Repo: UK Flatland Champs / Dreamlands Kent

Text: Effraim.
Photography: Jim Cossey.

Round 1 of the 2018 UK Flatland Championships took place last weekend in Margate, Kent. Margate is a seaside town about an hour and half from central London for all of you reading this outside of the UK. Matti Hemmings once again is the man behind making the event happen, this year a different location and a better set up. Dreamlands, an amusement park smack on Margate seafront which somewhat bizarrely to me, goes in land rather than out towards the sea, two years ago we sat on the seafront having fish n chips after the Wheels and Finns festival and wondered what Dreamlands was. A great use of space and in terms of planning, this place is epic. You wouldn’t know this amusement park was even there, if you drive along the seafront road.

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Snipes Battle Square, Rotterdam / Saturday August 4th

Cologne, July 20th, 2018 —SNIPES Battle Square is bringing both a NEW BMX Flatland event and a fundamentally new event format to Rotterdam. – On Saturday, August 4, 2018, 14­ of the world’s best professional BMX Flatland athletes together with OPEN Class amateur riders will be competing and showing spectacular moves and tricks on their BMX bikes. This fascinating freestyle discipline represents the symbiosis of BMX riding and Breakdancing.

On the first Saturday of August 2018 the last Dutch great “ship of state” SS Rotterdam and SNIPES Battle Square will present a unique event format with this new BMX event. In Rotterdam, the SNIPES Battle Square will start its tour of seven stages across Europe in 2019.

One day loaded with the “Best of the Best” in the sport — 14 BMX Flatland riders from the Netherlands, USA, Canada, Spain, France, Czech Republic, England, and Germany will compete against each other and fight to win a total of EUR 7,500 prize money. The athletes will be performing to various types of music and to the voice of one of the best MC’s in BMX: Zach “Catfish” Yankush from USA.

Two Dutch BMX Flatland heroes will be defending their territory and are most likely podium candidates in this BMX Flatland battle. Sietse van Berkel lives in Utrecht and has been riding BMX for over 14 years. The MOORA-Cup awards nominated him as the “BEST Dutch” BMX Flatland rider of the years 2016 and 2017. In 2012, Sietse had his international contest debut at the BMX Freestyle World Championships in Cologne, Germany where he made the podium by winning the 3rdplace. Ever since 29-year-old Sietse has been riding and performing in contests and shows worldwide, he has collected several titles, and he continues being a great ambassador for the sport.

Dez Maarsen is based in Haarlem and started riding at the age of 14. Dez who is 29 years old has been taking podium spots in various national and international BMX Flatland events worldwide. He is known for his creativity and establishing new tricks and combinations on his BMX bike.

It is going to be a tough battle in a very strong field of participants; Snipes’ very own BMX team rider Dominik Nekolny, CZE as well as Kevin Nikulski, GER are experienced riders and will compete for a podium spot at this first SNIPES Battle Square too.

“FREE ADMISSION”, everybody is welcome – hardcore BMX fans as well as families and all individuals that like excitement. The event format promises an open and friendly atmosphere in one of the most significant locations next to the well-known late steamship SS Rotterdam. The Lido Terrace on board the ship will be open to our visitors and provide drinks & food all day long.

Hope to see you there.

Find Event Location: https://goo.gl/maps/YdjmajPJpit

King of Concrete – 3/5th August

The King of Concrete is just a few weeks away, just a few weeks ago we celebrated 40 years of Southsea Skatepark!

It seems like the perfect time to bring the legendary King of Concrete contest back, and in conjunction with the UK Park and Vert series it’s sure to be a banging weekend. Flatland is on the Saturday, Park, Highest Bunnyhop, Concrete, Vert and good times here in Southsea!

Flatland support from:
Four Pegs BMX
Kunstform.
Flatland Fuel.
Flatmattersonline.

Follow the Fb events page for regular updates/schedule:

https://www.facebook.com/events/493293967755695/

KTGM Jam / 15th September

One week after the Fise contest in Budapest it’s time for the annual KTGM jam in Budapest. “The spot is huge, ~3500m2 in a fascinating green environment. On Saturday afternoon we will hold a best trick contest with high-value prizes supplied by Four pegs BMX.

