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Eastbourne Extreme Turns Up the Heat
Eastbourne Extreme turned up the heat over the weekend with 25,000 visitors enjoying soaring temperatures at the FREE extreme sports festival, held on Eastbourne seafront.

Skaters, BMX riders and skateboarders all turned out in droves to join in the packed programme of arena events, extreme skating and the popular Saturday Night Skate around Eastbourne.

The festival also enjoyed a strong sea breeze, perfect for the UK Windsurfing Association’s Freewave and Slalom 2 national events which attracted a colourful mass of sails racing along the seafront. Also making the most of the wind were kite surfers, kite buggies, a paragliding simulator and watersports novices enjoyed free lessons in windsurfing, sailing and power boating.

Eastbourne Borough Council Spokesperson for Tourism, Councillor David Elkin says “The weekend proved to be a great hit, both for local people and for visitors, and has given us a lot of great activities to build on for next year. The Tourist Information Centre in particular received many last minute enquiries on Friday taking up nearly all of the family rooms in the resort, proving that Change Your View and Eastbourne Extreme are having a positive impact.”

“With most schools not even breaking up until later this week, the weekend has provided a superb early boost to the traditional summer holiday season.”

Young rowers at Eastbourne Extreme were also treated to a special visit by Olympic Silver Medallist rower Alison Mowbray, who took youngsters through their paces on the rowing machines and provided tips on the technique which helped her win Olympic glory.
19 July, 2005

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