When you see a new face on the scene, it’s one thing to have a great video part. It is entirely another to be the real deal in the flesh, I first had this feeling when I saw Martti Kuoppa for the first time at the Worlds in 1996 in Jugendpark, then again I had this feeling when I met Nathan Penonzek a year later in Huntington Beach, California. This feeling returned at Battle at the Rockies last year, we were all aware of course of Benjamin Hudson and his amazing “Welcome to Far East” edit, I wondered to myself on route to Colorado would Benjamin be the real deal?
The answer was quickly “yes”, effortless style, crazy pivots and so light footed around the bike. I immediately thought to myself it is like watching a young Nathan Penonzek all over again, which was ironic as Nathan was right next to me on the judging panel. Benjamin won the Breakthrough Rider of the Year by an absolute landslide, and deservedly so. Enjoy the last in series of Flatmatters Year end awards interview, we all eagerly wait to the see what the future brings to this amazing talent from Chile.
Feel good vibes in this Super Flatground edit by Shinde Yoshihiro filmed in Okazaki, Japan featuring Kotaro Tanaka, Yasushi Tanabe, Shinde Yoshihiro, Kazuya Kuwahara, Hiroki Uchiyama, Minato Sato, Kira & Airu Komagata, Takarto Moriya, and Riku Shinde! Motivating!
What a treat for us all today, I’ve been waiting for this Welcome to WTP edit to drop for a weeks now and it doesn’t disappoint. Signature Waldemar Fatkin power, style and flow, look out for an exclusive interview right here on FM in a few days. Here’s what the guys at WTP had to say about the BIG move!
“Today we welcome a special addition to the WETHEPEOPLE family. Waldemar Fatkin is one of the most progressive and exciting Flatland riders of his generation. Waldemar’s unique style effortlessly blends together technical flatland riding with modern street tricks, which has made him standout from the rest and has put him on the radar of street riders around the world for quite some time now. Having already travelled across the far corners of the globe on his bike, Waldemar continues to blur the lines between street riding and flatland, and as a brand with deep flatland roots, this made the decision to add him to the team an easy one.”