Category Archive: Exclusives

Spin London 2014 / Johann Chan Interview

Intro/Interview: Effraim
Photos: Johann Chan & Vlad Shcherbakov.

Last weekend as we said “Hello Springtime” here in the UK. I was invited up to Spin London 2014 to MC some flatland shows by Jason Forde & Johann Chan, an event previously I didn’t know much about, and perhaps you don’t either. So I caught up with Johann Chan to ask him a few questions about Spin London 2014, a fun weekend with potential for the future! Read on!


Johann Chan- mid Lung spin, photo by Vlad.

What exactly is Spin London all about Johann?
Spin LDN is a bike show/event held in East London. It has lots going on: guest speakers, cycling films, photography exhibitions, a variety of activities and stands from some nice home grown brands. It’s an interesting place and a great place to showcase flat.

How did you get a flatland gig at Spin?
Last year I exhibited some photos, helped out with one of the talks, and me and Jason Forde rode in a few demos which went down really well with the crowds. When speaking to Alex Daw about Spin this year, he was cool enough invite us back.


Fresh for 2014, James White, stubble duck steez.

Was it an important thing to bring flatland to a different crowd?
Spin is located at the Truman brewery, off London’s popular Brick Lane, It’s a great place to get flatland out there, getting it seen in a good location, with great surroundings.

I love riding by myself at my spot, but riding in front of people is exciting too. Flatland doesn’t need be an insular sport, after all it can be done anywhere with a good floor. I can be too complacent with riding in a certain way in the same place, and changing that can sometimes have positive effects. Plus I feel flat deserves to be seen. The Spin guys run a cool laid back event so it’s nice reconnecting flatland with the outside world on our own terms to a certain degree.


The 1WM/Emer Stand.

It seems with the Royal Festival Hall event & now Spin, there is a bit momentum going with your shows. You link up with Jason over at 1WM, you guys running a show team?
Jason Forde runs One wheel Motion, and he’s been getting some quality gigs, Jays pretty cool with sharing the love, so involves lots of riders, without the battle format which goes down well Recently we’ve had the opportunity to ride at the royal Festival Hall, the Design Museum and the V&A.

Our friend Alice Marsh deserves some props as well as she’s been instrumental in triggering some of these opportunities.

Besides the flatland shows what else were you involved in at Spin?
We were given a stand space in exchange for the demos, so we exhibited the Swift cruiser, Bizhouse products which we’re importing, t-shirts etc.

We set about promoting One Wheel motion, we had my computer and monitor (which looked like it’d fallen out of an office window from the 1980s) playing 1WM and other flatland videos.

Any plans after holding two show events of putting on a contest?
I’d definitely like to- I’ve always wanted to put a contest on again, I’ve been looking for an ideal London floor for years. From the Battle Vibes contest last year, you can see that there’s certainly a rider interest for it. Jams are fine but even a small amount of structure & a sound system make a huge amount of difference to an event.


Co-organiser, Jason Forde reppin 1WM. Spinning dump truck with ease!

How did you feel this years event went?
Last year, I showed up put some photos up, did a Q&A, rode my bike and drank beers- it was a massive doss in comparison.

This year, setting up the stand, display bikes and demos had so many logistics : liaising for the floor, looking after the stand, building and selling the product to cover peoples’ expenses. It turned it into something different.

So a lot more work this year with a sacrifice to the riding & when the main reason you enjoy BMX is for the riding, and then you have so many organisational tasks, that the riding suffers, you ask yourself, is it worth it? Having said that, it’s really exciting seeing something come together, super good to see everyone, and great to hear people talking and buzzing after the event.

Seeing all the boys, Jay perform for the crowd, and people getting stoked on flat is priceless. I’d definitely recommend trying to set up a flat demo/jam within a decent show or event.


King of the banter, Amos Burke working the back wheel.

Any shoutouts?
Lots of people helped out, Jason Forde my partner in crime, Phil Dolan for the stylish VW camper transportation. Laura Matless for helping out with the stand. The riders Steve Green, Bence Pozsonyi, Norbert Bukki, TGM Maz, Amos Burke, Vlad Shcherbakov for pics.
James White / ‘The Black Drape’ showed some amazing drape hanging skills by taking the initiative and hanging our banners and black drape in a fashion that would make a spirit level jealous. And of course your good self MCE / The Big E, props to you for taking on the Mic, and also mucking in with the floor sweeping & coking the floor.

Cheers Johann! A fun weekend! Thanks to both Johann and Jason for inviting me up to London! Looking forward to seeing where this event heads in the future!

Check us out:

http://www.1wmbmx.com

http://www.emerbicycles.com

The Must Watch edits of March!

