On August 26th the world renowned extreme sports festival Simple Session will for the first time ever put on a massive BMX contest in the heart of Riga. The event is dedicated to the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and to the 100th birthday of the Republic of Estonia. The event is free for spectators.

Based in Tallinn, Estonia, the wintertime Simple Session has grown into one of the most prestigious and international action sports contests in the world. During its 17 years of history, the contest series hosts the best skateboarders and BMX riders from all over the globe every year and presents an opportunity for the Baltic athletes to compete with all the top names out there. In the summer, the series has traveled a couple of times to Helsinki before, and now its time for Riga.

The best BMX park riders from around the world will go head to head on a massive outdoor course on Riga’s Freedom Monument bridge. A 800 m2 outdoor contest course will be built for the event, designed by the world’s best skatepark designer Nate Wessel (Simple Session, X-Games etc).

“We have been thinking about hosting a summertime contest in Riga for some time now, especially after the success we have seen organising public outdoor events in Helsinki in 2010 and 2011. Simple Session has always been popular amongst the Latvian BMX and skateboarding scene, since it has been a great opportunity for the Latvian talents to blossom. Some of whom have become internationally acclaimed riders, such as Madars Apse in skateboarding and Eduards Zunda in BMX. Now that both skateboarding and BMX freestyle are officially included in the Tokyo 2020 olympics, then we expect the broader public to also take more interest in the these sports,” said Simple Session Head Producer Mario Kalmre.

Anna Blaua, Live Riga Public Relations Project Officer: “BMX and skateboard events like Simple Session are an attractive and creative way to promote Riga. Everyone, including guests with very specific interests like BMX and skateboard, will find suitable recreation here. In Riga, a place of choice is also important – the competition will not take place indoors outside the center, but in the very heart of the city – at the foot of the Freedom Monument, where events of this nature are rare. Already, there is a significant interest in both participants and viewers, as well as interest from passersby. Simple Session at the same time is an opportunity to meet with the industry – we in Latvia have great skateboard planners and builders. ”

Jorma Sarv, Head of the International Programme of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and to the 100th birthday of the Republic of Estonia“We are very glad to have an exciting sports event among the many cultural events in the program of Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and to the 100th birthday of the Republic of Estonia. The chance to present to our neighbors the Simple Session, a successful brand of its own in the world of extreme sports, helps to introduce Estonia and its culture in all its richness and diversity.”

Contests will be held in BMX park and street disciplines. In addition, a skateboarding best trick contest will be held for all the local riders.

Some of the most decorated BMX athletes will be flying over to Riga in August, whose riding will push the limits of what is to be considered humanly possible. The Venezuelan BMX pro rider, 5 time X-Games gold medalist Daniel Dhers will be competing, as well as the Russian Kostya Andreev, a must-see top finishing rider from prestigious events and a silver medalist from the recent BMX World Cup. Among other big names, Pat Casey (USA), Irek Rizaev (RUS), Felix Prangenberg (GER) and Daniel Tünte (GER) will put on a magnificent show on the Simple Summer Session contest course in Riga.

The Baltics will be represented in the event by the best BMX riders from recent years, with Tomass Grinbergs (park) and Kristaps Reimanis (street) competing from Latvia. There will be additional Baltic qualifiers added to the line-up after Kuldrula (Estonia) and Ghetto Games (Latvia) events in mid-July, as well as some world class top riders – there will be several surprise guests arriving to Riga straight from the BMX Freestyle World Cup in Budapest, which takes place just before Simple Summer Session.

Best Baltic riders from Simple Summer Session will receive an invitation to compete in Simple Session main event which will take place on 3rd and 4th of February 2018 in Tallinn, Estonia.

Simple Summer Session event will be broadcast live via Tvnet in Latvia, Postimees in Estonia and 15Min in Lithuania.

The event is dedicated to the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and to the 100th birthday of the Republic of Estonia. The dedication programs last from July 2017 until the end of year 2018 with more than 150 events in total. Explore the program here:

Established in 2001 in Tartu, Estonia, the Simple Session has grown into one of the most anticipated BMX and skateboarding contests in the event calendar of the extreme sports world. Hosting up to 140 contestants from more than 30 countries each year, the contest is considered the most international action sports event out there. Simple Session main event, taking place again in 3 – 4 February 2018, pits the globe’s best BMX riders and skateboarders against each other on it’s magnificent one-off contest course for the ultimate show of the most progressive riding ever seen. The electrifying contest is followed by non-stop after-parties that make up one unforgettable festival experience. The event has been covered by the sports media all over the world, including Extreme Sports Channel, Eurosport, ESPN, Fuel TV, Fox Sports and MTV. The live broadcasts from the event reaches hundreds of thousands of viewers across the globe.

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