The International Festival of Extreme Sports (FISE) is one of the world’s most glorious action sporting events. Contestants from around the globe compete in various skateboard, BMX, mountain bike, wakeboard and inline skate challenges. The annual festival takes place in Montpellier, France where over 500,000 spectators gather to appreciate some of the best athletes in action sports.
The event was originally conceived in 1997 by college student Herve Andre-Benoit. The first ever FISE featured 100 riders and a crowd of 35,000 during a three-day span in Palavas Les-Flots. After quickly gaining international attention, the festival moved to Montpellier’s River Lez where public seating on the water now offers an inspiring front-row experience. Other event locations expanded to Dubai, Tunisia and Budapest. In 2007 the tour was organized under the name of FISE Xperience, which represents France’s best athletes throughout a five-city tour. By 2014, the action sport event transitioned into the world tour now known as the FISE World Series.
The World Series is a freestyle world tour where international athletes take on BMX, skateboarding, mountain biking, rollerblading and wakeboarding events in a point-based format. Financial prizes are included for winners who come out on top in their respective fields.
FISE sets itself apart from other action sporting events through one simple method. Free admission for all. Thousands will assemble on the river banks for an outrageous display of tricks and freestyles on water and land courses from.
“Witness the impossible take place over a variety of extreme sport competitions during a five-day span that will leave you utterly stunned.”
Spectators and tourists will be happy to know that the FISE offers free admission to anyone willing to attend. The river-side environment offers the public a truly unique viewing experience.
Stake out a seat in the stands for the roller skating and biking competitions before heading over to the river bank for an epic water sport showing. It is the perfect location for summer and fall events that the entire family can enjoy!
Getting around Montpellier is fairly simple. The Montpellier Mediterranee Airport (MPL) is the closest landing point to the event which includes shuttle buses and tram stops for passengers without a car.
The relatively small city has several convenient transportation options that includes cars, taxis, busses and trams. The Montpellier Tramway is a great way to get around town, considering it contains the biggest tram network in practically all of Europe. Although it is considered a walking city, some of the stations even include bike rentals for added convenience.
Montpellier offers dozens of housing options that includes hotels, hostels and bed and breakfasts. To make your planning as easy as possible, take a look at the map below for the best hotels; guest houses, hostels and Airbnb lodging choices in the city of Montpellier.
Aside from the FISE festival, Montpellier is a great city to explore. Its minutes from the beach, features amusing street art and has endless activities.
Montpellier offers a romantic getaway for couples and a delightful discovery vacation for groups of friends. Take guided expeditions of the city’s historic museums or indulge in culinary and wine tours throughout the beautiful countryside. Make sure to check out their official site for a full list of things to do in Montpellier!
FISE one of the largest action sports festivals in the world will be hitting Montpellier on May 29 – June 2, 2019.
Rad Season is providing you with hotels and Airbnbs at the lowest prices available online. Book your stay for FISE World Montpellier 2019 using the map below!
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