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Entrepreneurs prepare Xtreme Sport showcase

An innovative island firm is to hold Bermuda's first extreme sports competition in the heart of Hamilton.

Team Oni Racing Club will put on a total of six events on land and in Hamilton Harbour as part of its Xtreme Sport Showdown next month.

The event will feature kayak racing, a skateboard stunt competition, wakeboarding, street gymnastics, jet-skiing and a crossfit challenge.

Torc co-owner Jamie Lovell said: “It's not only a competition, it's really a showcase — spectators will be able to come out and watch people do amazing tricks.

“It's also a great opportunity for vendors to come out and promote their wares and to highlight that Bermuda is not just going to the beach — there's so much more that you can do.”

Torc will also showcase its waterjet-propelled flyboard — a skateboard-style platform that flies above the water.

Mr Lovell said: “We're trying to entice people to this really new sport.”

“It's a great opportunity for business — one of our sponsors, Auto Solutions, is bringing down an SUV and PW will be displaying a kayak.”

The Xtreme Sport Showdown is the latest promotion by Torc, owned by Mr Lovell and business partner Alex Marshall. which brings hi-tech gadgets like electric scooters, radio-controlled aircraft and drones, jet skis and boats and water-powered jet packs.

The company, originally founded by Mr Lovell to provide specialist car parts and vehicle customising, in January relaunched its website with a range of new products.

Mr Lovell said: “The business is doing well. It's growing, so we thought we would do this event for the public to heighten awareness and to bring them new sports.

“Our business is all about innovation — this is an innovative idea, the first time this has been done in Bermuda, and we've had a terrific reaction.

“The target was about 1,000 spectators and it's probably going to be closer to 2,000.

“Competitors are also queuing up and we still have two weeks to go. It should be a wonderful event.”

He added that a proportion of the take from the showdown will go to charity WindReach, which at its Warwick base offers a range of activities for people with disabilities.

Trophies and other prizes from the event's 17-strong list of sponsors are on offer for winners and all participants will get a gold-effect medal, soft drinks and snacks throughout the afternoon and evening.

An interactive fun park, offering fun for both adults and youngsters, will also be on site, while local musical entertainment and the Jump 2B Fit skipping rope display team will be featured,

A range of foods, from barbecue from Smokin' Barrel to Four Star Pizza will also be on sale.

Mr Lovell said: “It promises to be an awesome event with something for everybody, especially those who enjoy extreme sports and thrill-seeking.”

The event will take place on Sunday, June 12 at Number 1 car park on Front Street from 1pm to 7pm.

Entry for spectators is $10 for adults and $5 for those aged 12 and under, while entry to a competitive event costs $15. Entry for infants and seniors is free.

To enter any of the six events, register online at www.oniracingclub.com.

No cape required: Jamie Lovell, of Team Oni Racing Club, demonstrates the “Superman” jet ski stunt. Torc is hosting the Xtreme Sport Showdown in Hamilton next month (Photograph supplied)

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Published May 19, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated May 19, 2016 at 12:40 am)

Entrepreneurs prepare Xtreme Sport showcase

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