The MK Format team are working really hard behind the scenes, no contests is not stopping the contest preparation. Yesterday, starting the week with a huge line with Varo Hernandez.
Today, it is the turn of Terry Adams throwing down an amazing front wheel line at his home riding spot. Incredible!
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.
Unintentional Martti Kuoppa theme running on the site today, and this one is a real treat and makes the best of the Covid 19 pandemic situation. Martti is training his riders hard and utilising technology as best he can to keep the riders motivated and in contest shape. This Terry Adams and Toon Pakphum battle goes hard and might well be the future, such a rad idea!
Martti Kuoppa is pushing his riders hard, whilst the contest season is on hold. This is such a dope idea, Oleg Efimov & Masato Ito what’s app style. MK explains more below….
“After the full run can be done 100% on your own the next level is to do it while I watch via live video call. After that part is going good it is time to add up even more pressure and do a battle with a live video calls with another rider and coach watching. Here you can take a look on the WhatsApp battle between Oleg Efimov and Masato Ito.
My apologies for the picture quality and the original sound missing. This is the best documentation we can get out of this style of practice.”
Chris Carter just sent this this rad blast from the past, open practise from the 1999 King of Concrete at Southsea Skatepark featuring the likes of Alex Jumelin, Martti Kuoppa, Michael Sommer, Gernot Ibounig, (myself) Effraim Catlow, Sam Foakes, Lee Musselwhite, Chris Carter,James Needham, and so many more riders. As you will see, the sessions were so busy!
Man, I miss Flatland Manifesto! Shane Neville put so much work into these flatland video magazines, if you missed these it really is worth your time to sit down, and take all this in.Thank you Shane! Issue 1 featured the La Revolution from Toronto, How to Pinky with Cory Stratychuk, ESPN B3 in Anaheim, California (this section rules!), Art Thomason Interview and more. So much good riding, 19 years ago. Wow!
Akihiko Takahashi just came through with 22 minutes of golden footage from the 1st Round of the King of Ground series in 2004. Round 1 went down in Nagoya, Japan, and 16 years later, most of this riding stands up today. Featuring the likes of Martti Kuoppa, Terry Adams, Yohei Uchino, Viki Gomez, Shinde, Kotaro Tanaka, and so many more. I just got through with my first viewing of this, and I’ll be going straight back to this. This is refreshing to watch, thanks Aki for the upload!
Photos: Sevisual, Rob Alton, Alex Lang Photo..
Great reaction to my Part 1 Flatmattersonline Interview with the first Women’s UCI World Champion in Flatland, Irina Sadovnik. I know I have said it before, the interviews are a lot of work, and probably what I enjoy producing the most, and this two part interview with Irina was no different. But it has been a whole lot of fun getting to know her, over the last year or so, and I felt the whole flatland community needed to hear her story. Thank you for all the positive feedback from Part 1 last Friday…. Let’s get into Part 2, it’s a good one and well worth a read whilst your on lockdown….
Intro/Interview: Effraim. Photos: Nao King, Rob Alton, The Agency Photo, Stefan Csaky, Irina Sadovnik.
As many of us prepare to go into lockdown (some of you may already be) with the corona virus pandemic that already is causing havoc to our daily lives and routines. It’s hard to find something to be positive about, but then I think about the UCI Women’s Flatland World Champion, Irina Sadovnik. Irina is able to bring a smile to everyone’s faces on the tense contest floor, her positive energy is infectious.
It struck me that throughout the last 11 years of running Flatmattersonline I haven’t interviewed many female riders if any at all?! As I discussed with Irina, I felt awful about this, and decided it was time to do something about it.
We have been working on this interview since the UCI World Championships where Irina not only won the world title, but she did it a ruptured meniscus in her right knee!
Travis Collier once said “if you so spread positive energy, nothing but positive energy will comes your way”…
I can’t think of anyone who deserves some positive energy, than the woman that makes all the flatland community smile with her personality. and positive outlook on life.
It’s time to get into it, and find out all about this incredible woman. I asked Irina to dig deep, and she came through with an in-depth insight into her life of which I knew hardly anything about. I am sure I speak for everyone in the flatland community, when say I hope Irina makes it back to riding asap, she is already missed!
Show some respect, ladies and gentlemen this is part 1 of the long overdue, Irina Sadovnik FLATMATTERSONLINE INTERVIEW!
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….