first Flatstyles event was held in july 2004. There had never been
a flatland-only event before the Flatstyles1 which turned out to
be an unexpected success. This summer Flatstyles2 was THE event
for many local and non-local flatland riders highlighting the summer
of not-that-many riding events. The jam took place at southern tip
of downtown Helsinki area, at public ball court located in Ruoholahti
or "ruohis" as we locals like to call it.
day started off early noon with last minute bike check and packing
up some gear, drinks and food. Some 3 liters of frozen juice packed
inside a beanie, snacks, cookies etc and my old faithful Hammer
2Z shinguards were packed aswell although i forgot to use them (again).
I picked up a friend at the railway station and we took off from
there to Ruoholahti. Once we arrived there was just a handful of
people present and i thought to myself "shit, is this all we´re
seeing today!?" but luckily more people started to gather up
within the next hour or so. In total there was more or less about
40-50 people present in and out of the event. The weather was great
although there had been quite a few rainy days and thunderstorms
during the past few days. Ruoholahti ball court´s reddish surface
gets very hot on direct sunlight and usually riding for hours is
very exhausting without any refreshments/water etc. However, i´m
not complaining once it´s finally hot cause the weather is usually
crappy over six months out of the year.
like last year, the riding went down in cycles. Some were more shy
than other, some just wanted to watch and some had came just to
hang out and enjoy.
were times when people were just chilling out on the sides of the court
and the next minute everyone was riding at the same time. Even though
the ball court IS big, there´s room for only so many riders spinning/rolling
at the same time untill they start to crash on to eachother.
was riders from Helsinki and nearby areas and from allover finland. Guests
from Estonia, Sweden and Russia had arrived earlier in the week to ride
with us. From the pro section there was the KGB guys with Martti Kuoppa,
Viki Gomez, Kimmo Haakana and the fresh world champion from Austria, Michael
Sommer. The spontaneous jam circle put on by the pro riders was great.
It is impossible to name out the tricks cause so much stuff was going
on the same time. Sadly, Martti had to hold back his riding and his most
difficult stunts a bit cause he´s still recovering from his right hand
injury he´s had for some time now. However, loads of good stuff went down
by the pros and amateurs as well and the overall level of riding was very
impressing through out the jam.
saw young riders from the age ten plus putting out their best stuff
to few veteran riders in their thirties including myself. Just like
last year, we were again lucky to witness the presence of finland´s
first freestyle rider called Sami Suni or "Sam" as most
people call him. Sam has been there from the beginning, from the
time no one in finland even knew what freestyle bike was. Sam threw
in a classic Fork stand for everybodys pleasure though he didn´t
bring his own bike this time.
and Viki brought some of their KGB-goods for display and purchase
which included the Psychonnecta frame in four beatiful colors, the
"Sarvet" and "Return" bars, "Trilogy"
sprockets, "Rhytmn" grips and "Control" pegs.
The stuff was handed out in ghetto fashion directly from the trunk
of the car (which was a beat up Mercedes Benz by the way ;) ).
Bull was there to promote their stuff in form of free drinks with two
hot babes handing them out to everybody interested.
As the day went by it was time for B&B which stands for barbeque and
beer (for some). The athmosphere was very relaxed at this point. Those
who still had the energy to ride were riding like crazy and the rest were
just hanging out eating, talking and whatever. It was one of the best
days this summer.
thanks to everybody who attended with or without bike and we´re looking
forward to see you again next year at Flatstyles 3!
Photo Credits: Mr. Pekka Kemppi and Timo "2Fresh"
of August 2005 - Timo "2Fresh" Lanki