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Freestyle Now squad members – DownUnderGround video round


Congratulations to Freestyle Now squad members for their recent placing in round 2 of DownUnderGround. Shaun Jarvis 1st in expert, Jason Parker 2nd in expert, Paul Chamberlain 2nd in open and Lee Kirkman 3rd in open. DownUnderGround is the Australian bmx flatland competition series. DownUnderGround is now into series 8. Round 1 took place in Adelaide in April and now round 2 – the video round has just recently concluded. As Australia is such a vast country DownUnderGround has two physical rounds (round 1 and 3) with round 2 being a video contest. Round 3 the finals take place in Melbourne at the Melbourne Imax location, on the 26th November and again Freestyle Now is supporting the event. This is one of the events you don’t want to miss. Check out the round 2 contest video submissions from the squad members to see the radness.

Shaun Jarvis 1st place in expert class


Jason Parker 2nd place in expert class


Paul Chamberlain 2nd place in open class


Lee Kirkman 3rd place in open class


It’s time for the finals of series 8, DownUnderGround 2016 the Australian national bmx flatland contest series. Round 3 the finals of series eight is taking place on the 26th November in Melbourne at the famous Imax location. It will be a great time with riders from all around Australia heading to one location to meet up, hang out, ride, and party. Make sure your get there from 12noon to 5pm to witness some of Australia’s best bmx flatland riders. The contest is supported by Freestyle Now Colony Bmx , Anchor BMX , Nothing Wrong , Level bmx and Solid Signs. All the info is on the flyer so make sure your attending.



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Back in October 2015 Freestyle Now squad members Shaun JarvisPaul Chamberlain and Lee Kirkman traveled to Japan to attend Flatark, the final stop in the flatland world series of contests. Shaun and Lee competed in the competition and placed quite well considering the level of competition. Shaun placed 31st out of 46 riders in the expert class and Lee placed 52nd out of 68 riders in the open class. The three riders started their 10 day journey in Tokyo for a few days then took the bullet train to Kobe, the host city for Flatark and then finished the trip off in Osaka. Shaun made a video from every day showing all the rad things they did, saw and rode and had made it into one long video. Its worth watching to get a scope of the fun that a trip like this can be and to see some great riding from Shaun, Paul and Lee and a bunch of other riders.

Paul Chamberlain Shaun Jarvis lee Kirkman at Flatark 2015 - freestyle now bmx flatland
These three guys above Paul, Shaun and Lee sent in a few words about their travel experience read on and be inspired to venture outside of your city. This year Shaun Jarvis and Paul Chamberlain are confirmed to be venturing off to Kobe to once again experience all things Flatark.

Shaun Jarvis put together a video from each of the 10 days he was away in Japan and then put them all into one long journey video. Check it out to see Freestyle Now rolling out the rad in Japan.

Flatark contest footage from Lee Kirkman and Shaun Jarvis

Shaun Jarvis
This was my second time attending Flatark and venturing out of Australia. Again it was so great and can’t wait to go back. To see all of the international friend again in person (not via facebook) will be great. The trip was so awesome, making a video of each day’s radness was kinda hard but I think I managed to get it all in there. I know it long but there was just so much we did it had to be included. It will be great memories to look back on in the next 20 years for sure. I was really stoked on my contest run, it was a bit sketchy at the start but I sorted that at the end. Im really looking forward to heading back to Kobe and riding Meriken Park, it’s such an inspiring location. For 2016 it looks like I will be travelling with more Australian crew which should make the trip another great experience. Watch the video I made to see how much fun we all had.

Shaun Jarvis at Flatark 2015 mid contest run - freestyle now bmx flatland

 Shaun Jarvis in the middle of his contest run at Flatark, check the contest video for his full run.

Paul Chamberlain
I go to Japan every year for FlatArk. It’s the biggest competition in the world right now. I love Japan, and not a single day goes by that I don’t think about riding at Meriken Park in Kobe. It’s the best spot, the best crew and the best vibe. The contest goes off too. That all sounds cliche, but whenever I’m tired at home I think about going back there and it motivates me to ride more. I don’t even enter the contest, but it makes me want to focus on riding and see what’s possible. Amongst all of the busy busy here right now it’s easy to lose sight of that and FlatArk on the calendar helps me sustain that purpose. Thanks Ucchie!

