Kona Skatepark Celebrates 40 Years!

Kona Skatepark, the oldest privately-owned skatepark in the world celebrates 40 Years with a week-long event, June 21-25, 2017 and Juice Magazine would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation to the Ramos family for their perseverance and dedication to the core. Thanks to Marty Ramos, the entire Ramos family and the Jacksonville skateboarding community for keeping it going all these years, and cheers to 40 more!

To celebrate, Kona Skatepark and the city of Jacksonville are throwing a massive 40th Anniversary Festival. The Kona 40th Anniversary Festival will be a celebration of the Jacksonville, Florida, skateboarding culture, featuring a blend of music, art, culture, and a ton of skateboarding. Come join the party with some of the giants of skateboarding: Tony “TA” Alva, Christian Hosoi, David Hackett, Steve Olson and Dave Duncan, along with special guest Steve Van Doren of Vans Shoes.

The event will host a Bowl Riders Cup Pool Contest, Banked Slalom Racing, Tombstone Jam, and best trick contests, and will feature live music from bands such as Firewater Tent Revival, McRad and Guttermouth.

Kona’s owner, Martin Ramos III’s family purchased Kona Skatepark in 1979 and since then the Ramos Family have been recognized in Florida’s Skateboard Hall of Fame in 2002, as pioneers of skateparks in the USA. Kona has also been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the Longest Surviving Skatepark in the world, having survived three economic recessions and all the ups and downs of the skate industry.

Mark your calendars. It’s time for a road trip!

A few words of tribute....
"It's a classic, old dinosaur 
that's still not extinct."
“East Coast Heritage… Kona…
 Don’t cha know ya…
 They just don’t last like that…
 When it was built, they came…
 40 years later, still standing...
 and being ripped…
 Kona Skatepark…
 East Coast Pride…
 And now…
 The Standing Ovation!”
"I can't wait to rip, tear and slash
 at Kona Skatepark's 40th Anniversary
 along with Alva, Olson and Hosoi.
 It will be one of the sickest sessions
 to go down in skateboarding history!
 Bring It!!!

Kona Skate Park

40th Anniversary Festival

June 21-25, 2017

Check out footage from just a few of the Kona contests over the years.

Florida Bowl Riders Cup 2015

Tony Alva 1977 Kona’s 30th Birthday Christian Hosoi 2008 Kona Skatepark 1984 2016 Florida Vert Series Some early Kona footage from 1977. Drone footage Ride Channel Spots: Kona Skatepark

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