Skateparking and Sea-Dooing

What’s up everyone? Just wanted to drop a line and keep everyone posted on what I’ve been up to the last few weeks…

Kona’s skatepark turned 30 a couple weeks ago, and what better way to celebrate than to throw a huge party. A few pros managed to pencil it down in their palm pilots, including the bird man himself Tony Hawk, Christian Hosoi, Benji Galloway, Jimmy the Greek, and Mike Peterson.

There were even a couple of little contests going on so to say, like the Snake Run slalom course, and a best trick jam on the infamous Tombstone. But the reason why I came out was to ride in a demo and promote Kona’s winch park, built by the guys at Grinch Winches. The set up is solid, but temporary for the moment. If things go well, the park will stay but will be arranged differently – three concrete pools, sloping downhill. The manager of Kona seems to be stoked on it thus far, so I’ve got my fingers crossed. If anyone’s in Jacksonville and wants to check it out, it’s open to the pubic.

Kona's skatepark

On top of that, I spent a day in Ocala with Sea-Doo, shooting more video footage with them for their 2008 PWC’s. This was a follow-up to the video/print shoot I did with them a month or so ago, down in the Keys. Both shoots were fun, and everyone at Sea-Doo are awesome. To make it even better, I got to hang out and shoot with pro wakeboarder-turned big time video producer Matt Staker. That was a cool thing to me because when I did wakeboard, I looked up to Matt a lot as a rider. I would try to include photos from the shoot, but then Sea-Doo would have to kill me, and I wouldn’t be going out to California with them in next month. Just keep your eyes peeled for any future video stuff from Sea-Doo, and their 2008 catalog.

Kona's skatepark

The next event that I am going to will be Wakestock, in Toronto. This year marks their 10th anniversary, so I can only imagine how crazy it’s going to be. If you plan on being out there, give me, Doyle, or anyone else from the familia a shout.

Have a great rest of your summer… and don’t be struck by lightning!

-Kyle Hyams

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