Structures, slopes and platforms take shape around Lez, giving an idea that the festivities have begun.
Less than two weeks before the start of FISE 2022, Hervé André-Benoît, Mayor Michaël Delafosse, and Kamel Chibli, the District’s vice-president for education, youth and sport, started the reckoning with the reverse of a pressure that showed itself. “under the best protection”. The competitions, which are expected to celebrate their 25th anniversary with great fanfare, will follow their 25th anniversary in front of thousands of spectators from all over the world between Wednesday, May 25 and Sunday, May 29.
In the program of these four intense days, especially to remember the various competitions that will punctuate the world cups of BMX Freestyle and BMX Flatland, Roller Freestyle or Parkour. That’s not counting the training and qualifications in skateboarding, BMX Street, freestyle scooters and motorcycle racing as well as many other disciplines that helped the festival shine.
Breaking takes center stage
And if this discipline joined FISE in 2019 and e-fise during the pandemic, it will settle down more firmly this year with three competitions: Breaking For Gold (world level), a Battle stage of the French Championship, and the FISE Combat Challenge. “It is a great honor to be able to continue the FISE experience in a more tangible way.says Carlota Dudek, winner of e-fise 2020 at BGirl Adult. Joining the Federation side, FISE is one of the new competitions not to be missed.”
But for this young girl from Montpellier, the most important thing is to share her sport with a passionate team. “This competition will count, but we will stay within the framework of this festival, within the urban framework and within the organization itself. What could be better than participating in a festival whose organizers come from this culture? It is a great opportunity for me to be there.”
“cultures, clothes, music”
Urban culture is also the culture that excites quad world champion Alex Jumelin. “It’s a pretty mature event right now, it’s pretty controlled. There’s a pretty formal side to it, but in the end it’s riders who still have their own culture, their DNA. It’s going to be a party, it’s going to be cool.”
A point that Hervé André-Benoît also wanted to insist. “We don’t want to spoil the festival. The heart of FISE is the riders with their street codes, their culture, their clothes, their music. This is the passion we want to pass on to the next generation.”
It is a culture to be conveyed with various concerts on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as ongoing events and initiations throughout the event. “Urban art will be an integral part of FISE, street art, frescoes, graffiti wars, initiations, exhibitions.” And for the convenience of the audience, this year the festival is opening a Chill Zone with seating in the shade.
Baillargues, land of extreme sports
This press conference was also an opportunity to remember that Metropolis has a desire to support a variety of sporting events in the future. “FISE has been a true ally in achieving the Terre de Jeux 2024 label.proudly claims Michaël Delafosse. It responds to the evolution of sports practices in the 21st century.” The mayor and Hervé André-Benoît appealed to the then mayor of Baillargues, Jean-Luc Meissonnier. “thank you for your commitment” towards extreme sports, especially referring to the brand new multi-slide park under construction. “We will open in July”says Jean-Luc Meissonnier. From the very beginning at Palavas I have been committed to the development of extreme sports and today Baillargues is home to one of the most beautiful skate parks.”