This weeks OSS goes to one of my childhood heroes, Danny Meng. Check out his run from the 1988 AFA Masters in Columbus, Ohio. Not only the killer riding to pay attention to, but also the amount of riders in the back warming up for their runs, insane! Good vibes!
It feels like a while since I have done a Old School Sundays. Just a couple of days ago, Martti Kuoppa posted a rad clip from 101 Trix Part 2 on the MOC instagram page. Check out Chris Day’s run from the AFA Master Round 5 1987 at the William Patterson College in Wayne, NJ. Chris’ riding was inspirational during the late 80’s, respect!
Each one of these Catching Up interviews i’m enjoying more and more. Next up was the turn of the man who invented the Whopper, and the man who has more energy than anyone I have ever met, ladies and gentlemen here is the Bill Nitschke Interview!
2:13: Growing up riding in the AFA contests.
4:33: Meeting up with Todd Carter in the Ohio scene.
5:16: How did Bill get into flatland?
7:20: What shaped Bill’s riding, his presence on the contest floor is unreal to watch live!
10:43: Inventing the whopper, and tells the story and what went down?
15:58: Spike Jonze shooting the whopper.
16:34: Favourite memories from competing?
17:37: Being the first person to do a tail whip over a set of doubles on dirt.
21:54: Getting involved in Standrad Bykes.
24:29: Leaving Standard Bykes and getting picked up by Homeless and starting Indy Industries.
27:26: Always keeping riding despite being burnt on contests.
28:07 Contests taking a back seat and becoming more show riding oriented.
29:36: The return of the AFA contests bringing Bill back to the contest scene.
32:34: Hitting the biggest Whopper I’ve ever seen at Battle in Rockies 2017 and the aura he sets when he rides in a contest.
35:50: How does competing in Battle format contests go for Bill Nitschke, all that stop start style?
39:45: Plans for 2018.
42:22: Final thanks.
I’m really enjoying doing these “Catching Up” interviews and today I interview Todd Carter, one of the smoothest riders in the flatland game and a man that doesn’t get enough credit in the flatland scene. Lot of history with Todd’s longevity in the sport. It was great to interview Todd and hear his story, grab a cuppa and enjoy this episode:
00:56: How long has Todd been riding for, and how did he get into flatland?
3:13: What was Todd’s first flatland competition?
4:38: I never knew that myself and Todd both rode for Hutch, and the Ohio scene shaping Todd’s riding.
8:00: What are some of Todd’s favourite memories from the AFA Masters?
10:29: How flatland is good for physical and emotional health, and forget about life issues?
11:54: What can modern day flatland learn from era such as the AFA masters where there 130 people in Todd’s class?
14:20: Moving from Ohio to Los Angeles and living the Californian dream.
17:45: Moving back to Ohio and building a flatland spot.
21:40: Coming from that era where what music you rode to was a big deal. What music is Todd into?
23:42: Bringing the American Flatland Association back.
26:00: Having two kids that both ride flatland.
29:36: The transition from expert rider to professional.
32:35: Plans for 2018?
33:21: Being a good rolemodel for the flatland scene, and what device would he give to the future generations?
35:47: Any final thanks?
With the godfather of flatland, Kevin Jones celebrating his birthday this week. It’s only right that OSS this week goes to man who changed flatland forever. Check out his run from the AFA Masters in Ohio, 1987.
Happy birthday this week to flatland godfather, Kevin Jones who just turned 48! A great excuse to re-up his groundbreaking run from the AFA Masters in Bristol, PA where he unveiled the hitchhiker and backpacker for the first time, as well as a ton more K originality! Thank you Kevin for everything, well worth a rewatch!
This weeks OSS is dedicated to the one and only, Kevin Jones check out his 1st place run from the 19 & over Expert flatland at the 1987 AFA Masters in Wayne, NY.