Ultimate Flatland League Demo Video

There is a real buzz in the flatland community about the Ultimate Flatland League starting this year, and with uncertain times very much here with what will happen in the future with the Covid 19 pandemic. You can well understand why, Martti Kuoppa has been working hard on a demo video to showcase in more detail how the event will work.

Over to the Boss:

I have received a great amount of super good feedback about the Ultimate Flatland League online video competition. Many thanks again everyone!
I decided to put together a demo video of all rounds to demonstrate the UFL format more clearly:
Round 1: Ground Tactics non-edited full run (Toon demonstrates it in this video)
Round 2: Master Of Creativity best trick / best combo round (Sietse Van Berkel´s one trick from 2020 MOC)
Round 3: MK Format Live battle. This is captured from a real Zoom battle. (Terry Adams and Toon). The final battle of UFL will be screen recorded and the finalists are asked to use another camera (HD quality) to film the run they perform during the live battle. That is for 2 good reasons: The make sure that if the internet connection is lost there is still the proof for the run and for the post production I need to have much better quality video than what today´s live video calls are offering. The instructions will be a lot more detailed than this but will send them to the ones who are going to ride in the finals. Also, more detailed info will be sent to everyone who are participating the Round 1.

Big thanks to all sponsors of the first Ultimate Flatland League:
www.mkformat.com
www.kunstform.org/en/
www.flatlandfuel.com

This competition will be judged by:
Effraim Catlow
Sebastian Grubinger
York Uno

It looks like I will be limiting the registrations to 30 riders per category so if you have not signed up yet, now it is time to do so:

www.ultimateflatlandleague.com

Thank you!

Martti Kuoppa

Ultimate Flatland League 2021

Exciting news today to start the week from the boss, Martti Kuoppa tells all right here:

“All things I do, I always try to view them with an open mind for progression. That was also the case when I felt it was time to renew the Master Of Creativity online video competition concept which I have been running successfully for many years.

It all started back in 2009 when I launched my first online video competition, Ground Tactics. Many of the Flatlanders still remember the impact what Moto Sasaki did with his groundbreaking 3-minutes combo for the final round of Ground Tactics:

moto sasaki ground tactics final from moto sasaki on Vimeo.

This line (among many other great runs in Ground Tactics) made me feel that there is definitely a place for online competitions in the BMX community.

Then I needed to focus on other aspects of my life and I was unable to organize Ground Tactics again. It took me a few years until I came up with an idea for Master Of Creativity. The idea was born back in 2015 when I joined Instagram and the app did not allow users to post videos any longer than 30 seconds. I felt that we needed to adapt to this modern way of social media and use shorter videos for online competition. Master Of Creativity worked very well. A lot of riders supported me and joined the competition year after year. Last year I had almost 100 riders signing up for it and the level of riding was insane, like every year since I started the Master Of Creativity (click the logo below to see John Yull´s epic entry to 2017 MOC):

Now, after 5 years of running Master Of Creativity, it is time to move forward and refresh the online video competition concept completely to make things more exciting.

Without further explanation, Ultimate Flatland League is here to combine Ground Tactics, Master Of Creativity and MK Format live battles.

Round 1 (Qualification) will be traditional Ground Tactics full run (non-edited).

Round 2 (Semi Final) is Master Of Creativity best trick/best combo round.

Round 3 (Final) is a MK Format live battle.

Ultimate Flatland League combines 3 elements together which are all important parts of competing in Flatland:

1. Build a run of your dreams.

2. Pull a new trick that really pushes your personal limits.

3. How good are you able to perform your full run with a contest pressure on.

There are following categories to choose to compete in:
Amateur Women/Men

Pro Women/Men

Top 3 prizes. I am currently at a stage to find more prize money for the Pro Women and Pro Men. So far my own brand, MK Format is putting money on the table and I am super excited to announce that Kunstform BMX store is also joining in as a sponsor to add up in the prize money count and also gift cards for the amateurs! So the prize money is guaranteed already but to tell you details how much, I need a bit more time to chase down those dollars out there. But don´t worry, I will make it happen and it will be okay.

If you want your brand or you know somebody who is looking into supporting this type of event, feel free to let me know!

