Simple Session 18 Explained

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Broc Raiford performs a half cab tailwhip during the Simple Session in Tallinn, Estonia on Febuary 3, 2017 –
Photographer Credit:
Eisa Bakos / Red Bull Content Pool

Guide to the 2018 edition of the iconic BMX and skateboard indoor event.

When the planet’s best riders and skaters line up again in Estonian capital Tallinn this week for the third year in a row, it will represent the 18th year that Simple Session has provided a platform to show off their skills.

The BMX and skateboarding extravaganza will be held in the fan friendly Saku Arena where competitors from over 30 countries will be pitted against each other ending in two days of intense weekend battle.

Training will start on Thursday 1 and Friday 2 with qualifiers on the morning of Saturday 3 and the cream of the crop fighting it out in the finals on Sunday 4.

Competitor performs at the Simple Session finals in Tallinn, Estonia on April 19th 2015 –
Photographer Credit:
Mathjis Tromp / Red Bull Content Pool

This year’s edition is also part of World Cup Skateboarding, giving added incentive for the skaters to try and pull off their most insane tricks.

Once the action has finished on the bikes and boards, the athletes and crowds will unwind at the infamous Simple Session after-parties.




Sports and disciplines

BMX Park

BMX Street

Skateboarding Park

Skateboarding Street

Red Bull Best Trick Contest

Vincent Milou, Yuto Horigame, Aurelien Giraud, Danny Leon and Woody Hoogendijk celebrate on the podium at the Simple Session in Tallinn, Estonia on February 5, 2017 –
Photographer Credit:
Teddy Morellec/Red Bull Content Pool

 

What will the schedule look like?

Saturday’s skateboarding qualification opens with an introductory 30-second cruise followed by a four-minute jam format comprising of four skaters.

The 12 best skaters on Saturday go into the Sunday Finals with each skater given two individual one-minute runs to impress with the best run counting.

BMX contestants take turns on Saturday in eight-minute jam sessions with four riders in each group getting roughly two one-minute runs in.

Competitor performs during the Simple Session in Tallinn, Estonia on May 1, 2016 –
Photographer Credit:
Jaanus Ree/Red Bull Content Pool

The BMX Street Finals will also be in jam groups of four with each rider given three roughly one-minute runs over 12 minutes, counting the best two runs and scoring every run. One run is a scratch.

Lastly, the BMX Park Finals are three individual one-minute runs counting the best two runs and scoring every run. One run is a scratch.

What will the competitors be judged on?

Flow, style, creativity, use of course, amplitude/height, number of tricks shown in their run, originality, difficulty of tricks, crashes/foot-downs/perfect runs, NBD’s, consistency, variety of tricks, control of tricks, bike/skate control, landings and execution.

Billy Perry performs during the Simple Session in Tallinn, Estonia on Febuary 3, 2017 –
Photographer Credit:
Eisa Bakos / Red Bull Content Pool

Pick of the best tricks in recent years

2012 – Tony Neyer’s BMX hangover toothpick over to switch toothpick.

2014 – BMX star Dan Paley won with a 360 to crooked grind to 180 out.

2015 – Alex Donnachie’s BMX 360 gap across two wedges to manual 180 off.

Who to look out for?

There are 160 elite athletes turning up to wow the crowds with the likes of Alex DonnachieKostya Andreev, Tom Dugan, Dawid Godziek, Bruno Hoffmann, Alex Kennedy, Ben Lewis, Ryan Nyquist, Victor Peraza, Anthony Perrin, Garrett Reynolds and Reed Stark all looking to build on their glowing reputations.

Watch the Simple Session Finals on Red Bull TV HERE.

Competitor performs at the Simple Session in Tallinn, Estonia on April 19th 2015 –
Photographer Credit:
Mathjis Tromp / Red Bull Content Pool

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