Must Watch – James White / Eye of the Tiger

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Friday 13th September 2019 shall go down as a memorable day, today I woke up with anticipation for James White’s new edit “Eye of the Tiger”. After the Rocky hype videos all week, I was thinking yesterday, this is a dangerous game he’s playing here, then I thought stop it Effraim. This is James’, this has to be amazing it’s Whitey and he wouldn’t hype like this otherwise.

7am comes around and I didn’t have to wait long, James has already posted, and boy does this not disappoint.

Time and time again I say this, but James does really have that Midas touch and this edit feels once again like I am watching a Dorkin’ part for the first time.
There’s a lot to take in, during this 4 minute plus part, but a couple of things stood out to me right away. Number one, and most importantly it’s evident and refreshing to see James is having fun, cliche as it is to say. That is what it’s all about and love the way James reinvents himself every year, secondly the camera work. I am not sure what he has going on, but a moving camera whilst it appears it’s only James at the spot. I want to know more!

Thirdly, and the crucial ingredient, the riding. There are a couple of lines here that are game changers. James gets widely copied over the years, and I am pretty much you will see it once again after this edit gets widely shared across social media.

00:21: Flip, tyre grab ice cream, bike flip out (that flip out is tasty!) and what I love here is James shows a variety of concepts around that idea again at 1:07 with a half lash in and gerator body varial out and at 1:32 to James’ smith decade variation out!

2:13: Without a doubt my favourite line of the edit, here he takes an existing Whiteski line and makes it new with the concept of holding the head tube only and the execution gets no better.

At 2:57, there’s a similar idea but switches to opposite ice cream and pivot backwards switch foot dump out. There’s way more we can highlight, let the comments roll as I am sure they will.

Absolutely amazing, like a fine wine. James just gets better and better, need some motivation? This is it right here, a banging Must Watch, top marks Whiteski!

James McGraw & His Custom New Ride

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Intro/Interview: Effraim.
Photos: James McGraw.

I’m good friends with James McGraw, and even I was surprised that number one he left London Bikes, and number 2 that he managed to keep this custom ride build quiet off social media until it was done. After a quick chat with James, I was pretty curious about all the details of his new ride and figured you at home might be as well.

Like everyone else on social media I saw your new bike post. No more London bikes and a custom bike build, what’s the story?
I feel very blessed that for the past 30 years I have not really had to pay for a bike. I have had a lot of sponsors over the years and London Bikes has been one of the best. For me the change is not any kind of bad blood or issues its simply time I do something 100% my way. With a sponsor you get some input but ultimately there are trademarks of a brand that you deal with. Ultimately I just no longer am willing to compromise my riding just to get a free frame. My new bike is built around how I ride and the style of tricks I want to do. My next birthday will my 50th and with age come ailments that hinder my riding. For years I was a front wheel prominent rider, however I developed really bad back issues due to the leaning and body position of front wheel tricks. At one point I considered quitting do the the constant pain. Instead I found back wheel to be therapeutic in the sense that I ride in a more vertical position which relived the pain I developed from leaning over on front wheel. With that said Will from London has made a very good bike that he designed for what fits his riding, for me it is way to short and I feel limited to back wheel. I took a look at all the bikes I have rode over the years and really thought about what geometry worked best for front wheel and back wheel. I realized the last time I rode front wheel I was riding a longer frame which in theory allowed me to stand more upright during the tricks. I also looked at seat post angle which directly affects the position of your seat location. With the old seats you could move your seat forward or backwards on the seat rails to compensate position but the new seats you can only change the angle of the seat. So seat post angle is a very critical point of reference depending on your height and the style of tricks you wish to do. Also we made sure to build the bike around the forks I ride to insure that the rolling head tube angle is exactly as I desired. Different forks can manipulate the rolling head tube angle of the bike depending on the length of the forks. Bottom line is after months of really thinking about these factors I realized that I could build a bike based on my body size and ailments that would allow me to ride both wheels again. Simply put at my age I don’t know how long I will be able to keep riding at this level, so I built this new frame in a effort maximize my potential as a rider and remove any limits I may have due to a production frame that has a more generalized geometry as opposed to a very rider specific frame.

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Detroit AFA 2019

Anthony Schneidewind just came through with this awesome edit from the Detroit stop of the AFA Flatland series, featuring the likes of Jean William Prevost, Art Thomason, Jean-Francois Boulianne, and many more including a little cameo of Mat Hoffman on vert and Steven Hamilton jumping over riders outside the contest. Good vibes throughout this one!

Octo Biker Fest – 20/21st September

Next weekend is a busy weekend on the contest calendar, Octo Biker Fest is another event to add the events section pf FM. Organised by the one and only Jean William Prevost, the contest will take place in Trois-Rivières and it’s part of the Octobiker Festival, even though it’s in September. Trois-Rivières, is between Montreal and Quebec City. Ten countries represented so far for this event, looks like it will be a banger! Get there if you can…

Viki Gomez Flatland Immersion Podcast


Photo: Sevisual.

Today we have a nice treat from Dusty Tweedhope, who caught up with Viki Gomez for the latest episode in the Flatland Immersion Podcast series. They talk about family, travelling, Viki’s karate background before he found flatland, his mindset of how he stays passionate about Flatland, his love for Japan, dealing with injuries and a whole lot more.
It’s definitely time for a cuppa and enjoy this episode everyone.

You can listen to the episode on iTunes, and on YouTube, links below.

https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/viki-gomez/id1448137343?i=1000449206144&fbclid=IwAR2VgXeMxgR4rmcBShrD4vseSCQv7gZ9Dhq1D6WD3ULKF7e0yZGU_bA-roE

Georich Cardino wins AM Round 3 Master of Creativity 2019

Congratulations to Georich Cardino, the winner of the AM final round of the 2019 Master of Creativity online competition. Luke Malone took the second place spot in Round 3 and won the year end title, congratulations Luke. Etienne Taraud took third place in the final round and second place overall followed by Georich Cardino. What a year for the AM MOC competition, amazing level this year! Head over to the Master of Creativity to watch all the madness.

Classic Mondays – Pete Brandt & Eric Emerson Reality TV Part 1

Summer season is finally done at Southsea Skatepark, and now a little bit more time to work on updating the website. Back to reality, with this inspirational section that really inspired me and many others. Pete Brandt and Eric Emerson, from Pete’s shove-it creativity, to Eric’s no footed straddle-roni on the streets of San Francisco. This section still gets me hyped.

If you missed my interview with Pete where we discuss this part and much more, grab a cuppa:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-mWxYTR6-k