If there's anything that lets me know that my trick list is falling farther and farther into the past, its watching an up-to-date flatland video. Millennium is just such a video. As can probably tell from the title, this is pretty recent, and it contains some of the best flatland riding (if you haven't guessed yet, this is another flatland-only video) I've seen in a while. A mixture of original and contest footage, there's some absolutely amazing stuff going on in this video the kinds of things that even slow-mo won't help you understand.
Riders featured are Jason Brown (who made the video), Nathan Penonzek, Dan Rigby, Cory Stratychuk, Martti Kuoppa, Brandon Fenton, and several Japanese riders including York Uno, Hiroya Morisaki and Akira Okamura. The level of flatland is incredibly high these days, with long, virtually-impossible links that combine multiple bar flips, turbines, hitchhikers, and almost anything else you can imagine ... sometimes done brakeless. It's not worth going into a trick-by-trick description here; it has to be seen to be believed. And one cool thing that Millennium does that I haven't seen before: sometimes you'll be shown the best part of a link in slo-mo just before seeing the entire link, almost so you know what to look for.
While all other riders are seen throughout the video, Martti has his own section at the end. It seems like the video was pretty much done, but they got some footage of Martti and tacked it onto the end and it feels like an anticlimactic end as well. The filming and editing was good, and the music didn't get in the way (though there seemed to be multiple songs by Metallica and Gang Starr it would've been nice to mix it up a little more). A good video that gets me psyched to go out riding or depresses me into quitting...I haven't decided yet.
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