TS5 is the latest issue of the Trick Stars series, edited and produced by Marton Szilagyi. Aka OG, Marton was the pioneer of flatland (come to that fs bmx) in Hungary, he has plenty of experience in all parts of the flat-world, and of course is the boss of the OG-crew, quote: â€œOur intention is to show the stress-free side of flatland with riders filmed without the pressure of contests. Huge props to the riders.â€?
Self Realization came out last year, but the riding is still well up to date. This flatland-only video has crisp editing, good music and of course outstanding riding. Sections are smooth, thanks to the good choice of music to go with the riders. 40 minutes of footage comes from a variety of locations: Heros Square (Budapest), Red Bull Circle of Balance 02, Braun Flatground, Worlds.
The list of riders is long to say the least, from all over: Pal Gyenes, Bury, Sepy start things off, followed by brakeless Mr. Wolfgang Sauter. Geraldo, Frank Lukas, M. Steingraber round up the German group. Portimao, Portugal gets some exposure too, with signature moves from Valter and Monchique (showing unexpected balancing acts). Next up is OG Marton...600 muscles, M. Sommer and Adam Kun-who finishes a cliffhanger with a barspin (?). I`ve never heard of Marcos de Jesus before, but I wish I had. Check his speed. A. Jumelin, M. Kouppa, Yanmar, Panonzek, Gomez from the flatground comp. Simon O`Brien gets the last part -no wonder why- finishing with a link that goes on for ages.
I don`t ride flat anymore, so for the most part I had no idea what`s going on trick-wise. So you`ll have to get a copy if you`re into flatland riding at its best.
And for the DVD fans, there`s a nice sepia-bonus section although it is a VHS.
Contact www.original-gypsy.com for details, and ride on.
- Ben Shenker