Voodoo Jam 2019: The Scott O’Brien Interview

Interview: Effraim.
Photos: Fat Tony, Leo Furmansky and Red Bull.

It’s the Voodoo Jam this weekend in New Orleans. I caught up with the main man, Scott O’Brien for this exclusive interview. To talk all things Voodoo, sit down, grab a cuppa and enjoy this one.

Voodoo Jam is just round the corner Scott, what’s the plan?
It’s been 15 years since the first Voodoo Jam and the plan hasn’t changed much at all since then. Focus on a quality event and the riders experience. I believe the more simple we make things the better the event is. The riders are what Voodoo Jam is all about so I try to stay focused on that.
Other things surrounding Voodoo will be a Pre Jam on Friday and the after party. Both of these events are made for the Flatland BMX community to just come together and hang out as real humans not social media world we live in nowadays.

We will also throw a Best trick contest into the mix of the finals. I’m sorting out some details with that now and I’ll release those details soon.

Lot of meetings back and forth with Terry? What are you guys mostly discussing mostly?
Yes Terry and I meet often about Voodoo. We discuss everything that goes down with the event. He handles sponsorship, funding and media. So we go back and forth on that. I run the actual event along with a ton of other things. It’s a team effort for sure so we have to stay in contact all the time.

Who is sponsoring the event this year?
Red Bull, Raising Canes, Tiger Balm, Flatland Fuel, Profile, IGI, Heresy, TTM Lifestyle, Grind Legacy, Scuffington Post, Monolithic Eric, Hector Garcia with Neue Creative.

What’s the format this year?
It’s the same format I used 15 years ago. With two exceptions. Top 14 will go to the finals and top 4 of the finals will battle for podium spots. 3:00 runs of course. The final battle is 1:00 each Three Times. So each rider will go three times for 1:00 in the final battle.

For two years I believe we experimented with head to head and I didn’t think it was fair so we got away from that.
The way we do it has a great mixture of traditional with a jam style battle at the end.
I’m taking 14 to the finals because I just love for more riders to have opportunities.

Voodoo is a high energy contest, where does your inspiration come from for the format and feel of the event?
I’m always inspired by the riders themselves, living in New Orleans, music, traveling and of course I get a lot of inspiration when I ride.

If you had to give you three priorities for a Flatland event what they would be scott and why?

Secure a great location. Because location is everything.
Schedule is most important. Staying on a tight schedule allows everyone to enjoy the event and no sitting around. Time is valuable. Somethings happen and things run late at times. But you must keep a tight schedule.
Don’t force things. If it’s not gonna work don’t just throw it together. There needs to be quality in what you do. If you can’t find quality then it’s not worth doing. Flatland BMX deserves quality in its presentations.

Who you are psyched to see ride this year?
Sergio Balu for sure and the Thailand riders as well. But I honestly loved to see everyone. It’s an honor to be in the same room with all of these guys.

For all those that can’t make it, will there be a livestream?
Yes Hector Garcia will be interviewing riders and live streaming most of the day. It will be on Voodoo Jam Facebook page.

If you could give three places people should go and see in New Orleans, where would they be and why?
Do your research and visit local restaurants because the food is amazing here. Definitely walk the French Quarter area and check out the vibes on a Saturday or Sunday during the day.
Everyone says Bourbon Street but I say Frenchman Street at night hit up some local jazz music and enjoy that.
Uptown New Orleans is also amazing with beautiful homes and shopping on Magazine Street.
Um, that’s four haha.

For anyone sitting on the fence, cant decide. Should I go to Voodoo or not what would you say to them?
Well I don’t want to convince anyone to be honest. Just ask the riders that have come to Voodoo if they enjoyed it.
I always love to hear the first timers say, “Why haven’t I been coming to this”
It’s a Flatland BMX Party. Why wouldn’t you come ?
Besides, we never know when the last one will be.

Good luck for the event, Lot of people supporting the Voodoo jam Scott, any final shoutouts?
First off shout out to all the riders that travel to Voodoo Jam because they are the ones the contest is for and they are the ones that make it special. They have enriched my families life with an experience like no other. My kids have a better understanding of this world because of their experience with Voodoo. For that I will always be grateful to the riders of Voodoo.
Id like to thank my parents for being super rad humans, my family for all the support, Terry and Vanessa Adams and the entire group of people that support Voodoo.
Trophies Brian and Lil Robert.
My second in command Paulo.
Hector Garcia for his endless help and always sending me stuff on time.

Owen Bohn wins Round 2 of the Master of Creativity 2019

This weekend was all about the Master of Creativity Round 2 results and videos being released. Congratulations to Owen Bohn who took the win for Round 2 and is in the lead going into the final round. Head over to the Master of Creativity instagram for all the videos, absolutely amazing level from all the riders. You can check the full results and rankings right here:

Something Neue Podcast with Scott O’Brien & Art Thomason

Hector Garcia sits down over coffee with Flatland Voodoo Jam founder Scott O’Brien and Pro Flatlander Art Thomason with Hoffman Bikes. They chat about the upcoming Voodoo Jam on Aug 17th, BMX history and culture, and simply have a laid back conversation about Art’s work at Nasa, and Scott about the Voodoo Jam. Hit the link below to tune in…

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/something-neue/id1300436073?i=1000446153755&fbclid=IwAR1BvI5-P-pWj-qcc-K0oc3uW_U3EfzEcppdGRY3z6757m5kL7xPj-NXNy4

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…

Standouts:

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.

Dimitri Tardif wins King of Concrete

Getting back to some kind of normality after a busy weekend organising the King of Concrete at Southsea Skatepark, along with the UK Vert Series team.
Congratulations to Dimitri Tardif who made the trip from Normandie, France and won the Pro Class with some awesome rocket hang five variations. Jean Michel Chauvel, also like Dimitri came from Normandie also and took first place in a stacked expert class with an amazing run full of originality, and second in the pro class.
In the Under 13’s, Arthur took the win in his first competition with a great run. The weekend was a big success and definitely had the feel of the classic KOC’s, great to see a good turnout particularly in the Am and Under 13’s classes. Full results below, photo galleries to follow in the next few days, I am absolutely shattered. Big thanks to Four Pegs for sponsoring the event!

Pro Flatland.
Dimitri Tardif
Jean Michel Chauvel
Mike P
Johann Chan
Amos Burke

AM Flatland.
Jean Michel Chauvel
Mike P
Carl Boucher
Johann Chan
Matthew Dyer
Piotr Karpinski
Neil Waddington
Hugh
Tom Lever
Illana Chauvel
James Ovens
Skyler
Clarke Morris
Dan Smith
James Hall

Under 13’s Flatland.

Arthur
Logan Van
Mantis
Neko
Iggy
Jake Crosswell
Jackson

Matthias Dandois Unclicked Podcast

The Dennis Enarson Unclicked podcast is gaining momentum, and each week I look forward to a new episode. Whilst Matthias was over in San Diego recently, he dropped into the Unclicked Studio with his girlfriend, Constance to discuss his life, travelling, modelling, moving to New York, and a whole lot more. Really enjoyed this one, and I am sure you will do to. Hit the link below…

http://unclicked.buzzsprout.com/237166/1430719-matthias-dandois-episode-24