This week marks 25 years since we lost Richard Zabzdyr (infamous for what he did for flatland with Graveyard products but also his fast spinning style) as he travelled back to California from the York jam featured on this episode of Props. Paul Palmer also who features on the York jam session is also no longer with us, hard to believe this has been 25 years. Golden era for sure so much great footage on this Props Issue 3, hit play for a trip down memory. RIP Richard Zabzdyr & Paul Palmer. Let’s take a moment to remember these legends.
I don’t really feature myself on the site very often, something to me that feels rather odd to do. Today I have a Flatland Immersion Podcast dropping, so why not feature myself for a change. We go back to 2014, and edit I worked with my friend Ollie Denny who is an amazing videographer.
“I wanted to document my riding as this point in time, to remember the spot and also help push my personal progression. I was inspired by a podcast that asked a question, “How do you know when a music track is finished?” I immediately started thinking about flatland, and your combos. When are they over? Is there a right time to pull out? After much gnashing of teeth, and riding time in between injuries, I’ve come full circle from doing long combos in the contests to short combos outside of the contest environment.”
For many the Cologne contest is the event of the year, Dominik Nekolny has taken the title back to Prague two years in a row at the Jugendpark. Can he make it a three peat? It seems like a good time to re-up his winning run from last years event, that also won the Flatmattersonline Year end award for contest run of the year.
The annual Cologne contest is just a few weeks away, get hyped everyone! I know I am, when I think Cologne, Albert Retey’s riding comes to mind. Peep his 3rd place run from the 1996 Worlds at the Jugend park, legendary!
It’s time to throwback to Pete Olsen’s Flatmattersonline 2015 year end “edit of the year” as voted by you the readers of FM. Everything still hits hard in this, as I would say. Grab a cuppa, sit down and take this all in, the whole package delivers.
It’s TBT time, and I still recovering from my trip out to Fise Hiroshima. I was hoping to see Akihiko Takahashi riding at the contest, but it wasn’t to be. This week’s TBT is dedicated to this massively underrated rider, Aki. Let’s go back to 2011!
This weeks TBT is dedicated to the Carhartt flatland jam that went down at the Jugendpark in Koln, Germany. Featuring so much amazing riding still to this day from the likes of Hiroya Morizaki, James White, Phil Dolan, Alexis Desolneux, yours truly Effraim Catlow, Chad Degroot, Lee Musselwhite, Matti Rose, Frank Lucas, Michael Sommer, Michael Steingraeber and many more., Throwback gold today on Flatmattersonline this morning. I took a lot out of watching this one back and sure you will do too!
Happy birthday to Viki Gomez, this weeks TBT is dedicated to Viki. The Red Bull Circle of Balance in Tokyo, Japan went off. Stew Johnston flew out to Japan to document the event for Props Video magazine, this section still rules to this day. So much good riding, you don’t want to sleep on this one!
It is the annual One Love Jam this weekend in Newport Beach, California. Tomorrow I am heading down to LA with Pete Brandt, Dylan Worsley, and James McGraw. Seems like as good a time as any for this sweet bonus edit from last year, crank it up and get hyped. I know I am!
Last night I came across this gem from the archives after a post from Brett Downs on social media caught my attention and I am so glad I sat down to watch this one.
This video highlights the best in BMX Freestyle from 1988 – 1991. Including flatland, ramps and dirt, this video has it all. Appearances by: Mat Hoffman (900 Air), Dennis McCoy and especially the double backwards whiplash to funky chicken I have wanted to see for years at the 23:24 mark!), Josh White, Dino DeLuca, Perry Mervar, Rick Moliterno, Bill Neumann, Joe Gruttola, Danny Meng, Bill Nitschke, Steve Swope, Rick Thorne, Leo Chen, Pete Brandt, Brett Foster, Joe Johnson and the Team Hip Tricks crew.