After 7 months of preparations, the 5 inspirers of Eat Concrete were ready to host the first Belgian Championship Downhill Skateboarding ever. On the 4th and 5th of May 2013 the place to be was Gros-Fays in Namur, Belgium. The evening before, on Friday, everyone was welcome to chill at the camping and enjoy a little concert by the fire, drink some pints and prepare for the next 2 days of thrilling competition.
84 people registered for this first Belgian Championship. Men and women from Sweden, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, the Netherlands and - of course - Belgium all together. Day one started off with a freeride in which all competitors could get the feel of the track. The contestants rode down, 4 riders at time at a maximum speed of 80km/h. In the afternoon the first four of seven selection rounds were held. Three more were held on Sunday morning. Sunday afternoon the best 16 qualifiers fought for the Eat Concrete and Belgian Championship title.
Our first downhill contest was a blast! Perfect weather, lovely people, lots of spectators and a lot of Belgian beer.
There was a positive vibe between the competitors and everyone displayed a high level of skill. The Community of Bièvre also, and the mayor in particular, were very excited about the event. We hope to see all of you guys again next year for the second edition of Eat Concrete!
Special thanks go out to all our sponsors: WoodNote Boards, Sickboards, All4Skate Shop, Decibel, FROS vzw, SurfShop Medusa, RedBull Mobile, OoDeeKay, Original Skateboards, Root Longboards, AllBoardSports, Commune de Bièvre, Jupiler, Stuvo Howest, Buysse Horeca and many more. Super special thanks to all the amazing volunteers, we couldn’t have done it without you!
posted on May 30, 2013 at 8:41 p.m.
AND THE WINNERS ARE ...
All good things come to an end, and so did the first edition of Eat Concrete! We hope you all enjoyed the championship and would love to see you guys again in 2014, so be sure to keep an eye on this website for further updates on the next edition.
In meanwhile, you can expect an aftermovie in a couple of weeks, right here on this website.
The results and medal winners of this edition can already be viewed in the new results section!
posted on May 16, 2013 at 11:18 p.m.
ROUND-UP OF DAY 1
Organisation, crew, riders, spectators... We're all still enjoying some adrenaline-raising music by the coziness of the campfire. Just taking 5 minutes to give you day 1 of the championship in a nutshell:
Splendid weather (steel blue sky and 18°C in the (scarce) shadow); Amazing atmosphere; One dozen immaculate runs; Little injury (of which none too serious); And finally, två nöjda svenskar, who demanded not to be lacking this update!
posted on May 4, 2013 at 11:19 p.m.
As we close in on the championship weekend, tension is rising! Only 3 more days for participants to register (until friday morning, May 3, 0:00 a.m.) and a couple of hours more 'till we blast the championship off with a sociable gathering at the campsite. Want to know the planning for the weekend? Check out the complete time schedule.
For the Flemish contestants, we provide a bus service from Bruges and Ghent to Gros-Fays on Friday evening and a return service on Sunday evening. For people arriving by rail, shuttle busses are provided from the railstation to the campsite. More info on both bus services can also be found on this page.
posted on April 30, 2013 at 4:11 a.m.
Have you guys heard about Longboard Girls Crew? If not, be sure to check out the video below. In fact, you should watch it anyway, these chicks clearly know what the boarder's life is all about!
Some LGC-ladies have already confirmed their presence at Eat Concrete. Can you blame us for being thrilled about that?
Care to see the full tale of their Spanish road trip? Watch all four chapters below:
posted on April 11, 2013 at 1:04 p.m.
IMPORTANT: UPDATE ON THE RULES!
As we just noticed, there was a little glitch in the rules section on this website. Nothing outrageous, but still worth the mention: In the competition on Sunday only stand-up skateboarding is allowed - as was to be read in the rules. What we failed to mention however, was that on Saturday all kinds of boarders are welcome!
That being said, we feel like we've just eliminated your last excuse not to join us on the hill... Be there!
posted on April 9, 2013 at 6:33 p.m.
WHEN REGISTRATING, PAY ATTENTION!
We're pleased to ascertain that riders are finding their ways to the registration page very well. Please, do however pay attention to the following when subscribing:
1. Until you pay your admission fee through PayPal, you're registration is NOT official! Only when the PayPal checkout is complete (you'll receive an email stating the payment has been made) your entry is assured!
2. Some people seem to be using very out-of-date web browsers and as such they're having problems completing registration. Note that any recent version of all major browsers will get you where you need to be.
3. For the moment, we're checking all registrations by hand, as such it may take some time until you find your name in the riderslist on the registration page. Be patient: PAYMENT MADE = CERTAIN ENTRY!
posted on April 7, 2013 at 7:49 p.m.
LET'S KICK IT OFF!
It have been the most hectic 24 hours with lots of frustrations, head aches and sleep deprivation, but at last we've managed to get the registrations up and running without technical malfunction!
Check out the registration page and join us at the first ever Belgian championship downhill skateboarding!
posted on April 7, 2013 at 6:11 p.m.
REGISTRATIONS DELAYED 24 HOURS
Due to some technical difficulties, registrations have not been opened to the public yet. New registration launch deadline: tonight, Sunday April 7, 6:00 p.m. CEST.
Sorry for the delay and hope to see you guys swarm this website within 18 hours!
posted on April 7, 2013 at 0:11 a.m.
For lots of you, it's been a long wait, but finally, that wait is over! In this video, we show off the complete track. Stoked!
posted on April 4, 2013 at 11:34 a.m.
OFFICIAL LAUNCH PARTY: APRIL 26
On friday, april 26, one week before the championship, we officially launch the event with a blasting preparty @ Studentcafé Pallieter in Ghent. Come join us dancing into the night and support the first ever Belgian Championship Downhill Skateboarding.
Enjoy pounding beats and exclusive downhill footage of the track that will be ridden at the competition! Entrance will only set you back 4 euros.
Line-up and more info on Facebook: « Eat Concrete » Pré Party.
posted on April 4, 2013 at 1:59 a.m.
A TASTE OF OUR TRACK
We enjoy teasing you guys with this little sneak-peak of our track. Are you as excited as we are?
posted on April 4, 2013 at 1:34 a.m.
Only one more month 'till competition day! We're psyched to launch the website today and provide you guys with all the info you need about the event! Registrations will be opened in 2 days, on Saturday April 6. In meanwhile check out the rest of this site and be sure to register on Saturday asap, as the number of participants is limited to 80 competitors + 40 freeriders only!
posted on April 4, 2013 at 0:00 a.m.