My Story - Amelia Walsh

Friday, December 27, 2013
We did an interview with Amelia Walsh a few months ago, and from the interview we found out that she is working her butt off to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics.  When your whole life is about eating right, working out and riding your bike, getting sick can be annoying, but try being in the hospital for weeks, doctors not knowing whats wrong with you and thinking you might not be able to ride anymore.  This may be one of the longest article that we've ever had here, but it's worth the read, trust me. 

I ended my season on a high note making 2 out of 3 mains in Orlando Florida at the Disney Cup. This motivated me even more for the off season… pure power training for 3 months. My body on the other hand had a different plan for me.

Two days after arriving home after the race and one week vacation with my family and boyfriend, I got super sick. I thought it was just the flu. Fever, nausea and an inability to keep any food down to save my life. Not to mention the most ridiculous night sweats that resulted in me waking up absolutely soaked…clothes sheets and even my duvet. It wasn’t like I woke up nicely either; I woke up in a panic like someone had shoved a snake in my face. After a week of this, I ended up in the hospital with hepatitis. Hepatitis as in, inflammation in my liver not Hep A, B or C. On a side note if you hate needles I suggest trying to stay away from a liver biopsy as that comes with four freezing needles and an absolutely huge needle gun they use to puncture through your stomach into your liver. The doctors wouldn’t even show me the gun before they did it because they knew it would freak me out, which freaked me out even more.

After 8 days of being on morphine, antibiotics and blood tests every morning at 6 am, my symptoms resolved themselves and I was discharged from Surrey Memorial Hospital without a firm diagnosis.

Surrey Memorial Hospital
My mom ended up flying out while I was in the hospital in Surrey and she and my Dad insisted that I came home to see doctors instead of staying out in BC. After having a conversation with my Coach Ken, I began to realize that it was a good idea as well. “The only silver lining about this whole thing is the timing” Ken said. Back in May I tore a ligament in my ankle and due to me continually riding on it throughout the season it was unable to heal properly. My ciro, Dr. Jen Turner and ankle specialist that I had been working with insisted I take at least a month off to let the ligament heal completely. I ended up flying home with my mom two days after being discharged.

Although it was hard hearing about everyone else training while I sat on my butt, it was nice to be home and spend some time with my Mom and Dad. Days went by and I was starting to feel myself again, I even sneaked off to the gym once. A week after I’d been home, I began to develop this rash on my body. It started on the palms of my hands just little red dots you could barely see. The next day it appeared on my stomach and legs. One more day and it was everywhere and I had a butterfly like rash on my face. The first thing my GP said was she wanted to rule out Lupus. At this time we were still waiting to see a specialist about my previous blow up in Surrey but that was put on hold as I was off to the ER again. My hands were swollen to the point where I couldn’t bend my fingers or grab anything and they felt like they were on fire! I looked like someone put a pump up my bum and pumped me up. I was just a swollen mess. The ER doctor ended up putting me on a painkiller that was stronger then morphine called Dilaudid. For the rash I went on Benadryl, which didn’t do anything. The Dilaudid was the only thing that made my hands stop burning.

At this point my Dad was freaking out because the doctors didn’t know what to do with me. No specialist had called us back with an appointment or anything. The doctor gave me the option to have a steroid shot that would suppress my immune system a most likely provide some relief from the rash. He also said if I had an infection and they give me the steroid it could cause a lot of dangerous problems so I declined that. In the end, they ended up admitting me into the hospital again in Cambridge.
Cambridge Hospital
To be completely honest the first week I was in the hospital was a complete blur. I vividly remember people coming to visit me and me not being able to stay awake because the drugs were so powerful they just knocked me out. After a few days the hospital resident doctor came into examine me. After doing her thing she sat Mom and me down and told both of us that she thinks I have Lupus. My face instantly went blank and every bad thought you could think of went running through my head. At that point I didn’t know much about Lupus except that it was a chronic autoimmune disease that was caused you to have a butterfly rash. The worst was my Mom asked if it was life threating and the doc said “Yes”. I instantly thought my dreams of being an Olympic athlete were done and over with right there and then. I was heartbroken but strangely at the same time relieved to know what was going on with me. Later I learned that you can live a normal life with Lupus and actually there are a lot of athletes who have Lupus.

I was somewhat relieved thinking “Sweet, I’m going to get on some drugs and be on my way back to BC “. Nope I was wrong once again. A rheumatologist was suppose to come see me a few days in but ended up not showing. I ended up taking an ambulance ride to Hamilton General to see another rheumatologist (studies the immune system). We were told there’s a 25% chance it is an infection and 75% it is rheumatologic (ie Lupus, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis or one of 100 other autoimmune diseases). If the latter then there was a 50% chance that it is Lupus. So we were back to not knowing again. It was very frustrating, as I had already accepted the fact I had Lupus. I cried for probably 2 hours after finding out it was back to doing more tests and no knowing.

On the way home from Hamilton I fell asleep in the ambulance and woke up and it felt like someone had sat on my chest. I couldn’t breath, but somehow I could still cry. The paramedics quickly put me on oxygen and I was good again. The whole time this is happening my Dad is sitting there holding my hand saying your going to be okay. It was scary I’ll tell you that much.

After returning from Hamilton I had appointments with 4 doctors. A Hepitologist, who specialized in the liver, a infectious disease specialist and a skin specialist. I had a surgeon come in with 4 other doctors and take a biopsy of my skin….more needles! yay! I spent the rest of the time in the hospital with my Mom and Dad trading off who spend the day and night with me. I was rarely alone expect for at night went I forced them to go home to get some sleep. Mom and I usually had naps together or ate lunch and looked for a puppy. Dad would make me get up and walk so I would not develop blood clots. This required a shot of my pain medication beforehand due to the throbbing pain in the back of my legs that happed if I did not have my legs elevated. When I went to the washroom I had to put my feet up on a footstool. I figured out eventually that I was able to walk with my compression socks on and between the pain meds and socks I was up walking around in no time. Actually I was more like floating most of the time. Sometimes Dad would just push me in my wheel chair because I was having trouble walking in a straight line.

On Dec 13 the doctor I was originally working with was done her week shift so I ended up getting a new doctor that knew nothing about me. By then my rash had let up a bit and the swelling went down. I was still sure it was Lupus so I insisted the doc put me on the steroid because I didn’t want another flare up. I had asked the doc what was keeping me in the hospital and she said the port in my arm that they used to inject the pain medication.

Using drug induced logic I thought, “ No more pain meds and I get to go home”. I went “cold turkey” on my pain medication, an opium based drug that I was getting every 4 hours for 8 days via the port”. No one told me the consequences of this. In fact one of the doctors reacting to the concern a nurse expressed to my parents said I wasn’t on it long enough for them to have any impact. The night before I was discharged I started having anxiety attacks. I felt like I was on the top of a SX hill for the first time. It reminded me of that awful feeling in the pit of your stomach that goes away once you go down the hill, except the feeling did not go away. I also felt like I could run forever, or rather had to run forever. Over time it got worse to the point were I was pacing back in forth in my room on the phone with my boyfriend who was trying to calm me down. I ended up calling my Dad that night at he came back to the hospital at 10 to sit with me. We called the nurses and they said they said it was the prospect of going home that had me anxious. My nurse ended up giving me gravel, which knocked me out, while my Dad rubbed my back. It was the only way the feeling would go away. When I woke up it was right there again sitting in my gut. I freaked out in the morning. I felt like I wanted to rip something apart or go run into a wall multiple times. Again the nurse said I was just excited to go home and suggested Dad taking me for a walk. I still couldn’t walk because it hurt too much so Dad spend 3 hours pushing me around the hall in a wheel chair waiting for the doc to come and discharge me. It helped but the feeling was sitting there. I did get discharged, but spent the next 24 hours having anxiety attacks every few hours.

We didn’t know what was going on because the doctors had not mentioned the word withdrawal. Every time I had an attack my Mom and Dad would just sit and hold me while I cried and screamed until it went away. Most of the time they were crying with me. It was the worst feeling in the world. I tried pedalling on the spin bike to keep my legs moving while I screamed my face off. It helped a bit. I now know why people can’t get off drugs and get addicted to them; they don’t want to go through that.

I ended up begging Dad to take me back to the hospital, but made him promise me that they wouldn’t admit me. I walked into to see the triage nurse who did all my vitals and such, then looked at me and asked “ so what seems to be the problem” to which I replied “ I’m freaking the fuck out”. Dad later told me that she calmly wrote that down on her form. The ER doc told us that that doctor and nurses were wrong, it was not because I was going home it was that I was going through withdrawal. He put me back on the painkillers an anxiety pill and instructions on how to safely wean off the meds. My GP later described this pill as “8 beers in a pill”. All I remember is my brother Corey having to walk my into my bedroom once I returned home.

Since then I have been weaning off the pain medication and on 12 days of steroids. I felt almost back to normal, expect since my body was so swollen I started shedding skin as it commenced its healing process. I began to loose the top layer of skin all over my body, but mainly on my hands and feet where the rash was the worst. Its pretty discussing but my doctor said its normal.

I received a call from my infectious disease specialist a few days after being discharged asking me to come in for a follow up appointment. I went in on the Monday 2 days before Christmas with my parents, expecting to hear that I’d tested negative to all the tests and they still didn’t know what was up. Instead she ended up telling us that I tested positive for Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) also known as Mononucleosis. She explained that in Surrey they did an initial blood screening for mono and it came back negative. Based on that they but me on an antibiotic. Unfortunately the initial screen will often show negative, and the antibiotic reacted with the virus to kick off a nasty drug reaction. This explained the rash and why I was swollen like a balloon. She said she had to patients upstairs in the hospital that had the exact same thing. I asked her “ so what now” she said your fine. You don’t need to go to any more appointments and your going to be fine.

Quite the contrast. In a matter of minutes I went from Lupus to all of this being over and having “the kissing disease”. In total, since Nov 1 I spent a total of 4 weeks in hospital, 2 week both in Surrey BC and Cambridge ON. The point of this write up was not to brag about what I’ve gone through. I want to open peoples eyes, make them realize how fast things can change and if your healthy don’t take it for granted.

So what have I learned:

- autoimmune diseases are on the rise
- 70% of the cases are young women
- 75% of the causes are environmental, 25% genetic
- do not take your health for granted
- be grateful for all you have even if its not a lot


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Check out this edit by Martin Zielinski, with riding by Manon Carpenter, Katy Curd, Joey Gough and Martin Zielinski. The video touches on a number of disciplines: 4X, BMX, MTB Trail riding and dirt jumping (both BMX and 26").

PLAY from Martin Zielinski on Vimeo.

Rebecca Pergentile 2013 Flatland Edit

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Sabrina Millman Wants Your Questions!

Friday, December 20, 2013
We're doing an interview soon with Sabrina Millman and we want questions from you!

Some of her accomplishments from racing since 5 years old, includes being a national champion 8 times and placing 6th at the 2007 worlds.

In 2012, Sabrina was in a terrible crash at the UCI World Cup Action in Abbotsford, BC. The crash resulted in internal bleeding, a broken wrist, lacerated liver and concussion symptoms. Although she wasn't able to compete last year, she has her eyes set on competing at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

We want your questions, so leave them below or shoot us an email by heading to the contact page.

BMX Plus February Issue Out Now!

Get your hands on the February issue of BMX plus, which is out now! We don't typically get to do this, but there's a girl on the cover!

We're just so stoked on seeing Caroline Buchanan on the cover along with DK mate, Barry Nobles!

Get your issue today and read up on an interview BMX Plus did with the duo.

