Flatground VI – Pro’s do Amsterdam

Just came across this “Pro’s do Amsterdam” edit from Flatground VI that I haven’t watched in years. Featuring great riding from the likes of Matthias Dandois, Shintaro Misawa, Hiroya Morizaki, Justin Miller, Raphael Chiquet, York Uno, Thomas Noyer, Seppl, Michael Sommer, good times in A’dam!

Throwback Thursdays – Proseed A & B

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.

Throwback Thursday – King of Ground Finals 2001

For this weeks throwback we go back 2001, and this amazing Flatland Manifesto KOG Finals edit featuring Mike S, Viki Gomez, Yammer, Akira Okamura, Shintaro Misawa, Hiroya Morizaki and many more, so many styles! Definitely worth a watch!

The Must Watch edits of March!

Already so many amazing edits this year, and as Springtime has just kicked in for many of us the number will surely only rise! Take a rewind on our Must Watch picks for March!

– Effraim

Dub was working on this at the guru jam and now has it down! Amazing balance point on this two footed death truck on the pedals! Dub is always pushing so theres no telling where this Forklift move will head? You definitely don’t want to miss this one!

FRESH from James White on Vimeo.

On March 7th, James White dropped an absolute banger on the flatland world! It is fair to say at the ripe age of 44, James dropped the best edit of his riding career! Later that day I shared a birthday beer with the man, not a bad way to spend my 40th birthday! Hit play on this way again, the body varial xft ice cream and that last move. Sexy flatland!

So many new whopper related bangers in this monthly edit from the incredibly talented Mateus Beckmann, the standout for me however is the 180 backwards peg wheelie half cab to steam line at 3:23! Don’t miss this one!

Like Mateus, Shintaro keeps on the incredible path of progression he’s been on it is seems particularly the last few months, one of my favourite riders for sure and maybe yours! Theres so much technicality to his riding, around half way Shintaro switches to a front brake, enjoy the edit!

The month ended with Adam Kun and Sevisual Tom combining to bring you this banging “Welcome to Kunstform” edit filmed in Cali! The half cab half whopper step with the same foot to pedal 5 at 2:17 had me hitting the rewind a few times just to figure what was going on, and there is a ton more! This is a real treat!

The Must Watch edits of January!

What an amazing start to the year! There are plenty of amazing diverse flatland edits being dropped weekly, after going through a years worth of posts multiple times for the Flatmatters Online 2013 Awards it made sense to do some kind of review at the end of the month this year. The Must Watch category has become a big feature of Flatmatters so it made sense to showcase the Must Watch edits of each month. So let’s begin with January!

It was fitting that the first Must watch edit of the year went to Flatmatters editorial vote for Rider of the Year 2013! Mateus Beckmann continues where he left off, plenty of new whopper/decade variations – check 1:59 Rollback candybar stem decade anyone? Enjoy this incredible talent do his thing! Flatland is all the better for it!

If that wasn’t enough, Shintaro Misawa added another Must Watch edit! I could watch Shintaro ride all day, smooth as glass liquid flatland right here!

MATSUDO YEAR END JAM 2013 !! from JIMALOG1985 on Vimeo.

When this edit came through, I just knew it would be amazing! Everything about this Matsudo year end jam edit screams fresh, fresh, fresh!!!! From youngsters, Yu dropping a mega spin to perverted, Kato’s stalled xft g-roll flip to pedal caboose, Akira Okamura’s nose wheelie bar out, and Hotoke’s last combo at 11:19!!! There is so much to enjoy and motivate you right here, give this one a rematch. Don’t you wish you had a scene like that!

When Matthias sent me an advance preview of the new edit I felt blessed. MD definitely sent out a message with this Welcome to La Creamerie edit! High energy, and incredible riding that had us all pumped for days! Have you watched it again? The spinning no handed halfpacker whip to halfpacker is jaw droppingly good! I hope to see much more of this style from Matthias in 2014.

