Episode 36: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with Effraim Catlow

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Welcome back, it is that time of the week.
And this episode has been a long time coming as far as I am concerned, episode 36 features myself (Effraim Catlow).
This year has been a battle not only with the pandemic, and my riding spots being locked up, but also injuries. And being on lockdown helped me actually to recover, looking on the positive side and all that.
One of my old riding spots from the late 90’s is now my daily riding spot, right on the seafront here in sunny Southsea.
I am happy to start progressing again, after easing back into riding for a month or so, I’ve had two good months getting back riding five times a week when the weather allows.
Riding at the Canoe Lake basketball opened my eyes again to using a bigger space, and different ideas come to my head as a result.
If you follow my riding over the years, you know I am play around a lot with cowboy flips, and besides progressing at tricks. I have been working on my technique, trying to get smoother by watching how my body moves in the tricks. The less the better other than functional movements of course.
I recently learnt to dump into hitchhiker from a cowboy flip rather than carving into a half hiker after the flip, and once I got that…
I said to myself, flip out and that’ll be a FM exclusive. Here it is, back on the progression hunt.

Stoked!!!

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Aaron Frost: Landscapes 3 Video Part

Today we have a nice exclusive courtesy of Stewart Munro and Simon O’Brien, Aaron Frost’s part from Landscapes 3 filmed by Jim McKay. Love the frustration and hard work that this section communicates, and Aaron’s ender is super good!

You can read my review of Landscapes 3 below if you missed it!

http://www.flatmattersonline.com/review-landscapes-3

You can buy the full video right here:

https://gumroad.com/l/jeudb

Episode 34: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with Rich Slezak

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It’s that time of the week, two exclusives a week. And we show no signs of slowing down at all, Rich Slezak stepped for episode 34 of the Flatmattersonline exclusives.
Rich is originally from the Czech Republic, and made the move over to the east coast of the US from an early age. Rich grew up in the New England flatland scene, nowadays Rich lives in LA.

It has been great the last few years to see Rich riding at the One Love Jam, and put a picture to the face I used to see in text from the Radazine, eWire zines that Kieran Chapman used to make.
Riding wise, Mr Slezak flows a nice back wheel line at the Renondo Beach riding spot he probably looked at in Freestylin’ as a kid, funny how things work out.
Thanks Rich for contributing, who’s got episode 35?

Episode 33: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with Ramon Lopez

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The episodes keep flowing in, thank you so much to everyone who has helped keep these exclusives flowing along nicely since it’s inception, and the pandemic. Episode 33 features Ramon Lopez, from Puerto Rico who flows through a nice triple whiplash to messiah into cliffhanger for us all. Thank you Ramon for stepping up!

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Dropping Sunday, 5pm GMT…

Episodes 21-30: Flatmattersonline Exclusives

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It’s time for the Flatmattersonline exclusives, episodes 21-30. Check out the new timestamp feature on the videos, where you can scroll through the video and see the listings as they happen. Thank you to Joe Cicman, James White, Brett Downs, James McGraw, Romulo Guerra, Thiago Baby, Lindsey La’akea, Art Thomason, Amos Burke, and Bryan Huffman for all contributing!

Episode 32: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with Paul Chamberlain

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Welcome back to Flatmattersonline exclusive clips, today we feature British ex pat, Paul Chamberlain. Paul made the move down under, as he was reaching pro level here in the UK. When Paul left, due to our small scene, you really noticed Paul’s absence from the UK scene. Not only with his riding, but his enthusiasm, and general charisma.
I’m only always stoked when Paul comments on the site, and puts in his two cents, it was likewise great when he contacted me with a clip which he commented he learnt during the pandemic.

Paul comes through with a nice switch foot backwards ice cream pivot to two footed dump truck for the 32nd episode, thank you Paul for contributing.

Who’s got episode 33, dropping Wednesday. 5pm GMT.

Jean-Francois Boulianne: The Southern Escape / The story behind a Must Watch!

Intro/Interview: Effraim.
Photography: Matthieu Metivet, Simon Warsan, Jean-Francois Boulianne.

This past winter, Jean-Francois Boulianne made his travels south to Peru and Colombia to avoid the harsh cold Canadian winter.
No one could have anticipated the Covid 19 pandemic that was to follow, and JFB has held onto this edit for a couple of months.
When Jean first hit me up with the edit, I asked what he had been up to during the winter, as I had seen a few posts on social media and was curious what his story was, and he seemed to be away from home for a long time.
After a few conversations back and forth, it became apparent to me that I should showcase this amazing edit a little differently than your normal Must Watch video breakdown.
Without further ado, it’s time to learn a little more about Jean’s travels and enjoy this edit, as the story goes deeper than just tricks, and captures for me what BMX is all about….

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Episode 31: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with William Herve

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Last week we made it to episode 30 of the Flatmattersonline exclusive clips.
After a short break for episode 4 of Flat Snitches, it’s time to return to the clips, and William Herve from France stepped up for the 31st episode with an awesome brakeless backwards facing stem-a-rang.
This trick looks like scary one to learn, how do you begin to learn this one and get a feeling for the move? Props to William for getting this done and contributing towards the culture.

Who’s got episode 32, dropping Sunday 5pm GMT…..

Flat Snitches: Episode 4 / 360 Bike flip with Steve Mulder

Intro: Effraim.
Interview: Effraim, Pete Brandt.
Photo/Video credits: Steve Mulder, Chris Rye, Mark Eaton, Rob Dolecki.

Hello everyone!

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….

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Episode 30: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with Bryan Huffman

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30 episodes of the Flatmattersonline exclusives, I am pretty hyped to make it to thirty episodes without skipping a beat. Bryan Huffman from Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA stepped up for the honours, and dropped a really nice back wheel line with a sweet x-handed pumping junkyard to boot.
Bryan is a flatland lifer, I believe he has had 10 ACL knee surgeries and is still continuing to push his riding on the daily. Much respect to Bryan!

Who’s got episode 31?

Dropping on Sunday 5pm GMT…