Ray's MTB Flight School & Time Trial

Thursday, December 19, 2013
"Come ride, learn, and hangout with Redline BMX Race pros Alise Post and Jason Carnes during the Redline Flight School pump track clinic at Ray's Indoor Bike Park. Then test your skills against the pros in the inaugural Flight School Time Trial!

Redline is hosting events December 14th in Cleveland and December 21st in Milwaukee!
Ride with these Pro's at Ray's!

Schedule of Events listed below:
11am-12noon: Pros show up and warm up
by riding the park
12noon-1pm: Lunch at the park/ relax
1-1:30pm: Autograph session
2-3pm: Flight School Clinic
3:30-? : Time trials
5pm Session with the Pros"

Information taken from

ART BMX webzine #5 now !

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Click on this link to read Rebecca's interview with ART BMX.

Rebecca in Art BMX Magazine

Sunday, December 15, 2013
Available on Tuesday! We'll make sure to link you when this webzine becomes available!

Nikita's Double Barspin Clip!

Saturday, December 14, 2013
Not sure if this may be the case, but could this be the first double bar spin by a girl? Even if it isn't, we're still so proud of Nikita and her continuous effort to push herself.

The Flatmatters Online Awards 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013


Today as I celebrate 5 years of Flatmatters Online! I am excited to present to you the “Flatmatters Online Awards 2013″ – it’s been an idea of mine to have awards for a few years now. This year felt like it was the right time to make this happen and step up and award the flatland world for all their hard work. One of the only true ways I felt I could do this was to have more than one category. There are 9 medals up for grabs (see photos). Please spread the word as much as possible, trek back through the year, check out the categories. And submit your vote when you have decided (as long as its before the deadline).

Thank you Flatland!

Flatmatters Editorial awards

* Rider of the year

* Edit of the year

Heres your list:

Reader votes (thats you!) – seven categories for you to vote!

1-Rider of the year:

2-Edit of the year:

3-Brand of the year:

4-Innovation of the year:

5-Contest Run of the year:

6-Most Progressive rider:

7-Breakthrough rider of the year:

*Only one vote per person per category.

Deadline: Monday 30th December 3pm GMT

Nominees announced: Monday 30th December 7pm GMT

Both editorial and reader choice announced: Tuesday 31st December.

How do you vote?

Send your votes through to: – entitled Flatmatters Awards 2013 – Please note: voting only counts via email.

* Medals mailed out in the new year.

Sarah Thompson's floor

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Sarah Thompson just sent us this awesome image of her floor. It took her 50 hours, but the process involved moving her furniture and painting this awesome Mexican skull on her plywood, just to work on her flatland skills during the winter. Sarah is actually a competitor in our Flatland Forward competition, so it looks like she's off to a great start.

Official Flatland Forward Riders

Friday, December 6, 2013
We are more than excited about the ladies and the commitments they've made of tricks to learn this year!  Here is the official riders list for the ladies Flatland Forward 2014 progression competition.  Follow MagnoliaBMX regularly for updates on the riders and their progression through out the year.  Make sure to get behind and support the riders from your country!

(Click on the picture to enlarge)

Joey Gough 2013 Edit

Monday, December 2, 2013

Check out this awesome 2013 edit staring Joey Gough featuring race and trail riding. A short video documenting Joey's 30th consecutive year of having fun on a BMX bike. We also did a brief interview with her, which you can read here

Joey Gough 2013 Edit from joeybmx on Vimeo.

Spotlight: Joey Gough

Saturday, November 30, 2013

I started riding when I was about 3. My older brother had got into racing BMX at the local track but I still had stabilizers (training wheels) on my bike. Dad told me I could have on go on the BMX track when I could ride without stabilizers.... a week later, they were off! Nearly 30 years on and I am loving BMX more than ever.

