|Affiliation||Team High Performance (Team Captain, former) |
|Known for||High-speed looping |
Famous in Japan during the 1990s yo-yo boom
Fictional persona in Supersonic Spinners/Super Yo-Yo
Alex Garcia, A.K.A. "Warp Speed", is a Hawaiian yo-yo player who was legendary for his two-handed freestyles and using short string for his high-speed looping techniques, from which he gets his nickname from. His signature yo-yo trick was the Criss-Cross Around the World. He was a three-time Hawaii State Yo-Yo Champion, as well as a two-time U.S. National Champion in the 1990s.
He was the Team Captain of Team High Performance during the yo-yo boom of the 1990s.
In 1996, Garcia, along with other talented players such as Dale Myrberg (who would become the World Yo-Yo Champion that year), traveled to Japan to hold yo-yo demonstrations and promotions there, those which helped bring about the Japanese Hyper Yo-Yo boom. Garcia had also become very famous in Japan, to the point of even having his own theme song "Warp Speed", which was produced as a Mini CD single recorded by Forty Four Hyper that had hit the charts in Japan.
He also had the honor of having a quarter flicked off of his ear by Dale Myrberg at one of THP's meetings in 1997.
Garcia was also a major figure in the promotion of the Hyper Yo-Yo line in Japan, having appeared in some of the TV commercials, as well as performing at the Hyper Yo-Yo Japan Championship in 1998 and 1999. He also had a fictionalized persona in the anime and manga series Supersonic Spinners/Super Yo-Yo.
As of current, he is affiliated with YoYoFactory, and runs a yo-yo club based in Hawaii called YoYoFactory 808. In 2012, he had also performed as part of a special guest appearance (alongside Nakamura-Meijin, another former member of THP) at the Japan National Yo-Yo Contest. He is also a member of the yo-yo team Fist Salud.
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- 1995 Hawaii State Yo-Yo Contest - 1st Place
- 1996 U.S. National Yo-Yo Contest - Freestyle Division - 1st Place
- 1997 Hawaii State Yo-Yo Contest - Pro-Am Division - 1st Place
- 1997 U.S. National Yo-Yo Contest - 2A Division - 3rd Place
- 1997 World Yo-Yo Contest - 2A Division - 2nd Place
- 1998 Hawaii State Yo-Yo Contest - 2A Division - 1st Place
- 1998 World Yo-Yo Championships - 2A Division - 4th Place
- 1998 U.S. National Yo-Yo Contest - 2A Division - 1st Place
- 1998 Hyper Yo-Yo Japan Championship - No information yet
- 1999 Hyper Yo-Yo Japan Championship - 2A Division - No information yet
- 1999 World Yo-Yo Competition - 2A Division - No information yet
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- 2012 Japan Nationals - Special Guest Appearance
- "Warp Speed" - Forty Four Hyper - July 21st 1997
- Hyper Yo-Yo Official Video: Freestyle 1A Master - June 21st 1998
- Hyper Yo-Yo Official Video: Freestyle 2A Master - August 5th 1998
- Konsetsu Polite! Hyper Yo-Yo Technique Video
- Hyper Yo-Yo Pro Spinners Program