Paul Chamberlain  at Merikin park 2015 - freestyle now bmx flatland - photo Omar Lammers

 Paul Chamberlain captured at Meriken Park mid combo by Omar Lammers

Lee Kirkman
Wow what can i say about Japan it was a experience never to be forgotten what an eye opener the people there the hospitality is next to none i have never met so many nice people willing to go out of their way to make you feel welcome by far my favorite trip i have ever been on.

Lee Kirkman at Flatark 2015 mid contest run - freestyle now bmx flatland

Lee Kirkman mid run with a no hander stick B- photo by Marcio Abe

Shaun Jarvis at Flatark 2015 X up endo at Meriken Park - freestyle now bmx flatland

Shaun Jarvis getting rubbery armed at Meriken Park with a X up endo – photo by Omar Lammers.

Lee Kirkman at Flatark 2015 rolling at Merikin Park - freestyle now bmx flatland

Lee Kirkman rolling at Meriken Park in Kobe.

Paul Chamberlain Shaun Jarvis Lee Kirkman at Nara in Japan 2015 - freestyle now bmx flatland

Lee, Paul and Shaun at Nara deer park in from of a 1000’s year old temple on the last day in Japan.

More photos form the adventure can be found in Shaun’s facebook photo album here


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Freestyle Now at DownUnderGround


Freestyle Now squad members Paul Chamberlain, Shaun Jarvis and Lee Kirkman recently went to Adelaide to compete at DownUnderGround. This was the first round of series 8. Situated in the tranquil setting of the Belair National park riders from around Australia converged to roll out some of the best bmx flatland Australia has got to offer.
Congratulation to the squad members for their placing. Paul Chamberlain took 2nd in the Open class and Lee Kirkman took the 3rd place. Freestyle Now co-founder and squad member of 30 years Shaun Jarvis took the 2nd place in the Expert class. The riders are now looking forward to attending the international Flat Ark contest in Japan in October. Rounds 2 and 3 of DownUnderGround are also coming up. Round 2 the video round has now started with entries closing 30th August and round 3 – the finals taking place in Melbourne on the 26 – 27th November.

Freestyle Now squad members at downunderground april 2016

From left – Lee Kirkman 3rd place in open, Paul Chamberlain 2nd place in open, Shaun Jarvis 2nd place expert class, all holding their trophy cups.

Freestyle Now squad member Paul Chamberlain at downunderground hitchhiker

Paul Chamberlain hitchhiking in Adelaide to a 2nd place

Freestyle Now squad member Lee Kirkman at downunderground no handed lardyard

Lee Kirkman taking hands off in the middle of this lardyard combo

Freestyle Now squad member Shaun Jarvis at downunderground 360 cab on the back pegs.

Shaun Jarvis in the middle of a full cab 360 hop

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Paul Chamberlain and DownUnderGround


Paul Chamberlain is a proud dad of yorkFreestyle Now squad member Paul Chamberlain has been a busy man. Paul and his wife Jen have also recently become parents again with the birth of their son, York. Paul had this to say “Beatrix (their daughter) chose his name, but I love it. I went to York university and have good memories of those years. Also York Pennsylvania is the home of flatland, and there’s York Uno (Japanese flatland legend) too. Welcome to the world York!”
Paul has also recently put together two promotional videos for the upcoming DownUnderGround national bmx flatland contest.
DownUnderGround is now into series 8 and Freestyle Now has proudly supported the series from the start. Round 1 will take place at the Belair National Park in Adelaide on the 30th April. This will be the first time that DownUnderGround had taken place in Adelaide. DownUnderGround is presented by BMX Flatland Australia and is supported by Freestyle Now, Colony bmxLittle Black BikeNothings Wrong and Gain protection. Many competitors will converge from around Australia and the globe to attend Round 1 the start of series 8. Open to all bmx riders who would like to compete in either beginner, expert and open.

