It takes a lot to organize a good contest. After last weekend we don't have to explain that to Michiel Verberg of Soulcycle. The Braun Flatground comp was very well organized but to give you an idea of what is needed to make it work I'll give you a list with a few things that need to be taken care of:
Kuoppa and Gomez Bikes did a release party in Amsterdam last weekend, Marti living in Finland and Viki living in Madrid it was a wise decision to do the release in the middle of that so with Amsterdam filled with Flatground riders it was busy at "the Bitterzoet" bar.
Marti and Viki decided over a year ago to start their own company cause they wanted to be Real Business men! No, they wanted to show the world that they know everything about Flatland and that they "will change that flatlandworld forever", first part is true, Viki and Marti are amongst the best 10 flatlanders in this world but it takes more to change the world than riding bikes and design a frame.
- Biz Jordan sent in some killer 909 FAT pin-up pics. Keep checking FATBMX's favorite section for the good stuff.
- Danny Parks' Frigid Temps Tour is over. Another rider who escaped from the cold (NY) and made it work for himself. Aight.
- Luke Parslow has signed a 2 year deal with HARO Australia.
Mirra Images, The story of my life By Dave Mirra with Mark Losey Regan Books ISBN 0-06-098916-5 Paperback Price: $ 15.95 USA I contacted Dave for a copy of his book to review on FATBMX.com. He put his Familie in charge of it. The book arrived but also the $40,= USD shipping bill. That's one way to treat the media that you need for a (positive) review on the book.
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 )