It’s been a couple of weeks since the X-Games in Chiba, Japan! I had a couple of clips left on my phone from practise, from two days of filming during practise. Featuring the winner Kio Hayakawa, Terry Adams, Moto Sasaki, Yohei Uchino, and alternate Yu Katagiri who didn’t get to compete sadly.
Yesterday was a good day for flatland, the return of flatland to the X Games after a 19 year hiatus. They started just like every other so far, you collect the bag with your covid 19 test on your door handle, get the test done.
Daily procedure, it is what it is. Boring part out the way, ready to enjoy the rest of the day.
Great edit featuring the top 5 ranked in Chimera A Side series, with the likes of Takahiro Ikeda, Yu Shoji, Ryo Katagiri (that ice cream pivot move at 2:25 is beautiful!), Hiroya Morizaki, and the winner Yu Katagiri (look out for his line of the year move once again!
Amazing skills from the Japanese scene, well worth a watch!
Congratulations to Ryo Katagiri taking the win at the recent Chimera A Side contest in Japan, followed by his brother Yu, and the Flatmattersonline Rider of The Year Kio Hayakawa in third podium position. I have been looking for footage of the event and so far nothing. If anyone finds anything, please send it over….
It’s time to announce the winners of the 2020 Flatmattersonline Year End Awards, 2020 was a difficult year for everyone. Flatland as a community rallied together to make the best of these difficult, testing times.
We saw riders focus more on edits rather than contest placings, as a result perhaps the rate of progression was a lot greater than previously would be, those that wanted to compete took part in numerous online contests, and in between all that the FM exclusives made to 60 episodes in 2020.
What the future holds is unclear currently, the vaccines are getting out there, and we hope to know more by spring time which really isn’t that far away.
Let’s try, and remain positive and make the best of every situation.
It’s time as promised to announce the 2020 Flatmattersonline Year end awards nominations,
I felt there was a lot to say about the awards and the year, which a lot of the time doesn’t get covered under the previous text announcement format.
So, I attempted to make a makeshift studio feel in my front room during lockdown 3.0, and present the nominations, and share my feelings on the year as well as the reader choices.
Congratulations to everyone who was nominated, and thank you to everyone who took the time to vote.
Winners announced: Sunday 24th January.
* If you don’t want to watch the whole show, you can skip through parts using the timestamps.
00:00 FM Title Screen
00:07 Effraim introduces the FM Year end award nominee show
00:56 Reader Choice Rider of the Year
04:59 Reader Choice Edit of the Year
8:07 Reader Choice Most Progressive Rider
11:38 Reader Choice Contest Run of the Year
15:12 Reader Choice Breakthrough Rider of the Year
19:33 Effraim introduces the Editorial Awards
20:50 Editorial Choice Rider of the Year
27:33 Editorial Choice Edit of the Year
31:06 Editorial Choice Most Progressive Rider
35:55 Editorial Choice Outstanding Contribution
39:37 Editorial Choice Line of the Year / Flatmattersonline Exclusive of the Year
46:06 Effraim Outro
I don’t know about you at home, but I have been watching a lot of contest/jam footage recently. This Flatgames contest from 2017 in Japan really motivated me and brightened my day, sit down, grab a cuppa and get motivated! Jimalog kills the editing duties and this will get you riding with a smile on your face. Big up Moto Sasaki organising this jam!
Yohei Uchino just posted the BIG news of the day, Hiroya Morizaki held onto the first place spot from qualifying to win arguably the highest level contest of the year at the Jeep Real Games. Congratulations Hiro!!!
Hiroya was followed by young rippers, Kio Hayakawa and Ryo Katagiri. The video are just dropping on instagram, so get ready to have your mind blown. I will try to get some on here if possible.
Congratulations to Hiroya Morizaki who took the top spot in the one of the highest level contests to go down in flatland history! If you haven’t already watched the Must Watch video (entries) below this post, I suggest you get on that. Japan is on another level right now, the finals is going to be insane!!! Who is your money on?