In this day an age it is really refreshing to be surprised with a brand new video with a heavy stack of riders to boot. This was the case when Steven Lapsley dropped the news “Forget What You heard” dropping tomorrow. Like whoa, where did that come from?? I wanted to catch up with Steven, who kindly sent me a pre release copy to talk about the project and get his thoughts on picking the riders, making the video, getting fresh Miura footage and much more. Without further a due, let’s get right into this!
John Yull won three awards for the 2017 Flatmattersonline Year end awards, editorial and reader choice Most Progressive Rider and Line of the Year editorial for his Master of Creativity 2017. Being at the top, it is interesting to dig beneath and talk about the mindset riders are in to get to that level, this kind of level doesn’t just happen often and only a few make the sacrifice to achieve that level. John Yull is one of the chosen few, via some brainstorming with John and Todd Carter we came up with the following interview. Sit back grab a cuppa and show some love to John! Todd Carter caught up with John Yull during the AFA Texas weekend to talk all things Master of Creativity. Thanks a lot Todd for taking the time to interview John, this is a good one!
00:48: In this day of age of everyone being online constantly, sharing almost everything they do on a daily basis. John made the decision to stay offline.
2:13: Not stacking clips and using a strategy but instead going in hard round to round right up until the deadline.
4:07: Which round of the MOC was John most happy with?
4:46: Which round did you not like as much?
5:56: Personal satisfaction, not being happy with clips.
7:13: Riding early morning in Japan before any riders were at Meriken park so no one would see what he’s trying.
7:52: The impact of the no handed decade on social media. Did he peek in to see what was going on online during this time period?
9:46: Thoughts on judging this year’s Master of Creativity contest?
10:53: The crash section John posted from his MOC entries was brutal, was the worst slam or at least most memorable?
15:04: Focus this year after competing in MOC for the last years? What can we expect this year?
16:06: MOC not being fun, and shouldn’t be fun.
17:20: Any advice for riders on the fence, should I enter MOC or not?
18:15: If you had to pick one trick from the MOC 2017 what would it be?
The exclusive content continues today, it seems to be a friday thing. Not planned I have to say. But that’s how it’s working out!
Congratulations to Pakphum Poosa-art aka Toon as many of you worldwide know him as, who took first place at the Singha BMX Championships in Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday February 4th. Chertchai Chanthong took the win in the AM class, check out this awesome photo gallery that Schogn Lee kindly sent in.
Open / Pro Class
1. Pakphum Poosa-art (Toon)
2. Wasan Suesat (Tor)
3. Worawee Sriwichai (Boom)
4. Prasert Chongudomsab (Pop)
5. Chutchalerm Chaiwirotwit
1. Chertchai Chanthong
2. Pitsanu Satitnimitchai
3. Chotiwut Phonplasit
4. Sudarut Suwanitch
5. Charuwat Rutnon
Today we have a nice exclusive thanks to Stewart Munro! If you haven’t seen Landscapes 2, your in for a treat today! You can now watch Shinichi Kiba’s amazing part right here. From the opening backwards facing whiplashes to fork wheelie around the worlds to backwards crack backwards facing whiplash you know this is going to be serious stuff. Also wherever he and Hidenori filmed, wow that spot just looks so good and my favourite clip is Russia walking around the world fork wheelies effortlessly across this gorgeous marble spot.
If you wish to buy the video or read my review, hit the link below:
With the exclusive content change to Flatmattersonline, it hit me this morning why don’t I repost interviews I’ve done and switch things up rather than just post one edit as a Throwback. Dominik Nekolny won the Fight the Winter this past weekend, this TBT is dedicated to Dom! Perhaps you missed this the first time round in 2013.
As I walked into the flatland tent at the BMX Worlds, I looked across the area and saw Dominik Nekolny mid xft whiplashes. My eyes were of course firmly drawn, the link continued with 360 bar flip to halfpacker pivot out to xft opposite carved halfhiker xft whiplashes to no handed guillotine. You could have heard a pin drop.