Already so many amazing edits this year, and as Springtime has just kicked in for many of us the number will surely only rise! Take a rewind on our Must Watch picks for March!

- Effraim

Dub was working on this at the guru jam and now has it down! Amazing balance point on this two footed death truck on the pedals! Dub is always pushing so theres no telling where this Forklift move will head? You definitely don’t want to miss this one!

FRESH from James White on Vimeo.

On March 7th, James White dropped an absolute banger on the flatland world! It is fair to say at the ripe age of 44, James dropped the best edit of his riding career! Later that day I shared a birthday beer with the man, not a bad way to spend my 40th birthday! Hit play on this way again, the body varial xft ice cream and that last move. Sexy flatland!

So many new whopper related bangers in this monthly edit from the incredibly talented Mateus Beckmann, the standout for me however is the 180 backwards peg wheelie half cab to steam line at 3:23! Don’t miss this one!

Like Mateus, Shintaro keeps on the incredible path of progression he’s been on it is seems particularly the last few months, one of my favourite riders for sure and maybe yours! Theres so much technicality to his riding, around half way Shintaro switches to a front brake, enjoy the edit!

The month ended with Adam Kun and Sevisual Tom combining to bring you this banging “Welcome to Kunstform” edit filmed in Cali! The half cab half whopper step with the same foot to pedal 5 at 2:17 had me hitting the rewind a few times just to figure what was going on, and there is a ton more! This is a real treat!

Pete Brandt – We Bicycles Bikecheck

Intro: Effraim.

If you were paying attention to the site last sunday, you will have noticed the Old School Sundays special with Nor Cal flatland legend, Pete Brandt! Back in that 89/90 O-zone period, Pete had one of the most interesting bike set ups with personal modifications. Fast forward to 2014 and Pete just had a well deserved signature frame with WE Bicycles, why not catch up with the man himself and see what he is rolling with!

Frame: WE Bicycles Equation 18.7TT

Fork: KGB Space fork 2 modified

Handlebars: Fenix 4 piece

Barends: Ares Stainless steel coin set

Stem: S & M Redneck FLT Stem

Aheadset: FSA Impact with Quamen cap

Grips: O rings with Gamma tennis racket tape

Griplocks: none

Brakes: KGB SPACE fork 2 W/ Dia Tech pads

Tyres: Ares A Class 175 hard compound

Tubes: Schwalbe metal shradder

Pegs: DOM Pegs

Seatpost: Thompson Elite

Seatclamp: integrated WE Bicycles

Seat: KHE Wantabe

Chain adjustor: Integrated WE bicycles

Chain: odyssey blue bird chain

Cranks: Quamen 150mm

Chainring: Quamen 16 t

Pedals: Moto Bicycles W/ wooden outer

Rims: Odyssey Aerospace 36

Front hub: Profile Elite

Freecoaster: Infinity 14mm

Spokes: DT swiss

Any modifications on your ride Pete?
Yes, O ring in bottom bracket, cut down drop outs on forks, moded out brake set up to keep it low profile, grinded the edge of the pegs to make them round, silicon in the bars to prevent rust and reduces cracks on the inside of the bars.

Anything specific to you that you must have on your own ride:
Tennis racket tape, 16t sprocket, Ares tires, and everything else!! haha

Sponsors/shoutouts:
WE Bicycles,Moto Bicycles, S&M, Fenix, Quamen, Profile, Odyssey, Sequence, Thompson, and SF Art Apparel.

Advice for beginners with their set ups?
My advice is to get a basic set up and find out what direction you want to go. You don’t want to go out and buy and expensive bike right off because there are a lot of options for different kinds of styles.

George Manos: Novum Organum

Intro: Effraim.

Sometimes flatland can become one big blur, not many individuals stand out. But when they do, it brings a smile to my face like nothing else I have experienced in my life and a sense that all is alive and well. George Manos is a man with a vision, and is not afraid to stand out and paint a different picture. This is when flatland truly comes into its own in my opinion. Carving your direction can be a lonely process, here we caught up George and photographer, Sotiris Gkonis for some background and some amazing photographs which capture Georges dark personality. Two perspectives: Novum Organum.

Text: George Manos.

