Edgy sports coming to resort

PEOPLE who like their sport to be skilful, edgy, outdoor and extreme, will find plenty to watch and take part in at Felixstowe's Xtremefest sports day.

PEOPLE who like their sport to be skilful, edgy, outdoor and extreme, will find plenty to watch and take part in at Felixstowe's Xtremefest sports day.

Bank Holiday Monday August 27 will see windsurfing, skateboarding and climbing taking place next to Felixstowe Leisure Centre and on the beach between the pier and the Spa Pavilion.

“This will be a very exciting day with three very different sports, all requiring skill, nerve and balance to try out or learn more about, and it should also be great fun for spectators as well,” said Suffolk Coastal cabinet member Doreen Savage.

Windsurfing enthusiasts will get the chance to watch the British Champion Keith Atkinson in action when he competes against the best windsurfers from East Anglia in the Eastern Windsurfing Cup.


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Anyone wanting to take up the sport or find out how they can improve can talk to experts.

“Suffolk Coastal's mobile skatepark will be next to the Felixstowe Leisure Centre and youngsters are invited to bring along their skateboards, blades or bikes and have a go,” said Mrs Savage.

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“They can also enter the Xtremefest Jam competition when Suffolk Coastal's active communities team will judge the best tricks and skills. Young people entering will be split into under 12s and over 12s and must register before 11.30am.

“Those who want to get their feet off the ground, and get a great view of Felixstowe, can try their hand at climbing the mobile climbing wall, which will be supervised by the owners Higher Fun.

“The Xtremefest Climb Trial will add a competitive edge to that sport as there will be a competition to see who can be the quickest to the top.”

There will be various stalls offering information and advice on the various sports, while the police will give advice on bike safety, Suffolk Coastal Teen Voices will promote their Youth Forum, and Suffolk Coastal Crime and Disorder Partnership will give information on community safety and are holding a competition that could see one lucky winner walk away with a Nintendo Wii.

The festival starts at 10am and has been organised by the Eastern Windsurfing Association, Suffolk Coastal's active communities team and Keith Atkinson, the British Windsurfing Champion. The cost of using the skatepark and climbing wall will be £1 a go.

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