Category Archive: Interviews

Thomas Noyer – Battle in the Rockies Interview

Intro/Interview: Effraim.
Photography: Pics by Maxime Cassagne.

Thomas Noyer dropped a bomb entry for BITR! We caught up with the man to discuss his entry, and what we can expect from him at the main event, read on!

Firstly, congratulations on winning one of the flights to Colorado for the Battle in the Rockies. What was your initial reaction to the news?
Thanks E! First, I have been very honored to have been invited to submit an edit for this contest! My initial reaction by reading the results was I didn’t believe it! By browsing the rider list, I thought it was not possible. Then, I was and I’m still very happy for having been picked!! I’ve never been to the U.S, so it was a pretty good news!!

How much work went into your entry?
At the beginning I wanted to pull two medium combo back to back. But, when I watched the amazing Shintaro’s entry just two day after the contest began, and how he put the level high, I thought I had to film a one minute long combo to put all the chances on my side. I started to practice tricks one by one in different order and in various combos. When I thought I’d be quite consistent, I tried to combine them in one combo. I spent severals hours practicing it before to pull it. Very often, I failed during one of the last trick (tired and lack of clarity..).So, I realised how much it would be hard and mental to pull a 3 min combo as Moto and Dom did: what an amazing physical and mental performance!

If you had to pick one other entry besides yours, who would you have picked and why?
I think all the riders who came in this BITR video contest were very involved!! There were some amazing entry which highlighting the tricks (often never seen before!) and the style of each rider. I watched them so many times! So close to choose one among Moto, Hiro, Dub, Shintaro or Dez because they all put their own difficult tricks and proper style in their edit, furthermore in a one minute long combo….

The video contest seems the most cost effective way to involve riders across the globe in a contest, do you see this type of event growing in flatland?
Sure, because this kind of process is a pretty good way to push the rider themselves and those who just watched the edits to progress or just to start flatland. Each one, with his level, wins! This kind of event as the previous ones (ground tactics, GF battles…) democratizes flatland and allows to discover some amazing talents! It’s not easy to travel the world without a big sponsor and a full time job… And there, reward was worth it!! I even read a comment suggesting to put together some real video contest with prices money… But it never replace the meeting with the riders, the live sessions, and all the moments of sharing which is a really important aspect of flatland..

Were you harder on yourself composing a video combo entry than you might be for a live contest entry?
I was and I’m still certainly harder on myself composing a video combo! No pressure of time, of crowd, ground and place i use to ride on almost everyday… No excuse when your are on your own spot! I think contest video put each rider in his theoric best conditions to give his best riding… So I was determinated to do what I had decided: some of my last original tricks or switch combine between them in one combo. From here, most important was to pull the combo, not the result…even if today I’m stoked for having got the flight!
It was a really nice experience of riding to guide it on consistance aspect with ideal target to ride in live as in video… But not yet!!

What can we expect from you in Colorado?
To spend some great time on and besides the bike, to meet some cool people, visit some amazing place and enjoy the whole trip. I’m gonna try to go to Colorado with a good mood, telling myself I already won a great thing: to be able to come in!

Any final shoutouts?
I would like to thank my family and my girlfriend who always supported me, James McGraw for having the idea and involvement of organized this video contest and Flatmatters for giving me the chance to explain my process. I also would thank my sponsors: ESPRITbmx & Equilibre flatland parts, DECOBmx and Chad DeGroot for keeping my bike fresh, Xplicitenergy drink and Lockwood skateshop and Maxime Cassagne for the nice pics. I say hello to the whole ROOTS bmx asso crew in Albi and to all the rider i rode and i will ride with! Cheers!

Watch Thomas’s entry again:

Jean William Prevost – Battle in the Rockies Interview

Intro/Interview: Effraim.
Photography: Stephane Bar.

