We all have edits that are go to for a bit of motivation, and over the years I have found myself going back to this Braun Flatground in 2006 by Global Flat numerous times. It was freezing cold at the venue in Amsterdam as I recall (it was in December), but the riding was anything but, and the battles got heated.
When I look back this event really was the start of a new generation coming through on the big stage with the likes of Matthias Dandois, Sam Foakes, Keelan Phillips and many more, pushing hard in the finals, commuting against the experienced pros like Martti Kuoppa who really dug deep and showed everyone who is the boss. So much good riding, and the tunes go well, it’s worth sitting down today and taking a trip down memory lane.
Tomorrow I celebrate 12 years of running Flatmattersonline, during this time of being not only furloughed from work and being injured. It has been a good time to reflect on those 12 years, my trip to Japan in 2008 with Sam Foakes really kickstarted FM. So this weeks TBT is dedicated to that tie and the unreal sessions with Sam, Akihiko Takahashi and all the Yokohama locals. Big thanks to Mislav from Zion Bikes for filming this. Memories!!!
As we approach our 12th anniversary, let’s go back twelve years and to a video many consider the best ever done. The KGB Impulsivity featuring Martti Kuoppa, Viki Gomez and Pete Brandt, and produced by Intrikat ticks all the boxes. It’s time to watch this back, and take in the madness all over again.
This made me think did we really progress in riding, perhaps in style and flow yes. But tricks? And in this video, all the riders using brakes. Let me know your thoughts, perhaps this is a good article topic for the future?
A few weeks ago, Mid School BMX on Instagram posted a clip from my KHE Cosa Nostra part which was filmed in 1997/98. I asked the guys if they had the full part as I have not seen it in years, if memory serves me right there were copyright issues with some of the film samples used on the video. Such a great time period travelling around competing with KHE/Puma team, getting to ride Albert Retey’s home stomping ground and so much more. Enjoy the part if you haven’t seen.
Who remembers this one? Martti Kuoppa freestylin’ at his indoor training spot in Helsinki, Finland right before the 2007 Red Bull Circle of Balance. I still go back to this one ever so often, and always gets me hyped to ride.
Who remembers when this Yuki Itoh “Welcome to Far East Cycles” edit dropped in September 2016?… I met Yuki at Five Hiroshima, sadly he was there filming not riding. Is Yuki still riding?
Everything about this Yuki Itoh edit ruled and still rules four years on.
Riding wise, the riding and the intricate switches were pretty much all groundbreaking for the time. Here are some of my personal highlights:
– The opposite turbine steam boat ride in flip flip to yammer style backwards spinning xft steam step on fork back to steam turbine to xft fork spinning steam to opposite xft steam flip steam opposite side step into spinning cliff at 1:06! Are you following all that? Yuki’s style is so nimble around the bike, amazing!
– At 2:11 the turbine teakettle to spinning xft crack pivot spinning hang ten pivot opposite one footed spinning crack step over backwards facing one footed spinning ck jump to halfpacker pivot xft backwards spinning xft stream pivot steam to x handed spinning half hiker! Mind blown!
– The last line at 3:03! I will leave that one to you!
Props to Takuya Higa also for the camerawork, this edit makes me want to ride so bad! Job done! Respect Yuki, liquid flatland at it’s finest!!
Unintentional Brazilian theme running on FM right now, funny how stuff like that happens. Forty minutes of great riding from the likes of Claybom, Pekeno, Patrick Coelho, Arroz, LéoClaro, Wagner Gordo, Nêne, and Felipe Gonçalves. Grab a cuppa when your bored and soak in some of the Brazilian flatland scene from 2006!
Tomorrow I have an exclusive interview with one of original heads that helped create the King of Ground contest series in Japan, Yasuyuki Takeo. One of the most requested videos on the site, is anything KOG related, and in my mind one of the best contest videos ever done is by the Juicyvision crew “Proseed”, Issue one – side a right here. So much good riding from the King of Ground contests and local events too. You really do want to sit down and give this one your attention.
My long standing memory from my first contest turning pro, was Albert Retey’s winning ride at the World Championships in Limoges, France 1993. If you were there you will know exactly what I’m talking about, if not one of the classic runs of all time. Certainly one of my favourites, the music and the vibe from the crowd still gives me goose bumps to this day! Albert Retey, what a rider!
Man, I miss Flatland Manifesto! Shane Neville put so much work into these flatland video magazines, if you missed these it really is worth your time to sit down, and take all this in.Thank you Shane! Issue 1 featured the La Revolution from Toronto, How to Pinky with Cory Stratychuk, ESPN B3 in Anaheim, California (this section rules!), Art Thomason Interview and more. So much good riding, 19 years ago. Wow!