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World Extreme Games: Shanghai gears up for the sports festival

Shanghai is the setting for some of the year’s top sporting events, including the Chinese Grand Prix and the Tennis Masters, but if you’re a fan of more off-the-wall activities then check out the second edition of the Kia World Extreme Games at the KIC Jiangwan Sports Centre in the Yang Pu District of the city from the 30 April to the 3 May.

Highlights of the 2014 event include the addition of Freestyle Motocross – International Ramp to Ramp Competition; with two new action sports demonstrations added to the programme, namely an Aggressive Inline Skate Demonstration on the Mini-Mega Ramp and The Madd Gear Scooter Troupe each day on the Street Course.

Rather you than me, mate 

There will be a first for Asia when a spectacular ‘Extreme Jam’ takes place on the Vert featuring six action sports masters, and BMX legend Mat Hoffman – aka ‘The Condor’ – will also be present. Spectators can also enjoy FMX Performances twice daily throughout the event.

Over 200 of the world’s best extreme sports athletes will descend on Shanghai from almost 30 countries, ranging from Brazil to Japan, China and New Zealand. Medals will be contested in BMX Freestyle, Aggressive Inline, Skateboarding, Speed Climbing and International Freestyle Motocross (FMX). Well-known stars confirmed to compete include Vince Byron, Andy MacDonald, Pierre-Luc Gagnon, Mitchell Brusco, the Yasutoko Brothers and Tom Schaar.

No, don't fancy trying this either 

Legendary American Skateboarder Andy Macdonald, who has won the skateboarding competition eight times in Shanghai, is excited to be returning, saying: “I had a great time competing at the Kia World Extreme Games last year, winning the Mini-MegaRamp and taking third in the Vert competition. I am ready to return and battle for top spot in both events. The crowds are always fantastic and seem to get bigger every year. Shanghai is awesome!”

Or this, funnily enough 

Visitors to this year’s Kia World Extreme Games can expect a bigger festival atmosphere in the “Interactive Zone”, where a slew of upbeat entertainment acts such as beatboxing, percussion, dance performances, together with a national photography competition are lined up to engage the crowd throughout the event days. Fans can also get up close with their action idols this year with exclusive autograph sessions and demonstrate their creative talent in the Skateboard Design contest.