Must Watch – Kio Hayakawa / Welcome to Colony BMX

Much like Nick Watts, Kio Hayakawa is on fire! It really is hard to keep up with the instagram updates, his amazing full part on Landscapes 3 and now this amazing Welcome to Colony BMX part!

So many creative bangers in this one from the opening line with a switch foot ice cream pulled into switch foot forward g- roll jump to two footed backyard half turbine jump to pedals that begins at the 00:03 mark! So progressive!

The very next line Kio further develops the two footed backyard jump, now jumping out with the body varial to peg wheelie (00:36) back into an ice cream line. This kid is pushing things hard right now!

The fourth and last line play with a. similar concept, pivot into two footed pedal ice cream ucchie flip to mega spin pivot ice cream pivot blender walk round out! Wow, Kio puts himself right up with fellow Japanese shredders, Yoehi Uchino, the Katagiri brothers and like the Katagiri brothers, so young and the future is so bright. Great pick from Colony to join the team, will he conquer the international contest circuit, only time will tell….

Must Watch – Sebastian Grubinger / Faces of Vienna

I think it’s fair to say almost anything Sebastian Grubinger puts out is a Must Watch, his riding always has me shaking my head in a good way. And from the opening line with backwards facing manual back pedalling ET style I think to myself “Who else on the planet is doing this stuff?”, and as if that’s not enough he adds in a Degroot undertaker to backwards backyard and opposite Degroot undertakers out. Absolutely mind melting degree of difficulty here.

The second clip I thought I knew what was coming, and I love that I was wrong. Backwards facing messiah half backwards whiplash scuff to forwards bar hop whiplash bar scoot out. Again, who is doing this stuff.

At 1:29 the switch foot peg wheelie pivot entry to backwards backyard is one of the best switches I have seen all year. Simple idea, but yet so hard!

The last line is possibly my favourite from this short, but yet so incredible edit. Opposite Degroot undertaker to straddle roni out. There’s layers to what Sebastian is doing in this edit, that is just years and years of craft. This edit will be getting the rewind, and help me get through a rainy day in Southsea.

Must Watch – Matthias Dandois / The Instagram Side of Things

We are getting to that time of year, where the banger videos are coming in thick and fast. This new one by Matthias Dandois, that is full of clips from Instagram wouldn’t normally get the “Must Watch” tag as I have obviously seen it before. Matthias Dandois posts a lot of great videos online, and watching Instagram sometimes becomes a blur for me with so much content coming so fast, swipe and can be forgotten easily, and in truth I forgot half these videos which I realised Matthias filmed across the globe when he had a break from his work life (whilst the norm would be to stay at home and film), the man and his work ethic is literally quite amazing. Watching all these together is a treat.

At 7:57 mins long there is a lot to highlight and my UK Champs weekend is about to begin but I will highlight some of what stood out to me. The rest we can discuss on the site…

00:18: Switch handed spinning two footed steam x-hand pivot round bars to xft steam without holding the seat, super nice switch that I could Matthias taking to the contest floor!

00:57: Nose half cab nollie to nose, this one must be crazy hard on the wrists, whole lot of techniques going on through out this edit that ticked a different Must Watch than for example James Whites “Eye of the Tiger” edit. I love all the styles Matthia shows, and his tricktionary is vast, the hitch kick flip thrown in is a nice touch.

1:34: 180 hop to xft steam turbine flowing into spinning half hike dragging the bars that brought back memories of Darren Pelio in the 80’s hitting the bars on backwards Karls.

2:54: I had to rewind this clip a fair bit to understand it, backwards flail to backwards 5 for a moment, downside whip out to pedals. Possibly my favourite clip from the edit.

3:27: Xft pedal mega spin body varial two footed backyard, this is a good example of a clip I forgot all about and the tricks keep coming.

Like I already said, plenty more to discuss about this edit, and I am always left wondering. Which lines will appear at a contest soon?
For now let’s pay respect to Matthias who works so hard to be where he’s at. More power to him.

