Yesterday, the Sietse Van Berkel FM Interview and today, Lionel Cardoso aka Freestyle Tactics talks in detail about how different breathing techniques can help boost your performance and your life.
“Very often we talk about how to do a specific trick. But there are essential non-riding related techniques that will change your game. One of them is breathing. Indeed, we very often focus on specific riding techniques but forget about more general physical techniques like strength and endurance. This episode is inspired by yoga and Qi Gong where breathing is an essential part of the work and the main way to bring energy, calm and focus to the body and mind. You will discover how deep breathing will help you take your life and your riding to the next level.”
At the FiseWorld in Hiroshima, Japan last month it was on my list to catch up with the Flatmattersonline 2018 Breakthrough Rider of the Year, Sietse Van Berkel!
Sietse is one of those riders that has been on the brink for a number of years, last year he stepped up in a big way blowing the flatland world away with his final submission for the Master of Creativity finals and taking a well deserved win.
I dig into what went into his Master of Creativity entry, his horrific head injury that followed, from being the MOC winner to judging. Winning the FM award, his elegant style that is like no other, getting on Four pegs and Deco, his mindset training for contests and some surprises came out throughout the interview that I won’t spoil.
This is pure gold, is down grab and cuppa and listen to what Sieste and I have to say in our one hour 14 long conversation that taught me a lot and hopefully you at home listening.
Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s time for the Sietse Van Berkel Flatmattersonline Interview!
00:57: Winning the Flatmattersonline Breakthrough Rider of the Year Award.
1:36: Master of Creativity and a certain type of person to truly go in and give it all you got.
3:43: Strategy going into MOC?
5:12: Mindset going into Round 2 of MOC?
6:33: Keeping your Round 3 banger quiet and off social media.
6:50: Outside of MOC if you brand new trick do you save it or does it go straight on instagram?
7:18: How do you feel about social media?
8:22: For all of those that don’t know you, who is Sietse Van Berkel?
8:57: Coming from Holland, how much did the event Flatground inspire you and effect your life?
10:25: How did you get into Flatland?
12:31: After Flatground, BMX Cologne?
15:01: Your elegant style of riding?
19:41: First Bike?
21:21: Being in a music band?
22:42: From winning Master of Creativity to judging MOC?
23:49: Is it hard to enter Master of Creativity and not being sure of what you did was original?
25:14: Getting injured really bad right after MOC?
28:59: Did the injury at the pump track make you realise you cant afford to miss sessions on Flatland? No more pump track?
29:28: Climbing influences Sietse’s style.
30:14: Geting on Four Pegs BMX?
32:37: Getting on Deco?
33:20: Anything specific about your bike set up?
34:34: Out of MOC this year, any plans on a Welcome to Deco edit?
35:53: Outside of riding, what do you do?
37:21: In Utrecht, how are you riding spots?
38:20: Getting a ticket for riding at a spot, he’s rode at for years?
42:20: From winning the MOC 2018 to tackling the 3 minute run. How do you prepare for a contest?
44:20: What inspires you with flatland in the modern day?
46:14: What is flatland?
48:00: Do you have a set amount of hours you ride?
52:33: How do you feel your riding will develop in the future, do you think you found your style?
55:10: With the Dutch culture, I was curious would you say you are a competitive rider?
56:20: What were you thinking during the Fise finals in Hiroshima, as flatland fan or?
58:27: Do you think judging MOC would help your riding?
1:02:00: What pulls you to watch an edit nowadays?
1:05:08: You runs workshops, what do you tell kids about what you do?
1:06:47: Styles varying country to country.
1:09:00: Certain riders settles not fitting contest format?
1:10:15: What’s your favourite things about the flatland culture?
1:11:24: Was it scary returning to ride flatland after your injury?
1;12:47: Do you stretch before your ride?
1:12:56: How do you feel about having your name on the Fm award for Breakthrough Rider of Year?
1:13:42: Any final shoutouts, advice for beginners or anything like that?
