Martti Kuoppa & Viki Gomez – The Flatmatters Awards Interview

Intro/Interview: Effraim.
Photos: Provided by Martti Kuoppa & Viki Gomez.

The 2014 Flatmatters Online Year Awards for Edit of the Year in 2014 panned out much like the Rider of the Year category, Bombardaros by Martti Kuoppa and Viki Gomez took landslide victories in the Editorial Choice and Readers Choice Edit of the Year category. Over 13 minutes of quality modern day flatland by two of the finest flatland riders ever! I caught up with the both of them separately. You definitely want to read what these two legends have to say about the video and the background work and emotion that went into it! Respect!


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Jean William Prevost – 2014 Flatmatters Awards Interview

Intro/Interview: Effraim.
Photos: Dub.

2014 was a great year for Jean William Prevost, aka Dub! Of course we all know Dub won three awards in the 2014 FM Year end Awards, the Reader Choice and Editorial Choice for Rider of Year and also Innovation of the Year with his IGI peg design. Winning three awards was not all about his riding, but also leading by example with the organisation of RealCitySpin, and not entering his own contest really sent out a message to everyone about what he is about, and on top of that running IGI. I caught up with the man himself to talk about the awards, his plans, contest organisation, travelling and so much more! Flatland is in a better place with riders like Dub involved and giving back, much respect!

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Dub what a year for you, and the awards! Lot of love out there for you, taking home both the reader and editorial vote for rider of the year, and Innovation of the year with igiBMX peg design. Firstly how do you feel about the awards, and how 2014 went for you?
Thanks to everyone that voted for me and that help me during my travels. The awards help everyone push and progress together as a scene. Initiatives as this one is what stimulates growth. 2014 has past and I am looking forward now as I am progressing and setting new higher goals in riding and in life.

Last year you also did a lot of work outside of your own personal riding with organizing the Real City Spin, and this year your event is part of the World Circuit, what can we expect this year with the event?
Organizing a competition is definitely a lot of work. It being part of the circuit this year will help attract a lot more people and reach out to the youth of Quebec, I want to get as many people as possible to get a taste of what flatland is about and possibly get them on a bike. Lots more warm-up space and special care to the riders needs is what’s to be expected at this year’s RealCitySpin.

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Forklift in Mexico.

That sounds great Dub! It is also great that you took young Benjamiin Hudson from Chile under your wing, help with sponsors, getting name out there with amazing videos, do you think that is something thats possible for more pros to do that kind of thing?
Benjamin’s nickname in Beijing is 螳螂(Praying Mantis), he definitely rides like one as he twists and turns around impossible pivot points. I did what seemed right and I am proud to see him out there ripping it up. I think some Pro’s out there could focus a little less on accumulating material wealth and put more time and money back into the sport. So much more needs to be done to legitimize our sport to grow out of the underground and enable more than the elite few to live from riding and competing.

What are your plans this year riding wise?
Hit up the World Circuit and some smaller events also, visit China and ride more
than last year.

What are your plans this year for igiBMX?
Grow the brand and introduce new ideas and concepts to the bike.

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Ais, Benjamin Hudson and Dub chilling in Indonesia.

How long would you say you are on the road for per year, and how often are you at home?
I am definitely away from my comfort zone most of the year, being away from home really gives you a different perspective on the World of flatland and it’s intricacies, there seems to be way more riders out there then I had ever thought.

What are you looking forward to this year, event wise?
I am looking forward to BMX Cologne, I have never been and would love to be able to give the best of my riding at this event this year.

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Who is sponsoring and helping you live the dream Dub?
Everyone that has helped during my travels and my mom, grandma and sponsors; Amnesia Shop, Nomi Trademark,Konkrete Shoes,514 BMX and Fareast Cycles. I can’t forget Takuji and Benjamin for embarking on the journey through South America and sharing the adventures together, that was a dream and a half!!! I still can’t believe we made it!

What’s your biggest inspiration in 2015?
Challenging myself with putting out tricks I’ve wanted to pull for a long time, out-doing myself in competition by refining the movements and opening new doors, put an event together that will surpass any other that ever went down in Quebec and bring creative and useful product to the Flatland scene to help and push the level to greater heights.

Dub takes a moment to chill in Mexico with Jesse Puente & Pete Brandt.

You just won the annual Toronto contest straight off the IGI South American tour for the third time, congratulations for that! Where you travelling to next?
Next up is France! There’s a place I’d like to visit where Merlin the Sorcerer supposedly rests near a supposedly enchanted forest. I would love to visit mysterious Tibet and the province of Yunnan in China (wishful thinking) and also going back to the IOXC contest in Indonesia being held in Bandung this year will be a treat.

Any final shoutouts Dub?

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Shintaro Misawa – 2014 Flatmatters Awards/Most Progressive Rider Interview

Intro/Interview: Effraim
Photos: Shintaro Misawa.

