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Sprite Urban Games 2006

Preview by Jack Foley

THE Sprite Urban Games return to Clapham Common with a vengeance from Friday, June 30 to Sunday, July 2, 2006.

The three-day action sports fest brings together the world’s finest, all performing to the backbeats of the hottest urban and rock music around.

For the eighth year running, 20,000 people are expected to descend on the Common for non-stop urban street culture.

Highlights of this this year’s festival include two streetcourses, tailor-made for skate and BMX.

The bespoke courses will be the biggest and best yet (200m² larger than last year). They have been designed by BMX legend Shaun Scarfe and skate expert Pete Turvey and will be ridden by World Champ and multi-X-Games winner, Ryan Nyquist, last year’s champion Colin Mackay, and a host of other confirmed names.

What’s more, there’s also the biggest vert ramp ever seen in the UK – an all-new, purpose-built ramp that’s based on skate superstar Tony Hawk’s ramp. It promises to draw the cream of international talent, including Ronnie Remo, Pete King, Dave Allen and Matt Fairbairn. Viewers can expect awesome demos and a thrilling selection of gravity defying stunts.

In addition to the eye-popping spectacle, there will be a monster £40,000 prize money on offer, so expect fierce competition as the best athletes in the world compete to nab the winnings in the International Skate (Street and Vert) and BMX (Street, Vert, Dirt, Flat) competitions.

For talented 12 – 16-year-olds, there’s also the chance to emulate the pros, with serious prizes up for grabs for the best on the vert ramp.

The new British Skate and BMX Championships look set to shake up action sport history, with a British Champion being officially crowned in Skate Street, BMX Street and BMX Dirt Jumps.

To be held alongside the existing Sprite Urban Games contests, the British Championships will have a separate prize purse and entry system that is only open to UK entrants. This will give home-grown talent a high profile stage on which to perform, that has a global audience of over 10 million people.

Sprite Urban Games wouldn’t be complete without the B-Boy arena. It’s set to rock Clapham once more, offering visitors the chance to see the crews battle, lock and pop their way to one of the top titles in the UK.

An absolute must is the VIP b-boy pass to avoid the queues and guarantee yourself a seat at every session.

The Sprite Urban Games aren’t just for pros, as there’s a public streetcourse for kids and adults alike, so everyone can have a piece of the action.

To find out more, call the ticket hotline number on 0870 380 0136 or buy online at the website