Must Watch! Brandon Derbowka Suicide Hiker

There is definitely something in water lately with regard to Must watch edits and clips, and today the world woke up to an absolute treat from Brandon Derbowka! You absolutely have to watch this amazing no handed whiplash to no handed hitchhiker no handed whiplash, Brandon did it again! Flatland magic right here!

Must Watch! Mateus Beckmann – MASTER BIKES/SAMPA BMX 2016

From the opening half cab whopper to pedalling wheelie manual 180 half cab whopper line you know this is going to be a serious edit! I’m sure a say a very similar thing every time I write about Mateus Beckmann’s riding, but this guy is at the top of sport in terms of the flat/street crossover, for example check the opposite tooth hanger at 1:17, followed by half cab truck at 1:26 not to mention the downwhip on flat to opposite smith on ledge at 1:30.

From the 2:34 the flatland side of things starts to get heavy, love the hitchhiker two footed steam hop to backwards karl fork wheelie hop to forwards hitch, simple idea, but so hard to do!

3:30 – 180 backwards manual decade out.

Hitting the rewind on this move, half cab straight backwards whopper to backwards peg manual foot jam decade out at 5:19 followed by the xft half cab half whopper 180 to xft inside steam line is amazing!

I’m in the middle of UK Champs mode, but this is worth sitting down and taking this one in! Will certainly be interesting to see where this talented kid from Brazil takes his riding in the future! It’s been another good week for edits, phew!

Must Watch! Charles Paty – Windless III

Beautiful new edit out of one of the most stylish riders on the planet, Autum’s Charles Paty! At 8:41 it really is worth grabbing a cuppa and watching Charles do his thing, the search for spots, riding in water, and the edit had me gripped to this for the whole duration. Very much striking a similar vibe to the Heresy crew. From the 3:00 mark it’s intense!

Some of my favourite lines:

– The body english on the backwards spinning pedal mega spin at 2:28 is something else!

– Double stem boomerang with the back wheel off the floor at 3:35!

– Hang five jump pedal nose g turn at 4:20 and the following clip with whiplash into that line and held longer too.

I could go on, hit play and let me know what you liked in this edit. Hitting the rewind right now.

Must Watch! Yuki Itoh – Welcome to the Team / FEC

Yuki Itoh – Welcome to the Team – FEC from IGI BMX on Vimeo.

Everything about this new Yuki Itoh – Welcome to the Far east Cycles team edit is on point. Yuki is one of the most underrated riders on the japanese scene in my opinion so it’s great to see FEC showed him some love.

Riding wise, the riding and the intricate switches are pretty much all groundbreaking. Here are some of my personal highlights:

– The opposite turbine steam boat ride in flip flip to yammer style backwards spinning xft steam step on fork back to steam turbine to xft fork spinning steam to opposite xft steam flip steam opposite side step into spinning cliff at 1:06! Are you following all that? Yuki’s style is so nimble around the bike, amazing!

– At 2:11 the turbine teakettle to spinning xft crack pivot spinning hang ten pivot opposite one footed spinning crack step over backwards facing one footed spinning ck jump to halfpacker pivot xft backwards spinning xft stream pivot steam to x handed spinning half hiker! Mind blown!

– The last line at 3:03! I will leave that one to you!

Props to Takuya Higa also for the camerawork, this edit makes me want to ride so bad! Job done! Respect Yuki, liquid flatland at it’s finest!!

Must Watch! Matthias Dandois – Haro Bikes 2016

There’s a lot to admire about Matthias Dandois’ riding, I’m personally always amazed at his work ethic, constantly away from home and still progressing and dialled as ever! That’s not easy, this new Haro Bikes edit where he teamed up with Christian Rigal in Paris and San Diego and blends the line between flatland and street further.

We all know Matthias as a dialled contest rider, take a look at Matthias throw legit flat/ street lines down, this is very much a different Must Watch than what I would normally give. This edit really gave me a feel of how natural Matthias’ riding has become.

Some of the highlights for me:

– The triple backwards manual g-turn line at 1:11!

