It’s time to announce the winners of the 2020 Flatmattersonline Year End Awards, 2020 was a difficult year for everyone. Flatland as a community rallied together to make the best of these difficult, testing times.
We saw riders focus more on edits rather than contest placings, as a result perhaps the rate of progression was a lot greater than previously would be, those that wanted to compete took part in numerous online contests, and in between all that the FM exclusives made to 60 episodes in 2020.
What the future holds is unclear currently, the vaccines are getting out there, and we hope to know more by spring time which really isn’t that far away.
Let’s try, and remain positive and make the best of every situation.
It’s time as promised to announce the 2020 Flatmattersonline Year end awards nominations,
I felt there was a lot to say about the awards and the year, which a lot of the time doesn’t get covered under the previous text announcement format.
So, I attempted to make a makeshift studio feel in my front room during lockdown 3.0, and present the nominations, and share my feelings on the year as well as the reader choices.
Congratulations to everyone who was nominated, and thank you to everyone who took the time to vote.
Winners announced: Sunday 24th January.
* If you don’t want to watch the whole show, you can skip through parts using the timestamps.
00:00 FM Title Screen
00:07 Effraim introduces the FM Year end award nominee show
00:56 Reader Choice Rider of the Year
04:59 Reader Choice Edit of the Year
8:07 Reader Choice Most Progressive Rider
11:38 Reader Choice Contest Run of the Year
15:12 Reader Choice Breakthrough Rider of the Year
19:33 Effraim introduces the Editorial Awards
20:50 Editorial Choice Rider of the Year
27:33 Editorial Choice Edit of the Year
31:06 Editorial Choice Most Progressive Rider
35:55 Editorial Choice Outstanding Contribution
39:37 Editorial Choice Line of the Year / Flatmattersonline Exclusive of the Year
46:06 Effraim Outro
Welcome to Episode 2 of the Flat Only COGcast, my guest for the second episode is Aaron Frost from Sequence. The return of Sequence is a breath of fresh air to the flatland community, and I sit down with the man himself, and talk about the history of the brand, re-re-releasing classic sequence product, the new Anvil system on his peg design + you get the scoop on the new team for 2021 and a whole lot more.
Check the Timestamps for what’s discussed, I have to say this one of the best interviews I have done. Really enjoyed catching up with Aaron and talking all things Sequence. This show is not to be missed!!!
Enjoy the show!
0:00 Welcome to FLAT ONLY cogcast episode 2!
00:19 Introducing Aaron Frost to the show.
2:52 History of the Sequence brand.
3:49 Concept behind Sequence name.
6:06 How long did the brand run the first time round?
7:59 Shintaro Misawa added to the Sequence team.
10:42 Who was on the original Sequence team?
15:45 Recognising annoyingly good riders.
17:46 How long did Sequence lay dormant, what was your thinking starting back up?
19:04 Making a mistake getting Sequence made in Taiwan.
20:56 When did you start Sequence up again?
21:57 Starting a manufacturing company.
24:29 Making Sequence product in house.
25:32 Re-releasing classic Sequence product?
26:24 The Hook stem and the engineering behind it.
31:03 Is the weight on product a concern for you as a rider and engineer?
32:35 The Anvil peg system and size of pegs?
34:37 Why is the internal sleeve starting inside the peg more than usual?
36:28 Working with Titanium.
38:34 Having the facilty to take more then stems and pegs.
39:57 Working towards complete bikes.
40:52 Who is on the Sequence team for 2021?
48:25 Discussing how insane the Real Jeep Games were?
51:53 North American flatland scene.
53:07 Where can you get Sequence product from?
54:51 Aaron’s personal riding progression and injuries.
Intro/Questions: Effraim. Photos: Pierre Gauthier, Matti Hemmings & Mizo.
Part 1 of my Decade on Flatland piece caused quite a stir amongst the flatland community. It is healthy to hear the opinions of how are art form/sport progressed over the last ten years. In my mind, it’s thought provoking, and gets you thinking about your own personal riding. In Part 2, I fire the same questions as Part 1 to X-foot pivot master Bruno Zebu, Mr Same Thing Daily himself, Dane Beardsley, and Sam Foakes, who has discarded the traditional pumping mid-trick technique for pretty much the last decade. The opinions contrast from Part 1, once again grab a cuppa and treat yourself. I am really enjoying putting these articles together, hope you enjoy reading them.
Mizo Misael dropped this nice edit from this year’s One Love Jam in Newport Beach, California. I forgot to post this despite writing the description. Featuring Bruno Zebu, James McGraw, Robert Reilly, Bert Ribul, Sean Fontenot, Mizo himself shredding on Bruno’s bike, Pete Brandt, Lucas Koala, good vibes from Cali!
A nice treat today from Brazil, Daniel known to his friends as “Sansão” got in contact with this Top 20 riders from Brazil edit that he helped select along with most of the Brazilian scene. There is so much good riding in this one from the likes of Leo Claro, Mateus Beckmann, Marcos de Jesus (that two footed front death half whip to fire hydrant at
4:19 is so good!), Bruno Zebu, Balu, and many many more shredders from a scene we don’t hear enough about! This is worth your attention!
The official edit of the 8th annual One Love Jam 2018 just dropped and it’s a banger. Look out for an interview here on FM real soon with the man behind the jam, Darin Wright. For now peep a whole load of good riding and vibes from the likes of Bill Nitschke, Ahmed Johnson, Bruno Zebu, Ruben Castillo, Chad Johnston, Gabe Weed, Ed Jolie, Dane Beardsley, and Pete Brandt.
Nice edit from the recent Copa BMX contest in Brazil featuring Leo Claro, Romulo Guerra, Bruno “Zebu”, Francisco Pekeno, Mateus Beckmann, Willian Prado, Hudson Santos & Milo Flatland. Thanks Lísias Tabarelli for sharing this!
Short, and snappy edit from the recent Copa BMX Brazil Final that Mateus Beckmann won, this edit features Bruno Zebu, Romulo Guerra, and friends jamming at what looks like an awesome relaxed atmosphere.
August is often the busiest month of the year on the site, and it certainly got started with a bang on August 1st! The man of the moment, Viki Gomez fresh back from the 2016 World Circuit title in Brazil goes back to the core day to day sessions at his home spot in Luxembourg and just like the CORE Part 1, this delivers at the highest level!
Highlights for me:
– The opening rolling dump truck pivot backwards xft ice cream pivot opposite side two footed dump truck pivot xft ice cream line is just beautiful and took me back to the riding of Dan Rigby, amazing!
– X bar steam kickflip regular bar halfpacker pivot opposite xft hitch xft halfhiker body varial to halfpacker at 00:39!
– I know it’s not new, but the hang ten pressure jump steam Viki does at 1:03 is timeless, execution is also on point!
– Backwards crackpacker in circles carved back to forwards crackpacker steam kick flip crackpacker, the technicality and sheer variety of moves Viki has is just incredible! This is years and years of crafting to get to this level, I could go on and on, but I’ll leave it here.