On January 19th, Shintaro dropped his second incredible edit of the month! This was and is a masterclass in flatland control, that I have to admit I’ve watched more than any other video up until the Alexis edit dropped. The man can do what he likes on that bike, the right hand halfpacker to opposite hang five spinning circle k out had me screaming at the screen, perfect! Total masterclass in bike control, and certainly the most slept on edit of the month!

Matthias not only delivered a massive edit to start the year, he also put together this quality Winter edit for his good friend Alex Jumelin. Alex treated us all to a few surprises, especially the back wheel line at 3:50! It will be interesting to see where Alex goes with this kind of back wheel foot jam concept in 2014.

Stephan Kornely BMX Sport Import 2014 Edit from Waldemar Fatkin on Vimeo.

This made a rainy day in Southsea all the better! Much like Matthias, Waldemar Fatkin is not only an amazing rider, but also can deliver on the editing front as well. There aren’t too many people that can say they can do a hang ten kickflip to halfpacker a’la the Boss, Martti Kuoppa. Stephan Kornely is one of those guys, this guy goes under the radar a fair bit. Amazing rider, give this one another watch!

2013 was a great year for Heresy! And 2014 has started with an absolute banger to start the year, the accolades will keep coming for Alexis I am sure. When the edit dropped, I made the comment “Every so often an edit comes along that defines what we do! This is flatland!”.

Do I really have to tell you to watch this again?

The end of the month started as it begun, another incredible edit from the Brazilian phenomenum that is Mateus Beckmann. The decade variation at 5:33 has got us all talking, Mateus puts a body twist on the decade variation landing backwards. Go watch it again, I am sure we will be talking about this for years to come. It is a groundbreaking piece of originality from one of the sports most talented riders.

What does February have in store, stay tuned!

Shintaro Misawa – Back wheel progression

from Shintaro Misawa on Vimeo.

Shintaro is back with yet another progressive update! Really liking the x up one handed two footed ice cream back and forth at 00:54, so much style and flow in his riding! If you missed his recent interview here about his progression, hit the link below! Thanks to Prasheel Gopal sending this one in!

http://www.flatmattersonline.com/shintaro-misawa-interview-back-wheel-progression

Shintaro Misawa Interview – Back Wheel Progression

Intro/Interview: Effraim
Photos: Shintaro Misawa.

Shintaro’s recent back wheel progression has been inspiring, very quickly Shintaro took his “jedi” front wheel skills to the back wheel and there’s no telling where this will go in future. A few of you like me were curious, if there was anything more than just hard work behind this progression. There’s a lot to take out of Shintaro’s insight during this interview. Read on.

Recently your back wheel progress has been well documented, and it is amazing, as I have been following your progression, it seemed like from your video descriptions you have some kind of basic theory behind this progression (you have basic tricks then you add to it), can you explain what you are doing and trying to do and how you go about it?
I learned how to make consistent from competition experience.. It is mostly hard.. I mean.. iteration practice, speed control, learn for each surface, bike setting etc..
No need take a long time for just learn trick on own spot and condition. A few hours, days, months.
I just doing only this process. That’s why looks quickly. But actually these are very barely flows actually.

The reason I ask about a theory is I noticed on your videos discussed numbers and the titles, there seemed to be some logical format for you to progress?
How to know the level of combo. I mean how-to I choose learning next steps. I learn from another riders riding.
(of course depend on each riders skills). I think not so hard level..
If I take move into a long link, that move is become basic move for me. If showing looks well.
example..
So I am thinking like this. Only one or two hard switch (trick) in the each link.
It in case of a competition, I must learn without those part of hard move.
I have almost completed those.

Next.. I make some original move, this is hardest for anyone..
Then I arrange to some basic link later, I can see “only basic” and “only original” sometimes.
But with this style it is difficult to win in the competition.
Only basic.. judgement know that, only original.. judgement don’t know level..
So I mix these two tastes.
Sorry i talking about usually things..

