11.27.2017

2017 - 2018 Hawaii Winter Outlaw Series Schedule

Another year of the Hawaii Winter Outlaw Series is here for 2017 - 2018 and expect the same good ole Hawaiian outlaw racing.
Here are the dates to book. 
More details will be out a few weeks before each event.
ITS ON!

Big Island Flow Fest
Hilo. Big Island, Hawaii
December 30 - 31, 2017

Maui Challenge
Haleakala. Maui, Hawaii
January 27 - 28, 2018

The Festival of Sugar and Love 10
South Side. Oahu, Hawaii
February 24 - 25, 2018

4.13.2017

The Festival of Sugar and Love 9. Write up, photos and RESULTS!

The Festival of Sugar and Love 9
 
Downhill Skateboarders from all over the Hawaiian island’s gathered on February 25th and 26th for the third and final event of the 2016 – 2017 Hawaii Winter Outlaw Series season. As always, closing it off with a bang was the Festival of Sugar and Love 9. Can you believe it’s our 9th year?!  Time flies when the vibes are good and the crew your working with is even better! 

This festival followed the same format as we have been running it the past few years, a race on one day with a day long freeride on the next.

On Saturday morning we all gathered at the loop, which is our freeride venue and campsite crammed into one epic mountain top park. We did some mellow skating and some hardcore cruising as we waited for all of our racers to show up and get signed up.


At just about 11am, everyone was signed up so we drew heats and headed for the race hill… THE SCORCHER.

If you’ve never herd of The Scorcher, it’s probably the gnarliest race course we’ve ever had on the series circuit. Under a mile long, 3 back to back hairpin turns completed with some of the worse/best pavement around… cracks, grass, huge holes you can’t roll over and some w concave in the road. But every year we race this hill the skill level ups itself again and again making these factors look minor.
When arriving to the race hill, I pulled out a broom for racers to clean what they wished to clean, then practice runs began. From the very first run on the hill all skaters were looking fast and confident for how nervous they sounded to be skating the hill.  Though runs were clean, everyone kept fairly spread out. Round 1 will be a whole new game when both riders want to be down the hill first. 
After about 5 practice runs everyone was looking too comfy which means it’s race time!

We refreshed everyone’s memories on who’s in their heat and we started up the hill. In true Scorcher tradition we let each heat choose when they want to go, what their start method would be and if there would be any special side rules. Once everyone was geared up and ready to go, round 1 was ON.
It seemed like the Scorcher veterans were the ones anxious to get on the hill and get it over with while the first timers waited till the last possible chance to go.

Round 1 was pretty intense! Close racing, multiple passes within each run with hardly any crashes.
 
After back to back demonstrations of insane skateboard racing and a handful of racers eliminated, we were down to our final 6 racers.
Past series champion Zach Newman vs 2 time Scorcher champ Dante Alston, Big Islands Brian McOuat vs Scorcher first timer Justin Marriot, and another past series champion Dakota Camp vs another Scorcher first timer Kawai Marks.

To make things a little more exciting, Maui’s Zach Newman and Dakota Camp are currently tied for first with a 1st and a 2nd under their belts after the first two events…AND Brian McOuat is closely following in 3rd. SO, if Zach and Dakota both make their heats, our final will determine the series champion. If Zach and Dakota both loose and Brian makes his heat, he will be the champion. If they all loose we will have a side race for the overall title.
This round is going to be good!

First up was Brian vs Justin.
Both riders had solid starts, Brian getting in front going into the first hairpin. Both riders grip right through it and start into the steep straight. Brian held his tuck straight into a big frontside drift, Justin was closely behind sliding backside. Brian felt the pressure and tried to link up, but the Scorcher pavement just wouldn’t let him causing him to slide out on the exit of the turn, BUT Justin couldn’t hold on either crashing into him. They both quickly get up and grab their boards, Justin getting his feet back on his board first. Brian jumps on right in back of him going into the last turn, but couldn’t make it back in front. Justin takes the win.