Follow the FB events page to stay up to date with what’s going on…

https://www.facebook.com/events/463557297440330/

UK Flatland Championships – Saturday 21st July

If you listened to the Matti Hemmings podcast recently you will know Matti has put a ton of work into the UK Flatland Championships going down next weekend at Dreamlands, Margate, in Kent. Official press release below:

Next week UK Flatland BMX Championships will be going down on the roller disco! 21st July kicks off 8:00 – 18:00 this is also apart of the bloc party see below for more details.
School’s out, the sun is shining and it’s time for a Block Party takeover! Join us for the ultimate mix of street sports, fashion, music, art and dance.
The beat goes on…Big Narstie, Oxide & Neutrino and Jammz will take to the Scenic Stage for the Dreamland Block Party Evening Event. Buy evening tickets here.

All ages are welcome to attend the Block Party event, however, please note that under 14s must be accompanied by an adult (over the age of 18) also holding a valid ticket for the event. Please be aware that amplified noise presents a danger to vulnerable hearing, so we would strongly recommend that you bring hearing protection for your children. Events may contain the use of show effects, such as strobe lighting or smoke machine.

FASHION: Meet some of the latest fashion trendsetters in our interactive marketplace and customise your kicks. Learn how to start up your own fashion label and meet ASOS marketplace favourite fashion designer Siobhan Hogan.

ART: Join local artist Charlie Boyce, in screen-printing his AMAZING collaborative art piece on our giant Mural-by-the Sea billboard. Tell us what makes your Margate or your Block AMAZING.

DANCE: B.Supreme are dedicated to supporting, nurturing and championing opportunities for emerging female hip hop talent. B boys and B girls will take to the stage in pure B.Supreme style to showcase the wealth of talent we have in the UK.

MUSIC: Pie Factory Music will be leading music workshops on how to put on your own music events, while FUN DMC will serve up a slice of old school hip hop dance rave to soundtrack the day. Kids of all ages will have the chance to dress up and dance. Also set to entertain the crowds and described as “London’s premiere hip-hop party” are The Doctor’s Orders, who will be at the park for a feel-good history of hip-hop DJ set. With regular events at Fabric, East Village, The Jazz Café and Scala to name a few, their previous guests have included De La Soul and Jazzy Jeff.
Look forward to catching up with everyone!

Repo: Flat & Wind Contest in Zaragoza by Alberto Moya

Text: Moya.
Photos: Max.

On the 2nd June was held the Flat & Wind Contest in Zaragoza. Actually it was the 25th anniversary from the very first Bmx Contest in this City. Zaragoza is probably the most Hip-hop culture influenced city in Spain, and Bmx has some connection with it. The contest was organized by Alejandro Encinas a.k.a. Neuma.
The day before the contest we did a Jam at the spot in wich a lot of riders showed up!
The day of the contest was great. Around 30 riders from 7 different countries came to ride and have fun. There were Amateur and Pro Class. In both 8 riders made it to the finals.
We started of with the amateur Class. Pino, from Costa Rica, now living in Barcelona, killed it with crazy smooth style and took the victory on the Amateur Class. Followed by Sergio Romo and Istom Rojas.

Pro Class had battle format in the finals which gave a lot of intensity to the contest! Miguel Tardío took the victory with great technique and style against Iñigo Arroyo who showed up with crazy hard new tricks!

It was an amazing weekend and we can not wait for next year. We invite everyone to come for a family and hip-hop vibe contest! Thanks so much for this Neuma!

Pro Results:
1-Miguel Tardio (Spain)
2-Iñigo Arroyo (Spain)
3-Alberto Moya (Spain)
4-Varo Hernández (Spain)
5-Santi Notario (Spain)
6-Víctor Remiro “Vaquero (Spain)
7-David Carmona”Monkiki (Colombia)
8-Marc Viso (Spain)

9-Álvaro Fernández (Spain)
10Andrés Marques (Spain)
11-Maxi Inostroza (Chile)
12-Remus Simion (Romania)

Amateur Results:

1-Pinoski Montagne (Costa Rica)
2-Sergio Romo (Spain)
3-Istom Rojas (Panamá)
4-Iñigo Seijas (Spain)
5-Guillermo Ramírez (Spain)
6-Jorge San Nicolás (Spain)
7-William Alarcón (Spain)
8-Toni Rabanete (Spain)

9-Morgan Peckosh (US)
10-Jorge Branson (Spain)
11-Aaron Santos (Spain)
12-Eduardo Valero “Kobi” (Spain)
13-Emil Sarpe (Romania)
14-Peio Martín (Spain)
15-Abdessalan Abad (Spain)