Living in the city of Ioannina for almost ten years now. A historic city with legends from the old times and a lake 2.000.000 years old, some say, surrounded by mountains, grimy sometimes and dark, yet beautiful and nostalgic when the sun comes up. For the most part its dark and rainy, the heavy atmosphere is easily built and it was not long until it rubbed off on me. Being sick of waiting for the sun in order to ride I did what a desperate man would do I got out of my comfort and started exploring the darkness trying to find a haven to ride, the best places I found were mostly like dungeons. In the heart of the city, yet still remote and thus perfect for my mystic experiments. Images and tricks, motions, came naturally after I let myself drawn in the surroundings, embracing despair I was rewarded with treasures that I could carry into the light, yet they shine better in the darkness in my opinion, that’s why I choose mostly to present my ideas in the place of their development. With the help of Sotiris I managed to capture the process of it. I wanted to do this for a long time, welcome to my world.

Text: Sotiris Gkonis.

George reminds me of these artists, such as Lukas Samaras (greek as well) , who try to create their own path no matter what, in an environment that guides them to do the exact opposite. He is one of a kind at what he does and how he approaches it. I know him for three or four years now and the progression of his riding and way of setting up the whole thing is ridiculous. But the recognition of this approach remains unfortunately in the same level. Even in ‘’progressive’’ sports, such as bmx, unique styles are still a taboo. I believe that this is the fate of every human that is trying to bring something different to the surface of our society and doing it silently. George is one of them, silent as when you see him ride, silent and never disappointed because he is doing it for himself in a city far away from the industry.

Remember this?

http://www.flatmattersonline.com/new-george-manos-edit

Quest BMX Podium Frame!

Danny Sirkin over at QuestBMX hit me up with some exciting news yesterday, ladies and gentlemen check out the new Quest BMX Podium frame, I sent Danny a few questions about the frame, so read on and check out the first photos of the frame, dialled!

Making a flatland frame with a platform is a brave move in the small saturated market that is flatland. Firstly, why did you choose the platform and who designed the frame?
Danny-Quest products have always been about function and performance. I don’t feel like the market is saturated with flat frames, although I do feel like there might be too many shortened double-diamond street frames. There are tons of riders who actually want a flatland-looking frame and there just hasn’t been much available in ages. t designed the frame myself with plenty of input from many fellow riders. I wanted the Podium to be as technology-forward as possible. Let’s think of it as ‘Flatland Forward.”

The Podium frame is more than just a flat frame with a platform. The platform is incredibly tiny and out of the way. It’s almost impossible to notice when riding it actually. I have seen a big trend of decade-type tricks happening again which is what initially prompted the idea, but honestly, it just builds a stiffer and stronger frame. The platform boxes in the rear end and keeps it from flexing laterally. The increased stiffness is instantly noticeable.

Here are some key features:

SuperTherm double-butted top and down tubes

Really sweet tapered seat and chain stays with bullet caps

14mm dropouts with integrated chain tensioners

Mid bottom bracket

Down tube gusset for added clearance

Curved bridges on seat and chainstays

Compact 4” platform length

No integrated seat post clamp – nothing to break and an aftermarket clamp holds tighter

Removable gyro tabs and cable hanger

Thread-in removable brake mounts – the finest available

Awesome Stardust-Black Powdercoat

MADE IN USA!

What is the geometry of the frame Danny?
Top tube length – 19”
Chainstay length – 13” slammed
BB Height – 11.8”
Standover height – 7.5”
Seat tube angle – 71 degrees
Head tube angle – 74.5 degrees
Weight before powder coat – 4.6lbs.

Where are you getting the frames made?
Dylan Worsley at WE Bicycles is making them. Dylan is awesome to work with and he’s a legend. It’s an honor to work with him on this project.

Entering the frame market is a big move, plans to expand Quest further? And when can we expect the frame to go into production?
Quest is making products as the needs arise. If we feel we can make something better or if we can make something that fills a void, then we will. Every Quest product is different and unique. Our pegs, for example, are made from 6061 aluminum instead of 7075 because research has shown that it lasts longer and doesn’t crack because it’s not as brittle. Also, our knurling has more depth than other pegs which gives increased control and stability but without being too grippy. Side note – we have improved our US peg sourcing and are happy to announce that the new retail of Guru and MetaGuruStix are now $49.99/pair!

The frame goes into production within the next couple weeks and will be available at www.flatlandfuel.com and www.questbmx.com.

I have to ask Danny, will this frame contain Gurunium?
Of course! Every Quest product is Gurunium-infused. Gurunium is the key element in our relentless pursuit of perfection.

Who is riding for Quest in 2014?
The 2014 Quest team consists of JF Boulianne, Todd Carter, Joe Cicman, Bryan Huffman, Danny Sirkin, Mannie Nogueira, Colin Carter, and Camden Carter.

Any last words?
Yes, I’d like to thank Todd Carter for giving this frame such an awesome name! The Podium. Thanks to Dylan Worsley for being a dream to work with! Lastly, thank you to Brandon Halleen who is the man behind the super-clean graphics. We are really excited about this frame!

