Two of the biggest heavy hitters in flatland, Kio Hayakawa and Yu Katagiri go head to head in this heated semi final battle at the Red Bull Circle of Balance last month in New Orleans. It’s also crazy to think they are both from the same city, Niigata, Japan! Hit play to watch this one go down!
Photography: Kio Hayakawa & Hikaru Funya.
Kio Hayakawa!! This young talent from Japan is making big waves in the global flatland scene. I met Kio for the first time at the X Games in Chiba, Japan and it was obvious the man is on a mission. Riding more than anyone else at the contest, and so consistent on all his new tricks. It’s kind of daunting to see, and I would imagine even more daunting for his competitors.
There is something wonderfully pure about his riding, and his work ethic. It’s kind of cheesy to say the future is bright for Kio, because he’s already here as is proven by his X-Games gold medal. He kicked the door down, and shouted loud and clear his intentions. His riding does the talking, hammers getting dropped with an amazing consistent ratio.. Let’s get into this interview with two years in a row Flatmattersonline Rider of the Year, and of course X Games Gold Medalist, welcome to the Kio Hayakawa Interview…..
Simon O’Brien has a short and sweet update of what he’s been up to, his video projects etc, over on the Colony website. Hit the link below:
Colony have been working on a Freecoaster for a good while now and it’s finally available! Head over to the http://www.bmxunion.com/themerged/ to read more about it!