Intro/Questions: Effraim. Photos: Pierre Gauthier, Matti Hemmings & Mizo.
Part 1 of my Decade on Flatland piece caused quite a stir amongst the flatland community. It is healthy to hear the opinions of how are art form/sport progressed over the last ten years. In my mind, it’s thought provoking, and gets you thinking about your own personal riding. In Part 2, I fire the same questions as Part 1 to X-foot pivot master Bruno Zebu, Mr Same Thing Daily himself, Dane Beardsley, and Sam Foakes, who has discarded the traditional pumping mid-trick technique for pretty much the last decade. The opinions contrast from Part 1, once again grab a cuppa and treat yourself. I am really enjoying putting these articles together, hope you enjoy reading them.
Flatland, a decade on. Where is it at? In 2008, when I was starting Flatmattersonline, I hit up a broad scope of riders from across the globe, and asked them a topical question at the time, “To scuff or not?”.
As we went into a new decade, I wondered…. in terms of styles, have we really moved on in progression over the past 10 years? I hit up some of the same riders that were involved in the first main article on the site, and also some fresh riders to get their perspective. How has their personal riding developed over the past ten years, are there still lines and tricks that they feel never get old, and stand the test of time?
How has bike technology affected their riding, riding spots and so on. Welcome to Part 1 where I reach out to the 2019 Flatmattersonline Rider of the Year, Dominik Nekolny, Pete Brandt, one of the most hardcore riders on the planet. And Matthias Dandois, winner of reader choice edit of the year and the most recognisable face in flatland in the world. Part 1 is an interesting read, you might want to grab a cuppa and give this your attention….
A decade on technically what’s different about your riding style? The tricks are obviously different, but has your approach changed?
Dominik Nekolny: Man, I just watched some footage from KOG back in 2010 – and boooooiiii I was killing it 😀 I guess my riding was little bit more technical and “jumpy” which I actually miss a bit…
Pete Brandt: My approach has changed with some tricks and techniques, but the commitment of exerting a trick is a lot still the same. I love the feeling of full commitment on the approach, and throughout the the trick.
Matthias Dandois: I only do things that look good and feel good. I film all the new tricks I learn, and if they don’t look good enough to me I just put them in the trash can. Even if it’s contest winning trick.So I guess I got less technical but more flowy. Works for me!
Describe your riding ten years ago?
Dominik Nekolny: My riding now? I love it! 🙂 I come up with some style and links which nobody did in the contest and I spend a lot of time to make those links dialled as fuck, so what you want more. :D.
Pete Brandt: Lots of spinning and turbine styles.
Matthias Dandois: My riding 10 years ago was more technical, less aesthetic. More trick based. Contest winning tricks.
Viki Gomez is looking dialled as he gets ready for the Chimera Games at the end of this month in Japan. Smooth and deadly lines in this Training Session at the Trier indoor skatepark riding spot.
00:23: Steam kick flip to right sided halfpacker (for a second) whip to left sided halfpacker pivot to opposite x-ft hitch. Technical as you like!
00:33: Hitch juggler to 360 bar flip steam fire hydrant to rollback to one kick rolling junkyard pivot peg wheelie bike flip to ice cream bike flip out.
1:44: Switch foot mega spin weaving side to side turbining, directly into a quick body varial backwards rolling two footed backyard switching to the opposite side switch foot peg wheelie, cream bike flip to switch footed lard yard full varial!
2:07: Perhaps my favourite line of the edit saved for last! Switch footed lard yard full varial to switch foot macaroni smith decade out!
Banging edit from Viki, who has definitely been putting in some work in the off season! Enjoy this one, hitting the rewind once again. Will this be a contender for edit of the year 2020?
Bruno Zebu just put together this amazing highlights edit of his progression during 2019, and the technicality of what he’s doing is absolutely off the chart. Bruno is without a doubt one of my favourite riders currently, he deliberately cut this edit short so it’s easier on the eye and not as long. This edit took me a few watches to understand what was going on, so I will keep the description fairly short.
