UK Flat Champs @ Cycle Show Day 1

Yesterday was Day 1 of the UK Flat Champs for myself, Matti Hemmings already made the trip on Thursday to set up the arena, organise banners etc, so when I arrived there wasn’t a great deal this year for me to do unlike Wheels and Finns Festival, the floor is dialled so we are ready to go!

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The NEC is an amazing set up where you can fly or catch the train and land on the door step, quite literally!

TGM Maz, Chris Brook, and Matti had a lil’ fun session in between much banter, don’t think I have laughed that much in a long time, check below for a few snaps I took. Expert flatland is on today from 1-3pm, Pros Sunday, will be back later with another update!

Good times here at the NEC!

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Chris Brook, no footed manual.

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Organiser, Matti Hemmings throwing down some whiplashes.

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TGM Maz, carved hitch.

Wheels & Finns Festival Day 3

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What an epic weekend over at the Wheels and Finns Festival in Joss Bay, Kent. After two days at the event, most of the hard work was done. We woke up to blue skies, and with the festival being so close to the beach, meant only one thing. Chilled breakfast on the beach, before the day really got started!

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Wheels & Finns Festival – Day 2

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Day 2 here at the Wheels and Finns Festival in Joss Bay, Kent. It’s been a really long day for myself and Matti Hemmings, up at 6 am to resheet the flatland area. When we arrived on Friday, the floor was just one sheet thick on scaffolding board. When riders rode the floor, the floor would ripple as they rode.

Matti arranged to get some extra 16mm sheets to place underneath the existing top surface, after 4 long hours of solid work we managed to get two sheets on the area, with triple the amount of screws previously. And with the help of the workmen on site, we were able to jack up one end of the flatland area to improve how flat the area was. (see image below).

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Repo: iBMXff World Championships NASS

Text: Effraim.
Photography: Effraim and Ged McConville.

Like everyone when the iBMXff World Championships were announced a few months back, I thought “Where the hell is Flatland?”, there were various trains of thoughts from most of the flatland community, but it seemed summed up with “it’s not the worlds without flatland”, emails went back and forth. If I am being honest, I didn’t think Flatland would be included with budgets and all….

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Takahiro Ikeda, Xft no handed straddle time machine on his way to a huge second place.

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AFA Round 1 Photogallery by Matt Coplon

The rebirth of the AFA association is here, Round 1 of the 2016 AFA series kicked off in Orlando, Florida. Huge props to Chad Degroot, James McGraw, Joe Cicman and everyone involved for pulling this one off. Today we have a sweet photo gallery from the event by Profile’s Matt Coplon. Enjoy the shots.

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Dax Wolford made a huge impression in Orlando, taking a well deserved 2nd place with a flawless second run. Great action shot here mid hang 5 to halfpacker.

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Heresy – 2015 Flatmatters Awards Brand of the Year Interview

Intro/Interview: Effraim.
Photos: Matt Coplon, Sevisual.

Welcome to the second in the series of interviews with the winners of the 2015 Flatmattersonline Year End awards. Over the past few weeks I caught up with Heresy head honcho, Alexis Desolneux to get his thoughts on winning the year end brand award, the team, what’s behind the HY brand and so on. Without a further a due, let’s get this started…

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Martti Kuoppa – The 2015 Flatmattersonline Awards Interview

Intro/Interview: Effraim.
Photos: Martti Kuoppa, Stephane Bar, and Marcio Massayuki Abe.

When I was thinking who to begin the 2015 Flatmattersonline award winning interviews with, the answer was pretty simple in my mind. Martti Kuoppa took home four of the possible ten categories, why not start with the man that dominated the awards? As anyone who follows FM will know, I like to dig beneath the surface, and the process of how riders get to the top is always intriguing to me. Let’s jump right into the awards interviews with Martti!

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The Flatmattersonline Top ten edits of 2015!

With the awards dropping on Sunday 10th January, I wanted to share with the flatland community my choice for the Flatmattersonline Top 10 edits of 2015. And thus my break down of how I arrived at picking the nominees and also the winners. If you are paying attention to the site and reading the comments, you will have seen I didn’t count DVD video parts into the mix, as the category was “edit of the year”. I left it plain and simple, edits only (not dvds or dvd parts for example) I also didn’t take one trick edits into the equation, in my mind an edit is multiple clips combined together. This made my life easier shortlisting and narrowing from the hundreds down to 5 down to the winners. With that being said let’s crack on with my top ten list for 2015:

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