FISE World Series 2016 Releases Schedule
28 Apr, 2016
The FISE, the international world extreme sports festival, has presented the 2016 FISE World Series Schedule:
Montpellier, France: May 4 - 8
Osijek, Croatia: July 21 - 23
Denver, USA: September 3 - 5
Edmonton, Canada: September 16 - 18
Chengdu, China: October 27 – 30
About FISE: For the last 20 years, the Festival International des Sports Extrêmes (FISE) in Montpellier has been a staple event in the action sports calendar. Often described as the event with the best vibe, the FISE gathers each year hundreds of international athletes and hundreds of thousands of fans in the heart of Montpellier.
The FISE is more than just an event: it’s over 25 competitions that bring together the most popular action sports: skateboard, BMX, mountain bike, wakeboard, inline skate, etc. Over the years, the contests gained international notoriety and have become staples of the action sport contest calendar.
In order to truly understand the enthusiasm the FISE creates amongst the extreme community, let’s go back to its very beginnings. It all started in 1997 when Hervé André-Benoit, then a Business student in Montpellier, was pondering over his end-of-year project, and decided to use his passion for action sports and create a solid project. He then organized the first ever FISE with very limited resources, attracting nonetheless 100 riders and 35 000 spectators over 3 days, in Palavas, France.
“I used to spend hours in my room, at my parents’ place, with a fax machine, trying to find sponsors”, the FISE founder remembers, amused (quote taken from an interview in the newspaper Le Monde). Starting in 2003, the FISE started to spread its wings on the international level, with editions in Dubai, Kuwait, Costa Rica, China, Malaysia, on top of developing a French tour, the FISE Xperience, that counts many dates throughout the year. The Monpellier event is still nowadays the epicenter of the phenomenon; the Festival now attracts over 500 000 people over the 5 days and arouses interest of prestigious sponsors. But one thing hasn’t and will never change: the vibe. The event is thought for the riders, and includes open competition formats for amateurs, juniors and women. The main goal of the FISE Association is to promote extreme and alternative sports and therefore, the event have never lost one very interesting aspect for spectators: they are free to attend.
Full information is available here.