The Sietse Van Berkel Flatmattersonline Interview!

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Intro/Interview: Effraim.

At the FiseWorld in Hiroshima, Japan last month it was on my list to catch up with the Flatmattersonline 2018 Breakthrough Rider of the Year, Sietse Van Berkel!

Sietse is one of those riders that has been on the brink for a number of years, last year he stepped up in a big way blowing the flatland world away with his final submission for the Master of Creativity finals and taking a well deserved win.

I dig into what went into his Master of Creativity entry, his horrific head injury that followed, from being the MOC winner to judging. Winning the FM award, his elegant style that is like no other, getting on Four pegs and Deco, his mindset training for contests and some surprises came out throughout the interview that I won’t spoil.

This is pure gold, is down grab and cuppa and listen to what Sieste and I have to say in our one hour 14 long conversation that taught me a lot and hopefully you at home listening.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s time for the Sietse Van Berkel Flatmattersonline Interview!

00:57: Winning the Flatmattersonline Breakthrough Rider of the Year Award.

1:36: Master of Creativity and a certain type of person to truly go in and give it all you got.

3:43: Strategy going into MOC?

5:12: Mindset going into Round 2 of MOC?

6:33: Keeping your Round 3 banger quiet and off social media.

6:50: Outside of MOC if you brand new trick do you save it or does it go straight on instagram?

7:18: How do you feel about social media?

8:22: For all of those that don’t know you, who is Sietse Van Berkel?

8:57: Coming from Holland, how much did the event Flatground inspire you and effect your life?

10:25: How did you get into Flatland?

12:31: After Flatground, BMX Cologne?

15:01: Your elegant style of riding?

19:41: First Bike?

21:21: Being in a music band?

22:42: From winning Master of Creativity to judging MOC?

23:49: Is it hard to enter Master of Creativity and not being sure of what you did was original?

25:14: Getting injured really bad right after MOC?

28:59: Did the injury at the pump track make you realise you cant afford to miss sessions on Flatland? No more pump track?

29:28: Climbing influences Sietse’s style.

30:14: Geting on Four Pegs BMX?

32:37: Getting on Deco?

33:20: Anything specific about your bike set up?

34:34: Out of MOC this year, any plans on a Welcome to Deco edit?

35:53: Outside of riding, what do you do?

37:21: In Utrecht, how are you riding spots?

38:20: Getting a ticket for riding at a spot, he’s rode at for years?

42:20: From winning the MOC 2018 to tackling the 3 minute run. How do you prepare for a contest?

44:20: What inspires you with flatland in the modern day?

46:14: What is flatland?

48:00: Do you have a set amount of hours you ride?

52:33: How do you feel your riding will develop in the future, do you think you found your style?

55:10: With the Dutch culture, I was curious would you say you are a competitive rider?

56:20: What were you thinking during the Fise finals in Hiroshima, as flatland fan or?

58:27: Do you think judging MOC would help your riding?

1:02:00: What pulls you to watch an edit nowadays?

1:05:08: You runs workshops, what do you tell kids about what you do?

1:06:47: Styles varying country to country.

1:09:00: Certain riders settles not fitting contest format?

1:10:15: What’s your favourite things about the flatland culture?

1:11:24: Was it scary returning to ride flatland after your injury?

1;12:47: Do you stretch before your ride?

1:12:56: How do you feel about having your name on the Fm award for Breakthrough Rider of Year?

1:13:42: Any final shoutouts, advice for beginners or anything like that?

Dez Maarsen Interview Part 1 and 2 / How to Build a Career in BMX when you’re the underdog?

It’s already a good week here on Flatmattersonline, yesterday we had Matthieu Bonnecuelle’s amazing new edit. Today we have the Dez Maarsen Interview, Lionel Cardoso made the trip from Paris to Holland to catch up with Dez and discuss his life, habits, his daily routine, growing up with in Holland, his fears, motivation and really dig into how Dez built his career. This interview comes in two parts, so you are definitely going to want to grab a cuppa and enjoy this one!

The Flatmattersonline Pete Brandt Interview!

In my opinion, You couldn’t really script this story.. Who would have thought my childhood hero would organise a go fund me fundraiser to get me out to San Francisco and the One Love Jam.

Wait what????

How many would do this or even think about doing this for another rider? It is and was an amazing gesture. So much so I pinched myself at various points of the long flight over to SF. Is this really happening??

As Pete broke the news, aside from my initial disbelief, and thoughts of finally riding the clocktower and going to the One Love Jam. This was finally my chance after ten years of running Flatmattersonline to interview Pete and ask him all the things I was curious about over the years.

I first travelled to SF when I was seven years old with parents, then again at 14 years old and to compete for the X Games in 99, and 2000. The city definitely strikes a chord with me, it is my favourite place to travel in the world. So much history here, the bridges, all the different cultures, the views each way you look, the people, you can ride around Embarcardero and see all the famous skatespots just a throws away from the legendary Clocktower spot that Pete rides everyday, making the 40 minute BART commute from across the bay in Fremont.

