Simple Session has always been a bit special for me personally. After doing a GT Air Show in Tartu, Estonia in 1999 where we inspired Risto and his buddies to start Simple Session, my first time back to the Baltic country was in 2004 for Simple Session number four. 15 years in a row I made it to Tallinn and the event keeps amazing me. It's the first big event of the 2018 calendar and brings people from all over to a country that we normally wouldn't visit, especially not in the wintertime. But that's also part of the beauty of the event. While in the Saku Suurhall, Vapiano or Hollywood, you don't sense it's freezing cold outside. The presence of BMX-ers and skateboarders in town makes Simple Session some sort of annual gathering where everyone catches up and prepares for the new season.
With 60 riders in Street and 44 in Park, this year's qualifying day was long. But when the good riding keeps coming there's no time to fall asleep. Bruno Hoffmann (Street) and Ryan Nyquist (Park) qualified in first. The top 12 in each discipline made it to the finals on Sunday. The actual course had one bigger street section with penty of rails that was used by most of the street riders. The surrounding transitions were used by park riders to go high, blast new tricks and to keep the speed up. In qualifying both park and street had a jam session in a group of 4 with each rider getting two 60 second runs on the course. Never a dull moment in each class with everyone pushing things to the limit for personal satisfaction or to impress the massive crowd in the Saku Suurhall.
Last year Pavel pre-qualified for the main event at Simple Session (2017) and had so much fun doing it. Unfortunately this time around he couldn't into the contest itself, but found an opportunity to come down as a caster for the Sunday finals day. We have talked online that if he would come around, we would definitely film together and a year later (the now), we got to film together.
Since Simple Session has split up their comps in a Park and Street contest there are actually two BMX contests to look forward to. The international Park riders list is promising with current and former X-Games gold medalists, the Vans Pro Cup winner, legends and talents all coming together in Tallinn, Estonia during the first big contest of the year. The event will be broadcasted live so no worries if you can't make it yourself but be sure you're missing out on a loose party weekend if you decide to stay home. The riding will be off the hook with this riders list on the Nate Wessel designed course. 3-5 February 2018. Saku Suurhal, Tallinn, Estonia.
For the 12th year in a row, we have Mr. Nate Wessel to thank for the glorious course design. Have a look around the park animation – this one is the BOMB! With its richness of street and park elements, the park is envisioned to inspire lines of all styles in both BMX and skateboarding, so expect for some historic action to gown at Simple Session 18!
Just as I stated in the street recap, I threw this edit together as a precursor to the official SS recap video I plan on doing, so forgive the lack of editing, stabilization, color correction, or..anything. With the 12 heaviest dudes making it to the finals, today should be nuts. - Ryan Fudger
It’s winter, but Tallinn is already heating up for the Simple Session 2017 – the international action sports showdown! Before the world’s best BMX riders and skateboarders tear up the course at Saku Arena Feb. 4-5th, they’ll go head-to-head in a friendly/fun match to see who’s the best ON ICE. Check it out!
Flight delays and some jet lag had me feeling all sorts of weird yesterday, but I managed to catch the last bit of the first day of practice here at Simple Session 2017. The course looks dope and everyone that commented on it had nothing but good things to stay. The event should be a damn good one...