Category Archive: Interviews

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

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!

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

Autum Bicycles – 2013 Brand of the Year / The Flatmatters Online Awards Interview

Interview: Effraim
Photos: Autum Bicycles.

Matti Röse The LASH AUTUMBIKES from Waldemar Fatkin on Vimeo.

Yesterday we dropped the first of our award interviews with Thomas Noyer who won the editorial vote edit of the year and breakthrough rider of the year! Today is the turn of Brand of the Year, which you the readers voted for Autum Bicycles. I caught up with Matti Rose to talk about the background of the brand, winning the award, organising the flatland contest at the worlds, and generally giving a lot back to flatland. Read on!

Lets begin, Autum voted Brand of the year! Congratulations guys, for the record who is running things at Autum? How many people do you have working for you?
First of all thanks a lot for voting us brand of the year – thats a good feedback for all the hard work we put into it! AUTUM is based in Berlin and Thomas Hirsch and me are running things mostly on our own. We are both involved around 20 years in BMX and especially Flatland. Besides that we got some help of a few freelancers who now and then help us with graphic stuff, filming, fotos, website shizzle and of course taxesss…

Of all the brands out there in flatland, you tie everything together really well with website branding, style, quality edits, and so on. What were your personal highlights in 2013?
Thanks for the props Effraim – keeping everything smooth & connected is one of our main goals for the brand. There are a few personal highlights, but one highlight was and is the development of the brand in general with a dope product portfolio, nice edits, new riders and good feedback from the scene for our last years work (which means also getting the Flatmatters brand of the year award was a highlight)! We are trying to push BMX with the help of a good team and try to realize products which fit the standards of modern BMX Flatland & Street riding and it looks like the riders like it! Besides that another highlight to me was seeing our FLAT/STREET products copied by Wethepeople – no hard feelings Harry ; )

And above all that you stepped up and took charge of the flatland organisation of the Worlds Championships in Koln, Germany. Is there any news on the Worlds this year?
Yes, with deepBMX we are trying to push BMX Flatland in general with doing shows, workshops and also contest organizations like we use to do at the Worlds. Until now we have no news. But next week we will have a meeting in Cologne with the main organizer and I guess after that we will have some news concerning the worlds/masters. I hope we get to continue the good work with establishing Flatland on the contest…

I know you can’t give to much away, but will there be new Autum products in 2014?
Yes, there will be new AUTUM products in 2014 ; )

Thomas Hirsch – BMX – Bohlenplatz – Eisbär from deepAutum on Vimeo.

If riders want to get hold of Autum product where can they get your product from?
In general you can find your nearest dealer through our dealers list on our website:
http://www.autumbikes.com/dealers/

Any final thank yous?
First of all a BIG thank you to our customers,dealers and distributors who believe in our good products!
Thanks to the whole team – you guys rule!
Hope to roll,spin and switch with you guys more this year…
Jäzzo for top notch consulting and EVERYTHING.
All the helping hands who push our brand and Club Mate for keeping me awake!

Thanks for your time Matti! Congratulations once again!

http://www.autumbikes.com

Thomas Noyer – The Flatmatters Online Awards Winner Interview

Intro/Interview: Effraim.
Photos: Maxime Cassagne.

Thomas Noyer kicks off our Flatmatters Online Awards Winner Interviews series, it is fair to say that Thomas had an amazing 2013! His progression was rewarded with the Editorial vote for “Edit of the Year”, and you the reader of Flatmatters voted Thomas for “Breakthrough Rider of the Year”. I caught up with Thomas to discuss his year, his thought process going into the Frontyard work edit and his recent Deco hook up. Read on!

