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Shane Badman update

Badman seems to travel more then me which is a good thing!

“Checking in from Europe! So for the past couple of months I’ve been living in Budapest, Hungary out in eastern Europe. Got an awesome apartment in downtown and have just been spending each day riding and having a good time on my bike learning old tricks and working on a bunch of new stuff.

It’s been summer over here so have been making the most of it with a few trips to the UK and Czech Republic along the way. One of the best things about BMX is having friends all over the world and having the opportunity to travel and visit them.

So I’ve got another few weeks here and then back to Australia for the summer there. One of my good mates from Hungary, Andras Pentek who runs a massive shop over here OG Bike Shop, is coming with me so we’re gonna spend a month doing a west coast to east coast trip with a heap of riding along the way. Good times ahead!

Ride on good peoples and will check in again soon…!”


Shane Badman update

Shane sent through an update on what’s been happening with him, always something cool going on…

Hey peeps! I’m over in Perth right now for a few days before I head out to Europe and Hungary where I’ll be living for the next few months. Bike packed and everything is sorted, can’t wait to get over there! Before I left I did a small piece for a magazine that goes around regional Victoria called “The Milk Mag” in the current issue, 19. Pretty stoked on it and the article talks about interesting jobs so being in BMX is definitely something worth a read that everyone needs to know about! You can pick it up in most newsagents I’m told so check it out. Don’t forget to hit me up on Instagram @shanebadman

Shane Badman update

Shane Badman shot through an update…

Busy time for me lately as I’ve been trying to ride as much as possible as I’ll be heading to Europe for the summer over there and living in Budapest, Hungary. I’ve spent a lot of time there over the years so I’m stoked to be able to go there and just spend all day, everyday riding! Got a bunch of trips planned across Europe and keen to hit up a few events as well. After having all that time off over the past couple years with my injury I am STOKED to be back on it and motivated to ride. Fun times ahead!

I also had a chance to hang out with Simon O’Brien the other day when he had a weekend away from his hardcore Navy training that he’s doing at the moment. Was good to spend time hanging out and riding. Also got a mini-interview done with him which is up on the BMX Flatland Australia site that you can check out here. We’ve got a few more things planned in the coming weeks if he gets the chance to get another weekend away so stay tuned….

Talk soon peoples and don’t forget to hit me up on Instagram @shanebadman

Simon O’Brien interview

Simon has an interview over on the Flatland Australia website where he talks about his transition into The Australian Navy and how important BMX still is to him.

Simon O’Brien’s next chapter

As we posted a week or two ago Simon is off to join the Navy here in Australia. ESPN did a interview and also a video to coincide with Simon’s move, make sure you check it all here.

Simon O’Brien joining the Navy

Simon is off to join the Australian Navy so riding won’t be as frequent as in past years but this wont be the last you see of him. Amazing skills… Put together by Stu Munro. Click here now to see the video.

Sydney demo’s

Simon and Shane were just down in Sydney doing demo’s at the waterpark in Penrith where the rowing was held at the 2000 Olympics, the guys said it was a solid turnout and a great day.

Down Under Ground Sydney…

The Down Under Ground flatland event recently when down in Sydney on the weekend & by the reports all went really well with a good turn out as well. Simon O’Brien took the win & had a blast doing so. Thanks to everyone involved… we will always support Australian flatland where we can with events like this.

Here are a few words from the man himself…

I went up to Sydney for the DUG, a pitty about some rain, would have been more riding. But we had a great turn out and ride out at bondi, with people stoked on the event and a BBQ afterwards at Paul’s. A great summer comp.

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Simon O’Brien video

Stu Munro put together this video of Simon reflecting on flatland along with some great footage, check it out!

Downunderground Finals

November 24th is the date set for the final jam of the Downunderground series for 2012. Get yourself along for some of the best flatland riding this country will have to offer. Put on by Freestyle Now & supported as always by us here at Colony.

