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.
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 and BMX Street. Skateboarding Park and Skateboarding Street. Red Bull Best Trick Contest
What will the schedule look like?
BMX contestants take turns on Saturday in eight-minute jam sessions with four riders in each group getting roughly two one-minute runs in. 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?
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?