What was your thought process going into Frontyard work edit?
Coming back to King of Concrete at the end of August, I worked hard and daily on turbine frontyard whiplash (sensation, grip, speed..). With practice, I found lil’ variations with turbine frontyard whiplash as starting trick: to spinning backward crackpacker, to no hand crackpacker..(cf instagram clips) until I pull for my first time a double turbine frontyard whiplash. It was the beginning of my process… I wanted to film all the last lil variations a learnt with this starting trick: turbine frontyard whiplash.
But practice frontyard during hours and hours and watching Peter Olsen’s videos (who worked on straight pivot from backward frontyard to cross foot whiplash on both foot in his “the last ten” edit for example) gave me the idea to include turbine and these pivots in my frontyard moves. From there, all the combos I thought for an hypothetic edit had for common to start from frontyard position or to have frontyard trick in the combo…
Only problem was the edit was just a project, so I had now to pull all the tricks and all the combos I dreamed of… As I didn’t pull yet any tricks or combo of this future edit (except a lil’ variation in the first combo ), I practiced a lot, to pull this tricks ideas and try to combine them into combos… From here, my motivation was to show in each combo a lil something new or unseen so far:
-Turbine frontyard whiplash to backaward spinning crackpacker in the first one
-Turbine frontyard whiplash to turbine rolling and pivoting frontyard rideout in second one
-Turbine rolling and pivoting frontyard to cross foot pedal rideout in the third one
-Turbine rolling and pivoting frontyard on the other foot to cross foot steam roller without catch the seat and rideout in the fourth one
-Double turbine frontyard whiplash in the fifth one
- Same move as the third link but at the middle of the combo in the sixth one
-Crackpacker BB rolling in the seventh one
-Half turbine frontyard whiplash to crackpacker BB in the last one

How long did you spend filming the edit?
From the first day I started to film to the last one, it spend one month. During this month I rode almost everyday but I filmed only 10 days approximatively (time to learn tricks or pull combos I decided between each clip I kept for the edit). I remember the great conditions at this moment to ride every day and I rode two times a day and sometimes before to go to work…. From this ideas, the edit project involved I had to pull this tricks for my first time.
Furthermore, edit project encourages me to push my progression and tricks I just learnt. For example I began to learn turbine rolling and pivoting frontyard crossfoot rideout. The first ones were tight and sketchy… So I tried to pull it more easily. The next day, to go further in the same trick, I tried it but with a cross foot pedal ride out. Then the same move, but at the middle of a combo and so on… Sessions I pulled trick for the first time (that was crazy!) I just filmed it to see how it was in video… I didn’t keep any clip with a first time pulled trick/combo. After having watched each one, I removed it in order to pull it more properly or with more speed for the definitive edit… There was sessions I pulled trick that i missed several times, but back wheel hit the ground or the rideout was speedless… So I began again until I am satisfied with the result…

It seemed in 2013 your riding style and flow became more aggressive and stylish than ever. Would it be accurate to say you are refining what you are doing, and in turn new ideas are coming from this concept?
About style, I don’t know… I always paid more attention to the tricks than to the style (even if that count in the global appreciation…). I’m more sensitive to what was done rather than how it’s done… Most of time, it’s people watching the rider who give him a label “smooth”, “style”, “brutal”, “energic”. I mean, I do nothing for it during my daily practice and I’m very happy and grateful when people or rider tell me my riding is stylish and that encourages me to pull my tricks and combos as properly as I can.
I think riding for an edit-work push to clean combos. I think also, practice one trick during hours and hours make it more easy to do, with more speed, more angle, more commitment and finally with more facility and lightness which contributes a lot, in my opinion, to give style to the riding. About new ideas from this concept, I think any progress can open doors on other tricks, other move. It was my process: learning a move for a trick which open the way to an other move and so on…

Tell me about the BB crackpacker, it’s rare to see a variation nowadays that hasn’t been done. Long process learning it?
Crackpacker BB was the cherry on the cake for the edit. I always dreamed to find a kind of new rolling position. Rolling position in particular because this family of tricks is, for me, the foundation of balance, of flatland… First we try to find a position on the bike then we try to ride with or to combine it but base is the position. Thinking of a new rolling position, I dreamed to find a way to learn crackpacker both foot on pedals. (I already told you this in a top’s 5 interview. The question was which trick do you would like to pull…). But so hard starting from crackpacker on the pegs (pedals are so far away to put feets on them from crackpacker!).
So, I tried to find a other way… Right foot on BB was the good one. I began learning to hold the position. During hours and hours, I took crackpacker position, both foot on the floor. I pushed the ground to come into crackpacker on pegs and I tried to switch to crackpacker BB position and to hold it. At the beginning I didn’t think it was possible… So I tried changing my gravity center, more pushing on the right leg, trying other hands positon on the bar and, gradually, I kept the crack BB position increasingly long. I just had to find a way to come into basic crackpacker with enough speed and a way to rideout.
Then, to link this new trick with the concept of the edit to work with frontyard as starting trick, I had to practice to combine a frontyard to the crack BB. I had the basic of turbine frontyard whiplash, so I tried the half turbine frontyard whiplash serving me of crackpacker transition speed to switch to the crack BB position and that worked!

