EP3 Andre Boulay - The Man Who Taught Me How To Yoyo (Part 1)
If I were to credit anyone for teaching me how to yoyo it would be Andre Boulay.
Andre is arguably, one of, if not the most prolific Yoyo teacher of all time.
From training people how to Yoyo in person at the a2z Science and Learning Store, to teaching an entire generation of players over the internet. Countless of the competitors we celebrate today, can trace their understanding of Yoyoing fundamentals to back Andre’s teachings and tutorials.
In this episode I take the opportunity to ask Andre a wide range of questions. In part 1 we discuss:
How Andre was introduced to Yoyoing
A closer look at Andre’s competitive Yoyoing career.
How and when Andre joined team Yoyojam,
What it was like ultimately designing the Yoyojam Dark Magic and much more!
Few people have been Yoyoing for as long as Andre so this episode also mentions a lot of Yoyos, players and websites and resources that entered the scene years before I was even born.
I’ve attached a reference list for the episode for ease of reference. Please let me know If I’ve mis attributed anything.
People, Resources & Yoyos Mentioned:
A2Z Learning Store - https://a2zscience.com/
Dog around the block - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NI5MZGrGZc
Jordan Cooper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOVRbkdNb3E
Nate Sutter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KB76dkpBrhA
Alex Lozyniak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZXKdYex5oo
Paul Escolar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4d9Fa5ojcog
Original Duncan Freehand https://yoyo.fandom.com/wiki/Duncan_Freehand_1
Ducan Wheels: https://www.yoyoyo.com.au/duncan-wheels-old
Friction Sticker: http://www.yoyostorerewind.com/en/duncan-friction-stickers-x8.html
Jon Gates: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aorLEJVM_sw
YYJ Night Moves & YYJ Patriot:
Jordan Cooper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fbpz3MwdXco
Evan Nagao: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgsj_c2Ht44
John Ando: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2y7sV23ftug
Andre’s Freestyle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONjxZY6gqo0
Yomega commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HaUoxPaus4
SpinFaktor (Wicked Faktor): https://yoyo.fandom.com/wiki/YoYoJam_SpinFaktor
David Cupurro & Cappy Faktor https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/yoyojam-david-capurro-signature-yo-yo-408921660
Smithsonian Yoyo Trip
Andre’s key questions when managing a relationship with sponsored Yoyo Player:
What do you want as a player?
What do you need?
What is important?
What kind of contests do you want to go to?
What do you want in terms of money, here is what the team can do.
YYJ Speeder https://yoyo.fandom.com/wiki/YoYoJam_Speeder
Key People Who played with the Dark Magic
Yuuki Spencer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QrTAt9uiWc
Augie Fash: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63N9hv_eFUw
Hitman & John Devalle
Andre Boulay & Johnny Devalle
Team Loci Cherrybomb
YYJ Lyn Fury, Speedmaker
BV Using the YYJ Legacy
Mark Montgomery & Tyler Vienneau