Thanks for the exclusive Danny! That is awesome the frame will be made by a flatland legend, Dylan Worsley! Stay tuned in the next few weeks for the Podium frame to drop!

Thomas Noyer Deco Succubus Lite Bikecheck

Probably the best dialled bike check I have had sent back yet, this layout with photo and short question/answer takes care of it all! Check out Thomas Noyer’s fresh 19TT Deco Succubus Lite right here!

Mateus Beckmann – The Flatmatters Online 2013 Awards Interview

Intro/Interview: Effraim
Photos: Mateus Beckmann.

Last year there was something wonderfully pure about Mateus Beckmann sharing his progression with the flatland world. It turns out his amazing progression led to 34 videos. Mateus deservedly grabbed the Editorials Choice for Rider of the Year and Most Progressive Rider of the Year by a landslide! Mateus stepped up once again to bring us a new “Must Watch” video with his new tricks to go with this interview! Enjoy!

Firstly, congratulations Mateus you got my vote for Rider of the Year as well as readers vote the progressive rider of the year! From my perspective, producing 34 progressive videos throughout the year, with contributions every month made you the clear winner, you are motivating riders worldwide consistently all year! What an amazing year for you, how do you feel firstly about winning the awards?
Thanks Effraim. Win the award-winning ‘Rider of the Year’ and ‘progressive rider of the year’ is truly incredible. I am very, very happy for that. At first I really did not expect something like that, when I saw my name next to the names of my idols in Flatland I really was very happy. Is strange win of riders that you get inspired… Thanks Effraim and all!

34 videos in one year is incredible, such amazing progression last year, do you film every time you ride?
I had no idea I had made 34 videos in 1 year!
No, I only filming when i have a lot of new tricks, or sometimes when I’m very close to hitting a difficult trick.

I saw your flawless run during the Overground series last year, and I see the World Circuit will come to Brazil this year, will you be competing in this contest and other contests this year? What is your mindset towards contest riding?
Yes, I made a good run in Overground Series of simplest tricks.
Yes, I’ll try to go in all competitions in Brazil this year.
My mindset for the next riding contests is to make original tricks, some of my tricks( variations whips and decades) and some long combos too, I know I can actually do good tricks in competitions.

You have been doing a lot of decade/whopper variations recently, what I call one hit tricks, super hard! How do you see your riding progressing, are you just out there learning whatever comes along?
Decades / Whoppers variations are really my favorite tricks, are tricks that have not yet been very explored, there are still many variations of whoppers to create.
I like a trick, so I try to do this trick, maybe so my progress. ALWAYS TRY TO LEARN THE TRICKS THAT YOU LIKE :)

What are your plans for 2014?
Participate in all competitions in Brazil, participate in contests outside Brazil if I get sponsors.. Keep riding and progressing.

Your videos have inspired every flatlander at some point last year. I see that you ride at a skatepark, are you inspired by other types of BMX and other sports, such as skateboarding and so on?
What really inspires me is just in BMX Flatland and BMX Street. I like riding BMX Street with my friends, it’s great fun.

More recently your edits (i.e 2014), I noticed you are riding without a chain, why is that?
Yes, problems with my Freecoaster.
For the Master Bikes have only frames (SAMPA), forks, and bars. Freecoasters are too fragile to tricks jumps/whoppers.

Any final thanks/shoutouts Mateus?
Effraim Thanks for the interview.
Thank you Family & Friends.
Thanks Master Bikes,SAMPA BMX, Marcos Paulo de Jesus (Pig), Ederson Ferreira, Casa dos consertos.

Keep Riding!

Related Links:

“>http://www.flatmattersonline.com/?s=mateus+beckmann&searchsubmit=Search

Top 5′s with James McGraw!

We are back with the Top 5′s feature, intended to be a light hearted read in contrast to the more serious interviews on the site! And James McGraw doesn’t disappoint, always down for a bit of fun and banter! Read on!

Tricks to do daily:
Gliding stick bitch or junk yards, what ever you wish to call them to switch pivots.
Stubble ducks
Nose wheelies
Back packer combos
I always have a new idea I try everyday some good some seriously suck.

Places to ride:
I almost always ride in my tint shop’s Garage. Its a controlled environment I have kids so when I get to ride I want to make the most of it with no distractions thats why I almost always stay indoors.
I have a great outdoor spot and my basement as well.

People to ride with:
No one likes me cause I snake too much :-) lol.
I usually ride alone but Brian Gavigan AKA yellow comes down to ride with me when he can, as well as the Colorado flatjams crew.

Websites to check:
Everyday I go to Flatmattersonline and Global-flat to see whats up.