Welcome back, Part 2 of the BITR Interview series with the winner of the video contest! Jean William Prevost, the man we all refer to as Dub! Man of the moment, organised the successful Real City Spin contest, just dropped the igi peg, and of course is at the top of the sport competing world wide. Without further a due here is the Dub BITR Interview!

Firstly, congratulations on winning one of the flights to Colorado for the
Battle in the Rockies contest.

Thanks, Big UP!!!

What was your initial reaction to the news?I sent a voice message to James McGraw right away screaming a whole bunch of happy noises hahaha. It meant alot to me, so many great riders took part in it, it’s definitely a blessing to keep pushing forwards.

How much work went into your entry?
I had a friend over from Australia for Real City Spin and he helped out a lot. We went filming three days in a row, I filmed 5 different runs for the contest (including full one minute runs), and when we only had 15 minutes of battery left I decided to try this new run I had never done before with almost all original tricks, that one was my entry.
I’ve been thriving to put out a completely original run one day. It’s alot of work because you must look at the basis of trick and move away from them by skipping steps and shortening the in betweens and filler tricks. With Jay we have been talking about this for a while now, NO FILLERS!!! Like extensive pumping or scuffing no more, trick to trick as much as possible.

If you had to pick one other entry besides yours, who would you have picked and why?
WOW, you’re putting me on the spot here! I would have drawn Dez, Moto and Thomas, they were the best entries to me. So many tricks jammed into one minute for the three of them, all so good. You can tell they took it seriously and worked a lot on their runs.

The video contest seems the most cost effective way to involve riders across the globe in a contest, do you see this type of event growing in flatland?I
I thought this was very stimulating for Flatland, I am sure this kind of event will be growing with how technology is permeating reality nowadays, it’s like there is no getting away from the virtual world anymore, Skynet is up the corner, Big Brother is watching and the NSA is listening!!! They should make one step of the World Circuit a video contest, imagine! Now that would make things accessible and interesting wouldn’t it!! Also, organize or ride, not both!!! (That’s another topic in itself.)

Were you harder on yourself composing a video combo entry than you might be for a livecontest entry?
Live contest and video contest are totally different. Stress levels are different, you have time to compose what you think is the best of your riding at the moment. You don’t have to tone down or add any fillers to your riding to catch your breath because you have another 2 minutes to ride.
I wanted to showcase my tricks as ART more than as Olympian riding, I didn’t fill the minute completely as I had no RAM memory left after those tricks. I wanted to brush away all the extras and give you the core of what I thought represented me as a rider right now. Especially that first trick in the combo which lasts about twenty seconds, I have been working on that link for years, it is now resembling what I had first pictured in my mind back then.

What can we expect from you in Colorado?
Smiles and Good Times! As I don’t get flight tickets paid very often I will enjoy this and not stress as much about having to pay my flight ticket back by winning. I think that the less stress the better the riding! So expect a happy DUB :) ))

Any final shootouts?
Big Shout out to Amnesia Shops, it is my new sponsor and the Welcome Edit should be out soon. Konkrete Shoes, 514 BMX, Far East cycles, IGI BMX and NOMI !!!! . Also my mom for the gift of life! Love you MOM!!! :) ))

Check out Dub’s winning entry again right here:

Chad Degroot – Behind the Scenes Part 4

Part 4 and the full part of the Behind the Scenes series with flatland legend Chad Degroot just dropped! In this final episode, Chad discusses his bike shop, running Deco, and flatland! Great stuff from Espn!

Dez Maarsen – Battle in the Rockies Interview

Intro/Interview: Effraim.
Photos: Supplied by Dez.

After the epic Battle in the Rockies video contest I felt it only right that I get in touch with each of the winners to get their thoughts firstly on the video contest, and on the up and coming BITR contest! Beginning with Dez Maarsen!

Firstly, congratulations on winning one of the flights to Colorado for the Battle in the Rockies. What was your initial reaction to the news?
I was super stoked and shocked! Especially since I wasn’t going in the first place. I was really hoping to go to the US this year and now I’ll be going to Colorado Spring in November. Super excited!

