David Paul / Kona Bowl

David Paul. Acid Drop. Kona Bowl.

DAVID PAUL

Looking back at the Kona Bowl, I  would just like to state that the Kona story is much bigger than one man can tell. This is solely from my perspective. Back in the early 1970’s,  I lived in Pacific Beach in San Diego. I surfed and skated with my bro’s down there. We would skate hills, driveways, schoolyards that had banks, and pools. At the schools, they had benches. After watching skaters like Ty Page jump off benches or jump over cars, I started to do it too. Back then, I was starting to enter contests and met the north county boys- Murray Estes, Gunnar and many others. We had our own pools in Pacific Beach at the time and were really starting to love them. So, when I met the north county crew, they told me of the Kona Bowl!  It did not take long before we visited it. We went as many times as we could and carving, kick turns and flying off the shallow end stairs were the norm for me. I think this all started in 1974-75.

shallow end destruction… Kona Bowl

After seeing skaters jumping off benches,  I tried it at Kona one day. I just rode right in and made it! I jumped into the shallow end about three and a half feet or so to the flat bottom. At the time, I was riding a  Bruce Logan model with X caliber trucks with Road Rider 2’s.  I would break my trucks all the time!  At that time and as far as I know, no one could do the acid drop at Kona or anywhere else that I heard about. In the photo, I had joined the Tracker Trucks family and was not breaking trucks as much. I also started skating for Sunset surfboards and skateboards. Thanks to Murray Estes, shown in the photograph with me. The board in the image was a Murray Estes Sunset model.The wheels were UFO’s. Last but not least, my trucks were Tracker Half Tracks. Thanks to Lance Smith for the images. – Dave Paul

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2 thoughts on “David Paul / Kona Bowl

  1. David,
    I have pictures of you skating at the original Kona Bowl with Bobby Means. Didn’t you go over the barbwire at the San Diego Zoo to skate? Part of the same tribe, dude. I was there.
    Don

  2. Sheeze….David Paul taking flight off the Kona Bowl deck. I will never forget the first time David launched one of his airs skyward and just slapped his board onto the floor of Kona. Who said acid drop? This was like an acid air. Then he proceeded to carve the right flat wall and then push into the heart of the bowl and throw an insane backside tail tap air. One of the best goofy-foot skaters to understand and manage air time. Thanks Ozzie for a trip back in time for us at the Kona Bowl. Respect

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