Two brothers decided to throw a BMX, inline skating and skateboarding event in a small Town in a country nobody had heard of – Tartu, Estonia.
There were 6 disciplines: BMX Dirt, BMX Flatland, BMX Street/Park; Inline park, Inline Vert; Skateboarding Street/Park.
One of the biggest action spots events Simple Session, then known as Simpel Session because of the main sponsor Simpel, was born.
The previous year was so successful, the brothers decided to repeat the event.
This time the Skateboarding juniors class was added.
With the second event being better than the first, it was time to do the third one. Along with the event growing, the number of ramps and dirt jumps was getting bigger as well. The event was getting more international – top spots in skateboarding and BMX were taken by foreigners.
This time around, flatland wizards Martti Kouppa and Viki Gomez came to do demo shows and judge the contest.
The event moved to Tallinn, Saku Suurhall for the first time and became a winterjam jam instead.
Red Bull teamed up with Simple Session and a special course was built for the competition for the first time.
Due to the tight schedule, BMX vert and flatland, along with inline skating were cut from the competition. There was still a Red Bull vert ramp for the riders to enjoy.
For the first time, bigger names such as Alistair Whitton, Sebastian Keep and Dave Osato turned up.
Bart De Jong became an announcer and has been a regular to the contest ever since – being an announcer, a judge and lately the head judge.
The event was broadcast live for the first time and changed its name to “Pop! Session Winter Bash” because of a change in the sponsors.
The American badasses Ryan Nyquist, Josh Harrington and Mike Vallely came over to the contest.
Mr. Nyquist took the gold in BMX Park, Achim Kujawski in BMX Vert and the Frenchman Bastien Salabanzi in skateboarding. There were also a few female skateboarders shredding the park.
A huge amount of international riders from all over the World, including far-away Australia.
Women’s skateboarding had its own class.
Gold medals went to Ryan Nyquist (BMX street), Simon Tabron (BMX vert), Tomas Vintr (Skateboarding) and Evelin Bouillart (Female skateboarding).
Alis “Who cares?” and an Estonian skateboarding movie “Lõuend” were premiered in the Simple Session program.
The BMX legend Dave Mirra came to check out what Estonia and Simple Session are all about.
The skatepark was designed by the skatepark building Yoda Nate Wessel, who has been blessing us with glorious designs ever since. Also, for the first time ever, there was an Open Day for people to enjoy the high-level skatepark once the competition was done and dusted.
Josh Harrington blasted his way to the moon and back, unfortunately, the landing wasn’t the softest kind, but still secured the top spot on the podium for him while having his face covered in bandages. We hope it’s a moment he’ll always remember.
The vert ramp didn’t make it this time around, but there was a parkour demo with the top guys in the game.
Zack “Catfish” Yankush for the first time on the microphone?
Only a couple of months later, the summertime event was brought back as Simpel Summer Splash 07 at Kalevi basketball court in Tallinn.
Simple Session had become a world-famous event and many of the top pros wanted to come to see what this competition had to offer.
There was a top-notch list of riders: Garret Reynolds, Daniel Dhers, Scotty Cranmer, the Napolitan brothers, Morgan Wade, Brad Simms, Gary Young, Dan Lacey, Colin Mackay, Mark Webb, Chase Hawk, Ty Morrow, Dave Freimuth, Ruben Alcantara, Cory “Nasty” Nastazio, etc in BMX; Sierra Fellers, Chris Pfanner, Axel Cruysberghs, Chris Haslam, Georges Agonkouin, Tony Tave, Peter Ramondetta and many more in skateboarding.
There was a tight BMX 180 long jump competition, where Garret Reynolds and Ty Morrow ended up in a tie.
Fuel TV made a recap of the competition.
There was a pre-event interview video on the internet, which instantly turned everyone a fan of Chase Hawk and his frontflip abilities.
Simple Session had its own TV show – Simpel Session TV, which had 4 episodes that introduced the event and riders to the wider public. The event itself was starting to show great statistics – 10,000 spectators, 180,000 live viewers.
BMX Red Bull Best Trick was won by Ty Morrow, when he busted out a massive 540 bunnyhop down the Red Bull gap over a handrail. In Skateboarding’s Snickers Best Trick contest Jeremy Rogers banged out an impressive switch frontside tailslide 270 out.
Axel Cruysberghs won Skateboarding park-street while being only 14 at the time.
Josh Harrington’s “Endsearch” premiere in the SS09 program.
There was another summertime event – Simpel Summer Session 09 at Vabaduse väljak, where Daniel Dhers still managed to take the gold after going through a nasty frontflip crash in his first run.
Simple Session celebrated its 10 year anniversary event!
To celebrate the anniversary, a DUK documentary about the early days of BMX in Tartu (1997-2000) was released along with a retrospective series on Vimeo that included all the Simple Session contests so far.
Skateboarding superstar Ryan Sheckler made it to Estonia, but due to a previous injury couldn’t compete. The crowd wasn’t let down though because Maxim Habanec(5rd), Kris Vile(4th), Sami Miettinen(3rd), Tim Zom(2nd), Adrien Bulard(1st) delivered a spectacular show for the skateboarding fans.
On the BMX side of things, newcomers Drew Bezanson(1st) and Brett Banasiewicz(2nd) made an impressive appearance – Brett spun around a huge 720 tailwhip and Drew did the most precise footjam on a railing right in front of the judges. Dan Lacey did a mind-melting 360 hangover toothpick on the a-frame rail during the Best trick competition.
