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!
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….
As we roll into my 12th year of running Flatmattersonline, and now my 6th year of running the Flatmattersonline Year End Awards. The feeling and concept of why I started the site, and why I started hosting the awards with multiple categories remain the same. This was a chance I felt to showcase the many talents flatland has to offer via My vote (editorial) and your vote (reader vote) and not just focus on one rider.
Here are the nominees for the Editorial Vote and Reader Vote, 2019 Flatmatters Year End Awards. Congratulations to everyone who was nominated, and thank you flatland as always!
* Please note: There were a couple of ties, so there are 6 nominees in some categories…
11 years and counting / Flatmattersonline.
Rider of the Year
Edit of the Year:
Dane Beardsley / that and this 2019
Matthias Dandois / Taking Hawaii
Pedro Melo / Nice Nice Very Nice
James White / Eye of the Tiger
Michele Maiolani / Straight Ahead
Regenerations / Short Film
Most Progressive Rider
Jean William Prevost
Line of The Year:
Ryo Katagiri: Regenerations Video. 9:57:
Body Varial two footed backyard pivot gliding lard yard pivot switch foot peg wheelie carved in circles wind into switch handed backwards spinning switch -b to gliding opposite switch b to xft two footed trump truck Degroot undertaker out.
James White: Eye of the Tiger. 2:13.
Switch foot head grab peg wheelie into one handed switch foot peg wheelie pivot to head grab ant rider to head grab one handed rope on the right foot undertaker headtube pivot out.
Dane Beardsley: This and that 2019. 2:03,
Dump truck jump round to backwards rolling ice cream to rope then into backwards straddle come out opposite side g-roll to ice cream back regular rope back to straddle back opposite g-roll to ice cream jump to peg wheelie bar flip out!
Matthias Dandois: Hawaii. 2:03.
Whips into opposite spinning fork wheelie and casually bar scoots into backwards spinning one footed halfpacker on his opposite side with one foot under the chainring/BB into left sided halfpacker.
Pedro Melo: Nice Nice Very Nice. 1:11.
One footed spinning hitch to steam.
Rider of the Year.
Edit of the Year.
Pedro Melo / Nice Nice very nice!
Matthias Dandois / Hawaii
Mateus Beckmann / Flat Street
Dane Beardsley / that and this 2019
Jeff Desroche / After the accident 2
Most Progressive Rider.
Jean William Prevost
Contest Run of Year.
Ryo Katagiri – Fise Hiroshima Round 1
Dominik Nekolny UCI World Championship Final
Matthieu Bonnecuelle UCI World Championship Final
Irina Sadovnik UCI World Championship Final
Moto Sasaki Fise Chengdu Finals
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO TOOK THE TIME TO VOTE!
Year end award winners announced:
Wednesday 15th January.
A friday treat for us all!
The annual Vienna Jam during the Argus Bike Festival at Vienna’s Rathausplatz is growing each year. Tom Sevisual was on hand to document the weekend, and by the look of it this was an absolutely amazing weekend including a contest, workshops helping kids, cash for tricks jams and plenty of happy faces. Keep a look out for Viki Gomez’s bike flip line at 2:16 is amazing! Big up Sebastian Grubinger and everyone who worked on the Vienna Jam, this is awesome!
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!
Congratulations to Jean William Prevost who took the win at the final stop of the Fise World Series in Chengdu, China. Dub was followed on the podium by Moto Sasaki and Matthias Dandois, you can watch the top three runs, check the results and the whole finals below. Congratulations also to Matthias Dandois who took the year end Fise World title, followed by Alex Jumelin and Jean William Prevost.
1- Jean William Prevost
2- Moto Sasaki
3- Matthias Dandois
4- Alex Jumelin
5- Dez Maarsen
6. Viki Gomez
7. Raphael Chiquet
8. Takumi Isogai
Watch the whole finals:
Congratulations to Alex Jumelin who just won the Chimera Games replacement contest in Tokyo, Japan followed on the podium by Viki Gomez and Fumiya Kanna and Jean William Prevost tied for third. Alex won all three of his battles to take the spot with a final battle against Viki Gomez. The event almost didn’t happen because of a big storm arriving in Japan but Trinity Skatepark saved the day and a replacement contest went ahead. Big up everyone involved making this happen despite the weather conditions.