Must Watch – James White / Eye of the Tiger

Friday 13th September 2019 shall go down as a memorable day, today I woke up with anticipation for James White’s new edit “Eye of the Tiger”. After the Rocky hype videos all week, I was thinking yesterday, this is a dangerous game he’s playing here, then I thought stop it Effraim. This is James’, this has to be amazing it’s Whitey and he wouldn’t hype like this otherwise.

7am comes around and I didn’t have to wait long, James has already posted, and boy does this not disappoint.

Time and time again I say this, but James does really have that Midas touch and this edit feels once again like I am watching a Dorkin’ part for the first time.
There’s a lot to take in, during this 4 minute plus part, but a couple of things stood out to me right away. Number one, and most importantly it’s evident and refreshing to see James is having fun, cliche as it is to say. That is what it’s all about and love the way James reinvents himself every year, secondly the camera work. I am not sure what he has going on, but a moving camera whilst it appears it’s only James at the spot. I want to know more!

Thirdly, and the crucial ingredient, the riding. There are a couple of lines here that are game changers. James gets widely copied over the years, and I am pretty much you will see it once again after this edit gets widely shared across social media.

00:21: Flip, tyre grab ice cream, bike flip out (that flip out is tasty!) and what I love here is James shows a variety of concepts around that idea again at 1:07 with a half lash in and gerator body varial out and at 1:32 to James’ smith decade variation out!

2:13: Without a doubt my favourite line of the edit, here he takes an existing Whiteski line and makes it new with the concept of holding the head tube only and the execution gets no better.

At 2:57, there’s a similar idea but switches to opposite ice cream and pivot backwards switch foot dump out. There’s way more we can highlight, let the comments roll as I am sure they will.

Absolutely amazing, like a fine wine. James just gets better and better, need some motivation? This is it right here, a banging Must Watch, top marks Whiteski!

Must Watch – Fülöp Vidakovich / Soul Dynamics 2019

The Hungarian flatland scene has been fairly quiet in recent years after the high standards set by Martin Szilagyi, Adam Ken, David Nagy and Dennis Katona, now there is a new shredder Fülöp Vidakovich that has come to the forefront with his time to shine.

It feels like a minute since a Must Watch edit dropped, and that’s a good thing honestly. We appreciate something that’s taken a bit of work, Fülöp goes hard in this one from the opening clip to the end teaming up with the one and only Sevisual. Some things are meant to be…


00:20: Pedal five foot jam to xft steam off the same foot, and the foot work on the switch at 00:30, love the way Fülöp brings something unique here according to his style!

00:50: No footed dork wheelie, left knee resting on the seat to mega spin to a wild foot jam candy bar move to backyard! (00:59), this one surprised me! The line continues but this part, man….

2:44: Xft pedal 5 no footed whip to xft inside steam, taking a move Dave Freimuth did on Baco years ago and bringing it to flatland and mixing into something new. This is freestyle right here and one of the many things I continue to love about it.

Must Watch – Michele Maiolani / Straight Ahead

Oh, its a good day when Michele Maiolani drops his first edit four years. I had messaged Michele a while back and just asked, are you still riding? I heard nothing back and assumed he had quite riding. Today I was really happy to wake up to a message from Michele letting me know about his new edit “Straight Ahead”. This man possesses rolling god skills that give me flash backs of Chase Gouin, Denes Katona, Alexis Desolneux and so on.

Let’s discuss this one in the comments section, that ender tho! Mad respect Michele, thank you for blessing us with your skills.

Must Watch – Pedro Melo / Nice Nice Very Nice

Now I wouldn’t normally give this video a Must Watch tag as I already gave it for the video premiere of Nice Nice Very Nice. But, this section I am sure will come back to in years to come discussing the groundbreaking moves Pedro does.
Truly Pedro is a man on his own path and doing his thing, the one footed hitch has sat untouched since Martti Kuoppa did it on I believe one of Jason Brown’s videos (RIP). Pedro found a way to hold it longer (1:52), if you have ever tried it you know the difficulty and also the one footed spinning version is jawdropping in difficulty at 1:11 and if thats not enough the ender just hurts my brain and knees watching, how do you learn this backpacker on the knees move?! Pedro is the man, as a culture we should celebrate this section! I feel like a kid watching Dorkin’ again.

