New recruit Liam Pace recently headed over to Tallin, Estonia to compete in Simple Session against the world's best skaters. Liam proved he has what it takes, when he not only qualified first going into finals but then took the overall win, taking home first place. We caught up with Liam after the contest to hear his thoughts. Check it out below!
Hey Liam, congrats on the win! How does it
It feels unreal to get out to
Estonia to skate of all places and to take home the win on top of that. I was
stoked to even skate because of a pretty gnarly slam from the first day of
Did you have any idea you could win this?
I thought in the back of my head
that if I nailed a really good run I had a chance of making the podium, I
didn’t really think about winning, I was having too much fun on the course.
After qualifying first, was there more pressure heading into
I got kind of nervous at first
because I skated pretty hard in qualifiers and I knew I had to step it up but I
didn’t know how I was going to do that, I was pretty stoked for a 1 minute run
instead of a 2 minute jam because the course was huge and that’s a long time to
have to skate. When it came time for warm ups for finals I just started having
fun with some harder tricks I hadn’t thought about and just had fun skating as
fast as possible.
Is this your first time to Estonia? What do you think?
This was my first time to Estonia
and it was incredible, other than the freezing weather. The course was huge and
mixed street and big park transitions which was something I’ve been looking
forward to skating since I was little watching the old X Games park contests.
The people that put on the event were super nice and hospitable and the crowd
brought some serious energy to add to the contest! I can’t wait for next
What’s next for you?
What’s next for me is a super
long journey home and then back to the lab to work on a few new tricks I’ve
been working on. As far as the next big contest coming up should be the Vans Pool Party in LA or hopefully a world skate event sanctioned for the Olympics.
I can’t wait for the next contest to happen. I’m also super stoked and
fortunate to have got a full paid trip and invite to the rollercoaster event in
Munich this year. I watched that event last year and it looks like a