KGB Impulsivity

“is the kgb dvd out yet?”

I must have heard this over a thousand times over the last year, this DVD more than any other I can think of has a lot to live up to. The name Martti Kuoppa alone brings images to my head of bomb trick after bomb trick, add Viki Gomez and Pete Brandt to the mix and its mind boggling, each finishing their solo dvds and then working on on the team dvd.

imageWhen it arrived in the post, I was almost scared to watch it, Martti Kuoppa is one of my all time favourites, I hoped it would live up to his past projects.
Nothings sugarcoated on this DVD, the DVD starts and pretty much gets right into it, with a clip of Martti dropping fire hydrant 360 bar spin to xfted hitch round the back opposite xft hitch, and continues on with an onslaught of banger after banger. In the intro Viki drops a nice xft hitch round to two footed xft foot steam pivot to right handed halfpacker pivot jump to hitchhiker in really fluid motion. I can talk about tricks for hours on this dvd, Viki delivers so much footage, and all really tech.
This is a timely return to hardcore flatland, this DVD captures for me what flatland is all about, how it should be, this is real, DVD’s are for documenting what these riders can’t do in a contest, three years in the making, and you can see why. There’s so much amazing footage on here, it’s hard to take it all in.

Chad Johnston through the Intrikat empire was instrumental in creating a platform for Martti and Viki in their younger years to become the names they are today, so how fitting that Chad was chosen to edit the KGB DVD.
He deserves much respect for how he put this together, I’m sure there will be some people who don’t like the tripod shots, but to these people I’d say I think you are missing the point, this is about progression, and sometimes to tripod a combo or trick is the only way to get it recorded. This is the raw deal. I personally loved this touch. Flatland is not mass budget, like skateboarding, this keeps it real. Look at the artistry for what it is.

Here are a few highlights of each rider:

imageK (Kuoppa)- Xft one footed cliff 180 bar flip to spinning cliff!!!!!
Xft hitch round the back opposite xft hitch pivot to backwards backpacker pivot to regular xft hitch.
Mega spin whooper to mega spin!!!
15 backwards whiplashes!!!
13 xft whiplashes
4 backward xft whiplashes
No handed guillotine no handed jump to no handed crackpacker
Hang five 180 kickflip to halfpacker to 360 bar spin spinning cliff
Double fire without touching tyre to Double gadget whip
The ender is hang five 360 kickflip to halfpacker, one of the best combos I’ve ever seen, landed with nuff buttery, couldn’t land it any better, emmense!!!

imageG (Gomez)- Crackpacker jump to spinning circle k- (no hand on the bar during the jump!!-also does to halfhiker!! Mental!!
Whiplash to Cliffhanger boomerang to Cliffhanger!!
X foot gliding gerator to spinning two footed death truck, insane!!!
Xft mega spin turbines x over x fted backwards wheelie backwards rolling brakeless xft decade out
Two footed rolling frontyard boomerang (540?) to halfpacker

The list could go on to be fair, this video is banger after banger, so much stuff to take in, Viki without a doubt contributed the most footage.

B (Brandt)- Busting serious combos in his garage- (to long to name!)
Double Spinning hitch jump to halfpacker
Halfpacker jump to spinning hitch
(mid combo) Upside down wheelie pivot to blender

By now, you’ve probably read on forums that this is one of the best DVDs ever, I would say without a doubt it is. It is also a timely reminder that this is how flatland DVDs should be, a return to the Intrikat days of pushing the art form forward, thank you so much Marrti, Viki, Pete B and Chad for making this monster.
So worth the wait.

So the Kgb dvd is out, go and buy it.

Flatland is all the better for it. Top marks and then some.

2009-01-30 - Effraim Catlow