Paul Chamberlain gets all on the front wheel in this video with some great combos and endless flow.

Paul Chamberlain completes 10 whiplashed in this video, the control is effortless and so smooth and slow

DownUnderGround round 1 series 8 Adelaide 30th april 2016

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Freestyle Now bmx stunt shows – Westfield Penrith shopping centre


Freestyle Now recently performed some flatland bmx stunt shows at the Westfield Penrith shopping centre in New South Wales. Freestyle Now squad members Paul Chamberlain and Lee Kirkman were rolling out the rad all day long to the shoppers. With a real tight area the riders made good use of it and performed some great entertaining bmx stunt shows. The riders performed 6 shows at Westfield Penrith shopping centre over the day. It’s good to know that many unexpecting people got exposed to flatland bmx. Make sure you check out our coming events page to see where the next Freestyle Now bmx stunt show will be going down. If you would like this type of great entertainment at your next event please get in contact with Freestyle Now with your requirements.

Freestyle now bmx stunt show - Westfield Penrith shopping centre Paul Chamberlain and Lee Kirkman doubles up

 Freestyle Now squad members Paul Chamberlain and Lee Kirkman  getting the crowd ready for the bmx stunt shows at Westfield Penrith shopping centre with some double up radness.

Freestyle now bmx stunt show - Westfield Penrith shopping centre Paul Chamberlain and Lee Kirkman

Clockwise from top left – Paul Chamberlain get his spin going and pumps the handle bars with his foot – Lee Kirkman rolling with only one foot on the back peg, how is that done? – Paul Chamberlain  rolling a hitchhiker in the small space – A view from the balcony of Lee Kirkman rolling out the rad during the Freestyle Now bmx stunt show

More photos can be found on our facebook page here

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Freestyle Now at DownUnderGround


Freestyle Now squad members Paul Chamberlain, Shaun Jarvis and Lee Kirkman recently attended the finals of DownUnderGround, the Australian national bmx flatland contest series in Melbourne. This was series 7 of DownUnderGround and again Freestyle Now was proud to be one of the supporters of the event. Paul Chamberlain won the pro class with Lee Kirkman taking out the second place. With his second place Lee took home the year end title for the pro class. Shaun Jarvis placed third in the advanced class. A big congratulation to all three riders for their great efforts of rolling out the rad and placing well in the national bmx flatland contest.

Freestyle Now at Downunderground bmx flatland contest nov 2015

Freestyle Now at DownUnderGround, Shaun Jarvis 3rd advanced, Lee Kirkman 2nd pro and 1st year end title in pro, Paul Chamberlain 1st pro.

Shaun Jarvis at DownUnderGround bmx flatland contest Melbourne 2015

Shaun Jarvis mid rope-a-roni.

Lee Kirkman at DownUnderGround bmx flatland contest Melbourne 2015

Lee Kirkman getting his no hander backyard on.

Paul Chamberlain at DownUnderGround bmx flatland contest Melbourne 2015

Paul Chamberlain rolling with the hitchhiker.


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Freestyle Now at Flatark 2014 – Kobe Japan


Back in October 2014 Freestyle Now squad members Shaun Jarvis, Jason Parker and Paul Chamberlain traveled to Japan to compete in Flatark, one of the stops in the flatland world series of contests. The three riders travelled there with a few other Australian riders for the contest and most importantly good times. Spending a week in Japan the group visited Osaka, Kobe (the contest city) and Kyoto. Riding every day, sightseeing, experiencing new culture and making new friends. The three squad members sent in a few words about their travel experience read on and be inspired to venture outside of your city. This year Shaun Jarvis and Paul Chamberlain are again venturing off to Kobe to once again experience all things Flatark

Freestyle Now squad members at flatark 2014

Left to right Paul Chamberlain, Shaun Jarvis and Jason Parker at the Flatark contest site in Kobe Japan

