The Riders Getting selected is not only about competitive riding skills and top contest results. The Red Bull Circle of Balance is not a regular contest – it's more a platform and lobby for riders who push Flatland in a unique, original, dedicated and progressive way.
These are the main ingredients and in a mix it's the main essence of Flatland today. Flatland is an expression of lifestyle, art and culture in the most creative way, controlled by body, mind and soul – and this is what we would like to catch up.
We plan to invite 18 professional flatland riders from 9 different countries. The riders we have chosen are not only flatland icons, more than that they are all great and edgy personalities with their own state of mind. Each of them represents the sport in their own certain creative way.
1. Martti Kuoppa - Finland
2. Ryoji Yamamoto - Japan (2004 winner)
3. Travis Collier - Canada
4. Jesse Puente - USA
5. Mike S. - Germany
6. Keelan Philips - UK
7. Kotaro Tanaka - Japan
8. Viki Gomez - Spain
9. Raphael Chiquet - France
10. Yoshihiro Nishikawa - Japan
11. Terry Adams - USA
12. Frank Lukas - Germany
13. Alex Jumelin - France
14. York Uno - Japan
15. Matt Wilhelm - USA
16. Wolfgang Sauter - Germany
17. Michael Sommer - Austria
18. Hiroya Morizaki - Japan
To make sure these top notch athletes get treated right there will be 5 professional judges and a headjudge.
Once again our aim is to offer the great sport of flatland a platform the sport and it´s lifestyle deserve, to treat the riders the deserved way and to promote flatland the way it should be promoted. With the 3rd event held in Japan it will be a major step but also a step where we would like to use every link to the past COB's. Make sure you're there to witness the great viarity of flatland lifestyle and the Red Bull Circle of Balance originated man vs. man battle format.
For further info please check Red Bull Circle Of Balance (soon)