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!
If you have already been scrolling through today’s updates, you will have seen the 50th birthday teaser that Jim McKay is putting together for James McGraw’s and Pete Brandt’s 50th birthday tomorrow! This seems as good a time as I have ever had to repost the Pete Brandt Flatmattersonline Interview, it’s time to take a trip down memory lane. Real pleasure putting this one together!
Great edit from the Suzuki BMX Masters 2006 by Global Flat, that Alejandro Marques recently re-uploaded. So much good riding in this from the likes of Justin Miller, Adam Kun, Kotaro Tanaka, Martti Kuoppa, Matthias Dandois, Viki Gomez, Nathan Penonzek, and many more. Well worth watching this one….
With so many edits dropping each year, it is so easy to overlook edits in the flatland scene and just in general actually. My following post is about a photoshoot with Yu and Ryo Katagiri, Naoto Tamaru at the Flatpark, and that reminded me with the exception of the Sensual video there really has been much of Yu Katagiri on the site.
For this weeks TBT, let’s go back to his amazing edit from 2018, hit play and get stoked and this kids talent….
The big news this week, Martti Kuoppa relaunched the iconic brand, Junglerider after a ten year hiatus. It’s a no brainer to dedicate this week’s Throwback to the man I called “The boss”. Watch this part back, this would be a Must Watch without a doubt if this dropped today, timeless flatland and many of these switches remain untouched….
This weeks throwback is dedicated to the boss, Martti Kuoppa following his Freestyle Tactics Interview. His solo DVD, Moments that dropped in 2004 is still a video that I go back, and watch start to finish regularly. Treat yourself!
Tomorrow I will be heading to the One Love jam in Newport Beach, with Pete and Dylan Worsley, It’s time to show Dyakn some love on the site, peep this amazing section from the Angus video when Dylan started dropping some heavy bangers on the pedal back in the 90’s. His section starts at 2:08.
This weeks TBT kills two birds with one stone so to speak, I will be dropping the Flatmattersonline 2019 Year end awards on Monday and Saturday I will be dropping an exclusive with Jean William Prevost! It seems like as good a time as any to go back watch Dub’s amazing awards winning Puro Flat that was shot in the spring of last year and released on August 7th.
Puro Flat #2 highlights:
00:17: The g-roll pivot inside switch b undertaker out is beautiful in technique where he has condensed the dead time.
00:25: Spinning undertaker flip grabbing tyre spinning cream pivot out is sexy flatland at it’s finest. I am on 5th watch now, and still have the same reaction as the first time I watched it. YES!
00:32: Dub further pushes the concept that I highlighted at 00:17 and adds the spinning undertaker at the beginning of the line and ends with g-roll pivot inside switch b undertaker with no deadtime at all. Wow!
1:07: Carved Opposite Dump truck ride in pivot to pedal inside switch b pedal pivot to double turbine spinning forward death truck straightens out forward pedal death to casual walkover decade out. This line has been years in the making, so much depth to this.
2:59: Dub explores different concepts around the Rodeo, each line till the end is absolutely ridiculous, but the dead time taken out on the final line and the seamless switches is something else entirely.
For a couple of years I would meet up with Cory Fester at the Intrikat Jam in Long Beach California, and pieces of this amazing line for the 2014 Battle in the Rockies come into my mind. I remember hours of crashing on the last switch handed fork wheelie jump through the frame to backwards halfpacker in the LBC underground, Cory’s dedication is next level! Five years on, this line is still absolutely cutting edge. Respect Cory!