Elisabeth “Eli” Meyers R.I.P.

(June 28, 1963 – Nov. 2, 2021)

excerpt from Womxn Skate History by Natalie Porter

Elisabeth “Eli” Meyers (RIP) was from Schoten, a town in Antwerp, Belgium and is considered the country’s first ripping female skater. Meyers was introduced to skateboarding by her brother and friends, and she consistently skateboarded into her fifties. “In those days, there were no videos – we had to wait for Skateboarder Magazine to come out so we could get our fix and see what was new. My two favorite skaters, who I also consider my mentors were Stacy Peralta and Mike Weed.”

At age 15, Eli had a two-page feature in the September 1978 issue of the Belgian magazine Skate International België. In a scan from Facebook, you can glean that she was part of the Antwerp Skateboard Club and would train for hours each day. Meyers was the three-time European Freestyle Champion in 1977, 1978 and 1979.

A fellow Belgian skater named Patrick Janssen’s was the son of Jean Janssens, who ran a company called Beltoco which imported some big name skateboarding companies like Banzai, Gordon & Smith, and ACS trucks. Banzai recognized the talent in the area and recruited a team, which included Elisabeth, Marc Vissers, Percy Kesteloot, Stephaan Van Den Broeck, and Patrick Janssens. From 1978 to 1980 Meyers was sponsored by Beltoco, Banzai, G&S, Powell Peralta, Pepsi, and Bad Co.

Paderborn Freestyle Contest 2017 Elly Meyers Run 1
Eli Meyers Womens routine WRU 2020

There is plenty more to this article on Womxn Skate History