On the 26th of August, the spectacular city of Riga, capital of Latvia, hosted the summertime BMX edition of the Simple Session series – the Simple Summer Session. The event was dedicated to the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and to the 100th birthday of the Republic of Estonia. An exciting and sunny day of competitions culminated with Kostya Andreev (RUS) and Alex Donnachie (GBR) stealing the show in the park and street finals respectively. The contest vas held on a massive and inspiring outdoor skatepark, built on the Freedom Monument Bridge in the heart of the city.
A total of 42 BMX street and park riders from 15 countries went head to head on the Nate Wessel
This year Munich Mash had a Miniramp contest. With 12 invited riders riding the contest in front of a big crowd, it wasn't short of action. The 040BMXPARK Spine Mini was built up and a big crowd gathered around it when the contest started. 4 riders would make it to the "Superfinal" which wasn't an easy job if you looked at the starters list. When Alex Hiam, Jack Clark, Michael Beran and Kevin Peraza don't make the cut, you know the top four already delivered the goods during qualifying. With 2 out of 3 runs counting towards a final score, Argentinean Jose Torres, Daniel Dhers, Kostya Andreev and Pat Casey made it to the final which was started straight after qualifying. Again the two best scores out of the three runs would count in the final and with the crowd behind the riders they cut loose.
Pat Casey has a Miniramp in his backyard and has turned into the fakie master. It's amazing to see how consistent he his in doing 180 tailwhips or 180 barspins over the spine to do something while coming in fakie on the other side. A 360 tailwhip for instance. But Pat is not limited to doing his fakie tricks, he's got the skills to go tech, high and bring the tricks. A few too many mistakes brought the American home on place number four, just missing the podium. Pat had won the Best Trick comp the previous day so not a bad weekend after all for Pat. Daniel Dhers found himself on the podium once again. Daniel is so solid in his riding and does so many tricks, knows when he needs to step it up, and
The E-Moves festival in Eindhoven, Netherlands once again brought BMX fans together for the second edition of the 040 Invitational Spine Ramp contest. The 040 BMX crew set up a new version of the massive miniramp in the middle of the city for the invited riders to shine. 12 riders made it to the final where Kostya Andreev meant business with back to back tricks including 3-whips to tuck over the spine and flairs to tuck no-hander. James Jones from the UK was ripping and did many variations over the spine to get second place. Belgian Kenneth Tancré rode well to get the last spot on the podium in Eindhoven with third place.
The Florida scene is tight-knit and packed full of shredders. Their FLBMX contest series is always on the move and doing its part to spread the good word of BMX. This past weekend's stop was at Drop In Skatepark in Boca Raton and featured top-notch riding by Brian Fox, Trey Jones, Kostya Andreev, Jay Dalton, and many other heavy hitters. Check out the madness!