Intro/Article: Effraim. Photos: Bobby Carter, Kai Kuusisto, Alicja Korbinska, Tom Sevisual, Keith Mulligan.
All so often we only see the polished finished article, we turn up as riders at a contest and amazing riding, and flawless runs, or we see a “Must Watch” edit here on Flatmattersonline. What we don’t see is the blood, sweat, tears and psychological games that riders struggle with behind the scenes. I have faced this quite often over my riding career, and when it comes, it tells me “it’s time to switch things up”.
Every rider is different and that is one of multitude of things that we all love about flatland. I found something as simple in concept as learning something with bars forwards or backwards, learn something opposite or sometimes ride a different spot than I normally would. I have this saying in flatland, “learn everything you can, there are no bad tricks to learn, as flatland will catch up and bite you on the ass when you need that trick the most. I wondered about what other riders do to overcome this natural process of riding flatland over the years. ”
Talk about starting the year off as you mean to go on, Martti Kuoppa just launched the Master of Creativiy 2018 website. Registration is open now for Pro and AM, all the rules, format, sponsor news and a whole lot more is all over on the site. Hit the link below and get registered and share your riding and creativity with us!
For this week’s Throwback I go back to 2003 and this amazing inTRIKat Land Escape: B (United Soil) segment that features Aaron Frost, Pete Brandt, Ed Nassbaum, Brandon Fenton, Stephan Cerra, Viki Gomez, Martti Kuoppa, and Simon O’Brien! This is still to this day, so good. Don’t sleep on this!
Congratulations to Toon Pakphum who took his second best trick victory in a row with a win at the IOXC contest in Indonesia this weekend with the line you see above. It looks as though being coached daily online by Martti Kuoppa is really starting to pay off for him..
With the X Games going down this weekend in Minneapolis, USA. It seems like as good a time as any to rewind the clock 17 years to the year 2000. And a win for Martti Kuoppa that really set the tone for years to come, with also great riding from Trevor Meyer, Alex Jumelin, Michael Steingraeber, Nathan Penonzeck, Andrew Faris, and Phil Dolan.
Khelagger promised some great uploads from the archives, and today comes up with some great footage from the 1999 King of Concrete. Many of you will know my parents, Geoff and Jenni put this contest on for 17 years. This edit features great riding from the likes of Martti Kuoppa, Christophe Dassie, Kimmo Haakana, Armin Batoumeni, yours truly, Alex Jumelin, and many more. Contest run footage towards the end, Alex Jumelin took the win that year. Thanks khelagger for a great trip down memory lane.
For many years, European flatland contests were all about the jam circles. I just came across this edit from Flatground 2 that conveys that perfectly, featuring Raphael Chiquet, Alex Jumelin, Frank Lucas, Martti Kuoppa, and Eno Yang. Really enjoyed this one!
Brandon Woldridge just sent in another nice video from the archives, this time from 2002 we have Trickstars 4! Featuring: Martti Kuoppa, Trevor Meyer, Matti Rose, Hiro Morisake, Viki Gomez, Phil Dolan, Chad DeGroot, James White, Effraim Catlow, Alex Jumelin, Stephen Cerra, Frank Lukas, Ulrich Kittel, Peter Szabolcsi, Adam Kun, Valter Monchique, E. Butcher and OG Marton.
It has been a few good weeks for the flatland archives here on FM! And today a real treat from the japanese flatland archives, and the history of the King of Ground contest. The Proseed A and B videos by Juicy Vision has to go down as one of the best contest videos ever, featuring York Uno, Hiroya Morizaki, a young Moto Sasaki, Martti Kuoppa, Viki Gomez, Michael Steingraeber, Shintaro Misawa and many more. Do yourself a favour, grab a cuppa and enjoy this great piece of flatland history.
The archive keep coming, another great blast from the past today that many of you might have seen but need to. Shane Neville did an amazing job with Flatland Manifesto, issue 1 has great coverage from the La Revolution contest in Toronto, Houston Texas scene repo, Art Thomason, How to pinky squeak with Cory Stratychuk, and a amazing Anaheim B3 contest edit: look out for the xft hitch backwards backpacker line from Martti Kuoppa at 32:34 mark that just keeps going. 16 years later this still rules!