Snaking techniques:
Look for British guys that wear gloves and be sure to get in their way, also watch for someone to get ready go and make sure to cut them off while always looking forward. (editors note: Don’t I just know it hahaha -ref- Guru jam Practise)

Contests:
This year AM Flat Circuit, Trans Jam, Bike days in Switzerland, Fise in France,
The Worlds, and some of flatland world circuit.
Also if there was a good contest in England, I would maybe go to that as well LOL :-)

Bikeparts:
London Bikes, Profile, Odyssey, and Ares tires

Movies:
Gone in sixty seconds, Hangover movies, Iron man movies.
Most movies that are based on true story’s I always find entertaining.

Video parts to watch:
I have a few videos out there on vimeo my “year in the life” has alot of good stuff as for everyone else.
I don’t have a collection I watch whats posted daily, but I have been known to watch Uchie, Hiro, J Dub and Jason Ploudre’s video more than once.

Favourite riders:
Uchie, Vicki, Hiro, J Dub, Jason P, Kevin Nikulski, Thomas Noyer and I seriously like to watch Matuis B

Bike companies:
London Bikes has been really good to me I have to thank them.

Swear words you use when you ride:
Seriously what the Fuck!!!!!!!!!!!
WHY!!!!!!!!!
Are you Fucking Kiding me!!!!!!!!!!
Dang Nabit!!!!!!!

Brands:
London Bikes
Profile
Yellow designs

Non Bike Brands:
Adidas

Drinks:
Gatorade
Pepsi
Whiskey (only the best)

Food:
Well I’m not a vegan or a health freak so
KFC
Korean food
Lots of Red Meat
Golden berries

Things your hating on:
I hate the wind I would rather ride in the rain and I am way to old to ride in the cold.
People who talk shit Its flatland we all have something to offer and we all put alot of work in to it.
Ride because you love it and It will take you much farther!!!!

Things to do besides riding:
My wife
Hang out with my kids
Build my classic cars
Music
ride my motorcycle
Run my window tint business
Do man shit like weld shit for no reason at all :-)

Books:
Not so much I never really sit down.

Magazines:
What ever is in the seat pocket of the air plane I’m on
Better house keeping
Better homes and gardens
Playboy and Hustler, but only for the articles

Tricks you wish you could do:
More turbines with pumping
anything that I find to be a challenge yet is still fun!!

Holiday destinations:
Hawaii
Disney world
I have always wanted to go to the pyramids.

Who’s next?

Alexis Desolneux & Sebastian Grubinger / Heresy – Readers Choice Edit of the Year!

Intro/Interview: Effraim
Photos: Provided by Alexis Desolneux.

Firstly, congratulations guys for the Readers Choice Edit of the Year! Nominated in both reader and editorial choice edit of the year, plus second place in brand of the year. Tell us about some back ground information on the Fifth of September edit, did it turn out how you wanted it?
Sebastian:
Thanks E! I was really surprised when I saw the nomination. I didn’t expect anything like this. So cool! I couldn’t believe winning the Readers Choice Award in the end. It was mind blowing to get this news before the year changed. Thanks everybody for that!

Well, the Fifth of September…
All started that Alexis always wanted to film with Tom (Sevisual). As Tom lives in Hungary and Alexis in France, they didn’t get the chance too often yet.
Alexis was going to visit me in Vienna just before the OSG in Budapest, so we came up with the idea to get Tom here as well and get some links on tape. We had two days before heading to Budapest, so we thought it could be good to film some riding and do kind of a relaxed « a day in Vienna » edit. I didn’t ride much the weeks before because I had lots of work at my job and Alexis had a bad crash just a few days before his arrival, where he cracked some ribs, so we decided to take it easy — just capturing the good vibes and chilled atmosphere.

When we arrived at the spot we got pretty motivated and I had tricks in mind I really wanted to pull for this edit. It turned into a mission and at some point all of us (including Tom) were working pretty hard to get everything done in time, haha. Finally we finished the riding clips in one day.

Honestly I didn’t think much about how the video could look like, I was just happy to pull my stuff. In the end I was really stoked how it turned out! We both got cool clips, Tom’s filming and editing was perfect as always and Michi made the best track for it. It was a fun project with friends with an awesome outcome.

