Cocoa Beach Bowls

Cocoa Beach Skatepark

I grew up in ramp country. Crusty vert ramps in barns and metal mini ramps behind welding shops. Stories of crashing pools and sessioning concrete parks were only told in Thrasher and Transworld. The world of paved goodness eluded us, but we always dreamed.

Then last week my time came. I had only one hour to spend at the Cocoa Beach Skatepark, so I had to move fast. The park has one large section of six-foot bowls, trannies, and humps, with a deeper section made up of three vert bowls. Two sections of oververt and great coping throughout make for a fun setup.

Unfortunately, after fifteen minutes I realized that carving and pumping sideways through the bowls would take some practice, no matter how many hours I had spent imagining it. As the the park began to fill up and that last slam on my knee began to kick in, I got out my camera.

The local shorties were really tearing it up, and knew all the lines…damn them! Making it look so easy. They were cool though, and I got some good snaps (coming soon!). Hopefully I’ll have some more time and patience with my skating next time. Not quite living up to the dream, but certainly no nightmare…this park is going to rock the future me!

By Chad Norman

Chad is a marketing and branding strategist, proven leader, speaker, founder, and author. As COO of Catch Talent, he leads day-to-day operations including finance, human resources, marketing, and communications, as well as directs all employer brand client deliverables. Prior to Catch, Chad was VP of Marketing & Communication at SPARC, he served on the senior leadership team and lead marketing and communication strategy across all products and services. At Blackbaud, the leading provider of nonprofit technology solutions, Chad managed digital marketing and online training teams. In 2016, Chad founded DisruptHR Charleston, a bi-annual gathering of HR professionals for a night of networking and Ignite talks. His book, 101 Social Media Tactics for Nonprofits: A Field Guide, was published by Wiley in February 2012. Chad has presented at dozens of industry events including SXSW, SHRM, DisruptHR, IHRIM, NTC, DMA, AFP, and BBCON and has lectured at Wake Forest University, Indiana University, University of Michigan, College of Charleston, and The Citadel.

1 comment

  1. this new terraine is odd isn’t it? The flow can be akward at times, but there is nothing…NOTHING like skating on cement. These new parks are incredible…and only(in time) getting better. There’s something to be said about “the kids these days”…they have some great things set up for them. I can’t take it away from them…so we better enjoy it too. Good for you. Looks like a sweet spot. Good to hear that you are rolling again too. Even better. Nice shot too!

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