Simpel Session 10 made it on Brazilian ESPN.
In the summer, Simple Session held its first contest out of the homeland – Stadi Summer Session in Helsinki, Finland. Bruno Hoffman(1st), Ben Hennon(2nd) and Sergio Layos(3rd) killed it.
The competition was getting very intense – Brett Banasiewicz was banging out World’s Firsts such as the Cash Roll Turndown and the Cash Roll Tuck No Hander, while the leading champion Drew Bezanson decided to take a different route to the course – he entered the arena with an enormous caveman drop-in from the judges’ tower railing and did a barspin to icepick on the lower part of the very same railing.
Red Bull Highest Bunnyhop was won by Ty Morrow, who managed to clear an amazing 117cm/46.1 inches.
Ryan Sheckler came back, this time all healed up and won both the street-park competition and Snickers Best Trick with a Frontside Bluntslide to Backside Flip out on the big flat rail.
Aaron Ross and Tom “Dang Dang” Dugan had to miss out on Simpel Session 11 because of the big snowstorm in the US and thousands of flights being canceled. They sent in a video greeting that was shown on the big screen and LIVE webcast.
Simple Dream movie with Kristjan Aasmäe:
Following the dream-come-true story of an aspiring local BMX-rider Kristjan Aasmäe. The film was selected for the program of the 2011 Bicycle Film Festival in 26 cities worldwide. The BFF 2011 events were attended by 225,000 bike lovers.
Simple Session was put in the Skateboarding World Cup series for the first time.
Tens of thousands of passing spectators on Helsinki main square witnessed the second Stadi Summer Session, summertime edition of Simple Session, going down in the history books as the biggest BMX contest ever thrown in Finland – Darryl Nau became an announcer and Tom Dugan decided it was too hot to ride with clothes on.
Magazine Sahtel Simpel Session special edition.
The competition changed its name to Simple Session and became the most popular action sports webcast with nearly 1 million unique viewers.
Women’s BMX class named “Sister Session” was added to the competition for two years and a movie named after it was played in Bicycle Film Festivals in 30 cities worldwide.
Drew Bezanson activated his psycho-mode and did a huge Cannonball Ninjadrop off the Nescafe scissor lift.
Harry Main pulled a massive 1080, which was followed by Catfish repeating “Mida v&%/u?” (what the f &%/) he had learned the night before at the club. Then, during the award ceremony, Harry asks one of the girls to kiss him on the cheek, but snatches a quick kiss from her instead.
Gabe Brooks stepped it up and did a 124cm/49inch bunnyhop.
Recaps on Eurosport 2.
Live broadcast partnership with Microsoft on Xbox gaming consoles, for the first time the broadcast was in full HD quality.
Simple Session released its own newspaper.
Partnership with DC Shoes.
Subrosa’s “Get Used To It” film premiere.
Kevin Peraza pulled the first-ever Double Decade Air.
Kyle Baldock attempted a Double Flair as his last trick after being knocked out with a corkscrew 720 in his first run and passing out at the end of his second run.
During Ben Snowden’s second run the “Harlem Shake” song came on and everybody went wild with it on the course!
Red Bull House Media became Simple Session’s live broadcast partner.
Kevin Peraza went wild with a huge frontflip down the step-up and overshot it hard.
Female skateboarding superstar Leticia Bufoni came to Estonia to compete along with the boys.
Simple Session celebrated its 15th anniversary!
The contest was held in the freshly opened Tondiraba Arena.
An hour and a half long documentary about Simple Session.
Red Bull Signature Series TV series that reached 120 million homes in the USA.
Simple Session represented by XDubai.
The BMX legend Mat “the Condor” Hoffman visited Simple Session as a judge.
BMX riders painted their pedals gold in remembrance of the late Dave Mirra.
Skateboarding stars Leticia Bufoni, Richie Jackson, Greg Lutzka and Beaver Fleming came to Estonia.
The competition was opened by the president of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid, and Kelly Sildaru, multiple time X Games gold medalist in Freestyle skiing.
BMX split into 2 disciplines for more fair judging – street and park.
Estonian and Russian BMX qualifiers were held at the competition park a day before the official Practice days.
While most were scared of the massive spine ramp right after the jump box, Larry Edgar shone brightly on it while aiming for the roof and taking the win in BMX Park.
The Nitro Circus skater Beaver Fleming proved that skateboarders can also blast a jump box and go upside down.
Visit Estonia ice hockey SKATE vs BMX was introduced to the program as a side event.
We The People “Foundation” premiere.
Simple Summer Session 17 took place in Riga, Latvia.
Simple Session reached half a billion people through TV screens and the internet.
Jose Torres wasn’t really known until he managed to pull off flawless runs at Simple Session 18 and became one of the gold medalists.
Skate movie “The Flat Earth” screening
Simple Summer Session 18 was held in a freshly built concrete skatepark in Riga, Latvia.
Tony Hawk and Bam Margera came to Simple Session. Margera and Austin Augie got a bit more than just a taste of the local nightlife and ended up having to wear sunglasses for the rest of their stay in the country.
Women’s Skateboarding class was brought back and the supertalented young Wondergirl Sky Brown took the win.
Kenneth Tencio scared everybody with a huge flip drop-in on the craziest set-up for it. The Australian rider Boyd Hilder really showcased his skills by not only competing in both Street and Park but also bagging the gold medal in the later.
Skateboarding movie “Skate Kitchen” about female skateboarders screened in Apollo cinema.