Thanks to Malte for organizing the annual Fight The Winter contest in Germany as well as sharing this fresh highlight edit of the 2019 edition. The whole setup looks really professional as always. Check it out and make sure to join the action next winter!
Shaun Jarvis documented his trip to Japan with the Freestyle Now crew in 2018. The full movie is 2h long but there is a lot of riding and impressions from Japan in it. Check Shaun‘s comment for a few more details:
„In October 2018 Freestyle now headed to Japan to attend the legendary Flatark contest. With flight all book the contest was cancelled a few weeks prior the date, so it was still all systems go to head to Japan and go on a riding holiday. Freestyle Now squad members Shaun Jarvis and Paul Chamberlain headed from both sides of Australia while Dez Maarsen travelled from his home in The Netherlands. Meeting them in Kobe was Freestyle Now recruits rider and Osaka resident Naotada Yamada. Shaun Jarvis documented the 10 day trip with making a video of each of the day’s activities and riding. It was an awesome time with so much riding going on almost every day. The video highlights the Spaceark jam that happened in Kobe which took place due to Flatark not happening, and the Freestyle Now jam that took place the day after at Nagai Park in Osaka. So much great riding. Also there are many riders from around the world who also were riding in Japan as well as so many of the Japanese bmx flatland riders. Give it a watch to see some amazing bmx flatland.“
Riders: Joel Schallhorn, Naoto Tamaru, Masato Ito, Dez Maarsen, Dan Hennig, Benjamin Hudson, Jorrit van Drumpt, Paul Chamberlain, Shaun Jarvis, Minato Sato and York Uno
This is probably the first alpine flatland edit. Matthias and his video crew filmed at 10000 feet in freezing cold weather on a frozen flatland spot. If you watched the little teaser clip then you already know that a lot of blood and tears went into this one (but probably no sweat).
Congratulations to Dom on his first place at the Fight the Winter in Göttingen, Germany.
Pro 1st Dominik Nekolny 2nd Dez Maarsen 3rd Wolfgang Sauter 4th Dustyn Alt 5th Markus Schwital 6th Gino Stuart 7th Markus Reich 8th John Krämer 9th Rayk Hahne 10th Jorrit van Drumpt 11th David Hoffmann
The first 2 rounds of the AFA series 2019 have been announced as well as a video contest for the expert class (more details here). A few of the changes for 2019:
"First, we are holding four expert class video contests. One winner per contest will receive a free flight to the next AFA round. US residents only, and a you can only win one time per year. Another change for amateur riders, class podium winners will now receive prize packs from Flatland Fuel. And finally, we are giving away a total of $500 in Flatland Fuel gift cards, for the expert class year-end podium winners this year."
FISE announced their 2019 schedule. The series kicks off in Hiroshima followed by Montpellier and Chengdu. The FISE stops count towards the UCI World Championship once again. You can find more details about the stops in the event section:
"FISE World Series presented by Honor returns in 2019 to bring the best in action sports to cities around the globe. We have lined up the 3 biggest and best locations offering the most sports, riders and spectators. This year is extra special as we have the additional excitement of the UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup counting towards qualification for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
True to the spirit of FISE our events remain free to attend and everyone is welcome!"
Oleg is from Krasnoyarsk, Russia and has been riding for almost 12 years. In this video (filming and editing by Miron Kizesov) he will tell you how and why he started riding flatland. Oleg is also coaching the next generation of Russian riders at the Sportex skatepark. Ride on!
We The People has updated the Utopia frame: "Our much loved flatland frame with it's short and quirky geometry, the utopia has become a big hit with flatlanders and recently street riders looking for a smaller, more responsive setup. To keep both sides happy, we took note of this, and beefed up the utopia with thicker tubing, a downtube gusset and wider chainstays allowing it to feel equally at home going down a handrail or spinning a new combo in the parking lot. Now available in a longer 20" version with proportionate geometry, the utopia might just be our most diverse frame yet."