For all of my childhood all I raced BMX. I loved the racing but what I loved about it most was jumping my bike. At national races, we used to be able to practice the track all Saturday and I would be riding pretty much from dawn til dusk. I wasn't practicing race lines, I was having fun riding my bike, riding with the boys, jumping the biggest jumps I could (even though many of these jumps I knew I could never do in a race) or learning one handers and can cans! I am certain there are races I lost because I was so tired from practicing too much...but I didn't care, I just loved riding my bike.
So when I was in my 20's I strayed a bit from BMX racing after being introduced to MTB 4X and riding trails. Both involved more jumping and less pedalling - especially as BMX tracks were all pedal pedal pedal jump back then. I made a few World Cup podiums in 4X and it made me a better rider for sure.

In the run up to the Olympics in 2008, I was selected to be on the GB BMX team as a full time athlete. It was a great privilege and I made the top 16 in Elite at the Worlds. Although it was an amazing experience,after 2 years of concentrating full time on racing and with the new olympic cycle about to begin, I realised how much I missed the fun side of BMX, the travelling about to hit new spots, the laughs the friends and the doing it for the love of it. That's why I always did BMX and that's where my heart lies!
After being a bit burnt out on racing I went back to a full time job, left the race scene completely for a good few years, and spent all my free time at the trails with my friends, digging, riding and having a blast. It was in this time I got far more confident at hitting trails and was always looking to hit something bigger!

My return to racing was purely by accident, just tagging along to a 4X race with some friends ended up with me nearly winning a 4X world cup and winning the amateur BMX World Champs just over a year later. There was a point where I thought I would never race again, but it turned out I just needed a break. I remembered how many adventures there were to be had!
Which brings me up to date... I'm almost 33 and in my 30th year of riding a BMX bike. I work at the hospital full time, but every weekend I am racing BMX, hitting trails/digging them, looking for the next new spot to ride or the next big jump I can hit. Life is good

You have some awesome trails style and I was wondering how much you think your racing background has affected that. Does racing make you more or less scared of big trails jumps and does it help or hurt your style? Also, do you ever have difficulty scheduling time in to train and practice for racing along with riding your freestyle bike all the time? Racer/freestyler pros are pretty rare these days so I'm excited to hear what you think about this keep shredding! - Chelsea Streitwolf

Well, when I first started riding trails I wouldn't jump anything very big, because although I loved to go big on a race track, the tracks were so mellow back then and you had to pedal like crazy to jump them. So when I first rode trails it took ages to work out how to go slow to go further/higher, and how to deal with the steep lips. But having a racing background meant I was confident in the air and could ride smooth and in control...I just had to put the two together. As for racing making me less scared of big jumps, it's played a part...but it's more the other way around, the trails riding has actually helped my racing much more. It means I'm happy to try a jump on a track really quickly, because at the trails there is no rolling through the jumps, you just gotta do it! I find it funny when people say a jump is "do or die" on a race track, cause it's not cut off like a trails jump, you can always hook up a race jump and get away with it... you've just got to learn how to soak it up!

I don't really worry about scheduling time for racing and trails, I'm not pro these days, so I just do what I want really. I enjoy racing and like to do well but it's not the be all and end all. I work mon-fri so I do a couple of evenings in the gym which keeps me in shape for racing - but I do think this conditioning really helps me to have good bike control at the trails too. I have one afternoon I finish work early so I normally go ride the track on my own and do some racing orientated riding because it's good to have a bit of an goal when you're riding solo. Then on the weekends, I'll mix it up, go where the sessions happening, where the people are and the fun is...hit trails or tracks, new spots, local or far away... I'll travel the length of the country for a good weekends riding!

Youve been involved in BMX racing for your whole life and have raced at the top level along with riding trails and having fun. What advice would you give to parents and riders just getting involved on how to keep it fun for the long haul whilst looking at making a go for the big show? -Julian Allen

I grew up in an era where BMX was a hobby. Only a few top guys could make a living out of it so for me it was always about fun. Things have changed a lot now with the Olympics, but it does seem like everyones always training for the next race and some have forgotten that the essence of BMX is having fun with your mates no matter what age you are. There is no doubt that if you are at the top as an elite rider, or a junior with the potential to make it, then yes you have to work 100% on being the best you can be and it is not about having fun, it's about reaching your goals and full potential as a racer. But for the majority, BMX is still just a hobby and there is so many adventures and fun to be had. Go on roadtrips, make new friends, get a buzz from jumping something bigger.

