Time to Vote: The Flatmattersonline Year End Awards 2021!

Hello everyone!
It’s that time of year where we celebrate another amazing year of flatland, and honour the winners with a medal in each category.
This year I decided to switch a few of the awards up and most noticeably add A Female Rider of the Year award.
Womens Flatland is arguably the area of flatland I see growing the most especially in the last year with events such as Flatqueens really helping to showcase new talented riders. I’d like to honour these women, rather than myself vote I’ve passed that one over to you the readers.

I am sure you can agree. It’s been another strange year, the Covid 19 pandemic has continued to cause Havok and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere fast?
I ask the question once again, Are contest results albeit online as important with how you vote this year? What really matters to you? The video parts? What riders are doing for others, the list goes on.
You have plenty of time to vote, work your way through the year and see who’s contributing throughout the year, or who’s had that banger part that inspired your own personal riding. Everyone has different opinions, which is one of the many things that makes flatland so special.

Without further a due, it’s time to start researching and digging back through the year at what’s gone on throughout this crazy year.

Who is going to win the awards this year, it’s definitely going to be interesting…

Editorial Vote:
Rider of year
Must Watch Edit of year
Outstanding Contribution
Breakthrough Rider of year
Brand of the Year

Reader Choice:
Rider of year
Edit of Year
Female rider of year
Contest Run of Year
Line of Year

How do you vote?
Send your votes through to: effraim@flatmattersonline.com – entitled Flatmattersonline Awards 2021.

When’s the Deadline for voting?
Voting closes Sunday January 16th.

Nominees announced:
Sunday January 16th.

Year end award winners announced:
Sunday January 30th.

Please note:
Voting only counts via email, and you must vote in each category to be eligible. Plenty of time to go through edits over the new year, and look back via the site on the highlights of the year that will follow over the next few weeks, take your time and good luck and most of all enjoy the process of voting!


Effraim Catlow.

Hiroya Morizaki starts Crown!

HUGE news today from Japan, one of the best riders in the game. Hiroya Morizaki just started his own bike brand, over to Hiroya!

“I just started a new bike brand, Crown. First, let me introduce the new sample that just arrived.
The first frame is based on Delta, which I used to design for Quamen Bikes, a California-based BMX frame company back in 2005, and improved the design suitable for the modern flatland needs.

The fork is initially designed for the Garuda frame of Aresbikes but pursing as small a clearance as possible and shortens the length of the fork for the best possible usability at doing various types of tricks, front and back tricks, rolling, and spinning.
Every detail of geometries results from numerous tries and errors over two years. I’ll keep testing until the release, although the production schedule is still up in the air due to the COVID situation. Stay tuned!

Logo designd by Yuta Takahashi.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE from here at Flatmattersonline HQ!!
Christmas is all about spending time with family, it’s been another tough year!
And we can only hope that 2022 is an improvement on this year….
Spare a thought for those on their own this year.
This is as good a time as any for the community to stick together, have a great day everyone!!

Regular updates returning shortly, plus a small matter of the 2021 Flatmattersonloine year end awards!

Hold tight, and enjoy the festive season!

Effraim Catlow.

Must Watch: Viki Gomez / Rise 3

Viki Gomez / RISE 3 from Viki Gomez on Vimeo.

It’s been a quiet few weeks as we get into the festive season. Viki Gomez changed all that with this amazing new “Rise 3” put together by Sevisual. Viki showcases arguably the biggest tricktionary in the game, everything Viki does is amazing, but the standouts for me in this one:

2:56: Bike flip line that just develops as the line goes on, more and more tech, that x-ft ice cream body varial takes the cake for me, beautiful!

4:43: Steam Kickflip to halfpacker which is a Viki staple move, watch the new ride out!

Don’t sleep on this one…..

Hang 5 Podcast Episode 20: Pete Olsen

Photo credit: Stephane Bar.

Episode 20 features the interview of Heresy’s Pete Olsen. The quiet flatland giant from Saskatoon, Canada.
Pete is Known for his insane rolling manoeuvers on the backwheel, and his creative video parts. Find out how he got his start, where he finds his inspiration, how he deals with punishing canadian winters, how he films his parts, how he got on S&M, and Heresy, his thoughts on the flatland scene, and much more. Great episode, definitely reserve some time for this one!




What’s up everybody?
Today marks 13 years of Flatmattersonline, and whilst I was thinking what I could drop for this year the answer was staring me in the face.
I did plan to drop my latest riding edit to celebrate, but events in my personal life put a delay to that. I’m a couple of tricks short at the moment, I hope you will all see that in spring.
The answer as I previously eluded to, is the return of the FM exclusives! To document share and progress has been my motto since day 1.

Documenting your riding is a great way to personally progress and time to return to the core of what the site is all about.
I have been on sat on a few videos for a few months, hard to believe the last exclusive was six months ago. Where did that time go?
London style cat, Jason Forde came through with this great crackpacker/halfpacker line, and you can tell Jay has put a lot of time in his bike by the way he moves on the bike. And in a FM t-shirt, no less, thanks for the support Jay!!
I’m sorry to Jay, and everyone else that their clips have been lying here for months, back to it now!

It’s now time for a shameless plug, we have a Black Friday sale on right now till Monday 29th November. Tees and hoodies are now 20% off on our webstore. Thanks to everyone who has supported the site over the years, and more recently bought a tee or hoodie, this really is a labour of love and I appreciate anyone who takes the time to comment on the site.

Flatmattersonline / 13 years Strong!

Effraim Catlow

Link to webstore:

Must Watch: Brandon Derbowka / The Mad Scientist

Brandon Derbowka is infamous for dropping some of the hardest tricks ever done, most famously the multiple no handed whiplashes will without a doubt go down in the history books and be talked about for years to come i’m sure. Joey Kylio got together with Brandon during the summer to put together this amazing insight his thought process, and how he progresses on certain moves. You don’t want to miss this one!