Good to see some flatland heads getting coverage on Brant Moore’s podcast show. In this 35th episode, Brant finds out more about what the hell FrogBarz is. Tune in and get educated…
I’m assuming everyone has seen “Watch Out For Robots” now, individual parts have posted. Now you can enjoy the enders from Lindsey Bode, Bobby Burge, Bobby Carter, Omari Cato, Joe Cicman, Mickey Gaidos, Pedro Melo and Art Thomason. Steve Lapsley has killed it with putting this out, and continuing the hype.
Stoked today to host the World premiere of “Watch out for Robots”, go watch this right now!
“In the worldwide BMX flatland scene it is common to see riders with similar styles and tricks. Every so often a trendy style will come along and result in copycat riders. Ultimately, being original or having your own style becomes one of the top priorities of most riders. In the American scene the vast distances between riders creates a vast difference in riding styles. Being original is a goal and badge of honor for these riders. It can be an easy trap to fall for, to ride like someone else you admire. But be original. Be yourself. Don’t be a copycat. And, WATCH OUT FOR ROBOTS.”
A film by Steven Lapsley featuring Lindsey Bode, Bobby Burge, Bobby Carter, Omari Cato, Joe Cicman, Mickey Gaidos, Pedro Melo and Art Thomason.
“Watch Out For Robots” is the full length follow up to “Forget What You Heard” and “Nice Nice Very Nice”. A BMX flatland film by Steven Lapsley featuring Lindsey Bode, Bobby Burge, Bobby Carter, Omari Cato, Joe Cicman, Mickey Gaidos, Pedro Melo, and Art Thomason.
Looking forward to this!
COVID-19 brought a lot of disruption. One major area of disruption was to Dave Nourie’s and Joe Cicman’s antics at contests.
Without the after party to share stories and rumors, the two spent hours on the phone one-on-one saying things like “yeah well Wilkerson said…” and “yeah well Brett Downs told me…”
So they decided to call some of these guys on Zoom, and have a virtual after party dinner table conversation for everyone who can’t see their friends.
If you need some motivation to start the week, watch this! You will all know by now, Martti Kuoppa has built a coaching programme from the ground up, and this edit features the riders benefiting from his regime.
Here’s the word from the boss himself:
“When I started MK Format online coaching a couple of years ago I had no idea how amazing it will be to work with all these dedicated riders all over the world and to be part of their progression journey. Feeling truly blessed to be in a position to share my knowledge about riding with each one of them.
I am very excited to present this “Timezones” -edit today with Pakphum Poosa-Art “Toon”, Joe Cicman, Oleg Efimov, Varo Hernandez, myself, Irina Sadovnik, Masato Ito and Terry Adams. One combo from each rider.”
It’s time for the Flatmattersonline exclusives, episodes 21-30. Check out the new timestamp feature on the videos, where you can scroll through the video and see the listings as they happen. Thank you to Joe Cicman, James White, Brett Downs, James McGraw, Romulo Guerra, Thiago Baby, Lindsey La’akea, Art Thomason, Amos Burke, and Bryan Huffman for all contributing!
Today is a good day for edits, well actually….. Lil Doses #9 is a full length flatland video by Adam Guild that deserves your attention. What I especially like about this feature is that the riding is not reserved only for the elite. The riding content covers expert level through to pro level riding featuring Scott Hagnas, George Manos, Giannis Caterllis, Pedro Melo, Dax Wolford, Michael Shao, David Walters, Alejandro Marques, Adam Guild, Dan Hamilton, Bri Welch, Anthony Schneidewind, Louis Orth, Erin Fricke, Joe Cicman, Rodney Williams, Francis Chase Santos, Rosey Taylor, Jay Marley, Kevin Howell, Juan Carlos Moronta, Ramón Lopez Colon, Thiago BB, Robert Victoria, Lindsey Bode, Art Thomason, and Bryan Huffman. Lil Doses #9 runs for 1:19, when you have the time give this one a watch. Props to Adam Guild putting this one together!