Most racers could improve their results by improving their skills and there is no better way of doing that than just riding with your friends and pushing each other! There is no point getting really fast if you haven't got the skill to deal with the technical tracks these days either. 

To the parents... just encourage them to have fun and do their best. A base of good skills they learnt by having fun as a kid will be far more useful in the long run than a regional no.1 they trained for when they are 9. If they get older and choose to train harder, put it together with a good skills base and it will have a much bigger impact!

Thank you Joey for taking the time to do this little interview! Be sure to check back soon for a 2013 edit with Joey Gough! 

Alise Post at 2013 Grands in Tulsa, OK

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Gawd, I wish I was going to the Grands, not just for Alise but to race obviously. Luckily, we have a friend enroute and will be reporting back with some of the weekend festivities. If you're lucky enough to be in town or racing yourself, be sure to head over to the Pro Autograph Session on Thursday for Alise.

Behind The Scenes of the 2014 Flatland Calendar

Check out this behind the scenes look of when we were in Toronto, shooting for the 2014 Flatland Calendar. Our sincerest thanks again to Fat Tony, Aidas Odonelis and Ruby Studios for making our dreams come true. There was footage from as early as August, but I really wanted to condense it down to the moments that made it into the calendar.

2013 Peta Shepherd Edit

Monday, November 25, 2013

2014 Calendar Outtakes

Sunday, November 24, 2013
Check out these additional outtakes from the 2014 Flatland Calendar by Aidas Odonelis of Ruby Photography Studio.

Northeast Winter Racing Series

Friday, November 22, 2013
For the fourth season, BMX racing in the cold northeast winter continues at Grippen Park BMX. This year Grippen Park BMX has teamed up with the best in the business Yess BMX, Blot Out Graphics, and Riderz Ready to bring you a series not to miss!

The series is open to all riders, so if you're looking to try racing for the first time, why not now? For more information, follow this link If you have any questions about racing, feel free to hit us up by going to the contact page.

FU10 - Decade Toronto

International Bike Show 2014

The Canadian Freestyle Organization came together 10 years ago after flatlandBMX was cut from the Toronto International Bike Show.  The 10th year for the contest has been announced.  For details on the contest follow the Canadian Freestyle Organization page on facebook.  

Last year Rebecca Pergentile and Paula Callery were there representing the girl flatland scene.  There will be amazing riding from professionals riders who fly in for this contest from around the world.

Click here for more information on the BMXjam  taking place at the same venue with a ladies BMX class.  If you are coming make sure to say hi to MagnoliaBMX we will be there and show your support for the lady riders competing.

2014 Toronto BMX Jam

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The 2014 Toronto BMX Jam will be held at the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto, Friday February 28 (Senior Amateur and Expert) from noon until 9:00pm, and again Saturday March 1 (Junior Amateur, Ladies and Pros) from 10:00 am until 7:00pm. The finals in all 5 categories will take place on Sunday March 2.

The registration cost will be $50 in advance, or $60 on site. If paying onsite, please make sure you pre register by contacting Mike Heaton, space is limited. You can now register in advance by buying a "ticket" via Eventbrite.

Magnolia BMX will not be involved with the 2014 Toronto BMX Jam, but I'll definitely be there to cheer the ladies on!

Behind The Scenes And Outtakes By Fat Tony

Huge thanks to Fat Tony for this sweet behind the scenes look at the 2014 Flatland Calendar shoot! Remember, these calendars are free with any purchase at Flatland Fuel:

To see some outtakes, head over to


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Check out this short film by Chris Rollins, starting Natalie and Morgan Wade. He's also responsible for our awesome how-to videos year's back. I'm a sucker for good music and quality films, enjoy it.

