On the 18th September 2016, Yuki Itoh made a big statement to the flatland world. Tomorrow I am really psyched to drop an exclusive interview with one of my favourite riders and learn more about this rider that offers so much more than just “tricks”. It seems like as good a time as any to re-up his amazing “Welcome to Far East” edit!
Everything about this Yuki Itoh – Welcome to the Far east Cycles team edit is on point. Yuki is one of the most underrated riders on the japanese scene in my opinion so it’s great to see FEC showed him some love.
Riding wise, the riding and the intricate switches are pretty much all groundbreaking. Here are some of my personal highlights:
– The opposite turbine steam boat ride in flip flip to yammer style backwards spinning xft steam step on fork back to steam turbine to xft fork spinning steam to opposite xft steam flip steam opposite side step into spinning cliff at 1:06! Are you following all that? Yuki’s style is so nimble around the bike, amazing!
– At 2:11 the turbine teakettle to spinning xft crack pivot spinning hang ten pivot opposite one footed spinning crack step over backwards facing one footed spinning ck jump to halfpacker pivot xft backwards spinning xft stream pivot steam to x handed spinning half hiker! Mind blown!
– The last line at 3:03! I will leave that one to you!
Props to Takuya Higa also for the camerawork. Job done! Respect Yuki, liquid flatland at it’s finest. Stay tuned for the interview tomorrow.
I believe the location and date is wrong, according to my memory this the Champion of Champions contest in Derby, not Alfreton. And the year is 1989 not 1990, that aside Albert Retey was always one of best riders to watch on the European scene, great to see this throwback today!
For this weeks throwback we go back to 1996/97 and a video put together by Eduardo Sousa and Colin Smith. Featuring the likes of Amos Burke, James White, yours truly, Phil Dolan, Andrew Faris, Jesse Puente, Day Smith, Marton Szilagyi and many more! Great memories!
For this weeks Throwback we go back to 2002, it maybe the time of year but lately I’m watching a lot of full lengths videos rather than edits and that is reflected in my choice for this weeks TBT! Grab a cuppa or whatever you drink and enjoy this one, featuring great footage from the Ham Jam, CFB New York, EXPN Grand Prarie and Atlanta, a rad Nathan Penonzek interview, Atlanta and Athens Scene report, there’s something for everyone in this one and so much good riding to boot! Man, I miss the Manifesto videos…
With the annual Flatmatters year end awards dropping this week, I wanted to show a previous winning edit for this weeks Throwback. And I got stuck on watching this “Pete Olsen is awesome”, which won the reader choice for edit of the year back in 2015. Go re watch this Must Watch!
It’s always amazing to go back through the archives of Flatmattersonline and look at previous articles, interviews and edits and whilst I was searching for a good Throwback for this week. I came across a Dan Rigby Interview I did back in February 2009, with a edit that still stands up today, I said it back in 2009, Dan Rigby was so underrated. I’m lucky enough to have been competing in the X Trials/X Games era and saw a lot of what Dan could do in the contest arena and practise, but this edit is next level and it was filmed in 2003!
Go watch this now and look out for the last dump truck full body varial to death truck, that I think still to this day is one of the best back wheel tricks ever done. Let’s discuss this in the comments section.
The first throwback of 2018, we go back to 1994 and a flatland classic by Ells Bells. Ring the Gack features amazing riding from the likes of Chase Gouin, Jesse Puente, Richard Zabzdyr (R.I.P), Paul Osicka, Trevor Meyer, Chad Degroot and many more. Worth sitting down with a cuppa and enjoying this one!
This weeks throwback is dedicated to Martti Kuoppa, who would have known that back in 1998 when this Intrikat Linkt video dropped that MK would become a Video contest organiser with Master of Creativity and now it is possible to earn money out of video riding. Many of you will know this legendary section, but nevertheless it is certainly worth rewatching. Loved the Camo theme as well as the riding of course.
Dane Beardsley just released a bunch of the sections from his “Video Name” DVD that was released in 2005. I will get round to loading up the rest another day, but who better to start with than the man himself. Love the backwards hang 5 to backwards backpacker line at 00:36, so much skill and originality in Dane’s riding. Get on this one already!
This weeks TBT is dedicated to one of the best to ever do it, one of my personal favourites Ross Smith… This section from Chad Johnston’s Intrikat Connect video that dropped in 2000 I believe still hits hard today. The opening fire hydrant body varial to backwards backwards backpacker pivot xft hitch out is so good not to mention everything he does actually. Go watch it, get inspired!