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The Source BMX is proud to announce the final lineup of riders for the Battle Of Hastings BMX contest to be held at The Source Park on September 10th and 11th.

The contest is one of the most hotly anticipated in the BMX World in years and features the 44 best BMX riders on the planet. The International field is made up of 18 Americans, 16 Brits, 3 French, 2 South Africans, 2 Australians, 1 German and 1 Spaniard. The World’s BMX media and industry are also making the journey to watch the 2 days contest to be crowned as the first winner of the Battle of Hastings.

Local interest is strong with professional BMX riders Dan Lacey and Bas Keep being joined by 20 year old Source employee Tom Wilson who qualified his place in the event through a qualifier contest held in July.

Tickets are on sale for the contest at www.sourcebmx.com/boh and priced at £10 per day or £15 for both days (plus booking fee) and the event is on track to sell out soon. Practice on Friday 9th September is free of charge for spectators and the event will also be live streamed from 15.00-18.30 on the Sunday to a huge global audience at www.sourcebmx.com/boh

About the Source BMX Battle of Hastings

The Source BMX Battle Of Hastings is presented by Monster, in association with Etnies and is proudly sponsored by BSD, Cinema, Cult, Federal and United.

The original Battle of Hastings took place in 1066 and this year with the 950 year festivities, we ́re putting Hastings back on the international contest scene with our version of the Battle of Hastings to celebrate the first big BMX contest at the Source Park.
To say we’re excited about this is an understatement; putting on amazing events was our biggest motivation when getting the Source Park opened.

Follow the @sourcebmx Instagram account and #BoHBMX for regular updates or head to: www.sourcebmx.com/boh
Press opportunities are available before and during the event and photos, video clips and quotes will be available afterwards upon request.
Press Contact : The Source on: boh@sourcebmx.com , Tel +44 1424 460943

With its grand opening last month, the new skate park along the promenade has taking Hastings by storm and is just what the town has needed to give it a boost and create a number of new jobs on the way.

Earlier this week we got the chance to go and have a look around the park itself, find out some of the background information on the building and have a chat with Matt Brown who helps to run the place, and we were not disappointed.

If you have grown up in Hastings you may know some of the history of the venue, designed by architects Cross, Jefferey, Skiller and Wells, it has been a number of different things over the years from a gentleman’s bath (the women’s came the following year), a cinema, Turkish bath’s and an ice rink.

Finally, after years of being derelict brothers Richard and Marc Moore who run the biggest BMX mail order company in Europe ‘The Source’ decided to make a change to the town and turn the old building into something that would attract the best riders from around the UK and Europe.

The Source park is open to all ages “if you can ride a BMX or stand on a skateboard, your welcome.’

The main skate park is the biggest of the two parks, this is where the old swimming pools and ice rink used to be and  if you not a skater you can sit and watch from the viewing balcony, this is also home to the café.

The Plaza which used to be the ladies swimming pool features smaller ramps and a foam pit which any BMX fan or skater will love, seeing as you have to go down a ramp to get too it.  Although the smaller room there still seems to be plenty of space, with ample ramps and rails to try out.

The Source Park is also home to their award-winning BMX and Skate Shop. The Source shop carries the largest stocks of BMX bikes, parts, skateboards, shoes and clothing in Europe

You can book online to use either park or just turn up. You can also hire BMX bikes, Skateboards and safety equipment if you don’t have any yourself as well.

From the outside of  the venue you can’t judge the amount of space there is inside,  it really its something to see.

We had a guided tour by Matt Brown who told us:

“The arrival of the park has been really good for the town, whether you an existing skater/rider or new to BMXing or skateboarding.  We are starting coaching sessions in March which is creating a real hype in the town, loads more people are giving it a go that probably wouldn’t have done before based on the venue being here and the safety of the venue.”

“Competition wise, we have a really big competition coming up on the 8th September which is ‘The Battle of Hastings’ bmx contest.  We’re flying over 66 of the world’s bmxers , 66 is a play on words because it is the 956 anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.  There is £20000 prize money for the contest and the town will be expected to be full of BMXers, skaters as well as industry people.”

The ’Battle of Hastings’ competition should be great for the town, with thousands expected to turn out for this, also with the opening of the pier in May.  This summer Hastings should have plenty of holiday makers visiting the town to check out all the new attractions, which will hopefully see local businesses booming and making Hastings the place to be in 2016.

We took quite a few pictures when we were down there, check them out below.

Work begins on a  £1.3 million repair and refurbishment in Hastings at the White Rock Baths, where it will finally be turned into a BMX and Skateboard park.BMX

The plans for the skatepark include a main skatepark, a small beginners skatepark plaza, a retail store, a cafe, a reception, and outdoor ramps. Last April The Source BMX retailer was given the go-ahead to develop the site.

The project is being funded between the Foreshore Trust and the Borough Council which received grants from the Regional Growth Fund and the government’s Coastal Communities Fund.

With the opening of the pier this will be an important part of the regeneration of the White Rock area and will be a welcome site to residents and visitors to Hastings seafront