This week I’ve been randomly checking through old Flat Web Tv episodes, when I got to the 2012 Red Bull Circle of Balance Post Game Show I knew my TBT was dialled for this week! The FlatWebTV crew recap the event and get some inside perspective from guys who were actually there like: (myself) Effraim Catlow, Scott O’Brien, Moto Sasaki, Dez Maarsen, Jean-William Prevost, Michael Steingraber, Kerry Gatt and the eventual champion, Viki Gomez.
We start the month of October with an amazing edit!!!
It feels like I have given out the Must Watch tag a lot recently, it’s already been quite a week for progressive edits and today Joe Cicman’s new Curriculum Vitae 2016 certainly lives up to the hype he’s thrown at it! Curriculum Vitae 2016 documents Joe’s progressive journey as he has pushed his riding month to month working on new ideas for the Master of Creativity confine contest.
The edit really builds from June, and the format quickly going month to month really makes this easy on the eye! Joe has really pushed the Jaffa Whip concept to new levels and the banger what Joe is calling the “Terradoom” at 2:17: a no handed crackpacker no handed jump to no handed backyard is absolutely bonkers and ballsy to say the least! I will stick my neck out and say that is one of the moves of the year so far! This left me wanting more, as all great edits do. Thank you Joe you just pushed flatland up a few notches!
Photo: Fat Tony.
Scott O’Brien just hit me up with some sad contest news, for now read below the official press release. I will be catching with Scott later in the week, for an interview about his decision to no longer run the Voodoo Jam!
“To my friends I want to say Voodoo Jam is over. It’s difficult for me but it’s true.
Thank you all for coming to Voodoo Jam throughout the years and thanks to everyone that has ever helped with Voodoo Jam.
Especially thanks to Terry for everything with sponsorships and the push these past few years. It was impossible without his efforts in securing sponsors and getting things in order.
I started this contest in 2004 with the help of Red Bull and people that believed in my vision for Flatland. It evolved into a grass roots event that was the results of some hard work and dedication to the passion for riding Flatland BMX.
The mission was simple. Show the world what Flatland BMX can be and have an amazing experience with the best riders from around the world pushing what we love about Flatland.
Time to move forward with new BMX projects and other aspects of life.
Voodoo Jam changed my life and I hope it influenced you in a positive way.
See you out there on the BMX!”
Showtime with Terry Adams and Scott O’Brien on the Mic at the 2015 Indianapolis MotoGP Show taking turns with Aaron Colton. In added info: this show was the first of the day and the first time Terry had ever rode this bike, thanks Rodney Williams once again for the heads up!
Text: Todd Carter.
Photos: Erik Otto & Todd Carter.
The 11th VoodooJam rolled through New Orleans, Louisiana USA, the last weekend in July.
Riders from eleven different countries braved the 108° (F) heat index to make this event one of the best ones yet!
The classic pre-jam went down at Annunciation Center Park, in New Orleans on Friday. This location was about a mile from the host hotel, so a ton of riders took advantage of it! I remember counting close to 100 people directly involved in the flatland scene, hanging out and riding.
Gino Palencia just dropped a nice Voodoo pre-jam rider compilation featuring Naoto Tamara, William Perez, Bobby Burge, Nikola Olic, Yu Shoji, Will Redd, Todd Carter, Cesar Calderon, John Yull, Dez Maarsen, Yohei Uchino, and Scott O’Brien. Check it out!
Photography: Fat Tony.
With 10 years of the Voodoo Jam going down this weekend in New Orleans, Scott just wrote this article about what it means to him, the friendships he has made, & a whole lot more. If you can’t make it to the Voodoo Jam, you can celebrate with them by watching the lifestream. Read on!
In 2004 I had an idea about having a contest in a club with spectators being close to the riders so everyone could feel the energy and create a special experience. The idea was to highlight my love for riding with my friends and show the world that Flatland can be highly entertaining. I wanted people to feel the love that Flatland BMX has for life. Flatland is about friendships, hard work, artistic values, athletic abilities, mental strength and most of all its amazing life experiences. Red Bull believed in the passion I had so they stood behind me to create The Voodoo Jam.!
There was a problem with the 2004 Voodoo Jam, we could not find an MC for the event and I could not trust just anyone with my vision. We had some names, but I was so afraid that my vision would not be brought to life the way I wanted it to be. So I ended up just taking control of this part of the contest even though I was the organizer. I never MC’ed for an event before in my life. I had no idea my passion for riding could just come out like that and I am so honored for the life experiences since that day.!
