Welcome to a new section of Flatmattersonline that has been brewing, not unlike the cuppa right next to me right now as I get ready to drop this first episode. After a lot of talk back and forth with Pete Brandt, “Flat Snitches” is born and dedicated to help educate the flatland community on the history of trick inventions and most importantly showing some love to the architects that came up with each trick along the way, not to mention the evolution of each move with other riders putting their twist on it.
Who came up with what trick and when, is sometimes a grey area, but myself and Pete Brandt after all our years of experience are as best placed as anyone to attempt to do this.
We Kick off Episode 1 with the Plasticman, and talk to the trick creator, Jesse Puente about the tricks history and evolution into another move entirely.
When I think about Jesse Puente, his energy springs to my mind. I always recall when he commented “You bust, I bust” back when we both rode for KHE in the late 90’s, his energy was contagious. Always thinking about new tricks and concepts, he made me want to have new tricks every time I would see meet him at contest across the globe. Jesse’s energy brings me to the plastic man and his desire to create something fresh.
Jesse, rolling the OG Plasticman in Shimersville, PA back in 1994. Photo: Sean Parker.
Happy birthday to Viki Gomez, this weeks TBT is dedicated to Viki. The Red Bull Circle of Balance in Tokyo, Japan went off. Stew Johnston flew out to Japan to document the event for Props Video magazine, this section still rules to this day. So much good riding, you don’t want to sleep on this one!
Photos: Effraim, Juan Lopez, Bobby Carter.
The 9th annual One Love Jam in Newport Beach, California was lived up to all the hype I have heard over the years. We were staying around an hour away in Corona, and I believe it was James McGraw who said “it will be sunny at the beach Effraim”. I remember thinking “yeah yeah, that’s not going to happen”, low and beyond we arrive at picture perfect Newport Beach and the sunshine is booming, girls in bikinis everywhere, hockey players, and a fast smooth newly resurfaced riding spot which is large enough to hold 120 riders pretty comfortably with a California beach backdrop.
A nice treat for this weeks Throwback, Adam Guild was posted this amazing footage from the archives from the 1995 Mysterious Contest in San Bernardino, CA. Featuring the likes of Nikola Olic, Day Smith is on fire from the 7:28, Jesse Puente and his backwards tea kettle to hitch at 10:28, Nate Hansen, Sean McKinney and many more. So much good riding in this, well worth sitting down and watching this one.
When you look back at all Chad Johnston has done for flatland and the riders that featured and made their names on his videos, the man deserves some kind of award. This morning I started watching Intrikat Blend again for the first time in a while and it immediately took me back to that era of riding, with amazing riding from Martti Kuoppa, Ross Smith, Phil Dolan, Andrew Arroyo, Jesse Puente, Matt Ward, Ed Nussbaum, and Chad himself. The whole video flows like a mixtape, I would urge you to watch the whole thing, inspiration. Thank you Chad for everything you have done for the flatland culture if you are reading this.
Let’s take it back for this week TBT. The second annual Red Bull Fight with flight contest went down in January 2009! Held in a unique aircraft hanger location in Indianapolis, IN. The likes of Matthias Dandois, Matt Wilhlem, Terry Adams, Shintaro Misawa, Jean William Prevost, Dom Nekolny, Jesse Puente, Moto Sasaki and many more go head to head battle style. Matt Wilhelm came out on top on this occasion, Red Bull put together this documentary style edit from the event.
The first throwback of 2018, we go back to 1994 and a flatland classic by Ells Bells. Ring the Gack features amazing riding from the likes of Chase Gouin, Jesse Puente, Richard Zabzdyr (R.I.P), Paul Osicka, Trevor Meyer, Chad Degroot and many more. Worth sitting down with a cuppa and enjoying this one!
Loving all the old footage coming out from the archives, hit play for a great trip down memory lane from the Round 1 Bicycle Stunts Contest back in January 1992 that took place at Jeff Phillips Skatepark in Dallas, Texas. Featuring: Dennis McCoy, Chase Gouin, Steve Roy, Bill Nitchske, Jason Brown (RIP), Jesse Puente. Thanks Snakebite for this one!
Plenty of good footage from the archives, and particularly out of khelagger! Whoever you are, thank you for the regular uploads. Today we have some great footage from the Dallas Hoffman Bicycle Stunt contest in 1992 that took place at the Jeff Phillips Skatepark. Featuring great riding from the likes of Mark Hilson, Andrew Arroyo, Dennis McCoy, Chase Gouin, Bill Nitschke, Steve Roy, Jesse Puente.
Another great upload from the archives by khelagger, this time its practise footage and a lil’ contest footage from the Metro Jam in Toronto! Featuring Terry Adams, Pete Brandt, Kotaro Tanaka, Ryoji Yammamoto, Jesse Puente, Seji Sakata, Travis Collier and Aaron Behnke. Enjoy this one!