Lake Cunningham, San Jose, Calif.
In the case of skateparks, larger does mean better. As China finalizes its "World's Largest Skatepark" in Guangzhou, XGames.com decided to take a look at some of the biggest and best skateparks on the planet. Lake Cunningham Skatepark in San Jose, Calif. is one of the largest skateparks in the U.S. and in the world.
Throughout the '70s and '80s, Venice, Calif., was a hot spot for skateboarding, and it boasts some of our sport's greatest history. So, when the huge cement skatepark was built right in the sand at Venice Beach, it instantly became a must visit by skateboarders far and wide. Here, Christian Hosoi stretches out his signature lay back grind in one of the many bowls at the park.
Kona Skatepark, Jacksonville, Fla.
Kona Skatepark in Jacksonville, Fla. is one of the oldest skateparks in the country and is the largest on the East Coast. Here, Raven Tershy frontside airs on Kona's cement vert ramp.
Lake Forest Skatepark
The Skatepark of Lake Forest, better known as Etnies skatepark, was opened in 2003 and is one of the largest parks in Southern California. In 2011, the park was extended another 25,000 square feet with a massive street area, tons of trannies and a bowl. The Etnies park is on everyone's list of the best parks in the States.
Pheonix, Ariz., and its surrounding neighborhoods have the densest population of skateparks in the Southwest, but it was Chandler Skatepark that really put their scene on the map. With two massive bowls and a flowing wide-open tranny area, Chandler is one of the biggest in Arizona. Here, Justin Strubing tucks a solid Japan air over one of the many hips.
The Black Pearl, Cayman Islands
Probably the greatest location for one of the biggest skateparks in the world, the Black Pearl Skatepark is in the Cayman Islands. The Pearl has cement bowls, cradles, over vert sections, rails, banks, vert walls and more. Situated minutes from the beach, the perfect balmy weather and tropical surroundings make this the skatepark to visit. Here, Sean Malto ollies from low to high and tail slides the flat bank.
SMP Park, Shanghai
Until Guangzhou breaks ground, the SMP Park in Shanghai is the biggest park in the world. Although its size is a bit intimidating for the beginning locals, the amount of skateable terrain is mind-boggling. Several cement bowls 10 -14 feet deep, a full pipe that goes underground with an intersecting pipe that's probably the most dangerous thing ever built for skating, a cradle, a street course and an outdoor stadium for street contests. Here, Brian Anderson 360 flips to wallride.
The Louisville Skatepark is scheduled for demolition any moment, with the city building a freeway right above it. But until then, this park has a great doglegged cement halfpipe that goes through an Upland-like fullpipe into a 13-foot bowl. The lights are on all night; the street and flow sections are super fun; and Louisville has great barbecue!
Lincoln City, Ore.
Lincoln City is among the masterpieces of Mark "Red" Scott -- the prolific skatepark builder who brought us the legendary Burnside Project. Over the years, Red and the locals keep adding to the park on the Oregon coast, with new snakeruns, bowls, weird hits and terrain not for the faint of heart. Lincoln City is true-blue skateboarding in the form of concrete transitions. Go there and get some. Lance Mountain, Judo air.