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How a B.C. yo-yo champ B.C. yoyo master spun his passion into a business

How a B.C. yo-yo champ B.C. yoyo master spun his passion into a business

How a B.C. yo-yo champ B.C. yoyo master spun his passion into a business image
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Like a lot of kids, Harrison Lee liked to play with yo-yos. Unlike a lot of kids, he didn’t see yo-yos as just another passing fancy.

“It was a fad at my school, but like any other hobby in middle school, people begin to lose interest,” he said. “But I kept going.”

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Lee became a Canadian yo-yo champion and also something of an entrepreneur, having designed his own yo-yo.

“Modern yo-yos values are made out of aircraft-grade aluminum and inside yo-yos,” he said. “Actually, they have ball bearings, which allows them to spin for a really, really long time.”

Lee worked with Canadian company Caribou Lodge for his first yo-yo design called the Orca. His latest creation is The Otter, which is designed to expand the number of trick possibilities.

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“That required the Yo-Yo being much smaller, being a lot more nimble, and it’s been for a really long time as.

So why has Lee persevered through the ups and downs of yo-yoing when for most kids it’s something that comes and goes?

“What has kept me going for so long is that I’m a very naturally fidgety person,” he said.

“You can kind of get lost in it. You’re just playing with the string and mood and it’s like, oh, what shape can I make? How can you manipulate it in different ways?”

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