Shaun Jarvis – I had never been out of Australia before, so I was a bit nervous on what to expect. I knew it would be a bit of a culture shock. So much happened over the ten days it’s so hard to tell everything. It was an experience I’m so glad to have been on. Meeting new people and seeing new things is what inspires me to travel. Here are some of the experiences that were the highlights of the trip.
I travelled with Jason from Perth and Paul said he would meet us at Osaka airport, well no Paul there to meet us, so only armed with the accommodation address and not able to really communicate with anyone due to language barrier it was a late night train mission to get to our accommodation. Two trains later, we finally get close and exit the train station to the street, build our bikes and ride towards were we think we need to go. Counting the streets on the map as we pass them, a left turn, another can you help us, we finally get to our accommodation about 11:30pm to see Paul standing out the front. A little surreal. After travelling for 18 hours I just wanted to shower and sleep. Not as easy as you would think. Paul had taken care of the accommodation and we were staying in a traditional Japanese capsule hotel. So the format to get to your bed was as follows, Take shoes off, take to counter, get your shoe locker key, put shoes in locker, go back to counter give shoe locker key back, get clothing locker key which is also bed number, take gear to locker, change out of cloths into sleeping cloths. To shower you headed down stairs to the bath house, take off cloths and put everything into bath locker take key with you on wrist, yeah it was a confusing system. Anyway so first night was a team bonding experience with Paul, Jason and myself experiencing the traditional Japanese bath house, being naked together with a bunch of other guest all bathing and showering, something I never thought I would be doing when I stepped on the plane in Perth.
The uniforms the people wear are awesome, it’s like a privilege, or to show the importance of their job, train drivers, nurses, police, security, rubbish men, there seemed to be a uniform for any job. It was great to see and I thought it seemed a very respectable thing. We were riding late at night in Kyoto and went down a street then down a side ally where there were these workers in well dressed in uniforms and helmets, I did not know what they were doing, pushing wheel borrows of bags, and turns out they were the rubbish men collecting the trash, in their uniforms.
The contest was awesome, so many flatlanders of all ages. In the expert class (the class I was in) there were 3 groups, a total of 45 riders, many from Japan and some from around the world. I was lucky enough to be in the first group so I got my run over with early.  The call was up for practice/warm up, something like 15 riders all trying to roll on the special built stage for the contest, it was daunting, and I found that I had to not be so polite and force my way out on the floor as I was struggling to get a roll in. In the end I started to feel comfortable riding on the stage, my name was called for my turn, I was so nervous, my first international competition. Hundreds of people watching. Most of the time at the DownUnderGround flatland contests it’s mainly just riders that I know. I had a run planned out, we had a minute and a half to throw down, and I stumbled a bit at the start but then got my groove on and had a flawless last half of the run. I was pumped, as I knew that I rode my best. The best part was a lot of the other Japanese riders came up and were giving me props. I was more stoked on the mutual respect from the riders than the contest run I had just done. In the end I placed 35th out of 45 riders.
On our last night in Japan we were in Osaka. We were heading out to go ride with the locals at the university. It was a fair long ride from where we were staying. Being vegan and gluten free in Japan is a challenge and on this night we were riding to get food on the way to the riding spot. During my stay I found it hard to eat with the others as most of the eateries did not have vegan and gluten free food so it was constant visits to the convenience store to get rice, cabbage and bananas. This is what I mainly ate, and lost 2kg while in Japan. On this the last night my energy levels were low as I had not had much to eat so I was pumped to get to the eatery for a meal. To say I was greatly disappointed when we arrived to again find that they did not cater for my diet. So to not get lost I just road straight up the same street, taking a left or right turn could spell disaster by getting lost, all the streets look the same. So after a 5 minute ride I found a supermarket, yes a score. I walked out of there with a great selection of fruits and raw vegetables. Sitting on the streets of Osaka I had a feast. By the time a meet back up with the other riders and headed to the university to ride I was full of energy, this was a great example of food equals energy. When we got to the riding spot everyone had a bit of a ride and then slowly they just started talking and sitting around saying how cold they were, rugged up in big hoodies. I on the other had just wanted to ride and ride I did. One of the best sessions I had in Japan, so good I ended up going shirtless and still sweating hard. The others could not believe it, here I was riding shirtless while they are all just standing around shivering in the cold.

