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!

Must Watch! Viki Gomez – Viva C.O.R.E II

VIVA C.O.R.E II from Viki Gomez on Vimeo.

The man of the moment, Viki Gomez fresh back from the 2016 World Circuit title in Brazil goes back to the core day to day sessions at his home spot in Luxembourg and just like the CORE Part 1, this delivers at the highest level!

Highlights for me:

– The opening rolling dump truck pivot backwards xft ice cream pivot opposite side two footed dump truck pivot xft ice cream line is just beautiful and took me back to the riding of Dan Rigby, amazing!

– X bar steam kickflip regular bar halfpacker pivot opposite xft hitch xft halfhiker body varial to halfpacker at 00:39!

– I know it’s not new, but the hang ten pressure jump steam Viki does at 1:03 is timeless, execution is also on point!

– Backwards crackpacker in circles carved back to forwards crackpacker steam kick flip crackpacker, the technicality and sheer variety of moves Viki has is just incredible! This is years and years of crafting to get to this level, I could go on and on, but I’ll leave it here.

Enjoy this one, thank you Viki for sharing!

Must Watch! Viki Gomez / Viva C.O.R.E

VIVA C.O.R.E from Viki Gomez on Vimeo.

“Every year I work hard for an edit. This year I wanted to do something different! Hardcore tricks but filmed by someone rather than a tripod. And making an edit inspired in the Flatland style that always has inspired me! Bringing back the core aspects of core riding! There will be 3 episodes instead of a long edit!”

It speaks volumes of Viki’s work ethic that right in the middle of contest season he is able to publish a banger part, and not only that we have two more in the series to look forward to by the end of the year!

From the opening backwards hitch pivot opposite side xft halfpacker pivot hitch/halfhiker pivot xft karl stubble duck out I got a good feeling about this edit. I personally loved the rawness, and a return to the C.O.R.E as Viki stated.

It continues with his amazing multiple varial line that still no matter how many times I see it leaves counting, how many varials was that without touching the tyre? It’s 720 of course, the possibilities from this seem endless!

Possibly my favourite line of this edit at 00:37, the two footed xft ride on the left side in to backwards backyard pivot to two xfted peg wheelie right side pivot to macaroni degroot undertaker out, this is beautiful in execution. I am sat here recovering from an injury, and I can tell you the urge to ride is so great right now!

I could go on and on, and every line hits hard. But the last line!!! The bar flip steam to xft pedal steam grabbing peg back to steam fire turbine (hits camera) half hiker pivot opposite xft half hiker body varial to backwards hitch, craziness!

Thank you Viki for returning to the core and documenting, loved the rawness of the filming (by his wife Alexa no less). This is cutting edge flatland at its best, there’s a whole bunch of NBD’s to get you inspired, now go ride your bikes I wish I could!

Must Watch! Master of Creativity Round 2 / 1st to 6th

I don’t normally give the Must Watch tag for contest footage, but….

My jaw hit the floor with the level of riding for Master of Creativity Round 2, the aim of bringing new tricks to the game seems to really be working!

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Must Watch! Keelan Phillips – Today’s Session

Much like the amazing edit I posted of Dub exploring the inside switch b rolling undertaker concept, Keelan Phillips explores the nose manual, and continues to perfect his execution of the multiple nose manual g-turns (loved the slow controlled nose in circles to backwards nose around the 1:30 + look out for the banger at 2:30). Absolutely incredible level of execution, that takes our sport up a level!

Throwback Thursdays with Chad Johnston

On August 2nd, 2013 I posted this “Must Watch” edit featuring S&M’s Chad Johnston.

“Always a treat to see what Chad is up to. It looks like the Long Beach Underground got hot, and he went out to Sea Level for riding spots. The last two lines standout for me, the cranked blender with a neat trackstand exit, to the stem entry to double footed karl, Chad’s riding never disappoints. Pure artistry right here!”

Well worth a re watch or if you missed this the first time round!

Must Watch! Jean William Prevost – Upgrade 2 Undercover

Dub has been working on his amazing inside switch b rolling brakeless undertaker all winter long and has come up with 8 new variations in this amazing new “Upgrade 2: Undercover” edit, from the opening inside switch b undertaker to two footed backyard I was gripped to this. If I had to pick a standout it would be the ant rider turbines directly into inside switch b undertaker out at around the 2:45, furious! This is amazing, hitting the rewind, take a concept and push it as far as you can!