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?
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: 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.
Great interview edit by Hippie Josh for Episode 4 in the Lifer Series with Ruben Castillo where he talks about growing riding pre internet, riding with his brother Robert, and a while lot more. This is awesome and well worth your time watching!
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.
Today I am stoked to publish this Old School Sunday Special with BMX flatland legend, Robert Castillo. Robert grew up riding for GT/Dyno, and has done it all and still rides and competes to this day. Enjoy this episode.
00:24: How old are you? How long riding and how did Robert get into flatland?
1:45: When you started riding was it only flatland you rode, did you have to ride flatland and ramps when you few up competing?
3:45: What was it like growing up with Ruben, did you guys do the same tricks growing up, were you rivals?
5:13: When did you start competing?
6:00: Did you and your brother, Ruben get sponsored by GT/Dyno at the same time?
7:03: What bike did you ride when you first get on GT?
7:30: What was expected of you when you on GT?
9:03: As a result of getting on GT did you see a lot of magazine coverage come your way?
11:03: Inventing the no dead time between tricks style.
12:14: Battle in the Rockies being one of the hardest contests for him emotionally after breaking his toe the day before.
13:26: From becoming a young kid on GT, how long was it until you went on tour?
15:15: Going on tour with his child hero, Martin Aparijo?
16:27: Competing against Kevin Jones?
18:44: Being on GT when Kevin Jones joined the team?
20:00: Who was your manager growing up on GT?
21:48: Stories from the GT Tours.
26:19: At what point did you see show riding as your number one focus and job?
30:09: Working for Woody Itson.
32:40: Did you guys do the same routine everyday on tour?
33:56: Working with Dave Voelker and Pete Brandt, going solo running shows.
37:15: What got you back into the contest scene?
40:05: Podium at BITR with a broken toe.
41:49: What advice do you give to kids trying to get into flatland?
Each one of these Catching Up interviews i’m enjoying more and more. Next up was the turn of the man who invented the Whopper, and the man who has more energy than anyone I have ever met, ladies and gentlemen here is the Bill Nitschke Interview!
2:13: Growing up riding in the AFA contests.
4:33: Meeting up with Todd Carter in the Ohio scene.
5:16: How did Bill get into flatland?
7:20: What shaped Bill’s riding, his presence on the contest floor is unreal to watch live!
10:43: Inventing the whopper, and tells the story and what went down?
15:58: Spike Jonze shooting the whopper.
16:34: Favourite memories from competing?
17:37: Being the first person to do a tail whip over a set of doubles on dirt.
21:54: Getting involved in Standrad Bykes.
24:29: Leaving Standard Bykes and getting picked up by Homeless and starting Indy Industries.
27:26: Always keeping riding despite being burnt on contests.
28:07 Contests taking a back seat and becoming more show riding oriented.
29:36: The return of the AFA contests bringing Bill back to the contest scene.
32:34: Hitting the biggest Whopper I’ve ever seen at Battle in Rockies 2017 and the aura he sets when he rides in a contest.
35:50: How does competing in Battle format contests go for Bill Nitschke, all that stop start style?
James McGraw invited me over to judge the Battle in the Rockies 2017, Round 5 in the 2017 AFA series who better to interview for the FM “Catching Up series than the man behind the BITR contest and the return of the AFA series than James McGraw. You definitely want to tune in and listen to this one, this is possibly my favourite catching up yet.
00:31: History on Battle in the Rockies, introducing the video contest as a chance to compete at the event no matter where you are in the word.
1:21: Has James original intention with organising BITR stayed the same four years on?
2:58: Bringing the AFA Back for the flatland scene, what was James intention in doing so?
6:07: What is a successful flatland contest for James?
9:16: How long has James competed for, and his fondest memories looking back over the years?
10:15: James was the first rider to do a backwards bar ride in a contest.
12:01: Moto Sasaki couldn’t make it to this years event after winning the free ticket last year, how did you arrive at inviting Mates Tucek to Colorado?
14:51: Plans for the AFA and BITR in 2018?
19:28: Behind every event there’s always a ton of people working to make the event happen, who are some of the people that help you out and deserve some recognition?