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Analogue Coverage: LKXA Barcelona Extreme

The fourth LKXA Barcelona Extreme sports festival was held at Parc del Forum in Barcelona on the 4th and 5th of June. I went along last Sunday to check it out!

The festival was actually much bigger then I thought it would be. When I arrived, I was greeted with well over a thousand people! And to make things even better, after 3 days of stormy weather, the sun came out!

The festival had many categories: Skate, BMX, BMX flatland, Inline skating, Scooter, Moto X, and Mountain bike, with a variety of different levels. I spent most of the day going between these Pro events.

The long boarding was held on a huge concrete slope with a wet surface, heading out to sea. These guys (and girls) came flying down performing their stunts, and very often, taking a fall too! There was no barrier so it was possible to get a bit closer.

Moto X consisted of the riders throwing themselves around while a good 6m in the air. Shortly after, it all looked the same, to be honest. And the fact they were so far away didn’t help.

BMX flatland – now this was impressive. For those who don’t know what it is, it is pretty much break dancing on a bike. What these guys do defies gravity. It is amazing to watch. Unfortunately, photos just don’t do it justice. I can say I spent a lot of my time watching these guys stand with one foot on the wheel of their upside-down bikes. Crazy.

And scootering! This was new to me. I thought you only rode one if you were under 10 years old and that the best of tricks was getting both wheels off the ground. Apparently not! Back flips, all sorts of crazy whips while 3m up in the air is pretty impressive!

BMX on the big ramps was also a sight to be seen. Every one of them is muy loco as the Spanish would say!

Inline skating was pretty time consuming for me, trying to get the perfect shot. These guys get around with some speed! And I have to say, I was really surprised no ankles were broken.

Mountain biking and skating were things that I missed. I was probably watching the BMX flatland for too long! Whoops.

A band also played to a little crowd, who probably weren’t impressed with the crowd. But really, it’s an extreme sports festival, people don’t come to watch a band, right?

As events like this go, it was super hard to get real close. So I took the opportunity to snap some photos of the people in the crowd. And from that came my favorite photo. Close is best!

It was an awesome day, got super burnt, shot a whole roll (which isn’t something I usually do) and went home totally exhuasted!

written by pim_g

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