It’s not often I promote myself on the site. A few weeks ago I caught up with Jon Dowker and Anthony Berardi for a chat for an episode of the BMX Banter podcast.
We discuss my roots in riding, the U.K. scene, why I run Flatmattersonline, competing across the globe for thirty years, my new edit, plus my views on so many rider related topics such as Instagram vs Videoparts, and much more.
Repo + Photos: Effraim, Matti Hemmings, Miguel Pargas.
It’s hard not to get nostalgic going back to The Green Mile, it turns out it’s been 5-6 years since I was last at this legendary riding spot for the UK flatland scene (search TGM on the sidebar of the website to see what I am talking about.
Yinka Thomas threw down a jam last weekend, with the help of Jason Forde and my schedule was for once free so attending the jam was a no brainer.
The forecast wasn’t looking too great, but it was worth the risk as it os October after all you just never know. As it turns out the weather forecast was pretty much bang on, with two heavy showers throughout the day enough for the ground not to dry all day.
Stevie B of Clicked Video Magazine fame came through with a solid edit that captured most of the highlights of an action packed King of Concrete weekend. With yours truly even getting to have a ride, in between MIC duties, judging, tabulating scores, handling music and all the goes with running an event. Thanks Stevie for getting this edit done so quickly, what a weekend!
As promised, it is time for Episode 80 of the Flatmattersonline Exclusives! Today we have a belter from Mickey Gaidos out of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Mickey throws down an amazing teakettle jump to spinning hitch line that just keeps building, and ends in a s super dope spinning Circle k to half bar flip Karl out! Filmed at his home riding spot by Terry Adams, I love Mickey’s energy in this when he hollers “Flatmatters”.
Thank you Mickey for contributing and Terry for filming, super dope!!
The clips keep building, and another clip is ready for episode 81 on Sunday… After that I am dry on clips, so if you are at home and wish to feature on the site. Drop me a message and let’s fire these exclusives out to the magic 100!
**Mickey however ignored two rules of the exclusives, there is music from New Order (I’m not making any money out of this YouTube I promise) and the video is filmed Portrait not landscape. Rules are made to be broken I guess, and it’s freestyle!
What’s up everybody? I made a little mistake on the last episode, this is actually episode 77 not the previous exclusive. Greek shredder, Chris Vasileiou comes through with his second exclusive, and today is Chris’ birthday!
Everybody go wish Chris happy birthday in the comments section, Chris comes through with an awesome Scarlo squeak to frame stand tomahawk line that just keeps building, amazing bike control from Chris!
Thanks Chris for contributing, whose got episode 78?
What is up everybody? It is time for episode 76 of the Flatmattersonline Exclusives, today it is the turn of the one and only Rodney Williams!
Rodney comes through with his second FM clip, and 77 is more in keeping with Rodney’s style. Throwing down a long line, love the circle k pedal bar flips in this one. This is a move that I used to do a long time ago, and seeing Rodney do these made me feel like learning these once again. It’s great that clips can inpire you like that!
Thanks Rodney for the motivation, and for contributing.
It’s time for episode 70 of the Flatmattersonline exclusives, this episode we have a feature with Brazilian rider, Thiago Balzano. Thiago has been living in the Washington DC area, USA for about eight years now and is a dedicated Flatmattersonline reader.
Thiago reached out to me, and let me know the exclusives have really helped push him as a rider and he wanted to use the exclusive as motivation to land a hitchhiker to crackpacker. And as you will see, he hits this line clean, he mentioned that the side step style out of crackpacker to steam was causing him the most problem.
This was really a joy to hear, this is what the exclusives are all about. It’s you and your own personal progression, and using documenting the line to help push forward your own development.
This works on so many levels, I could go on and on.
This did give me an idea, the Flatmattersonline exclusive Line of the year award went to Kio Hayakawa last year, what about if we add a Reader Line of the Year that’s not for Pro’s. This is for riders like BZ, Thiago and whoever comes forward, readers of FM, it makes sense to me.
Does it make sense to you?
Let me know your thoughts, and I’ll announce next week if it’s happening.
What’s up everybody?
Flatland lifer, SF flatland legend, Pete Brandt comes through with a belter of back wheel line for episode 69. At the age of 50, the flatland assassin, Pete B shows no sign of slowing down and I love the detail in this line.
Pete locks into four spins, after the opening shove-it switch foot mega spins, and holds a similar amount of revolutions on the no handed straddle time machine, hook spin, Adam Kun signature spin (no handed spinning lawn?), and no handed blender and stamps this with that Pete B finesse and aggressive we have all come to love.
This clip got me hyped, filmed by skater homie Chris Dunn, and a cameo from Larry Redmon holla’ing “We out here!!!”. SF represent to the fullest, missing the Clocktower vibes….
It’s time to go ride!!!
Thanks to Pete for throwing down for ep.69 (his second exclusive), whose got episode 70? Get at me, the American riders have stepped up big time for these exclusives. Anyone else notice that??!!!
The clips keep on coming in, and today it’s time for Bryan Huffman’s second exclusive!
Bryan is what I like to call a flatland lifer, out of Winston Salem, North Carolina over in the USA. Bryan comes through with one of his signature moves, the Huffpacker.
A halfpacker where he drops the back wheel down on the ground, and pumps a few circles for good measure.
Bryan has been doing this move for a long time, much respect Bryan.
Thanks for contributing, whose got episode 69? Dropping Wednesday…