I have met Pete numerous times over the years at contests across the globe, and even at the San Francisco X-Games twice which we discuss in the interview.
I haven’t however, hung out with Pete for any considerable amount of time, until this dream trip. I think it’s fair to say we got along so well I now consider Pete a close friend and we share a lot of the same music tastes, views on flatland, we both vibe off skateboarding, and best of all just a lot of laughs and good flatland sessions.
As I approach my 45th birthday in March, seeing Pete still going as hard as ever was a massive motivation to me “hey you can still do this and work a full time job and juggle family life with kids” and be an absolute monster to boot.

There are multiple layers to Pete’s life, which we cover in this interview. The term “legend” gets over used a lot, but Pete really is a flatland legend. And in fact as I now call it he is an “architect”. Pete has helped shape the spot/artform we all love, have you ever shove-it’ed mid trick, done a crackpacker, held a hitchhiker on the peg instead of tyre, used plastic pedals, use a freecoaster, these are all things Pete invented and made them popular and the list goes on.

The man deserves a BIG interview so much I can’t even stress this enough. Our sport/artform needs to respect the architects that shaped what we love today, and Pete is still going hard and infact I can almost guranteed he’s the last to read this and will be out shredding at the clocktower without a care in the world other than riding his bike and doing what he loves on the daily.

Over the years, I have met just about everyone in the flatland scene and Pete is the realist rider I have met. This guy eats, sleeps, and breathes flatland, and he totally gets it.

Grab a cuppa, and make some time to learn about one of the best riders to ever do it. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s do this, the Flatmattersonline Pete Brandt Interview! This is for all the hardcore riders out there, proud to bring this exclusive to the flatland scene.

Effraim Catlow / Flatmattersonline

The Flatmattersonline Pete Brandt Interview Teaser!

Have you ever met your childhood hero? Last month, I got to hang out and ride with Pete Brandt for the first time for an extensive period of time, since I have known him. When I received the news that Pete was organising a Go Fund page to get me out to San Francisco and the One Love jam. To be honest, I didn’t really know whether to scream, or shed a tear, what I can tell you for sure is I was very hyped and super excited to get out there. I can remember talking to myself and saying, “right this is it! It’s time to get the interview I always really wanted on the website.”

I had the time of my life, riding and hanging out with Pete everyday during my trip to California. After approx two weeks of editing, plus going over footage, and general tweaks that come with putting something like this out (I have never worked on a video for so long, hence why FM updates have been a little slow…). The full interview will drop this Friday, today to whet your appetite here is a little teaser.

Words cannot express how hyped I am to drop this interview on Friday, Pete is a true architect of Flatland, and a man that deserves the utmost respect from all of us!

Stay tuned!

Matthias Dandois Interview – His Secrets to becoming 7 X World Champion!

Do you want to know Matthias Dandois’ secret to becoming 7 x World Champion? What makes him motivated, how much he rides and so on… Lionel Cardoso, the man behind Freestyle Tactics caught up with Matthias for this revealing interview. Don’t miss it….

Re Up: Jean William Prevost Podcast

With Jean William Prevost aka Dub taking the 2018 Flatmattersonline Year end awards by storm, it seems to me as good a time as any to repost the podcast with Dub from last year at Bike days. It was really interesting to catch up with Dub and pick his brains and here his opinion on judging, the flatland scene, competing, and the struggles he faces day to day.

Sebastian Grubinger in Vienna – Part 1 to 3

Bmx Flatland Sebastian Grubinger from Benjamin Arena on Vimeo.

Bmx Flatland Sebastian Grubinger PArt 02. from Benjamin Arena on Vimeo.

Bmx Flatland Sebastian Grubinger Part 03 from Benjamin Arena on Vimeo.

A couple of months ago, Sebastian Grubinger met up with ESPN Latin America to shoot a series of short videos discussing the lifestyle in BMX, riding in Vienna and shoot some riding clips. Enjoyed watching these, and I am sure you will do to.

Effraim Catlow – Ride On Full Length Interview

Ride On talks to Effraim Catlow Full length from Neil Waddington on Vimeo.

If you missed the three part Ride On interview Neil Waddington produced with me back in the summer, here is the full length version. Big thanks to Neil for taking the time and effort to produced this. Part 2 of my 10 year interview will drop on Monday…

Effraim Catlow – Ten Years of Flatmattersonline Reader Interview Part 1

Intro: Effraim.

A couple of weeks ago, when I was celebrating 10 Years of Flatmattersonline I reached out to you, the readers of FM to ask me a question. I don’t know what I was expecting, but I sure wasn’t expecting the response I got. In light, of such a great response I decided to answer all the questions as they were all so good and insightful in some way. There are way too many questions for one part so I have split up the interview to make it easier for you all to read and digest. Without further a due, let’s get into your questions.

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