Alexis:
Thanks Effraim. Yes, a big surprise for us to even be nominated considering the number of good videos coming out each year and featured on FM. I had no expectations after that, I had a lot to care about before the end of the year, time passed and we ended up winning the award, that was crazy especially after getting the video of the month on FlatwebTV…Thanks everyone !
The video almost didn’t happen. I injured my ribs 5 days before my flight and was unable to ride. Tom was already there and we had planned this for a couple months. Somehow, with a large chest bandage and painkillers I could ride an hour the day before departure so I decided to leave anyway hoping an extra day off spent travelling would do me good…I figured I’d film little things and mostly let Sebastian shred. We had only one day to film some riding so I wanted to capture that special viennese atmosphere, make it a « more than riding » thing. On the morning of the 5th of sept., although the ribs hurt all night I was motivated to spend the day outside, the weather was perfect. The bandage held my ribs in place and with painkillers again plus some warm up, I worked my way up to some riding but only in line. Anything turbined or twisting my upper body was not possible, the last link was actually a bad idea… Like Sebastian said it was a mission but just being with friends at the Heldenplatz made for a great day. Tom and Michael (Sommer) did an amazing job working together and I always like to talk about music with Michael, he’s open on all styles and we could just create our own soundtrack. Michael came in the morning to the spot and we defined the musical elements that would build up a tension mixed with a positive vibe, Heresy meeting the city of Vienna in summer…Michael nailed it first try afterwards.
I shouldn’t even have ridden my bike that day so at dusk I was stoked and the title of the video came naturally as a special day for us to remember. Thanks to Tom and Michael’s input, the video turned out better than I imagined.

Did you guys hit all the tricks you wanted? Do you prepare for edits with a plan of what you want to get done?
Sebastian:
Yes, I think about tricks before I start working on an edit. I even write them down somewhere. This list can change in the process of filming. Some tricks will go, some new will come to the list. Writing it down helps me not to think about it too much and to be able to fully concentrate on the riding. I usually start filming with the „easiest“ trick. It gives me confidence for more difficult tricks to already have something on tape. For some reason I didn’t do that for the „5th of September“ edit. Maybe that’s why I started to struggle, haha.

I really wanted to pull the links that are in the edit. I didn’t pull two of them before, but I felt close the days before. Riding and filming with Alexis and Tom gave me great motivation to go for them that day and finally pull them. As I already mentioned, it was quite a mission and there was a point when I thought about giving up one link. Alexis and Tom were super motivating and finally I landed it.
The next day my body was sore but I felt great!

Alexis:
I did get what I wanted and although being injured sucked, it probably made me appreciate it more. I focused on just 3 moves that could work despite my injury, and that I never had the chance to film properly before. We didn’t take the first pulled clips as I tried to reach that certain peak of flow/amplitude you don’t want to miss to get the right clip. It worked on the fakie Xwhips and the antechrist/backwhips line but on that last octopus line, I was in pain on each try and just wanted to pull it and put my chest to rest. I wasn’t sure about it but when I watched it I was happy with it so sometimes the only time you pull it in the session can do the job.
As far as planning goes, when we jump at the chance to film a video like this one or « Heresy in Strasbourg », there’s a bit of that to get everyone in the same place. Vienna was easy to plan but with Strasbourg in the middle of winter we had to think of spots a bit more…with Heresy in general I would say the hardest aspect is to find a way to meet up despite our different schedules and places of residence but when that happens we just try to make the best with what we get. It’s good to have a general idea of the video beforehand but feeling our environment and enjoying what we do is essential in the end to produce a document that isn’t devoid of human feelings. That said, with the limited time we had, luck was with us to get some good riding for these videos. Next to that we have our solo projects going on and it’s a different process then…

Heresy has a very particular style, which is hugely respected throughout flatland. What are the core philosophies of the brand?
Sebastian:
Honestly I don’t think much about a philosophy of Heresy or BMX in general. It’s more that I just follow the path I feel and try to do the things I want to, the things that are fun and feel good to me – on my bike and in life beside BMX.
Maybe that’s one thing that makes Heresy what it is: a few guys going their way since years, do what they love.
It’s amazing that people like and respect what we do, I’m stoked about that and want to thank everybody for their support.

Alexis:
Well, I can only say that Heresy is way more than just a brand for me, it’s everything I’ve always wanted to do…with riding, friends, music and other sources of inspiration for which we can only be grateful for all the energy it gives us and in return to share it through this project…which is like a medium where we channel our ideas and actions, make the products we need (and naturally that others might need) and present the whole thing how we like it. We put a lot of effort into our riding, following our own directions and loving it, and our local spots are where things mostly happen for us. I want to hope that it tells enough about what Heresy stands for in this world. It’s important for me to leave things to interpretation. I prefer people to feel what we do and think for themselves. Some will relate, some won’t but that’s ok because we’re not trying to appeal to everyone. Heresy came like a new trick idea that had to come out how it came out. After riding for different bike companies in the past with their own agenda, this wasn’t really a choice as at my age I was going to do it exactly that way, uniting with friends who share a vision or not do anything of that kind anymore. I quickly went for the first option ; ) Naturally it’s much harder to start an independent company but every step means something to us and for the little we did so far, it’s been by far the most fulfilling project I’ve ever been involved. Heresy is just another way among all possible ways to experience BMX and give a representation of BMX. It’s truly amazing for us if what we do speaks to people out there and we are very grateful for all the good feedback !

