You know what time it is. Simple Session 19 is done and dusted, and damn was it a blast! We deployed our AI-operated stealth drones around the stadium and nightclub to see what we could detect - enjoy a bit of the other side of Simple Session.
The annual Simple Session in Tallinn, Estonia brings a big part of the BMX Freestyle community together for the first big gathering of the year. During the cost and wet winter months when outdoor riding is rough, simply not a lot of (outdoor) events take place. Seeing the BMX family again for the first time in the new year has always been a big part of Simple Session. The Thursday ice hockey match between BMX and Skateboarding was lost for the first time. It definitely had something to do with Reed Stark arriving a couple of hours late. He was gutted he missed it and so was any BMX-er who was watching the game. Yes, it's all about the good time, but winning makes the good time even better. Let's get that win back in 2020 when Simple Session hits its 20th B-day.
With two days of practice split by Skateboarding and BMX the riders had some time getting used to the Nate Wessel designed course. It had a Street as well as a Park section but riders could use whatever they felt like so there was no line splitting the course in two. Still, Street riders were expected to hit up the rails/ledges/flatbanks and the Park riders used the big jump, quarters and spines on the other side. All was linked up well and if you did not find anything to your liking you should take up flatland riding instead.
After missing his bike on arrival things didn't look too great for Matt Ray (USA). Thursday's practice session was missed but on Friday the baby was back and Matt got used to the course quickly to win
The 19th edition of the annual Simple Session contest went down this weekend, February 2 – 3 at the Saku Arena in Tallinn, Estonia. The main contests hosted 150 athletes from 30 countries: 60 in Pro Skateboarding, 50 in Pro BMX Street and 40 in BMX Park. The Qualifications went down on Saturday and Finals on Sunday, with 12 top Qualifiers competing for the medals.
In BMX Street, Felix Prangenberg GER (Wethepeople) finished with the highest score, Matt Ray USA (Subrosa) was second, and Justin Spriet USA (Fit Bike Co) was third. Johnny Raekes USA (Fiend BMX) pulled the BMX Street Best Trick, which was a tooth hanger over pegs hard 180 crankflip.