2.27.2013

HawaiiWinterOutlawSeries F.O.S.A.L 5 Write Up and Photos.


February is a bitter sweet month for us skaters here in Hawaii. 
Sadly, its the last event of the Hawaii Winter Outlaw Series season... but The Festival of Sugar and Love is ALWAYS a good way to end it! On Feb 16 & 17 wheel turners from all over the Hawaiian Islands gathered on Oahu for F.O.S.A.L 5, and hawt damnnn did they bring the heat!
Skaters met on Saturday up in the Koolau mountain range and set up camp for a night of good times. We were a little worried to see a FATTY group of boy scouts in our campsite from the past two years, but we just relocated to the OG camp site in the middle of a big s turn... and everything was gravy! ( especially with the park maintenance crew on our side)

Once our zone was set for the night and the camp vibes were runnin strong.... we headed over to the ONE WAY DOWNHILL side of the park, which happens to be packed with hairpins.... got registration completed, and The Festival of Sugar and Love 5 was underway. 
Though we had less competitors this year then in the past, the skill level was higher then ever. First round was a 30 min Jam style sesh. Riders could walk up and take as many, or as little runs as they wanted. Like every F.O.S.A.L we were overloaded with all kinds of different styles making it very difficult to judge. Luckily this year we had several very qualified judges to make the process a bit easier.
 
  

  





      

  
When the 30 minutes were up we had seen all kinds of SICK skateboarding on this steep S turn. Speed, technical tricks, switch runs, two hands down... all kine. 
As much as EVERYONE in the first round was shredding... the judges were only able to choose their favorite 8 skaters. 
Moving onto the second round was Toa, Dakota, KJ, Bronson, Dante, Kaimana, Hunter and Nikko. This round got GOOD! Theres still riders from several different islands, every skater having a totally different and unique style from the rest. I love this about Hawaii skating! Styles are influenced by inner steeze, and not so much by what is seen on the net. 
Riders had the option to rest a while and wait to light up the turn after dark for a night sesh for round 2... but they were AMPING. So they decided to get underway despite the minor drizzle and setting sun.

The judges had a HARD task now! This round we are cutting out 8 riders down to 4, and everyone of them were going HARD. 
Nikko, Dakota and Dante kept their lines FAST. Nikko hands down, Dakota and Dante stand up style. Kaimana and Hunter kept it standup for the most part, but both of them busted out the switch action quite a bit. Toa and KJ went pretty tech... 360s in both directions, grabs, lifting noses and tails.... but they also switched it up a bit every few runs came with some faster lines as well. Bronson kept at his own approach, very tech slides at decent speed... but with street style ollie/flip tricks mixed in the run.

 Every one of the 8 riders was very entertaining to watch, but only 4 riders would continue onto the Semi Finals.
The sun is setting, round 2's half hour jam sesh is over... and after long discussion the judges have come up with F.O.S.A.L's top 4 riders. 
Moving onto the semi finals are some of the most stylish riders on the Hawaiian islands. The semis are 
Toa Nanpei, KJ Nakanelua, Bronson Sterling and Dante Alston. 

Everyone was beat from a day of shredding, so the final 4 decided to put off the semis till the next morning. 
Everyone headed back over to our campsite...started up the BBQ, got some beers and sessioned into the night. And once again Cookie was the WINNER of the F.O.S.A.L party for the second year in a row. He even took home his empty bottle of jagermeister ( his first ever btw ) as a trophy. 
After a good nights rest... kinda... everyone woke up to a sunny, Sunday morning. A perfect day to finish off the H.W.O.S. 
Once everyone grinded some food and got some coffee... the semi finals were under way!
This round would be a 20 min jam sesh, which gives riders just enough time to showcase everything they can do... while still trying to keep consistent through the session. 
We thought the last rounds were tough? This one is insane. The judges really had to consider everything... speed, style, originality, consistency, number of tricks, look on the riders face, color of their socks, ect. 
When the 20 minutes were up the judges still couldn't seem to come up with a set two riders to advance, so they were forced to just do it by a vote amongst the judges. 
All judges voted Bronson Sterling into the finals but there were some split votes for the second person. 
When the votes were added up, it was Dante Alston to move on with B.Sterls to the finals! 
Two totally different styles and both riders SHRED HARD, this made for an epic F.O.S.A.L 5 Finals. 
   
