Again today we had a really chilled day at the beach, but we found a pretty remote location where it was just us and a lady who was searching for shells. The skate down to the beach was pretty cool, besides where a dog chased me into the opposite lane of traffic and almost got me cleaned up. We hung at the beach for about 2 hours before deciding to go to get lunch and we decided on the Fish Market again and got the exact same food. Afterwards we caught up with Zach who carted us over to Polis and we all sessioned a right hand pin, before going up and getting a full run back in on the way down, as we were skating down for the sunset we sorta missed the photos and just skated to the sunset and made the most out of our situation and got as many runs by sunset as we could.
Today we had a very very relaxed day which we used just for planning out the next couple of days but I won’t blow any secrets because we’ve actually found out some pretty rad news that will help us a lot. After using the morning just to chill out and got pancakes from a cafe who made their own famous sauce called “mac-nilla sauce” which was a blend of macadamia nuts and vanilla it wasn't the healthiest breakfast but man, was it good! Then we just hung around the house and clean up, we went for a skate to Aloha Boardshop to hang out with Zach and meet a few local groms and people that don’t really get to talk to Aussie dudes about skating, our experiences and what brought us to Maui, besides the obviously rad skating. The first dudes we met were named Toby and Gabe, two young groms, who were skating in basketball shoes and pants on dropdown decks, reminded me alot of 2009. Of course they asked the question about sponsorships and what gear we rode, we showed them our decks and it was cool to have young lads so impressed and intrigued by what our stickers were and what ASRA was.
The next people we met were of Asian descent and you’d never pick where they’d come from!! They came from Parramatta, and were so surprised to fly 10 hours to meet some Aussie dudes in a Hawaiian skateshop. They were really only checking out the cruisers and fashion but were still interested in us hanging out in the shop. On the way back to the house we got a few little chilled freeride runs in, from 2 blocks back down to the beach front, again the residents were stoked and even the Fedex man loved it. For dinner we went back to Asian BBQ place and we got some of the wildest food that I’ve ever tasted, Dakota and I got the Garlic Chicken and fried Mahi fish, Mahi is the best tasting fish I’ve ever had outside of Australia, if so consistent while eating from Raw, Fried to grilled. Jack got fried chicken with Rice and Pasta and Miles went all out and got a 1L styrofoam container filled with wonton soup for only $5. We skated a small pathway by the beach on the way home from the feedspot, was really cool just hanging out and pushing by moonlight and really just soaking up every moment we have in this beautiful place.
Today started out on a bit of a neutral note, we got up around 10 and it was really nice temperature around 29˚c but you can see the mountain from Dakota’s back door and it was like a wall of rain was approaching, unfortunately for the first time in ages it was constantly raining in Kihei.
We were way bummed but Zach hit us up to go hangout and we decided to hire a car. With his help and found our way out to the northern side of the island, where we stopped by his girlfriends and sneakily grabbed some fresh Mangoes off one of her three trees. After we dicked around on the IndoBoard, we went to a Starbucks and unsurprisingly, one of the young ladies fell completely in love with Jack and his accent which was funny as he was just using his manners being himself, she was stoked we were from Australia and even knew about Sydney and Melbourne.
After a small drive we skated a quiet section of highway, it was a very consistent grade, with you only needing to drift if you were mobbing into the corners. It had about 4 lefts and rights, and was veeeeryyy picturesque, it overlooked the the northern cliffs and beaches. If you can come to Maui and skate any hill, try your best to get here. The weather is crazy out here, we got half way down the first run and got rained out, so decided to take a drive up north along an almost one lane wide road and ascend a little bit higher into the cliffs. After hanging out for half an hour we managed to get one more sneaky run in all the way to the bottom before leaving to head up into the Lao Valley. This place was beautiful, it had cliffs that looked almost 90˚ to the ground but covered in small shrubs and trees. We knew we only had an hour to get in and out, but we were so keen on the idea of hanging out in a freshwater stream. After a 20 minute hike, we got to the spot and half way in to enjoy this beautiful water, and we realised that there actually was a gate that was closing at 6pm. That means locked in for the night unless we can get out in time. We had to jog through the forest in muggy temperature while getting rained on to try and make it out in time. Miles almost had a tree fall on him after grabbing onto it and swinging. We got out of the wilderness and just decided to walk to the car as there was other people still hanging about the carpark so we weren’t too worried. We got down to the gate and it was closed, you could almost hear the sigh from 20 metres behind the car, we were so bummed out with the thought of having to spend a cold night in the car. Before losing hope, I jumped out of the car and inspected the latch on the gate and was slightly expecting to see a sign with a number to call for someone to come release us back into the wild… or jump on the gate until it broke. I checked the lock and in classic Hawaiian style it was a bolt and nut the same size as skate tool! (Hop' note: never leave home without a skate tool) so without hesitation I used 2 skate tools and unlocked that gate and set all the cars free. I guess everyone in their life has 10 seconds when they feel like a superhero...I've had mine! After arriving back in Kihei in our fresh wheels we decided to hangout for sunset and get a swim and a beer in, the sun set so perfectly behind clouds and made the sky light up in a spectrum of warm colours. It was really a moment you have to imagine, when 5 different groups of people on a small beach go dead silent just to take in the sunset.
We were all in such a good mood, that Valerie let us jump in the back of her truck and took us for a spin around Kihei, it doesn’t sound like much but it was so gnarly, 3 dudes from Oz, rolling like kings in the tray of a ute, something you’d never get to do legally while at home. Tonight we’re going to take our fresh Nissan Sentra up to the summit of Haleakala Crater, some 12,000ft above sea level, possibly even get a roll in on the way back down!
What's happening tomorrow? You'll have to come back and find out!