Brandon Vu put together a fun tutorial for a great trick that incorporates some iconic elements from both Zach Gormley and Eric Tran-ton. Lots of good stuff in here…enjoy!
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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2015 World YoYo Champion and CLYW team member Zach Gormley reminds us what you can do with a plastic yoyo, if you practice hard and are 1/8th wizard, on your mother’s side.
Yoyo used is the CLYW Big Dipper.
CLYW player Mark Mangarin put together a great video, shot in Colorado on the way to the 2016 World YoYo Contest. Featuring Mark Mangarin, Zach Gormley, Keiran Cooper, and Patrick Canny.
The CLYW team tore it up at the 2016 US National YoYo Contest this year with a half-dozen players making finals in two divisions, and now we get to see what they were up to when they weren’t on stage. Check out some great tricks from Anthony Rojas, Tessa Piccillo, Ernest Kahn, Michael Kurti, Andrew Maider, Zach Gormley, Harrison Lee, Alec Campbell, Mark Mangarin, Grayson Johnson, and Isaac Nozick.
Check out this insanely long (and dense) trick compilation video, assembled by Nehemiah Peterson. Filmed mostly at Worlds (but with some submitted player footage mixed in), this video highlights modern “technical” yoyo play. Featuring…well, featuring a crapload of people. Who do you want to see? They’re in here. Zach Gormley, Anthony Rojas, Evan Nagao, Andrew Maider, Ahmad Kharisma, Harold Owens III….it’s a crazy pile of talent.
2015 World YoYo Champion Zach Gormley will hit the stage in a couple of weeks to defend his title, and now we have a sneak peek at what we can expect. Filmed in Seattle by Alec Campbell and edited by Zach, this video showcases Zach at his absolute best, with tricks that have to be seen to be believed.
Yoyo used is the CLYW Borealis.
We’re incredibly excited to announce that 2015 World YoYo Champion Zach Gormley will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a Cleveland Indians baseball game the night before the 2016 World YoYo Contest begins!
On August 2nd the Cleveland Indians will play the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, and Zach Gormley will kick everything off with the first pitch and then stick around for a quick yoyo routine during the 7th Inning Stretch. (Progressive Field is just a 15-minute walk from the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, the venue and hotel for the World YoYo Contest.) The 2016 World YoYo Contest runs August 3-6.
Tickets for the game range from $10 – $84, and can be purchased online here:
The long awaited CLYW Big Dipper finally has a release date: February 18th, 2016.
This plastic signature yoyo for 2015 World YoYo Champion Zach Gormley follows a similar shape as the Borealis, the aluminum signature yoyo he used to take last year’s title. Obviously design changes were made to accommodate the different material; thicker walls, less detail in the gap and cup, etc., but overall it’s still similar enough to the Borealis to get the point across.
Suggested retail price for the Big Dipper is $35, putting it in-line with other premium plastic offerings by similar sized companies. And the Big Dipper comes stock with a centering bearing and Kitty String Fat.
In addition to this bit of good news, we also get a SLEW of short promo clips for the Big Dipper, featuring Zach Gormley, Alec Campbell, Dennis Cinquegrani, and Aaron Davis, all embedded below. Enjoy!
CLYW BIG DIPPER SPECS:
Weight: 66.3 grams
Response: Snow Tires
Material: Polycarbonate Plastic
Artwork – Mike Lundy
2015 World YoYo Champion Zach Gormley has an entry in the Doritos “Crash The Super Bowl” competition, and if his commercial is picked it could air during the Super Bowl!
Hit the link below to watch, click those little stars to rate the video, and then share with all your friends! Go, Zach!
CLYW dropped the artwork for the new Borealis, the upcoming signature model for 2015 World Champion Zach Gormley. The new art is super clean!
No word yet on release date.
Fist Salud brings us an inside look at 44Clash, one of the most talent-stacked and legendary yoyo contests of all time. Featuring Zach Gormley, Ahmad Kharisma, John Ando, Yuuki Spencer, Palli Gudmundsson, Christopher Chia, and more.
2015 World YoYo Champion Zach Gormley made an appearance on NBC Channel 9 this morning, and showed off some of the tricks got won him the gold in Tokyo. Nice job, Zach!
Yoyo used is the CLYW Borealis.
Brandon Vu posted a nice trick breakdown video from 2015 World YoYo Champion Zach Gormley! Filmed at the 2015 Bay Area Classic, this trick definitely shows why Zach is one of the greatest yoyo players of all time.
Yoyo used is the CLYW Scout.