24-year-old Frenchman Matthias Dandois, who now rides for the Haro team, was crowned the world’s best BMX flatlander in October 2008. And he proved his title was no fluke, by again winning the BMX Flatland World Circuit in 2009 and 2011. Other victories include wins at the 2011 and 2012 VANS rebeljam contests, and first places in the Flatland contests at the Dew Tour finals in Ocean City in 2012 and 2013. His first victory on the pro tour came after an incredible final battle with American Terry Adams at the 2007 Voodoo Jam in New Orleans. He also won the NORA cup, presented to the best flatlander of the year, every year between 2007 and 2009. Hailing from Paris, Matthias began life riding street but in 2002, at the age of 13, he saw someone riding flatland in his local skatepark, and fancied his chances. For Matthias, it was a truly life-changing choice that paid dividends as he went on to dominate the BMX Flatland world stage. Matthias is a champion flatlander, whose spectacular tricks include a megaspin bar-to-bar, a double boomerang, and a steamroller barspin to tea kettle. However, the man himself says that he would simply prefer to be called a ‘rider’ - he certainly has the all-round skills to ride multiple disciplines of BMX and he says that being able to progress and ride whatever he wants is what keeps him loving life on and off his bike.
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