Old School Sunday Special: Catching Up with Robert Castillo

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?

45:32: Plans for 2018.

48:41: Any final thanks?

Catching Up with Bill Nitschke

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!

1:36: Introduction

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?

39:45: Plans for 2018.

42:22: Final thanks.

Catching Up with James McGraw

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?

Terry Adams interviews Scott O’Brien


Photo: Fat Tony.

For this episode of Scott O’Briens podcast, the tables get turned and Terry Adams interviews Scott, love the section talking about Justin Miller and what happened to his riding career. Tune in on the link below, don’t forget to download the Anchor app, or add the show on iTunes and listen to the show in better quality.

https://anchor.fm/flatlandbmx/episodes/f3c960

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/intro-to-flatland-bmx-podcast/id1300435647

Effraim Catlow Interview – Scott O’Brien Flatland Podcast

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This afternoon Scott O’Brien I caught up with Scott O’Brien to talk about running Flatmatters, competing at the top of my game during the X Game days and teaching BMX skills to kids. It was awesome to catch up with Scott, go and download the anchor app and subscribe to Scott’s show.