00:18: Spinning Switch Foot Hang Ten pivot to crackpacker pivot and jump to spinning circle k!
00:41: Bruno takes a trick that you normally see using the hand on bar whilst pivot and ups the difficulty and originality by choosing to take it off. Halfpacker pivot to opposite side two footed xft steam to xft hitch juggler. Mind blown!
1:28: Xft halfhiker pivot to halfpacker turbine pivot inside xft steam pivot steam, done at the blink of an eye.
The lines just keep coming, my mind is still a little blown watching this. Hopefully this year, we see a lot more of Bruno, one of the best flatlanders on the planet. Keep doing your thing Bruno!
Three days into 2020 and already a Must Watch! Jimalog’s Matsudo Year end jam edits are almost reserved for the Must watch tag, don’t miss this. Jimalog’s edit never disappoint, theres a couple of moments are literally screamed WTF this morning on my first watch and want to highlight these moments.
1:01: Shigary Salary. One handed Seat grab hang ten body varial/jump to one kick elephant glide to right sided halfpacker whip to left side halfpacker pivot out.
1:25: Akihiko Takahashi. Everything Akihiko does is beast, but loved the backwards xft hitch jump regular backwards hitch bar flip out.
3:05: Hidenori Ishizaki. On the front wheel, and slaying a exit move Cory Fester is infamous for. Hidenori mixes it up slightly, starting with xft hitch pivot to backwards backpacker to right sided backwards hafpoacker and bar scoots to backwards Karl (opposite side from Cory).
3:26: Yu Shoji. One of the moves of the edit without a doubt, the first switch I haven’t seen before. Opposite switch foot hang 5 dumped into right side xft halfpacker!
3:59: Takahiro Enoki. Saving the hottest moves till last, Jimalog know how to build an edit. Takahiro drops a bomb right here, inside switch b pivot two footed one handed cream regular stance body varial/jump to backwards two footed dump! pivot switch foot ice cream, the scream at the end is so good! This is flatland!
What a great end to an amazing edit, many of us dream of going to ride at that Matsdo spot one day. Seems magical, always great vibes and banging tricks coming out of the locals there. What a start to 2020!
New Years eve 2019 has been a good day for edits. And this new one from Lee Musselwhites strikes the same kind of chord I felt with Matthias Dandois’ “Instagram side of things”. Yes, I have seen some of the footage before via Instagram and Master of Creativity, its however way more impressive when you see the footage altogether as a total package.
Highlights for me from this BMF edit:
00:16: Backwards boomerang to half turbine crackpacker.
00:41: Bar grab one handed backwards no footed backyard pivot out!
00:48: Possibly my favourite of the edit, bar hop 360 body varial to halfpacker. Little dead time, short and sweet. Perfect!
There’s a lot packed into this 1:51 edit from Lee, can Lee now take his original difficult lines from Torquay to the contest floor and break into that elite top bubble of riders in 2020? If this is my last post of the decade, see you on the other side everybody!
“A new generation of young riders inspired by older generations are regenerating BMX Flatland.
Their riding regenerates our riding.This video is dedicated to them!”.
Yu Katagiri (14 years old),Ryo Katagiri (19 years old), Yohei Uchino (37 years old), Viki Gomez (38 years old) collaborate on this Christmas Day released Must Watch! Put together four of the best riders in the world with the best filmer in the game, Tom at Sevisual and you strike gold.
The concept for the video is a great one, and demonstrates how generations of riders can inspire each other back and forth via the Flatpark Flatland School that Yohei Uchino runs. As Jesse Puente would say “You push me, I push you back homie!”.
