Last weekend the Braun Flatground contest was held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. People from all over the world showed up. Jesse Puente, Chad Johnston, Paul Osika, Jeff Desroche and Shane Neville flew in from the West, Simon O'Brien arrived from Down Under, the Japanese delegation wasn't exactly small either. A dedicated Nathan Penonzek drove up from Malaga, Spain which was a 30 hour drive. Next to the flatland competitors we had a few surprise showings; vert rider Gerry Galley for instance, Amos Burke, the 414 crew from England and German flatland guru's Albert Retey, TG, Robert Moeller and Rollo. Also parked outside was a blue Ford Transit van with WeThePeople, Chico, Mars and HDT stickers. If you've been into BMX for a while you know that Marcus Arnoldi made it to Amsterdam as well. While talking to Marcus he mentioned that this would be the last trip for the Transit. The van is not going to make it through inspection so after a good 10 years and 467.000 kilometers of BMX trips it is time to say goodbye.
The Life Story of a Gravity Goddess
By: Marla Streb
A Plume Book
USA: $ 14.00 USD
I contacted the publisher for a copy of Marla's book and they sent it to FATBMX in a heartbeat. I did not know what to expect but thought that there would be some kind of connection with BMX as most Downhill riders started out racing BMX.
When flipping through the pages I noticed the word: BMX in chapter 1 and started reading. It said: "As a kid I never owned or raced a BMX bike. I never built a plywood ramp in the driveway from which to launch summerlong jumps." That's when I handed over the book to my wife for her to read it and do the review.
By: Kay Clauberg
contemporary BMX photography
Price: 19,80 Euro
Size: 27cm X 27cm - paperback
We've all seen him haul his photo equipment around at a contest or two; Kay Clauberg. Ring-flash here, umbrella there, extra accu's for remote flash power, long lens, fish eye, you name it, it's in his backpack or on his stroller. Kay's photo book is a direct result of a University project.
Once the single copy was done it was time to find a publisher to print it. This turned out to be a tough case. Only with the help of the Carhartt people Kay could afford to have the book published and put it on the market for sale.
A Twenty Inch Production
Sometimes at a contest I wonder who the hell is filming for what. It seems like everyone and their uncle has a DV camera of some sort and wants to catch the action first hand. One guy blocks the other to get the best view but screws it up for everyone else.
It's good to see that footage gets used for a final product. If you own a video camera and you're only using it to show it to your friends on your own TV, do everyone a favor and just buy a DVD that covers the contest you went to.
Time: Vdo 47 min DVD over an hour.
Music: Poppy, punky, hiphoppy schÃ¶ne Musik!
Shows: Flat, Ramp, Street, Dirt, Contests etc etc
Thomas you almost made it to the 5 star, if you didn't make the BIG mistake at the beginning of the DVD it would have been a 100% scoreâ€¦â€¦it says Soul 22 in the menu and you are already at #23!
I want to give you a compliment for this issue, I don't know what I really see but I think you found more buttons on your camera and computer, new effects, smooth editing and the music is super.
(Thomas Fritscher helped a lot so that's the reason :TS )
Anacortes, WA is located on Fidalgo, Island and is home to just a handful of riders. There is one public skate park, A full-pipe factory located just a couple cranks behind the park, and then there is the Anacortes "Boatyards".
Niels Thanild has been on the BMX scene for a long time. The Danish Dragonfly rider wears a lot of hats. He runs his own BMX distribution, he’s a stuntman, he’s a student and he likes to spend time on the road. Most and for all Niels considers himself a bike rider.
FATBMX met up with Niels in Tallinn, Estonia at 04:45am to grab a taxi to the airport. While waiting for our flights the laptop was opened to do this Bizznizz interview with the overall nice guy who is trying to keep the Danish scene alive. Nielswheels in full effect:
In the sleepy towns around the middle of south England, old folklore tells of a strange figure with wild hair, an impressive temper and whenever he is spotted he is usually astride a metallic beast, which is small but well controlled by the man. His legendary status has been confirmed as he was first sighted in the late eighties mastering the same type of metal beast in areas away from the prying eyes of the general public, and even in those days his temper was feared and his skills highly regarded.
Today if you walk around Bridport at night time and happen upon an industrial estate you might be lucky enough to hear the shrill cry of â€œFFFUUUUUCCCKKâ€? followed by a chilling boom of metal landing with force on wood.
Karl from the UK left a message in our FATBMX guestbook and asked for an interview with Garrett. We automatically assumed he meant Garrett Byrnes. We try to satisfy our visitors and got to work. We've tried to do a Cory Coffey before but she never got back to us. We didn't know how well Garrett is with computers but we were in luck as the T1 guys told us that Garrett had just made it to Austin to hang out. With a little bit of pressure from his sponsor (not likely), Garrett sent back the answers to the questions in a matter of days.
Karl, this one's for you.