PICTURE GALLERY: Lifestyles Festival of extreme sports in Hunstanton

It's not been your typical July weather in sunny Hunny this weekend, but that did little to deter extreme sports fans.

Thousands of people turned out for Lifestyles Festival, East Anglia's biggest extreme sports festival, and organisers are delighted with how the three-day event has gone.

It was held at North Prom and the sea off Town Beach, in Hunstanton, and featured national competitions in kite-surfing, windsurfing and street dance, plus skateboarding, BMX riding, in-line skating, parkour, where participants use gymnastic moves to clear obstacles, live music and trade stands.

It kicked off on Friday with workshops for schoolchildren and finished yesterday.

The festival was being run for the seventh year and is organised by the Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk and Hunstanton Sailing Club.


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Tony Devenish, the council's sports development officer said: 'It's been an amazing three days.

'The BMX show today was excellent and the street dancing competition was out of this world.

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'There's been loads of wind which is great for the kite surfers and windsurfers and the kids had such a great time at the workshops on Friday. The heavy rain on Saturday prevented some people from coming along but it's been much nicer today. We had about 12,000 people here last year and each year, through word of mouth, we get about an extra 20pc turnout.

'It's hard to say how many people have been here this weekend but North Prom was packed today.'

Stuart Moore, from Hunstanton Sailing Club, said: 'This festival is now attracting people from all over the country.

'It started from very humble beginnings, but we've been lucky that sponsors have been forthcoming and this was the case again this year, despite the economic climate.'

adam.lazzari@archant.co.uk

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