Mountainboarding championship in Hailsham

ONE OF THE MOST popular mountainboard events in the world is once again returning to Hailsham.

The first round of the 2011 BFC Cream Teas and Jam Freestyle Championship is being held at Knockhill Mountainboard Centre on Saturday July 23.

Now in its third year, the event sees mountainboarders from all over the world competing for prizes by performing inverts, spins and slides on specially designed features such as 20ft dirt jumps, rails and quarter-pipes.

As well as a competition for professional riders from afar afield as Australia and the USA, the event is also set to host fun competitions for local riders.

Knockhill Mountainboard Centre owner and instructor Roger Thurston commented; “Cream Teas and Jam is a great event that places the emphasis on fun and games. It’s one of the only events where local riders get to ride with the pros and pick up some tips on how to do tricks like backflips and 720 spins!”.

Last years champion, MBS pro rider Nicky Geerse from Holland is set to return to compete for the title.

Nicky commented: “Cream Teas and Jam is one of the best mountainboard event series in the world; the atmosphere is always great and everyone always has a laugh. The local riders always show a really high standard and progress loads as the day goes on”.

The event is due to start at 12 noon on July 23 and is free for spectators to attend.

Mountainboarding is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK. A cross over between skateboarding and snowboarding, with elements of other extreme sports such as downhill mountain biking, mountainboarding has now developed into a fully fledged sport of its own.

Knockhill Mountainboard Centre is one of the most progressive Mountainboard Centres in the world. Situated outside Hailsham just outside of Eastbourne, Knockhill offers facilities for all ages and abilities. There is an extensive range of terrain for every level of rider, from the learner slope and beginner area to the pro boardercross race track and epic freestyle arena used for mountainboards and mountainbikes.

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