Shaun Jarvis in Osaka for flatark 2014

Shaun Jarvis on the last night of riding on the trip in Osaka, tomahawk.

Paul Chamberlain – What can I say about it. Even though my life is here I’m always a little bit sad to leave and a little bit too excited to set off. Whatever you do there, it’s a rewarding experience because it’s always so different from here. There are lots of great flatlanders there too. You can get a year’s motivation in just a few minutes sometimes. Japan. I’m really proud of all the boys for making the effort to attend. We’re all over 30 and have plenty going on back in Oz so it was a really precious time to just roll together. We did three cities, Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe. The pics will tell some of our stories, and the rest, well you can come with us next year!

Paul Chamberlain in Osaka for flatark 2014

Paul Chamberlain at the Osaka University on one of the late night riding sessions that went down.

Jason Parker – Where to start ? Arrived at Perth International airport at 3.00am meet Mr Jarvis. Checked in on Singapore airlines went to the lounge and had a killer breakfast. When we arrived at Singapore we checked out the Changi airport we caught a train within the complex to our next terminal and had lunch at another lounge. After hours of sleep and movies we made it to Japan. We got through custom’s hit Macas and looked for Paul Cee. Now it was like 11.30pm no Paul. So we decided to catch the train headed for Namba.  We got our tickets and hauled ourselves on to the train. After 1.5hrs we got to Namba station Osaka. Then the stations were closing up for the night. Shaun and i thought sick “were going street riding”!!. We got out on the streets and built our steads up. Now we headed for our accom. Our first roll on the streets of Japan. Flatark here we come ! Sure we had no idea were to go but as bicycle freestylers this is our way of life. Any rider knows this is part of the adventure. So after 15 min we were lost. Lol but hey who cares. We found some dudes that told us we were close but didn’t know where we actually were staying. Then we headed down some more streets and Shaun says “what’s that joint” ?. Well the flatland gods were leading us straight to our main man “Beefy”. Yes we found Paul Cee. Standing in the door of “what’s that place”. Sweet 2.30am just about 24 hrs after leaving Perth we can now Party. Lol Things are starting out different to Oz.
Our bikes have to be locked up outside under a subway like 5 min from where we are staying. Our beds are “capsules” and to top it off no showers but good ol bath fun ;-). Welcome to Japan. So after a great sleep i run into a ol mate Ron who i didn’t actually recognize until the aussie accent came out. Wow what a shock well after checking star bucks talking samurai swords and seeing Osaka castle we had our first session. I was pumped i finally pulled my link for the first time since creating it in my head in August. Just need to do it on the Sunday. So we had all the crew Shaun, Paul, Shane, Chris, Matt, Ronnie and Luke. We went and had Saki with some amazing Japanese food and beer. Day 3 was heading to Kobe so we grabbed another train and 1.5hrs later we arrived. Paul led the way we got our next capsules sorted and went down to check the Flatark comp. Well wow wow wow never seen so many flatland bikes ever! And the Japanese kids were just incredible. I felt someone tap my shoulder I turned and Ag was standing behind me. He is a local Japanese legend who travels the world living and riding flatland. I was so Stoked to see him after getting to ride with him in Sydney a few years earlier. We had a brief session with the crew Bobby, Terry, Ryan, Vicki, Dez and a few others. Then it was open class Qualifiers so we headed to watch Beefy go and represent. The level of riding blew my mind the consistency was just like watching a YouTube edit. These guys meant business lol.
After the Qualifiers we got ready to head to the demo and first party of Flatark. A few more beers and some cool stories from the riders at the event then the moment everyone was waiting for to see the Flatark ark judges do this demo. They got crazy for the crowed and rode with style and grace like only all that experience of a lifelong flat rider has. Old and new school all in one. Then we headed home so we could get some r and r before the 8.00am sign up of the expert class. So the day had come feeling nervous and excited we all head back to sign up. They had 3 groups in expert Shaun group 1 Chris and myself group 2 and Matt group 3. Well me and Chris lucked out probably with the easier group. Everyone rode so well and gave it their all. The experience of the comp was the most nervous I have ever felt ever on my bike. But anyone who wants to see the best flatland in real life needs to go to Flatark as its insane level of Flatland for competition. The open class have to battle for the top 12. This is the most grueling and craziest way for a Flatland comp as it’s awesome for the crowed watching but for the riders it’s more than riding one or two sick runs. It’s a battle of the fittest and that really makes this comp challenging mentally and physically for the rider. So after realizing I had smoke coming out of my head and pinching myself I saw the podium results and then typical rider fashion P A R T Y. We got to go on this boat and hang with everyone from the comp.
It was EPIC ! Once the boat ride ended we rode the streets of Kobe and made our way to a night club hanging with everyone again. Then we got back to the capsules about 4.00am. Our accom run out at 10am so we then headed to the train station at Kobe and I departed the crew for the trip home. Was good fun travelling with no camera or phone or any electronics not even a map. Yes I did make it back home somehow. Lol. Flatark is a must for anyone who loves Flatland.

