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Big jumps take shape as part of X*Air preparations

6 January 2005

Big jumps take shape as part of X*Air preparations

In two weeks’ time – on the weekend of 22-23 January - the skies above the Wellington waterfront will be full of flying motorcyclists, BMX stunt riders and skateboarders – when the Vodafone X*Air extravaganza hits town.

And, from early next week, Wellingtonians will notice some unusual new additions to the landscape - as giant ramps and jumps, necessary for all the aerial antics, are constructed.

On Taranaki Street Wharf, a series of dirt jumps and ramps up to 4 metres high will be built so freestyle motocross riders can grab all the air necessary for their spectacular stunts. The Michael Fowler Centre carpark, off Wakefield Street, will be closed from Monday 10 January so a similar series of dirt jumps and ramps can be built to suit the demands of BMX dirt jumpers. Vodafone X*Air, Australasia’s largest extreme sports and music festival, will dominate the waterfront during the weekend of 22-23 January.

The entire event is free and will feature more than 70 international competitors taking part in skateboarding, stunt BMX, in-line skating, BMX dirt jumping, motorcycle trials, breakdancing, graffiti art, car displays, ski and snowboard jumping, freestyle moto-x and lots more.

The entire waterfront, from Queens Wharf to Te Papa and into Civic Square will be transformed into an extreme sports playground. Some 200 truckloads of dirt, six shipping container-loads of skate ramps, masses of scaffolding and safety barriers will be installed around the area.

Additionally, a massive Red Bull halfpipe, shipped in from Austria, will be constructed inside the Michael Fowler Centre auditorium – the venue for the freestyle skateboarding.

Wellington City Council Events Manager John Dawson says Vodafone X*Air will be “a huge event – and we’ve proved in the past that the waterfront is perfect for this type of pack-‘em-in action”.

To find out more, visit www.vodafonexair.co.nz


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