AFA Round 1 – Common Grounds Bike Shop, CA March 9th

I am a bit late posting this, round 1 of the AFA series will take place in California on March 9th. Here’s the official word:

“We are excited to announce Round 1 for 2019!
We will be headed back to California, for one last contest inside Common Grounds Skatepark. As you may know, the venue is moving soon so let’s take advantage of this great spot while we can!

Amateurs riders start shooting your videos! You’ll remember we are giving away a free flight to (and from) each round. Deadline for entries is February 20th. American riders only please. More details on that in our next post. Looking forward to seeing you in California!”

Aaron Frost – Landscapes 3 Teaser

Aaron Frost – Landscapes 3 teaser from JMK Pictures on Vimeo.

Landscapes 3 is coming soon. Stewart Munro got in contact with this fresh teaser featuring Aaron Frost filmed by Jim McKay for the up and coming video release and to let the world of flatland know there is still an opportunity to feature in the “mix” section.

Here’s what you have to do:

1. The clips must be 1920 by 1080 or 4K HD 30P to 60P NTSC format.
2. Send the clips via a file hosting such as Dropbox or WeTransfer
3. Send the link to hendrabmx@hotmail.com
4. If the clip is not the right format it will not be used!
5. Expert to Pro level of riding please.

Old School Sundays with Frankie Arnwine

I hope you all enjoyed the Pete Brandt interview, I took the day off updating yesterday so today let’s get back on the normal update routine here at Flatmattersonline HQ. Frankie Arnwine was name I used to see a lot in the magazines back in the 80’s, stoked to come across this footage from 1988 at what looks like a local AFA contest in Columbus Ohio. And also once again, big up the Freestyle BMX Junkies youtube page, pretty much the best OLD School flatland channel on the net.

The Flatmattersonline Pete Brandt Interview!

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In my opinion, You couldn’t really script this story.. Who would have thought my childhood hero would organise a go fund me fundraiser to get me out to San Francisco and the One Love Jam.

Wait what????

How many would do this or even think about doing this for another rider? It is and was an amazing gesture. So much so I pinched myself at various points of the long flight over to SF. Is this really happening??

As Pete broke the news, aside from my initial disbelief, and thoughts of finally riding the clocktower and going to the One Love Jam. This was finally my chance after ten years of running Flatmattersonline to interview Pete and ask him all the things I was curious about over the years.

I first travelled to SF when I was seven years old with parents, then again at 14 years old and to compete for the X Games in 99, and 2000. The city definitely strikes a chord with me, it is my favourite place to travel in the world. So much history here, the bridges, all the different cultures, the views each way you look, the people, you can ride around Embarcardero and see all the famous skatespots just a throws away from the legendary Clocktower spot that Pete rides everyday, making the 40 minute BART commute from across the bay in Fremont.

I have met Pete numerous times over the years at contests across the globe, and even at the San Francisco X-Games twice which we discuss in the interview.
I haven’t however, hung out with Pete for any considerable amount of time, until this dream trip. I think it’s fair to say we got along so well I now consider Pete a close friend and we share a lot of the same music tastes, views on flatland, we both vibe off skateboarding, and best of all just a lot of laughs and good flatland sessions.
As I approach my 45th birthday in March, seeing Pete still going as hard as ever was a massive motivation to me “hey you can still do this and work a full time job and juggle family life with kids” and be an absolute monster to boot.

There are multiple layers to Pete’s life, which we cover in this interview. The term “legend” gets over used a lot, but Pete really is a flatland legend. And in fact as I now call it he is an “architect”. Pete has helped shape the spot/artform we all love, have you ever shove-it’ed mid trick, done a crackpacker, held a hitchhiker on the peg instead of tyre, used plastic pedals, use a freecoaster, these are all things Pete invented and made them popular and the list goes on.

The man deserves a BIG interview so much I can’t even stress this enough. Our sport/artform needs to respect the architects that shaped what we love today, and Pete is still going hard and infact I can almost guranteed he’s the last to read this and will be out shredding at the clocktower without a care in the world other than riding his bike and doing what he loves on the daily.

Over the years, I have met just about everyone in the flatland scene and Pete is the realist rider I have met. This guy eats, sleeps, and breathes flatland, and he totally gets it.

Grab a cuppa, and make some time to learn about one of the best riders to ever do it. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s do this, the Flatmattersonline Pete Brandt Interview! This is for all the hardcore riders out there, proud to bring this exclusive to the flatland scene.

Effraim Catlow / Flatmattersonline

Toon Pakphum – Shadow Practice 4

Can anyone keep up with Toon Pakphum in 2019? Wow, this guy is making a big statement and his riding intent for this year. Under the tuition of the boss, Martti Kuoppa this year marks three years of work with MK for Toon, and the man continues to get better and better. Love the structured headings after each line in this one, hit play and admire the work that goes into this level of riding.

Joel Schallhorn – Experimental Sessions / Pedal Steam Variants

Joel Schallhorn recently hit me up with some questions about who’s done what in regard of pedal steam variations. Joel is now living in Osaka, Japan and put together this awesome experimental sessions edit in one session with last variation being brand new that day. Give this one a watch, refreshing as always!