Next up is Dakota vs Kawai.
Again another clean start to both riders gripping through the first corner, coming into the steep straight in front is Scorcher first timer Kawai. Both regular footers tuck hard into big, fast backside drifts. Kawai cleanly links to the inside, then so does Dakota. Back into their best tucks going into the last left. Both riders throw tiny predrifts into the corner and rail right through the bumps, cracks and grass. Holding the lead till the end was Kawai.
 
Now its Zach vs Dante.
Clean, fast starts. Riders are within a foot of each other in the first left. Dante gets the lead going into the steep straight, but Zach s right in his bubble. Both regular footers hit one hand backside drifts, Dante links clean to the inside but Zach struggles to link causing him to go a little wide and loose speed. Dante kept clean through the last corner coming out on top.
Our top 3 for the final round is now 2 time winner Dante Alston along with the two Scorcher virgins Justin Marriot and Kawai Marks. All Oahu shredders.

This also means Brian is set for the overall series 3rd place title, AND we still have a tie for the over all series champion. Zach and Dakota will be going head on head to see who takes the title.

We gave racers a quick break and let the final three decide if they wanted one, 3 man heat or multiple heats, round robin style.
In true Scorcher fashion, the final 3 racers wanted to keep things interesting with a 3 man final.
Now we have our Scorcher finalist as well as our top two series point’s racers at the top of the hill.
First down the hill will be our Scorcher 3 man final.
3, 2, 1… the 3 riders are off falling into a single file line during the first turn. Dante in front, followed closely by Kawai and Justin not far behind. Coming down the straight Dante held his tuck into his drift while the following two racers stood up to manage some speed. Dante links his drift clean giving him a nice lead coming out of the corner. Kawai links in pursuit of Dante while Justin slid out. Dante keeps clean going into the next turn, BUT Kawai looses it on one of the many features of the hill and jumps off his board. He got back on quickly but Dante was gone!
Dante takes the win at the Scorcher for his 3rd time!
Scorcher newcomers Kawai and Justin get 2nd and 3rd.
Now its time for the Hawaii Winter Outlaw Series Championship title race.
Two Maui boys.
Zach Newman vs Dakota Camp. 
Boom. Heat has started and both of these guys want the win, but Zach gets the font position going through the first left. Coming down the straight both riders are committed, not moving a muscle until both of them throw their long, one handed backside drifts. Zach goes to link, but his wheels continue to sugar a little while Dakota links to the inside. On the exit of the right Zach is going pretty wide, giving Dakota a chance to pull up side by side going into the last left. All the spectators could hear at this point is Zach and Dakota laughing having the time of their life… and not to mention the heat of the season! As they start to drop into the last left, Zach takes a little wider line but stays in font, while Dakota dips to the inside right behind Zach. The finish line is in sight and the racers are within a foot apart of each other in the corner when Zach hits a crack with some grass growing out of it! Dakota responds quick and dips even more inside to avoid him and crosses the finish line in 1st making him our 2016 – 2017 Hawaii Winter Outlaw Series champion.
His partner in crime Zach Newman in 2nd and Big Island’s Brian McOuat in 3rd
Following the race we got in a little more freeride time on the racecourse then headed back to the loop for a night of skating, camping and good times.
The following morning we took our time to wake up, we know skaters aren’t good in the mornings… especially after a night of partying, plus we are already on the freeride hill!
Coffee was consumed, breakfast was scarfed and wheels were beginning to turn for the second day of the Festival of Sugar and Love.  
This year instead of doing a set 1 hour judge jam session in the past, I threw together a checklist of things to get done through 4 hour period. This made things a lot more mellow, yet a lot more fun!

The checklist consisted of 5 point, 10 point, 15 point and 20 point tasks to get checked off.
5 pointers were easy things like do a slide, skate a dirt line, do a slappy, find a lilikoi and such. The 10 pointers got a little harder… fs&bs 360 shuv it slides, pick up a chicken, skate off the wall into the turn and a bunch of others. Then the 15 pointers started getting challenging with things like switch body varial no comply slide, fs 360 no comply slide, crail blunt slide, and pick up a pig. And finally the 20 pointers had things like hike the whole look, best filmed trick, longest slide and most importantly not getting in trouble all day.

