Jacksonville’s Kona Skatepark has been around since the early days of the skateboarding we have come to know and love. (1977 to be more precise.) Home to a large snake-run, plenty of ground space for camping, and Florida’s totally radical climate, it’s no wonder that Kona Skatepark has become the destination of choice for hundreds of North American skateboarders stricken with the mid-winter blues. The secret to healing oneself of such an illness lies within a well-balanced dosage of buttboard races, transitional skateboarding, barefoot boardslides, and firework fights, all of which happen to be Kona’s specialty.
Event organizer Cameron Frazier made a good move by presenting this event to the crew at the Kona Skatepark. Martin Ramos and his friendly, hard-working staff kept things running smoothly, put food in our mouths, put up with our shenanigans, and kept us dry when the sky decided to fall on our heads. And for that, we thank them. The King of Kona “Skateboard Festival”, as it may someday be called, brought hundreds of longboarders, middleboarders, “alternaboarders”, and whicheverboarders out of the woodwork for three (or four, depending on your level of dedication) days of friendly skateboarding competitions. If you can free up just one weekend in early January, we would highly recommend attending the hullabaloo, grabbing a Kona Dog, and hitting the snake run on repeat.
And lastly but not leastly, we oughta give a shout-out to these bros, bro. Without their contributions the event would not have been what it was and/or will be in the years to come:
Actuallastly, if you’d like to check out the photo-recap from last year, here you go.