The Faces behind the 2021 Ruhr Games: Andy Zeiss & Frank Lukas Interview

Intro/Interview: Effraim.
Photos: Andy Zeiss and Ingmar Sprenger.

It’s been a few years since I was at the Ruhr Games, and this year’s event is just a few weeks away. The first big live flatland event on the calendar since Covid 19 began to my knowledge, so there are of course a lot of questions during these uncertain times. Today I catch up Andy Zeiss and Frank Lukas who are working on the event together, it’s time to meet the faces behind the 2021 Ruhr Games flatland organisation!!!

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Episode 77: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with Chris Vasileiou

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What’s up everybody? I made a little mistake on the last episode, this is actually episode 77 not the previous exclusive. Greek shredder, Chris Vasileiou comes through with his second exclusive, and today is Chris’ birthday!
Everybody go wish Chris happy birthday in the comments section, Chris comes through with an awesome Scarlo squeak to frame stand tomahawk line that just keeps building, amazing bike control from Chris!

Thanks Chris for contributing, whose got episode 78?

Episode 75: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with Barre Neirynck

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What’s up everyone? It’s time for episode 75 of the Flatmattersonline exclusives, today it’s the turn of Barre Neirynck out of Belgium. Barre comes through with a solid whiplash to hang 10 seat grab move combo’ing it multiple times before a stomped out exit to pedals! BOOM!!!
Barre threw down an amazing Urban Waves contest a few years back in Belgium, and today I’m stoked to see this fresh clip out of him.
Thanks Barre for contributing, whose got episode 76? Dropping Wednesday.

Episode 74: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with Art Thomason

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What’s up everyone? It’s time for episode 74 of the Flatmattersonline exclusives, today Hoffman Bikes rider Art Thomason comes through with his second FM clip.
Art rips on both wheels, and his second exclusive is a killer back wheel line starting inside switch b flip upside down, foot pivot to switch foot mega spins and ends sending the two footed death truck turbines into orbit. I had to get a NASA reference in there somewhere, thanks Art for contributing!
And thank you to everyone who reached out to my request for more clips. We have the next two locked in, so keep these clips coming.

Episode 73: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with Jody Temple

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One of my favourite riders, Jody Temple comes through with episode 73 of the Flatmattersonline Exclusives. Jody like myself, has been battling back injuries over the past few years, so it’s super motivating to see Jody out there killing it!
JT comes through with a nice half hiker pivot to switch foot Karl 360 to steam and love the stylish hideout.

As always Jody’s riding really stands out, particularly in the current day. So fresh and clean, props to Jody for throwing down for 73! Thank you Jody!

Whose got episode 74? Get in touch…

Episode 72: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with Lee Wilson

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After a short intermission on Sunday, we are back to the Flatmattersonline Exclusives!
Today it’s the turn of UK rider, Lee Wilson!
Lee is from Market Harborough, just outside Leicester here in the UK, roughly in the middle for all outside of the UK that may be curious.
Lee comes through with a smooth whiplash hitchhiker line flowed into hang 5 step steam, love the bar flip steam that follows and the smooth exit out.
Lee was a regular on the UK contest scene for many years and it’s great to see he’s still riding, and I dubbed him the UK Shintaro, super smooth elegant style!
Thanks Lee for contributing, whose got the next episode?

Bryan Huffman: Purple Winter 5

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This week we have run out of Flatmattersonline exclusives, but nevertheless we have a nice treat for your Sunday viewing pleasure (or whenever you get round to watching).
Flatland lifer, Bryan Huffman has a huge trick bag and came through with this new “Purple Winter 5 Part” for you all at home filmed in Winston Salem, North Carolina over the winter, lockdown undercover riding spots are the one!

In related news: Bryan just got picked up by http://www.flatsocietybmx.com over in Arizona, USA. Congratulations Bryan!

Thanks for sharing Bryan, whose got episode 72 of the Flatmattersonline exclusives?

Episode 71: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with Rodney Williams

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What’s up everyone?
It’s that time of the week, today we drop episode 71 of the Flatmattersonline eclsuives with none other than Rodney Williams!
I called out Rodney a few episodes ago, and he comes through with an awesome switch foot circle k 360 bar flip to switch foot pedal circle k into one foot cowboy squeaks and goes back and forth a few times between the switch foot pedal circle k and one foot cowboy squeak.
Rodney is one of Flatmattersonline biggest supporters and its time for you at home to show some love back to Rodney! Let’s hear it in the comments section, this is kind of a short combo by Rodney’s standards!!!

Thank you Rodney for contributing, whose got episode 72?

Episode 70: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with Thiago Balzano

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It’s time for episode 70 of the Flatmattersonline exclusives, this episode we have a feature with Brazilian rider, Thiago Balzano. Thiago has been living in the Washington DC area, USA for about eight years now and is a dedicated Flatmattersonline reader.

Thiago reached out to me, and let me know the exclusives have really helped push him as a rider and he wanted to use the exclusive as motivation to land a hitchhiker to crackpacker. And as you will see, he hits this line clean, he mentioned that the side step style out of crackpacker to steam was causing him the most problem.
This was really a joy to hear, this is what the exclusives are all about. It’s you and your own personal progression, and using documenting the line to help push forward your own development.
This works on so many levels, I could go on and on.

This did give me an idea, the Flatmattersonline exclusive Line of the year award went to Kio Hayakawa last year, what about if we add a Reader Line of the Year that’s not for Pro’s. This is for riders like BZ, Thiago and whoever comes forward, readers of FM, it makes sense to me.
Does it make sense to you?
Let me know your thoughts, and I’ll announce next week if it’s happening.

Thanks for contributing Thiago!

Whose got episode 71? Dropping Wednesday….

Episode 69: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with Pete Brandt

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What’s up everybody?
Flatland lifer, SF flatland legend, Pete Brandt comes through with a belter of back wheel line for episode 69. At the age of 50, the flatland assassin, Pete B shows no sign of slowing down and I love the detail in this line.
Pete locks into four spins, after the opening shove-it switch foot mega spins, and holds a similar amount of revolutions on the no handed straddle time machine, hook spin, Adam Kun signature spin (no handed spinning lawn?), and no handed blender and stamps this with that Pete B finesse and aggressive we have all come to love.
This clip got me hyped, filmed by skater homie Chris Dunn, and a cameo from Larry Redmon holla’ing “We out here!!!”. SF represent to the fullest, missing the Clocktower vibes….

It’s time to go ride!!!

Thanks to Pete for throwing down for ep.69 (his second exclusive), whose got episode 70? Get at me, the American riders have stepped up big time for these exclusives. Anyone else notice that??!!!