Category Archive: Exclusives
I feel it is hard to put into words the influence the Baco crew have had on the BMX world, and especially the flatland world. Pre internet days where print and videos such as the Baco and Dorkin’ series were essentially like bibles for every flatlanders, for tis reason footage remained golden until its dropped in your VCR.
The most immediate that comes to my mind, In the modern day you can see the influence Chad Degroot’s riding in the Baco videos inspired a number of generations in the japanese scene. Especially back wheel riding!
But the influence goes way beyond that, how people dressed, the music people listened to, and of course the tricks people learnt. The thing about Baco that stood out to most might be the most simple thing, the whole crew had FUN on their bikes. And more importantly were themselves on their bikes, all too often in the modern era you can see riders trying to be something they are not. So many characters throughout the whole movie. This huge part of BMX seems to have crawled underneath a rock, maybe this is the video to bring that out!
As much as things change in BMX, the fundamental stays the same. The message to me was clear as I started watching Baco Push it to 11, all the memories came flooding back. The bottles being thrown off the bridge, Chad lacing killer combos in girls dresses, was Mark Hilson gay? Dylan’s crazy back wheel pedal combos, and possibly my favourite Dylan Worsley clip, when he is in a caboose and knocks crisps out of his hands with his bars as he rides out. The riding because the crew had so much fun, brought their own flavour hasn’t really dated at all, which is testament to what the Baco crew achieved.
Another big factor that is often overlooked, BMX! It’s all here, and flatland can mix with park, street, dirt, vert, it’s all towards the same goal of having fun. The great thing about the Blu Ray disc, is the amount of footage that can be loaded on it, the extra section is absolutely amazing. I have still yet to find the hidden video, I’m guessing it’s Baco Uncut?
Baco Push it to 11 is an absolute Must Watch! And one for the collector, I know I will watch this back in years to come, laugh and smile.
Thank you Baco!
Get yours! http://bacodesigns.com
Great news just dropped at the Interbike show in Las Vegas. Haro have honoured Matthias Dandois with a well deserved signature frame, named after his favourite flatland spot “La Bastille” in Paris. Check out the first photos right here!
The frame will come in three top tube length options, 19.5, 20.25, 21.
Specs: 75.5 ht. 13.3 cs.
Colours, Gold and Black.
Stephan Cerra and Percy Marshall battled it first round during the finals at the Real City Spin contest in Montreal, Canada. Hit play to watch this one unfold…
Coverage from Dub’s Real City Spin contest continues, Alex Jumelin vs Masashi Itani battle it out first round, enjoy this one!
Takahiro Enoki vs Tyler Gilliard battled it out first round during the finals at Real City Spin – Round 3 of the Am Flat Circuit, hit to play to see who came out on top.
Filming credit: Joe Cicman.
The coverage from Real City Spin continues thanks to Joe Cicman, we have the individual battles. Lets kick off with this semi final battle between Jason Plourde & Stephan Cerra. Dub on the mic, dope!
Alex and Stephan both threw down flawless 3 minute runs during yesterdays Real City Spin Pro qualifying contest. Special thanks to Joe Cicman for filming and sending these over so quickly! Enjoy! Rest of runs to follow….
Photographs: Adam Jung & Bobby Carter.
The Aloha Jam is fast approaching on the paradise island of Hawaii! I got hold of Bobby Carter to catch up with him about the jam, the lifestyle, and generally talk all things Hawaii, read on…
Yo Bobby, The Aloha jam is fast approaching, firstly tell me about the concept of the Aloha jam?
Aloha Jam is a BMX Holiday. This is a time when people can take a break and not worry about contests, dialing in routines, judges, and all the other drama that comes along with a comp. Aloha Jam takes place in Honolulu and is one day of riding and a second day of planned activity at Hanauma Bay (snorkeling, chilling on the beach, etc.). Relax and have fun with your friends while riding and also sight seeing, partying, etc. Since it’s in Hawaii, riders can bring their non-riding family members or significant others. There’s plenty to do around the island on the day that we session and the second day is a planned non-riding activity in which everyone can participate!
How did the idea come about?
Over the years of traveling to various places to help at contests, I realized the most memorable moments were when we all were just hanging out as friends, exploring the place where we were and sessioning.
Two years ago, when I went to Hawaii, J.Dub, Jesse Puente, and Scott Powell showed up. We had a lot of fun riding with the locals, exploring the island, and hanging out with girls. Some of the best times ever! I wanted to plan an event that wasn’t a contest, but also wasn’t just a jam in a parking lot somewhere. I think there’s a lot of opportunity to get the greater flatland community together and active outside of having a traditional contest. We just have to put our minds to it and think original.
So far who is making the trip to Hawaii?
From the mainland , I know I’ll be out there with Todd Carter, Rich Slezak, Nelson Kuo, and Steven Lapsley, Ucchie is going to try to attend with Kotaro Tanaka, and few more riders from Japan may attend. Many more local riders from Hawaii are attending of course. Ben Crockett from BMX Plus is trying to attend as well.
Your Hawaii edit from that trip you mentioned was absolutely amazing, can you explain the vibe there in words?
