Eastbourne Extreme attracts record crowds
Eastbourne’s extreme sports festival, Eastbourne Extreme, not only pushed the skill and daring of participants to the limits, but also pushed visitor numbers into record figures with 28,000 enjoying the free event over the weekend
Eastbourne’s extreme sports festival, Eastbourne Extreme, not only pushed the skill and daring of participants to the limits, but also pushed visitor numbers into record figures with 28,000 enjoying the free event over the weekend.
The record crowds enjoyed a number of new additions to the Extreme programme including powerboat racing with the Thundercat Racing UK Team and jet ski-ing, as well as more windsurfing competitions than ever before. Brighton Kite Flyers made their first appearance at Extreme, as did the Urban Shadows who demonstrated the sport of free-running over a pre-built course of obstacles.
Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council, Councillor David Tutt said “With new sports and growing crowds, Eastbourne Extreme, now in its third year, is going from strength to strength. With its excitement and energy, the event is really popular with younger age groups and it’s a great addition to the other events we run throughout the year. We would be very pleased to talk to any companies who may wish to become involved in sponsorship for the 2008 event.”
Eastbourne’s hotels also experienced increased demand due to the event. Vice Chairman of the Eastbourne Hospitality Association, Marco Giorgi said, “Most hotels were much busier over the Extreme weekend with little accommodation left available, particularly family rooms. It just shows how important these events are for Eastbourne’s economy.”
As well as the new sports, this year’s event featured a wide range of exciting demonstrations and activities on land and sea, including BMX riders, the Mountainbike Aerial Display team, skateboarding, rollerblading, kite buggying and rowing, plus live music throughout the weekend.
Those who enjoyed Eastbourne Extreme should make a date in their diaries for the Go Fast Speed Days in Eastbourne on September 1st and 2nd when more extreme gravity sports racing will take place at Beachy Head.
For more information on Eastbourne’s events, visit www.visiteastbourne.com or phone the Tourist Information Centre on 0871 663 0031. Companies interested in sponsorship should phone Eastbourne Borough Council on 01323 415442.
19 July, 2007
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