Naoki Watanabe edit + short interview

Intro/Interview and edit: Takuji Kasahara.

Luckily there are a lot of good riders around me. Some of them are called pros, some are not. Actually there is not big difference between them. It is just a luck of sponsors or someone isn’t interested in contest very much. Here is my friend Naoki Watanabe who stays in the underground and still ride hardcore. I’m happy to introduce Naoki to you. This guy is about style!
Hope you enjoy this small edit of him we filmed last weekend!

Name: Naoki Watanabe

Home riding spot: Koshigaya and Makuhari

What was your first flatland bike?
My first flatland bike was YOKEFELLOW “FLOWER CROW”,-then WETHEPEOPLE “DIV 18.5” , SUELO “SIMPLE2 18.8” now I’m riding  St. Martin “Diamond 18.7”.

List your top 5 favorite riders:
Alexis Desolneux
Brian Tunney
Dane Beardsley
Nathan Penonzek
Sorry, I can’t narrow my favorite riders down to 5.

What is your favourite flatland video?

Can you describe your riding style?
Back wheel. I’m trying to ride slow and fluid.

What is your motivation for riding?
Watching videos and changing parts. It’s been really hot in Japan now and soon to get tired. So I’m thinking about new tricks when I’m off riding to pump me up.

Last words?
Thank you for featuring me on flatmatters.

9 thoughts on “Naoki Watanabe edit + short interview

  1. Naoki's riding is so sick, thank you for taking time to do this Taku, and letting the world see this guy shred! So smooth and fluid as he said in the interview, nice to see this approach to the back wheel.

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