With iYoYo, I have created almost everything yoyo-related you can think of - From beginner plastic yo-yos to custom bearings, strings, pads, holders, bags... Even high-end bi-tanium yo-yos. Really almost everything.
But one thing bugged me: I did not have a 2A yo-yo in my lineup. As a passionate 2A player, this just felt wrong, all the time. And it's not that we didn't try. I had a few different samples machined, even came up with a way to machine starbursts, since investing ~15,000 USD in a mold and the first run of yo-yos would not be feasible as a smaller brand.
None of the samples played the way I wanted it.
Sometimes life can consist of funny coincidences though... When I sat at breakfast during Worlds 2018 with YoYoFactory-employee Ben McPhee, I got an e-mail from my long-time YoYoJam friend, mentor, and fellow Sunset-Signature-Partner Bill de Boisblanc. He had hand-machined a few spacers that would fit the YoYoJam Sunset sized bearings into a Loop720 and suggested I try to make them. Ben thought the idea was worth picking up.
Fast forward a year later, a few prototypes later I can proudly present to you: The SUNRiSE!
SUNRiSE is based on the YoYoFactory Loop 720's shape with custom YYJ-sized bearing and spacers. The play is super controllable and slightly bouncy at the end of the string. It plays much faster than you'd expect and has a excellent spin, long enough for any combo I can think of.
I'm more than happy I can finally check "Make a great 2A YoYo" off my wishlist for iYoYo and I can't wait to hear what the players have to say about the SUNRiSE!