Scott O’Brien talks about the up & coming Red Bull Circle of Balance 2022

Interview: Effraim.
Photos: Voodoo Jam Photo Files.

With the return of the Red Bull Circle of Balance less than two weeks away, it’s time to catch up with Scott O’Brien who is MC’ing the 20th anniversary in New Orleans. I dubbed the COB the Super Bowl of flatland a while back and this is huge for flatland it’s back. It’s time to get into it with Scott and discuss this amazing event. Have you got your ticket?

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Must Watch: Alexis Desolneux / Battles

I’ve always wondered what would happen if a street rider really started bringing flatland tech to the streets. I’m not talking about just dropping a hang five on a ledge spot, I am talking about digging deeper and creating original flatland lines that have never been done.
Alexis Desolneux is that dude, a true artist that continually does his thing in BMX and this edit goes so hard.
There is so much groundbreaking stuff in this, the filming is awesome and the soundtrack fits like a glove (the opening where the music kicked in on the Luc-e grind line gave me goosebumps. And the ender wow, the street world and BMX world need to teach this one!

Tre’ fucking Bien Alexis!

Ramon Lopez: Adios 2022

Getting back to normal after the 14 years of Flatmattersonline celebrations, Puerto Rico’s Ramon Lopez just sent in this awesome “Adios 2022” edit full of hard classic flatland moves. Multiple brakeless whiplashes, check, no handed hang 5’s mid line, check, backwards brakeless whiplashes, and so much more. Good stuff Ramon, it’s been great to follow Ramon’s riding through the years running the site!!

Effraim Catlow: 14 Years of Flatmattersonline!

Hello everyone!

14 years of Flatmattersonline, can you believe it?!!!

I’ve been stacking clips in between injuries for the last three and a half years. This edit for me has been a real case of going against the grain of what everyone else seems to be doing. The norm now seems to be most riders post their clips as soon as they have landed them straight onto the gram. For me, the gram is for leftover clips and photographs.

Videoparts are our album, I had this conversation with a few riders out in Abu Dhabi recently. There’s a lot of riders in the current scene with “no” albums or at least no a recent one. It seems really sad to me, there isn’t a right lot to watch right now “video part” wise unless you go back digging (which there is nothing wrong with).

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Must Watch: Benjamin Hudson / It’s Ok Part 1

Benjamin Hudson has been been off the grid for a while now. One of the best styles in the flatland game, and today that changes and we have a short but very sweet “It’s ok” part 1 to get you motivated for your winter session. The standout for me is the switch foot pedal 5 line where he crosses over to the other side around the 1:05 mark. Thank you Benjamin and IGI for this treat!!

Chimera A-Side: Pro + Womens Highlights

The Chimera A-side finals will go down as one of the best contests I have been to, the level of riding during the finals in particular was absolutely off the charts. There were some heated battles during that journey to decide the winner, Yu Katagiri and that 360 bike flip line at the end showed no mercy. Laying it all on the line for the 100k prize money. Flatland needs more of this… cracking edit that needs to be watched, congratulations also again to Carin Hommura, winner of the Womens class!!

Aude Cassagne: Welcome to Heresy BMX

What a couple of weeks it’s been for Aude Cassagne! Not only the 2022 UCI World Championship title in the Womens Elite class, how about a fresh hook up to the dopest flatland team in the game, Heresy BMX! Aude’s level is crazy and there are a couple of moves she didn’t drop in Abu Dhabi in this one. Congratulations to Aude once again, so well deserved!!!