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Quick words from Jordan
Andy Dang is one of the kindest and most generous people I’ve ever met. I was going to write a long post about Andy myself, but he shared something with me that I found much more meaningful: his personal depiction of his journey through the world of yoyo. Without further ado, I’d like to introduce Andy, the newest sponsored player of OPYOYOS.
Dang it’s Andy!
Hi everyone! If you don’t know me already, I’m Andy Dang, also known as “The Draupnir Guy” and “The Unofficial Guess Shirt Sponsor”. I started yoyoing in 2013 when I stole a Duncan Butterfly XT from my friend’s closet (Sorry Steve!). I picked up a Yoyofactory Shutter shortly afterward, and then, of course, a Yoyorecreation Draupnir. Once I saw Gentry Stein’s world-winning performance in 2014, however, I was hooked.
I began traveling to more contests and collecting more yoyos, but I was a really quiet person in the community—I never established much of a presence in-person or online. I lost my passion for yoyoing in 2016 and it wasn’t until I decided to go to the 2018 World Yoyo Contest that my love for the hobby was reignited. I still never really had a presence, mostly keeping things to myself—that is, until the pandemic hit.
With quarantine setting in, I decided to join the online yoyo community. Little did I know that it would be the best decision I’ve ever made! My “cracked collection” was gaining traction and my tricks that I thought weren’t worth sharing got positive reinforcement.
I met Jordan when I bought an OPYOYOS Polybius, one of my favorite yoyos to date. Jordan was both a good designer and a valuable member of the community. We began communicating regularly, and after a while, we became close friends. We would talk about everything—not just yoyos—and in a lot of ways, I looked up to him. I was always happy to have him around, especially during the times when I wasn’t feeling my best.
Eventually, Jordan offered me a sponsorship. He saw something in me and thought I would be a great addition to the OP team. I was hesitant at first, as I was having some self-esteem issues, but eventually I realized that OP was the place for me and accepted Jordan’s offer.
That’s my story! I am excited to announce that I am now officially a sponsored player of OPYOYOS. I hope you all enjoy what I bring to the community!
P.S.—Check out my announcement video!