Nike SB and SBA present BELCOPALOOZA in conjunction with The Centenary of Canberra celebrations. Belcopalooza will showcase the absolute cream of the crop in Australian amateur and professional skateboarders, at Australia’s biggest and best outdoor skateboard park – Belconnen.
Belcopalooza not only sees the crowning of the 2013 Nike SB x SBA Pro/Am Australian Champion, but this star-studded invitational event will also bring together the nation’s elite bowl shredders to battle it out in a cash-grab bowl-jam of epic proportions in Belconnen’s legendary keyhole.
With an $18,000 total prize purse on the line, this is one festival of stardom you don’t want to miss!
Follow Belcopalooza via #belcopalooza and #sba2013
Saturday, October 5th, 2013*
9 am: Practice for registered competitors only
11 am: HEATS – Jam format, 4 skaters per 6-minute jam – Top 12 advance to Finals
2 pm: FINALS – Jam format, 3 skaters per 8 minute jam
3 pm: BOWL JAM – Registered / Invited skaters only
*In the event of a COMPLETE RAINOUT, we have Sunday, October 6th booked as a backup day with schedule commencing as above from 9 am.
$18,000 PRIZE PURSE
1st: $5,000 – 2013 Australian Pro/Am Champion
Cash-Grab Bowl-Jam: $2,500 (Money for tricks on the spot)
BELCOPALOOZA 2013 – CONFIRMED SKATERS
We have asked some of the confirmed skaters for their pick for the winner of the Australian Championship.
Never have you laid your eyes on such a skateable moonscape. Check the Belco course in our first Belcopalooza trailer (above).
All overviews below by Luke Brown (click images to view larger).
CANBERRA: THE SKATE CAPITAL
As it strikes its hundredth year Canberra is not only coming into its own culturally, it is also an amazing destination for a skateboarder. To illustrate the level of skate heritage present in this city we cut this piece on the scene, the history, the terrain and the background behind Belco: southern hemisphere’s greatest purpose-built skateable area. If you haven’t planned a trip to Belcopalooza yet. Watch this and plan your trip. The clip contains a delve into the archives of legendary Dave Pang and the skating of Jake Duncombe, Jack Fardell, Floyd Scott, Brodie Sellars, Nigel Banks, Reece Warren, Alain Goikoetxea, Rob Dyrdek, Willy Santos, Todd Baker, Jim Fowlie and more.
“Canberra: it seems like it’s more underground, more secret these days. But it is skateboarding heaven; everything you want, 20 minutes from one side of the city to the other. Bliss.” – Jack Fardell International ATV
“CBR has always had a pretty cool skate scene with unique street spots, fun drains, skateparks with lights and chill locals. With the new Belco and Woden parks, the new gen is stoked, ripping and carrying on the tradition of CBR radness.” – Blake Convey OG Canberra skate pioneer
“Canberra is rad for skating because everyone gets to witness Cheney demos, skateparks are amazing and there is always good crew about… Oh and Erindale Banks!” – 2013 ACT Nike SBA Am Champ Todd Baker
“Canberra is a hoot!” – Jack Dowden of Dad Cam fame
Belcopalooza – Saturday, October 5th – Belconnen Skatepark, Australian Capital Territory
For a complete terrain, breakdown be sure to check out our Belco Recon from 2011.
There is no point holding any kind of competition without experts heading up the judging panel and we couldn’t be prouder of our selection for Belco this October 5th. Check the full breakdown of our judging panel.
Time to reveal the 2013 Australian Championship trophies!
To get from Civic (Central Canberra) to Belco by car take Northbourne Avenue due north from central Civic. Turn left into Barry Drive. This will eventually turn into Belconnen Way. Turn right into Eastern Valley Way. This will take you down to Emu Bank. You won’t be able to miss the skatepark. Turn left onto Emu Bank and park in or around Soundy Cl, rates are explained here. Alternately on the weekend, there will be parking available if you turn right onto Emu Bank, then you can park in the Lake Ginninderra school carpark (which is on your left).
Canberra’s bus service is called Action. Check their site for various maps and timetables. To get to Belco from Civic by bus is simple. Get yourself to the City Bus Station (aka Civic Bus Station) and on a weekday and get any of the “300s” from Platform Three (these run every 5 to 8 minutes). Any of these will take you to Belco. On a weekend, get the “900″ which run every 35 to 40 minutes.
There are two main taxi services in Canberra: Canberra Elite and Cabxpress.
Phone: 13 22 27 or SMS your name, pickup address and time to be collected to 0417 672 773
For wheelchair bookings phone: (02) 6126 1596
Phone: 6260 6011
For wheelchair bookings phone: (02) 6260 6077
You can get a train to Canberra from Sydney, but it doesn’t take you directly to the city or to Belconnen. From the Canberra Railway Station (Kingston) you will need to catch the 200 or the 8 (which takes you directly to City Bus Station) to Civic and then go to Platform 3 and get a bus to Belco. There is no direct rail service from Melbourne. Your service to Cootamundra, Bairnsdale or Wodonga will transfer you to Canberra by bus. Alternately, catch the Sydney train from Melbourne and transfer to Canberra from Goulburn railway station. You will need to catch the 200 or the 8 (which takes you directly to the City Bus Station) to Civic and then go to Platform 3.
Bus and coach services operate to Canberra from the Snowy Mountains, the South Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Brisbane. Check this page on Visit Canberra for more details.
From the airport, you can get into Canberra by taxi, car or Airport Express Shuttle. Cost for the shuttle is $12 one way or $20 return. Times can be found on their website.