Our Team Grows, Again!
Please help us in welcoming our newest team member, Jake Long! We got to meet Jake at the 2022 Florida State Yoyo Contest where he competed. We decided then that he would be a perfect fit for our team. Jake competes in several different divisions of yoyo, you could even say he spans the genres! Go checkout his bio on our Team page and follow him on social media to catch his tricks and tutorials!
New Model: Isthmus
For our sophomore release, we are proud to present to you: Isthmus. A full sized, pocket friendly, slim line power house packed with stability and power...spin time for daaays!!!
This project is near and dear to me, as slim line yoyos are one of my absolute favorite form factors.
We originally received the first prototypes along with the production run of the Buoy! and began testing immediately. Over the course of several months, this was practically the only yoyo I played (other than some nice new things here and there...oh and other slim yoyos to contrast and compare!)
Now, this wasn't the only prototype we received with the Buoy!'s, but it became our absolute favorite right away. David started throwing horizontal with this slimline on the first day, crazy! Grant told me after the first month or so that it hadn't left his pocket as a daily carry.
We also snuck one out with a Buoy! as a special gift, maybe we'll do that again?
After listening to feedback from my team and others, we decided the weight distribution and profile were right on the mark for the purpose of this design: stability, power, spin time, and pocket-ability.
The cup, however, needed a slight adjustment. This change doesn't affect the play to any noticeable degree, however, I believe a much more pleasing aesthetic was achieved.
The initial production release consists of 2 different colorways:
-[Florida] Bay Fade (a 2-tone blue on blue fade with engraving)
-Beach Sand (solid sand color with a balck washed engraving)
Each Isthmus comes equipped with our favorite Round Spinning Objects Type 40 Landing Pads and a Zipline Skyline III string. Each box will also include a limited edition TRT POG and sticker!
Officially available, in person, at the Florida State Yoyo Contest in Groveland, Fl this weekend (December 10, 2022) and here on our web store next Friday, December 17 at 8pm EST!!!
First Release: Buoy!
Our first official release is here, come bob with the Buoy! for a full-sized floaty experience. Designed for chill sessions where you just want to relax and let the tricks flow, but still capable of going "god speed" as the kids say. We pushed more weight to the center for float, while keeping the catch zone wider with a more competitive style response bump to give you space for tech. A rounded profile makes finger grinds a joy and a nice wide rim surface to cushion your catch.
Buoy! comes unresponsive with a C bearing and M4x10mm axle installed. If you're feeling froggy though, the bearing seat has been designed to accept a slim C bearing and M4x8mm axle* for responsive play!
Buoy! is available in 4 different colorways: Atlantic Blue, Hot Pink, Citrus Splash, and Moon Rock. Laser engraving in the cup ensures that you'll know you're riding the waves when you pickup your Buoy! Please note, we have omitted laser engravings on the Moon Rock colorway. As far as we can tell, there are no ocean waves on the moon...so we figured you'll have to learn how to moon walk instead.
All Buoys! come equipped with Round Spinning Objects Type 40 Landing Pads for snappy crisp response. We've also included a Zipline Strings Executive Class Lite string for plush feels. Each Buoy! also includes a TRT citrus logo sticker and a limited series POG, enjoy!
Come find the Buoy! on sale here this Friday at 8pm EST!!!
Prototype: A Success!
August 8, 2022
As I'm sure many of you have seen on our social media accounts, we received our first prototypes back in late May and began testing immediately! The orange and yellow acid wash anodization was something completely unnecessary for a prototype run, but we wanted to make our first something extra special. I was instantly taken aback at the vibrant colors and reminded of simple Florida things like sunshine and orange juice.
The citrus-y goodness has fueled a lot of fun as it's been passed around to our team members and a few lucky local yoyo club enthusiasts. After several weeks of testing and feedback (and some minor tweaks) we decided to push forward with production!
We are now testing, grading, and packaging to bring our first production yoyo to market, keep your eyes peeled for more details coming very soon!
FYI, we are also still accepting entries for two separate giveaways on our social media accounts, Instagram and Tiktok! You can find links to both accounts on our Contact page, entry is free and we are covering shipping to the buyer. Entries are open until midnight EST August 27th...go check it out and win a prototype!!!
Our Team Grows
April 8th, 2022
Wow, how exciting this is! We just recently announced our first 2 professional yoyo team members a few days ago on our Instagram (@turnerreturntops) and the positive response from everyone has been overwhelming, thank you! Everyone, please give a warm welcome to Grant Nichols and David Chapman!
If you haven't yet, go visit our Instagram to checkout their reels. We felt that Grant and David both have incredibly unique styles that fit the vibe we want to generate with the Turner Return Tops team. Fun, chill, laid back, Florida, however you want to think about it...yoyoing is fun and that's what we want to communicate and promote with not only our designs, but with our team as well.
Both of these fine yoyo-ists are longtime members of the hobby and community. They readily accepted me when I wanted to participate and help organize the local yoyo group, Central Florida Yoyo Club. Just as they supported me, we now want to support them and the local scene as best we can. We hope to see you out and about so we can yoyo together!
Congratulations again to Grant and David, it is an honor to have you both with us on this great yoyo journey!
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March 14, 2022
My name is Bruce Turner and I am a lifelong yoyo enthusiast! Like many others, I was introduced to yoyo in Elementary School by the Duncan team. My friends and I played yoyo throughout Elementary and into Middle School, where at some point I put my old Spintastics Terminator Tornado responsive roller bearing yoyo into a drawer.
Fast forward to 2016, I had decided to quit smoking cigarettes and I wanted to quit "cold turkey" with no gum, pills, or any other kind of medication or chemical substitution. So I found that old yoyo! Sure enough though, the string had turned into some sort of petrified fossil and the bearing a block of rust...whoops. I took to the internet where I found videos of pro yoyo-ists busting out these amazing tricks, unlike anything I could remember from my youth, what was this wonderous new style of yoyo?!? I had discovered unresponsive yoyo...but I also felt like it was over my head at the time, so I ordered a Yomega Raider off of Amazon and started yoyoing instead of smoking (this was just over 5 years ago now, and I'm still cigarette free today!)
Let's jump up a few more years now to 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic and "lock downs". In the Fall of 2020, I finally got my stones together and ordered my first unresponsive 1a yoyo, the Recess Snack! I learned how to bind the first day and began learning about combos, flow, and the differences of all of these crazy new yoyo that I had been unaware of for so many years.
Little did I know at the time, I was truly rekindling this great love of mine. I began buying this shape and that shape from this manufacturer and that to get a feel for all the different shapes and weight distributions, to find what I liked best (and to satisfy my inner Dragon...need more shiny things!)
Next, I came across some tutorials for yoyo design from Mark Diehr of Mk1 Yoyos (links below) and started learning the CAD process for yoyo. I dove in head first and hit the ground running! Months later, Mark furthered my experience by inviting my wife, Jess, and I to assist him with quality control and packaging of one of his yoyos, the Mk1 Contact (second run). After having truly glanced at the inner workings of Mk1, Jess and I talked the whole way home about how we wanted to follow in these foot steps.
Now, to the present. 2022, the year of the Tiger (my year!) and we have finally taken the leap! Our first prototype is currently being machined and we cannot express how happy we are to finally bring our dream to fruition. Our goal with TRT is to create fun and accessible yoyos for the community to enjoy. Please follow along here and on our Instagram page @turnerreturntops to keep up to date with us as we progress towards our first release. I hope you will join us for this journey, thank you!
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