With the rise of the "Skate Everything" mantra, the King of Kona has become a premiere event showcasing all aspects of skateboarding over the course of 3 days. Throughout the weekend skaters will compete in 4 main events (Snake Race, Bowl Jam, BoarderCross & Mini-ramp Jam). At the end of the weekend the skater with the best overall score will be crowned the "King of Kona". This event is a unique and one of a kind event that allows skaters 72 hours of total access to one of the most iconic skateparks in the world.
A key focus of the event is to just celebrate skateboarding and bring together a family of skaters who just love to skate. Part party, part skate contest, family reunion, it’s the perfect combination to create as close to an environment of the big events as in the north. 2017 will be no different and each year something new is added and learned from previous events. King of Kona provides a fun environment for people to just get rad. Without a doubt some of the gnarliest skating you’ll ever see will for sure be going down at Kona January 27-29.
Located in Jacksonville, FL, Kona Skatepark is considered by some to be the Mecca of skateparks. Kona opened June 3rd, 1977 and went bankrupt twice in the first year and a half. It sat dormant for six month before the Ramos family purchased it and re-opened June 23rd, 1979. Been going strong ever since !
70's legends Tony Alva, Dave Hackett, Shogo Kubo and Bruce Walker competed at the US Open in 1978
This was the first time a professional skateboarding competition was held on the east coast that attracted West Coast skaters.
The first ever drop in on vertical was done at that event on the Tombstone by local Mitch Kaufman.
It was initially called the "Kauf" drop, then elevator drop, then shortened to vator and now today its just "dropping in".
Bones Brigade members Mike Mcgill, Alan Gelfand, and Rodney Mullen competed here as amateurs through the late 70's and early 80's.
West Coast pros like Tony Hawk and Lance Mountain came to Kona to compete also as amateurs in the annual Kona-Variflex Pro/Am.
It is home to Vision Pro Buck Smith as well as the amateur "groms" featured in the epic "The Search for Animal Chin", Donny Griffin and Kevin Lambert.
We have regular visits from the best skateboarders in the world and currently featured in the Guinness World Book of Records 2014 edition as the "Worlds Oldest Skatepark"