Kona: Was Modern Skateboarding Developed Here?
In 1977, Tony Alva and the other Lords of Dogtown performed the first arial trick on the lip of an empty swimming pool during a California drought. This is widely recognized as the birth of modern skateboarding. The same year, skipping states and cities and time zones, Kona Skatepark opened in Jacksonville and an unexpected connection between the scene in California and the Skatepark here in Jax began a movement that would transform into a major sport that is pursued by athletes in almost every country of the modern world. Check out the legends and listen to how it happened in a special video presentation after the Jump. MJs Bella Coley reports from Kona with owner (and skater) Martin Ramos.
Published June 20, 2012 in Culture
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