I can’t even put the vibe into words. The islands are magical, man! From the pristine nature to the BMX community itself, you have to experience the Aloha Spirit for yourself!
Do you think the Aloha jam will help the scene there?
Definitely, anytime you can get friends together in a positive way it’s going to make the community stronger!
Also, Hawaii is the same distance from Japan as Singapore. I hope in the future, more events can happen in Hawaii and bring the American scene closer to the scenes in Asia!
What is the scene like there, mostly older riders? Or new kids?
Hawaii’s BMX roots go way back. Most of the flatland riders there have been around since the 80s and 90s. There are few newer riders too as far as flatland goes.
They usually get together and session one or two times a week. The street scene there is pretty big with a lot of new school as well as older dudes too. The scene in Hawaii has a much different dynamic than here in Los Angeles. Riders aren’t as spread out as on the mainland so they have an opportunity to become a much tighter community.
Are you planning an edit again, or lifestream?
I’ll definitely be making an edit. Actually, I’ll be in Hawaii for 2 weeks riding and exploring the island of O’ahu!
So if anyone is around hit me up!
Is there a website to check out information about the Aloha jam?
There’s been plenty of talk about you moving to Hawaii, are you leaving LA for the island life?
I’m still working on my dream……
Any final shouts?
I want to thank Derek Takemoto, Kala Yasuda, Big Ale, Adam Jung, Kiana, and the whole Hawaii BMX scene…. and of course anyone planning to attend!
Time to re-watch this amazing Aloha Flow edit, feel the vibe!
Interested in going? Here are some helpful details.
Dates: Sunday September 21st and Monday the 22nd in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Day 1: Riding and BBQ at Petrie Playground (3 miles from Waikiki)
Day 2: Explore Hanauma Bay (10 miles from Waikiki)
Hotels/ Hostels: Most hotels and hostels are in the Waikiki area.
More hotel information is at: http://www.alohajam.net/hotels/
Getting around town: You can pretty much pedal around the Honolulu area, but if you want to explore the rest of the island of O’ahu you’ll have to take a bus or rent a car. It takes about 1.5 hours to drive from the south shore (Waikiki) to the North Shore.
Petrie Playground (jam spot) is located about 3 miles from Waikiki.
Hanauma Bay islocated 10 miles from Waikiki (there’s a bus that goes straight there)
Food and pricing: Once you leave Waikiki by a block or 2 the pricing on food, etc is about the same as in California. Even in Waikiki you can find reasonable places to eat.
Other attractions: Surfing, Manoa Falls, Hiking up Diamond Head Crater, Lanikai Beach (rated one of the best beaches in the world), and tons of other stuff.
Intro/Interview: Sietse van Berkel/Navid Saleki.
Some of you have been waiting for TSB14 for some time, but do you know who´s the brain behind it? We (Sietse and Navid) stayed in Helsinki for the video premiere of TSB14 and for the legendary Flatstyles jam the day after. Julius, the maker of the TSB series, was our host for these days. During our stay, before the premiere, he was VERY busy with the last things for TSB14. Who is this guy who makes one of the best web videos for years? A small interview with Julius Salo, creator of the TSB series:
Tell us about yourself please? Who are you, what do you do?
J: I’ m Julius, I’m living in flatland capital of Finland: Helsinki.
25 years old, started get into BMX around 2003. I work at a local bike shop and I’m doing some video projects besides that.
Can you tell us about the video projects you did? Where did you get the inspiration from to make TSB14?
J: My first flatland video was about showing the scene we having fun, nothing serious. I did a couple of movies like ’SCuFF THaT SHiT’ and ’I Don’t Quite Get It’. I see many small clips like progression clips on the internet. I didn’t want to get my videos got lost on the internet. That’s why I choose to make bigger edits.
When i made some courses in film school i got more inspiration from Finnish cool looking snowboard videos like ’Elekrep’ . I wanted to try something with the same kind of style, then I started ’ Too Small Bikes’ around 2010. It was a success among the riders, and I developed an addiction for making more videos. After the second and third one, which are kind of mixtape with different riders and styles i wanted to make something new.
TSB14 is a little bit different compared to previous TSB videos. Riders have their own part. I tried to make each part look like the rider by the music and way of editing & color grading. For TSB14 I had the help of the sound designer Tomi Hyyppä. He did an amazing job with the sounds!
Talking about web video’s, what’s your favorite video on the web?
J: Church of Pedro Melo.
You put a lot of work in TSB14. How much exactly?
J: First clips were filmed in 2012 and last 2014.
But how much time i used exactly… I don’t want to even think about it
What is your future plans regarding the TSB series?
J: I don’t know yet, but definitely something different. You will see!
Thank you Julius! Any shout outs?
J: I would like to thank :
All flatland riders worldwide for the support!!!
All the music maker who let me use their awesome sounds!
Super thanks to Tomi Hyyppä!
All the riders in the video!
My lovely girlfriend who has let me sit all the time in front of my computer!
Everyone who has helped me in anyway with this project!
Thanks to all my riding buddies for being such a good friends!!
Thanks to Sietse and Navid for this interview and being so great guys!
Thanks to Flatmatters!