We start the week with the third in our series of exclusive interviews with the winners of the 2014 Flatmatters Online Year end awards, this time it is the turn of flatland jedi, Shintaro Misawa who was voted Most Progressive Rider of the Year by you the readers of Flatmatters! We catch up to talk about his online videos, practice rituals, his various bike set ups and so much more! Don’t miss this!

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DecoBMX – 2014 Flatmatters Awards Brand of the Year Interview

Intro/Interview: Effraim.
Photos: Chad /

The winners of the 2014 Flatmatters Online awards now have their medals, so I am going through the process of interviewing each winner over the next month or so. We begin with “Brand of the Year”, which was won by Deco BMX. I caught up with the main man behind Deco, Chad Degroot to grab his thoughts on winning the award, his brand, new products in the works, collaborating with Profile, and talk all things flatland, read on!


Firstly congratulations to you and DecoBMX for Brand of the Year, how do you feel about receiving the award Chad?
This is awesome for so many reasons. First off I want to thank you for doing this, seems like BMX has lost sight of why and how we got here. Plus who are trying to push things for the better of the sport. These awards are refreshing and such a great idea. This award is for DecoBMX but it wouldn’t be possible with all the supporters out there. And a huge thanks and respect for the whole team including the ramp and street riders. Tsutomu Kitayama or “Storm”, Lee Musselwhite, Terry Adams, Thomas Noyer, Tang Meng, Kerry Gatt, and Hiroshi Uehara holding it down on the flatland side. This award is a stamp on history for 2014 and I couldn’t be more proud to receive this on behalf of DecoBMX and what we represent. Thank you.

Thanks Chad! As well as having great product, it’s also about the team getting out there. Who makes up the Deco team?
It’s not limited to Tsutomu Kitayama or “Storm”, Lee Musselwhite, Terry Adams, Thomas Noyer, Tang Meng, Kerry Gatt, and Hiroshi Uehara but more or less anyone who rides a bike part, sticker, LIKES us on Facebook, comments on anything, and throws support our way.

Selling the Wu pegs singular was a stroke of genius, something unless you ride you might not understand. What are your plans without giving too much away for Deco in 2015?
Thank you for this, but it was a few minds coming together to make the WuPegs possible including Shawn Burnham. We are switching production in house at Profile Racing in USA so you know the original Wu was great but were going to make it better. Tsutomu is on his signature JACKPOT frame that is done sampling and will be out early summer, clean design, well thought out, great graphics, and hand picked colors. Our Camo line of seats including a flatland specific seat, camo fork caps, camo swirl grips, camo pedals are either out now or will be soon. Also the Tie Dye parts including seatpost clamps and seatposts have a great look. Working on a bag that doubles as a tool bag or toiletry bag. USA made Pac Ends bar ends are out now. We are supporting great jams and events like Fl-BMX series, Nowhere Jams, One Love, Voodoo, Battle in the Rockies, and more. On a side note working on the Profile Z-Coaster is a dream come true finally having it released in April. I spent a lot of time and work helping them develop this product that is THE BEST hub I have ever ridden. I give that shout out for Profile stepping into more support with Deco, Tsutomu and TA as team riders, and the flatland community needs this support with a great company with this kind of history.

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Besides Deco you have ran a couple of skateparks, and now also a shop as well. How do you feel these experiences have helped you with running Deco?
It’s having business pride but also employing riders, giving money back to rider owned companies, building our local scene here in Florida, not trying to change the world of bmx but staying with it for the long haul, making the right moves, being a business to stay in business with good decisions, making the customer happy or giving them options.

On a day to day basis, how many people do you employ under at Deco HQ?
To employ is a tough one, it’s really only me. But I don’t want to leave out my employees at my shop who answer the phone, sell Deco direct to customers, and answer questions about Deco as my shop Mr. B’s doubles as Deco as well. Right now in house my shop has 4 employees. Outside I couldn’t consider them employees but people who help Deco and see the light. Chris Rye does some graphics and ideas here and there. Matt Coplon has always put in time and effort on social media, ideas, and sales through Profile Racing Distro. The Space-Station crew with the shirts and graphics. Randal takes care of hats and patches. So I am not really answering this correctly but if you have to ask under this one roof for Deco its just myself and my many personalities.

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What would you say are the core principles that define what Deco is all about?
Look how you want to be seen. Be honest and don’t let business run you. Keep it in control at all times. Once you are to big you lost control. Everything is a story so I am keeping the stories telling. BMX birthed Deco so I’m staying true to the roots where it all came from.

If someone wants Deco product, where can they get it from?
First I would say to shop local, but this can be tough so respected mail orders would be next. For Distros if your a shop hit up Direct, Profile Racing, QBP, Deco Spain, Deco France, Agun, Decade in Japan, and many more and always keep in mind direct from me and hit me with any questions on ordering, where to get the good stuff, and even suggestions/concerns/ideas.

