How Matt Jones nailed the biggest stunts of Frames of Mind
The Helix, the Bum Slide and the Hitching Post
We loved the whole of Frames of Mind (if you haven't watched it, you should do so here) but without a doubt, three moments really stood out to us - the Helix, the Bum Slide and the Hitching Post.
Here's Matt Jones talking about how they came together:
It's so weird, anyone who's ridden one I’m sure would say the same. When you do backflips on a bike, you’re rotating backwards but you're still travelling forwards. With this you ride up but the moment you start travelling back the way you came, upside down is so weird.
This is not actually like a conventional loop-de-loop. We called it a helix or a corkscrew because it was five metres off-set - from where you ride into it and ride out, you could drive a car through the middle, it's like a rollercoaster one. You have to turn super hard left to cover that five metres.
When I was learning it first, we had crash mats but I still found myself skidding round it because I would freak out about looping out onto my arse. So I'm grabbing the back brake, skidding upside down travelling backwards - it was so strange. It's muscle memory though, when you've done it once, you can just keep replicating it, that was real cool to do.
The Bum Slide
Yeah we've always called it the bum slide because that's literally what it is. It was inspired by Kris Kyle, I watched him do it probably a year ago across a jump box in a skate park. I spoke to him about it after I put the idea in to Red Bull and he was saying how he uses his pegs to pick himself back up, which I don't have.
In my head, it was going to be easy on a big step-on-step-off because you've got a lot more time but it was one of the hardest things to get. I always wet the top of the platform to slide then every time you did it, it would dry out a bit more so it'd grip more so then you'd have to go faster and then you'd wet it again and you'd just fly off the end because it was too slippy. It was real trial and error, quite a lot of luck went into that one, it took a lot of goes.
I had pretty good whiplash and proper swollen elbows and hips the next day. I literally couldn't sleep on my right hand side for a week. I was well sore but it was worth it.
The Hitching Post
I think I invented the flip on to feet and then jump back in, I did it at Corby skatepark on a jump box two years ago and people thought it was really cool. The other factor is Bearclaw. He built a contest course called Bearclaw Invitational and he always put them in his courses - it's like a proper guy with a chainsaw, freeride thing to build which suited him down to the ground
When I did it at Corby on a jump box you've got a six foot long, ten foot wide jump box to land with your feet on, it was easy. It made sense to build a hitching post out of a log and do it on that but it ended up being really hard to figure it out because you've got a lot of forward momentum but you have to stop dead for a second, let the bike swing out and jump back on. I think that's the shot I'm most stoked on in the whole film