Free 2014 Flatland BMX Calendar Now Available at Flatland Fuel

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

PRESS RELEASE: For the sixth year in a row Flatland Fuel and Fat Tony are proud to present an exclusive Flatland BMX Calendar. The 12-month 2014 wall calendar features 15 original flatland photos of riders from seven countries shot all around the world. Each month showcases a different rider in a unique location including Japan, Czech Republic, Germany, and the U.S. In addition to the twelve months, there is also a bonus poster so you can keep flatland on your wall even after 2014 has passed. As the only calendar of its kind, the 2014 Flatland BMX Calendar is a must-have for flatland riders worldwide.

The best part is the 2014 Flatland Calendar is absolutely FREE when you place an order with Flatland Fuel! (While supplies last.)

Click here to see a preview of the 2014 Flatland Calendar!

Riders Include: Alex Jumelin, Alexis Desolneux, Bobby Carter, Bryan Ledbetter, Chad DeGroot, Dominik Nekonly, James McGraw, Matthias Dandois, Michael Steingraeber, Rebecca Pergentile, Terry Adams, Todd Carter, Tyler Gilliard, Viki Gomez, and Yohei Uchino.

The 2014 Flatland BMX Calendar is proudly co-sponsored by Flatland Fuel, Vans, Mankind, Heresy, Profile Racing, Deco, Magnolia BMX, Airtype Clothing, Diversion TV, Am Flatland Circuit, London Bikes, and Freegun Underwear. A huge thanks goes out to each company who helped make the calendar possible. It is support from companies like them that keeps flatland growing!

New Peta Edit Coming Soon!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Face Time with Nina Buitrago

Friday, November 8, 2013

Bring Back Sister Session

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Every time it seems like we're moving one step forward, we're pulled back 10 steps....

"I saw this post from Rebecca Berg last week and to say the least, it ruined my day and week. On top of that my dad said he wanted to get a passport and come next year. But, I guess not.. as of now there will NOT be a Sister Session in 2014." Read the rest on


Texas Toast / Natalie Wade Update

Sunday, October 27, 2013
Texas Toast and NORA Cup was a lot of fun this last weekend! I got to catch up with a lot of people and meet some new faces! The contest was nuts. There were a couple bad crashes but thankfully everyone came out alright. Glad to see and participate in a rider-run event again! Props to Taj Mihelich and Odyssey for all the hard work they put into the weekend!

I haven't been on my bike in months. It was fun cruising the famous Hoffman vert ramp. Biggest thing I've ever dropped in on!

Always stoked to get some Nina time!

Probably the most epic BMX picture anyone could get. Bob Haro, inventor of freestyle and Mat Hoffman, legend, burliest rider out there and reason for how much freestyle changed the way it did when he came into the scene.

Love me some Crandall!

Nora Cup 2013!

Look at all those BMX babes! So stoked to see that many ladies at one time!

Until next time!
Natalie Wade

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
I thought you guys would enjoy this interview I did with Jennie, who has a blog called Jennie is from Sweden and has decided to start BMX at the age of 28. I will have to say, BMX is so much better when you're older, but there are also some down sides as well. Say hello to Jennie, new rider with an awesome attitude. 

Could you introduce yourself?

My name is Jennie Hallestam, I was born on November, 1984, so I'm turning 29 soon :) I was raised in the north of Sweden in a place called Kramfors. When I where about 15-16 I moved away from home, I guess I just felt that it was too small for me there, I had a bigger vision of my life.

I have always been that person who follows my heart and I rather live my dreams instead of dreaming about how life could be. I guess I have to thank my parents for always being so supporting. They have always been there for my, believed in me and cheered me on. They are the best!

Nowadays I live in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. I work as a welder, I'm actually an educated "International Welding Specialist" with several welding licenses. That´s a long story too, LOL! I was actually a store manager at NK, Sweden's most exclusive mall.

