Like my Japanese peoples are fond of saying when they haven't seen someone for a long time:
Yeah, it has been a while but honestly, who really gives a shit?
December is absolutely cracking at my job, so I have been working a shitload and this blog bullshit is not really that much of a priority in my life right this second.
There has been a bunch of stuff going on lately, I have been there to see some of it and I missed out on some of it.
That's what's up.
A few days ago, last Friday to be exact, that best trick contest went down at A'ala Park.
You know, the one with the big rainbow rail and the curvy S rail?
Silent fucking John won it, just like I thought!
Only a few dudes could actually step to that big mega rail and John took the whole enchilada with a frontside noseblunt slide across it.
Congratulations to my man Johnny for representing like that, wish I could have been there but work work work once again takes priority.
Don't know if there's any video footage of this event floating around, but apparently my man Aaron McMullen was shooting photos so maybe those will surface somewhere soon hopefully.
OH, and guess what? The city and county of Honolulu does not like when people alter skateparks or add things in them to make them more interesting, so they actually went down to A'ala Park and cut and destroyed both rails, which were left there for skaters to enjoy.
WHAT THE FUCK?
Very, very, lame.
But then again would you expect anything less from the skateboard hating city of Honolulu and it's anti-skatepark mayor?
The day before, Thursday night actually, I sessioned A'ala Park and it was seriously the most crowded weeknight I have seen in a long time. It probably had a lot to do with the Red Bull guys being in town and local dudes getting into shine mode in anticipation for the contest. Mad heads showed up and saw Brandon Biebel and Ron Deily skate for like a combined 3 minutes, and also witnessed the technical throw down of one Ryan Decenzo, who absolutely killed it all night long. This kid is fucking good no doubt, but I'm not a huge fan of this guy's style, in fact I think it's pretty heinous personally. Anyway, he did in fact do some shit that I'm fairly certain has never been done at the park like kickflip backside noseblunt slide down one of the bank to bank hubba ledges. Whoa.
Then Friday night was the big Deck The Halls skate deck art benefit for my man Kenny, and again work prevented me from attending, but big ups to all those who made it down and purchased artwork and supported the cause in general. Much mahalo to Kavet and everyone else who made this happen and all who showed up, Kenny was super stoked the way it turned out.
Check out the link above for Kavet's wrap-up of the event, and click here for some Metromix photos of people mingling about down there.
Also, check out these photos of the event which are way better than the Metromix ones, I found them when I was checking out Lofa's blog. BIG UP ya self homie!
Just a few days ago, I changed up my entire set-up and reverted back to the trucks that I have always ridden and have enjoyed for most of my years skateboarding, Independent, bitches!
I threw together this In4mation Jamie Reyes deck with the new Stage 10 Indy 149's and some 54mm Spitfire Cardiel Street Burners.
Now that's a fucking skateboard.
Since the last time I rode Independent Trucks, which was maybe almost 2 years, I have ridden a couple of sets of the 33 size aloha print APB collabo Ace Trucks, which were incredible by the way, and a set of Thunder 145's that had a hollowed out kingpin which made them significantly lighter.
I really don't need my trucks to be super light, in fact I like a bit of heft and weight to them.
These new Indys are perfect and I am completely stoked on my whole set-up right now.
Hey, at least I tried something different for a minute.
The old me would have told you to go fuck yourself if you were to suggest that I try riding any other truck besides Indys.
Oh, and also recently some Hawaiians that relocated to the mainland have returned home for the holidays.
Adrian Adrid is back on the north shore for a minute, and he's brought along his homie from L.A. David Bowens. If you didn't know, David is one of the 5 finalists in Slap Magazine's One In A Million competition. Also, David shares a part in the Recipe For Happiness video with our very own Jarold Webb, who also is due back here any day now for a little Christmas break as well.
Also making the trip from L.A. for a winter vacation are Jordan deOliveira and Matt Chaffin, and also I am very excited to session again with my girl Jamie Reyes, who is now home temporarily for skate action and hibernation from freezing NYC.
Welcome home, Hawaiians!
Let's get to shredding.