Much like Nick Watts, Kio Hayakawa is on fire! It really is hard to keep up with the instagram updates, his amazing full part on Landscapes 3 and now this amazing Welcome to Colony BMX part!
So many creative bangers in this one from the opening line with a switch foot ice cream pulled into switch foot forward g- roll jump to two footed backyard half turbine jump to pedals that begins at the 00:03 mark! So progressive!
The very next line Kio further develops the two footed backyard jump, now jumping out with the body varial to peg wheelie (00:36) back into an ice cream line. This kid is pushing things hard right now!
The fourth and last line play with a. similar concept, pivot into two footed pedal ice cream ucchie flip to mega spin pivot ice cream pivot blender walk round out! Wow, Kio puts himself right up with fellow Japanese shredders, Yoehi Uchino, the Katagiri brothers and like the Katagiri brothers, so young and the future is so bright. Great pick from Colony to join the team, will he conquer the international contest circuit, only time will tell….
Instagram edits seem to be on the rise this year, Dez Maarsen has a huge back of tricks and great depth in front and back wheel riding. The halfhiker 360 pressure flip to halfpacker line at 5:52 is a classic from Dez, this one isa. good watch start to finish!
I am sure I write this every time I review a video, I feel it’s important to say it without trying to sound like a broken record. It really is a brave move to make an online video these days, especially if you are charging for it online. It’s quite common in skateboarding, but hasn’t filtered over to flatland really.
Landscapes 3 comes in at 1 hour 12 minutes long, I can’t even imagine how much working time that is for the creator, Stewart Munro putting all the pieces together, selecting riders going back and forth with riders gathering footage, picking the music to fit each rider, the list goes on.
I think it’s fair to say almost anything Sebastian Grubinger puts out is a Must Watch, his riding always has me shaking my head in a good way. And from the opening line with backwards facing manual back pedalling ET style I think to myself “Who else on the planet is doing this stuff?”, and as if that’s not enough he adds in a Degroot undertaker to backwards backyard and opposite Degroot undertakers out. Absolutely mind melting degree of difficulty here.
The second clip I thought I knew what was coming, and I love that I was wrong. Backwards facing messiah half backwards whiplash scuff to forwards bar hop whiplash bar scoot out. Again, who is doing this stuff.
At 1:29 the switch foot peg wheelie pivot entry to backwards backyard is one of the best switches I have seen all year. Simple idea, but yet so hard!
The last line is possibly my favourite from this short, but yet so incredible edit. Opposite Degroot undertaker to straddle roni out. There’s layers to what Sebastian is doing in this edit, that is just years and years of craft. This edit will be getting the rewind, and help me get through a rainy day in Southsea.
Welcome to a new section of Flatmattersonline that has been brewing, not unlike the cuppa right next to me right now as I get ready to drop this first episode. After a lot of talk back and forth with Pete Brandt, “Flat Snitches” is born and dedicated to help educate the flatland community on the history of trick inventions and most importantly showing some love to the architects that came up with each trick along the way, not to mention the evolution of each move with other riders putting their twist on it.
Who came up with what trick and when, is sometimes a grey area, but myself and Pete Brandt after all our years of experience are as best placed as anyone to attempt to do this.
We Kick off Episode 1 with the Plasticman, and talk to the trick creator, Jesse Puente about the tricks history and evolution into another move entirely.
When I think about Jesse Puente, his energy springs to my mind. I always recall when he commented “You bust, I bust” back when we both rode for KHE in the late 90’s, his energy was contagious. Always thinking about new tricks and concepts, he made me want to have new tricks every time I would see meet him at contest across the globe. Jesse’s energy brings me to the plastic man and his desire to create something fresh.
Jesse, rolling the OG Plasticman in Shimersville, PA back in 1994. Photo: Sean Parker.
Some sponsorship news that will excite a lot of people today. Flatland legend , Paul Osicka joins the growing NousBMX team out of Japan. No word if there will a welcome to Nous part or team video, but this news certainly whets the appetite.
Stoked tonight to see a fresh interview with Aussie shredder, Nick Watts gets the Ride On treatment. If you don’t know this site, hit the link below for Nick’s interview, plus whole load of other good content on there to boot….
Congratulations to Varo Hernandez who won the Boadilla Streetline contest this weekend in Spain followed by Dez Maarsen and Alberto Moya on the podium. Good to see plenty of smaller events taking place this year around the globe as well as the big events.
The One Love Jam on Saturday 18th January 2020, marks the 10th anniversary of One Love. Dylan Worsley gets the poster, this years event was my first time attending the jam, and it was an amazing experience. If you looking to escape the winter for a little bit and ride an amazing spot on Newport Beach and meet riders from all different generations of flatland, this is the event to go to.
Landscapes 3 is available to download right now (link below), full length flatland videos are a rarity these days. Today is a good day, props to Stewart Munro for making this happen yet again. Look out for a review shortly.
“Landscapes 3 is a new full-length video showcasing some of the best flatlanders from around the world featuring Aaron Frost, Chris Vasileiou, Erin Fricke, Keelan Phillips, Keita Uchino, Kio Hayakawa, Masato Ito, Mates Tuček, Mateus Beckmann, Nick Watts, Steven Hearn, Varo Hernandez, Shinichi Kib, Thomas Deschenaux, and Simon O’Brien.”