Monday, 28 February 2011

"Keep Riding" rap track by Rad dad

I never thought I'd be posting a rap tune about flatland on flatmatters! Rad dad never ceases to amaze me! Great flow! Check out his first track below! For Lyrics check out his site right here! Much love for the big shoutout Rad dad!

Keep Riding by bmxfreestyler

Circul8 Results!

Right now I only have the top three in Pro, Masters and Am, congrats to all the Top 3 in each class, especially JF, Tyler Gilliard and Mark Kuhlman winning their classes. DUB got it in done in style in Montreal! Look forward to some videos..


1st Jean-Francois Boulianne.
2nd Percy Marshall.
3rd Francois Cote.

1st Tyler Gilliard.
2nd Jon Dowker.
3rd Prasheel Gopal.

1st Mark Kuhlman.
2nd Alexis La Grassa.
3rd Chris Mclean.

1999 - 2Hip Contest USA - Escondido/Ca - EDITLESS

Great footage from the Clayborn24 archives...
Results : 1- Marcos Jesus (Pig), 2- Ross Smith, 3- Day Smith.

Trap (2009 Japanese DVD)

Big thanks to "Zolsmov" for uploading the 2009 Japanese DVD Trap for all to see...

The O.G. Trailer

Tight production on this trailer edit by Anthony Crespo, "I shot my first video of the O.G. almost five years ago. I came back to visit after being in NY for two years focusing on my career. I wanted to experiment with my camera and see how I've progress in my skills as a filmmaker in the past years. This is the outcome. I hope you all enjoy."
The O.G. Trailer from Anthony Crespo on Vimeo.

Nene short clip

Back wheel killer!!

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Piracity Bmx 2 "Compilation"2000-2001

Shane Badman wins the 2011 BMX Games!

Events worldwide this weekend, big shoutout and congrats to my good buddy Shane Badman on a roll down under! Another contest, another win! At this time, I only have the Pro top three...

1st Shane Badman.
2nd Lee Kirkman.
3rd=Shaun Jarvis and Paul Knox.

Adam Kun wins Sunday contest in Caen

Dont know much about this, other than the top three results! Any other details anyone?

1. Adam Kun.
2. Jean Bulhon.
3. Alex Jumelin.

Kotaro Tanaka Flatground 04

Feels more six years ago, Kotaro ripping in A'dam, mixing the old videos with the new videos, are you feeling it??

New Terry Adams clips

Terry is busy getting ready for the CFO contest next weekend enjoying his backyard spot...Keep Documenting T!

Dorkin 10 Chase G section

Two Chase posts in one day! This retrospective section Mark Eaton did for Dorkin' 10 using old and newer footage at the end, has to go down as one of the best, most iconic flatland sections ever!

Flatland in Vietnam

Great to see the Vietnamese scene developing from the last edit Paul Chamberlain brought to our attention.

Team Quebec @ Ikea

Awesome riding at a killer spot! Canadians eh??

York Jam 95

The music is awful, the riding is amazing! Loving this!

Chase Gouin and the Quad Decade!

Absolutely unreal, to this day! Timeless!

The darkstyle of Martti Kuoppa

Old school sundays

I spent yesterday digging for some old school clips, heres the first of many today, Eddie Fiola and Dave Breed, back in 85, on the GT World tour, came to Southsea right after this air'ed....

Aaron Frost Raw clip

Beautiful combo by Aaron, deserves to be seen on it's own!

Saturday, 26 February 2011

No warm up: Martti Kuoppa

This was right before the infamous World Classic disqualification.. Going in cold, no warm up, this is the result!

Sickchild OG session

Sick Child Session from BMX Freestyler on Vimeo.

With special guest Ed Nussbaum. The ATX Crew throws down a great session. There were many things that went down during the session that didn't get caught on film. If you have never experienced Austin Texas Flatland session at the O.G. then you need to make a trip to Texas to see for your self.  

Matthias Dandois in Guadeloupe

Matthias is just back from a family holiday in Guadeloupe, hit the link below, Odyssey tweeted something like "street jibs into flat combos" which nails it on the head, enjoy! 

Masatoshi Karino short edit

More from Masatoshi, smoothhhhhhhh....

York Uno Ay Daw edit

Nice promo from York on board the Ay Daw frame.

Varo Hernandez clip

15 years old and kicking ass, nice back wheel combo!

Gilberto Perez edit

Dope intro, 17 years old, young buck Gilberto shows plenty of potential, great to see these young riders going for it!

Outlaw test ride edit

A new company from Thailand, Outlaw. Peep there test ride edit.

Trap 2009--HLK--

Friday, 25 February 2011

2 Un-real Impossible Possibilities 03 Compilation

Sweet of edit of a bunch of old footage from 2003 featuring the likes of Chase Gouin, Brandon Fenton, Aaron Frost,Scott Powell, Gabe Kadmiri, Marcos De Jessus, Dave Petrin, Scott O' Brien, Erin Donato, Brian Chapman, good times...

Jorge Vasquez clip

Jorge getting it done on a windy day in Panama...

Masatoshi Karino short flat/street clips

Masatoshi Karino from Japan drops some street/flat flava, disappointed this guy didn't compete in the groundtactics semis, whats up with that?

AK Bike check

No idea who AK is, so if this is you, or you know, please comment below. What I will say is this one of the best bike checks i've seen, continue on and you will see why.
BIKE CHECK 2011 from AK on Vimeo.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

The Launch of The AM (American) Flatland Circuit

Terry Adams hit me up with some great news for the US flat scene, read on!

The Launch of The AM (American) Flatland Circuit

In 2011 the AM Flatland Circuit will be reorganized as the AM (American) Flatland Circuit with the addition of a Pro Series.  Having two divisions within the circuit, the Am Series and the Pro Series, allows for an established ranking system for Pro Flatland Riders.  “Adding a Pro Series to the AM Flat Circuit will bring a sense of organization and community to the Pro Flatland World. There are a lot of awesome events taking place in America and the circuit will increase turnout at these events, offer a ranking system and most importantly be a lot of fun” says Pro BMX Flatland Rider, Matt Wilhelm.

The AM Flatland Circuit was started to help create much needed structure within the BMX Flatland community in North America.  AM Flatland Circuit Founder Steve Lapsley states “having a legitimate ranking system is something riders have been wanting.  There wasn’t a system in place that would help guide amateur riders from the beginner level to the professional level”.  With the initial launch of the AM Flatland Circuit in 2010 an amateur ranking system was established where an Expert and Master Champion were crowned at year end. “The addition of a Pro Circuit is the natural progression” says Lapsley.  
The news of the progression of the AM Flatland Circuit has gained much excitement for the sport.  “I’m super stoked for the future of Flatland and really excited that the Pro Series has been added to the AM Flatland Circuit” says Pro BMX Flatland Rider, Terry Adams.  For more information on the 2011 AM Flatland Circuit please visit

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

My House! Voodoo Jam 2006 DVD

The word from Erik Otto...Amazing footage from the 06 Voodoo jam...
"Scott O'Brien and Terry Adams deserve much respect for putting together the Flatland event of the year. I am very proud to have been a part of it and now I get the chance to present it to the world. This video puts you right there, closer to the action than ever before. So many amazing riders and styles to see here.
Riders include:
Justin Miller, Jesse Puente, Hiro Morizaki, York Uno, Shintaro Misawa, Pete Brandt, Jeff DesRoche, Alex Jumelin, Travis Collier, Eugene Collins, Simon Marsan, James McGraw, Terry Adams, Art Thomason, Scott Ditchfield, Will Redd, Jean-Francois Boulianne, Mickey Gaidos, Aaron Frost, Adam DiClaudio, Dave Petrin, Alain Massabova, Ruben Castillo, Tyler Gilliard, Dickie Sanders, Lee "Huck" Edwards and many, many more."
My House! Voodoo Jam 2006 DVD from Erik Otto on Vimeo.

Sietse van Berkel, new cam / spot test

Dope riding from Sietse!!!

Yupa Kurushi clip

Nice and short, killer smooth style from Yupa!

Ron Alton Old school edit

Yes Rob! So good to see after all these years Rob is still riding! Tight boomerangs....

More from the On Balance contest

Takahiro Ikeda 2010 KOG Round 3 qualifying

Takahiro's run from the KOG/World Circuit finals 2010 is back online, check it out!

The Tim Knoll Interview

Intro/Interview: EC.
Every so often, a rider pops up on the scene, to kick a new lease of life in the game, that person for me, and a lot of my street friends, was Tim Knoll. Watching this last few edits (see below), you can't help but smile, at his creative ideas, and wonder why did no-one else did that! This is BMX and flatland joined together, how it should be, FUN! Welcome to the Tim Knoll interview...

Tim Knoll BMX from Tim Knoll on Vimeo.

Let’s start with some background about yourself, where are you from, how long riding, how old you are?
I’m from the United States; I live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

How long have you been riding, and what got you into flatland?
I’ve been riding freestyle BMX for over 10 years as of now (winter 2011). The first 7-8 of those 10 years I primarily rode flatland exclusively. As of over the past 2 years I’ve switched my focus to purely freestyle – incorporating the use of various objects within an urban landscape. From an early age on I was very impressed with freestyle BMX by seeing it on TV over the years. It wasn’t until the summer of 2000 I started flatlanding. I was drawn to it initially because I could practice it in the comfort and privacy of my family’s driveway, and it was safe. At that time I discovered which featured a how-to section that was a direct link to That marvelous site listed over fifty tricks including written instruction and videos for each. After viewing each of the videos I was very enthusiastic about the trick possibilities I never imagined. I was very eager to learn. I had a ’97 Robinson with rear pegs and a straight-cable back brake that didn’t work (which I didn’t think to remove at the time). I started learning the few, basic tricks that were possible with the impeding limitations of my bike’s setup. I’ve been addicted to riding from then on.

What is flatland riding to you?
I view it as one of the many forth-dimensional, kinesthetic art forms. Each trick, or piece of art, is an event in space-time. It’s all temporary art, unless captured by video. Flatland’s particularly special because it can be performed almost anywhere in civilized regions due the abundance of level surfaces. It’s minimal, yet very intricate and technical. Personally, for many years, it has been my recreational refuge from the occasional discontent I feel by living in our artificial society. Doing bike tricks feels good. You all know that.

I think it’s fair to say you have one of the most creative styles in all of bmx, I’m interested how you arrived at this kind of riding?
Thanks E! I really appreciate that. I remember within the first handful of months after I first began riding I gave Flatlandfuel a call when Pat had just opened it. I was looking to buy a good video and asked him for a recommendation - it was Dorkin’ 10. He told me all about Kevin Jones and how he invented a lot of the tricks everyone was doing. Upon hearing that I was really impressed that one guy essentially created the foundation of what came to be. From then on I remember being really intrigued by the concept of trick invention. I started trying to create my own original tricks or combos that I hadn’t seen before. During my senior year of high school I became good friends with a skater who showed me a Rodney Mullen video. I had never seen anything like it before. It left a lasting impression. I started dabbling with darkside tricks. It became pretty clear to me that was an untapped frontier and the possibilities were great. My riding started going in that direction. In 2005 I began riding for the Division BMX Stunt Team and made friends with all of the riders, none of which rode flatland. I became inspired to try riding street and park. I wasn’t too comfortable with either initially so I didn’t try very often. Over the years I increasingly dabbled with it. I saw Joe Kid on a Stingray where someone described early street riding as “flatland with obstacles”. I liked that concept, and at some point I decided to take my riding in that direction, which proved to be a lot of fun and very fulfilling. Overall, I’ve always wanted to show people new ideas.

What inspires you? 
Watching videos of anyone getting rad on a bike or a skateboard gets me psyched. I’ve had the privilege and advantage of being exposed to three decades worth of freestyle BMX and, to a lesser degree, skate videos. I’m a huge fan of the old school and mid school riding. I love the Baco and Dorkin’ videos. I also just discovered Eddie Roman videos on BMXmdb about a month ago, which showcase some of my favorite riding at the moment. I get stoked on watching skating from Rodney Mullen, Natas Koupas, and Richie Jackson. I discovered Richie Jackson not too long ago and I recommend checking him out. A few of my favorite new school riders include Tate Roskelley, Erik Elstran, Ciaran Perry, and George Manos.

This kind of leads on from the previous question, do you ride how you do in the videos every session, or is this something you work up to?
Not every session of mine resembles what you see in my videos. It all depends where I go to ride and what I’m in the mood to do. Sometimes I go to the skate park and try to hack it as a fledging park rider. I have a lot of fun jumping the box, even though I don’t do any tricks. When the weather’s nice I love cruising around the city, hitting up various street spots. During rainy or chilly evenings I head to my favorite heated parking garage that has marvelous curb-height manual pads. And of course there are those other days where I choose to experiment with new ideas at a particular spot and if it goes well I set up the camera and tripod to document it – a handful of clips in my edits came from sessions of this type.

Do you regularly session with other riders? 
No, unless I go to the skate park because I almost always encounter comrades there. Otherwise, I hit the streets and parking garage alone.

I’d imagine you have a fair few crashes trying some of your combos, do you get injured a lot?
I’m usually pretty safe. I have gotten a couple serious injuries this past year trying back flips on the box jump we use for BMX shows. I’m a very inexperienced ramp rider, so I’m poor at gauging the proper speed needed on the approach to huck a well coordinated flip. One time I went too slow, nose-cased the deck, went OTB straight to a shoulder dislocation upon catching myself. Another time the ramp was set up on a decline and I went way too fast, over-rotated, and almost overshot the entire landing. I fell over 13 feet (I think) straight to my back on the tail end of the metal landing, resulting in a few cracked ribs and a concussion. My success ratio with flips had been pretty good overall, but those few incidents have proven to be awful. I appreciate how safe flatland is.

What bike parts do you most commonly break?
As of lately, frames. Within the summer and fall of 2010 I tore the headtube from the top tube on a Travis Collier frame. Then I fatally cracked a Colony Sweet Tooth frame within only 2 months of use!

Savage, so through two frames recently, what’s your next choice of frame?
Back in October I accepted a flow sponsorship from 2Hip Bikes. Wilkerson tells me I'll get my specially modified street/flat/park frame this coming Spring (19.75" or 20" tt, 13" rear).

That’s sweet news…I mean this in a good way, but your riding doesn't really fit in a normal flatland kind of contest rider style, you have crossed over, and shown the two are very similar, I feel like you could ride in a disused builders yard and get clips,have you ever rode contests by the way?
As a teenager I aspired to enter contests. My riding sessions reflected that mentality. I’d strive towards 100% consistency with each trick I learned. I remember within my first year of competing I did really well. I placed higher than a handful of people who were way ahead of me skill-wise, but since I pulled every single trick, the judges gave me higher scores. The following year I had improved a lot, but didn’t place nearly as well in the two contests I entered. I remember that bummed me out. I was disappointed that I spent months trying to dial in tricks for these contests only to place poorly. Though, in retrospect I think the previous year inflated my ego and confidence to a higher-than-deserved level. I remember during the second contest of that year I told Rick Wagner, the owner of C4BMX (my sponsor), that I was over it. I continued to ride for the sake of fun and innovation. I couldn’t compete in a flatland contest today. I would require a flat rail, a manual pad and some ledge setup if I wanted to be a competent competitor – but that wouldn’t be flatland. My flatland alone wouldn’t do too well for me.

You mentioned George Manos and Ciaran Perry as some of your inspirations, two riders who have become more popular as a result of the internet, do you feel the internet has helped progress flatland riding?
I'm completely enthralled by George's and Ciaran's unique styles. The three of us are completely different, but I know we all really appreciate one another's individual approach to the 20" artistry. The internet is indeed the only vehicle for my exposure as well. The web's great for guys like George, Ciaran and I who don't go to contests or other high profile events. The ease of Vimeo and YouTube uploading and viewing have served as a tremendous catalyst for exposure. As riders and internet jockeys, we have the ability to share a combo to the global community within the day of pulling it. For example, you (Effraim) and Martti release new riding clips weekly. These days we don't have to wait for the newest Flatland Manifesto, Diversion, or Intrikat video to release in order to witness the 'latest' riding. Any rider can get exposure without having to rely on high profile videographers like Bobby Carter, Chad Johnston, or Stew Johnson to be included in their projects. Free web video servers have made it a fair game for all. I can browse “flatmatters” or “thecomeup” daily and get exposed to brand new clips and edits - for free! I believe the advent of the internet video has greatly contributed to the progression of flatland. Many are trying to elaborate on what's already been done for the sake of constant progression of the art itself. Aside from that, I've seen so many edits from guys who are relatively unknown, who completely shred, it's unreal. Seeing such an astounding amount of shredders is really motivating. Much of today's riding looks completely different than it did 10 years ago. A few of the 'am' riders I've seen in Ground Tactics this year would easily make qualifications at a CFB pro contest in 2001. The bar is continually raised. I'm hanging on tight to see where things end up 15 years from now.

Good points, for me I am using the internet as a tool to progress, to document, share and I hope inspire others to do the same. I know you have inspired many, with your unique approach to riding, with your frame due out in the spring, what’s next for Tim Knoll?
Keep it up, Effraim. Flatmatters keeps me on top of what's going on and motivates me. We the community appreciate your support! As for me, I'm still recovering from the shoulder surgery I had in late December. I'm due to resume riding by mid Spring, hopefully. I'll be filming my section for 2Hip's upcoming video 'Club 2Hip'. I also plan to release another web edit at some point in the unforeseeable future. I'm not really binding myself to any deadline. It comes when it does. Mainly I'm just looking forward to getting back on my bike to do some g-turns or jump a box.

Thanks for your time Tim, been a pleasure catching up with you!

Related Links:

Takuya Higa New Trick short edit

Dope style from Takuya, sick opening combo!!

06 In Tha Vault @ Area 20

The first edit Jason Forde made, way before TGM was born, enjoy...

Matti Hemmings London Vandal interview

Good stuff with Matti under the spotlight with the London vandal, shame the interview didn't go more in-depth...

Takahiro Ikeda takes it to the stage!

Looks like japanese talent show or something, Takahiro takes to the masses, check it out!

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

New Martti Kuoppa clip!

The possibilities of flatland are endless, the MK clips just keep coming...

Today was a good day-Stephan Hearn edit

Stephan rips, bad ass xft pivot combos, Scarface intro, tight!
Today Was a Good Day from One Love BMX on Vimeo.

Behind the Photo with Chad Johnston

Fat Tony put together this great behind the scenes article on his blog, detailing how he went about shooting  the new S&M advert with Chad Johnston, check it out in the link below.

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