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!
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!
Chris Brook, no footed manual.
Organiser, Matti Hemmings throwing down some whiplashes.
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!
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).
Intro: Effraim. Photos: Kai Kuusisto, Martti Kuoppa, Viki Gomez.
The KGB Soulrider frame has just dropped, it was time to catch up with two of the best flatlander riders of all time, Martti Kuoppa and Viki Gomez and talk about the new frame, and the return of Kuoppa Gomez Bikes. Hope you all enjoy the interview.
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….
Takahiro Ikeda, Xft no handed straddle time machine on his way to a huge second place.
Intro/Interview: Effraim. Photography: Max Cassagne, Tom Sevisual, Stephane Bar.
I think of the phrase “Action speak louder than the words” when I see the riding of Matthieu Bonnecuelle, he chooses to do the hardest tricks that many thought impossible or simply have not thought of.
Whether we talk about his no handed whiplash at BMX Cologne in 2014, the double xft backwards whiplash he dropped last year (see his Axiom Leviathan edit below), the riding speaks volumes. This young ginger haired man from the south of France continues to paint a fresh picture with his flatland riding.
It’s time to interview this amazing talent that was voted by many of you as the Flatmattersonline Breakthrough Rider of the Year, without further a due, welcome to the Matthieu Bonnecuellle interview.
This week has already been awesome for contributions to FM, namely the two photo galleries sent in by Matt Coplon from AFA Round 1 in Orlando, Florida. And it continues today, with Russian Pegasus BMX rider, Vladimir Isaev sent in by Jeff Desroche. Read on: