Simple Session 17 February 4-5, 2017 Saku Suurhall, Tallinn Estonia
Simple Session is a world-renowned BMX and Skateboarding contest with 17 years of history, bringing together globe's greatest riders for a weekend of incredible action that goes down in BMX and Skateboarding history books. Taking place on February 4-5 in Tallinn, Estonia – the event celebrates everything that is amazing in BMX and Skateboarding.
Last November, Tom van den Boogaard went on a 7-day trip to California with filmer Roderik Patijn (Rodivision). The styler hit up parks such as Woodward West, the Vans Park in HB, Clairmont YMCA, and some more concrete parks along the way. This is the video, exclusively on FATBMX today. Enjoy.
The 040BMXPARK in Eindhoven has become a park on the bucketlist for a lot of riders. The crew simply does things right and they understand that running a park is not about building ramps and expecting people to show up. Riders only show up for so long before they expect a jam, some new obstacles, a GAME of bike, a clinic or a contest.
To keep things fresh, a new jam was held last Saturday called Addsome. 8 new removable ramps were built and put somewhere in the park. This created new lines and new possibilities for tricks and that was exactly the point. A 10-minute session was had on each obstable and 2 BMX riders were awarded with €5 each for the best trick or line on an obstacle.
It was up to the riders to put the effort in to make some pocket money. Some would spend it on making their entry fee back for the night, others got some snacks while some made plans to go out that night. With Steven G on the microphone the Addsome comp got under way on the added obstacle near the vert wall.
The Dutch BMX scene got together on Friday night during the Moora Cup awards at the Skate Café in Amsterdam. The place was going to be opened the next day so having the wild BMX bunch in there the night before was a bit risky. But everyone behaved the best they could (ahum) and most of the nominated riders were present. BMX was celebrated and having everyone in one place together should happen more often because good times were had. And the winners are.....
BMX riding continues to grow in popularity as the riders push the sport to new levels. Since its initial fame in the 1980's, BMX riding has been a staple in the action sports community. Breaking the rules has always been the norm for BMX riders. To hit the rails and other street spots, riders have had to look the other way at no trespassing signs and other warnings. This is why it was no trouble for 5 friends to break into a waterpark to make one of the most entertaining BMX that has been seen in a long time.
Sometimes the events where you have the least expectations turn out to be the best. Pier 15 skatepark opened up for a night of BMX. The best day of the week was picked to allow BMX at the skatepark for five hours: Monday. Some Fontys students were involved to get the jam going but Paul and I had no clue on what to expect. On arrival we were gladly surprised by the number of riders present. Pier 15 is a real street-ish park and we counted around 50 riders around 7pm. The Paul's Boutique banners were put up in a few minutes and the prizes were handed over to the students to display on a table. The park was open and the so was the bar.
The session was on with riders like Niels Mertens, Benoit VDG, Joeri Veul, Frank Nabuurs, Sem Kok, Jesper Vervoort who were later joined by Milan and Janos Baars, Steijn Leijzer, Sybren Planting, and Daan van Wezel. Daan did find something big in Breda by double pegging the rail of the balcony out of a tiny quarter pipe. It took a few tries, but he got it done.
Scotty Cranmer (and many others) enjoy riding BMX race bikes. Intended for use on a variety of challenging surfaces, both on-road and off-road, this equipment does not always withstand accidents well. Scotty Cranmer recently posted a video online discussing his recovery from life- threatening injuries he sustained while riding.
His account reveals both the unbridled enthusiasm of dedicated BMX hobbyists and the potential hazards involved in biking over randomly selected and potentially unsuitable off-road locations.