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Flat through Eau Rouge - backwards, on a skateboard! 29 Aug 2009

Teenage European Skateboard Champion Axel Cruysberghs skateboards down Eau Rouge following practice for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps, August 28, 2009. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images) Teenage European Skateboard Champion Axel Cruysberghs skateboards down Eau Rouge following practice for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps, August 28, 2009. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)

On Friday evening, 15-year-old Axel Cruysberghs, European Skateboard Champion and Red Bull Athlete, skated down Eau Rouge to demonstrate how steep the famous corner at Spa-Francorchamps really is.

UK Formula One broadcasters the BBC wanted to show just how sharp the incline is, so they asked Red Bull if they knew of a local skateboarder who’d be prepared to take on the infamous chicane.

The answer was Cruysberghs, the Red Bull-backed Belgian teenager who was crowned European champion two weeks ago, despite competing with a broken wrist.

Cruysberghs took the unusual challenge in his stride, reaching a top speed of 42km/h (26mph) during his two runs, which attracted a considerable crowd of spectators at the Belgian Grand Prix venue.