Flat Snitches: Episode 5 / The Crackpacker with Pete Brandt

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Flat Snitches is back!
During the lockdown, plenty of time to kill and come up with ideas. Using Zoom started to become a weekly occurrence in work, and daily life, so why not use it for Flatmattersonline!
The subject of episode 5 features my co-host for Flat Snitches, Pete Brandt and the Crackpacker.
Chad Johnston, of Intrikat fame was the first to document Pete’s riding for us all worldwide, it only made sense to get in contact with Chad and include him in this episode.
Chad drops some amazing historical knowledge, and Aaron Frost joins in the episode too. We had a lot of fun on this call, the line dropped out a few times so apologises for that. You can check the time stamps on the video to skip to the parts you are interested in!

And remember kids, it’s a crackpacker not a wheelchair! Grab a cuppa and get educated.
Big thanks to Pete, Chad and Aaron for this episode!

00:00 Flat Snitches intro.
00:47 Introduction to the show.
1:36 What is a crackpacker.
2:41 When did Pete create the crackpacker.
3:49 Where were you when you created the trick.
4:45 When was the first time anyone saw the crackpacker.
6:01 Chad’s recalling filming the crackpacker for the first time & Reali-TV 1.
6:38 Chad’s fondest memory filming the section with Pete & Eric E.
7:06 Chad recalling how groundbreaking the riding was for time period.
7:30 Aaron talks about the emergence of West Coast riders…
8:44 Effraim ordering Reali-TV via the post.
11:00 Chad capturing the feel of the West Coast.
11:22 When Pete first drop the crackpacker in a contest.
12:00 When did Chad first meet Pete, Chad in leathers..
15:13 When time Chad and Pete saw the Crackpacker being copied.
18:04 Variations on the crackpacker.
19:34 Inventing the crackhanger, europeans calling it a coathanger.
23:06 Why did you call the trick a crackpacker.
24:11 Hayward and San Mateo stories.
26:16 Chad recalls his time in SF filming Reali-TV.
27:01 Chad driving back to SF for one trick.
28:01 Chad learning from Pete’s dedication.
28:31 Variations of the Crackpacker other people have done.
32:51 Is Chad still filming? Security Guard stories.
41:19 Scuff into crackpacker to learn it?
42:18 Outro.

Credits:
Chad Johnston.
Stewart Johnston, Props Video Magazine.
Lee Musselwhite.

Episode 37: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with Cory Stratychuk

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What’s up everyone?
It’s that time of the week, these episodes are moving along so quickly. And like I have said before I am really stoked on how these episodes are taking shape, I dropped episode 36 last Sunday with myself.
And episode 37 features my ex-ronin team mate, Cory Stratychuk!
You know I had to wear a ronin tee for this one, Ronin represent! Cory in my opinion, is one of the smoothest riders to ever do it in the flatland game.
Cory has brought a lot to flatland, off the top of my head, the scuffing smith decade, nose wheelie full bar out, cliff-hanger kick flips consistently in contests to name a few.
He is also battling a spinal chord injury, and doesn’t get to ride anywhere near as much as he would like. Cory has flatland in his blood and rides when he can manage the pain.
As you will see from this clip, Cory still has it… opposite backwards spinning fork wheelie to spinning hitch coming from opposite side to regular side out, smooth as glass and with so much style.
Really stoked Cory could contribute to the exclusives, whose got episode 38?

Flat Snitches episode 5 drops Sunday 5pm GMT.

Episode 35: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with Ludovic Lefebvre

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It’s that time of the week….
Episode 35 of the Flatmattersonline Exclusives with French ripper, Ludovic Lefebvre. Ludovic comes through with a knee roller, that hurts my knees watching it. Love the hideout as well to this, so smooth. Thank you Ludovic for contributing….

Who’s got episode 36? Hmmm I wonder…

Dropping Sunday, 5pm GMT.

Episode 33: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with Ramon Lopez

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The episodes keep flowing in, thank you so much to everyone who has helped keep these exclusives flowing along nicely since it’s inception, and the pandemic. Episode 33 features Ramon Lopez, from Puerto Rico who flows through a nice triple whiplash to messiah into cliffhanger for us all. Thank you Ramon for stepping up!

Who’s got episode 34?

Dropping Sunday, 5pm GMT…

Episode 32: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with Paul Chamberlain

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Welcome back to Flatmattersonline exclusive clips, today we feature British ex pat, Paul Chamberlain. Paul made the move down under, as he was reaching pro level here in the UK. When Paul left, due to our small scene, you really noticed Paul’s absence from the UK scene. Not only with his riding, but his enthusiasm, and general charisma.
I’m only always stoked when Paul comments on the site, and puts in his two cents, it was likewise great when he contacted me with a clip which he commented he learnt during the pandemic.