Once the checklists were passed out, the jam was on!
Lots of riders got straight to checking off points, while others took their time.
There was nothing but good vibes in the air. 
As time passed some skaters were banging out every easy thing they knew they could do on the list, while others challenged themselves to go for the harder things on the list. Though the format made things relaxed, there was still a lot of strategy involved in what things you chose to do.
 
As the skate time started coming to an end, everyone was putting in work to pump out what they could.
“1 minute left!”
“ 30 seconds!”
“LAST TRICK!”
And its finished!
Riders calculated their points, compared the clips they stacked and turned in their checklists.

After getting a little rest time in and pulling out all the schwag for the skaters, it was award time.
Taking home the win with 370 points was multiple time FOSAL winner KJ Nakanelua. In 2nd with 230 points was Billy E and rounding off the top 3 was Big Islands Brian McOuat with 225 points.
Thanks to our AWESOME supporters all race winners, freeride winners and series winners got decked out with a whole lotta gear and a little bit of cash.
Not only did the winners take home gear but also every skater in the event took home a prize or two.

BIG MAHALO to all of the skaters and supporters who helped us complete another successful Hawaii Winter Outlaw Series. You guys are keeping the vibes alive on the islands, I cant thank you enough.

You better believe that we will be back as always next year, and it’s a big year for us. The event that was the first of the series that led to all of this, The Festival of Sugar and Love will be having its 10 anniversary!
You won’t want to miss out.

We will see everyone next winter for another Hawaii Winter Outlaw Series!

The Scorcher 7 Results

1st – Dante Alston
2nd – Kawai Marks
3rd -  Justin Marriot

The Festival of Sugar and Love Freeride Results

1st - KJ Nakanelua
2nd - Billy E.
3rd – Brian McOuat

2016 – 2017 Hawaii Winter Outlaw Series Overall Results

1st – Dakota Camp
2nd – Zach Newman
3rd – Brian McOuat


2010 – 2011 Series Champion – Mackenzie Yoshida
2011 – 2012 Series Champion – Mackenzie Yoshida
2012 – 2013 Series Champion – Nikko Kamanuwai
2013 – 2014 Series Champion – Dakota Camp
2014 – 2015 Series Champion – Zach Newman
2015 – 2016 Series Champion – Dakota Camp
2016 – 2017 Series Champion – Dakota Camp

-Mackenzie Yoshida.

1.31.2017

2016 - 2017 HawaiiWinterOutlawSeries Presents- The Festival of Sugar and Love 9


The 2016-2017 Hawaii Winter Outlaw Series is heading to Oahu for the 3rd and final event. The 9th Annual Festival of Sugar and Love is back again with a weekend full of wheel turning festivities. Through out the weekend we will have a full day of freeriding and a day of racing which will determine our series champion. For the F.O.S.A.L racing portion this year we will be back on The Scorcher, so be ready! 
Please be at the loop on Feb 25 at 10am sharp. Please keep skateboarding at a minium when arriving. We will have tons of skate time through out the weekend. Lots of riders will be camping overnight from the 25th - 26th, if you want to get a camping permit for your group contact me for locaton details. 
See everyone at The Festival of Sugar and Love 9. 

The 9th Annual Festival of Sugar and Love 9
When- Feb 25 - 26
Where- The Loop.
Freeride- Free
Race- $15
Helmet and gloves are required. Full pads/ leathers recomended. 

10.24.2016

2016 - 2017 Hawaii Winter Outlaw Series Schedule


It's that time of year... for most of the world, the skate season is coming to an end. BUT for us here its all about to get started! 

The Hawaii Winter Outlaw Series is back and better than ever for its 7th season. 3 events, 3 islands throughout 4 months. GET HYPED. 