* Pedro Medina. Rest in Peace – this one is for you.
It’s video contest time!
Joe Cicman just dropped a tight teaser with some great lines to get you pumped for this video contest, information below.
“Moon Babes of Bicycle City” – the latest novel from Mike Daily of Aggro Rag ‘zine fame is sponsoring a video contest open to everyone across the planet.
1) Film an edit in 1 day
2) Post to YouTube
3) Share on FB and tag Mike Daily
Most-intriguing video wins a copy of the “Moon Babes of Bicycle City” novel.
Deadline for submissions is December 13, 2019, get filming and have fun with it!
Ten Years of Flatmattersonline.
After much pondering, on the 27th November 2008 I walked out of a store on Albert Road here in Southsea and decided to start a website. I wanted something basic to begin with to learn online posting, something that was all new to me at the time…. the Flatmattersonline blogspot site was born, Flatmatters had out grown it’s monthly page in Ride UK and it was time for something new that would help the scene. Looking back the first month or so was pretty amazing, all exclusive content.
Ten years on, my first article “To Scuff or not?” is still one of my favourite articles I have done on the site and it’s especially interesting to see where it’s at right now in relation to that article. I wanted to have more writing and depth about flatland online and proud today ten years on today so stay I am contributing what I set out to do. Scroll down on the archives section on the right hand side of the site and have a read when you have a spare moment.
I think my most proudest achievement running the site, is that my initial ethos and theory behind why am I going to this site still runs true ten years on, and has grown over the years.
The initial idea was a simple one, I wanted to wake up everyday and have something for you to look at to motivate you the flatlander at home, no matter where you are in the world to get out riding that day, and I didn’t want to governed by anybody or any company.
Whilst I miss the qualities print has that the internet can never touch, you can’t deny that the internet has brought the world closer together. I can reach so many more people via FM then I ever could making a magazine.
I wanted to do something special to mark 10 years of Flatmattersonline, I realise the website is known for posting riding videos every day, but it’s not often I go behind the scenes and interview the people that inspire me.
So throughout the course of this week I reach out to riders and friends across the globe to ask them a couple of questions, in places some riders have gone on a tangent from what I asked. There are no rules here, I want to celebrate the site and feel pretty proud to be able to help inspire new riders, older riders, seasoned pros, help riders get sponsors, teach kids tricks, there’s always something new happening with the site its pretty mind-blowing to me and helps to grow and branch out in different ways.
I wanted to do something special to mark 10 years of Flatmattersonline, I realise the website is known for posting riding videos every day, but up until now I haven’t talked at all about the people that have inspired me on this journey. So these set of episodes attempts to focus purely on the people that have inspired me, not their riding which we all know every well.
After some brainstorming, I decided I wanted to go away from the riding (which I feature everyday) and dig beneath the surface of the site and ask my inspirations about their thoughts on FM. I reached out to a whole host of people who inspire me in so many different ways, most have responded and a couple not which is disappointing, but I kind of expected that to happen.
I asked the following questions:
What would you say over ten years is Flatmattersonline biggest contribution to the sport?
When you think of Flatmattersonline what do you think of?
What was your first memory of Flatmattersonline?
My next thought as I was sending emails out to riders, was to have exclusive content every day for an entire week. And go back to how I started FM ten years ago pretty much. Sometimes I feel I go away from that, with the daily demands of “edit, edit,”. It’s time for me to shut up, grab a cuppa and reflect on 10 years of running Flatmattersonline.
You all make flatmatters what it is, so I thank all of you who are tuning in. It’s been a lot of work keeping the site going, 15,490 posts later we are here celebrating our tenth anniversary!
Here’s to ten more, I hope you all enjoy the Ten Years of Flatmattersonline episodes…
Effraim Catlow / Ten Years of Flatmattersonline.