Walter Pieringer has a ton of photos up on the Sahtel site from Simpel Summer Session. It’s definitely worth a look.
“On 20th of August, tens of thousands of passing spectators on Helsinki main square witnessed the second Stadi Summer Session, summertime edition of Simpel Session, going down to the history books as the biggest BMX contest ever thrown in Finland. The open-air contest brought together 67 top riders from 20 countries, with Gary Young (USA) stealing the show, Alex Coleborn (UK) coming second and Daniel Tünte (GER) taking the third place.
“The event was a big success – the line-up was better than ever before at the Simpel Session’s summer contests, the weather was great despite the worrisome forecasts, and the course was constantly surrounded by a cheering crowd. With BMX legends Darryl Nau and Andy Zeiss as announcers, the whole Helsinki main square was filled with energy, firing up one of the most amazing and inspiring Simpel Session contests so far,” said Risto Kalmre, founder and main organizer of Simpel Session.
A total of 67 riders competed in the contest, with close to half of them from Scandinavian and Baltic countries, to whom the contest serves as a qualification for the Simpel Session main contest, Europe’s biggest BMX- and skateboarding wintertime event taking place in February 2012 in Tallinn, Estonia (to be announced). The prize for Best Scandinavian performance went to the 21-year-old Adrian Malmberg from Sweden, placing 21st in the qualifications. The only Nordic rider who qualified to the finals was the Estonian shredder Andres Lainevool, who in the end did not ride the finals because of an injury, but was still recognized with the Best Baltic Rider award.
Three-time Simpel Session silver medalist Gary Young blazed his way around the course in his usual fashion, firing out all sorts of jumping variations, doing gaps to rails and finding lines that no one else could, keeping his flow and fluidity of lines at an unmatched level and earning the gold medal.
Silver medalist Alex Coleborn proved that he’s a trick machine and sessioned the huge boxjump with a barrelroll whip and other variations. The British rider also fired out moves like triple whip from the huge quarter bank set-up and ended the contest with a bang – a massive flair to footjam out of the 8-foot quarter to the top of the 7-foot bank.
Daniel Tünte secured his bronze medal by impressing the judges with pulling all his hard tricks on the first try. He had both the street moves and impressive ramp tricks, both pulled with an effortless style.
Other notable contestants included several top names from the Etnies and Sunday Bikes USA teams, and members of Fly Bikes, Vans and Nike European teams: among them Alessandro Barbero (ITA), Tommy Dugan (USA), Daniel Wedemejier (NL), Markus Reuss (GER), Corey Martinez (USA), Nathan Williams (USA), Kevin Kalkoff (FRA), Sergio Layos (SPA), Stefan Lantschner (ITA), Paul Ryan (GBR), Daniel Penafiel (SPA) and other athletes such as Greg Illingworth (ZA), Ondra Zlez (CZE) and many others.
The contest bikepark was once again designed by Nate Wessel, responsible for many historic action sports courses of X-Games, Woodward Camps and beyond. It was built by Simpel Sessions own dedicated crew.
Full results of the contest can be found here at Final Results”
“Having started out as just a local jam, Simpel Session events have worked their way up to become one of the best contest in the World of BMX bikes. And not because of the massive media coverage or hefty prize purse, but more for its ability of attracting the biggest names in the business, a brand new course which never fails to impress, a laid-back vibe and the feeling of a big BMX party.
Unlike Simpel Sessions in January/February, StadiSession is an outdoor event, so there is hope for warm sunny weather, breezy hang-outs in the greenery and a lot of spontaneous street riding on the great streets of Helsinki.
Simpel Summer Session 2011 Finals results in Stadi – Helsinki!
1. Gary Young USA
2. Alex Coleborn GBR
3. Daniel Tünte GER
4. Alessandro Barbero ITA
5. Daniel “Naran” Penafiel SPA
6. Tommy “Dang Dang” Dugan USA
7. Daniel Wedemejier NL
8. Ondra Slez CZE
9. Markus Reuss GER
10. Corey Martinez USA
11. Spencer Bass USA
12. Greg Illingworth ZA
13. Nathan Williams USA
14. Kevin Kalkoff FRA
15. Sergio Layos SPA
16. Stefan Lantschner ITA
Best Scandinavian Rider: Adrian Malmberg SWE (21th in Qualif)
Best Baltic Rider: Andres Lainevool EST (13th in Qualif)” – Vans
“After running on Extreme Sports Channel for a year, we’re presenting an online premiere of Simpel Session 10 official full show.
Exclusive interviews with top skaters and riders, 10 year anniversary retrospective, never seen riding footage, party camera and more. Show hosts are Double D and Catfish. Music by Critikal, Mimicry, Carlin, Chungin & the Strap-on Faggots and Araban.
Interviews with skaters Ryan Sheckler, Chris Pfanner, Mack McKelton, Madars Apse, Marc Haziza, Kris Vile, Kurtis Colomonico, Harri Puupponen, Tony Panici, Raimo Kangro, Adrien Boulard, Tim Zom…
and BMXers Diogo Canina, Alessandro Barbero, Hoang Tran, Rasmus Paimre, Hoang Tran, Brian Kachinsky, Sean Sexton, Bart de Jong, Ben Snowden, Kevin Kiraly, Drew Bezanson, Danny Hickerson, Isaac Lesser, Rob Darden…
It shouldn’t take this long to get an edit from an event out, buttttttttt since it features Brian Kachinsky, Drew Bezanson, Brett Banasiewicz, Josh Cox and Catfish I’ll let it slide.
Filmed and edited by Ryszard Syryczyński