The readers of flatmatters voted you the breakthrough rider of the year, tell me about your 2013? Ups and downs of course like everyone?
Firstly I would like to thank all the readers, riders, followers who check flatmatters daily and voted for me for this awards. I was very stoked and grateful at the same time! 2013 starts well with my entry in the ABT team, practicing for the very nice Alençon contest (A.B.C of flatland this year 15/16feb) in France with a nice organisation and a lot of great riders! Then, Astrolabe Contest was a nice trip and contest with amazing vibes and runs from each riders. FISE was FISE. Battle with Alex during first round of finals was a great experience but, even if he rode well with his technical switches, he didn’t have enough concurrence cause my really shitty runs. During July, at City voice contest in Grenoble (France) I failed and I injured my right wrist: 6 weeks without riding and I already have checked my flight to KOC… Time to practice a lil before going to UK and it was KOC, one of the best moment of my rider’s life. Everything was great: trip, welcome, meetings, riders, contest, vibes, chilling time…To win KOC had a big part of my motivation before investing me in the edit project… Two month later, I won the VU (Pessac, France) and one more time it was a great feeling… Then I started seriously to film for the edit.

That’s a great journey Thomas! You of course just got deservedly hooked up by Deco BMX, what set up will you be riding? Oh and welcome to the team haha!
At the end of December, Thierry, the TM and boss of Espritbmx online shop/team (which have the biggest stock of flatland parts in France) told me he was speaking to Chad Degroot to distribute Deco in France. He asked me if I was interested to ride on a Deco frame. How not to accept? The end of January, I learnt Chad was ok… I was so happy! I’m really proud to ride for this brand with riders as Chad, Terry, Tsutomu, you Effraim, Mat Olson… and come into the French espritbmx team (with Fabien Stephan). Amazed even today! So I choose the Succubus Lite frame 19,5″TT. Can’t wait to ride him!

That’s dope! If you had to pick one, what was the highlight of 2013 for you?
Definitely, my highlight of 2013 was to win KOC in Southsea. Discovered a nice city with great vibes, met really kind people, had very good time on the bike and outside there… A great feeling wich was different, but as intense as one of to pull for the first time a real crack BB rolling!

What are your plans for 2014?
Firstly I can’t wait my deco frame came in. Time to assemble it and test it…. Then, I hope spend as good time on the bike and with my friends as the past year (jam, events, shows). About events, there will be A.B.C flatland contest, then Astrolabe contest in Normandie cause they are both great events for the riders and public. I’ll also try to make more trip this year. I would like to ride in the two european steps of world circuit (FISE and Barcelona) but especially continue to progress and learn other tricks and moves.

Any final shoutouts Thomas?
First shoutouts to you Effraim for giving me the opportunity to explain my process dropping my frontyard work edit and all the readers of Flatmatters for the votes.. I would like to thank my girlfriend and my crew for supporting me, Maxime Cassagne for shooting photos with me, Jean Bulhon who thought of me for ABT team: it was short, but intense! I think to all the people and riders I met this year during the differents events I rode… I would like to thank for the support: Xplicit energy drink, Snatch underwear, Lockwood skateshop and more recently Thierry (Esprit Bmx) and Chad Degroot (Decobmx) for hooking me up in their team!! Ride on!

Thanks for your time Thomas, that was fun catching up!

Live to ride George Manos Interview!

Hit the link for a dope interview on the Live to Ride website with Heresy’s George Manos!

http://livetoride.hu/2014/01/01/flattalk-george-manos-interview/

Top 5′s with Tyler Gilliard!

