The 2002 Board-X Winter Festival UK

Seven years on from its humble beginnings at the Royal Horticultural Halls and later Battersea Park in London, Board-X blasts back into 2002 with a new venue and a new format. Over 25,000 people will welcome the coming winter season at the UK’s most progressive, exciting and successful snowboard event, bringing the unique spirit of the mountains into London and Alexandra Palace.

As the number of snowboard enthusiasts in the UK continues to grow, Board-X has matured into an event that caters for all levels of rider and follower while maintaining the support of the industry it seeks to provide for. November 8-10, 2002 heralds a new era for the festival with its move to Alexandra Palace allowing for the implementation of changes that were previously restricted by space, environment and weather. The real snow ramp will of course be present but will increase by 25 metres to a massive 100 metres, and will be the place where the worlds best snowboarders such as Stefan Gimpl, Darius Heristchian, Travis Parker and Joni Malmi, will compete for money and fun. Vert and midi ramps will this year be joined by a full sized street course as well as a public course and for the first time street skate and BMX comps will be a major feature alongside the snowboarding bringing riders like Ali Cairns, Gerry Galley, Sean Goff and Simon Tabron to north London.

Board-X has never been solely about displaying the talents of the pros. The public trial slope staffed by BSA instructors will be joined by an improved snowskate funpark which proved hugely popular in 2001. The event has a totally original vibe, it is the home of the British snowboard scene and it superbly combines, with the aid of top DJ’s, breakdancers, skaters, BMXers and retailers, all aspects of this lifestyle which never ceases to captivate both seasoned pro and dreaming desk hugger alike!

The Board-X Winter Festival, an event created by snowboarders for snowboarders, is arguably the most comprehensive snowboard festival in Europe. Tickets are £9 plus booking fee in advance on 0870 902 0444 or £12 on the door, £7 on Friday.