This round is a little different then the rest. No freedom of having a jam sesh. Each rider will get 3 solo runs to give it all they got. Following these 3 runs, they get 2 tandem runs with the other finalist. They lead one run, and follow one. 
Up first was Bronson. Through out his 3 runs he busted out more NBD loop trail lines then i have seen all year. He was blasting blunts constantly... some on wood only, no thane touching the ground! Then he'd follow up with something like a 180 out, then into a  tre flip or fs flip. How about a no comply here n there, some mid turn full cabs, oh and how about just gap the bottom right turn for fun?  Gnarlyness. 
Next was Dante. Speed with a touch of steeze was his approach. He was coming fast every run blasting  a variation of squat slides in the first left , followed with big, clean switch slides in the right. Looking smooth and quick though out every run. 
Now it was time for the tandem runs. Bronson leading the first run. 
B. Sterls kept a similar approach to the rest of his runs during the tandem. Kept it tech, while staying clean. Dante followed a ways behind him with a stand up front side to backside.  
In the next tandem run Dante led. He chose to start from the top of the run to get a but more speed, so Bronson changed boards for the first time in the event to his speed board and went up to the top as well.

When the two came into the turn Dante had a little gap on Bronson and threw a big frontside standie. Bronson followed with a hands down slide closing the gap a bit. Going into the right Dante had a little too much speed causing him to slide out a bit and loose his line. Bronson threw a hands down toe side, making the pass in the turn. 
BOOM. The finals were done. But we still needed to choose a winner and the judges tapped out. So it came down to a competitor vote. Each rider could only vote once. I made the announcement and counted the hands... and the winner was... GAHHH an equal split in votes?!? 
Being a past F.O.S.A.L finalist i know how beat n tired you are by the finals... so we didn't try to make them skate more. INSTEAD we had the most high stakes game of Jan Ken Po ( Rock, paper, scissors) ever! 
The best out of 3 game turned into a best out of 5. Even fate couldn't decide a winner! But in the end, the new Festival Of Sugar and Love 5 Champion is Bronson Sterling. Well deserved! An all around shredder... good job Bronson! 
Following the skating we gave out some SICK gear to the top F.O.S.A.L riders! Decks, trucks, bearings, wheels, gloves, pucks, shirts, socks... um everything you could need in life. Good Stuff!
Then i realized i had a whole 2 more boxes of prizes! So we added up the OVERALL SERIES POINTS on the spot and finished up the season by awarding our overall winners. The top 16 in the series were also stoked to take home a load of gear/life essentials. Nothing but smiles to finish off the Hawaii Winter Outlaw Series.

Us here at WheelTurnerHawaii.com along with all of the wheel turners on the islands would like to give a HUGE Mahalo to all of the supporters who could make this season possible. We wouldn't have a series without you!
I hope everyone had a great Hawaii Winter Outlaw Series race season. We stayed safe, while shredding the island chain to pieces. The progression of the sport here in Hawaii is growing more n more every year and its not stopping! Until next season, everyone shred hard and ride safe. Spread positivity through turning wheels. 

5 years of WheelTurnerHawaii.com events and many more to come!

LONG LIVE OUTLAW RACING.
The Festival Of Sugar and Love 5 Results.
1st Bronson Sterling
2nd Dante Alston
3rd KJ Nakanelua
4th Toa Nanpei

OVERALL Hawaii Winter Outlaw Series Results. (Top 20)

NikkoKamanuwai – 185, 71, 148, 148, 85, 149 = 786 
RhysMorishima- 160, 85, 127, 165, 74,127 = 738 
DanteAltson- 70, 93,185, 91,93, 170 = 704
MaikaMcWayne- 155, 148, 148, 80, 127 = 658
JefferyKhau- 90, 71, 127, 160, 127 = 575
ToaNanpei- 90, 109, 126, 83, 160 = 568
IanCoronas- 90, 127, 126,55, 127= 525
KJNakanelua- 165, 91, 74, 165 = 495
WillRoss- 150, 56, 127, 91, 64 = 488
EthanLau- 170, 80, 109, 126 = 485
MackenzieYoshida- 146, 71, 127, 126= 470
TommyMcClain- 142, 160, 91, 64 = 457
NickShimozaki- 126, 148, 91,55 = 420
EvanTwiggSmith- 170, 126, 64 = 360
KeolaChu- 165, 185= 350
BenFeilds- 126, 71,148, = 345
PonoCosta- 126, 91, 127 = 344
BronsonSterling- 70, 64, 185 = 319
ErikSato- 70, 83, 91, 55 = 299
DakotaCamp – 148, 149 = 297


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2.19.2013

Caliber Truck Co.'s got love for Hawaii.