Text/Photo captions: Sebastian Grubinger.
Photos: Peter Provaznik.
Edit: Tom Sevisual.
Good people bring good vibes and this is so evident from this years Vienna Jam. BMX and flatland needs more of this level of event. Look at all the smiles and good times from Tom Sevisual’s Vienna Jam edit above and Sebastian’s repo below. Big respect to Sebastian for putting this event on and helping grow flatland at a grassroots level whilst on a big stage.
Dustyn Alt killed it all weekend long. Winning the Best Trick on Sunday and collecting plenty of euros during the cash for tricks jam.
What a weekend, but let’s start from the beginning …
It’s been 8 years ago when voices got louder that it’s time for a Flatland Jam in Vienna. It didn’t take long and an already closed BMX Shop and I organized a small jam. Nothing special, just some fun contests like Hang-5 slalom, some goodies from several BMX companies and time to jam together. The main goal was to bring people together and have a good time. From this time on it happened every year …
Now, 8 years later, I got the chance to organize the Vienna Jam at one of European’s biggest bike festivals. The “Bike Festival Vienna” happened for the 20th year in front of Vienna’s city hall on the „Rathausplatz“. It has over 100 000 visitors on the weekend and shows all kind of bike sports.
Vienna Jam 2018. 35 riders, 14 nations. An amazing weekend for Flatland.
Sietse van Berkel. On and off his bike is amazing. And you should see him teaching flatland to the kids.
Akos Bordas representing Hungary during the cash for tricks and the best trick contest.
But now about the weekend …
Friday the Vans Vienna Pre – Jam went down on Vienna’s local spot „Heldenplatz“. Already a lot of riders showed up and spent the evening together riding and hanging out. A very promising start into the weekend.
Saturday all started with Flatland workshops. Viki and me offered everyone who’s interested to ride a BMX bike and try some tricks. To be honest I didn’t expect so many people and I have to say a huge THANK YOU to all the riders who helped out. Workshops were scheduled for 2 hours but it happened to be all morning. Anyway it was a blast to see kids riding and trying their first tricks! The future is bright!
Mates Tucek impressed everyone with his mind blowing x-ft skills.
Around noon more and more riders arrived and started to rock the spot. The „Cash for Trix“ Jam late afternoon turned turned out to be huge: 35 riders from 14 nations. We had 500 Euros in small bills to give away and everyone, from beginner to pro, was killing it while DJ Preddy was spinning his 45s.
Right after the Cash for Tricks Jam all the riders moved from Rathausplatz to Heldenplatz to throw down the biggest jam I’ve ever seen on my home spot! Amazing vibes.
We ended the day at a local pub with around 20 riders – cheers!
Dustyn Alt mid best trick winning line.
Again, after a few hours of workshops on Sunday morning, everyone got ready for the Best Trick Contest. 1,5 minutes for each rider to show the best combo or trick. Price money for top five (700, 400, 200, 100, 100).
19 riders from 11 nations took part and everyone rode amazing! Some landed the combo first try, some in the last second. A huge audience was amazed!
Dustyn Alt took the win. He started the Contest and had to leave right after his 1,5 minutes to drive back 6,5 hours to Germany to go to work. Second place went to George Manos, followed by Gilles van de Sompel. Wolfgang Sauter and France Granic placed 4th and 5th.
Again the day ended on Heldenplatz with a big jam … well and for some of us later in the same pub as the day before 🙂
Showing his talent not only on Belgium TV, but also at the Vienna Jam. Gilles van de Sompel.
I can’t thank all of you enough who came to Vienna and made this event and weekend so special! You all rule!
The Vienna Jam will be back for sure – I don’t know when and I don’t know where but I promise, the main goal, like 8 years ago, will be: bring riders together and have a great time riding BMX!
Viki Gomez at the Vienna Jam for the second year. Here, mid death truck line.
Springtime is finally here, let’s start off a big week on FM with this Fise Highlights edit that Ride BMX put together from the flatland finals at the weekend at Fise Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. Hit play and check this one out!
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. ”