– Half cab half whopper xft inside steam line at 2:47!

– The carved backwards manual line followed by the half cab 5 manual line at 3:52 onwards.

– The ending half cab ago over rail and stairs at 4:29 is balls out, especially I hate to say it but for a flatlander!

Hit play to watch one of the most diverse riders on the planet, do his thing!

Must Watch! Tomoaki “Bekko” Yoshimura – Full Brake Lock

Tomoaki “Bekko” Yoshimura sent in this display for amazing bike control, tis takes me back to Kevin Jones stalling lawnmowers on the earlier Dorkin’ videos, and is a great example of how you can make an old trick new. It feels like a whole new realm of possibilities just opened! Respect Bekko!

Must Watch! Chad Johnston – Pegless

So many good edits recently, as you would expect with summer in full swing. It is definitely a good day when a fresh Chad Johnston edit drops. Chad helped pioneer the pegless riding style and continues to truly walk his own path.

Some of my personal highlights:

-Opening stem mccircle to scarlo tomahawk whip line at 00:04.

-Bar flip to pedal 5 in circle foot jam bar scoot line out at 00:20

– Mixing the old school and new school with a Quick bar spin pedal 5 to cowboy out at 00:40.

-Stem karl to double foot karl full bar flip out on bb/chainring at 1:25.

– The bar flip pedal 5 turbine back forward without scuffing is amazing at 3:53!

I could keep going on, as with someone who truly carves his own path, everything is kind of highlight. Big respect to Mr Intrikat himself, Chad Johnston who has given so much back to our sport/artform with his videos and his own personal riding. Hit play, get motivated and get out there at your riding spot. Stoked!

* Keep an eye out for Chad’s S&M Video part due out shortly.

Must Watch! Viki Gomez – Intrinsic

Intrinsic from Viki Gomez on Vimeo.

I have been waiting for something like this for a long time, something that digs inside what is flatland, and what can it bring to the individual. Bobby Carter explains a little more, grab a cuppa and enjoy this amazing project!

“After Viki won 2015 BFWC Championship, Viki was asked to make a film with a message for the new generation of riders. The film was shown at the Tokyo Bicycle Film Festival. We only had about 3 weeks to make this film. Martti Kuoppa, Simon O’Brien, Chase Gouin, Chad Degroot, and Scott Powell all scrambled were able to submit footage with their perspectives on flatland. Besides the time crunch, the most challenging and most fun part was digging through the archives of flatland history to pull out some of the best riding put on video from Diversion, Intrikat, Baco, and others from the 1990s to present day. I hope you enjoy the story and the many perspectives on this thing we all love, called flatland!”

Japanese Version!

Intrinsic (Japanese version) from Viki Gomez on Vimeo.

Must Watch! Matthias Dandois – The Flat Side of Things 3

2016 has already been an amazing year for flatland, with some strong battles going down to take the win at each big contest! In my mind, this year Matthias Dandois and Viki Gomez in particular have been pushing the level up and up in contest riding and also in video parts.

Today we have something special out of Matthias Dandois, away from the contest light and pressure you get to see what he’s working on. And as always, Matthias is on point with the edit, rad track, great locations, and the variety of moves front and back wheel is worth highlighting.

There’s a lot to list here, hence the Must Watch:

-Xft steam step through to xft crack pivot hang ten to halfpacker backwards spinning halfpacker out at 00:59.

– My personal favourite clip is the Two footed x handed steam pivot whip to halfpacker line at 1:52.

-Backwards spinning opposite side ice cream pivot to quick two footed backyard pivot out with no delay at 2:31.

-Matthias signature no handed steam bar flip one foot crack boomerang to no handed halfpacker bar scoot entry out at 2:59.

-Backwards opposite spinning ice cream undertaker regular side turbine to backwards spinning pedal time machine at 3:20.

-Carved backwards manual g turn to hang 5 to backwards hang 5 boomerang line at 3:52.

– Two footed front yard turbine into double backwards boomerang to crackpacker is ridiculous at 4:18 and the ender is fire too!

Thank you Matthias for this one!