Category Archives: Interviews

Andrews Interview / Review of The Tre by Werrd and Eric Tranton

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The Tre is Eric Tranton’s signature model featuring a simplistic exterior designed for elite 3A performance. In the competitive realm of the yoyo market, this yoyo meets a common $100.00 price point, but can it stack up to other popular models that specialize in 1A play? Continue reading to catch up on the latest interview with Eric Tranton as we discuss his design.
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Interview with Jake Wiens – TheKenGarden.com

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This last weekend I got a chance to meet and hang out with the incredibly infectious Jake Wiens.  Jake’s energy and dedication to his sport immediately attracts people to try the Kendama. Upon our first hand shake, he had pulled me into his world.

 

So Jake, tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into Kendamas.

29, Tennessee born and raised, living in San Francisco, I can’t sit still. 

I got into Kendama though freestyle inline skating.  A skating friend of mine Matt Rice had one and would play after skate sessions. I resisted picking up the new hobby for about a month until I gave in. I decided to try it out.  I’m a freelance video editor so kendama filled the rendering downtime time perfectly.  Before I knew it I was shooting videos and uploading them to YouTube. 

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YoYoSkills.com Interview – Guy Wright!

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If you chart the frequency of commonly asked questions you see on yo-yo boards, near the top of the list is “Who is your Favorite YoYoer.”   9 times out of 10, you will see Guy Wright on the list of answers.  This mystery man has almost no online presence, but is known by so many and adored by yo-yo fanboys world wide.  It was by lucky coincidence that I got in contact with Elliot Jackson.   After forcing him to watch “Can’t Hardly Wait” and “Legally Blond 2″ (My wife’s, I swear) with only a box of Shasta Orange Soda to sustain himself, he finally cracked and told me where to leave the X Symbol to get in contact with the elusive Guy Wright.  I finally drew him out with a  bag of Cool Ranch Doritos and asked him a few questions.  For your reading pleasure, here is the Guy Wright YoYoSkills.com Interview.

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Interview – Save Deth’s Seth Peterson

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Seth Peterson

Save Deth has changed the way Yo-Yoers think about style.  DVDs, T-Shirts, Yo-yos, Save Deth is a huge influence to the entire yo-yo community.  One half of the award winning team, Seth Peterson,  has joined YoYoSkills.com for an interview session.  YoYoSkills.com is proud to present our interview with this amazing yo-yoer and artist, Seth Peterson.

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Interview – Tom “Dr. Yo” Kuhn

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Tom Kuhn is the “Father of Modern Yo-Yoing. His take apart design is used in every competitive yo-yo on the market today. He is a Pioneer, a Statesman, and quite possible, the most influential and important man in the yo-yo industry today.

I recently did a review of the No Jive 3-in-1 which is without a doubt the best wooden yo-yo on the market. Today I have a surprise. Today, on June 6th, National Yo-Yo Day, I am happy to give the readers of YoYoSkills.com my yo-yo gift. My interview, with Tom Kuhn.

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Interviews – Hans Van Dan Elzen: YoYoFactory

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Name: Hans Van Dan Elzen


Experience: 20 Years

Specialty: Player, Demonstrator, Creator, Entrapenuer, pattent extraordinaire.

Hans Van Dan Elzen, better know as Yo-Hans has seen the full spectrum of what the Yo-Yo industry has to offer. He and his family were the creative force behind Playmaxx Yo-Yo’s and now YoYoFactory. The Van Dan Elzen’s are one of the most important families in the Yo-Yo industry, and one of the best kept secrets yo-yo history has. Hans was kind enough to answer a few questions about the Van Dan Elzen lineage, and the future of YoYoFactory.

DrYoYo: Hans, A lot of readers and current yo-yo’ers have no idea how pivotal a role you and your family has in modern day yoyo history. Right now you are best known for YoYoFactory, but back in the day you were the head rep for your fathers company Playmaxx. How did you and your family get into yo-yoing?
Hans: When I was 15 years old I was just like any other kid. Someone gave me a chance and I ran with it. 5 years later my enthusiasm rubbed off on my Dad and together we took over a company that sold maybe 25,000 yoyos a year and turned it into a company that sold over 10 million yoyos in 3 years. It was reverse nepotism that turned into a global phenomenon. 

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Interview – Pat Cuartero: YoYoNation’s Online Yo-Yo Store King

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Name: Pat Cuartero
Experience: 10 Years
Specialty: Organizing Events, 2a Magic, and Online Yo-Yo Store King

I was lucky enough to get Founder and Owner of YoYoNation.com, Pat Cuatero, to sit down with me and give me the skinny on his yoyo life.

DrYoYo: Pat, YoYoNation is a Huge success, and leads the US market in yoyo sales. What do you owe your success to?
Pat: Man – tough question.  Honestly – the support of the yoyo community, of which I am proud to be a part as a player and collector, not as a store owner. I always put the first two first…my passion first and then business and I think that’s what helped.
Of course there’s hard work, no sleep, and certain other things, but I think that’s what it’s all about for the most part I LOVE this stuff.  There is no doubt about it.  From being on stage performing,  to hanging out with friends I know (and don’t know), to staring and drooling over the newest yo-yo’s released, I am 100% yoyo!

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Interview – John Higby: The YoYo Show

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Name: John Higby
Experience: 23 Years
Specialty: Performance Awesomeness, Unicycle Areobics, Harnessing Crowd Energy.

John Higby has been to more countries than the average person can name, holds both the 2008 Worlds Artistic Performance Title and a Guiness Book Record.

The best part is, it all started with what he could do with a yo-yo. I was able to coax him off of his Unicycle to talk for a bit.

DrYoYo: John, you are a Painter, Yo-Yoer, Performer, Comic, World Record Holder, Husband, and probably the most well traveled person in the yo-yoing world. What is it that keeps you going?
John: I just learned that the biggest object in motion in nature is the EARTH while we were filming TIME WARP on the Discovery Channel. That is how I feel about the yo-yo and art in general…it is always in a constant state of becoming and getting better all the time! Plus being married to a beautiful woman helps me stay motivated. 

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Interview – Augie Fash: Gong Show Champion and YoYo Deity

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Name: Augie Fash
Experience: 10 Years
Specialty: Teaching Classes, Performance Awesomeness, Collecting Nectar.

Adding a new title under his belt at the 2008 California State Championship, Augie Fash has quite a large title list. 2004 National Champion, Countless Regional Championships, Gong Show Champion, the new 2008 California State Championship, and to the yo-yoing world, he is the Peoples Champion. He was kind enough to slow down to human speeds to talk to me.

DrYoYo: How do you possible move so quickly and keep your precision? Were you bitten by a radioactive Hummingbird
Augie :No, I just eat radioactive hummingbirds. I slowly digest them over a 12 day cycle while watching the Rocky movies for competitive inspiration.
In reality, much of precision and speed can be attributed to muscle memory. Some of it can also be attributed to trick design though. Tricks that flow naturally are automatically easier to do faster, because they require less sudden halts or changes in the yoyos direction.

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