Brace yourself for Eastbourne Extreme

Photograph by Graham Huntley
Photograph by Graham Huntley

Eastbourne Extreme, one of the biggest free extreme sporting festivals on the South Coast, returns from July 18-19 with a new bike tour of classic 1980s BMX bikes.

More than 100 riders will head into Eastbourne on Sunday morning to display the vintage children’s bikes, which first became a huge phenomenon in the UK after the legendary chase scene in the 1982 film E.T.

The bike ride will end on Eastbourne seafront, joining the display of classic and retro campervans, along with World Slalom Series inline skating and all of the Surfkraft competitive windsurfing action from the beach.

Bringing together a mix of demonstrations, sporting events and have a go fun, the free two day festival by the beach combines an extreme mix of activities on land, sea and air.

The festival also coincides with a brand new Music Live, a week-long festival which features a residency at the town’s Underground Theatre, alongside many live bands at Eastbourne Extreme over the two days.

Councillor Margaret Bannister said, “This is a great family friendly sports event, and the addition of these retro BMXs will be a fantastic talking point for keen cyclists, kids and those who grew up in the 80s too.”

On the ground, the Zero Gravity freestyle mountain bike team and MBE BMX team will both be providing jaw-dropping demonstrations of tail whips, back flips and 360s.

Eastbourne’s Bourne Bombshells will once again challenge teams from all over the country in the only outdoor roller derby tournament in Europe, and the World Slalom Series will see skaters battle for the top spot in the hope of representing Great Britain in future championships.

The skate programme organised by SK8school and Eastbourne Skating Club, will see the return of more favourites including roller hockey, street skating and extreme Skate Park ramps.

Budding new skaters can also benefit from tuition or marvel at the tricks and freestyle demos taking place.

At the beach, Beach Bourne offers a cross fitness challenge for all keen sports men and women.

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