We were absolutely gutted when we heard earlier in the year that the brilliant White Air Extreme Sports Festival was leaving the Island and moving to Brighton for 2009.
It’s a massive shame that we’ve lost this great festival from the Island, but on the positive side, Brighton isn’t that far to go if you still want to compete, ‘have a go’ or just wonder at the talent of the sports people or musicians.
This year the event takes place on Brighton Beach and according to organiser, Nigel Howell, has grown enormously in size.
White Air is Europe’s biggest extreme sports festival and includes BMX, Skate, Mountain Board, Inline, Streetboard, Mtn Bike, Parkour, Street Dance, B Bop, Graffiti Jams and freesport park Djs. There’ll be High Diving from 90ft, Mixed Martial Arts, Volleyball, Slackline, Ropeboarding, Thundercats, Jetskis, Windsurfing Freestyle and Racing Championships, Surfing, Kitesurfing slider park, Wakeboards, Paddle Boards, Sailing, Canoes, Aquathlon, Triathlon, Aquathlon, 56 miles off road race starting in London and finishing at White Air, Marines fast support landing craft, the incredible Red Arrows, RAF Falcons, and the awesome Chinook helicopters flying upside down.
Talk about extreme!
Music a go go
Organiser Nigel Howell made a very canny choice for live music last year when he booked The Pigeon Detectives. The crowds went wild for the skinny jeaned indie-kids and a top night was had by all.
This year White Air have gone the extra mile (or two) with an extended music lineup featuring indie heavyweights Doves, the mighty Biffy Clyro and cult indie rockers The Cribs.
White Lies, British Sea Power, Natty, The Boxer Rebellion and more will also take to the stage at the last festival of the summer.
There are a range of tickets available – full festival, day tickets or VIP tickets.
We’ll be bringing you more info on VB over the next three weeks in the run up to the festival.
Check the official White Air Website for full details.