Hunstanton gets set for extreme sports festival

Chris BishopThousands are set to flock to Sunny Hunny for Norfolk's biggest extreme sports festival.Lifestyles 09, which takes over the resort's Prom and Green over the weekend of July 10 - 12, offers everything from kitesurfing to break dancing, and BMX biking to beach volleyball.Chris Bishop

Thousands are set to flock to Sunny Hunny for Norfolk's biggest extreme sports festival.

Lifestyles 09, which takes over the resort's Prom and Green over the weekend of July 10 - 12, offers everything from kitesurfing to break dancing, and BMX biking to beach volleyball.

Come and have a go - it's free, is the theme of an event which last year brought more than 7,000 visitors to Hunstanton.

Today Tony Devenish, a sports development officer from event organisers West Norfolk council, said: 'There will be more streetdance and more workshops on offer, while on the Friday we'll have a schools' day.


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'Children from Smithdon and quite a few high schools will be able to try BMX-ing, skateboarding, sea kayaking, streetdancing, kiting and climbing.'

As well as being able to take part in the sporting side of things - or watch the experts take part in competitions like heats from the British Kite Surfing Association's Freestyle Grand Prix.

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Expert BMX-ers will also be showing off their tricks and turns, like Lynn-based rider Jay Bates, who turned a few heads on the prom yesterday with an impromptu display.

'I'm 38, that's old enough not to be riding a BMX,' he said. 'When I was a kid I saw a show by the then King's Lynn Freestyle Team. I borrowed my mate's bike, I had a go and I've never looked back.'

Mr Bates will be joined by youngsters who have won BMX, skate and roller blading heats in contests staged at The Shed - a council-run bike and skate centre in Lynn.

Hunstanton Sailing Club, on the North Promenade, will be the festival's HQ. Almost half of the club's 180 members are kite surfers.

'It's probably the biggest event of the year for us,' said Stuart Moore, the club's commodore. 'I like to think we're moving with the times and at the moment the sport that's growing is kite surfing.'

Over the weekend there will also be live bands, line-up to be announced, and a massive VW Beetle and camper rally on The Green.

For more information, go to the festival website www.lifestylesfestival.co.uk .

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