WHAT IS FLATARK
BMX, which is short for Bicycle Motocross, is a cycle sport performed on BMX bikes with 20-inch wheels either in competitive BMX racing style, which focuses on speed, or BMX Freestyle, which focuses on performances doing tricks and stunts. BMX Flatland, focuses on the second category, BMX Freestyle. As the name suggests, on a flat ground with limited space, the participant moves along slowly, balancing him/herself while pulling out various kinds of tricks. On both sides of the wheel, there are 4 pegs in where the rider can place his feet. While placing his/her feet on the pegs, the rider rubs the tire soles to the ground, holds the handle and seat in different kinds of positions to perform some of the most difficult and out of this world tricks.
In Japan, year after year, the attention and popularity for this street sport grows bigger and bigger, creating many fans whom love and do the sport, and also generating the World’s No.1 Champion from Japan.
BMX FLATLAND holds the series, "BMX FLATLAND WORLD CIRCUIT" (BFWC), which is a world circuit that determines the annual year champion. BFWC started from 2007, in which 40 to 50 riders from approximately 15 countries participated to determine the annual champion. Here in Kobe, the holy land of BMX Flatland, the tournament “FLATARK” was created to determine the annual year’s final champion for BFWC.
Renowned in the world of sports, and whom also gathers attention from various media, Yohei Uchino, a BMX Flatland professional rider from Kobe and also the world champion for three consecutive years, organized the tournament FLATARK. One of the aspects behind "FLATARK" becoming a major contest ia that it features the concept “contest for the riders, created by the riders”.
This concept solely focuses to creating an environment (from the competition stage, sound, lighting, spectator stand, judge, MC, battle format, to the amount of battle time) in where the rider(s) can be at his/her best performance. It also aims to grab the hearts of the audience and give them the excitement that they have never experienced.
Furthermore, behind the concept also lies Yohei Uchino’s wish to liven up the scene of BMX FLATLAND from holy land, Kobe. With this, each coming year, the scale and the quality of the venues, the rider’s overall performances and all other aspects in FLATARK have been growing.
FLAT ARK goes beyond the top of the world.