Name: Mike Aitken Age: 24 Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
Have priorities changed now that you have become a dad? Mike: A little, I still ride just as much I just look forward to coming home and seeing what new thing Owen has learned. I see it as a positive affect on my life.
Is the baby stylin' through the house yet? Mike: If by stylin' you mean ripping it apart, I couldn't be more proud of the way he breaks shit.
Name: Corey Martinez Age: 24 in April...Getting up there! Hometown: Decatur, Alabama
You have been riding for a British bike company for a few years. Federal first, now United. How does it feel being from the USA and riding for an English company? Corey: Being apart of an English company is pretty sweet!
Do you feel you get to travel internationally more often because of it?
Have you entered a Red Bull Circle of Balance competition before? Raphael Chiquet: No, first time.
Do you think it's right that the event is taking place in Japan this time? Raphael Chiquet: Yes, I think this event has to take place there.
Do you believe that Japan is the country where flatland is most popular? Raphael Chiquet: For sure, I think you can find riders everywhere in the country. That's amazing. Do you have an idea why? Raphael Chiquet: I think the Japanese way of thinking is appropriate for flatland: originality, technicality, underground.
Have you entered a Red Bull Circle of Balance competition before? Lowcash: Yes I have. I have been to both COB's in Oberhausen, Germany before.
Do you think it's right that the event is taking place in Japan this time? Lowcash: I think so. The COB is a big thing and I think every Flatlander has heard something about it. Also in Japan. It must be a great feeling for all Japanese riders that such a big event is coming to their country.
Have you entered a Red Bull Circle of Balance competition before? Mike S: Yes, I was invited to COB 1 and 2 as well.
Do you think it's right that the event is taking place in Japan this time? Mike S: I don't think there is a right or wrong. I like to go to Japan for the event, and I am sure the Japanese crowd will love it!
Do you believe that Japan is the country where flatland is most popular?