Dénes Katona is one bad mother. This Hugarian born flatlander takes simple concepts and puts his own twist on them and creats something very specail. I’m sure all you interneters have seen Dénes’s web videos and know what I’m talking about. Dénes is pushing his flatland in his own direction and it’s amazing to see. Dénes is extremely humble and a very big fan of flatland. At the OG Games (where I met him for the first time) when he was not riding he was always watching everyone. You can tell he really loves riding and everything about it. Here are some questions I asked him…
Dénes Katona, I am 23.
Where do you live?
I live in north-east Hungary, Sátoraljaújhely, but I study in Debrecen.
How did you get into flatland?
One of my freind started flat earlier and got me into riding, that was 8 years ago.
Who do you ride with?
If i am at home, I ride with Gábor Pásztor and the local beginner riders, who are so motivated and talented, too. But, if I am in Debrecen on weekdays I ride with Attila Joda Berecki, Sándor Tátray, László Tivadar, Péter Sepy Szabolcsi, Mihály Suba, Norbert Lego Kiss.
Outside of riding what do you do and what do you like to do?
This is my final semester at the Univercity of Debrecen as a technical manager. I still don't know what I want to do. Maybe I learn 2 more years at the university or I try to find a job somewhere in the world.
Your real fast runner. You won the Same Thing Daily 400 meter race at the OG games this year. Did you ever think about being a runner?
I played football before I started flatland. I loved it and I ran a lot that time. To tell you the truth, I started riding, because I felt that i couldn’t be as good as a football player or runner, but I knew, that one day I will have good chance on the Same Thing Daily runner race.
How do you come up with new tricks?
While I’m riding, I create my new tricks. I always try to be a little bit „original”. I like tricks never done before.
What do you want to accomplish with flatland?
I would like to learn a few more rolling/whiplash combes and record it and show to the world. That would be a pleasure for me, if I can give motivation to the next generation and get the rolling tricks into fashion again.
Why do you ride?
Beacuse the flatland is magic. I cant write that feeling that i feel when I pull a new trick or link for me and never done before.
How did you get hooked up with the OG crew?
About 4 year ago they offered me to support, when my frame, bar and fork were broken. By the time my support went into sponsorship, so today i havn’t got problems with bike parts. Thanks OG Bike! (www.original-gypsy.com)
Who are some of your favorite riders?
Chad DeGroot, Simon O’Brein, Ross Smith, Dan Rigby, Kerry Gatt, Dylan Worsley, Alexis Desolneux, Kevin Jones, Chase Gouin, Márton Szilágyi, Martti Kuoppa and the local beginner rider.
What do you eat for breakfast?
Hungarian bacon with hungarian bread and tomato.
If you could go one place where would it be?
I really don’t care, just one thing is important for me: finding a place with love and peace, but no money.