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What's KOG?

You may see a small bike with 20 inch wheels spinning and jumping off from a launch box quite often recently. The bike, which is called "BMX", was born in California, US about 30 years ago.


BMX was initially invented for racing, but some of racers who got board practicing in between races started playing with a BMX. The play, jumping around and doing some tricks on a bike spread rapidly among racers and evolved to be one of an individual categories, BMX Freestyle.


Now BMX Freestyle is really popular in US along with X-Games, which is run by the biggest sports channel, ESPN. Millions people watch BMX Freestyle on TV often and BMX magazines are stored in a general convenience store. It proofs how BMX is rooted in US nowadays. So the top riders of X-Games are recognized same as a star of NBA or MLB.


This sports, "BMX Freestyle" is consisted of some categories, and Flatland has the largest population here in Japan. Flatland is just as the name, riders do tricks on the flat ground, like spinning and rolling on front wheel, etc.


In the middle of 1998, Japanese top riders, Takashi Ito, Kotaro Tanaka, and York Uno launched a plan to provide a riders oriented flatland contest series by riders to gain public recognition and progress rider's status at public society. The first King of Ground contest was held at ROX3 Multi court, Asakusa, Tokyo on August 23rd, 1998. And now, over 100 riders that include foreigner riders from France, Germany and USA come to every contest. KOG is recognized one of international contests now.


From 2007, KOG will join BMX Flatland world circuit, which is consisted of 3 contests over 3 continents, Voodoo Jam (USA), KOG (Japan) and Flatground( Holland). And also KOG crew is going to help Redbull Circle of Balance, the world biggest and finest contest in February for the onsite administration.


Concept

As long as KOG is "a contest", a rider is judged by the difficulty of a trick, creativity and consistency. But we concern that's only a result of what they intend to express themselves with a bike. Therefore, we'd like to offer riders an opportunity to exhibit their expression rather than only an contest, including music and the fashion all together.


So we are fairly positive to a corroboration with other aspects of expression such as DJ playing and live painting, and try to develop Flatland to one of art forms at the same time.

King of Ground champions

1999 Akira Okamura

2000 Takashi "T.I." Ito

2001 Hiroya Morizaki

2002 Ryoji "Yanmer" Yamamoto

2003 Kotaro Tanaka

2004 Ryoji "Yanmer" Yamamoto

2005 Takuma Kawamura

2006 York Uno

2007 Yoshiki "Hotoke" Uchino

2008 Hiroya Morizaki

2009 Shinichi Kiba

2010 Moto Sasaki

2011 Moto Sasaki

2012 Moto Sasaki


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