The rise of Dominik Nekolny to the top I would imagine has been a long hard struggle, and a lonely one too. For me this guy has gone the extra mile which takes commitment and sacrifice. I’ve heard many a contest pro say in the modern day, Dom is the guy to beat. As the clock ticked away during his worlds final, you could see he knew he had blown the world title. For many second would be amazing,for Dom it’s not. And I admire that, he’s brutally honest and wears his heart on his sleeve.
I realised I didn’t know much about a rider I admire so much. Hey Dom, why no flatmatters interview? Few days later here we are…
Intro/Interview: Effraim. Photos: Provided by Yuki Itoh.
When I started thinking about a direction change for Flatmattersonline and producing more exclusive content. Yuki Itoh was the first name on my list of people to interview, here is a rider that I look at like the “next one” this guy is blessed with amazing riding skills and style, and I feel like he can be “that” rider if he believes and really elevate our sport/artform to the next level. But at the same time, I quite like that there is a mysterious nature to him, not everything is out on the washing line for all to see. Refer back to his “Welcome to Far East” edit that I still watch to this day for inspiration, but Yuki offers much more than that.
His alias, Yukipkoproject is producing some of the best quality edits flatland has ever seen, that rival Tom at Sevisual in terms of feel, and quality. Here is a rider I really look up to, and I had to know more. I have gone back and fourth with Yuki over the past few months to put this together. Welcome to the Yuki Itoh Flatmattersonline Interview….
Intro/Article: Effraim. Photos: Bobby Carter, Kai Kuusisto, Alicja Korbinska, Tom Sevisual, Keith Mulligan.
All so often we only see the polished finished article, we turn up as riders at a contest and amazing riding, and flawless runs, or we see a “Must Watch” edit here on Flatmattersonline. What we don’t see is the blood, sweat, tears and psychological games that riders struggle with behind the scenes. I have faced this quite often over my riding career, and when it comes, it tells me “it’s time to switch things up”.
Every rider is different and that is one of multitude of things that we all love about flatland. I found something as simple in concept as learning something with bars forwards or backwards, learn something opposite or sometimes ride a different spot than I normally would. I have this saying in flatland, “learn everything you can, there are no bad tricks to learn, as flatland will catch up and bite you on the ass when you need that trick the most. I wondered about what other riders do to overcome this natural process of riding flatland over the years. ”
Intro: Effraim/James McGraw. Interview: Effraim. Photos: Supplied by Austin Luberda.
As some of you have noticed, Flatmattersonline is taking a more exclusive content direction in 2018. When I started out planning this, I had a list of people I wanted to interview and find more about. One of those riders at the top of my list was Austin Luberda. I passed the intro over to James McGraw who has watched Austin grow as a rider. Over to Mr McGraw!
Some people say the American flatland scene has lost its prominence.
But like any sport, there is always that next young talent that comes out of nowhere, or in this case, out of Missouri.
In 2014, Austin Luberda turbined his way to the first Battle in the Rockies contest. He traveled alongside his Mom, Dad, and his future wife. (Sorry Dax) He entered the expert class and placed in the top 3. His style and flow were completely eye-opening. He battled at a shot at competing in the pro finals. He did not win his battle, but he did deliver under pressure and rode exceptionally well. All of us knew this guy was here to stay.
Intro/Interview: Effraim Photos: Jay Marley, Terry Adams.
The first month of 2018, and already two awesome jams on the West coast and East coast of America. This interview came out as a spur of the moment thing where I was posting the news yesterday of Terry Adams winning the Gasparilla Jam. I wanted to know more about the guy behind the event, I hit up Jay with a few questions. Ladies and gentlemen here is the Jay Marley Interview!
Intro/Interview: Effraim. Photos: Alex Capecelatro and Cody York.
The One Love Jam has become one of the biggest events on the flatland calendar, organised by Darin Wright. I wanted to catch up with the man behind this event and pick his brain about why this event is becoming a staple for flatlanders all across the globe to visit.