After just three years as a pro, Simone Barraco is already known as one of the most promising European Street riders in the world. His first major honour came in 2010, when he won the Street Heroes competition in Romania. Later that same year, he put in a solid performance at Rebel Jam in Amsterdam, finishing fourth. In 2011, the young Italian’s progress continued, as he finished sixth at Rebel Jam in Tallinn and at Simple Session 2012 he finished 13th on his first appearance. In 2012, he also became the first BMXer from Italy to receive an invitation to the X Games - a fifth placed finish was an excellent result for such a young rider. Born in 1991 in Genoa, Simone was primarily a gymnast until the age of 14. “Mat Hoffman BMX 2 for PlayStation 1,” he says, “that's what got me into riding.” Soon after, he bought his first BMX and it was love at first sight, as he felt a sense of freedom he had never experienced before. Just a year later, at the age of 15, Simone rode in his first race. Over the past couple of years, Simone has got everyone on the street-riding scene talking, impressed with web edits showcasing his smooth, creative style as he finds unique ways to utilize obstacles. Indeed, it was a Nike BMX video featuring himself and teammate Alex Kennedy riding in Tel Aviv, Israel that first got him noticed by the people who matter at X Games.
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