Great edit from the Suzuki BMX Masters 2006 by Global Flat, that Alejandro Marques recently re-uploaded. So much good riding in this from the likes of Justin Miller, Adam Kun, Kotaro Tanaka, Martti Kuoppa, Matthias Dandois, Viki Gomez, Nathan Penonzek, and many more. Well worth watching this one….
Photos: Alberto Moya, Stephane Bar, Ride UK, Agency Photo, Kai Kussisto.
As we reach the final part of my Decade of Flatland article, the opinions are nicely varied. Opinions are just that, opinions (we all have one)…., we are at a healthy point in the progression of flatland where new tricks are shown almost weekly on instagram, and pretty much periodically, via video parts that are shown on the site.
For me, it doesn’t matter about your bike set up, brakes or brakeless. What matters is that your out there doing it, and living the culture of flatland and contributing something. For this final part I catch up with the boss Martti Kuoppa, Lee Musselwhite, and Jean William Prevost. All three riders, have massively contributed to the artform side of flatland, video parts, contests, and also the industry side of things too. Grab a cuppa, and enjoy this final part…
Lionel Cardoso, aka the man behind the Freestyle Tactics videos, catches up with the boss, Martti Kouppa! They discuss Martti becoming a coach, and the teaching methods and experiences MK has learnt along the way to help other riders reach new heights, and of course a whole bunch more. This is pure gold! Sit down, grab a cuppa, and give this one your full attention.
02:40 : Martti’s feelings after the UCI Worldchampionships
03:23 : What made him switch from riding to coaching
04:59 : What made him start MK Format, his online coaching program
06:45 : What motivates him as a coach
07:56 : His conception of success
09:37 : The people that had the biggest impact on him
10:32 : What he teaches
12:18 : The importance of mentors in success
13:40 : The biggest lesson he’s learned
15:22 : Relying on feedback to improve riding
17:16 : What inspires him
19:08 : The importance of routine and repetition in success
21:37 : The proven methods he uses to get results at contests
23:17 : The importance of non-riding practices to support your skills on the bike
25:39 : How to manage the difficult balance between creativity and consistency
26:31 : How to deal with overwhelm
29:45 : The techniques used to maximize energy and stamina
31:47 : His stress management tips
36:56 : The best investment he’s ever made
37:48 : How to make it to the top of the game
39:07 : What most people are not ready to do to become good
41:27 : The book that changed his life
42:16 : His favourite quote
43:48 : The advice he would give his 15 years old self
45:36 : The advice he would give his 25 years old self
46:45 : On longevity in riding
47:58 : Staying at the top after 40 years old
49:05 : It’s not all black and white…
52:46 : On still appreciating riding after all these years and gold medals
53:29 : About coaching in a traditional way, in a live context
54:26 : Coaching in person at contests
54:46 : More advices
57:02 : Master of Creativity
57:17 : Last words
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!
Today is all about the podcasts and Dusty Tweedhopoe is on fire with his new Flatland Immersion Podcast! Today he dropped the 4th episode, where he discusses the winners of the 2018 Flatmattersonline year end awards and all the latest edits from the New Year, Flatark news, Simon O’Brien’s Landscapes 3, Martti Kuoppa’s coaching and much more. Go and support Dusty and leave him a comment, show some love.
It is hard for me to believe, and take in that it’s been 10 years of Flatmattersonline! I wanted to show something special for the 10th anniversary of the site and today I have episode 3 featuring another selection of some of my biggest inspirations. Martti Kuoppa, Chad Johnston, Johann Chan, and James McGraw take their turn in the hot seat.
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.
An absolute belter from the archives for this weeks Throwback Thursdays that was originally filmed by Colin Smith and later edited by Claybom from Brazil. Great riding from the likes of Martti Kuoppa, Andrew Faris, Day Smith, Phil Dolan, Michael Steingraber, Akira Okamura, Marton Szilagyi, Alexis Desolneux, Effraim Catlow, Nathan Penonzek, and many more, this is a good watch!
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!