Yesterday was a full day at the Battle in the Rockies, pre jam day at the Evolve Skatepark in Denver, Colorado. The flatland arena as I am sure you can see from the livestream is situated in between the ramps, we are cleaning and putting soda down on the floor every few hours. The floor is a slick, smooth concrete on plates. Riders were arriving all day, Jean William Prevost, Jason Plourde, Todd Carter, Bo Wade, Alexis Desolneux, Rich Upjohn, John Yull, Luke Malone, Will Redd (who killed the jam sessions), joined the crew of riders that were already here. Good sessions all day, riders getting used to the area, good vibes here in Denver. Check out a few photos I snapped from Thursday.
Yesterday was my first full day in the US, this year we are around an hour away from where the contest is at in Denver at James Mcgraw’s house in Monument, Colorado.
The first part of the day was taken up with airport pick ups, Michael Sommer, Moto Sasaki and Martti Kuoppa all arrived, during the evening we headed for a fun session at James’ Tintadome riding spot which his workplace during the day, riding spot during the night. My body clock was screaming bedtime, so I decided to take the time to shoot some photographs.
If you are following flatmatters on instagram, you will have also seen the distraction training video with James McGraw taking out Joe Cicman with a roll of paper towel, myself, Moto, Michael and Moto were all adjusting to the time change so it was pretty chilled and a good time hanging out and joking with all the riders, check out the photos I shot.
Thanks to Joel Schallhorn for the use of his camera. Today we had to Evolve skatepark in Denver for jam day. Check out a selection of photos I shot below that I feel some up the day quite well! Once again like last year, the vibe is great between the riders, looking forward to riding today! Stay tuned for more updates on FM!
Photos: Matthew Dyer, Matti Hemmings, Effraim, Flatism.
A few months prior to the UK Flatland Championships, Matti Hemmings asked me if I wanted to get involved and helping him with the promotion and organisation of the event, re:Judging also. As many of you will have noticed there hasn’t been many flatland events in the UK since the King of Concrete two years ago, so it was time to put that right and get things popping off again here in the UK. With Matti’s contacts and my experience running events we made a good team going back and forth with ideas for what would work best. We felt it would be better for the scene, to work together rather than solo projects.
I caught up with Martti Kuoppa to talk about his winning ride at the UK Flatland Championships, special thanks to Matthew Dyer for officially filming for the contest. Pinoski also has both runs filmed which will be dropping tomorrow, for now check out the 2:30 run from The Boss and read on to see what has to be said about his win!
Watch his winning second run right here:
Day 1 here at the UK Flatland Championships at the Birmingham NEC! Today was set up day with Matti Hemmings, myself, Kieran from Oner Sign! We have the floor mopped, branded with the UK Flatland Championships sticker (with a clear grip sticker over the top so it’s not slippery), sponsors banners around the whole arena. Mark Noble at CSG also stepped in with four complete bikes from Hoffman Bikes and We the People for some flatland workshops. There was also chance of a cheeky session to try the floor out, turns out the Cycle Show organiser used to work for the Backyard jams, small world! We are just going through prizes at the hotel at the moment! Novice and AM Qualifiers and Finals tomorrow, it’s going to be a good weekend for UK Flatland!
Stay tuned for results and updates, tomorrow! Via the site and also the instagram @flatmatters
Photography: Tom Sevisual.
Summer holidays are over here in the UK, and that means less work for me and more time to ride, and also work on original content for the site. As you can imagine, I have a long list of people I would like to interview, and Sebastian Grubinger has been on that list for a while now.
One of the most interesting things for me is to highlight the riders that are not in the light so much as the main guns. You may say Sebastian Grubinger is on Heresy, that’s the main light. But I would argue despite this, and despite winning awards in the FM year end awards, Sebastian is still underrated.
It’s the underrated riders that nowadays interest me more, I caught up with Sebastian and we talk about a whole lot of things ranging from how he got into flatland, the Heresy brand, music, where he’s from, video parts, his feeling on small contest areas, and much more. Putting together these FM interviews is one of the most motivating things to do, and I really got a lot of going back and forth with Sebastian. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did putting it together.
Interview and Photos: Provided by Schogn Lee.
Schogn Lee from South Africa kindly got in contact with a fresh interview with contest machine, Pakphum Poosa-Art aka Toon for FM. Toon has had a great year on the contest scene already, making finals at Voodoo and Real City Spin back to back. Schogn catches up with him to see where he’s at, and learn a lil’ something about him. Enjoy!
Text: Morgan Peckosh.
Photos: Alberto Moya.
Flatland is a family, and especially here in Spain, we are lucky enough to have a big family that celebrates and enjoys flatland a lot. Of course everyone knows Viki Gomez, and Alberto Moya, Guelo Monzon, Miguel Tardio, Varo Hernandez, and slowly Mario Correas are familiar names tomost and have been moving around the planet to contests for years, but Vigo and O´Marisquiño is a celebration of all Spanish riders, those just starting and those that have been riding forever. This was the 15th Marisquiño and at least the 7th time flatland has been involved.
One of the perks of living in Southsea and working at Southsea Skatepark, is visiting Pros are always passing through.
Today, I had the pleasure of hanging out and watching Dane Beardsley at Southsea Skatepark. Dane made the short trip from Southampton where his boat is docked.
Many of you may or may not know Dane is currently performing in shows on a large boat around the Bay of Biscay, stopping off in Italy, Spain,the UK amongst other places.
It was great to catch up with Dane away from the contest scene, enjoy the photographs!
Text: Todd Carter.
Photos: Erik Otto & Todd Carter.
The 11th VoodooJam rolled through New Orleans, Louisiana USA, the last weekend in July.
Riders from eleven different countries braved the 108° (F) heat index to make this event one of the best ones yet!
The classic pre-jam went down at Annunciation Center Park, in New Orleans on Friday. This location was about a mile from the host hotel, so a ton of riders took advantage of it! I remember counting close to 100 people directly involved in the flatland scene, hanging out and riding.