Paul comes through with a nice switch foot backwards ice cream pivot to two footed dump truck for the 32nd episode, thank you Paul for contributing.

Who’s got episode 33, dropping Wednesday. 5pm GMT.

The road to the X Games: 1999 Louisville X Trials

The X Trials back in the 90’s were the qualifying events to be in the X-games. In 1999, I flew out to the states for two months to compete in the X Trials in Louisville, and Richmond Virginia. I was beyond stoked to make it to the 99 X games on the first attempt in Louisville, Kentucky behind Jason Brown R.I.P. and Trevor Meyer. Great to watch this back today!

Episode 31: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with William Herve

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Last week we made it to episode 30 of the Flatmattersonline exclusive clips.
After a short break for episode 4 of Flat Snitches, it’s time to return to the clips, and William Herve from France stepped up for the 31st episode with an awesome brakeless backwards facing stem-a-rang.
This trick looks like scary one to learn, how do you begin to learn this one and get a feeling for the move? Props to William for getting this done and contributing towards the culture.

Who’s got episode 32, dropping Sunday 5pm GMT…..

Flat Snitches: Episode 4 / 360 Bike flip with Steve Mulder

Intro: Effraim.
Interview: Effraim, Pete Brandt.
Photo/Video credits: Steve Mulder, Chris Rye, Mark Eaton, Rob Dolecki.

Hello everyone!

It’s been a while since Episode 3 of Flat Snitches with Tim Treacy discussing the Backyard, so it’s time to get back to it, and take a little break from the regular FM exclusive clips (we return to the exclusive clips on Wednesday)…
Myself and Pete Brandt have been talking about switching over to video for Flat Snitches to document, and show visuals of the trick creations and provide some historical context also. Editors note: Steve is camera shy, so enjoy the video and the written interview…

For episode 4, we go back to the 90’s.
And a 360 bike flip move that begins in a peg wheelie, throw the bike 360 degrees and land in a switch-b, aka switch foot caboose! It’s time to show its creator, Steve Mulder some much deserved respect!

The concept of the bike flip has become trendy as of the last few years, but the 360 version has not. Myself and Pete discuss a few heads that have stepped into the arena, but as we delved a bit deeper, it came to our attention the straight line version is untouched. Mad respect to Steve for this timeless creation!

We catch up with the man himself to discuss this amazing move, and dig into some of the background information on it. Enjoy the episode and interview, it’s time to learn more about this amazing creation and give props to one of the best riders to ever do this artform we call flatland….

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Episode 30: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with Bryan Huffman

YO!!! We made it!

30 episodes of the Flatmattersonline exclusives, I am pretty hyped to make it to thirty episodes without skipping a beat. Bryan Huffman from Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA stepped up for the honours, and dropped a really nice back wheel line with a sweet x-handed pumping junkyard to boot.
Bryan is a flatland lifer, I believe he has had 10 ACL knee surgeries and is still continuing to push his riding on the daily. Much respect to Bryan!

Who’s got episode 31?

Dropping on Sunday 5pm GMT…

Distancing 2

Last week, Jason Forde invited me along with Keelan Philips, Mizo, Thomas Loison, Yinka Thomas, Amos Burke, and a few others to film two clips in a week. This was a good chance for me to try and push myself a little bit further as I return from injury. Stoked to be involved involved in this project, heres what Jason Forde the man behind the project had to say:

“A series of flatland BMX edits created during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Social distancing meant that we were not able to ride together as much as we would like too.These videos are made to bring us together, to share our riding clips and to motivate each other.

Riders were selected at random and given a time limit to record a fresh/new riding clip that has never used on social media.
We all had different issues to deal with while trying to get the selected clips.

I myself had to deal with my riding areas being closed off / locked or to small, dusty or trying to find the time to (while I was still working as an essential) record, early morning and late evenings for days on end.

I actually landed my clip (a link that I have never been able to complete before and always failing at the last hurdle) an hour before the deadline and struggled to walk afterwards due to injuries and exhaustion, then I would need to get home and edit.

Clips have been edited by myself, and even the music tracks have been created by a rider.

I hope you enjoy these videos as much as I enjoyed making them and appreciate the effort that has gone into them.
I want to give a big thank you to all the riders that have taken part
More to come….

WHO’S NEXT?

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