Watch jaw-dropping feats of strength that defy gravity

Contestant demonstrates the 'human flag' SUS-150714-143129001
Contestant demonstrates the 'human flag' SUS-150714-143129001

A ‘human flag’ will fly on Eastbourne seafront this weekend as the UK leg of the World Street Workout hits the venue.

The Calisthenics Federation World Cup joins the list of sports on offer at the annual Eastbourne Extreme Festival.

The free event will see top athletes from around the world perform outstanding gravity-defying stunts on the Sunday, while the public can have a go with hands-on tuition.

From a basic muscle-up to the stunning ‘human flag’ – a horizontal side plank – Eastbourne will be one of 22 destinations around the world to display the jaw-dropping feats of strength and athletic ability, before the final in Moscow at the end of the year.

The workout joins a hotlist of activities tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday including awesome BMX and mountain bike stunts, fast-paced World Slalom Series inline skating, colourful windsurfing action and a gleaming array of retro campervans and vintage 1980s bikes in the VW Bus Stop Festival and Brighton Riders BMX bike ride.

Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister, said, “The breadth of athletic ability on display at Eastbourne Extreme this year is simply astounding. From the strength of calisthenics to the intricate balancing skills of freestyle slalom skating, there’s plenty to inspire all ages. It’s free and it’s by the beach – so a perfect family day out too!”

Skating is a big part of the festival with a freestyle skate park for practising stunts, plus a packed programme of freestyle demos, roller hockey, street skating, roller disco and tuition for new skaters.

Eastbourne’s Bourne Bombshells will be challenging teams from all over the country in the only outdoor roller derby tournament in Europe, and the World Slalom Series will see freestyle skaters battle for the top spot.

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