Dusty Tweedhope has put a ton of work into getting the Flatland Immersion Podcast up and rolling, and just launched the podcast on Youtube as well. And kicks things off with his conversation with Mr World-wide himself, Bobby Carter. Most of you might have and should have already listened to these episodes we previously posted, if you haven’t. You know what to do..
The Space Brothers Podcast is one of my favourite things to check online currently, today we have a treat from one of the biggest characters in BMX…. Bill Nitschke! Kip Williamson and Chip Riggs kill this episode and the description is perfect so let’s run with this…
“The Whopper, also known as the bunnyhop tailwhip, is one of the coolest BMX tricks ever invented, and it’s hard to believe it’s been around for almost 30 years. The first time Bill Nitschke pulled it off in 1990 in a Burger King parking lot in Greenwood Indiana, he had no idea of the long term impact that trick would make on the sport of BMX.
We sat down with Bill at the Master Blaster Planet Studios and talked about his first idol, some of the guys he grew up riding with, becoming an all-around rider, his first BMX components company Pulse Products, riding for Haro, the time he helped start a bike company called Standard, creating Indy Industries, his stint on the GT summer tour, his 22 double decades video project, performing school shows for his company Wonder Wheels, traveling to BMX events around the country, and was he the first person to do a tailwhip on dirt over a set of doubles? So get comfortable, crank up your speakers, and get to know one of the most important riders in mid school BMX history, it’s Bill Nitschke… JA!!!!!”
It is great to see the rise in flatland podcasts this year, Dusty Tweedhope recently caught up with Mr Worldwode himself, Bobby Carter. I always enjoy Bobby’s take on things, here’s what Disty had to say. Sit back, hit play and enjoy this episode.
“I had the pleasure to be joined by one of the nicest guys in flatland, Bobby Carter. Bobby runs the media website Diversion TV, which has been a brand of the flatland lifestyle and a staple in our culture for a long time. Hang out with us as we talk a lot of flatland, as well as more beach-vibe hang outs in HAWAII!”
For episode 9 of the Flatland Immersion Podcast, Dusty caught up with the Middle East’s finest, Khaled Huerta. Khaled blew up on FM a few years ago recognised for his massive front wheel lines, great to see Dusty dig into his riding background from the beginning to current day. Hit play, grab a cuppa and enjoy this episode!
Dusty Tweedope catches up with Simon O’Brien for the eighth episode of the Flatland Immersion Podcast. This episode takes a more chilled vibe than previous episodes and just feels like a general chit chat. From Simon and his girlfriend having a kid, to work commitments, filming for Landscapes 3, theres a lot covered on here. Grab a beer or a cuppa and enjoy this one!
I’ve been waiting for this podcast with Chase Gouin for a while, Kip Williamson and Chip Riggs catch up with the one and only, Chase Gouin. Here’s what the Space Brothers crew had to say, sit down and grab a cuppa and enjoy this episode!
“This time around we sat down with flatland legend Chase Gouin to discuss his early life and getting into BMX, the first time he pulled a decade, meeting Kevin Jones and the Plywood Hoods, moving to York PA, his first Dorkin In York video section, special sessions he had with Kevin Jones, pulling his first quad decade, being the first flatland rider to ever ride brakeless, becoming ambidextrous with certain tricks so he could learn new positions, dealing with severe tendinitis, overcoming near-death situations more than a handful of times, and what he thinks about the current state of modern flatland. So get comfortable, crank up your speakers, and check out this special interview with the legend himself… Chase Gouin.”
There’s something great going on in flatland culture right now that I am really psyched on, the freestyle tactics video, the Pete Brandt interview, the Flatland Immersion Podcasts and so on. These are all great things we can use as flatlanders as motivation tools, and I believe they do a lot for the culture of flatland, today Dusty Tweedhope caught up with Martti Kuoppa for episode 7 of the Flatland Immersion Podcast and it is the best episode yet. Don’t miss it!