As we kick off 2014, it’s time to bring back the top 5′s feature we have been previously been running for a few years. And who better to begin with than Tyler Gillard, a name on everyone lips at the moment with the design of the Profile freecoaster! This top 5′s feature grew into something a lil’ bigger, enjoy Tyler’s list and some great photographs!


Amazing shot of Tyler pumping a foot on bar cliffhanger!

People to ride with: In Florida – Marcos Palo de Jesus, Mitch Hall and the Orlando crew, Stephen Crider, Mike Henry, Henry Wilson, and a local kid in my town named Mark Addison.

Web edits: I don’t watch web edits on a daily basis, so once every week or two, I’ll go through Flatmatters and watch several at a time. Jason Plourde’s “Trasitions” and all of the Autum “My Frame” are the most recent videos I’ve viewed. Anything produced Sevisual and Jim McKay are always pleasing to watch. I really enjoy videos put out by Waldemar, Dominik N., Bruno Zebu, and Mateus Beckmann.

Places to visit: These are places that I’ve actually visited: Chengdu and Beijing, China, Quebec to visit Dub, and all of the Quebec scene, Germany because it’s beautiful and full of dope riders, Santa Cruz, California for the serenity and friendliness of the town, and anywhere with a great place to ride, tight scene, and great times to be had in the USA.

Websites/blogs: Flatmattersonline.com and Global-Flat.com to keep up to date with the world of Flatland. Facebook (and the random websites I land on from clicking on an article from my newsfeed), Youtube, Kickass.to, Profileracing.com, Freegun.com, and boldlife.vemma.com.

Inspirations right now: Healthy eating, more specifically vegan: inspired in combination with the knowledge provided by Scott Powell, Jason Plourde, Fat Tony, and Autumn Brown.

Tricks: Anyone throwing awesome tricks! I’ve always had a thing for Tj Perry’s riding since the age of 15. I’m inspired by the technicality of Dominik, power of Jason Plourde and Waldemar, speed & control of Dub, front wheel links of Dez, progression of Matthias Beckman, and crazy difficulty of Bruno Zebu. I’m generally inspired by anyone really pushing for what they want in their riding.


Great contortion on this steam teakettle switch!

Reasons to leave your town/city: For better opportunities, to travel, experience different cultures and ways that people live, ride with new people, become apart of a scene that doesn’t require driving one hour to ride and one hour home, contests, a change of scenery, to eat different foods, and better places to ride.

Things to do in Florida: Hang out at one of the many beaches, ride flatland (or train for sport for that matter) all year, play in the unexpected rain, swat at mosquitos, sweat, go swimming in December, theme parks like Disney World, Sea World, Wet ‘N Wild, Legoland, and Busch Gardens, the Everglades, Key West, boating, fishing, surfing, wear shorts and a tee shirt during “Winter,” hang out at Bent’s Schwinn Cyclery, pick out the “snow birds” or Northerners driving during the winter, avoid spiders and snakes, eat oranges, wear sunglasses, carry umbrellas during the summer, go to the beach any time of the year, host riders visiting to escape their snowy winter, see Marcos perform in Cirque du Soleil, and eat oranges.

Current Albums to listen to: Flume and Flume remixes. Floor.

Travel Destinations: First: Japan – I’ve always wanted to go, and believe the motivation of the scene would be incredible to experience. I’d love to visit Dez in the Netherlands, Chris Bohm in Switzerland, Rayk in Germany, all of Europe, South America, India, Indonesia, Africa…the world!

Tricks to do daily: Halfpacker switches, spinning cliffhangers, my tech switches, new tricks, nose manuals, bar flip to steamboat, no-hand clipped crackpacker, time machines, and new tricks that I’m working on.

Tricks you can’t do, but wish you could: Hitchhiker bike flip, hitchhiker kickflips, full 360 halfpacker kickflip, multiple turbine halfpacker kickflips, cliffhanger 360 barflip, turbine nosemanuals, hop double tailwhip, hop 720, pinky squeeks, megaspins, multiple xfoot whiplashes (w/turbines), halfpacker whip to xfoot hang ten, xfoot halfpacker/halfhiker/hitchhiker/ backpackers (w/turbines and juggles), spinning halfhiker, inside halfpacker, and CONSISTENCY!