This is the 2nd year in a row Caliber Truck Co has sent some of the team to the islands for good times and great vibes. Looks like they had tons of fun. 

Mahalos to Caliber for always supporting the islands!

F.O.S.A.L 5 Video's Poppin up!

2.17.2013

The HawaiiWinterOutlawSeries Season is PAU!

After a intense 2 day battle, BRONSON STERLING takes home the Festival of Sugar and Love 5 title with Dante Alston closely behind.

As for the OVERALL series points,
We have a NEW series CHAMP!

1st NIKKO KAMANUWAI
2nd RHYS MORISHIMA
3rd DANTE ALSTON
4th MAIKA MCWAYNE
5th JEFFERY KHAU
6th TOA NANPEI

What a fkn rad season! Keep an eye out for photos, video and a full write up soon!

2.16.2013

FOSAL 5 TODAY

The 6th and final event of the 2012-2013 Hawaii Winter Outlaw Series is TODAY. The 5th annual Festival of Sugar and Love is gonna be the perfect way to finish the season off. And by tomorrow, we will have a new HWOS series CHAMP!

Who will the new FOSAL and HWOS champs be?

H.W.O.S Overall Points ranking after event 5

HWOS OVERALL POINTS RANKING 2012 - 2013

NikkoKamanuwai – 185, 71, 148, 148, 85 = 637
RhysMorishima- 160, 85, 127, 165, 74 = 611
DanteAltson- 70, 93,185, 91,93 = 532
MaikaMcWayne- 155, 148, 148, 80 = 531
WillRoss- 150, 56, 127, 91, 64 = 488
EthanLau- 170, 80, 109, 126 = 485
MackenzieYoshida- 146, 71, 127, 126= 470
TommieMcClain- 142, 160, 91, 64 = 457
JefferyKhau- 90, 71, 127, 160 = 448
NickShimozaki- 126, 148, 91,55 = 420
ToaNanpei- 90, 109, 126, 83 = 408
KeolaChu- 165, 185= 350
BenFeilds- 126, 71,148, = 345
IanCoronas- 90, 127, 126,55= 398
EvanTwiggSmith- 170, 126, 64 = 360
KJNakanelua- 165, 91, 74= 330
JordanTeets- 126, 127= 253
DanielHawes- 127, 126= 253
ErikSato- 70, 83, 91, 55 = 299
JaseKawasugi- 126, 109= 235
PonoCosta- 126, 91 = 217
MilesLuedtke- 127, 74 = 201
MasonValenzuela- 70, 56, 64 = 190
EmilioPerez- 64, 91= 185
DaneWebber- 170
BrianMcOuat- 77, 91 = 168
JustinLouie- 90, 64= 154
MichaelMaui- 148
Dakota – 148
BrandonTroll- 70, 64 = 134
MachoMedina- 70, 74 = 134
BronsonSterling- 70, 64 = 134
Terrance- 70, 56 = 126
ZackEspniosa- 126
AmandaPowell- 126
ShawnUlsh- 126
ZachNewman- 126
KennyBergstrom- 126
KaimanaPinto- 91
Hollis – 91
BrodySantiago- 91
BrianJ – 91
Jayden – 91
Erikson? – 91
JohnathanValenezuela- 91
FabianLaute- 90
BrandonKobayashi- 90
SterlingBalles- 90
JaredBananga- 90
LanceMiller- 90
JoshStazkow- 90
DominicCriste- 90
EvanHiga- 90
KaponoSilva- 90
KyleSmith- 90
PierceL- 90
HunterSchwartz- 90
DustyOwen- 75
MichaelMagnusen- 70
DuranCappsDoll- 70
AndrewShoji- 70
BeacherWeitz- 70
BronsonPila- 64
KanaloaPosidon- 64
Crab - 64
ZachPerez- 56
MikeBroan- 56





2.10.2013

Skateboarders Giving Back.

