The 2017 Flatmattersonline Year End Award Nominees are…..

Happy New Year everyone! It’s time to announce the nominees for the editorial and reader choice 2017 Flatmattersonline Year end awards, thank you to everyone who took the time to vote. As always it is interesting to see what you the reader of Flatmattersonline thinks compared to my editorial votes. And last not certainly not least congratulations to all the nominees.

Flatmatters!

Effraim Catlow

Continue reading

Review: Landscapes 2

Text: Effraim.

Like I said in my review of Landscapes 1 last year, DVD’s in the modern era are a sad rarity in our scene from my perspective, during the last two years you can count those on less than one hand. Dane Beardsley’s Same thing daily project and IGI’s travel video are all we have had. Stewart Munro from Australia stepped up to the plate with an ambitious project to collect and edit together rider sections from all the planet, when you think about that in the modern internet culture and free edits available everyday it almost seems like a thankless task.

Thankfully Stewart stuck to the task which being so far away from all the other riders is I can imagine a tough task to collate together. The downloadable video straight to your laptop is catching on in other sports such as Skateboarding, more recently massive companies such as Adidas are releasing their projects for a small fee online. Will it catch on to what is essentially a small flatland audience? Only time will tell…

Landscapes 2 starts with a nice intro describing verbally the feeling of flatland and what it’s all about “it is a mirror that shows each of us who we are”. There’s always a unwritten formula to making a DVD, banger section to start, middle and the all important who got the last section. Would this follow suit, 52 minutes long let’s get into this!

Continue reading

Aloha Jam 2017 Promo!

ALOHA JAM – BMX HOLIDAY HAWAII 2016 from Diversion TV on Vimeo.

Starting the week off with an awesome promo for the 2017 Aloha Jam in Hawaii. Here’s what the man himself, Bobby Carter has to say:

“THE NEXT ALOHA JAM WILL BE AUGUST 19, 2017.
The Flatland House will be Available August 17 – August 22 2017
For booking details please check: alohajam.net/
or Email me at bobby(at)diversiontv.com
BMX brings us together to ride, but it also brings us together to experience life.

Aloha Jam is not a contest, but it is more than just a jam, it’s a BMX HOLIDAY. Get ready to ride and experience an adventure that only a Hawaiian environment and the Aloha Spirit can provide!”

Riders featured in Aloha Jam 2016 video include:
Simon O’Brien, Masashi Itani, Quentin Pelorson, Bobby Carter, Lindsay La’akea Bode, Big Ale, Dennis Toyoda, Armin Batoumeni, Craig Gaudet, Jenny Dupin, Sean Fontenot, Adam Jung, Zack Demboske, Derek Takemoto, Caleb Cabrera, and Sean Parker.

Lookback: May – The 2016 Flatmattersonline Year End Awards

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!

Continue reading

Heading out to the Battle in the Rockies contest in Colorado!

It’s an early start for me this morning, as I head off to London Heathrow to fly out for the annual Battle in the Rockies contest in Colorado Springs. It seems as good a time as any to re-up this amazing edit from last years contest that Anthony Schneidewind put together featuring great riding from Moto Sasaki, Martti Kuoppa, Jean William Prevost, Jason Plourde, Pete Brandt, Bo Wade, John Yull, James McGraw, Bryan Huffman, Simon O’Brien and many more! See you on the other side, look out for daily updates from the event, as well as your regular posts daily.

– E

Landscapes Review

Review: Effraim.

DVD’s in the modern era are a sad rarity in our scene from my perspective, during the last two years you can count those on less than one hand. Dane Beardsley’s Same thing daily project and IGI’s travel video are all we have had. Stewart Munro from Australia stepped up to the plate with an ambitious project to collect and edit together rider sections from all the planet, when you think about that in the modern internet culture and free edits available everyday it almost seems like a thankless task.

screen-shot-2016-10-11-at-4-59-42-am

Thankfully Stewart stuck to the task which being so far away from all the other riders is I can imagine a tough task to collate together. The downloadable video straight to your laptop is catching on in other sports such as Skateboarding, more recently massive companies such as Adidas are releasing their projects for a small fee online. Will it catch on to what is essentially a small flatland audience? Only time will tell…

Continue reading

Landscapes Trailer!

Peep this awesome second trailer for Stewart Munro’s latest video project Landscapes, download yours on the link below!

“Landscapes” is a new full length video showcasing some of the best flatlanders from around the world. Featuring Simon O’Brien, Alex Worden, Yorihisa Shiota, Seppl Pospischil, Viki Gómez, Iwata Tang-meng Hiroki, Masashi Itani, George Manos, Sebastian Grubinger, Noyer Thomas, Brandon Fenton, Paul Chamberlain, Scott Powell and many more !

Link to buy Landscapes $4.99 –

https://gumroad.com/l/bBlK#

Landscapes available now online!

Catching up after a busy weekend at the UK Flatland Championships. Stewart Munro just dropped in an email to let the world know his long awaited “Landscapes” video is now available to buy online!

“Landscapes ” is a new full length video showcasing some of the best flatlanders from around the world. Featuring Simon O’Brien, Alex Worden, Yorihisa Shiota, Seppl Pospischil, Viki Gomez, Iwata Tang-meng Hiroki, Masashi Itani, George Manos, Sebastian Grubinger, Thomas Noyer, Brandon Fenton, Paul Chamberlain and many more !

Buy it here!

https://gumroad.com/l/bBlK#

Must Watch! Viki Gomez – Intrinsic

Intrinsic from Viki Gomez on Vimeo.

I have been waiting for something like this for a long time, something that digs inside what is flatland, and what can it bring to the individual. Bobby Carter explains a little more, grab a cuppa and enjoy this amazing project!

“After Viki won 2015 BFWC Championship, Viki was asked to make a film with a message for the new generation of riders. The film was shown at the Tokyo Bicycle Film Festival. We only had about 3 weeks to make this film. Martti Kuoppa, Simon O’Brien, Chase Gouin, Chad Degroot, and Scott Powell all scrambled were able to submit footage with their perspectives on flatland. Besides the time crunch, the most challenging and most fun part was digging through the archives of flatland history to pull out some of the best riding put on video from Diversion, Intrikat, Baco, and others from the 1990s to present day. I hope you enjoy the story and the many perspectives on this thing we all love, called flatland!”

Japanese Version!

Intrinsic (Japanese version) from Viki Gomez on Vimeo.