Backwards spinning crackpacker somewhere in scenic Florida.

Bike Brands: Profile Racing, Autum Bikes, igi BMX, and Deco.

Non bike brands: Freegun Underwear, Vemma Nutrition, OrigamiOwl.

Things that piss you off: I wouldn’t say that these things piss me off, but things that don’t please me: Whenever it’s raining when I’m ready to ride, leaving to ride, while I’m riding, or don’t have access to a covered spot; getting kicked out of spots; strong wind when riding; blowing a tube out during your session, or getting to your spot to find that your tire has deflated overnight; not having a tool that I need; injuries and soreness; ripping a favorite pair of pants; paying for gas; unhealthy foods costing significantly less than healthy foods.

Non Riding Movies: I don’t watch movies too often, and I probably won’t name them all, but I really enjoy movies that captivate a part of my brain to make me think, well done movie adaptations of books, or anything with a unique plot. A few off of the top of my head include: The Ninth Gate, Fight Club, Pan’s Labrynth, Altered States, 12 Monkeys, Inception, and Brazil. Movies with Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Edward Norton are usually enjoyable.

Gadgets: Galaxy SIII phone, Macbook Pro, Sony MP3 headphones, Freegun watch, and speakers for my session.

Flatland dislikes: Pulling anything – link, switch, or combo – and messing up the ride out. Landing a new trick, then not landing it again for the rest of the session. Messing up on tricks that are consistent. My bars or seat moving (this creates an obsession of moving my parts around the rest of the session). As mentioned previously, my obsessive nature with adjusting my handlebar and seat positions when my bike doesn’t feel “right” to me.

Flatland loves: Pulling tricks effortlessly. Getting into a zen, focus mode during my session and tuning out completely. Landing a new trick that you’ve invested a lot of time and energy into learning. The feeling of riding flatland or being on a bike, how it feels to spin for as long and fast as you want. The feeling of floating that occurs in any trick, because that’s what flatland feels like: floating.

Workout routines: Oh how I’ve been slacking off since returning from China; however, the workouts I was doing were specifically to condition and fix the asymmetry in my body created from riding. In the beginning of 2012, I began experiencing excruciating lower back pain that would have me not riding for one to three days between sessions. This was due to a curvature in my lumbar spine (lower spine) and my hips not only being rotated “clockwise” or toward the right side of my body, but the left side of my hips was elevated much higher than my right side. Because of my externally rotated, anterior tilted pelvis, I had to do something to correct this, or suffer not progressing, not riding often, and becoming a worse rider overall. This led me to consult a co-worker of mine and a personal trainer who put together a work out protocol specifically designed to correct my hips and spine. Most of the exercises were based around strengthening my gluteal (butt) muscles, balancing the strength in my legs overall, strengthening my shoulders and core, and stretching before and after the workout. If you don’t own one, buy a foam roller!

Thanks Tyler! This was fun! Look for the next Top 5′s in a few weeks. Who’s next?

Peep Tyler’s latest edit: http://www.flatmattersonline.com/tyler-gilliard-profile-freecoaster-testing

FlatWebTV Episode 36 – Season & Series Ender

In this final regularly scheduled episode of FlatWebTV. Anthony hands out the annual Rider and Edit of the Year awards. He also chats with Mark Rainha the force behind the forthcoming Community DVD. Plus a few looks down memory lane.

Joe Cicman – On The Radio

New Fitness Internet Radio with KickAss Radio on BlogTalkRadio

Mr Guru Jam, Joe Cicman has an hour long show on Kick Ass Radio – really interesting show where Joe explains flatland, what got him into riding, contest preparation, and all things Guru Jam! When you have got the time, give this show a listen, good job Joe!

Terry Adams Interview

Peep this dope interview Terry did whilst he was performing shows for Red Bull in Cincinnati, he discusses how he got into flatland, the katrina, and his rise to becoming a professional flatlander/ambassador. Hit play!