So, here I am 10 years later reflecting on these past Voodoo Jams. I think about the impact it has had on Flatland and many riders in this world fueling my sport in so many ways. My friendships have grown strong because of Voodoo Jam. Most of all, Terry Adams and I have something together with Voodoo Jam that you can’t put a price on in life. The impact that Voodoo Jam has had on my life is hard to put into words, but since that day,in 2004, I would not have these friends, I would not have these experiences and most of all, I would not have this amazing outlook on life. Voodoo Jam has given my family a global view of life and for that I am forever grateful. !
Life can be what you want it to be, go out there and get it. Flatland BMX is one of the most amazing things on earth and if you truly believe in that, you will get so much back from it. Get out there and experience it!!!
Thanks to all the riders, sponsors, friends and family that have made Voodoo Jam possible.!
Much Love, !
Bobby breaks down the series finale:
“After about 5 years of traveling around the world, exploring the global flatland community, we have come to the finale of the DVD series. Riders all over the world are making their dreams reality on their bikes and in the rest of their lives. Where we go from here is up to you. THE FUTURE STARTS NOW!”
Erik Otto always comes up with the goods, early Voodoo jam hype? This Voodoo Jam 2012 Highlights edit was well worth the wait! There is a lot of amazing riding and good times from the likes of Scott OBrien, Jorge Vasquez, Dane Beardsley, Naoto Tamaru, Bo Wade, Aaron Frost, James McGraw, Art Thomason, Terry Adams, Matt Wilhelm, Waldemar Fatkin, Stephan Kornely, Jean-Francois Boulianne, Mark Kuhlmann, Alex Jumelin and Dominik Nekolny.
The Voodoo jam is almost here, organisation and preparations have of course already began for Scott O’Brien and Terry for months! Scott recently got given the honour of a signature Voodoo jam frame from St Martin, I thought it would be the ideal time to hit him up with a Voodoo jam themed top 5’s! Enjoy!
Predict your top 5 for Pro Class Voodoo jam 2013:
Are you crazy,, im not gonna predict that! Hahaha!
Predict your top 5 AM class Voodoo jam 2013:
I cant haha i dont know anyone. haha
Favorite daily jobs to do leading up to Voodoo:
Aggravating Terry about sponsors
Picking up T-Shirts
Asking Hector to do something to the website and he takes two weeks. Ha!
Picking up friends from airport
Tweeting from the Voodoo Account
Favourite Battles in Voodoo jam history:
I really cant think of anything here. They all are awesome and we only had battles 2 times actually.
Riders you are most excited to see ride:
Pretty much everyone though!
People your looking forward to hang out with:
Favourite Bourbon Street After Party moments:
Balcony 2012. Good times.
Japanese riders seeing the HUGE ASS BEER sign on Bourbon
Ron Monis and a woman that kinda was a dude. Nothing happen just a pic!
Anything with Aaron Frost
Chilling with my Texas homies
Voodoo pre-jam moments:
Sessions at my old house in garage.
Ucchie killing it first time here
#pralex rain session 2012
BBQ with all the riders
Waldemar getting sun burned
Tunes your most hyped to being playing at the event:
No Dub Step!
2 Chainz anything
AF THE NAYSAYER for AM Finals
DJ Mkultra for the Pro Finals
Motivations to make Voodoo jam happen each year:
Love for Riding
Keep something going for riders
And its a dam good time!!!!
Places to hang out when riders are in New Orleans for the Voodoo jam:
New Orleans restaurants
Bourbon Street of course
Pre Jam spot
Top 5 Voodoo Jam Fan moments:
Brian Mattai making Pro Trophies every year
Omari Cato Family Voodoo Jam earrings
Rat Rod Ralph picking up Dom from Airport
Fans buying the riders beers on Bourbon Street
Everyone that attends year after year and makes it special for the riders
People to thank for making Voodoo jam happen:
My lovely wife Kristi, Mia, Cameron and Brooke.
Voodoo Jam financial/sponsor director Terry Adams.
Alex Jumelin and Rapheal Chiquet for coming to Voodoo in 2004.
Hector Garcia Website / Logo Design Chief
Brian Mattai Pro Awards Director
All the riders that have ever come to enjoy the positive vibes and celebration of Flatland BMX at Voodoo.
Fans of Voodoo Jam, thank you for supporting the riders and letting them know you appreciate them.
Red Bull and @redbull504
Freegun, Flatlandfuel, Dans Comp, Headrush, St. Martin BMX, Deco, Monolithic, Purple Monkey, Sidual, ATI Clothing, Neue, DiversionTV, #Pralex
Peep Scott’s bikecheck promo edit that just dropped for his bikecheck over on Global-flat!
Twitter: @TheVoodooJam / @EmceeOB