Another day, another upload from the MK Format camp. Todays MK Format WhatsApp battle features Oleg Efimov vs Toon Pakphum.
Coach, Martti Kuoppa commented: “This is proving to be very effective style of practicing full runs because similar sensation to contest nervousness is created.”
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Another great upload from the archives from TJ Perry, this time a random rider mix from the Worlds in Cologne back in 2004. Featuring Kotaro Tanaka, Justin Miller, Ryoji Yammamoto, Alex Jumelin, Raphael Chiquet, Pedro Melo at the Hyatt riding spot, Chris Bohm, and Dan Hennig. Well worth a watch…
One of the most memorable moments from the X-Games era, was that moment in 2000 when Martti Kuoppa took the Gold medal in San Francisco. At that moment I believe Trevor Meyer had the gold three times in a row, the euro riders really came out swinging at this event it felt like with Martti, Phil Dolan, Alex Jumelin, Mike S and many more including myself (just missing the final cut). Amazing era for flatland and I am grateful to have been involved in it.
Continuing on the X Games dedication theme, here is the finals coverage from the 1999 X Games in San Francisco. Where Trevor Meyer took the win (and gives us a breakdown of his run), followed by Phil Dolan and Nathan Penonzek.
The X Trials back in the 90’s were the qualifying events to be in the X-games. In 1999, I flew out to the states for two months to compete in the X Trials in Louisville, and Richmond Virginia. I was beyond stoked to make it to the 99 X games on the first attempt in Louisville, Kentucky behind Jason Brown R.I.P. and Trevor Meyer. Great to watch this back today!
If you caught our Flat Snitches episode with Steve Mulder earlier in the year, you will recall where I talked about Steve riding flawless, and still not making the cut with bomb move after bomb. Look out for the no handed 360 bike flip at 2:20 and hand job move at 00:57! This week marks 25 years of the X Games, so today’s posts are dedicated to some awesome X games moments I could find.
Intro: Effraim. Interview: Effraim, Pete Brandt. Photo/Video credits: Steve Mulder, Chris Rye, Mark Eaton, Rob Dolecki.
It’s been a while since Episode 3 of Flat Snitches with Tim Treacy discussing the Backyard, so it’s time to get back to it, and take a little break from the regular FM exclusive clips (we return to the exclusive clips on Wednesday)…
Myself and Pete Brandt have been talking about switching over to video for Flat Snitches to document, and show visuals of the trick creations and provide some historical context also. Editors note: Steve is camera shy, so enjoy the video and the written interview…
For episode 4, we go back to the 90’s.
And a 360 bike flip move that begins in a peg wheelie, throw the bike 360 degrees and land in a switch-b, aka switch foot caboose! It’s time to show its creator, Steve Mulder some much deserved respect!
The concept of the bike flip has become trendy as of the last few years, but the 360 version has not. Myself and Pete discuss a few heads that have stepped into the arena, but as we delved a bit deeper, it came to our attention the straight line version is untouched. Mad respect to Steve for this timeless creation!
We catch up with the man himself to discuss this amazing move, and dig into some of the background information on it. Enjoy the episode and interview, it’s time to learn more about this amazing creation and give props to one of the best riders to ever do this artform we call flatland….
Today is a special day, Rich Upjohn celebrates his 50th birthday!
Let’s go back to 1989, and one of Rich’s flatland runs from the King of Flatland contests that happened regularly in New England. Jamming to the sounds of Madonna, I grew up reading all about these events in Radazine and E-wire ‘zine via Kieran Chapman (who I believe filmed this run too), so it’s so rad to see these runs. Rich is a great rider, and even back in 89’ he is throwing down death trucks, hitchhikers, macaroni to smith out, not to mention the direct entry to forward death with no dead time at all from the half lash (kind of an Rich Upjohn signature move in it itself) and much more with the legendary raditude to boot.
Unintentional Martti Kuoppa theme running on the site today, and this one is a real treat and makes the best of the Covid 19 pandemic situation. Martti is training his riders hard and utilising technology as best he can to keep the riders motivated and in contest shape. This Terry Adams and Toon Pakphum battle goes hard and might well be the future, such a rad idea!