Eastbourne Extreme sports festival

Eastbourne Extreme
Eastbourne Extreme

VISITORS to the south coast are preparing to brace themselves for a jam-packed weekend of fast and furious outdoor pursuits as Eastbourne Extreme returns with a bigger line up than ever before.

This weekend sees the return of Eastbourne’s free extreme sports festival with a bumper display of adrenaline-fuelled activities lining the eastern seafront, including a UK street surfing exclusive and confirmed this week, Can Control Live Graffiti Demonstrations and Kamikaze Boarding.

Visitors will be invited to test their creative skills and have a go at graffiti with the Can Control team in live demonstrations across the weekend, while Kamikaze Boarding will offer visitors the chance to try surfing on land.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Cllr Neil Stanley said, “What a cracking weekend we have coming up in Eastbourne with extreme sports galore.

“This year promises to surpass all others with our biggest and best line up yet of intense displays to really get the adrenaline pumping.

“We are delighted to welcome a UK exclusive with the Street Surfing S Ramp making its first appearance in this country, alongside plenty of other new attractions for Extreme including the Zero Gravity Freestyle Trials Team, Slacklinz, Kamikaze Boarding and lots more.

“I hope that visitors of all ages will join us over the weekend to watch some spectacular displays and if they’re daring enough, there will be lots of opportunities to join in too.”

New attractions for 2011 also include Slacklinz offering visitors the chance to test their balance on tightrope courses, the Zero Gravity Freestyle Trials Team impressing spectators with their daredevil bike stunts, and Disco Pete, the legendary 70-year-old body popper from Brighton.

The Extreme action will continue in the water with Formula Future Offshore Race Club causing a splash along the shore as they compete for points in Round 4 of their RYA National Championship.

Surfkraft will stage the Extreme One-hour Classic Race for windsurfers to take to the seas, with Masterblaster Races and Stand-up Paddleboarding offering visitors the chance to join in.

For those that prefer to stay on drier land head to Princes Park and Five Acre Field for the chance to fly giant kites and try kitesurfing with Brighton Kite Flyers, Kite Weekenders and South East Kiting Association or have a go at zorbing.

Eastbourne Sk8 School will take over Fisherman’s Green with a packed timetable of skating, roller derbies, skills tests, dance demonstrations, roller discos, and skate hockey with Eastbourne Edge Hockey Team.

Next door, Ride N Joy Quadricycle Hire will offer skaters picnics and the chance for families to enjoy a four-wheeled cycle along the prom.

Along the western end of the seafront, new for 2011, the Eastbourne ‘Ard-man Triathlon will take place on Sunday (July 17) with a challenging route taking on an open water swim, followed by a hilly bike and run course raising money for the Eastbourne Voluntary Lifeguards.

If all the action sounds a little too much, there will be plenty of opportunities to sit back and relax on the beach too, enjoying the Battle of the Bands Final being played out on the Extreme stage and soaking in the authentic surfers’ vibe as the VW Bus Stop Tour cruises into town on Sunday.