Amidst the ever abundant kaleidoscope-like assortment of larger annual skateboarding related events that you could potentially attend in a calendar year, one soiree in particular has, in just three years time, established quite the raucous name for itself amongst our humble shred-o-sphere. The event Im on about specifically is the absolutely face melting 72-hour, non-stop skateboarding bash known world wide as the King Of Kona. The brainchild of a one Cameron Frazier and situated in the Southern most state of Florida, the event itself is held at the long fabled Kona skatepark, the oldest still operational skatepark in the United States (est. 1977). From pools and ramps, to snake runs and half pipes, the Kona skatepark compound incorporates a joyous plethora of new and vintage style skate features that caters to a myriad of different styles and skill levels. Alas, dont be fooled into thinking that just because the park is just shy of 40 years old, it has the same kind of matured mentality behind it. The King Of Kona jamboree or KOK as it is most commonly referred to, is without a doubt the single most outrageous skate event Ive ever attended.
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Skating in the Philippines is a unique experience. It's unlike anywhere else. The people who have visited will understand when I say it's fast, intense, and one of the most underrated skate spots in the world. This is why I was super stoked to head back the nation of mangos and waterfalls for Havens Gate 2014. Situated around 2 hours out of Manila, high up in the mountain, the new Havens Gate track was hectic. Steep, fast, and very bumpy.