Great highlights edit from the King of Ground contest in Asakuso, japan featuring a ton of good riding from the likes of York Uno, Jesse Puente, Kotaro Tanaka, Kappa, Ryoji Yammamoto and many more. Well worth a watch.
It is hard to put into words the influence that the King of Ground contest has had on flatland since it’s inception, from all sides of flatland, the groundbreaking riding styles, the inside wooden contest floors, use of the battle format, waving of the flags for the judges result. I feel like no matter what I say, that would be only the tip of the iceberg.
I hit up Yasuyuki Takeo, one of the people behind the scenes that helped get the King of Ground up and running along with Takashi Ito, Kotato Tanaka, York Uno and a few others. I’ve lost track how many times I’ve posted a KOG video, and hit rewind numerous times just see what the hell happened. I wanted to know more about behind the scenes information of one of the most influential contest series to happen in flatland history.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Yasuyuki Takeo interview! In true Flatmattersonline style, it’s a long read, so grab a cuppa and get educated on all things KOG. So stoked how this came out, thank you Yasu for taking the time to do work on this interview.
Man, I miss Flatland Manifesto! Shane Neville put so much work into these flatland video magazines, if you missed these it really is worth your time to sit down, and take all this in.Thank you Shane! Issue 1 featured the La Revolution from Toronto, How to Pinky with Cory Stratychuk, ESPN B3 in Anaheim, California (this section rules!), Art Thomason Interview and more. So much good riding, 19 years ago. Wow!
The man behind Ares Bykes, York Uno is on fire with flatland how:to’s, and the latest offering is the Inside switch foot steam. This move has become a staple trick in modern day flatland. Great stuff from York!
Just came across this “Pro’s do Amsterdam” edit from Flatground VI that I haven’t watched in years. Featuring great riding from the likes of Matthias Dandois, Shintaro Misawa, Hiroya Morizaki, Justin Miller, Raphael Chiquet, York Uno, Thomas Noyer, Seppl, Michael Sommer, good times in A’dam!
It has been a few good weeks for the flatland archives here on FM! And today a real treat from the japanese flatland archives, and the history of the King of Ground contest. The Proseed A and B videos by Juicy Vision has to go down as one of the best contest videos ever, featuring York Uno, Hiroya Morizaki, a young Moto Sasaki, Martti Kuoppa, Viki Gomez, Michael Steingraeber, Shintaro Misawa and many more. Do yourself a favour, grab a cuppa and enjoy this great piece of flatland history.
Nice upload from the japanese archives today by koburi200, from the tricks I’m guessing this was filmed 1997-98 ish. Rumors has the feel of the beginning steps of the japanese scene becoming the mecca for flatland today, featuring York Uno, Ryoji Yammamoto, Hiroya Morizaki, Akira Okamura and many more.
Here we have a nice treat for Throwback Thursdays, Zach Shaw kindly in sent in this gem from filmed all over the world during 2000-2001. Great footage from the Euro X Games, Mike S in Australia, X Trials in Louisville. This video comes in four parts featuring the likes of Takashi Ito, York Uno, Matti Rose, Simon O’Brien, Kotaro Tanaka, Martti Kuoppa, Aaron Behnke, Matt Wilhelm, Nathan Penonzek, Alex Jumelin, Trevor Meyer, Dan Rigby, Cory Stratychuk, and many more! Enjoy this throwback treat, thanks Zach!
Peep this amazing Full Swing 2015 contest edit by Kazuki Kawanishi featuring the likes of York Uno, Keisuke Tanigawa, Ill Neyagawa (arguably the best backwards manual in the game, check 1:38), Kazuto Morishita, amazing jumplash pedal x-ft 5 line at 7:03, Tomokazu Morinaga, Shinichi Kiba, and many more! Hit play already!