Any final shoutouts?
Thanks to everyone who voted, who rides, follows, likes, is honest, and gives two shits about Deco. and smiles about BMX.

Jean William Prevost – 2014 Flatmatters Editorial Choice Rider of the Year!

Photo credit: Am Flat.

This year I saw Jean William Prevost take flatland to new heights, using his experiences on his bike to help elevate flatland! Stepping up this year to organise one of the best contests of the year, the Real City Spin in Montreal Canada. When Dub announced he was organising Real City Spin and not entering, he made a huge statement, Dub became an ambassador for our sport overnight. I feel like he set a huge benchmark in 2014 that goes way beyond riding, but the responsibility you have as a pro rider.

Of course aside from that Contest organisation, Dub is always there and around the podium, taking big wins in Toronto and the Battle in the Rockies winning both the online contest and the event itself in Colorado Springs, 3rd at Voodoo Jam and Flatark, and who can forget that battle with Ucchie?!

Edits? Dub we all know produces high quality documentation of his riding, but on top of that he produces contest edits giving a lot back to the culture.

Dub also helped introduce Breakthrough Rider of the Year, Benjamin Hudson to the flatland world, and stepped up his company igiBMX, who also just took the award for Innovation of the Year for his peg design!

2014 was an amazing year for Dub, and I really feel deserves our respect for what he has done for flatland this year, on his bike and off it!

Thank you for standing up in 2014 Dub, flatland as a sport needs more people like you! Congratulations to Dub taking the Editorial and Reader Choice for Rider of the Year, Innovation of the Year, and runner up Contest run of the Year!

We are all excited to see what Dub has in store for us all, both on and off his bike this year!


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Bombarderos Martti Kuoppa & Viki Gomez – Flatmatters 2014 Year End Award winner / Editorial Choice Edit of the Year!

Picking the Edit of the year is always tough process, thankfully this year my life was a great deal easier thanks to Viki Gomez and Martti Kuoppa and their collaboration they dropped on September 1st “Bombarderos”. To me and judging by the hundreds of votes clear this video was in the Readers Choice awards, you almost all thought the same thing. What a rarity that is, flatlanders agreeing, surely not?!

Watching this edit gave me the feeling I had when I first watched a Dorkin’ video back in the day, it’s pretty rare these days to see one NBD (Never Been Done) in an edit let anyone above 10 NBD’s, I lost count to be honest. And particularly in Martti’s riding, I saw the artist return to flatland and take off where he left, leaving us all with moments of genius. The triple stem lash both ways comes to mind first, or me first screaming at the screen when he did the stem steamroller pivot to crackpacker. This video changed the game in a big way, Martti doesn’t even need to do anymore, but I am sure he will. That’s a measure of the man. You will know no doubt have already have seen other stem variations, but this comes as a result of one man and his originality. And you can’t forget Viki Gomez, Viki delivered a crazy amount of crazy hard kick flip combos in signature buttery fashion that complimented Martti’s raw stem style/short sharp bangers. The two approach riding so differently, but when you put them together, it’s almost like all sides of flatland are covered. The combination is killer!
Congratulations to both Viki and Martti. Total whitewash this year, taking both the editorial vote and reader vote for Edit of the Year! One medal each? Quite fitting. So well deserved!
Also, shout out to Camilo Gutierrez at Wildschnitt Film & Photography who put together this amazing edit!

Thank you Martti and Viki for taking flatland to a higher place!

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Jean William Prevost – Flatmatters 2014 Year End Award winner / Readers Choice Rider of the Year!

Photo: Stephane Bar.

The Reader Choice vote for the 2014 Flatmatters Rider of the Year goes to Jean William Prevost, aka Dub! Congratulations Dub! What a year 2014 turned out to be for his riding and his company igi! Becoming the riders favourite, again this was a landslide vote! We are all excited to see what is in store for this year both in his riding and his product designs, stay tuned!

Runner up: Alex Jumelin.

Bombarderos Martti Kuoppa & Viki Gomez – Flatmatters 2014 Year End Award winner / Readers Choice Edit of the Year!

With close to 300 votes coming in this year for the 2nd annual Flatmatters Year end awards, over 3/4 of the Readers Choice Edit of the Year votes going to Bombarderos! Congratulations to Martti Kuoppa and Viki Gomez, two long time friends who gave us all a real treat on September 1st!

Runner up: Alexis Desolneux – You are your path.

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Deco BMX – Flatmatters 2014 Year End Award winner / Readers Choice Brand of the Year!

So far Brand of the Year was the tightest competition, with voting going right down to the wire on January 4th! Congratulations to Deco BMX, the 2014 Flatmatters Online Readers Choice Brand of the Year, closely followed by Quest BMX!