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Colony flatland program…

Way back in 1988 when I started riding, I primarily rode flatland. I was however one of the few riders that rode flatland & also did ramp, street & dirt back then. Given my links to flatland back in the day, it was natural that I wanted to do a flatland range within Colony as a company. Especially when good friends of mine Shane Badman & Simon O’Brien were without support at the time it made perfect sense to help them out.

Over the years we have supported flatland as much as we can. It’s no secret that the flatland market is a small one indeed. Through our strong position within BMX as a whole we have been able to support this for some time but at some point we needed the flatland program to support itself. Unfortunately this has not been the case & after much deliberation & sadness we have had to pull the plug on our flatland program.

We will still support Shane, Simon & Shintaro as much as possible with our products but we will no longer be making any new flatland products moving forward.

The guys at Flatland Fuel still have some stocks while they last so if there is something you want before it’s all gone, I would at fast.

I would like to take this time to thank everyone for their support throughout the years, we’ve had some of the best riders on the planet ride some of our products & that is amazing to think about. So thanks for the good times & may the they continue into the future. You never know… we may bring out some very, very limited edition flatland products from time to time.

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Simon off to Redbull Circle of Balance

Simon O’Brien just hit me up & said he has been invited to the very exclusive Circle of Balance put on by Redbull. It’s set for this September in Japan, should be awesome.

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Simon O’Brien checks in…

Simon O’Brien is always keeping busy. Here are some quick words from the man himself…

Recently I did a demo for cancer charity, ‘relay for life’. It was good to see a lot of people doing their part for the charity.
I did a demo and donated DejaVu DVD’s for sale with fund going to the cause and gave out some stickers.

In other Simon news, we recently made him a very special one off DejaVu frame, fork & bars in GOLD ED plated. We did it just a thank you for his hard work with us over the years. Expect to see Simon flaunting this new bling in the months ahead.

You can buy Simon’s DejaVu ranges & all our flatland ranges from fine flatland retailers like Flatland Fuel & Newcircle right now.

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Simon O’Brien interview…

Simon has a really good interview over on the Flat Matters Online website… check it out here now.

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Simon O’Brien checks in.

Simon sent in a quick update about how he has been riding pretty hard lately and shooting photos with Michael Harris. Always good to see a fresh photo of Simon doing something I can’t comprehend.

JoMoPro 2012 Flatland Comp

We have one again got behind the JoMoPro Flatland Comp in Missouri. This time it’s set for April 21st & you can get all the info you will need at

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Shintaro checks in…

Shintaro Misawa sent in a quick email on what he has been up to of late…

My old friend from Japan was visiting Malaysia last week. He is also from the same town, Machida Tokyo. The town has a summer festival every year, including BMX show organized by his father. I first saw this festival 15 years ago. It was what got me into riding BMX.

He is a well known photographer, Mr Motoyoshi Yamanaka. This time he has work in Thailand, for photo shooting at Chiang Rai International MTB Challenge. So, came to visit my place in Malaysia to see me. Alright, please check the photo from our session.

Photo by Motoyoshi Yamanaka

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The Badman checks in…

If you’re into flatland make sure you check out Shane’s online flatland specific store. The only place to get flatland gear in Australia. Newcircle is the name & flatland is the game.. check it.

Shane Badman sent in a quick update of his travels of late.

Left Brisbane about a week ago or so and with my bike in my car I drove down the east coast of Australia taking in a bunch of places along the way. It was good to check out Byron Bay and Coffs Harbour again but with all the rain we’ve been having here the past few weeks unfortunately I couldn’t get out for any decent sessions. So driving on, I went through Sydney, past Canberra and on through the Snowy Mountains to a little country town called Traralgon in eastern Victoria where my girlfriend’s family live. Plan is to have Christmas here, then spend a little time in Melbourne with the local riders before heading on to Adelaide along the Great Ocean Road and then back to Brisbane.

Since I’ve been away I’ve been getting in as much riding as possible and even did a demo yesterday at Toongabbie Primary School, which is an awesome little country town out in country Victoria. Thanks for having me guys and it was awesome to see the kids stoked on BMX and Flatland! More updates soon… Shane.