First up is the Big Island Flow Fest on the Hilo side of the Big Island so get booking your flights if you don't already live there. 

Full event details will be up soon. 

 Hope everyone ready for a good winter of outlaw racing!

10.02.2016

Landyachtz Presents The 2016 HonoZOOlu Skateboard Scavenger Hunt.



Landyachtz Longboards presents The HonoZOOlu Skateboard Skavenger Hunt.
What- 
An adventure-filled skateboard skavenger hunt covering the many different types of terrain Honolulu has to offer. No matter what kind of skateboarding you do, we got things on the list for you. Just remember to consider this when getting together your 3-5 person teams... you'll want to be well rounded!

When/Where- 
Saturday, October 8th. Team sign up's are at 1130am at Bike Factorys town location. Hunt start time is at NOON SHARP and you will have till 420pm to complete as many items on the list as possible. Afterparty following the event at near by brewery.

What you will need- 
A skateboard, a camera/gopro/camera phone to capture the acheived items, a team of 3-5 members, a free Saturday and a want for a good day of skateboarding.

The winning team will win schwag thanks to Landyachtz, Ditch Life and Bike Factory.

See everyone on Saturday, October 8th for good times and great vibes!

4.03.2016

2015 - 2016 HawaiiWinterOutlawSeries Event 3- The Festival of Sugar and Love 8. Write Up, Photos and Video.

The Festival of Sugar and Love 8
Words by 
Mackenzie Yoshida
Photos by
 Jacob Lambert
Justin Lee
Mackenzie Yoshida

February in Hawaii is a good month for us. 
 The weather is beautiful for skateboarding, not too hot but nice and dry. Lots of traveling skaters seem to gravitate to the islands before the race season. The waves are pumping. OH! And its also the month that the final event of the Hawaii Winter Outlaw Series takes place on Oahu. 

We started the series in October over on the Big Island of Hawaii high up on the hills of Mauna Loa. Racers tucked hard and drafted strategically… taking home the win was Maui's Zach Newman. 

Next up in December was the Maui Challenge on the slopes of Haleakala. This course was a bight more tech and tight than event 1… and showing locals a thing or two, taking the win was California's Byron Essert. 


Finishing up the series this year, shredders from several different islands AND countries gathered for the 8th Annual Festival of Sugar and Love, weekend long skate fest! 

When day 1 arrived, anxious skateboarders from all over Hawaii, the mainland, Canada and Australia gathered at Oahu's famous S Turn at the Loop to kick off the festivities. If you haven't been to or have never seen the loop… its a one way downhill stretch of sugary pavement, with a bit of character, that winds through the trees along the top of the Ko'olaus. The jam corner, the S, is two back to back turs that drop several stores within the corner. So sliding your way through the corners is a must… but who will do it the steeziest? 
 
In the past years we held a few elimination rounds and worked our way down to a winner. This year was a bit different. Skaters were given several hours to cruise and skate… when the day was finished we chose the person who looked like they were having the most fun through out the WHOLE day. 
While skaters were jamming the hill we saw all kinds of approaches to the challenging corner. Fast race lines, slidey double kick dirt runs, beginners holding on for dear life, and even some of the top pros from the Landyachtz team were strutting their stuff.
After a long day of destroying wheels and littering the hill with urethane, we set up camp on the hill and got set for a night of lurkage, with a touch of partying. 

Once everyone was mellowed out from the day, F.O.S.A.L head official for the year Dalton Iwabuchi gathered everyone to announce the winner of day 1. No one was the least bit surprised to hear that taking home the win for the first day, shredding and standing out all day like always was Dante Alston. 
Following the awards the fun continued to roll on through the night. BBQ goods, some beers, rope swings and camp vibes… can't go wrong!

