelievable stuff in here…the whole combo starting at 0:17 makes me feel hella old.
Yoyo used is the YoYoFactory Horizon.