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
Here’s the GOPRO highlight video from Simple Session 18 featuring Dave Bachinsky, Jamie Foy, Alex Sorgente, Chase Webb and Ivan Federico in the skate side of things + Simone Barraco, Courage Adams and Reed Stark in the BMX side of affairs. This was the fifth year in a row we were stoked to have GOPRO sponsoring Simple Session! Been super awesome to work with their great crew and products!
What Is In Your Life’s Blueprint? by Dmitri Shushuyev. I tend to listen to a lot of speeches and watch a lot of documentaries and so I wanted to create a mixture of raw elements with an infamous speech "What Is Your Life's Blueprint?" of Martin Luther King, Jr. I wanted to try something different with incorporating foley work / RAW sounds or creating a complete sound design for a short. As I was filming Simple Summer Session 17, I thought to myself why not give it a go here. During the event it was impossible to record any original sounds, because of the loud speakers and commentators on the microphones. However, a work around that was to record sound separately after the event. A friend of mine who rides BMX (Anar-Erik Kütsar) helped out by riding at the local skatepark while I was recording the sounds made.
it heads to the very heart of Latvia’s capital, the spectacular city of Riga. The best BMX park and street riders from around the world will go head to head on a massive Nate Wessel designed outdoor course on the city’s legendary Freedom Monument bridge. Also skate best trick will go down. Simple Summer Session – this will be the summer to remember.
So I held a camera for ten hours and filmed 366 (verified) separate video clips today. I am brain dead. I put 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. I don’t care. Save it. The riding during street qualifying was fucking sick. That’s all that matters. Park recap coming shortly. -Ryan Fudger