Spotlight: Mini Park

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Our next interviewee won't be heading to Simple Session but she's a veteran when it comes to competitions. Her past credentials include 2 Toronto Jams and the BMX Masters. There are so many talented female riders all over the world, it's gonna be tough interviewing them all! From Korea, say hello to Mini Park!

Please introduce yourself!
Hi, I'm Mini Park from South Korea in ASIA. I've been riding10 years now.

I ride for CJ,CGV,Bears-bike and POC.


How would you describe your riding style?
My riding style?..hmm...I think that I am quite good at jumping over a box. So, I like doing tricks when I jump over the a box. Hmm it can be my riding style? Anyway, when I was a kid, I wanted to jump higher than man-riders. So I practiced a lot. :)

What is the female riding scene like in Korea?
Sadly, I'm the only BMX rider in South Korea. So, I usually ride with men.... I sometimes go Taiwan for a practice, because my sponsor bike team is there and help me to practice well. In Taiwan, there are some girl riders.

So.. there was this commercial that I saw on Yeah Zine, I think it was a tampon commercial?
I was shot for a tampon commercial advertisement. But it's over now. But you can find the video on the web. I will send you a link for the video.

Any bike buying tips for a new rider?
I would suggest a complete bike when beginning and one thing you have to consider too, is your height for the size of BMX.


Mini's Bear Bike

Once they get a bike, what's the next step?
Getting familiar with BMX!! Ride as much as you can!! If you can ride BMX in the skate park, it would be great!!

Anything else important to note?
Nope!! Just Ride and Be Happy with your BMX!!


To learn more about Mini, head over to her official website,


Samantha Moodie Interview with VIBE Vixen

Sunday, March 25, 2012
I'm sure this is a repost for allot of you, but I just really love what Samantha Moodie had to say in this Vibe Vixen interview. You can also see Sam in action if you are attending Simple Session this year too!

Video : Lea Dobrowski

Look at that girl, look at that girl!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Shortly after her Toronto Jam debut, Brooke Betancourt had some local exposure on WGN News. Watch Brooke strut her stuff above!

Video : Juliet Elliott

Video : Georgia Wheaty

Friday, March 23, 2012

Video : Ashley Bird

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spotlight: Rebecca Berg

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

8 more days until Simple Session in Estonia! I hope these interviews encourage an even bigger turn out next year for the ladies! Our next interviewee is also Germany, meet Rebecca Berg.

Please introduce yourself!
Hey I'm Rebecca Berg a lot of people call me Becci. I live in Stendal, a small town in Germany. I've been riding for almost 6 years now. I don't have any sponsors.

What is Simple Session to you?
I recognized Simple Session 3 years ago but I never thought about going there. Somehow I like contests but I don't love the fact to compete, I just love the vibe between the girls and how everyone is pushing each other. It just feels amazing. It's gonna be my first time at Simple Session and I'm very excited and kinda scared cause a lot of people gonna watch the contest, plus it's my first international contest.

Is there anything you are looking forward to?
I hope we ride a lot, laugh, laugh, laugh, being weird, party, and just have a good time.

Any advise for girls who are looking to enter next year?
My advice for the other girls is if you feel comfortable with your skill level and yourself you just should go out and ride no matter what some else is saying ;)

Spotlight: Zandile Popandile

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Oh boo, we're nearing the end of our Simple Session interviews! I hope you guys have been enjoying these so far! Our next rider is from Germany, say Guten Tag to Zandile!

Please introduce yourself!
Hi, my name is Zandile Mkwanazi, most people call me Zee, I'm 19 years old and I live in Cologne, Germany. I've been riding BMX for about 4 years now, with several breaks though. I spent a year in Michigan, USA and didn't have the opportunity to ride my bike for the first 7 months. In 2011 I broke my ankle in two places and ripped all my legaments so I couldn't ride my bike for 4 months. And last but not least, my bike got stolen two times... ha. I ride for CROWBMX, a local BMX shop, which is really nice.


What is Simple Session in your perspective?
This is the first time Simple Session is having a girls class. I'm really stoked about that and I have to give big shout outs to the people who made that possible (Angie, Kayley, Risto and so on...)

What are you looking forward to?
I'm excited to ride bikes with girls that come from all around the world, also, big contest like that are so much fun. To be honest, the competition is not really THAT important for me, because I'm not really a contest rider. But never the less I love the good vibes, parties and the whole atmosphere. I really can't wait to go!!!


Anything you are not looking forward to?
The only thing that's annoying is, to fly with your bike. Especially when you're traveling with ryanair haha. But I'm sure that everything will work out just fine! See you in Estonia xx

Spotlight: Camila Harambour

Monday, March 19, 2012
Photos by Andres Harambour.

I'm very excited about our next Sister Session / Simple Session interviewee, from what Peta tells me, she's very cool chick and hopefully I'll have a chance to meet this lady soon! Hola Camila!

Please introduce yourself!
Hey! I’m Camila Harambour. I was born in Punta Arenas, a small city at the South of Chile, but I’m actually living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I’ve been riding BMX for 10 years now and I’m actually riding for MegaRamp, 34R Bike Co. and Bodacious, although I could also say I’m riding for my parents who have been the mayor support in all my riding career.


What is Simple Session in your perspective?
This year is going to be the first time that Simple Session holds a girls class, which they named Sisters Session. I’m so happy I’m gonna be able to assist. We are around 10 girls who confirmed already from all parts of the world. I don’t know if Simple Session the most important contest in BMX, but what I know for sure is that is the one that most riders want to go. I’m really looking forward to see what the guys are gonna though this time, as well as giving my best in the park and of course having an amazing time at the park and at the parties!

