Let's go back to Labor Day weekend. While most enjoyed their BBQ grills, beer, and good company - a friend of mine and I headed over to downtown Tampa to experience the world of flatland BMX freestyle.
The moment I walked through the doors, the echoes of Smiff-N-Wessun's "Bucktown" could be traced down the hallway and into the theater. Being new to the BMX freestyle scene, I feel as if I have seen this before.
Crowds centrally gathered around a person maneuvering the platform while he or she engages in their element. Energy levels run high while music thumping loudly in the background, usually hip-hop or break beats.
The only thing missing were the 6-steps, 1990s, headspins, and flares.
That's because these b-boys were on bikes... and DAMN was it fire! I don't know enough about the flatland scene to discern what tricks were being displayed, but coming from an athletic background, a lot of these movements required a ridiculous amount of what the CrossFit world recognizes as physical skills:
Yeah, all that shit.
The coolest thing I saw though was how diverse the crowd was. The skills showcased knew no boundaries when it came to age, shape, size, race, etc. Big ups to the flatland and BMX freestyle community and to Jay Marley for putting a dope ass event. I definitely urge you to check their Facebook page out!
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