Review: Landscapes 2

Text: Effraim.

Like I said in my review of Landscapes 1 last year, DVD’s in the modern era are a sad rarity in our scene from my perspective, during the last two years you can count those on less than one hand. Dane Beardsley’s Same thing daily project and IGI’s travel video are all we have had. Stewart Munro from Australia stepped up to the plate with an ambitious project to collect and edit together rider sections from all the planet, when you think about that in the modern internet culture and free edits available everyday it almost seems like a thankless task.

Thankfully Stewart stuck to the task which being so far away from all the other riders is I can imagine a tough task to collate together. The downloadable video straight to your laptop is catching on in other sports such as Skateboarding, more recently massive companies such as Adidas are releasing their projects for a small fee online. Will it catch on to what is essentially a small flatland audience? Only time will tell…

Landscapes 2 starts with a nice intro describing verbally the feeling of flatland and what it’s all about “it is a mirror that shows each of us who we are”. There’s always a unwritten formula to making a DVD, banger section to start, middle and the all important who got the last section. Would this follow suit, 52 minutes long let’s get into this!

Continue reading

Old School Sunday Special: Catching Up with Robert Castillo

Today I am stoked to publish this Old School Sunday Special with BMX flatland legend, Robert Castillo. Robert grew up riding for GT/Dyno, and has done it all and still rides and competes to this day. Enjoy this episode.

00:24: How old are you? How long riding and how did Robert get into flatland?

1:45: When you started riding was it only flatland you rode, did you have to ride flatland and ramps when you few up competing?

3:45: What was it like growing up with Ruben, did you guys do the same tricks growing up, were you rivals?

5:13: When did you start competing?

6:00: Did you and your brother, Ruben get sponsored by GT/Dyno at the same time?

7:03: What bike did you ride when you first get on GT?

7:30: What was expected of you when you on GT?

9:03: As a result of getting on GT did you see a lot of magazine coverage come your way?

11:03: Inventing the no dead time between tricks style.

12:14: Battle in the Rockies being one of the hardest contests for him emotionally after breaking his toe the day before.

13:26: From becoming a young kid on GT, how long was it until you went on tour?

15:15: Going on tour with his child hero, Martin Aparijo?

16:27: Competing against Kevin Jones?

18:44: Being on GT when Kevin Jones joined the team?

20:00: Who was your manager growing up on GT?

21:48: Stories from the GT Tours.

26:19: At what point did you see show riding as your number one focus and job?

30:09: Working for Woody Itson.

32:40: Did you guys do the same routine everyday on tour?

33:56: Working with Dave Voelker and Pete Brandt, going solo running shows.

37:15: What got you back into the contest scene?

40:05: Podium at BITR with a broken toe.

41:49: What advice do you give to kids trying to get into flatland?

45:32: Plans for 2018.

48:41: Any final thanks?

Catching Up with Bill Nitschke

Each one of these Catching Up interviews i’m enjoying more and more. Next up was the turn of the man who invented the Whopper, and the man who has more energy than anyone I have ever met, ladies and gentlemen here is the Bill Nitschke Interview!

1:36: Introduction

2:13: Growing up riding in the AFA contests.

4:33: Meeting up with Todd Carter in the Ohio scene.

5:16: How did Bill get into flatland?

7:20: What shaped Bill’s riding, his presence on the contest floor is unreal to watch live!

10:43: Inventing the whopper, and tells the story and what went down?

15:58: Spike Jonze shooting the whopper.

16:34: Favourite memories from competing?

17:37: Being the first person to do a tail whip over a set of doubles on dirt.

21:54: Getting involved in Standrad Bykes.

24:29: Leaving Standard Bykes and getting picked up by Homeless and starting Indy Industries.

27:26: Always keeping riding despite being burnt on contests.

28:07 Contests taking a back seat and becoming more show riding oriented.

29:36: The return of the AFA contests bringing Bill back to the contest scene.

32:34: Hitting the biggest Whopper I’ve ever seen at Battle in Rockies 2017 and the aura he sets when he rides in a contest.

35:50: How does competing in Battle format contests go for Bill Nitschke, all that stop start style?

39:45: Plans for 2018.

42:22: Final thanks.

Catching Up with Todd Carter

I’m really enjoying doing these “Catching Up” interviews and today I interview Todd Carter, one of the smoothest riders in the flatland game and a man that doesn’t get enough credit in the flatland scene. Lot of history with Todd’s longevity in the sport. It was great to interview Todd and hear his story, grab a cuppa and enjoy this episode:

00:56: How long has Todd been riding for, and how did he get into flatland?

