The 7 Essential Dates To Keep Free Between Now And Christmas
All real action sports fans will want to write these dates in their Travis Pastrana calendar in permanent marker
With the year racing by seemingly faster than it’s ever done before, we find ourselves here, pretty much smack-bang in the middle of it. Hopefully it’s going to be one of the barmy summers that seems to reach on through to mid October, full of hot days and long nights.
So, if you want to make the most of the summer, autumn, and – say it quietly – winter, you need to know what’s going on, where it's happening, and when.
But fear not, Mpora has got you covered. Here are the essential dates that you need in your diary between now and December.
Tour de France
The most prestigious event in the road cycling diary has returned for another year. After the fine people of Yorkshire got the ball rolling last year, the honour of staging the first shaved leg of le tour fell to Utrecht in the Netherlands this year.
Even aside from the monumental effort put in by the cyclists covering 3360 km over 21 stages, there’s enough politics, personal grudges, and not-so private battles going on this year to already have us hooked.
When: Saturday 4th July to Sunday 26th July
NASS festival is the UK’s biggest and best Skate, BMX, and music festival. For three messy days, there will be skating and riding from some of the world’s best, while the music blasts from a number of stages around the site.
Now, “worlds best" is kind of a big claim, but in fairness, it is in reference to a dude called Tony Hawk. He’s kind of a big deal.
And just for fun he’s bringing some of his riding buddies. Expect the likes of Mpora favourites Aaron ‘Jaws’ Homoki, Willy Santos, Ben Reybourn, and Kevin Staab to show up and tear the place down.
When: Friday 10th July to Sunday 12th July
Where: Royal Bath And West Showground, Somerset, UK
Held in Newquay – the surfing capital of the UK - Boardmasters is the biggest and best known Surfing and music festival in the UK.
The likes of Rudimental, Bastille, Faithless, Catfish & The Bottle Men, Groove Armada, Sunset Sons, Deaf Havanah, and God Damn are among the 150 bands, artists, and performers lined up to play, making just the music side of things the envy of most other festivals.
On top of this, there’s surfing, skating, and BMX comps over the six days. The promise of a weeks worth of after-parties in the town means that there really is no excuse not to make your way down to the South West this August.
When: Wednesday 5th August to Sunday 9th August
Where: Fistral Beach & Trebelsue Farm, Newquay, UK
Granted, this beautiful little corner of South West France may be 90 minutes away on a plane, and be geographically closer to Madrid than London, but when you have some of the best surfers to have ever graced a board that close to some, do you really need much more excuse to go and get a little bit of late summer sun?
Last years event saw a veritable who’s-who of the worlds very best, with the likes of Gabriel Medina, Kelly Slater, Josh Kerr, Mick Fanning, and John John Florence show up and compete, with the Hawaiian finishing in top spot.
When: Tuesday 6th October to Satrurday 17th October
Where: Hossegor, France
London Surf Film Festival
Just as the sun starts to seem a little more distant, and the nights start drawing in, the London Surf Film Festival springs up and reminds us of those golden evenings in the sun. It’s a celebration of contemporary surf culture, and brings the very best surf films from around the world to the UK.
Given that it’s one of the only chances to see a surf film that isn’t called Point Break on the big screen, just as the makers intended, it’s always worth keeping the dates free for.
When: Friday 9th October to Monday 12th October
Where: The Genesis, East London, UK
Telegraph Ski And Snowboard Show
An authentic Alpine village will be landing on Batterly Park, London in November as the annual Telegraph Ski And Snowboard Show heads to a new location after residing at Earls Court for years.
There promised to be a unique indoor/outdoor exhibition where exhibitors will have all their newest gear on show to the public.
There will also be all kind of Alpine themed bars and food stalls, an all-pro competition bringing together some of the biggest names in snow sport, who’ll be hitting a 50ft real snow kicker! There will also be live music, demos from pros, talks and even some 1-to-1 coaching.
This year, the Ski and Snowboard Show will also feature the Altitude Comedy Festival, bringing comedy from the likes of Marcus Brigstocke, Andrew Maxwell, and Matt Reed to the temporary slopes of London and Manchester.
When: Friday 30th October to Sunday 1st November / Thursday 5th November to Sunday 8th November
Where: Event City, Manchester / Battersea Park, London UK
Snow Season Starts
Yes, it’s sunny out now, and the only places with snow are New Zealand, The Arctic and Tamworth, but for those of us that love spending out winters sliding down mountains, this is something that simply has to go in the diary.
While somewhat weather dependent (snow sports are notoriously dependent on, well, snow), the lifts of France are set to start whirring in anger again in early December.
One of our favourite, and most picturesque spots is Châtel in the Portes du Soleil region of France. But, of course, the snow-covered world is your oyster.
Man, we can’t wait.
When: Saturday 12th December (dates TBK)
Where: Châtel, France (and lots of other places)