The Simpel Session in Estonia has become one of the biggest European contests on everybody’s calendar, drawing hundreds of the world’s top talents in BMX and skateboarding to the Baltic state. The 2011 version of the all-star event went down over the weekend, with Drew Bezanson successfully defending his BMX title and Ryan Sheckler taking down the field for the skaters.
After sitting on the sidelines in Estonia with an injury in 2010, Sheckler showed up and landed everything he attempted in the Final on Sunday, delivering two perfect runs to pack his pockets full of Euros. He was top dog in the best trick contest as well, knocking out a frontside bluntslide to backside flip out on the big flat rail.
Simpel Session Fast Facts
- Held in Estonia's capital, Tallinn
- Started in 2001 as a local jam
- Nearly 200 international competitors in 2011
- 10,000 Euro prize purse
Canadian BMX star Drew Bezanson, whose breakout year in 2010 included a win at Simpel Session, returned to Talinn in 2011 with his usual goal: to have fun on his bike. Despite being up against some of the hungriest riders on the planet, Drew’s insane abilities took him to the top spot once again. Will he kick off 2011 on the win streak he had in 2010? We’d put money on it.
Sheckler and Bezanson weren’t the only Red Bull riders to hit the top ten in the ultra-competitive event; the Czech Republic’s Michael Beran landed in sixth in the BMX comp, while Canada’s Ryan DeCenzo took seventh on the skate list.
With the hectic summer contest season still many months off, Simpel Session was a great way to break up the winter, see some hot progression go down, and, based on the web clips we’ve seen, party. The event put Estonia on the action sports map, and they’ve even started hosting a Summer Session, so look for more bangin’ action from the Baltic Region soon…