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Simon checks in…

Simon O’Brien is back home from Japan now & sent in a quick update…

Just days back in Oz, I headed to Sydney for the annual bboy event, Shadow Wars! It was amazing, free event in conjunction with ‘Outpost’ exhibition of street art on Cockatoo Island. I did a demo and the breaking was amazing as usual! – Simon.

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From The Sky Up – Simon O’Brien

Simon’s section from the DVD, From The Sky Up is now online for all to enjoy.

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More from Simon O’Brien

Simon O’Brien sent in his last report from Japan before he returns home…

Yesterday had a great session with the locals and a bunch of pros that came up from Tokyo, was cold though which wasn’t the best.
Flying home to Oz tomorrow for some warm weather and solo sessions. Thanks Japan, see you again !! – Simon.

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Simon O’Brien video section

Simon O’Brien’s section from Stewart Munro’s video from a few few years ago now – “Here Comes The Sun” is online now for all to enjoy.

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Simon checks in…

Simon O’Brien checked in from Japan with another little update…

I had a great session with the locals today at a great riding spot in a park. Afternoon storms clouds rolled through and were amazing, this area is known for good storms. A few of the top riders in Japan have made it up
here tonight, so tomorrow we will have a big jam, should be fun and some serious riding – Simon.

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New team pages…

It’s been a while coming but when you have a team as large as ours these things do take longer than expected. We have all new team pages with interviews, photos & videos on all the team members. This includes our newest editions to the pro team ranks, Marnold & Tom Stretton. Along with the flow team, flatland crew & family members there is plenty of new stuff to check out. This should keep you busy for a couple hours, plenty to read, watch & take in. Click here now to scope it all out in it’s freshness.

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Simon O’Brien session in Japan

Simon O’Brien had a late night flatland session north of Tokyo with some locals at a train station recently. In his words… good times !!

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Simon O’Brien video & interview

Over on the ESPN site, Brian Tunney did an interview with Simon O’Brien & you can check it out, along with fresh new video edited by Stewart Munro by clicking here now.

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Simon O’Brien in Japan

Simon O’Brien is in Japan & sent in a quick update on his trip so far… read on below.

I arrived in Japan on friday, a little bit colder here than back home, but it’s still great to be here. The following day was the G-Shock invite contest….I didnt win but was still happy with how I rode for the first comp back on the international circuit for sometime. It was great to catch up with great friends and some of the best riders in the business! 430 Clothing and G-Shock did an amazing job!

The last couple of days I have been chilling, checking the sights and checked out a 350 year old bonsai!

Thanks – Simon.

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Shane Badman checks in…

Shane Badman sent in an email about what he has been up to of late…

“After having my arm operation in May to get some issues worked out (I had my bionic, Terminator style arm installed), I’ve been keeping things on the downlow while it’s been healing up. As any rider knows, downtime seriously sucks. When you see all of your mates and everyone around you riding and you can’t… it’s tough! But I’ve been keeping busy with the store over at Newcircle and have done a few interviews on BMXflatlandAustralia and Offline Magazine out of Hungary which was super awesome.

Since I’ve slowly started to ride again in the past few weeks I’ve also been doing a few demos. I did one at the Bike and Lifestyle show in Brisbane and more recently got one done at a company called H2 Insurance Solutions for a launch party. The H2 Insurance gig was awesome – the guy Jason Holmes that runs it is fully down with BMX and action sports and is the guy who does the insurance for Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus when it tours Aus and also monster trucks. Stoked that I’m riding again haha!!”

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Simon O’Brien checks in…

Simon sent in an email of what he got up to on the weekend just gone. Read on below…

“On the weekend I did a demo at a dance event in Sydney with Paul Chamberlain. It was put on by Japanese dance school ‘dancekool’ as a student showcase and charity to sponsor an Indonesian dance student.”

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Shane Badman interview

Shane Badman has an interview over on the Offline Magazine website. You can check it out here now.

Photo: Stephen Joseph.

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