So.. ~by Jelle Lemmens of Crownboards~

Only a few days left and I’m sitting here, like all those other people out there, stoked/stressed/excited as a little kid for Christmas for the biggest event of the year. Looking forward to the biggest and baddest event of the year, SYCDL17. So little time, so much to do. Do I have everything? Do the riders have all they need? I’m probably going to forget something but hey.. Let’s write some words about SYCLD  and go skate! SYCLD year 5, YEAR 5?! I remember the first edition like it was yesterday, I’ve just started building some boards for fun, nothing […]

A week before SYCLD.. in hospital..

Hi everyone… the day before yesterday I had to inform the people involved I would not be at SYCLD myself.. Why? Well… First, every year I say some weeks before the event ‘I’m not taking any chances with anything because I can not be injured at SYCLD” (suddenly remember how I reacted when Valentijn tried to convince me to go mini ramp skating 3 weeks ago; “NO! It’s almost SYCLD, if I break something now it will be disastrous” and him joking he will just take over) and then last Friday I went riding my horse Imperia (who got me […]

Connecting … that is SYCLD!

A Saturday night in the life of…the luckiest girl in the world… Only two weeks to go.. and it’s Saturday night.. and I’m in a bar (of a friend, Bossa Bar, very nice!). Nothing strange but well I’m here to work at our beloved SYCLD. I live in Tarifa, most southern point and the windiest place of Europe (yeejj kitesurfing!) but because it’s already around 8+ Bft wind for a few days my Wifi at home is on a strike. So I moved my office here, like I do regularly, having a drink and finishing a few little details for […]

An open letter to girls

Today I’ve got a message from someone was offended by my comment ‘duhh’ behind the girls competition explanation. This comment I placed there because it was kind of obvious that a girls competition is for girls. And to be honest the thought that it would mean anything else made me angry. The first time I have been angry during 5 years of organizing SYCLD. You know why? I’m done with the ‘girls’ issue. After years of debating the girls competition within SYCLD and the pressure put on organizers like me to treat girls ‘special’ .. it’s time for me to […]

The night before

Hello dear family, In the car driving to Eindhoven I was thinking about the start of this event, just skate together.. and that it’s in some way still the same.. it’s like coming home <3 Spend so many years at Strijp-S and the Klokgebouw is like a home for our ever growing family. Where we meet again, where we share, where we have fun and make and realise dreams. But the funny thing is that in the beginning I knew all and now I don’t 🙂 There was a time we posted on forums “I saw a guy in red […]

Behind the scenes..

Hi dear ‘high on SYCLD stoke’ people out there! So.. yeah only 3 weeks to go to SYCLD 2016 and want to give you a little update about how things are going on here.. and what has been going on. This year has been a challenge, without funding, with amazing people, with a lot of gratitude.. it’s gonna happen. It’s the Worldcup, the first in it’s kind.. and you are a part of it! Imagine that! So.. here I sit at the kitchen table of the ‘Girls Love Boards’ house in Tarifa, Spain… writing this to you all. Being a […]

What MEN and WOMEN in longboarding should be doing

Dear all, Loved to read the articles of Cindy Zhou (BIG UPS!) and Maxwell Storey Dubler about what men and women in long boarding should not be doing. And it was too easy to give this blog this title.. Of course everyone just should visit SYCLD this year! But now on topic. During the talks about the whole ‘boy / girl thing’  within the competition setup of ‘So.. You Can Longboard Dance?’, past discussions I had within other action sport disciplines came in handy. Of course women are good marketing tools and form a smaller group in many kind of action sports (so […]

SYCLD winners Photo: Katharina Leuck

Amazing Skills and Stoke – SYCLD 2015

If the stoke needed a new name, we would probably have to call it SYCLD. But that’s just my very personal reporter opinion. Aside from that, the whole event left a lasting impression because of its positive vibes, all the super friendly people from all over the world, and an extremely high skill level of skating. The first registered skaters already lined up to check in as early as 11:30 am and up to the beginning of the first category of the contest, the line hardly ever ceased to exist. While the more than 100 sponsored and non-sponsored riders pleased […]

Are you ready to dance?

The venue is buzzing with anticipation and excitement. Registration is about to close, the start of the So.. You Can Longboard Dance 2015 Edition is just minutes away. People got in line early to sign up and check in. More than a hundred contestants have already signed up, the competition is going the be stiff, and everyone is looking forward to a great day filled with as much skating as possible. Check-in and registration is about to open. Waiting for the kick-off #SYCLD #contest #registration #longboard #happyfaces #eindhoven Ein von SYCLD by Spots and Locals (@spotsandlocals) gepostetes Video am 22. […]

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Hello hashtag #SYCLD

As you guys get ready for the contest tomorrow and make your way out to Eindhoven, we’d like to present to you our official hashtag for this year’s “So… you can longboard dance?” Hello hashtag, hello #SYCLD – So while you are at the pre-skate event tonight or at the contest tomorrow, please use this hashtag when posting your snapshots and videos to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+ or any other of your favorite social media channels to spread the stoke.

The first SYCLD blog post

Hi everyone, With this first blog post I’m welcoming Katharina Leuck, she will be our live reporter for the event! For those who are not making it or want to copy a story about all that is happening to use as a screensaver, she is our girl! In this post you are stuck with me though.. It’s 1.00 hrs at night, the 18th of February and I’m wrapping up the final ‘things to do yesterday’ to be able to be heading stress free to the Netherlands tomorrow. Yeah, this event is organised from Spain, but by a Dutchie. Organising this […]