As many of you may know (skateboarder or not) that the downhill skateboarding scene here on the Hawaiian islands is blowing up bigger then ever. Not only does Oahu have an epic scene, but the other island skaters have been raging! 
Because of this, the sport that we all enjoy and love is getting attention state wide... some good and some bad. 
Some people love it! They encourage it. Embrace it as a part of our culture here on the islands. After all skateboarding roots from Surfing... which comes from the Pa'pa'Holua sleds that ancient Hawaiians used to use to bomb down mountains to pay respect to Pele. (A Hawaiian goddess of fire, lightening, wind and volcanoes)
Others rant "Skaters have a death wish! Skateboarders are so reckless! They are in the road! They have no respect!".
But we can't get mad. Most people out there have ZERO knowledge of the sport ( or even believe that is is a sport), so can we blame them? 

I know as a skateboarder i want to be able to skate again tomorrow, and for many days to come... If i was really as reckless as some may think... my skate career wouldn't last longer then a week. Trust me, my $500 full face helmet, $1200 leather suite, $100 full pad set and $600 skateboard aren't for looks or cool points. Is it for crash landing to stop myself at the bottom? NO.
 I want to make sure I'm protected no matter what happens, and i want the comfort of knowing my skateboard and safety equipment can handle whatever conditions i am riding in or come across.
 " THEY CANT STOP" is a popular one... but little do they know there are SEVERAL methods we use and practice daily that can stop us at any speed... at any given point. 

Im a avid cyclist and i trust that i can stop my skateboard quicker then my board!

But theres no way of me finding this out with out experiencing both... Which many people won't do in their lifetime. 

So what else can you do to help peoples outlook on downhill skateboarders?
Heres a few little things to keep in mind while turning your wheels

- We all love and respect the mountains that we ride. SHOW respect. Keep the hill clean. Even if its not your trash... pick it up. 

- Respect the residents on the hill. If a car encounters you, pull over and let them pass. Keep the noise down before sun rise and sun down... keep residents in mind when sliding or clapping your gloves.

- SKATE SAFE. Wear all protective gear anytime rolling downhill. STAY IN YOUR LANE. No Matter what! Yellow is LAVA. If a hill is beyond your abilities, practice else where, then come back once you KNOW you can make it down with no problems.

- Educate those willing to listen. If someone asks a question about our skateboards or techniques... don't ignore them or give a vague/ rushed answer. Explain our boards and safety equipment along with safety techniques ( slowing down, stopping, spotting, ect). 
Inform them that there is an INTERNATIONAL GOVERNING BODY for our sport. Many have no idea the sport really exists.

- Express to concerned people why we are in the roads... There is NO legal spot in Hawaii for us to practice our sport. Telling us to go to a skatepark is like telling a road cyclist to go do some big bmx jumps in the x games. Or like getting a boogie boarder to only ride a surfboard. 
Though we are both on skateboards, they are two totally different disciplines.

 We aren't asking for full legal road use... but maybe a set time or place where we can skate and excercize without constantly being worried about receiving a ticket for it.

- SMILE AND SHAKA. ALWAYS

I could go on and on forever on what you should and shouldn't do while riding your board.... but just be wise. 

Our state has a HUGE potential to be one of the best Downhill skateboarding venues in the world.
Lets keep the sport growing for the better in Hawaii.

Mackenzie Yoshida 
WheelTurnerHawaii.com

Here are some photos of the Downhill Skateboarders of Hawaii helping clean one of our favorite mountains at a recent community clean up.
Some of the Hawaiian downhill skateboarding crew clearing out california grass from some of the bottom hairpins. It also makes for great visibility!


The samurai chop.
Planning out which zone is next.




Unko Darryl Freeman is the MAN. He's been sugaring wheels and spreading positive vibes since i was a young one... and he's still rallying up the crew. Teaching others to spread the positivity. 






Almost as stoked on cutting and cleaning as they are skating.




















Tantalus resident and skate supporter Mike McFarlane and his son hung out with the skate crew at the clean up.

This mountain is a GEM, anyone who steps foot on it feels the magic.

The Tantalus community holds a Tantalus Clean Up every few months... Times like this are a GREAT way to give back to the mountain.
 Lets keep it magical.