Must Watch: Austin Luberda / Daydream

Let it be said that I was a fan of Austin Luberda’s riding the first time I met him at Battle in the Rockies around five years ago. There was something about his riding that set him apart from everyone else in the arena, it was instantly recognisable. It’s not something I can ever put my finger on exactly why, it’s one of those situations where you can just recognise it and of course appreciate his talent.

Daydream is Austin’s latest project, and like the title suggests. We all write down our dream moves, but can you get them done? The slick editing and not to mention Austin’s memorising riding that could also put you in a dream state adds to this project a lot. What did I just watch? There was so much going on in this edit, and Austin still despite back wheel becoming more and more trendy, find new ways to make me scream at the laptop. Let’s take a different approach to my normal Must Watch edit description style, this time you tell me what’s great about this edit and why Austin stands out….

Must Watch: Rob Ridge / Strong Arm Tactics

In life, I always hear people say “be yourself”, “dare to be different”. Rob Ridge was ridiculed for years by the BMX fashion police, and now he’s become I would say a BMX cultural icon. He’s loved across the board. It is interesting how things like this develop over time.

I have known Rob for years, and I am sure I must say the same thing this with every post. You can see his flatland skills shine bright throughout his latest masterpiece. No one cares about about his bike set up, the use of the locking lever, and so on. It’s all about what Rob is doing on the bike, there are so many NBD’s in this I will just leave this one for the comments section. What’s your favourite move?

I will say this though, Rob is probably the most technical lip trick rider on the planet right now! And this comes from his highly skilled flatland background….

Decade of Flatland: 2010/2020 / Part 3

Intro/Article: Effraim.
Photos: Veren Luka, Sevisual, Albero Moya, other photographers unknown.

I have had a great response to the first couple of parts to this Decade of Flatland article I have been sharing over the past of couple of weeks whether comments on the site or private messages. This week for Part 3, I catch up with Heresy rider and the man that made coin the phrase “Too good for instagram” Sebastian Grubinger, the godfather of UK Flatland, James White, and the current Women’s UCI World Champion Irina Sadovnik. It’s great and refreshing for my perspective to hear all the different viewpoints on the state of modern day flatland. Grab a cuppa, and enjoy this one!

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Must Watch: Jean William Prevost / NO MAN’S LAND

Dub was out in Valencia, Spain a couple of weeks ago, and made great use of time riding at one of the most picturesque riding spots I have ever seen. It’s felt like a while since a “Must Watch” edit on the site, and Dub well and truly breaks down the firewall.

Great editing, and the music by Movenchy really compliments his amazing riding. Ah yes the riding…. everything is a standout in this one. But, in particular the ender I am sure will be a contender for line of the year already, and it’s still February.

The spinning inside switch-b undertaker to pedal junkyard turbine line that begins around 1:29, just keeps getting more and more complex, and I especially loved the details of the drop down from pedal junkyard to right footed peg wheelie with no sketch at all, and then line builds again. I am sure we will all be watching this one over and over, edit of the year so far without a doubt! Thanks Dub for this belter! Today is a good day!

Decade of Flatland: 2010/2020 / Part 2

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.

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A Decade Of Flatland: 2010/2020 Part 1

Intro/Interview: Effraim.

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.

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Must Watch: Viki Gomez / Training Session

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.

Highlights:

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?

Must Watch: Bruno Zebu / What 2019 brought to me

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.

Highlights:

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!

Must Watch: Matsudo Year End Edit 2019

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!

Must Watch – Lee Musselwhite / BMF

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!