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Kailua Kona

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1% to Kona Skatepark Association

Zulay Bolton

Build Kona Skatepark These kids (and some of their parents) need a place to skate in Kona. The Kona Skatepark Association has secured land to build a concrete skatepark in Kona. Now, they need the funding to break ground and build a place to skate.

Shop with us and know that at least 1% of our sales will go to the Kona Skatepark Association, a 501(c)(3).

 

Pahoa Road Trip

Danny Bolton

When you can go around the island in less than 4 hours the phrase 'road trip' loses some of its meaning. Either way, we all piled into the UTF van and road tripped over to the Pahoa skatepark to get our flow on.

Senn's Backyard Bowl

Danny Bolton

If you're wondering what the advantages of having Chris Senn as your dad are, a backyard bowl is one of them. Currently under construction, this bowl is one of the most creative I've seen with different coping heights and tight and wide corners. Built all by eyeballing it, this ramp is guaranteed to have character. Check back with us when the ramp is done for photos of serious shred sessions. Chris Senn

Lava Java Gaps

Danny Bolton

These gaps have been skated since the day they were built. Countless poor individuals have left pounds of flesh and blood in this parking lot and Anakin's luck was no different. After a few tries and a few donations to the asphalt's flesh fund he ended up stomping a few solid tricks. Here's a few shots of Anakin doing what he does best.

Sunday = Skate

Danny Bolton

Sunday to some people means going to church, sleeping in, breakfast in bed and all those cozy things. For Anakin Senn, Sunday is a day to skate. This past Sunday, security was off patrol, crowds were minimal and young Senn was on it. IMG_3708

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3 Suns Skate Comp : Kona, Hi

Zulay Bolton

The first 3 Suns Skate Skateboarding Contest took over the temporary skatepark at Old Airport Park in Kona, Hawaii on Saturday.  The purpose of the contest was to raise money and awareness for designing and building Kona’s first concrete skatepark. Raffle tickets were sold with the chance of winning prizes donated by local businesses. ‘Electric’ Bill grilled up hot dogs and sold drinks, UTF sold fundraiser T-shirts designed by Chris Senn and Scandinavian Shave Ice provided a temporary escape from the heat. All proceeds went to the skate park. img_27061

More than forty skaters, ranging in ages from six to 20, faced off in the free entry contest. The contest kicked off with a drop-in event sponsored by Hayashi's ‘You Make the Roll.’ Skaters who made the six-foot drop received a gift card from Kona’s beloved sushi place.

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The first heat to compete was the eight years old and under division. These groms were excited to finally have the park to themselves. Julian Senn’s tricks, including a combination of fast lines, varials and frontside and backside 180s off the launch ramp, earned him the win in this age group. Noa Shelfow came in third, receiving bonus points for his clothing style — unbuttoned shirt. Second place was awarded to Samson Stebbin for his fast flowing lines through the transitions and big 50-50s on the quarter pipe.

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Throwing down trick after trick and making it difficult to see it all, the nine to 13 division showed spectators how competitive the level of skating has gotten on the Big Island. These kids stuck 360 flips, kick flips, heel flips, smith grinds, crooked grinds and backside flips. Niyah Hoskinson, with his machine like consistency, took first place.

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Definitely the one-to-watch, the 14-17 division ripped. Anakin Senn had the look of determination and earned first place by stomping too many tricks to count. Landing every trick with his classic style, Erwin Jadraque came in a close second. Third place winner Hayden Baggs brought big moves and his surfing style to the park. Narrowly missing the podium, John Robison threw down huge kick flips and 360 flips.

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Playing out more like a demo than a contest, the 18 and over division gave the groms a chance to witness some amazing skating. Aaron stood out with his kick flip to crooked grind and kick flip to backside 5.0 on the ledge. Because Aaron was not officially entered, he did not place. The win was well earned by Keahi 'Bradda' Fleming.

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A day full of fun, shredding and goodies, the skate contest went down without a hitch. Special thanks to the judges — Ben Fillekes, Jaymar Jadraque and special guest Kevin 'Spanky' Long — and Chris Senn who kept everyone entertained with his comedic MC skills.

Results

8 and under

1st - Julian Senn

2nd - Samson Stebbins

3rd - Noa Shelfow

9 — 13

1st- Niyah Hoskinson

2nd - Jake Carter

3rd - Isaiah Souza

14 — 17

1st - Anakin Senn

2nd - Erwin Jadraque

3rd - Hayden Baggs

18 and over

1st- Keahi 'Bradda' Fleming

2nd - Timmy Cusatis

3rd - Brandon Moser

Girls

1st - Makayla Rogge

2nd - Celyne Pinault

Sponsors: 3 Suns Skate shop, Under the Ficus, Emerica, Hayashi’s ‘You Make the Roll’ Sushi, Lava Skateboards, Kona Brewing Company, Kamanu Charters, Altamont, Blood Wizard, Conscious Riddims, Splashers, Scandinavian Shave Ice, Mountain Thunder Coffee and Lava Java.

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