Jason Parker in Osaka for flatark 2014

Jason Parker only went to Japan for a few days but enjoyed it so much, cross footed McCircles  at Sakuranomiya. Osaka.

More photos from their epic trip can be found on Shaun’s Facebook page here

The below video is the footage from the contest runs that Paul, Shaun and Jason did at the 2014 FlatArk contest in Kobe Japan.

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Freestyle Now bmx stunt show – Rally Cross Brisbane


Freestyle Now recently performed some bmx stunt shows at the Brisbane Rally Cross event. Rally Cross is car racing done on a combination of dirt and asphalt over huge jumps with up to 10 cars competing at the same time. Freestyle Now performed some bmx flatland and kicker ramp stunt shows to the crowds. Make sure you check out our coming events page to see where the next Freestyle Now bmx stunt show will be going down. If you would like this type of great entertainment at your next event please get in contact with Freestyle Now with your requirements.

Freestyle Now bmx stunt show - Flatland bmx - Brisbane Rally Cross September 2015

Clockwise from top left – Reece Jones hits the kicker and throws in a barspin – Paul Chamberlain rolling a hitchhiker – Lee Kirkman scuffs and spins for the crowds – Paul Chamberlain spinning.

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Paul Chamberlain – bmx flatland video


Freestyle Now squad member Paul Chamberlain has been riding flatland bmx for a long time. Currently one of the best riders in Australia he has just put out a quick video thanks to Billy Brooks. In the video you can see the direction that Paul is flowing with his riding at the moment lots of front wheel tricks with whiplashes, check it……

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Freestyle Now – DownUnderGround bmx flatland contest series


Congratulations to Freestyle Now squad members Paul Chamberlain and Shaun Jarvis for taking out 3rd places at DownUnderGround.
DownUnderGround is the Australian national bmx flatland contest series. Round 1 of series 7 took place in Sydney on the 21st February. Freestyle Now has been supporting DownUnderGround since it started in 2008. At this round Freestyle Now squad members Paul Chamberlain and Shaun Jarvis both competed and both took out a 3rd place in their classes. Paul hit many hard tricks in his two runs, but with hard tricks comes the difficulty of pulling them and his constancy was a bit low. Paul took out the 3rd place in the pro class with Lee Kirkman from Queensland taking out 2nd place and Boteck from Malaysia winning the top spot. Shaun had a good first run but his second run was just not working until the last 30 seconds. Shaun got the 3rd place in the advanced class while Matt Wootton from Tasmania took out 2nd and Philipp Frueh scored the 1st place. if you would like more information on bmx flatland in Australia then check out the BMXflatlandAustralia website.

Downunderground sydney 2015 Shaun and Paul Shaun and Paul taking the 3rd place at DownUnderGround.

Downunderground Sydney 2015 Paul Chamberlain crackpacker turbines

Paul Chamberlain mid crackpacker turbines (rolling forwards to backwards)

Downunderground sydney 2015 Shaun Jarvis mid back to front wheel switch

Shaun Jarvis mid back wheel to front wheel switch

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