Rather than list trick for trick which I always do, i’m going to flip this one. Let’s talk about this one in the comments section. Time for a rewind, lot to take in this one…
So many good edits today, but if I had to pick one to watch it would be this Marton is 49 edit. One of the greatest riders to ever come out of the European scene, Marton can do it all. Whether it’s the xft hitch pivot backwards backpacker to carved backwards halfpacker bar hop backwards over bars to fire hydrant at 2:46, he’s the only one in the world doing that or its ET Nose manuals across the parking lot or pinky squeaks to locomotive. Marton is still out there doing it, and doing it as well as ever. I took a lot of motivation out of this edit and I am sure you will. Roll on the Marton is 50 edit. Hitting the rewind, what a great watch this is.
This weeks TBT kills two birds with one stone so to speak, I will be dropping the Flatmattersonline 2019 Year end awards on Monday and Saturday I will be dropping an exclusive with Jean William Prevost! It seems like as good a time as any to go back watch Dub’s amazing awards winning Puro Flat that was shot in the spring of last year and released on August 7th.
Puro Flat #2 highlights:
00:17: The g-roll pivot inside switch b undertaker out is beautiful in technique where he has condensed the dead time.
00:25: Spinning undertaker flip grabbing tyre spinning cream pivot out is sexy flatland at it’s finest. I am on 5th watch now, and still have the same reaction as the first time I watched it. YES!
00:32: Dub further pushes the concept that I highlighted at 00:17 and adds the spinning undertaker at the beginning of the line and ends with g-roll pivot inside switch b undertaker with no deadtime at all. Wow!
1:07: Carved Opposite Dump truck ride in pivot to pedal inside switch b pedal pivot to double turbine spinning forward death truck straightens out forward pedal death to casual walkover decade out. This line has been years in the making, so much depth to this.
2:59: Dub explores different concepts around the Rodeo, each line till the end is absolutely ridiculous, but the dead time taken out on the final line and the seamless switches is something else entirely.
Two Must Watch edits in a day?! Effraim’s firewall has been broken, in the comments section someone commented about Matthias Dandois vs Mateus Beckmann earlier. Well you didn’t have to wait long, except this is all flatland….
You could be forgiven for thinking after the busy year travelling, contests, shows, sponsorship appearances, travelling for modelling contracts and much more that Matthias Dandois would take a break after the UCI World Championships but no…
Matthias is over in Hawaii for a Vans trip, and has been putting in work. I was lucky enough to get a preview and I have to admit I didn’t jump at the email right away. I thought to myself, oh this will be a lifestyle video I will check in a bit.
Once I checked it I was hitting the rewind again and again, from the opening junkyard turbine hop into hang 5 to spinning cliffhanger at the 00:43 mark I knew this wasn’t going to be what I had expected and I stoked to be proved wrong.
And it continues with great editing and the soundtrack fits nicely to, the following switch foot no handed hang 5 (not a plastic man) into a move I called the “elastic man” is so damn good at the 00:58 mark, great to see Matthias pushing himself and his natural talent shines through.
1:13: Steam to teakettle switch to opposite fork wheelie spin (that had me saying please go to spinning hitch) and guess what he did!! Been waiting to see this one for a while and stoked to see this flow, style for miles.
1:38: G turn rollback flail to steam, will this be in Matthias’ contest runs next year. Only time will tell. What I do know is its exciting to see what he has been working on out of the contest arena.
2:03: Possibly my favourite of the whole edit, whips into opposite spinning fork wheelie and casually bar scoots into backwards spinning one footed halfpacker with one out under the chainring/BB into halfpacker, absolutely beautiful move. When flatland is this good you don’t need to draw out the combo, this is flat out amazing. In and out, job done!
2:23: Another contender for move of the edit, backwards carving manual jump to backwards frame nasal and winds into backwards pumping one handed frame mega spin, yes!!!
4:31: No handed xft spinning crackpacker step no handed to switch footed no handed halfpacker foot on the chainring (I’m not even sure what to call this!).
What an edit, its great to see Matthias at the top of his game contributing to the artform not only in amazing contest performances but edits like this in a short time in Hawaii. What’s your favourite move in this edit? One of the best days of the year for content without a doubt that’s for sure!