How much work went into your entry?
A lot of mental and physical hours! I wanted to put my best tricks together in one combo and it had to stay in time. A lot of tries I was all ready out of time. So I had to do my switches faster. Also I wanted to have a nice flow and trick order. I tried several days over the period to pull this combo. Most of these days it was more then an hour of repeating to pull the combo until I was to tired. I even got a nasty injury during the procces. The day (Tuesday before the deadline) I had to pull the combo I finally did it for the first time!

If you had to pick another entry besides yours, who would you have picked & why?
There where so many great entries! The last day I was hitting refresh so many times to see who else submitted an entry. I would have picked Moto, because he put all his hard moves together, showed a lot of different techniques and filled completely the whole minute with his combo up till the second!

The video contest seems the most cost effective way to involve riders across the globe in a contest, do you see this type of event growing in flatland?
This video challenge was really progressive! It was a great change for all type of riders to show the best they have in a competitive way. And ofcourse there was a great reward! It would be nice to see more of this. A few years ago Ground Tactics and Global-Flat Battles helped to give riders that can’t travel to competitions a great platform to show their riding and push them self. But at the physical event you always meet new people, hanging out with friends, see live new tricks and there is always a great vibe. That’s a really important thing for me about riding! So if this type of video contest will help riders to travel to contest I hope we gonna see more of it!

Were you harder on yourself composing a video combo entry than you might be for a live contest entry?
Yes I can say I was harder on myself for this video combo. It was a great challange to show some of my best tricks that I have quit dailed, but haven’t been able to pull concitance in a live contest. Also you where competing with the best riders in the world that all had 1 minute to show there best stuff! I’m pretty competitive and I wanted to win this ticket really bad! I set my boundries high for this combo and just stayed patiĆ«nt and positive that i would pull it. This was the first time for me to do this kind of thing so I really wanted to challenge myself.

What can we expect from you in Colorado?
A big smile and I’m gonna give it all I got! There is still a little more then two months left so I’m gonna train hard! Winning this ticket has given my motivation a big boost!

Any final shoutouts?
Respect to all the riders that send in an entry! Maximum respect to James McGraw for organizing this whole contest with the video contest! Can’t wait till the event!
Special thanks to my girlfriend for being an amazing support! And a shoutout to my riding buddies, family and sponsors!

Thanks Dez! Fun catching up with you, see you at Battle in the Rockies! Watch Dez’s entry again below!

Battle in the Rockies – Video Challenge from Dez Maarsen on Vimeo.

Throwback Thursdays with Steve Mulder

For this weeks Throwback we go back to 2011, and Steve Mulder’s amazing throwback part. This is definitely worth a rewatch!

Also hit Steve’s throwback interview:

http://www.flatmattersonline.com/steve-mulder-the-throwback-interview

Remembering X with Dylan Worsley

ESPN are kicking ass with some great documentaries/interviews recently, today check out Dylan Worsley recalling his time under the X Games spotlight.

BTS Chad Degroot Episode 3

Loving these ESPN behind the scene documentaries with Chad Degroot, hit play for Part 3 where Chad talks X Games, and how he got into running two skateparks, Mission and Mesh.

BTS Chad Degroot Episode 2

ESPN just dropped Behind the scenes Part 2, hit play to hear Chad discuss the earlier years of Rampage, Standard Bykes, the evolution of sponsorship, Nora Cup. Great stuff for the archive right here!

Matthias Dandois / We are Orange Juice Interview

Matthias Dandois has a dope interview on the WAOJ website, hit the link to read this thoughts on his signature frame, his travels, his inspirations, and so much more!

http://weareorangejuice.com/blog/2014/09/15/rider-interview-matthias-dandois/

Chad Degroot – Behind the Scenes Part 1

Chad Degroot drops some knowledge on the history of Baco, hit play for Part 1 in this Behind the scenes ESPN series! Looking forward to seeing how this builds up!