Anaheim and Orange County are blessed by near-perfect, year-round weather, so no surprise that this weather is conducive for awesome outdoor activities. It's also the epicenter for skateboarding, skateparks and the action sports industry in general. Here, we've compiled a list of the best skateparks in Orange County.
Cemented in OC History
Anaheim is cemented in skateboard history as being home to one of the first public-accessible skateparks, Surfer's World (supposedly, the world's first skatepark). And that's not to mention Anaheim was home to one of the most legendary skate spots of the late '70s and '80s, Sadlands." It's also the location where Vans Shoes" --" the stalwart of skateboarding shoes -- first opened up shop. Vans is now host to the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, where they held the first-ever Van Doren Invitational bowl riding competition earlier this year."
Van Doren Invitational, US Open of Surfing
Photo Credit: Brandon Means, courtesy of the US Open of Surfing
Vans Store and Skatepark
20 City Blvd W #2 "
Right next door in the city of Orange is the Vans Store and Skatepark, located in the The Outlets at Orange." The Vans Store and Skatepark is a mix of ramps and obstacles to challenge skaters of every level, and home to the legendary Combi Bowl -- a replica of a pool at the '70s skatepark in Upland, CA. The Combi Bowl hosts the annual Protec Pool Party, where top bowl skaters from around the world compete.
All Vans Skatepark photos courtesy of Vans.
Etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest
In south Orange County, you can find one of the best skateparks in the country, Etnies Skatepark in Lake Forest. The park has more than 40,000 square feet of space with a wide variety of terrain, including a street course, two flow sections and three bowls (two with pool coping).
Ameoba Bowl at the Etnies Skatepark in Lake Forest
While you are in Lake Forest, you are an easy drive to SoCal Skate Shop in Mission Viejo, which is by far one of the best brick and mortar AND online skateshops in the world. They also run the SoCal Skateparks website; between them and Concrete Disciples, you will find the two best resources for everything skatepark-related in Southern California.
900 Arlington Dr, Costa Mesa
Volcom Skatepark" in Costa Mesa is another park transition riders will love. It has two bowls, plus a smaller peanut-shaped bowl perfect for carving and practicing lip trips to your hearts content. The large clover bowl has two 6' bowls leading into a deeper 10' wall." Street riders will love the ample street course elements as well: rails, stairs, pads and more. Pads at this park are strictly enforced.
Volcom Skatepark in Costa Mesa
There are many other parks to discover on your visit to Orange County, including" the recently revamped" Fullerton Skatepark" and the smooth bowls in" Laguna Nigel. There are also jewels of parks to be discovered in San Diego and Los Angeles counties and the Inland Empire.
If you skate at an OC park long enough, you're almost guaranteed to run into local skateboard legends like Christian Hosoi, Jeff Grosso, Steve Alba and Lance Mountain, among others." So, skaters, clean those bearings and pack those pads for your visit to the OC. We'll keep you shredding during your stay here.