Must Watch – Mates Tuček / Freestyle Kolbenka 2017-2018


There is a new beast emerging from the Czech republic scene, Mates Tuček has been on the verge for a couple of years now. You see moments and think, this guy can make it at the very top level. After riding with Mates for a week last year at the Battle in the Rockies contest I have no doubt. From what I have seen Mates is one of the most skilled riders in the game right now, and he’s doing something I really like a lot. He’s learning everyone’s tricks, but… then he’s putting his own twist on them, something I recall Moto Sasaki used to do.

Whilst this edit wasn’t my favourite for the music choice, I did enjoy the sheer quality of what he is doing. And truthfully I don’t think Mates is not doing this with the intent to get a “Must Watch” and that’s one of the things I really liked about him, he doesn’t even realise how good he is. There is a wonderful charm, and innocence to his riding, that I really admire in this day and age where people message me with “Here’s my Must watch edit” Mates is just doing his thing and we can all learn a lot from this guy.

At 7:25 long, you definitely need to grab a cuppa, yeah I know that’s my catchphrase so why not use it huh? Without highlighting everything, here are some the standouts in my couple of watches, but I know I will going back over this again and again. This edit deserves you attention!

1:17: One footed teakettle hand round the back jump over to xft steam off the same foot, amazing technicality and originality.

2:09: Tea Kettle to xft halfpacker bar flip xft halfpacker jump to crackpacker, difficulty level off the chart.

2:38: Guillotine seat grab turbine pivot crack!

3:14: One of my Personal favourites, xft karl one handed step one handed to crack, this is next level. The art of switching and pivoting without the hand is so difficult and one I appreciate a lot from having similar ideas, blown away with this one!

4:31: Not even sure what we call this one, like a side hang 5 karl position all tweaked up to xft halfpacker, Mates skill base is opening up some highly creative lines.

7:10: Tea kettle xft halfpacker step back xft one handed to crackpacker! This move right here is one of the wildest moves we will see all year and he makes it look easy! If Mates can get some support, this guy can become the next big sensation in flatland. March is proving to be a great month for edits!

Must Watch – Sebastian Grubinger / Believe in a Wheel



I’m a big fan of Sebastian Grubinger’s riding, who isn’t I hear you say… I am also a big fan of riders taking a concept or style and pushing as far as they can. We start the week off here at Flatmattersonline with a banger with a nice message from the man himself:

“Ever since I started riding winter has always been my most progressive time of the year. Very much looking forward to a big change in my life this year in May, I started to go out in December to work on some tricks I had in mind for a while. This year’s Austrian winter wasn’t too bad and temperatures around 0°C or wet floor couldn’t slow down my motivation. Early February the list of ideas was worked off.
For sure, there are always more ideas, more lists,… this never ends. But there are also more winters … and I’ll be out again, whatever conditions, and believe in a wheel.”

From the opening clip at 00:33, the pivot backwards ice cream round opposite side to backwards backyard up two footed pedal backwards manual to degroot undertaker right across the floor at the legendary Heldenplatz in Vienna. A spot that is deep in the history of flatland with the Michael Sommer videos and of course Sebastian, Alexis Desolneux, Trickstar videos and many others. The first clip to any edit is so important, and in my mind can make or break a video part, this delivers and whets the appetite.

Moving on, there’s some experimental ideas thrown in between what I thought were the bangers. Namely the nothing jump on the backwards backyard at 00:58. Always a treat to see riders not afraid to try something new and be different.

At 1:06, one of the best clips of the edit in my first few watches, I literally screamed “Oh yeah!!!” whilst I watched the final straddle-roni exit. The line is a pivot backwards ice cream round opposite side two footed backwards backyard straddle-roni exit out, which had a nice warm up fro what was to come at 00:49. This is years and years of riding to layer the moves and control like this, I feel we have been blessed this past week with firstly Akira Okamura’s amazing part and now Sebastian’s, yet they so different.

2:08, this line much like the 1:06. I screamed “Wow!” and I am pretty sure you will do too, absolutely beautifully crafted from the opening half lash forward g-roll backwards opposite ice cream backwards backyard to degroot undertaker out! So good, shit that might be my favourite line. This is true highly crafted flatland right here.

The level and energy is building on every clip, the speed and execution of the line at 2:54 is jaw dropping. Backwards facing manual to double backwards backyard walk around degroot undertaker out!

It keeps getting better and I love how Sebastian is layering these lines as he builds his skill base, you can almost see what’s coming yet its unvisited territory and the final line at 3:14 kind of left with a feeling of what is to come in the future. All laced to a surprise Motorhead track that I would never have guessed would fit Sebastian’s riding style, flatland is full of surprises and that is one of the many things that keep us all going. Love that Sebastian battled the elements to get this done, zero degrees and look what is going down.
Back to watch this one again!

Jean William Prevost wins AFA Round 1 in Texas

Congratulations to Jean William Prevost who yesterday won the AFA Round 1 stop in San Antonio, Texas followed by Will Redd and James McGraw. In expert, Michael Shao took the win, Brian Tunney won the Olds Cool class, and Pedro Rodriquez took the win in beginner class, congratulations to all, full results and podium shots below! Thanks to Todd Carter for the photos and results.

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Old School Sundays with Carly Garcia

This week we go back to 1988, and this flawless run from one of my favourite riders growing up. Carly Garcia, doing it for O-zone out of Nor Cal. What an amazing run for the time, nowadays Carly is producing fine art paintings in the Bay area. This is well worth a watch, if you missed it the last time I posted it.

One Love Jam 2018

Mizo Misael dropped this nice edit from this year’s One Love Jam in Newport Beach, California. I forgot to post this despite writing the description. Featuring Bruno Zebu, James McGraw, Robert Reilly, Bert Ribul, Sean Fontenot, Mizo himself shredding on Bruno’s bike, Pete Brandt, Lucas Koala, good vibes from Cali!

Autum Bikes – A week in Berlin

A WEEK IN BERLIN__________ from deepAutum on Vimeo.

Charles Paty, and Thomas Deschenaux spent the week last summer at the home of Autum Bikes, Berlin, Germany. Hit play and enjoy the german hip hop vibes along with Matti Rose, Kevin Nikulski, and street riders Maggi and Freddy add their street nibbles to the mix, that marble spot in Berlin looks so good.

Throwback Thursdays with Simon O’Brien

This weeks throwback is dedicated to one of the best to ever touch a 20″, Simon O’Brien! This section from Chad Johnston’s Intrikat “Flatsphere” DVD that dropped in 2004, this part still holds up to this day! I regularly go back to this part for inspiration, thanks Chad and Simon for blessing us with this one!

Bo Wade & Bert Ribul at “The Spot”

Bo Wade & Bert Ribul at "The Spot" from Scott Hagnas on Vimeo.

The Spot in Redondo Beach has so much history in BMX, for many of us this was the spot that was the holy grail in terms of riding spots to visit. Fast forward to 2018, and it looks like a part of the Spot was been resurfaced and is perfect for modern day flatland as apposed to the brick surface previously.
Bo Wade & Bert Ribul meet up with Scott Hagnas meet up on the Monday after the One Love jam for a session, Bert takes care of the front wheel whilst Bo the front wheel. It’s a good day for edits.