What was your favourite line on the section? Let’s discuss this….

Must Watch – Landscapes 3 Judgement Day Teaser

MUST WATCH – Landscapes 3 Judgement Day from FLATMATTERSONLINE on Vimeo.

Today we have a Must Watch treat from Simon O’Brien and Stewart Munro, thanks Stewart for this exclusive!

““Landscapes 3” is a new full length video showcasing some of the best flatlanders from around the world. Featuring Aaron Frost, Chris Vasileiou, Erin Fricke, Keelan Phillips, Keita Uchino,
Kio Hayakawa (fresh on Colony), Masato Ito, Mates Tuček (look out for his clip!), Thomas Deschenaux, Mateus Beckmann, Nick Watts, Steven Hearn (great to see Steven back), Varo Hernandez, Shinichi Kiba and Simon O’Brien (that opening backwards halfpacker kickflip line is no joke!).”

Must Watch – Nice Nice Very Nice! (a BMX Flatland film by Steven Lapsley)

Nice Nice Very Nice! (a BMX Flatland film by Steven Lapsley) from Diversion TV on Vimeo.

A Nice, Nice, Very Nice treat for us all today! With the follow up to Forget What You Heard, Steven Lapsley set out to continue to showcase riders who you may not see as often. His goal is to create a wild fast-paced vibe that brings you back to the days of punk rock on cassette and BMX on VHS.”

From the very offset as news broke of the video, I was excited by the rider list. A nice mix of styles and like Steven wanted, riders you don’t see that often. I was lucky enough to get a preview about a week ago, I was so stoked on the riding and in particular the parts from Mates Tucek, Raphael Chiquet and a part from Pedro Melo that I believe will stand the test of times for years to come. Rather than a massive description, let’s switch this up and discuss this one in the comments section. I am eager to hear what you all think of this.

Let me finish by saying thanks Steven for efforts here, full videos are a rarity. Much appreciated. Its time for a rewind with my morning cuppa.

“A film by Steven Lapsley featuring Enoki Takahiro, Fabien Stephan, Gurvan Le Bloc’h, Mates Tucek, Pedro Melo, Raphael Chiquet, and Varo Hernandez.”

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Must Watch – Matthieu Bonnecuelle / Grow


Starting a big week on Flatmattersonline with a Must Watch edit that really did bring a smile to my face. I feel like Heresy rider, Matthieu Bonnecuelle has a mystic to his riding that always draws me into watching his riding and that feeling of curiosity as to what he is doing.

When you combine Matthieu’s unique riding style and Tom Sevisual on editing duties, the golden formula is there. Why change it? Heresy continually get this on point.

Let’s discuss this edit:

At the 00:18 mark, Double turbine whiplash with a cheeky hang ten pause and downside whip jump to pedals thrown in to make you hit the rewind button a few times to understand it.

After several watches of this edit, I think the line at 00:30 is my favourite. Matthieu puts a nice detail on a regular trick, turbine steam where he changes his stance foot to the opposite side and hand, then throws an stalled track stand still stood in steam position then with a quick scuff steam throws a bar scoot round the bars into backwards facing whiplash!

The line at 00:52 is a difficult one to describe as I am not sure what you call the name, Matthieu begins on the left side of bike in a cross foot one footed circular spin then switches to x-ft inside steam without holding bars then with a quick fake whiplash motion jumps through the bike round to steam and spins a right side track stand out.

At 2:36, pumping backwards circular spin kick pedal to manual cross over to no handed x-ft pumping peg manual, as with all the tricks in this edit. It is really refreshing to see a rider dare to be different, and express himself and all with a really graceful style to boot.

What a motivating edit to start the week…..