A troop of extreme action sport athletes is set to thrill the Mother City on Saturday, 01 February, performing death defying acts – from the best in BMX, FMX, MTB, to skateboarding and wakeboarding that our country has to offer.

Currently in its fifth year running, the event will come to life at the Gateway Canal, V&A Waterfront, expecting thousands of enthusiastic extreme sport fanatics. This year you can expect to see a number of international competitors grace the ramps: Alastair Sayer (FMX), Paul Ryan (BMX), Jordan Elizondo-Darwin (wakeboarding) and Moses Adams (skateboarding) as well as extreme local stars such as Mike Oyston on FMX, David Rigby on BMX, skater Ant De Mendonca, wakeboarder Melissa Colborne and on the MTB trial, Andrew Guess. A share of R120 000 in cash prizes and the title of Hunters eXtreme Ultimate X champion 2014 is at stake, and will be battled out by the best riders in each discipline.

This year’s festival would be bigger and better than ever before, says Mike Silver of experiential marketing’s partner Stretch. “We are taking things to the next level this year. Spectators can expect to be amazed with some of the largest ride infrastructure ever seen in South Africa with other incredible stunts and offerings on the schedule, the festival this year will not disappoint,” he said, who together with Old School Productions, conceptualised and executed the festival since it kicked off five years ago.

The Ultimate Eliminator Pump Track will be introduced to the Ultimate X this year, which is a new heat racing format from the UCI World Cup and will bring together the top riders in South Africa from across various cycling disciplines to battle it out along the explosive straights and over technical obstacles in order to be crowned the ultimate champion.

It will set you back R150 per pre-bought ticket, available from Computicket. Adults will pay R200 at the gate, and R60 for children between 6 and 8-years-old. Free entry for children under 4.  Gates open at 10am and close at 9pm.

An interactive skate park will also be available for kids on the day, at an entrance fee of R20.

Visit the Facebook page Ultimate X – eXtreme Games or the website for more info and updates. @Ultimate_X_