It is not easy to find money for Flatland events. For that reason I opened an apparel store inside the Ultimate Flatland League website where riders can show their support for video riding culture. Every order will support the prize money growth, judges fees and other costs running this online competition. All orders are highly appreciated and needed to give these highly talented riders out there an opportunity to earn some income with all the hard work they are putting into Flatland.

And by the way, I am not going to be judging this competition. The judges are: Effraim Catlow, Sebastian Grubinger and York Uno. Now, go check out the site and register yourself for the competition, buy some apparel and have a great day!

Thank you very much!
– Martti Kuoppa

www.ultimateflatlandleague.com

The 2020 Flatmattersonline Year End Awards Nominations Are……..

It’s time as promised to announce the 2020 Flatmattersonline Year end awards nominations,
I felt there was a lot to say about the awards and the year, which a lot of the time doesn’t get covered under the previous text announcement format.

So, I attempted to make a makeshift studio feel in my front room during lockdown 3.0, and present the nominations, and share my feelings on the year as well as the reader choices.
Congratulations to everyone who was nominated, and thank you to everyone who took the time to vote.

Winners announced: Sunday 24th January.

* If you don’t want to watch the whole show, you can skip through parts using the timestamps.

TIME STAMPS:

00:00 FM Title Screen
00:07 Effraim introduces the FM Year end award nominee show
00:56 Reader Choice Rider of the Year
04:59 Reader Choice Edit of the Year
8:07 Reader Choice Most Progressive Rider
11:38 Reader Choice Contest Run of the Year
15:12 Reader Choice Breakthrough Rider of the Year
19:33 Effraim introduces the Editorial Awards
20:50 Editorial Choice Rider of the Year
27:33 Editorial Choice Edit of the Year
31:06 Editorial Choice Most Progressive Rider
35:55 Editorial Choice Outstanding Contribution
39:37 Editorial Choice Line of the Year / Flatmattersonline Exclusive of the Year
46:06 Effraim Outro

Thanks for watching and listening!

Flatmattersonline / Effraim Catlow.

Terry Adams: More Than Motivated

Two great edits today for you to digest, both for different reasons.
Here’s that Terry Adams had to say about his new documentary:

“On the first day of 2021 I wanted to give you guys some insight of what my daily routine was for 2020. My goal was to give it my all. On and off the bike I worked my ass off. I’m extremely happy with my results and how much I’ve progressed as a person and a rider. Check out this 22 minute raw documentary filmed in one day that takes you through my daily routines, reasons for pushing myself, & my mindset behind all the motivation. Filmed & edited by Mickey Gaidos.”

Throwback Thursdays: KGB Impulsivity 2008

As we approach our 12th anniversary, let’s go back twelve years and to a video many consider the best ever done. The KGB Impulsivity featuring Martti Kuoppa, Viki Gomez and Pete Brandt, and produced by Intrikat ticks all the boxes. It’s time to watch this back, and take in the madness all over again.

This made me think did we really progress in riding, perhaps in style and flow yes. But tricks? And in this video, all the riders using brakes. Let me know your thoughts, perhaps this is a good article topic for the future?

Timezones: MK Format

If you need some motivation to start the week, watch this! You will all know by now, Martti Kuoppa has built a coaching programme from the ground up, and this edit features the riders benefiting from his regime.

Here’s the word from the boss himself:

“When I started MK Format online coaching a couple of years ago I had no idea how amazing it will be to work with all these dedicated riders all over the world and to be part of their progression journey. Feeling truly blessed to be in a position to share my knowledge about riding with each one of them.

I am very excited to present this “Timezones” -edit today with Pakphum Poosa-Art “Toon”, Joe Cicman, Oleg Efimov, Varo Hernandez, myself, Irina Sadovnik, Masato Ito and Terry Adams. One combo from each rider.”

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Oleg Efimov vs Toon Pakphum: What’s App Battle

Another day, another upload from the MK Format camp. Todays MK Format WhatsApp battle features Oleg Efimov vs Toon Pakphum.
Coach, Martti Kuoppa commented: “This is proving to be very effective style of practicing full runs because similar sensation to contest nervousness is created.”
Hit play, and check this out….

Varo Hernandez: Huge combo

It’s been a long time since a big flatland contest, and of course a lot of riders are training hard behind the scenes. Varo Hernandez from Madrid, Spain looks to have been putting a ton of work under the MK Format regime, this line is epic and he continues it after. Look out for Varo, when the contest season starts up again.