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FISE announced their World Series schedule and locations at a high-end press conference in Paris, France, this past week. FISE looks to be the biggest international contest series this year with four international events, and 360,000 euros prize money (divided between five sports: BMX, skateboarding, inline, mountain bike slopestyle, and wakeboarding). BMX will be the headlining sport at all five events.
FISE 2014 Schedule:
• Montpellier, France: May 28-June 1st
• Principauté D'Andorra: June 27-29
• Malacca, Malaysia: September 4-7
• Chengdu, China: October 24-26
All of the host countries have signed on for 2014 and 2015, with Montpellier, Malacca, and Chendu also confirmed for 2016. FISE is looking to expand to six stops as early as 2015 with an event in the US.
FISE organizers were kind enough to bring me over for the press conference as well as to a contest/demo. They also flew in delegates from the host cities for the festivities. The first event of the trip was a local contest with BMX Park and inline skate competitions inside a stadium filled with 3,000 spectators. After the contest there was a pro demo/show featuring Daniel Dhers and a few foreign riders, inline skaters, guys on scooters, a girl doing acrobatics hanging from the ceiling, a guy doing a performance with a huge hula hoop, and more. It was a wild mix, to say the least. For a local contest in France it was impressive to see a few thousand people there to watch (all of whom paid to attend) and awesome riding from unknown locals. The event was to help give the Chinese, Malaysian, and Andorran delegates a little taste of what the FISE contests would be like.
The press conference was unlike any other I had been to for a BMX event. Held inside a five-star hotel right in the middle of downtown Paris, I felt underdressed and pretty out of place in typical BMX attire (Vans, jeans, a T-shirt and a flannel) as most of the attendees were in business jackets and dress shoes. There were fancy passport-style press packets and live translators during the entire conference (we wore headsets to listen to the speakers). The founder of FISE welcomed everyone, Daniel Dhers (an official rider spokesperson for FISE) answered questions from various members of press, delegates spoke about their cities and excitement to be a part of the series, and also mentioned how they are looking to build their city's reputation into an action sports destination. To help with that goal not only are they hosting these events, but many are building new parks and putting money into older ones which is good news for local riders and dudes who like to travel. FISE organizers also informed everyone that the events will be broadcast internationally through IMG (no telling for sure if that will mean TV time here in the US). After the conference champagne was sipped and attendees mingled with riders like Dhers, Matthias Dandois, Daniel Wedemeijer, and other pros and media from other sports. To make the most of the day (and the trip) Dhers, Daniel Wedemeijer, Edgerider (France photog), and I went to EGP18 skatepark and shot a few photos during a quick session.
Check out photos from the trip, a trailer on FISE’s 2014 World Series, and 2015-2016 dates below, and if you’re looking to hit these contests up, mark your calendar and hit up the FISE site here for more info…
FISE 2014-2016 Schedule:
May 28-June 1st, 2014
May 13-17, 2015
May 4-8, 2016
June 27-29, 2014
June 26-28, 2015
September 4-7, 2014
September 3-6, 2015
September 8-11, 2016
October 24-26, 2014
October 23-25, 2015
October 21-23, 2016