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!
The Carhartt jams that went down at the Jugendpark in Cologne, Germany are widely regarded amongst many pros I have talked to over the years as one of the most memorable contests! Lets go back to 2003, and this sick edit featuring Martti Kuoppa, Viki Gomez, Frank Lukas, Ryoji Yamamoto, Michael Sommer, Matti Röse, and Phil Dolan.
Springtime is here, and as we all look forward to the summertime. The contests are more frequent, everyone is getting more riding time, and the content on FM grows.
It’s not often we kick off month with a Must Watch edit, but we did that in May of this year, and boy was it a treat!
Japanese flatland legend, Hiroya Morizaki teamed up with Taichi Kunieda to drop these two brand new amazing back wheel lines. So great to see Hiroya is still pushing hard, hitting the rewind again!
The clocks go forward one hour, that feel good factor that the extra daylight brings, more riding time equals more time filming and documenting what you do. April was a busy month!
Deco’s Chad Degroot kicked off the month and had this to say:
“Since I starting riding my head wants me to learn as much as possible and this includes bars backwards tricks. The beginning of this link I learned this day so to make more smooth flow and no scuffing. The middle has been a gem and great feeling to whip the backend around with no brakes and keep speed. The end is bars backwards and played a huge head game for a bit because I had to push so much momentum to get into the backyard position and pump to keep speed. Real excited to move past the 15 second persona and get onto the longer story of this trick.”
I dropped the 2016 Flatmattersonline year end awards just a few days ago, thank you to everyone who has already voted.Today I begin the task of going through the entire year and seeing what went down. In order to keep this as concise as possible, I will posting just what has happened in 2016. (In January there were a lot of edits posted from the previous year…)
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2016 really kicked off with the Quest BMX Sponsor Me contest, with a whole load of quality entries form across the globe arriving, in the end Jeremy Brosset and Gurvan le’ Brok won the competition and place on the team. Refresh your memories and take a look at their entries right here: