Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Trick of the Month Update - Omari Cato
Trick of the Month Omari Cato Lung Spin from BMX Freestyler on Vimeo.
This is Trick of the Month for November 2010 with Omari Cato. Lung Spin with variations.
Voodoo 2009 from Monolithic
Voodoo Jam 2009 Expert Class Highlights from Erik Otto on Vimeo.
Voodoo Jam is always a great time and a great show. Here are the Experts showing their skills on the biggest stage in Flatland BMX! Featuring Alex Poirier, Bryan Huffman, Cesar Calderon, Diego Tejada, Eric Wright, Alexis LaGrassa and Expert Champion Isaiah Jordan.
Voodoo Jam 2009 Pro Practice from Erik Otto on Vimeo.
100 degrees outside, freezing cold inside. This was the practice time for the Pro's at the 2009 Flatland Voodoo Jam. Riders include York Uno, Hiro Morizaki, Matthias Dandois, Rayyan Ibrahim, Terry Adams, Matt Wilhelm and Youhei Uchino
Monday, November 29, 2010
Granny does Flatland Kung Fu
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Wouter van der Linde with 1st Hitchiker Juggler
BMX Freestyler Exclusive from wouterthebmxer on Vimeo.
I made this vid for Rad Dad (Mark Dandridge) from BMX Freestyler.com
Mark always motivates me so much, he is always a few steps ahead of me, so I'm trying to step into his footsteps :)
It was minus 5 degrees Celcius (23 degrees Fahrenheit) outside, so it was freaking cold when i shot this!
I brought some hot Tea with my to drink between riding, and I spilled some bit of tea ion the ground, 10 minutes later it was frozen! holy shit!
I hope you enjoy!
Thanks for the motivation!
You Tube Million Plus Club
On of the goals for BMX Freestyler is to produce videos that will go over 1 million views. Today I thought I would check out to see how many bmx flatland videos that are out there that are over 1 million views on You Tube. I put them in a play list to share. I found 6 of them. Here the list according to rank.
#1 BMX Flatland Best rider? Views:8,123,506
#2 David Weathersby BMX tricks Views:2,030,317
#3 bmx freestyle Views:1,980,545
#4 Inertia BMX Bike Views:1,974,729
#5 bmx flatland tricks Views:1,371,362
#6 Axlepeg BMX Flatland Freestyle how to flobots handlebars Views:1,074,481
If you can find another BMX Flatland Video with more than 1 million views send it over to me at email@example.com so I can add it to the play list.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Dirty Dawg bring the rain inside the Innertwine house. Tricks inspired by Martti K.
Check for his Day in the Life edit coming soon to:
Happy 2nd Birthday to Flatmatters
Effraim Catlow Interview from BMX Freestyler on Vimeo.
Effraim Catlow of Flat Matters was kind enough to do a interview for BMX Freestyler. He is so very cool, laid back and just one heck of a guy! Enjoy the interview and please show your support with a comment!
Friday, November 26, 2010
The BMX Freestyler Thanksgiving Give Away
Do you want to know who won The BMX Freestyler Thanksgiving Give Away? You have to watch the video to see if you won.
The BMX Freestyler Thanksgiving Give Away from BMX Freestyler on Vimeo.
Do you want to know who won? You have to watch this video.
The BMX Freestyler Thanksgiving Give Away from BMX Freestyler on Vimeo.
Do you want to know who won? You have to watch this video.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Voodoo 2007 ATX Flatland Crew
Austin Crew Voodoo 2007 from Erik Otto on Vimeo.
I found a few older files that I never uploaded. This is from the 2007 Voodoo Jam in the City Park. That was truly a great day. Riders include David Weathersby, Kenny Boucher, EZ Chris Anderson, Adam DiClaudio, Chadwick Davis and Diego Tejada.
Jim Mckay sent this video to me. This is pretty much the way I want to ride. I am working hard on many of these combinations. Thanks Jim for sending this over. Thanks to Eiichiro Watanabe for giving me a new inspiration.
Today's Riding - Pumped
Today's Riding- Pumped from BMX Freestyler on Vimeo.
Today's Riding was a hard day on the body. I am still pumped over yesterdays session but I had a breakthrough with pumping. My for the first time that I can remember I was gaining speed when trying to pump. I couldn't get this video uploaded yesterday so I turned this into a Thanksgiving Day Special. Happy Holidays!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
5th Anniversary of My First Decade
|Photo by Windy Osborn |
I started the process trying to figure it out. This photo was taken when I was about 19 years old riding on my Mongoose FS1. I had a small idea of what was supposed to happen but it never really translated to much. The first trick I ever pulled on my Mongoose was a Endo then I learned how to do back wheel hops. Decades at that time were just to far out of my reach. No matter how hard I tried I never could seem to get over the head tube. After joining the Army in 87 bike riding went to the bottom of priority and eventually became just a memory somewhere around 92. I had never complete a Decade and didn't ever seem like it was going to happen.
|Rad Dad Photo from 1986|
|2004 Jumping from the ground|
I kept trying this over and over again and again. I was getting better and getting closer but still 2004 and almost done with 2005 before that magical day happen. It was Thanksgiving day I had invited Jim McKay over for thanks day dinner. After dinner we went to my local riding spot and we had a session and did some filming. I had tried to pull a decade on film that day for what seemed like 50 tries and I was close but I was ready to stop for the day. Jim said come on Mark just a few more tries. Then it finally happen.
|November 24, 2005 My First Decade.|
It has been 5 years now since my very first Decade. Out of all the tricks I have learned how to do. This one still gives me great joy when I can complete it. It is still not a dialed trick for me. Now at the age of 42. jumping over the head tube is exhausting. But I can still do it. It felt so good to be able to take this off my list of tricks to complete before I stop riding because of not physically being able to anymore. I encourage you if you have a goal of a trick you want to complete and other people have done it already, don't give up. It may take some time for you to get there but you will get there when you are ready.
Total View as of November 24, 2010 61,541
Decade from November 23, 2010 1 day before Anniversary
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Today's Riding - Got a Package in the Mail
Todays Riding - Got a Package in the Mail from BMX Freestyler on Vimeo.
Today's Riding from November 23, 2010 is a very special edition of Today's Riding. I worked today on pulling as many different links as I could during this riding session. This Session is dedicated to Terry Adams. Why you may aske...Watch the this video and you will know why Terry Adams is The MAN!
BMX Freestyler - Thanksgiving Give away
In case you missed this. BMX Freestyler is giving away a free shirt for Thanksgiving. Its pretty simple. To enter the contest you must make a comment on the Kyle Park Jam Video. Link provided below
Your comment will enter you in a random drawing for a free BMX Freestyler Shirt.Making more than one in that post will not increase your chances to win. Comment cut off will be November 25, 2010. The Winner name will be posted on BMX Freestyler the morning of Novembers 26, 2010. Keep checking back as we continue to give back to the community in creative ways like this.
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Package in the Mail
I was thinking to my self as I was walking back to the house. I don't think I have ever received a package from Terry Adams before. I wonder what is inside?
I just about flipped when I open up the package. It was his new Flick Trix Bike. I had heard they have made it to Texas so I started looking just yesterday at Wal-Marts and Target. I didn't find one. But this one is very special. It was sent by Terry and even has his autograph.
Thanks you so much Terry. I will put this on display in my home. You totally took me by surprise.
For those who may not know who Terry Adams is just watch this Video
Terry Adams House Check - "Cribs" from Ride BMX Magazine on Vimeo.
Professional flatland BMX rider Terry Adams takes you on a tour of his home in Hammond, Louisiana.
Filmed and edited by Fat Tony.
More BMX videos like this at http://www.ridebmx.com.
Filmed with Canon 5D Mark II
Lenses: Canon 15mm, Canon 24-70mm
BICYCLE FILM FESTIVAL TENTH ANNIVERSARY
I was recently contacted by Amanda, one of the Organizers of this event. They are going to have a BMX Flatland Jam on Sunday December 5, 2010 during the bike polo game at the South Austin Recreation Center. All are welcome to come and join in the fun. The Jam will start at 10:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. For more information about the Bicycle Film Festival please check out their site at http://www.bicyclefilmfestival.com/
Monday, November 22, 2010
The Kyle Park Jam DVD
The Kyle Park Jam DVD from BMX Freestyler on Vimeo.
THe Kyle Park Jam was hosted by John Yull on November 20, 2010. It was a day filled with BMX Flatland and ended with a bbq ribs and a fun game of OUT.
This DVD containes:
- Highlights from the Jam
- Crash Section
- Photo Slideshow
- Yull Garage Session
- The Game of Out
Run Time 23:57Please show your support and make a comment.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
The OUT Game
The Game of OUT Alex VS David from BMX Freestyler on Vimeo.
During the Kyle Park Jam bbq after party David and Alex played a game of OUT. This game was made popular with Adam Kun and Matthias Dandois. Who will win? Alex of David? Choose now before you watch by making a comment. See if you have made the right choice.
Kyle Park Jam - Video
The Kyle Park Jam from BMX Freestyler on Vimeo.
The Kyle Park Jam was hosted by John Yull in Kyle, Texas on November 20, 2010. Dax Wolford wins the prize for furthest distance traveled. He came from College Station, TX. David Weathersby wins most landed tricks on film. He is always on top of his A-Game. John Yull wins Best Ribs EVER. The after party was filled with food, drinks and riding at the YG (Yull Garage) There was even a game of O.U.T. played by David Weathersby and Alex Johnson. Who do you think won? Make a comment now on http://www.bmxfreestyler.com/2010/11/kyle-park-jam-video.html under this video about who you think will win. All comments will enter you in a random drawing for a free BMX Freestyler Shirt. Comment cut off will be November 25, 2010. The Winner name will be posted on BMX Freestyler the morning of Novembers 26, 2010.
|Cesar Calderon with a NEW BMX Freestyler Shirt|
Kyle Park Jam Photo's
Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.
Last Trick at Kyle Park Jam
This was the very last trick from The Kyle Park Jam. It was so much fun. Full edited video coming soon.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
The Panama Flat International wrap up with DiEgo Tejada
|DiEgo Tejada , Peakyp Msheffield |
Riders from South America were Colombians finest: Jonathan Camargo (Star Bikes) with his unique technical style and flow, throwing down some of the most original combos, like a full 360 body boomerang to oppy feet steam to include in his combos made him stand out. His fellow rider Giovanny Francisco Fonque and Javier Roldan also represented from Colombia with much talent to scare most of the riders competing.
Riders from Costa Rica brought their A-game as well representing high energy level of style, props to the riders from Costa Rica including Tico's Jam Organizer: Mike Meza who was also one of the main Judges during the contest.
|Giovanny Francisco Fonque, DiEgo Tejada, Jonathan Camargo, Javier Roldan, Jorge Vasquez, Mike Meza|
Chitré is a city in Panama in which I consider it being a safe haven for flatlanders. So many young talented kids with a bright future in the sport came from there. The feeling I got from them was unforgettable because they rode not just to compete but because they have fun riding. In all Panama has amazing talent in the sport. Riders who stood out were 1st place Jorge Vasquez who competed at Jomo Pro taking 2nd place keep an eye out for him next year and also Eric Camaño who got 3rd place, Eric has infinite style and flow and seems like a good kid, very disciplined. Too many style and talent to name them all but yeah also keep an eye out for Gilberto Enrique Ibarra as well, very unique talent.
Canada's finest: Percy Marshall! This dude is practically on another level! Amazing talent! Percy took Best Trick and Got 2nd place! How bout that?! I had a great time hanging out with Percy, even though he could barely speak any Spanish with the locals he picked up quite a few new words with the help of my translation lol.
|DiEgo Tejada, Jorge Vasquez, Jonathan Camargo, Peakyp Msheffield|
I would like to thank the Organizers: Edgardo Flores, Hugo Quiroz and Fernando Garrido, who were very nice to me and to all of the riders who attend the Panama Flat Int. They made sure we had an experience of a lifetime and who have a passion for the Sport of Flatland BMX. Thank You!
Ttrinidad Future Pro Flatland Rider
alot of tricks in bmx flatland right here from kestrel roopnarine on Vimeo.
trinidad bmxer aspiring to turn pro an travel the world
If this doesn't make you want to get outside and ride. Nothing will. Total Respect!!
Friday, November 19, 2010
St-Martin complete bike : the Darwin
I always get message from visitors asking about a complete bike. I finally have a great soulition for you!
At last, a St-Martin complete bike : the Darwin
100 % cr-mo frame, 18.6" top tube
100 % cr-mo fork, 0 mm offset
30 mm reach stem
8" Evo-style handelbar
152 mm 3-pc tubular cr-mo crank
25/12 gear ratio
sealed spanish BB set
36 holes single wall alloy rims
loose balls front hub
Taska U-free sealed bearing freecoaster hub
20x1.75 Kenda tires
Tektro U-brake, Rush levers
weight : 11.1 kg / 25.5 lbs
2011 colors : black with silver parts
frame geometry :
Top Tube : 18.6"
Chain stays : 11.8" slammed
Head angle : 75°
Seat angle : 71°
BB height : 11.8"
Frame St-Martin Darwin, full 4130 Cr-Mo, integrated head tube,
Spanish BB, removable gyro tabs, 5 mm laser cut dropouts,
weld-on seat clamp
Fork St-Martin full 4130 Cr-Mo, 0mm offset, long steer tube (180 mm), M25 threaded top cap with big hole, 5 mm laser cut dropouts
Head set Integrated, Campagnolo style sealed bearings
+ 6 spacers (4 mm each)
Stem Short frontload, 30 mm reach
Handlebar St-Martin 2 pcs, raise 8", width 24.5", low crossbar
Grips Kraton, 130 mm, no flanges, with plastic bar ends
Crank Tubular Cr-Mo 152 mm arms, 8 splines axle
BB set Spanish BB sealed bearings
Sprocket 25T, 5 mm thick alloy
Chain KMC Z410, 1/2"x1/8"
Pedals Wellgo plastic, Cr-Mo axle
Rims Lightweight alloy, single wall, 36 holes, machined sidewalls
Front Hub 36 holes, low flanges, loose balls, 3/8" Cr-Mo axle
Rear Hub Taska U-free freecoaster, sealed bearings, with 12T driver,
36 holes, 3/8" Cr-Mo axle
assembly Front : 1-cross, rear : 3-cross
Tires Kenda Kontact 20x1.75"
Pegs Knurling, 38 mm, 110 mm, alloy, rounded end, 4 pcs
Seat post 25.4 mm, 300 mm, alloy
Seat Ultra compact, padded, 7 mm rails
Levers Rush 2 fingers
Detangler Standard detangler, 2-in-1 short cables
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Win a trip to next year's X Games
How Extreme Can You Be? Enter to Win Trip to X Games from Boelter + Lincoln on Vimeo.
Check out this new contest: http://contest.quenchgum.com/
You can win a trip to next year’s X Games.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Road Trip to SoCal
Road Trip to Socal from One Love BMX on Vimeo.
Just a video diary of what went down in Socal this past week.
The Flatland BMX portion kicks in around 2:00 in.
Matt Wilhelm - Autum Afternoon
Matt Wilhelm-Autumn Afternoon from matt wilhelm on Vimeo.
BMX Freestyler Releated Link
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Eddie Fiola and Martin Aparijo @ 40 Years of Bmx celebration
|Scanned from September 1987 Freestyln Magazine|
The wife of BMX Museum member Canoe was kind enough to shoot this great footage of Martin and Eddie in a spontaneous circle jam. The cops had just kicked them out the other side of parking lot, all the sudden there was a sick session!
BMX Freestyler related link
Pete Brandt- All Access Pass
All Acces Pass- Voodoo VIP Room from BMX Freestyler on Vimeo.
At Flatland Voodoo Jam 2006 they had a speical VIP room. This is your all access pass to the VIP session that was going down. Footage from Pete Brandt.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Kyle Park Jam
On Saturday November 20, 2010 John Yull is hosting a BMX & BBQ Flatland Jam in Kyle,Texas. It will be from 2 p.m. till past dark. There are plenty of lights on the tennis courts to ride in the evening hours. We will also take the time to celebrate David Weathersby 27th Birthday. His birthday falls on the 22nd but this will be the time for all of us to ride and share with his special day.
Direction to the Park:
Take going south on I35 exit 213 right at the stop straight through the light straight through the stop 1st right at the pool into the park. Please leave a comment if you have any questions or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In Memory of Dickie Sanders - Remixed
In Memory of Dickie Sanders - Remixed from BMX Freestyler on Vimeo.
Today I received a personal message from Terry Adams asking if I could turn Dickies Sanders footage into a DVD that he could hand out at the funeral. This was requested by The Sanders Family. I didn’t hesitate to say yes. The only thing I wanted was do a little bit more. Chris Balles reminded me of Dickie’s appearance on TV. Fat Tony had some great photos of Dickie as well. So I included these elements along with closing words from Terry Adams. Please Leave a comment here on vimeo for the Sanders Family. It will be greatly appreciated.
Still Photography by Fat Tony of http://bmx.transworld.net/
Saturday, November 13, 2010
In memory of Dickie Sanders
In memory of Dickie Sanders from BMX Freestyler on Vimeo.
Today will surfing around I saw a message from Terry Adams that Dickie Sanders had passed away. I only had the pleasure of meeting Dickie once at Voodoo Jam 2006. I went back through my older tapes and put this together to remember. Terry and Dickie were very close friends. You can read about is personal relationship with Dickie on Terry's site http://terryadamsbmx.com/
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Riders Spotlight with SSG Delaney
Name: Rob DelaneyYears Riding: 8+
Find A Riding Buddy
Residence: Hinesville, Georgia
What do you do for a Living? I am in The United States Army, I am a Light Wheeled Vehicle
Mechanic, but right now I am working as a Battalion Career Counselor.
How Long have you been in the Army and where as the Army taken you? Going on 15 years,I
have been station at, Ft Jackson South Carolina, Ft Hood Texas, Scholfield Barracks Hawaii, A Recruiter in
Connecticut, Launsthul Germany, I have been deployed to Guam, Kosrae( Federal States of Micronesia) and I am currently at Ft Stewart Georgia, getting ready to deploy to Iraq for 18 months.
What got you into BMX? I guess I got involved when I saw a guy named Trent Chavez do a cherry picker in front of a local bike shop I was at one day, from then I was hooked , back in 85.
What got you out of BMX? I really never got out of it , I was put on hold for a while due to a car accident that broke my back, so I was kinda scared to get back on my bike due to further injury, and that was back in 99 X-mas day out of all things, not a good holiday for me then!What got you back in to BMX? Finding this site as well as Vintage and talking with people my age , I was really inspired when I found out one off myold riding buddies was on here(whom many of you know as Axlepeg), once I found out it was my old buddy I really started to miss it even more, so I went out and bought a bike and now I am back re-learning what I used to do BITD.
What is your most difficult trick to land? As off right now I would say Backpackers, I got my balance and momentum back, just real shaky on this one for some reason.
What trick are you working on now? I am actually working on everything again, but the one I am trying to perfect the most(cuz it was always my favorite) is a steamroller into hitchiker,if I get it great if not , sure is fun trying!
What was your best memories from BITD? Man there are allot of them, the freshest one in my mind is the 87 comp in Rochester New York, my buddies Sal Coppolla and Jeff Winston went up there together from Connecticut and had a blast, Mark Eaton if he remembers let me ride his red Dyno , that made my day , he was a great inspiration to me back then, and to actuallylet me ride his bike was awesome,,Thanks Lungmustard.
What is your worst memory from BITD? Having my brand new Ozone thrown into a trunk of a cop car because I was doing had rails on the police station walk way, you know, I was triple dog dared, I sure you can imagine the rest, mom was not to happy!!!!!
Who are your BMX Hero's? I really don't think I have any "Hero's" but I have a lot of people that I respected for there riding ability, For 1 Mark Eaton, to me he was a all around cool guy, never knew him personally but it was just my opinion, Scott Freeman played a big role as well , he was the first Sponsored person I actually got to see and get a picture with back in 86/87, and of course the "K" man, Kevin
Jones, I had the Dorkin in York video in my VCR for a long time, that guy is amazing!!!!!!
Where is your favorite spot to ride and with whom do you ride with? I ride mostly in front of my house with my kids and the neighbors watch and think I am nuts, but its cool at least I am not sitting on the porch getting drunk everyday!
How did you find Vintage BMX? I was messing around one day and did a web search of freestyle bikes and some how it lead me to Vintage, best search I ever did.
Where bike are you riding now? I now have a K2 DMC Compe Frame and fork, Finally got in
my freecoaster and slapped some torker 3 piece cranks on there, it is not the best I have ever had
but, for now I am happy with it, sure do miss my Ozone.
Where does your motivation come from to ride now? I guess my motivation comes from me,
just the passion and love for the ride keeps me motivated enough. Plus my kids think it is
cool,(Daddy does tricks) as my 3 year old boy and 6 year old girl say.
What is in the future for BMX and the future with your involvement with sport?:
The future with BMX is unpredictable, I don't think it will ever go away because there are people
like us that keep it going, and the people doing it have it in there blood. My involvement will always be there , I am not going anywhere anytime soon (except Iraq) and as long as my body is okay with it, I will ride and ride and ride.
What would you like to tell the world? No matter who you are or what you do for a living, if
freestyle is your passion go out and do it and do not let anyone tell you other wise. And thank
you Mark for thinking of me for a spotlight.
Interview conducted November 10, 2007
Pulled from Archives November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
David Weathersby - Roof Top Riding
David Weathersby - Roof Top Tricks from BMX Freestyler on Vimeo.
This was the first video that I ever filmed David on top of the O.G. This eventually ended up being the spot that we filled Riding Dirty on.
History Lesson with Mark Eaton
Here's some history on the Lung Spin:
First off, I never named the trick the "Lung Spin". I think it was named by the Flatland Fugitives because of my nickname "Lungmustard". I've always called it the Lawnmower Spin. In May of 89 I was working on a rolling lawnmower where I would roll it in a large circle (like an angled 1 handed X up peg wheelie) and then get out of it. It was kind of a dead-end trick at the time. In early 90, Kevin & I were revisiting the trick & kevin began figuring out a way to do it in a tighter circle and creating a "pump" to it. Keep in mind that Kevin understood the whole "pumping" concept from doing headspins and using his legs to slow down & speed up the spins. He applied that to the lawnmower spin & that trick had a new life. Kevin was busy with 20 other amazing creations at the time so he kinda left the trick alone, while I kept working on it & perfecting it. I always felt that the trick worked better with a longer bike, so I started doing the spins with the bars regular for a longer reach, and more pump.
How I do the trick is: I windup & swing my right leg like I'm about to do a megaspin, and there's a moment right at the beginning of the spin where the bars can turn & the bike can go into the Lawnmower position. This is also the point where you want to lay the bike out & start the spin wide, with your bike layed out as far as you can, and your balance leg out far too. once you're spinning with everything extended out, when you pull the bike closer & bring your leg in, the spin will go faster, so it's all about finding the sweet spot of maintaining the spin. This is a really fun trick to see how many spins (revolutions) you can do. I think the most spins I've ever done in one was 22.
See how many you can do!
Monday, November 8, 2010
Kenny Boucher - Flatlander
The Flatlander from BMX Freestyler on Vimeo.
Kenny Boucher in the Flatlander
Rico Sauve Jam from BMX Freestyler on Vimeo.
Special Visit from Ramon just before Voodo Jam.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
25 Years of Pro Contests: Dennis McCoy
Dennis McCoy has just did a NEW Interview on ESPN.
A few years ago Dennis did a interview with my good friends Jeff and Chris. I archvied all the interviews here BMX Freestyler
Adam DiClaudio- Riders Spotlight
DOB:: October 4th 1983
Email Address: email@example.com
Where do you live?
Austin, Texas USA
What do you do for a living?
I’m a Production Manager at Fed-ex Kinkos
Where are you Originally from?
Hermitage Pennsylvania (Western Pennsylvania, Ohio State Border)
I have personally known Adam for a few years now. It’s about time the rest of the world gets to know a little bit more about him too. How did you find out about the Austin Flat Scene?
Two years ago while living in Daytona Beach Florida, my friend Chris Porterfield, a bad ass skateboarder, wanted to move to Austin and I was floating on the idea of a permanent place to live as I was only in Daytona temporarily for work. Austin was known to be a good place for BMX, 9th Street, Empire, and the weather for winter riding. I was curious to see if there were any flatlanders so I did a search on the Internet, “Flatland BMX in Austin Texas,” found the website BMXFREESTYLER.COM and found out there was a crew. Watched the videos and was hooked. I moved to Austin almost three years ago. I loved the dedication to riding in the flatlanders here and have been a proud Austin Texas Flatlander ever since.
I still clearly remember when you made your Pro Debut at the Texhoma Relief Benefit. What was a highlighted moment for you during that day?
Pulling my links in my contest runs was probably the biggest highlight. It was a smaller contest and I thought it would be fun to ride with the pros. The winner of the beginner comp, Mando Stevens, moved up to Expert to compete so I thought, why not?
You were room mates with David Weathersby for awhile; I heard stories about you making room to ride in your living room. Tell me how that came about.
When we first got to Austin, the Apt I was renting had painted cement floors, so you know… we had to ride it! We cleared everything out, made the living room crunched in the dining area, and got busy. From there on the Chaos began. People would come over to ride and sometimes there would be four people taking turns. One from the kitchen, one from the hall, one from the doorway, and one from the dining area. The room was small, slick, and fast. It was a blast.
When I first met you, you had both front and back brakes. Now you’re riding brakeless. What tricks are harder now with out your brakes?
180 barflip body varial from a tomahawk into a steamroller. Switch footed steamroller, clockwise frame throw barflip to half packer. Pinky squeeks. Halfpacker to switch footed steamroller. Backwards switch handed steamrollers to right footed steamroller push throughs. Inward spinning T-kettles to 180 body pivot to switch footed steamrollers. Landed all these with brakes, I’m still working on them without brakes. I will land them soon.
What riding environment do you prefer? In front of an audience, a competition for money, or a flatland Jam?
Riding with friends who are pushing each other to ride harder and progress, whether its happening at a contest, jam, show, or at the local ride spot. Everybody’s individual progression should always be more important than any riding environment. If your riding to your physical, mental, and spiritual limits, your environment will disappear.
I have seen you do many combinations over the years. Some old trick and some very new combo's. What is your favorite combination of tricks?
I like back wheel spinning tricks, G-Turn pumping tricks, and lately spinning hitchhiker juggling at random points in my runs. My combos change all the time. I like to think of a combo and land it in as small amount of tries as possible. It makes the runs new and challenging.
Has there ever been a maneuver that has haunted you that you have not been able to ride in or out of that you really want to do?
More Tricks than I can possibly write. Those brakeless switches I wrote earlier. Currently, Pedaling death trucks/time machines, cross footed hikers, I’ve been beating the hell out of myself on whip lashes, and darkside pivoting/pumping switches on the back wheel, but there all coming, one at a time each trick, feels more comfortable.
I have heard many stories about how flatlanders like to have there bikes set up, i.e. Top Tube length, Zero Offset etc. How is your bike set up?
Right now I’m riding a KHE Tantra, I believe is 18.5 TT, 75 HT, and 75 ST, 12” CS. Its set up light, 120 psi tires, 7.5 rise Bars, zero offset forks, and dialed to the drop.
Flatland has gone through many transitions over the years. It is very much alive in the USA that is clear. But where do you see it going in the next 5 - 10 years?
I could only guess that it will grow with exposure in time. I don’t know how much, but I hope enough that more flatlanders could live comfortably doing what they love. I think a lot more young people are looking for an outlet and are finding flatland as a perfect release. We all need to recognize this and push anyone who is interested into the sport by leading with positive example in ever occasion. Flatland can be an easy sport to cut yourself off from interested soon to be riders, so instead, teach these future builders of the sport because these people will be the future of flatland.
What was it that got you interested in flatland to begin with?
Steve Luckett, the man who showed me the way and instilled an idea in my brain that has taken to where I am now. He was riding flat in my home town, showed me flatland when I showed interest, helped me build my first real flat bike, taught me about riders, tricks, and how to direct my learning. He was a great teacher and inspiration.
Do you remember the first flatland bike that you rode and where you got it from?
I had a Schwinn XS dirt jumping bike that I put pegs on, traded it for a Haro Master, then Steve sold me a real flat bike, my first Homeless Player. I loved that bike. I rode it to school one day and it got stolen, but I went around to everyone I ever bought a part from, had them fill out a hand made receipt, and turned it into my insurance company and bought a Dyno Detour, which was pretty much a slammer. I bought many bikes over the years after that.
I have only heard stories about your brother but I know he rides a different discipline. Have you ever ridden street, park, or dirt? Have you ever tried to get your brother to ride flatland?
My brother rode some street, some park, but mostly a trail rider. He’s got mad skills. My brother was actually the first person who influenced me to ride. He would go out riding with his friends and I was lucky to be able to tag along. We both built trails. Dirt jumped, and rode some street. That was back in like 94-95. In about 97, I started messing with Flat. My brother dabbled in Flat here and there, learning the basics,mega spins and fire hydrants. BMX has been in my life for over 13 years.
The Austin Flatland Crew is growing in size every year. What is drawing so many riders out to Austin, Texas?
Probably the dedication to the scene, riding, and weather. I love it when new people and returning friends show up. It happens a lot now, and it is just amazing.
Pick out two moment's in your time of riding flat. What was the worst and the best moments for you?
The worst first. I got a hernia from getting stabbed in my crotch from a bike seat. There was a lump in my nuts that I thought was cancer. I went to the doctor and the lump was my intestine that dropped through the muscle lining in my pelvis. I had to get an operation. They went in my lower abdomen and pulled my intestine back into my stomach and put a mesh screen in the hole in the muscle tissue that went away over time after the muscle healed. Then there were the back problems I had last year, but that was the long time problem that eventually went away with proper care. The best time would be a combination of all the times going home after a session with the feeling of accomplishment after having a truly great riding session.I wouldn’t trade that for anything.
Who are the riders that you admire and their riding style; past and present?
Oh There are so many, but to name a few, top 6 in each, and this is very hard to do…Older is 1. Chase Gouin 2. Kevin Jones 3. Chad Degroot 4. Paul Osika 5. Andrew Faris 6. Trevor Meyer. Newer would be 1. Vicki Gomez 2. Justin Miller 3. Hiro M. 4. Terry Adams 5. Martti Kuoppa 6. Jesse Puente, some of those count as new and old school. There are so many I couldn’t name them all.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the rest of the world?
I want to give a quick shout to everyone in the old days who has ridden and influenced me. Now, the Austin Texas Flat Crew: Ruben Castillo, EZ Chris, Dave Weathersby, Chadwick, Jim McKay, Kenny Boucher, Diego Tejada, Rad Dad (Mark Dandridge), Julio Cutto, Anthony Crespo, Jason Childers, and Paul Covey. Also my family and friends outside of riding. BMXFREESTYLER.COM for this interview, and everyone who may cross paths with in the future. To every rider out there, Keep riding, and build yourself and the others around you. Thanks to all who read this, Love and Peace.
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