Ok. I guess I confused too many people now about who can enter and who don´t on ground tactics. Well here is the deal. What defines pro rider? Entering bmx masters every year in pro class? Having a bad ass level of riding like Moto Sasaki but riding expert class in Japan? What makes a rider a pro? In my opinion pro rider means doing nothing but riding for living. You pay your bills with riding, you travel and live in the hotels and eat because you ride your bike, yes, that is a definition of proffessional. And Sam Foakes doesn´t get paid from riding, he is working full time, Waldemar is not full time proffessional either, he studies and works. If I don´t let enter anyone who attended pro class before I should propably cut half of the entries so far. Thai guys all, rode in the pro class, same with Malaysian guy and few others. So if it kills the motivation of the others because they feel like they cannot win because Sam Foakes is in, then, your attitude won´t let you win a real competition ever in your life with “real” pro riders.
So now I am pointed fingers at me that I let Sam, Waldemar and Moto enter. So what? No one would say anything if I let Kotaro enter (and he is living out of riding). The fact is that current state of flatland is not very good. The tricks level is not high and the progressive riding is missing. As standing behind Ground Tactics I stay behind my words that we are looking for new tricks, new styles, hard tricks original tricks etc. etc.
If I close down the entries from people who have already done hard tricks and have already attended international competitions- Ground Tactics would be pretty boring site to visit AND I would not have a change to find any sponsors for this project in next few years.
I am out here to bring in some colour for flatland. Something else than same old competition runs year after year and people talking shit on global flat dot com. and that is also a fact that I can do whatever I feel like doing in my life and with my projects. And if I see that this is good for flatland, that is how I see it.
But don´t think that I am insulted or whatsoever. I am just clearing out my point of view on people who are confused, that´s all.
And another thing is that I am not going to take in any late entries anymore. If I let one rider enter, I´d have to let all the other late guys enter as well and I have about 10 people asking now for late entry. You would not go late on your competition run at a “real” competition, would you? So, sorry, there was enough of time to send in your material. And, yes, I took in 2 guys who asked for a permission to send in their late entries week before (they sent their material in 1 day late but they had a permission for it)
We have already started a judging process and if we take in 10 more guys we have to start over the whole judging proccess and again, tomorrow another rider would ask for a late entry permission. So no to all late entries. Got to draw the line somewhere.