3:13: What was Todd’s first flatland competition?

4:38: I never knew that myself and Todd both rode for Hutch, and the Ohio scene shaping Todd’s riding.

8:00: What are some of Todd’s favourite memories from the AFA Masters?

10:29: How flatland is good for physical and emotional health, and forget about life issues?

11:54: What can modern day flatland learn from era such as the AFA masters where there 130 people in Todd’s class?

14:20: Moving from Ohio to Los Angeles and living the Californian dream.

17:45: Moving back to Ohio and building a flatland spot.

21:40: Coming from that era where what music you rode to was a big deal. What music is Todd into?

23:42: Bringing the American Flatland Association back.

26:00: Having two kids that both ride flatland.

29:36: The transition from expert rider to professional.

32:35: Plans for 2018?

33:21: Being a good rolemodel for the flatland scene, and what device would he give to the future generations?

35:47: Any final thanks?

Repo: Battle in the Rockies Day 5

Text: Effraim.
Photos: Effraim, Art Thomason.

Day 5 of the trip, it’s Friday. The build up to the contest is getting real, everyone is moving just that one step faster. We woke up to sunny skies again, and I wondered if I would get through this annual trip to Colorado without seeing the snow. James, Todd, Will Redd, and Bill Nitschke started to talk about making an edit for the week, of the best clips, but needed an intro. After much laughter, James started playing the Geto Boys “Damn it feels good to be a gangsta”, next thing the house and the cars outside made it feel like a movie set. It started the day off continuing the great vibe that’s been here all week in Monument.

Continue reading

Landscapes 2 Trailer!

Today we have an awesome exclusive on the site thanks to Stewart Munro! Stoked to showcase the trailer for “Landscapes 2” is a new full length video showcasing some of the best flatlanders from around the world. Featuring Bert Ribul,Brandon Fenton,Chad DeGroot,Hidenori Ishizaki,Koichi Forkone Higo,Paul Chamberlain,Raphael Chiquet,Shinichi Kiba,Takuji Izumi and Simon O’Brien. Enjoy and share!

Repo: Battle in the Rockies 2017 Day 4

Text: Effraim.
Photos: Effraim, James McGraw.

Day 4 was the best day yet, I got the flatmatters daily updates done early and walked outside to sunny, but windy as hell conditions. I started washing the floor, which felt like it has become a daily operation. You gotta do what you gotta do to get the best out of riding spots, and James spot is literally perfect. Once his garden gets grassed, I would imagine this spot will stay for the large part dust free. Mates Tucek joined me and helped sweep the spot, I said to Mates I wanted to pull something new today and right as we started filming the winds picked up. Tumble weeds flying past us, and dry leaves smacking you in the face. It felt a little bit like this was a bad idea riding the spot today, but it passed and I really wanted to get back on the progression trail.

Continue reading

Repo: Battle in the Rockies 2017 Day 3

Day 3 of my annual trip to the Battle in the Rockies contest was awesome. We woke up to sunshine once again, bare in mind the past three years I have visited Colorado it has snowed and generally really cold. I started the day grabbing an early session in on the spot after I hosed down the spot whilst James headed to the airport to pick up Bill Nitschke, I thought I would film a fire hydrant flow line and as I started filming out came James and Mates, if you are on my social media you will have seen that and James’ scream. Sorry for your ears. It was a good start to the day, and today looks the same.

Continue reading

Repo: Battle in the Rockies 2017 Day 2

Day 2 was our first full day in Monument, Colorado. After after our late session on Monday night, I was hoping to get at least six hours sleep, but it wasn’t meant to be.
After a rough first nights sleep, James washed the flatland area and then took the kids to school and run a few errands. We stocked up on groceries at a nearby store and headed back to grab some lunch, before we rode the slab spot at Jame’s new house.

Continue reading

Repo: Battle in the Rockies 2017 Day 1

Text/Photos: Effraim.

Yesterday was Day 1 of my 2017 Battle in the Rockies trip to Denver, Colorado. James McGraw and Fred Gates once again invited me out to the mile high city to judge this year’s event.

I met Mates Tucek at London Heathrow, Terminal 3 on Monday morning, the flight was delayed by a little bit, but nothing too stressful. Flying time of nine hours, twenty five minutes to Denver. Luckily the movie selection was pretty entertaining, so after watching a couple of movies we were in Denver. Throughout the trip out there, security was really tight and Mates seemed to get searched every time, we counted at least ten times, and each time Mates would style his hair. This amused me a lot, and made the trip out so much fun and the day just seemed to fly by as we caught up and discussed all things flatland and general work life stuff.

Continue reading