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Eastbourne Swaps Zimmer Frames for Extreme Sports
Following a recent change in Eastbourne’s tourism strategy, plans are now underway to sweep away the resort’s perceived zimmer frame image with a new look Extreme sports event.
‘Eastbourne Extreme’ continues the success of the annual Skate festival, with the addition of other key activities such as windsurfing, kitesurfing, rowing, sailing and paragliding.

The UK Windsurfing Association has joined Eastbourne Borough Council in planning the new event, which will be held on 16th and 17th July and will include top windsurfers, such as UK National Wave Sailing Champion Chris Audsley.

Plans are already underway for a UKWA Slalom-X Competition and Freewave Competition for top national and international windsurfers to show off their latest moves. Also provided will be free ‘come and try’ sessions, through established school Spray Watersports, who provide all year round watersports in Eastbourne.

Councillor Graham Marsden, Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council said “Eastbourne is gradually increasing the provision of outdoor activities, from thrilling watersports to aerial activities for the more daring. Visitors don’t necessarily need to wait until the summer weather, there is plenty on offer now for visitors seeking the thrills of outdoor pursuits.”

The annual Skate Festival, which began in 1998, attracts over 15,000 visitors every year, many of which are families. Plans are to continue skating activities with the addition of new and exciting genres to attract even more visitors in the target 35+ age group, along with families to the resort on a longer term basis.

To incorporate the new attractions, the venue will move further along the seafront to include the Skate Park, Princes Park and the stretch of seafront between Eastbourne’s Sovereign Centre and Fisherman’s Green. This area already includes the provision of all year round activities and visitor attractions.

Visitors can also enjoy the return of the Extreme Skate Park, a Fun Fair and other Extreme rides, live bands and an entertainment and retail village.

Skaters travel to Eastbourne from all over the UK and overseas to participate and can once again join in the popular Saturday Night Skate around the resort, ending at one of the most unusual roller disco venues in the skating world – the Napoleonic Redoubt Fortress.

For more information visit www.visiteastbourne.com/events or telephone 01323 415442.
18 January, 2005

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