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2012 x 2013 Hawaii Winter Outlaw Series. Writeups, photos & videos.
As i mentioned in a previous post, This past Sunday was full of fun bike races! I woke up at 4:45am to get loaded up and i was off to the North Shore for the Malekahana 40k Time Trial State Championships. I decided to grab a Venti Americano and a bacon, egg sandwich on the way and boy did that bite me in the ass.
I got out to the North Shore with just enough time for a quick warm up, then it was inline to race. The weather was pretty nice on the course. Fairly sunny, only damp in a few spots... but strong winds!
After blowing around and holding in my puke for 25 miles, i came across the finish in 1 hour 5 minutes and 22 seconds... good enough for a 1st Place! Samson Ramirez was right behind me coming in second 19 seconds behind, and Christian Yee in 3rd.
After getting a little nap in, i switched up my bike setup then headed off to the Hawaii NJS meet and Criterium. There were some pretty nice rides that made it out to Kakaako. Everyone kicked back and cruised it for a bit, drank some beers. Then we headed to the parking lot area for the Crit.
The youngans were up first. They all charged the first lap, but then the pack slowly fell apart and Chauncey Doble broke away and took the win.
In the unko devision we all stayed nice and close in the first lap, but unfortunately there were some cars that caused a crash in a un spotted corner. A few of us turned around to check on the racer who went down... then next thing you know we were getting lapped. There went the race! It was Ian Rothwell that was able to keep spinning for the win.
Good Vibes, Great People... a good day of Bike Racing.
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After spending a BIT of time on my backwards 2012 Landyachtz Wolfshark, i was quite excited to make the change to the 2013. Not that i was over my current board... but the new looked SEXY with its minor tweaks.
When first receiving my board i was STOKED to see how beautifully crafted this board is. The fiberglass bottom is a big change from last years line and its a great addition. Stiff as ever, and keeps yer graphic looking clean. The CNC'ed flush cut and wheel wells are clean and deep. Fatty wheels on this deck clear quite nice. It also has a few curves taken off, and a few new ones. The overall board length is shorter, now 36. The gas pedals have been removed and replaced with raised wheel wells, which hold you in no matter how you are standing. They also made the width in the front and back the same... which means no backwards boards! All of that topped with the rocker and a mellow W makes for a SICK deck.
Mines set up with some 45* Bear precision trucks, and this bad boy feels good on any hill. If you feel the need to change your set up a bit to adjust to the terrain you are riding, just bump the wheelbase in or out a little. Its got the load of options from 22.5 in - 27.5 in WB. I honestly just give a little loosen if imma slide around or tighten if its mach speed and thats all the adjustments i need (see at about a 26.5 in WB)
For those a little afraid of curves on downhill boards, not to worry! This board may look intimidating, but stand on it. The past years model cramped my back leg a little ( I'm thinking because of the W concave/ gas pedal combo), but this deck feels great. No cramping because of gnar, nothing but perfectly placed curves.
Ya, there may be no tail... but its a downhill board! Ride it fast downhills, get a regular board or a PEACEMAKER if you needa be popping ollies and such.
All in all.... i LOVE this board and plan to make some sweet love to mountains all over the world while riding it!
So here i am at work on this sunny Saturday afternoon. Taking it mellow, light stretching, making sure to grub my Jewel or Juice Acai bowl... getting nice and relaxed for tomorrow.
First thing in the morning is the last time trial of the Hawaii cycling season. The Malekahana 40k TT is gonna be one longgg solo sprint! There originally wasn't a Fixed/ Single Speed category, but they were nice enough to split us up. If they didn't id still be entering Cat 4, 5 fixed.... I'm too slow on flats with gears!
Following the TT tomorrow, Hawaii's very first NJS meet will be happening in the afternoon. So be sure to polish up those stamps and come out to Kakaako to cruise with the other cyclist on island. (YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE A NJS BIKE TO COME OUT). Not only will everyone be chilling, but for those who want to go fast... there will be a Criterium race once everyone is there.
Good Times for sure!
Hope to see all the homies sometime through out the day for some fun bike riding.
As seen HERE recently on Hawaii news, they are trying to make it the LAW to wear a helmet while skateboarding in Hawaii.
Though i prefer to use my helmet while skating, and choose to every time i get on board... i don't think it will work as a law, MAKING all skaters wear helmets.
When making laws, the intentions are good... but creating the law can backfire on the whole sport.
Once the laws made, it will need to be enforced. What happens when it fails to be enforced? Park insurance companies get nervous and bail? Then what happens to the skateparks we worked hard to build.
As for the casual pushers using the skateboard as transportation... leave it up to them! Especially when they are adults, I mean the state of Hawaii dosent force MOTORCYCLE users to use a helmet by law.... WTF?!?
Sure make skateboarders who use the roadways wear a helmet.... but then stop giving them bogus Pedestrian in Roadway ( J Walking ) tickets, and worry about a law that actually applies to us.
Whens the last time you herd of a skateboard death happening to a skateboard enthusiast in Hawaii that happened in a skatepark, or someone using it for daily errands...
Its been pretty dang long.
The deaths these laws are based off of are deaths caused by careless actions that are bound to result in injury. Any skateboarder will tell you getting pulled by a motor vehicle while on a board that has nothing but springs to keep you stable is a bad idea.
YES we want to keep the youth who skate safe, but what good parent would let their kid go shred hard without a helmet? They know what they are getting their kids into...
I won't keep going, I have TONS of reasons why i disagree with this law coming about... but unless you are well educated about the skateboard... lots of it won't mean anything to you.
So ill let you have your own opinions.
But just remember.... every skateboarder wants to live another day to keep turning wheels.