Simple Session 2023 Photo Journal
23 years and counting...
Photos & words: Wes McGrath
AN EVENT THAT RIDERS AND LOCALS ALIKE ANTICIPATE WITH HASTE, THE WHOLE YEAR ROUND!
Simple Session turns 23 this year and within the lifetime of this contest it has evolved into many different shapes and forms. This year, the event had a much further reach into the city of Tallinn; the week was full of Simple Session affiliated activities, BMX & skate jams, parties and more for the athletes and residents of the city to share and enjoy. Starting with all the action before finals on Sunday, the Freedom Square jam and the Skoone Street DIY jam went down along side practice and qualifiers!
All the riders came to Estonia with the excitement to experience a contest like none other, and to showcase bike riding for the world to see! Come with us as we bring you closer to Simple Session and the riders who make it possible…
Freedom Square Jam
After everyone is checked into their hotels, bikes are recovered from the lost luggage department at the airport and the first practice sessions are finished, the street jam at Freedom Square went wild on Thursday! In the middle of town there was a built out a box jump, vert-wall and multiple street setups, safely situated down the steps to where overhead viewing was easy for any passerby to enjoy... This was a great way for the local people of Tallinn to have a more personal exposure to BMX on an afternoon stroll.
"Boyd made this vert wall carve look way too easy!"
Skoone Street Jam
After the first day of show has commenced, everyone takes to the city to explore the town without snow everywhere and enjoying the variety of pubs and clubs throughout the night... The next day on Friday, the Skoone Street DIY jam went down atop a hill at one of Tallinn's only DIY spots for the BMX and skateboard community. This was an opportunity to have the local scene and Simple Session athletes ride together, the park was sunny and the excitement was at an all time high for everyone to enjoy a rarely warm September afternoon in Estonia.
Joe went the distance going down the rail switch!
After a full week of shenanigans all over Tallinn, now its time for the main attraction... The weekend of qualifiers and finals has finally arrived! Inside this years Simple Session course, at the Pohjala Tehas district, all the riders gather to push their limits on another unique street inspired design. This year’s session was especially good, full of family and friends, the vibes were strong and the riding was top tier throughout the entire contest!
Stuart Chisholm is the real MVP of Simple Session this year!
And the winners are...
SISTER SESSION TOP 3:
1st place - Bethany Hedrick
2nd place - Angie Marino
3rd place - Anahi Valentina
MEN'S SIMPLE SESSION
1. Boyd Hilder (AUS) 90.33 2. Matt Ray (USA) 88.00 3. Jordan Godwin (GBR) 87.5
4. Courage Adams (ESP) 85 5. Murray Loubser (RSA) 84.33 6. Reed Stark (USA) 82.66 7. Kilian Roth (GER) 82.16
8. Joe Jarvis (GBR) 82.00 9. Stuart Chisholm (GBR) 81.66 10. Santiago Laverde (COL) 80 11. Bruno Hoffmann (GER) 78.66
12. Johnny Raekes (USA) 77 13. Parker Heath (USA) 74 14. Michael Dickson (GBR) 70.33 15. Jacman Hinss (AUS) 64.33
Congratulations to all the riders involved who rode their hearts out and to all the producers at Simple Session for their hard work all year round and keeping this epic contest alive and well for everyone this year and many more to come!
See you for Simple Session 24 in Tartu, Estonia. August 24-25, 2024!
From the beach to the basement of Source Park