Structures, ramps and platforms take shape around the Lez, giving a glimpse of the start of the festivities.
Less than two weeks before the start of FISE 2022, Hervé André-Benoît, Mayor Michaël Delafosse and Kamel Chibli, Vice-President responsible for education, youth and sport for the Region, launched the account on the back of an upcoming edition “under the best auspices”† From Wednesday 25 to Sunday 29 May, the matches will take place under the watchful eye of thousands of spectators from all over the world, who will celebrate this 25th anniversary with great fanfare.
To remember on the program of these four intense days, the different competitions that will punctuate the edition, in particular the World Cups of BMX Freestyle and BMX Flatland, Roller Freestyle or Parkour. Not counting the training and qualifications in many other disciplines that help the festival shine, such as skateboarding, BMX Street, freestyle scooters and breaking.
Breaking is key
And if this discipline joined the FISE in 2019 and during the pandemic in e-fise, this year will become more sustainable with three competitions: the Breaking For Gold (world level), a Battle phase of the French Championship and the FISE Battle Challenge . “It is a great pride to be able to resume the experience of the FISE … and in a more concrete waysays Carlota Dudek, winner of the e-fise 2020 in BGirl Adult. We join the federation, the 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 team of enthusiasts. “This competition will count, but we will stay within this festival framework, the urban framework and within the organization itself. What could be better than participating in a festival whose organizers come from this culture? It’s a great opportunity for me to be there .”
“Their culture, their clothes, their music”
Urban culture, also the one that captivates four-time world champion Alex Jumelin. “It’s a pretty mature event now, it’s pretty controlled. There’s this pretty formal side, but in the end it’s still riders with their 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 on. “We don’t want to disrupt the festival. The heart of FISE are the riders, with their street codes, their culture, their clothing, their music. It is this passion that we want to pass on to the new generation.”
A culture that will also be carried through the various concerts on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, and the ongoing activities and initiations surrounding the event. “Urban art is an integral part of FISE. There will be street art, frescoes, graffiti fights, initiations, exhibitions.” And for the comfort of the spectators, this year the festival is inaugurating a Chill Zone, with seats in the shade.
Baillargues, land of extreme sports
This press conference was also an opportunity to recall that the Metropolis has the ambition to support the various sporting events to come. “The FISE has been a real ally in obtaining the Terre de Jeux 2024 label.says Michaël Delafosse proudly. It responds to the development of sports practices in the 21st century.” The Mayor and Hervé André-Benoît then turned to Jean-Luc Meissonnier, Mayor of Baillargues, for the “thank you for your effort” towards extreme sports, in particular referring to the brand new multi-slide park under construction. “We are going to inaugurate it in Julysays Jean-Luc Meissonnier. I have always been committed, since the beginning in Palavas, to the development of extreme sports and today Baillargues hosts one of the most beautiful skate parks.”