I was there for many years,  I know most girls here would do anything for my job, but I never felt that it was my thing, it wasn't my dream. So one day I just woke up and decided to quit and follow my heart. So I went back to school and got a new education, this time as an welder and I LOVED!

How did you get yourself into BMX?

BMX, it's always been there in my head, I want to do that, I want to ride that bike, do the tricks and jumps, I want to be fast, faster, fastest! But still it's a little bit scary to start this late, the older you get the harder it is to just put yourself out there, it's like you have barrier in the head that tells you NO! But I have decided not to listen to that part. I'm going to put myself out there! It´s okay to fall, as long as you right back up there. I use to say that fall 7 times and stand up 8!

Well the short version, I bought my first bike just a couple of months back, like 6-7 months. I have 4 bikes today and I spend every single time I have to practice with my bikes. I just love the feeling out there! My goal is to learn how to do a backflip with my bike until the end of next summer.  The only boring thing is that there are so few places to ride the bmx in sweden.

I found your blog through Instagram and the first thing I noticed on your blog was the image "small changes can make a big difference", which set the tone to what your blog was all about. I saw a girl who wanted to express her love for BMX, fashion and life through a blog and I thought that was pretty awesome. Could you tell me a little about the blog?

Yes,  you got it right :) I want to express my love and I want to inspire others to do the same, to trust in themselves and to realize that it's never to late to try! Be your own inspiration, you can do anything if you just believe in yourself! Be motivated, work hard and open your eyes for those small results and soon you're going to see a big one! Give yourself goals along the way, do not be afraid to give yourself credit and remember to have FUN!!! I think fun is the key word! And also, it´s okay to fail over and over again as long as you don't give up. Continue to struggle, sooner or later you will do it and it will be so worth it! I promise!

I first started to blog for a about 12 years ago, I wanted my family to be able to see what I was up to. So at first it was only for my family. But then along the way my friends started to follow it and they were so inspired so somewhere then I realized how easy and fun it is to inspire others. If I can reach out to only one person, that's one more than none at all. Every single person counts!

Being a new rider, what are some hurdles you have experienced so far? 

Well I haven't been riding for so very long, 6-7 months. The hardest thing I think is in my own head. At first I was so afraid of what others would think. Would they laugh at me when I fall, I was afraid that
I would have ROOKIE all over me. But when I opened my eyes I realized that it was the complete opposite. Everyone was so kind and supportive. When I'm out on the bike people come up to me and help me, teach me how to do things, how to learn, step by step. It was all in my head!

You said there isn't a lot of places to ride in Sweden, so where do you go?

Here in Stockholm where I live, we have 3 different outside parks where you can ride your BMX. The biggest problem is that the summer is so short here. Right now, it's getting really cold and soon the snow will be here.  There is one place in Stockholm called "Fryshuset" Where they have an inside park for BMX and skateboards. When I'm riding outside I'm either at two of my favourite track/park in "Alvsjo" or "Fadderbyn".

Who inspires you and if you could have the chance, who would you want to ride with?

 I have a lot of sources of inspiration, of course Dave Mirra, he is amazing! Im a big fan of X-games! Brandon Dosch, Colton Satterfield, Dennis Enarson, Kyle Baldock they are all great inspirations. The list can be long! I don't know if i can choose only one of them, they are all amazing! But I think that my biggest inspiration are the kids out there on the tracks. They are so cool! And they just do it! Im amazed by them! If i would pick a girl I would say Jolene Van Vugt,  I love the whole Nitro gang! Im going to see them on my birthday here in sweden the 16th of November, it's gonna be amazing!

What advice do you have for a new rider?

My best advice is to have your eyes and ears opend, don´t be afraid to ask others but remember we are all different, what's easy for someone else can be hard for you and thats okay, take all the time you need, one day you will make it! Dont compare yourself with others, get inspired and motivated and remember to have FUN!