What will your schedule be like during Simple Session and while in Estonia?
I arrive to Estonia on Wednesday afternoon so I guess I’ll be a tourist for the rest of that day with my mom and then Thursday and Friday are practice days. The girls heat will be on Saturday and then on Sunday I’ll watch the guy’s final.


Any tips for girls who are looking to enter next year?
I recommend all girls who want to enter a contest to go with the idea of having a great time! You’ll have time for yourself to enjoy the park, do what you like the most and meet new riders! At least for me, the more fun I’m having, the best I’m riding.

Do you need a certain skill level?
Certain skill level? Just having control of your bike and knowing how to use the ramps (if you’re riding park).

How about travel tips?
About traveling, although you’ll meet a lot new riders at wherever you’re going, its always good to know at least someone before, even by facebook, its super easy nowadays! Also remember to pack everything you need, but JUST what you need… I’m sick of paying overweight lol. And personally what I can say is that learning English has helped me a lot though all my traveling. I know I still need to improve it, but I was able to write all this now! Haha. So try to know at least a little bit of the language they talk.


Are you looking forward to anything specific while being there?
Meeting all the girls is always fun! Hopefully there’s no drama going on this time lol (ooooo Gosip!). There are also a lot of riders I haven’t seen in a while that I’m looking forward to see and ride, and party with them! I think is gonna be so fun, I cant wait to be there!

❤ Thank you Camila!

Spotlight: Allison López


I feel like there should be more coverage on our fellow female riders, there's a decent amount of coverage for North America, but personally not enough for Asia, Europe and in this case South America (Let's not forget Oceania, Peta). I am thrilled to introduce to you, another female competitor at Simple Session 2012, say hello to BMX rider and model, Allison López! (BTW, it took me about an hour to think of a smart intro, sorry for the geography lesson)

Please tell us about you!
My name is Allison López, I was born in Uruguay but raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina and now I am kind of living everywhere because of my job. This year I am spending most of the time in Paris... I love France!


I have been riding since I was 18 but I had to let my bike go for 2 years because of my job. I work as a model, which is pretty difficult to mix with this sport. I have some times that I ride a lot and times that I have to slow down. Anyways, I enjoy so much riding that I don't care... hahhahah riding make me free and happy... even if I can't do too many tricks on the bike, riding bring me good sensations.. :)

Sao Paulo. Brasil Trip getting some fun. vao viveeee!!! 2V On the air! from Allison Lopez on Vimeo.

What can you tell us about Simple Session?
Well about SS, this is my first one and also the first contest I will be riding in. I don't like competitions but I need to ride in this place hahhahaha. I heard just good stuff about this event so lets go for it!!! hahahahah

What will your schedule be like during Simple Session, is there anything you are looking forward to?
My schedule in Estonia? hahhahahha enjoying a good session with the girls and partying as usual hahhahahah. Like I said, I will love to ride the course first and also see riders like Ruben or Sergio riding.

Any tips for girls who are looking to enter next year?
Do not hesitate to come because riding and having fun is the purpose.

Spotlight: Kayley Ashworth

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Only 12 more days until Simple Session 2012! I won't physically be there to cover the event, but I thought I do what I could while sitting around in Canada. This week will be filled with interviews from the BMX Sister Session riders. Our first interviewee is from the United Kingdom, say hello to Kayley Ashworth.

Please introduce yourself!
Hiyaaaa! I'm Kayley! A bit about me, well, I'm from Widnes (UK) I ride a BMX and I'm lucky enough to have the following companies support me, in showing others the fun of the sport:

Fox Girls Europe
Lifer BMX
Zeal BMX Distribution
Superstar BMX
Rocketdog Shoes
Nutcase Helmets

I'm doing this interview because I pedal a BMX and have a lot of fun doing so! :) myself and 10 other girls have had an amazing opportunity to have a 'Sister Session' at one of the worlds biggest competitions. Simple Session 2012.

Kayley Ashworth - Superstar bmx EDIT from JC Pieri on Vimeo.

For those who don't know, what is Simple Session?
Simple Session is crazy, but it's only crazy because a whole heap of riders come together for two reasons, to ride and party. It's amazing to see riders from all other the globe come together and enjoy a great weekend :D

This is the first year that Simple Session will have held a girls class, there wasn't any last year. The line up for 2012 is pretty amazing though! Ten riders, and there's going to be some pretty cool things happening :D

There is so much more to Simple Session than the girls heat, yeah it will be fun to take part in and it's a great moment for the rise of girls in BMX, but the male competition will be OUT.OF.THIS.WORLD! And then....then there's the parties :D

Any tips for girls who are looking to enter next year?
Erm, go and have fun! It's a holiday at the end of the day :D There is some pressure at competitions and the 'need' to entertain the crowd, so if that's something the rider isn't too phased by then it'll be fine...I see it as riding and having a session with a bunch of girls :)

Are you looking forward to anything specific while being there?
Riding that course is going to be amazing, let me say that again...AMAZING!!! Have you seen the size of it?! Oh my days! It'll be cool to see everyone again, it'll be the first competition of the year, haven't seen everyone since July!


Thanks Kayley! To learn more about her, scroll up and click on her sponsors!

Video : A Week in Germany

Friday, March 16, 2012

Video : Rebecca Berg

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Video : Shaneze Reed TV ad

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Video : Alexia Dejoie

Video : Shawtyonbike

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Video : Mariana Concha

Saturday, March 10, 2012