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!
First up it’s time to announce the editorial choice in the 2017 Flatmattersonline yearend awards followed by the Reader Choice, holding the awards each year I feel is a important thing to do for the culture of flatland and show some love back to the sport that has given me so much over the years.
Congratulations to all of the winners, and the nominees. Much respect to you all and all you do to contribute to flatland, it was a great year with a lot of twists and turns. Going to be interesting to see what 2018 brings. I wanted to display the medals tonight with the winners, but there is a slight delay that I’m not in control of. I will be contacting the winners shortly for addresses and interviews. Without further a due…
Editorial Choice Winners:
Rider of the Year
Jean William Prevost
Runner Up: John Yull.
Edit of the Year
Quentin Pelorson – XTen
James White/Critical Beatdown.
Most Progressive Rider
Runner Up: Quentin Pelorson
Line of the Year
Runner Up: James White.
Thank you to all the readers of Flatmattersonline who took the time to vote, this year in particular was pretty interesting as your nominations differed slightly from mine, would the results be the same? Let’s go through the categories…
Rider of the Year
Jean William Prevost
Edit of Year
James White / Critical Beatdown
Runner Up: Quentin Pelorson – XTen.
Contest Run of Year
Jean William Prevost / Flatark.
Jean William Prevost – Ninja Spin Finals.
Breakthrough Rider of the Year:
Runner Up: Benjamin Hudson.
Most Progressive Rider
Runner Up: Scott Powell.
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?
Photos: Effraim, Art Thomason.
Day 5 of the trip, it’s Friday. The build up to the contest is getting real, everyone is moving just that one step faster. We woke up to sunny skies again, and I wondered if I would get through this annual trip to Colorado without seeing the snow. James, Todd, Will Redd, and Bill Nitschke started to talk about making an edit for the week, of the best clips, but needed an intro. After much laughter, James started playing the Geto Boys “Damn it feels good to be a gangsta”, next thing the house and the cars outside made it feel like a movie set. It started the day off continuing the great vibe that’s been here all week in Monument.
Photos: Effraim, James McGraw.
Day 4 was the best day yet, I got the flatmatters daily updates done early and walked outside to sunny, but windy as hell conditions. I started washing the floor, which felt like it has become a daily operation. You gotta do what you gotta do to get the best out of riding spots, and James spot is literally perfect. Once his garden gets grassed, I would imagine this spot will stay for the large part dust free. Mates Tucek joined me and helped sweep the spot, I said to Mates I wanted to pull something new today and right as we started filming the winds picked up. Tumble weeds flying past us, and dry leaves smacking you in the face. It felt a little bit like this was a bad idea riding the spot today, but it passed and I really wanted to get back on the progression trail.
Day 3 of my annual trip to the Battle in the Rockies contest was awesome. We woke up to sunshine once again, bare in mind the past three years I have visited Colorado it has snowed and generally really cold. I started the day grabbing an early session in on the spot after I hosed down the spot whilst James headed to the airport to pick up Bill Nitschke, I thought I would film a fire hydrant flow line and as I started filming out came James and Mates, if you are on my social media you will have seen that and James’ scream. Sorry for your ears. It was a good start to the day, and today looks the same.
Day 2 was our first full day in Monument, Colorado. After after our late session on Monday night, I was hoping to get at least six hours sleep, but it wasn’t meant to be.
After a rough first nights sleep, James washed the flatland area and then took the kids to school and run a few errands. We stocked up on groceries at a nearby store and headed back to grab some lunch, before we rode the slab spot at Jame’s new house.
Yesterday was Day 1 of my 2017 Battle in the Rockies trip to Denver, Colorado. James McGraw and Fred Gates once again invited me out to the mile high city to judge this year’s event.
I met Mates Tucek at London Heathrow, Terminal 3 on Monday morning, the flight was delayed by a little bit, but nothing too stressful. Flying time of nine hours, twenty five minutes to Denver. Luckily the movie selection was pretty entertaining, so after watching a couple of movies we were in Denver. Throughout the trip out there, security was really tight and Mates seemed to get searched every time, we counted at least ten times, and each time Mates would style his hair. This amused me a lot, and made the trip out so much fun and the day just seemed to fly by as we caught up and discussed all things flatland and general work life stuff.
If you missed the livestream from the AFA Round 1 contest in Detriot, Michigan. Fear not, you can catch it right here, thanks to Mark Mundt for the heads up. You can see Jean William Prevost’s wild new spinning undertaker line at around the 9:46 mark, plus of course a ton more great riding.
My inbox is full today to start the week, one of my favourite things on the net currently is the Foundations of Style podcast by Pat Fisher. Hit the link below for Issue 3 and enjoy the discussion: