Starting off a big day on Flatmattersonline with a sweet edit from Craig Gaudet, who I haven’t seen any footage from in a while,. Craig put together this compilation of footage from last year, check it out!
There have been a whole bunch of great interviews and podcasts lately, and it continues today with this Tim Knoll Space Brothers Podcast!
“Kip Williamson and Chip Riggs catch up with Tim Knoll to discuss his early gymnastics career and how that’s helped him with some of his tricks he currently does on his bike, how he got into BMX, when he first started doing tricks using street obstacles, which tricks were the most dangerous in his videos, riding at Lake Owen Camp, doing backflips over box jumps, what goes into a typical day of filming, how the mainstream reacts to what he does, and what it’s like to be YouTube famous. So get comfortable, crank up your speakers, and get to know one of the most unique bmx riders on the planet…. Tim Knoll!”
BIG news today, the boss Martti Kuoppa just launched his own training website. “MK Format”. have you ever wondered how Marrti got so good? There is a method he uses, and it’s intense! Now he no longer competes, he’s trying to give back and help riders take it to the next level. This is an amazing project that riders such as Toon Pakphum and Varo Hernandez are already feeling the benefit from. Peep the introduction below and hit the link below as well. Good luck Martti!
“My name is Martti Kuoppa and I have been riding BMX Flatland for 30 years. I was 10 years old when I started riding and by the time I was 13 I had made a decision that I wanted to become a pro rider. I then entered my very first pro competition (Worlds in Cologne) at the age of 17 where I got 10th place. That day I realized that I have a change in making my dream come true and I created my very first system of learning new tricks and preparing them for a competition. One year later, after systematical practice, I entered my 2nd pro competition (Worlds in Eindhoven), where I won the qualification round and ended up 3rd place in the finals. It made me more hungry. Soon after I traveled to Toronto for the Elsinore competition and that weekend changed my life and my pro career started from there. 2 years later I won the X-Games for the first time and I won the X-Games 2 more times making me a proud owner of 3 golden X-Games medals. I also won World Championship title back in 2002 and another one when I made my come back in 2015 in Kobe, Japan (Flat Ark). Below you´ll find my full contest career CV. Besides all the competitions, I have always been highly fascinated by learning new tricks and filming them for a video.
I am no longer competing and I am directing all of my passion I have for BMX into the online coaching I have created for Flatland BMX. I started online coaching Toon 3 years ago and it has been absolutely amazing coaching journey with him and Toon has exceeded all my expectations with his progression, which made me realize that online coaching can be very effective if it is done properly under an experienced coach.
I started online coaching without knowing much about how to teach people online and during the 3 years of coaching Toon in the daily basis, I have learned a lot and gained a lot of experience with this type of coaching and I am ready to take in more riders into my online coaching program. I have also been online coaching Varo Hernandez for almost a year now (daily basis) and just got started with one very well known pro rider (anonymous). Besides pro riders, I have amateur riders in my online coaching program; during the past couple of years, I have coached approx. 15 riders in all levels (from USA, Canada, Peru, Spain, Thailand). That has taught me a lot about how to coach different personalities and having that said, all of the coachings I offer are one-on-one style and I do a lot of customizing with each rider because that is the way it works with me.
So far every rider has progressed who has started practicing in my online coaching which is a proof, that this method of coaching works, and it works great!
To sum up my online coaching service: I am giving the riders I coach all of the knowledge I have gained during the last 30 years of riding. From learning new tricks (basics to bangers) to winning competitions.
I welcome you to join the first ever BMX Flatland online coaching platform to find out what you really are capable of doing with your bike!”
Have you ever met your childhood hero? Last month, I got to hang out and ride with Pete Brandt for the first time for an extensive period of time, since I have known him. When I received the news that Pete was organising a Go Fund page to get me out to San Francisco and the One Love jam. To be honest, I didn’t really know whether to scream, or shed a tear, what I can tell you for sure is I was very hyped and super excited to get out there. I can remember talking to myself and saying, “right this is it! It’s time to get the interview I always really wanted on the website.”
I had the time of my life, riding and hanging out with Pete everyday during my trip to California. After approx two weeks of editing, plus going over footage, and general tweaks that come with putting something like this out (I have never worked on a video for so long, hence why FM updates have been a little slow…). The full interview will drop this Friday, today to whet your appetite here is a little teaser.
Words cannot express how hyped I am to drop this interview on Friday, Pete is a true architect of Flatland, and a man that deserves the utmost respect from all of us!
It’s been a couple of weeks since I dropped an Old School Sundays video. Up until today, I have never seen this footage of Danny Meng from a 1988 Cleveland Ohio contest, so this seems a good time to get back on the OSS tip. Something about these old school contests in the city, so awesome!
Today is a good day, fresh David Nagy is always a treat! We share a lot a lot of similar ideas and this edit got me stoked with David’s numerous variations around the left side halfpacker dropped into one foot cliff, technical as you like and made to look easy. David is one of the most underrated riders on flatland in my opinion, don’t sleep on this!
There aren’t enough flatland how-to’s in my opinion, how-to’s can only help the next generation of riders discover flatland. Mik Penar is back with an updated of his How To Turbine, with tips on regular and switch footed. Enjoy!
Short, and snappy Ares Bikes promo with the talented Minato Sato to get back in the swings of things after pretty much a week off of updating the site. You’ll see what I was up to next week on the site, back to this edit! The peg wheelie bike flip to pedal g-roll at the 00:39 mark is amazing. Great to see Ares supporting the next generation!
Dusty Tweedhope is putting out these FI podcasts weekly it seems, today we have episode 6 entitled “Flatchat” talking about the weekly happenings in our small world. Hit back grab a cuppa and enjoy the show. If you missed the previous shows, you can easily find them under “Podcasts” in the Categories section on the right hand side of the site.
It’s always interesting to me what riders do with their time outside of riding flatland. And the man of the moment, Jean William Prevost is keeping busy, peep his “burn my Soul” track on Soundcloud.