The next morning racers for up bright and early, packed up camp and shot out to the North Shore for the race portion of the event. 
Todays course… a LOT different from yesterday. From narrow, tech and drifty to wide, sweepy and FAST. Before we even started our way up the hill tons of truck tightens and wheel swaps were going down. 
When all the racers showed up we started our way up the hill to the race course. As soon as we got the sign ups and bracketing out of the way we sent everyone up for their first practice run. 
Though people sounded nervous about the course, everyone was flying down it in packs, full tucked… hitting speeds above 50mph at the fastest dip of the course. 
One practice run down, one to go before starting the first round ANDDDD of course… Hawaii weather decides to pull a quick one and go from sunny to raining in no time. As we've learned in the past, this is NOT a hill to be raced in the rain. 
So, we gathered all racers and discussed what possibilities we had to make the event happen. We came up with a vote to either drive across the island to another GNARLY race course with no weather report at all OR head to a closer, mellower path which would be dry… and if it decides to rain in that area the path is a safer race option. 
After taking a vote we decided to head to the path for some head to head racing.
Once again upon arrival the setups started to get tweaked again. Now the course is a narrow sidewalk with a dip and 7 back to back corners, about 25mph or so... everything gripable.

We got in a couple quick practice runs and it was game on!
With Hawaii's top shredders, like past series winners Zach Newman, Dakota Camp and Mackenzie Yoshida along with world tour racers such as Billy Bones Meiners, Troy Grenier and Dillon Stephens… this first head to head round was STACKED from the start. 
The reggae horn sounded off to start round one and we flew through the race from there. A few visitors seemed to sneak through the rounds, but as we got to the final rounds there was still a heavy local presence. We even still had our current overall points 1st and 2nd place racers still in the event battling to win the series title. 
When it came down to the finals, it was Dante Alston vs Maui's title contender Zach Newman. The consi's were Canada's Dillon Stephens vs Maui's other series title contender Dakota Camp… not only was the F.O.S.A.L title on the line, but this would also decide the over all series title. 

First up was the Consi's.
Dakota had to ensure he got as many points as he could if he wanted to lock down another overall title win and he did just that.  The Maui local was able to fight off visiting Canadian Dillon Stephens to take 3rd place.
Now its the Finals.
Maui's Zach Newman vs. Oahu's Dante Alston…Who already took home one win this weekend, would he win both the slide jam and the race?!
As soon as the head started Dante ran out in front full sprint with a SOLID throw down getting him in front from the start. Zach wouldn't let him get a gap and held nice and close coming into the turns. As they zig zagged through the bends Dante held a solid line not leaving any room for Zach to get by. They lean hard into the last right bend of the course and Zach couldn't squeeze through… Dante takes the WIN.

Following the event we tallied up the overall series points, got prizes ready and the awards were on. Everyone was stoked to cheer on local favorite Dante Alston as he went up to claim his second first place of the weekend, making him the Festival of Sugar and Love king.

Now it was time for the overall series points. Everyone knew how close the top 4 racers were in points and were trying to add it up before i even could! The stoke was high and everyone wanted to know who their 15' - 16' Series champion is.
Finally we announce the new champ… and taking the win by just a few points is Dakota Camp, making this is his second overall series 1st place title! Zach Newman was just behind in 2nd, but these two are the best of friends and couldn't be more stoked for each other. 3rd place this year making it a top 3 Maui sweep is Johnathan Valnezuela. Big Islands representative Brian McOuat nabbed 4th. Oahu's Mackenzie Yoshida in 5th and B.I's Dusty Owens rounding off the top 6.
All the skaters and event organizers of the Hawaii Winter Outlaw Series want to send a HUGE mahalo to all of the supporters who helped us make this happen!

To all the racers, MAHALO for continuing to come out and share the stoke… the Hawaiian downhill skateboarding scene is a very special family and without the crew we wouldn't be anything.



Keep an eye on WheelTurnerHawaii.com through the year for the latest in Hawaii downhill skateboarding. Also keep an eye out in September 2016 for info on the next Hawaii Winter Outlaw Series.

CheeHoo!
Mahalo.

- The WheelTurnerHawaii.com Ambassadors.
Brian McOuat, Zach Newman, Dakota Camp and Mackenzie Yoshida