I never thinking easy.. the move of the Mr.Steve (Editors note: Steve Mulder?)
Here in Malaysia I am riding only one surface. I have some experience about riding different types of floors, that’s why feeling which combo or bike setting I have to choose for next competitions.
But, anyway not nice conditions now..
Can’t be thinking about heat..haha

Interesting…So a new back wheel combo comes to mind, perhaps your latest one you learned wherever that is. What was the process you went through to learn it? Do you learn combos in stages?
About tricks. You may notice I only choose only clockwise now. This because coming the same “wall” if do practice same move in both side. I felt those in front tricks previously. And it is just my opinion.
Most many riding style is clockwise/forwards, people can image “how is feeling of riding” maybe.
That’s why I choose clockwise and back wheel, back wheel tricks also people can image easily..
And.. here (Malaysia) is not like Japan, here it is not so important “original” taste yet.
We still need skillful riders, people want see simple and easy,many trick variations by flatland.
I have to change for that too. I don’t know i can or not..
Because I am riding bmx for me basically.

One thing is for sure Shintaro, Theory or no Theory you progressed a lot during the past months on the back wheeel, how much are you riding per day out of curiosity?
You mean each day riding times? I am riding about 3 hours when i can riding. 5 or 6 days par week..
During my practise time I focus only one combo until I have made it.
But I am changing combo, if can’t make it within 3 days. Then must go back to there after few combos.

It’s debateable that you are now as good on the back wheel as you are on the front wheel that are you famous for?
I was really interested to backwheel tricks actually. I want to be master if I try seriously, but.. my I am not tall, very short! 164cm so it’s almost impossible to make some tricks previously.
Death Truck etc..
So that is reason I choose front wheel tricks a lot. Hard ride, good life.. I lost interest in backwheel tricks for a while, about 10 years to be exact..
Just impossible.. doing other things under recent conditions. The move to the back wheel naturally came.
I can’t long combo by surface and heat, even completed move also, feel so tire.
I just get frustrations if do previous front combos I have done. Because.. so feel hard..
Back wheel (new) trick is i don’t know “good or bad conditions about me”
that’s why.

You talk about heat, does riding in a hot climate in fact help your fitness?
My life is totally moved to Malaysia now, living in Mersing town, Johor state. It is very hot weather every day, I haven’t found a nice riding spot unfortunately. This makes it hard to do practice for being consistent. It is possible of course, but efficiency is bad under recently situations, so it is nice to try new tricks for me. I see it as a chance to change it.

So what’s next in terms of riding style Shintaro?
Of course I want to build new riding style. it is not sure yet, only back or front, both side??
Anyway just keeping ride hard. That is the answer for getting naturally your own style.
And.. i have confidence, I can do any trick if someone made already. Because we are not so different.
That’s why i haven’t yet found “my original trick”, still just copy. But copy is no good “word”..
I am respecting to each teachers when I learn from them.

Any plans to compete again on a worldwide scale?
I want attend a lot of international competitions again, but I can’t attend for a while or forever. My wife is delivering baby on this August. have to prepare a lot.
btw i following the backwheel progress program to baby 1.2.3..
so i spent all money to house and business for new life. it house include own riding space and guests room, I can arrange riders sessions later hopefully. when built.. will be open bicycle shop and home stay.
Malaysia also has international competition “FLAT dev” on end of year coming the next one. I will be attending there. Back to competition scene..
I have interesting to BMX products also. on the way with friend, we will produce Malaysian original brand in 2014. I am testing some sample for that already.
Thanks to great rider “Ucchie” we can learn trend move from his style a lot. Thanks to “COLONY” they made for me 17 inch TT frame in 2010. It makes possible the Death truck!!

Thanks for the chat Shintaro, so there you have it ladies and gentlemen. Sometimes in harder conditions, focussing on one particular style can be worthwhile and the rewards are there for all to see. Shintaro you are a true jedi!

Thanks chatting to me Mr.Effraim.

No problem, Shintaro that was fun catching up with you. Looking forward to more back wheel progression. For now check below in the related links for a reminder of his progression.

Related Links:

http://www.flatmattersonline.com/shintaro-misawa-777

http://www.flatmattersonline.com/shintaro-misawa-the-sixth-sense

http://www.flatmattersonline.com/shintaro-misawa-5

http://www.flatmattersonline.com/shintaro-misawa-the-force-month