Event’s got him ‘stoked’

Sports fest draws the top ath­letes in ex­treme sports

Metro Canada (Edmonton) - - News - Kash­mala Fida

For a pro­fes­sional BMX ath­lete whose job it is to do tricks on flat sur­faces, the hill-less ex­panse of the Prairies is an open in­vi­ta­tion.

“I’m pretty stoked,” says Ben­jamin Hud­son, 21, a Chilean BMX rider in town this weekend for the Fes­ti­val In­ter­na­tional Sports Ex­treme (FISE) Edmonton.

“It’s like a spe­cial thing with the flat­land, I don’t know why, the floor is su­per good so the (per­for­mance) level is high,” he told Metro Fri­day.

Hud­son has been a BMX flat­land rider for eight years, which he de­scribes as “rid­ing bi­cy­cles in cre­ative way on the flat land with­out any ob­sta­cles… cre­at­ing your own moves, like dancing you can say.”

This is the sec­ond year Edmonton has hosted FISE, re­main­ing the only North Amer­i­can city to do so.

FISE is a “world ac­tion sports fes­ti­val” that fea­tures BMX com­pe­ti­tions, moun­tain bik­ing, skate­board­ing and scooter freestyle.

“I love Edmonton,” he said. “So last year I was here and the crowd was awe­some, like such a good vibe and en­ergy from the crowd to the rider so yeah, I love it.”

“We just make a great im­pres­sion,” said Mayor Don Ive­son.

“We work so hard in en­sur­ing the ath­letes have a great, safe time and that all mem­bers of the pub­lic are looked after and en­joy them­selves.”

He said hav­ing a fes­ti­val of this mag­ni­tude is a great source of in­spi­ra­tion for lo­cal ath­letes.

“Even just to get peo­ple to say, ‘I’m go­ing to dust off my bike and I’m go­ing to ride down and see peo­ple do th­ese sick jumps like 50 feet in the air,’ so that gets peo­ple mov­ing, that gets peo­ple to per­form,” he said.

He said last year’s fes­ti­val drew 23,000 peo­ple and he hopes this year that num­ber will in­crease sig­nif­i­cantly.

KEvIn Tuong/METRo

Ben­jamin Hud­son is a 21 year old BMX Flat­land rider from Chile who will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in FISE 2017.

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