Converged Communications on the Road: Skate Time

Here’s a converged communications activity that doesn’t come up every day. This was the weekend of the Florida Bowlriders Cup, a skateboarding competition with events for various ages and skill levels, and I had the opportunity to cover it for the Florida Times-Union. It was a chance for me to see the sights at Kona Skatepark in Arlington, a legendary spot in the skating world. It’s considered the oldest privately-owned skating park on the planet, and it’s seen many historic firsts in skateboarding history.

Despite my utter lack of experience negotiating halfpipes and street courses, it was a fascinating assignment, and an opportunity to see how the action-sports scene in Jacksonville is alive and well. It was also a chance to try some photo experiments in unusual settings. More than anything else, though, the assignment (which should run in the T-U at some point in early April) provided an opportunity to meet people who have spent much of their lives riding ramps on a four-wheeled board and to see the unique terrain that makes competitive skateboarding a taxing – and occasionally painful – challenge. Converged communicators who enjoy skateboarding and aren’t familiar with the park’s rich history might want to take a few minutes to learn more about this classic skating destination.

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