MONTRÉAL, June 9, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - It's the 5th edition of the action sports festival, JACKALOPE, which will be held at the Esplanade Financière Sun Life at the Olympic Park this August 19 to 21! And to celebrate, Tribu Expérientiel will present a world first: an international base jump competition: JUMP OFF. Some 10 experts will be invited to participate in this event that's all about the jump from The Montréal Tower at the Olympic Park and sticking a precise landing. This event is being added to an already deep and diversified program offering developed by Tribu Expérientiel, that for quite a few years now, has also featured MUD ROCKER, EMPIRE CITY TROOPERS, BARBEGAZI, SLIDE THE CITY, and more.
Tribu Expérientiel creates sports and urban experiences and is a promoter of the type of lifestyles that go along with that. "Our goal has always been to democratize action sports via a participatory and entertaining environment. And that is exactly what we aim for with entertainment-sports events, where all types of festivalgoers and athletes at all levels can come together. JUMP OFF is a perfect example," says Micah Desforges, President and Founder of Tribu Expérientiel. "This base jump competition is about pure adrenaline; you simply can't remain indifferent to it! And the fact that the competition takes place in an urban setting—at an iconic site—only adds to the excitement!"
"The Olympic Park has been a Montréal landmark for 40 years, combining athletic prowess and exhilarating entertainment," says Olympic Park President, Michel Labrecque. "We are very pleased to welcome JACKALOPE yet again this year. It promises to be very memorable! Showcasing base jumping by using The Montréal Tower, such an iconic symbol of the city, will certainly attract worldwide attention, which is all the more significant since this is the 40th anniversary of the Olympic Park."
Tribu Expérientiel has both local and international presence. The company has developed events that have welcomed some 100,000 spectators in the last year alone; with 500 athletes—both local and international stars—showing up to wow with their skill, charisma and power. In addition to its expertise in event production, Tribu Expértientiel also develops original television content that is broadcast in about 100 countries. Following are some of Tribu Experientiel's main productions.
5th edition, August 19 to 21, / Esplanade Financière Sun Life at the Olympic Park, Montréal / 20,000 festivalgoers in 2015
JACKALOPE is the biggest action sports festival in Canada. It features, among others: the only stop of the World Skateboarding Cub on Canadian soil, and the only one of its kind in the country. The fixed gear biking circuit has been hailed by the renowned Red Hook Crit… the freestyle motocross demonstrations are incredibly popular, and JACKALOPE also offers an introduction to slacklining.
And now JACKALOPE presents the premier of JUMP OFF, the base jump competition. What is base jumping? It is an extreme sports whereby athletes jump from a fixed object, with a parachute. "Base" is actually an acronym—B.A.S.E.—meaning: building; antenna; bridge; earth. According to Marc-André Denault, JUMP OFF ambassador and special contributor for this first edition, "Competing athletes unanimously agree that The Montréal Tower at the Olympic Park is one of the best locations in Canada for base jumping, considering the inclined pylon structure, which makes the jump very safe. The symbolism of the Tower also represents a dream come true."
- At 165 metres and a 45-degree angle, the Montréal Tower is the highest inclined tower in the word.
- Jumpers can count on a 60-foot free fall of one second, followed by a parachute glide of 490 feet lasting about 40 seconds.
- The precision landing part of the competition includes a zone of about 50 by 120 feet on the Esplanade Financière Sun Life at the Olympic Park.
- Special base jump equipment is used, and jumpers have only one parachute, contrary to jumps from an airplane.
- Jumpers in the competition must have completed at least 200 base jumps, including 10 in the last 3 months, as well as more 500 parachute jumps and 3 years parachuting experience.
- For a successful jump, wind speed at the top must not exceed 25km/hour and ideally, the wind should be at the jumper's back, with a possible 90-degree variance.
JACKALOPE is about sport… but it's also about a certain lifestyle. This way, everyone can experience the installations that have been created for all to enjoy all the summer fun. Plus, there's all kinds of activity: a DJ, food truck and pop up shops, after parties, and more. The organizers are also offering an exclusive weekend pass for $15, until the end of June. Visit tickets (free for kids 10 and younger).
SLIDE THE CITY
2nd edition August 13, 2016 / Esplanade Financière Sun Life at the Olympic Park, Montréal / 4,000 participants in 2015
SLIDE THE CITY is a giant, 1000-foot water slide. Now produced in Montréal, thanks to Tribu Expérientiel, this event numbers 175 in the U.S., with 100 others worldwide. It is THE most refreshing happening of the summer in Montréal!
3rd edition in September, 2016 / 15,000 spectators in 2015
MUD ROCKER is a BMX mountain bike competition on a dirt course. The event welcomes the best athletes in the province who attempt the biggest and best stunts on a course created specifically for the competition. The event is sanctioned by the Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour (bronze level).
EMPIRE CITY TROOPERS
3rd edition, December 3, 2016 / Rue St-Denis, Montréal / 18,000 spectators in 2015
EMPIRE CITY TROOPERS is the longest urban snowboard course in Canada. The event gathers the best athletes in Canada who, literally, attack this original, slopestyle course in order to impress the judges and spectators.
5th edition in February, 2017 / Esplanade Financière Sun Life at the Olympic Park, Montréal / 10,000 festivalgoers in 2016
BARBEGAZI, which means "frozen beard" and evokes the love affair between Canadians and winter activities, is an action sports festival. At BARBEGAZI, the public can watch freestyle snowmobiling demonstrations and fatbike obstacle course competitions.
JACKALOPE is an initiative of Tribue Expérientiel and l'Association des sports d'action, in collaboration with Four Loko, with the participation of Pabst Blue Ribbon and le Dindon du Québec. JACKALOPE is extremely grateful for the support of l'Esplanade Financière Sun Life at the Olympic Park, and the ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport for the city of Montréal. The event is also made possible by the participation of Element, Five Ten, World Cup Skateboarding, and Red Hook Crit. Media partners are TVA Sports, Exposé, Journal Métro, and CISM. JUMP OFF, a special collaboration with expert, Marc-André Denault.
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PRESS KIT: www.jumpoff.city/
SOURCE Tribu Expérientiel
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