It’s that time of year again where the best skaters in Europe head to the historic Estonian city of Tallinn for the legendary Simple Session! This year Adam Keats and James Threlfall headed out to represent the UK in Europe’s biggest indoor skate competition.
Welcome to Tallinn
The event takes place over the 4th and 5th of February in the Historic city of Tallinn, Estonia. We arrived a couple of days earlier to explore the city and hit up some of the local indoor skateparks. It was also a good chance to meet up with the other competitors and get to grips with skating the new course before the weekend comp!
Checking out the Simple Session course
The course was a switch up from last year which saw some of the bigger gnarly rails and hips replaced with smaller, more technical obstacles. The jump box, or ‘ski jump’, stayed the same and an daunting 15 ft vert wall was added at the back of the park.
Practice on Friday gave an opportunity of all the riders to get to grips with the new park and figure out their lines for the weekend. American, Ke’chaud Johnson, was the stand out in practice. He consistently stomped the big transfers over the jump box section but was also going crazy on the street section.
Saturday: Simple Session Qualifiers
Saturday’s qualifiers gave the local Estonian riders a chance to mix it up with the best, the top 10 riders would then progress to the finals on Sunday. Adam Keats was up in the first heat of the qualifiers and lay down a solid run getting a feeble to BS lip on the A-frame rail to finish it up. James Threalfall skated in the 6th heat and linked up big airs over some of the parks imposing transfers.
Watch the highlights from Saturdays action below.
Sunday: Simple Session Finals
Although both James and Keats skated well, sadly, it wasn’t enough to see them progress through to the finals on Sunday. Instead, they got a ringside seat to watch the finals action unfold.
‘With 12 of the best competition skateboarder’s in the world battling it out we knew it would be hell of a final! Right from the off Vincent Milou set the standard with a flawless street heavy run, although first timer Yuto Horigame upped the score to beat with a solid mix of transition and technical street!
It wasn’t until the final run that the standings changed and last years winner Aurelien Giraud pulled it out the bag taking home the number 1 spot with a flawless clutch run to seal the 2017 Simple Session title.’
Watch the winning run below…
Watch more from the competition on the official website…