Surf’s up for Eastbourne Extreme

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ONE of the UK’s most exhilarating free sports festivals returns to the South coast this weekend as Eastbourne Extreme descends on the seafront once again.

The adventure filled weekend will feature a host of land, air and water based outdoor pursuits to watch and even have a taste of, if your brave enough.

Adrenalin enthusiasts will head to the seafront this Saturday for the two-day event, with both day’s proceedings getting under-way at 11am.

On the opening day, audiences will be able to enjoy a BMX and Skate competition before watching Brighton kite flyers take to the skies.

Eastbourne Sk8 School will be on hand throughout the weekend to give demonstrations on a host of skating activities, such as Eastbourne Edge Hockey, Street Skates and Roller Derby.

The Urban Shadows will be returning for their fifth year at Eastbourne Extreme to wow the crowds with a display of parkour, accompanied by Free Running Educational Experience (F.R.E.E).

Parkour is a relatively recent trend to hit the streets where individuals vault, roll, run, climb and jump across a number of obstacles, using gymnastics and martial arts to move lithely around natural surroundings.

A selection of water sports round off the weekend’s events, with Spray Watersports, Surfkraft and UK Formula Future Power Boats taking to the water for a display of windsurfing, sailing and paddleboarding.

Events not to be missed over the two days include Zero Gravity, which is recognised as one of the most breathtaking Freestyle Mountain Bike and Motor Bike stunt team in the business.

Zero Gravity has a reputation of putting on awe-inspiring shows that are suitable for anyone from the age of five to 95, featuring balancing skills, twists, turns, back flips and death-defying somersaults.

Another show not be missed is that of the Bourne Bombshells, Eastbourne’s resident roller derby team.

They will be hosting a national tournament, welcoming some of the best teams from around the country, including Bristol Roller Derby, Seaside Siren Rollergirls and Big Bucks High Rollers.

Roller Derby is the fastest growing sport in the UK and involves skaters attempting to lap the opposing team.

However, blockers are installed to stop this from happening using a mixture of blocks and hits.

The contact sport will be on display between 10am and 5pm, with a prize-giving at the end of proceedings.

Aside from exhilarating sport, there will be a battle of the bands taking place over the course of the two days, plus a VW bus stop on show on Sunday.

Most of the action will take place on Eastbourne seafront around Princes Park. The Fort Fun Arena and Fisherman’s Green also host a variety of the weekend’s shows.

A handful of the sports are weather dependent, so organisers will be hoping the showers hold off long enough for the thousands of likely spectators to have their breath taken away by at least one of the extreme sports on offer in the popular free festival.