Lookback: October 2015 – The Flatmattersonline 2015 Year end awards

October was all about Flatark, all eyes on Kobe, Japan! But besides that what else happened in the month of October? Take a lookback…


On October 4th, Canadian Powerhouse Jason Plourde dropped a powerful back wheel line, as he warms up for Flatark in a few weeks, hit play!


A while ago we dropped the news Fabien Stephan was riding for Far East Cycles along with Dub and Benjamin Hudson. Now check his Welcome to edit, signature SF styles and amazing production in this one! Hell yes!


What a nice video to wake up to on October 7th! Heresy just released this amazing trick, no handed turbine whiplash anyone? Matthieu Bonnecuelle just unlocked a new door, the possibilities are endless!

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Lookback: July 2005 – The Flatmattersonline 2015 Year end awards

July was yet another amazing month for flatland in 2015, as is the nature of the beast with so many videos daily. You can forget what happened and when pretty quickly, lets go back through what went down in July!


GG.M.image Riders, Viki Gomez, Alberto Moya and Varo Hernandez in BCN, for Barcelona Extreme, grabbing a session at the waterfront spot right by the legendary Sea Walls. Viki ends this one as we all thought about doing, but he did it! Good times! Proper summer time vibes to begin July with!


If you missed this one on instagram, it is definitely worth checking this piece of creativity out! Hell yes Fork one!


To celebrate Jody’s 27th anniversary riding bikes, Jody just dropped this short but sweet “Summer Short edit”. After battling a severe back injury for the last year or so, it is great to see some fresh Jody Temple footage. Stoked on the half hiker pivot karl bar flip line at 00:49, and the hang nothing bar flips at 1:17 is so good! Much more than that Jody’s and I guess the Athens crew as well, always look like they are having a blast on their bikes! That’s ultimately what it is all about!

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Lookback: April 2015 – The Flatmattersonline 2015 Year end awards

The clocks go forward in April, and the riding level and contest season takes on more momentum as we all get psyched for the summer. What happened in April? Here are some of the highlights as I dig back in the crates at some of the key moments…


Dane Beardsley’s amazing section from Samethingdaily3 is now online mixing up flatland, trails, ditches, concrete parks, street, Dane can do it all! Flatland wise, look out for the No handed backwards death truck line at 2:20, xft shove it mccircle line at 3:47 and a whole lot more! A Good Friday treat for you from Dane Beardsley, pure BMX! A great way to start the month of April!

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The Green Mile Jam – #SAVETGM

THE GREEN MILE JAM from 1WMBMX on Vimeo.

There is not much of a better excuse for a jam, than your local riding spot might be soon unrideable. The local council are considering changing the surface to a astroturf surface, Jason Forde and the TGM crew are battling the council to try and preserve this iconic riding spot in West Norwood, London. At short notice the locals held a jam this past weekend, quite a few out of towners made the trip to celebrate the Green Mile, including some tasty back wheel lines from James White. Plenty of good memories riding this spot over the years. Good luck to Jason and all the guys with keeping the riding spot going, so much history!

Spin London 2014 / Johann Chan Interview

Intro/Interview: Effraim
Photos: Johann Chan & Vlad Shcherbakov.

Last weekend as we said “Hello Springtime” here in the UK. I was invited up to Spin London 2014 to MC some flatland shows by Jason Forde & Johann Chan, an event previously I didn’t know much about, and perhaps you don’t either. So I caught up with Johann Chan to ask him a few questions about Spin London 2014, a fun weekend with potential for the future! Read on!


Johann Chan- mid Lung spin, photo by Vlad.

What exactly is Spin London all about Johann?
Spin LDN is a bike show/event held in East London. It has lots going on: guest speakers, cycling films, photography exhibitions, a variety of activities and stands from some nice home grown brands. It’s an interesting place and a great place to showcase flat.

How did you get a flatland gig at Spin?
Last year I exhibited some photos, helped out with one of the talks, and me and Jason Forde rode in a few demos which went down really well with the crowds. When speaking to Alex Daw about Spin this year, he was cool enough invite us back.


Fresh for 2014, James White, stubble duck steez.

Was it an important thing to bring flatland to a different crowd?
Spin is located at the Truman brewery, off London’s popular Brick Lane, It’s a great place to get flatland out there, getting it seen in a good location, with great surroundings.

I love riding by myself at my spot, but riding in front of people is exciting too. Flatland doesn’t need be an insular sport, after all it can be done anywhere with a good floor. I can be too complacent with riding in a certain way in the same place, and changing that can sometimes have positive effects. Plus I feel flat deserves to be seen. The Spin guys run a cool laid back event so it’s nice reconnecting flatland with the outside world on our own terms to a certain degree.


The 1WM/Emer Stand.

It seems with the Royal Festival Hall event & now Spin, there is a bit momentum going with your shows. You link up with Jason over at 1WM, you guys running a show team?
Jason Forde runs One wheel Motion, and he’s been getting some quality gigs, Jays pretty cool with sharing the love, so involves lots of riders, without the battle format which goes down well Recently we’ve had the opportunity to ride at the royal Festival Hall, the Design Museum and the V&A.

Our friend Alice Marsh deserves some props as well as she’s been instrumental in triggering some of these opportunities.

Besides the flatland shows what else were you involved in at Spin?
We were given a stand space in exchange for the demos, so we exhibited the Swift cruiser, Bizhouse products which we’re importing, t-shirts etc.

We set about promoting One Wheel motion, we had my computer and monitor (which looked like it’d fallen out of an office window from the 1980s) playing 1WM and other flatland videos.

Any plans after holding two show events of putting on a contest?
I’d definitely like to- I’ve always wanted to put a contest on again, I’ve been looking for an ideal London floor for years. From the Battle Vibes contest last year, you can see that there’s certainly a rider interest for it. Jams are fine but even a small amount of structure & a sound system make a huge amount of difference to an event.


Co-organiser, Jason Forde reppin 1WM. Spinning dump truck with ease!

How did you feel this years event went?
Last year, I showed up put some photos up, did a Q&A, rode my bike and drank beers- it was a massive doss in comparison.

This year, setting up the stand, display bikes and demos had so many logistics : liaising for the floor, looking after the stand, building and selling the product to cover peoples’ expenses. It turned it into something different.

So a lot more work this year with a sacrifice to the riding & when the main reason you enjoy BMX is for the riding, and then you have so many organisational tasks, that the riding suffers, you ask yourself, is it worth it? Having said that, it’s really exciting seeing something come together, super good to see everyone, and great to hear people talking and buzzing after the event.

Seeing all the boys, Jay perform for the crowd, and people getting stoked on flat is priceless. I’d definitely recommend trying to set up a flat demo/jam within a decent show or event.


King of the banter, Amos Burke working the back wheel.

Any shoutouts?
Lots of people helped out, Jason Forde my partner in crime, Phil Dolan for the stylish VW camper transportation. Laura Matless for helping out with the stand. The riders Steve Green, Bence Pozsonyi, Norbert Bukki, TGM Maz, Amos Burke, Vlad Shcherbakov for pics.
James White / ‘The Black Drape’ showed some amazing drape hanging skills by taking the initiative and hanging our banners and black drape in a fashion that would make a spirit level jealous. And of course your good self MCE / The Big E, props to you for taking on the Mic, and also mucking in with the floor sweeping & coking the floor.

Cheers Johann! A fun weekend! Thanks to both Johann and Jason for inviting me up to London! Looking forward to seeing where this event heads in the future!

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