If anyone wants to get ahold of Heresy product, where can they get it from?
www.bmx-force.com in France and Europe, 430 / www.decadeshop.com in Japan.
We’re amidst transition as we had to part ways last month with our original distributor/producer Distance Cycles, but we’re reorganizing things at the moment to get back on tracks and have things in production as soon as possible.

What are your plans with Heresy for 2014?
Alexis:
Well, we have a lot of work this year to improve distribution of our products and we have some new stuff in the works too. I’ll also keep on printing DIY clothing so expect some limited series as usual, keep an eye on bmx-force.com
On the riding side I just put out a full part which took a lot from me…but I’m enjoying riding and back at filming to complete another kind of project later on. I’m sure we’ll have some videos coming later but we don’t plan too much ahead. I know some opportunities to meet up and film will arise as we’ll all want to travel a bit and have a good time…So see you at the spot!

Sebastian:
The only thing planned is a trip with my girl to Sydney and New Caledonia to visit Michael Husser. We start 20th of February and be around for about 4 weeks. Can’t wait for it! Probably we’ll film a bit, if we have time beside chilling on the beach:-)
Nothing else planned yet… having fun, learning new tricks, filming for samethingdaily3 which should come out end of summer. Probably I’ll film an other Heresy edit with Tom anytime this year, if he wants to and if I have new tricks. Some trips to contests will happen as well. Let’s see what else 2014 brings…

Any final thank you’s guys?
Sebastian:
Thanks Effraim and flatmatters for making this award and this interview possible!
Thanks to Tom for being so patient, always having fun and motivating me! I know that it sometimes takes a while, haha!
Thanks Michi S. for the great soundtrack and Michael H. for the graphics.
Alexis, it’s always a pleasure to ride and hang out together my friend!
Thanks Matt @profileracing, Lisa @puma, Jakub and Pauli @paar-laden, Preddy @Personal-Rec.
Thanks to my family and my girl, Simone, for taking care of me since years and supporting me!

Alexis:
Thanks E + all the readers, Tom and Michi, Michaël Husser, Giorgos Manos, Matt/Profile, my friends @Savate skate socks, Alex V/Vans France, family and friends!

Thank you guys, it was a real pleasure catching up! All the best for 2014!

Watch the edit again!

HERESY – THE FIFTH OF SEPTEMBER from HERESY BMX on Vimeo.

Viki Gomez – Flatmatters Awards Interview / Readers Choice Rider of The Year!

Intro/Interview: Effraim
Photos: Viki Gomez.

We are back with the continuation of the Flatmatters 2013 Awards Interviews! Today is the turn of Viki Gomez, your vote for Rider of the Year! Viki won the award by a landslide, and its understandable why! It is fair to say that Viki mixes the sponsorship obligations of being a true professional rider, and a flatland artist documenting his progression as well as anyone I have ever seen! Read on to see what he had to say about his year, his progression, brakeless riding, his travel lifestyle, and a whole lot more!

Congratulations for the Readers Choice 2013 Rider of the Year on Flatmatters! To begin with Viki, tell me about your year. It seemed you focussed a lot of effort into documenting your progression a lot more last year?
Thank you so much for this awesome Awards!!! I am so stoked about winning this and the NORA Cup Awards in the same year! 2013, was probably so far in my career, one of the best years, since I have progressed not only as a Rider but also as an entrepreneur with future projects. Progression for me is the key to self-satisfaction and motivation for the future, therefore, I focus a lot in riding everyday and trying my hardest and new original moves. I tend to document my moves a lot as what everyone knows, sometimes a beautiful trick can only be pulled once and perhaps never again, but with the edit, you might have the chance to go back to learn and pull it again! ;) This is my progression strategy that I am glad to share with all the riders in order to support each other to always try new and hard tricks!!!

And of course you started riding brakeless, which seemed to kick start a new lease of progression for you with many videos in 2013?
As mentioned, 2013, was a year of taking risks, starting fresh and work hard in progression. I started the year with a huge step for me in my riding style. I took off the brakes and became a “brakeless rider”. This was huge at a start but allowed me to do longer combos with more flow and speed! I immediately felt a new way riding that in terms made me more creative and open-minded about new tricks and combinations of flowing moves. It was a great start of the new year in 2013, and it pushed me like a kid with his first bike to try more and more everyday! I was so thankful for convincing myself to try something new and “out of the box” in my world of riding! I started riding hard and filming bits and bits here and there, not with the intention to upload every clip, but for me to look back at, and after some months of riding a lot, it felt more balanced, and I decided to post edits, and thanks to this I believe the attention was brought to my progression, and this lead to winning the NORA as the “Number One Flatlander 2013”. Obviously, the other nominees are genius riders and therefore, I got really stoked be invited to go to Austin, Texas for the NORA Cup Awards, and then proud when I heard my name shout out by Leif Valin, and also take home the Cup! Having that said, I believe that riders who progress and push themselves in originality, (which the sports need to move to the next level) on a yearly basis truly deserve to win any kind of Awards!

Red Bull have you touring the globe promoting, it seems that you and Matthias Dandois use that lifestyle to fullest and still manage to progress?
Promotion for sponsors and supporters is one thing, however, when your sponsor allows you to travel the world, discover so much beauty, and also to progress in your passion and sports, then you can’t be anything but thankful and show your appreciation. Therefore, I take the opportunity to thank Red Bull and all my amazing sponsors!!!

The lifestyle touring around a lot is great fun and enriching, and it makes it even better having someone like Matthias with me on my trips!!! Matthias and I are each other’s idols and appreciate the different riding styles. That’s why we are a good combination for BMX Demos. We promote different sides of Flatland and the dedication needed to be where we are! BMXplore Tour that took place in South Africa during 12 days (and still manage to compete at the G-Shock Real Toughness 2 days after, after a 30h trip from South Africa to Japan!, haha remember that trip Matthias, wow! Big up for Matthias to still kill and win!), was an amazing time and this Tour didn’t end there… We’ll be back, and next time with sicker tricks!!!

How many trips did you make in 2013?
Ok, so this is a bit insane, but, I did over 63 events in 2013!!! 2013, was an AMAZING year for me all possible ways… however, when December came, I could definitely feel the need of a holiday, (for the first time really)!!! 2014 Started of extremely well though, winning the Flatmatters Awards for Riders Choice “Rider of the Year 2013”, and first trip to Gabon, Africa with Raphael and Alex Jumelin and other awesooome Dirt Riders, such as Mike Hucker (he taught me a Flatland trick btw “bar ride”, cheers for that), Luis Lacondeguy, Patrick Guimez etc. I definitely want to travel around more with these rad guys! It looks like 2014 is going to be a tripfull and successful year and I am so stoked and motivated for it!

If you could pick one highlight from the year, what would that be?
Difficult question, since there were many amazing things, worth mentioning, coming to my life in 2013, but I’d have to say, winning the NORA Cup on the 17th Anniversary, after having ridden for 17 years!!!

What’s going on with Orbea for 2014?
Ok, so Orbea (Spanish Bicycle Company) and I have been working on a project (“revolutionary”) since 2011, that could be of use for various disciplines, a BMX bicycle suitable and dimensioned for multiple BMX disciplines, a so called “hybrid” BMX. I call it the “RUDE” BMX bike (Orbea RUDE). I’ve built up a team of “RUDE Riders” that rider for Orbea RUDE together with myself, where there are both Flatland riders and Street riders. Together with the team we’ll do BMX Demos around Spain in 2014, called the “The Streets My Kingdom” Tour, where BMX Flatland and Street is demonstrated spontaneously in the streets with a MC and good sound! This was held in 2013 in 10 different cities in Spain and was a huge success (Matthias also took part in it and we had a blast in Barcelona and during the European X-Games). This was our way in bringing back Flatland to the X-Games and hopefully, it was appreciated and will come back again this year 2014.

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What are your personal plans this year?
My personal plans for 2014 are to progress and have fun! Every year, we Flatland riders, ride harder and promote our sport more and more, in order for it to grow and get the appreciation it deserves! And this should be the plans for every rider every year!
Apart from that, there are certain great projects going on for this year. In February, my own signature underwear collection with FREEGUN will be released, then my signature pedals with Moto Bicycles, and this is huge for me since it is a first, so be sure to support that ;) . Another filming edit is about to hit the internet, a project I made together with Red Bull Media House. Some exciting times in Brazil, I definitely look forward to, and some other fun projects too are to come up! So I am thrilled to get this year rolling!

Any final shoutouts Viki?
Thank you Effraim and Flatmatters for the awesome Awards (great idea) and for having this interview with me! And to all the readers and riders, let’s Ride more and have even more fun!

Thanks Viki! Congratulations one more time!

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