Mauka is a Hawaiian word, which means toward the mountains : inland, upland "What is the Mauka Maui tour?" Jack Meyn, Miles Jones and Ian Coggan are traveling to Maui, skating and experiencing the Hawaiian island Maui. Not as a pro tour, it is not to race or to promote anything. It is to have fun and create an epic adventure. We hope it inspires you to go traveling and skating new terrain. Maui skaters are: Dakota Camp (illife trucks, Aloha Boardshop) Johnathan Valenzuela (Riptide Bushings, Aloha Boardshop) Zach Newman (Aloha Boardshop) Malachi Oertel. End of day 7 With our hire car patiently waiting to be used we decided to head up to the summit of Haleakala Crater, as it was something I never got to do on my first trip to Maui and both Miles and Ian where keen on as well. We packed the car up with our warm clothes and our boards in case we were to hit any hills on the way there or on the way back. Until this night, the boys had not traveled up the crater so it was a slow drive up through each of the sweeping turns, all windows down, taking in the views on the dark night. The moon was almost full and as we got higher on the mountain we were getting above the different levels of cloud’s, we even saw a ‘moonbow’ (rainbow at night) which was pretty cool to us. Miles threw himself down the crater, super dark under the clouds but nothing has ever stopped Miles from doing a run. We got to the bottom and decided to film a raw run. Which was obviously sick. Over an hour’s drive we finally got to the summit at about 1am. We couldn’t see anything further than bout 20 ft but once we found a parking spot for the night we hopped out and ran up the stairs to the observatory and quickly found out it CAN be cold in Hawaii!
Mauka is a Hawaiian word, which means toward the mountains : inland, upland Hop's word on "What is the Mauka Maui tour?" I have been asked a few questions about this tour, so I'm starting today's blog by answering the "why" question. Jack Meyn, Miles Jones and Ian Coggan told me about there plans to travel to Maui, skate and experiencing the Hawaiian island Maui. It sounded like an epic trip, and one I'd like to do. I can't do it (life's commitments) but I wanted to hear all about it. Usually what I find interesting, the readers of the blog do too, so they are getting shared here for everyone to read. I hope it inspires you to go traveling and skating new terrain. Maui skaters are: Dakota Camp (illife trucks, Aloha Boardshop) Johnathan Valenzuela (Riptide Bushings, Aloha Boardshop) Zach Newman (Aloha Boardshop) Malachi Oertel.
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!
Mauka is a Hawaiian word, which means toward the mountains : inland, upland Hop's intro: The Mauka Maui tour is three NSW Central Coast homies: Jack Meyn, Miles Jones and Ian Coggan traveling, skating and experiencing the Hawaiian island Maui. A skate trip captures everything epic about skateboarding. It does not matter if it is across town or to another country, but it has to be out of your comfort zone. Why? Meet different skaters, skate new terrain, take your skating to another level and most of all, experience life in someone else's skate shoes. What makes our sport unique is the community. Not that we are all the same, that we are diverse group of people from every country, sharing a unique experience. If everyone in the world skated, it would be the solution to many problems. When are you going on a skate trip? While you are planning your next trip, you can follow these guys on Facebook and Instagram with #maukamauitour or the next post here on the blog. Maui skaters Dakota Camp (illife trucks, Aloha Boardshop) Johnathan Valenzuela (Riptide Bushings, Aloha Boardshop) Zach Newman (Aloha Boardshop) Malachi Oertel.
Started the day with a fruity brekky from a shop called Nalu’s South Shore Grill, as you can see it was pretty rad. We were really just hanging out and taking the day slow being a Sunday, the roads were pretty crowded but nonetheless we headed up to Poli’s.
We could see that it was pretty cloudy from town and we were racing the rain, we got up there and met up with John, Zach and Malachai but we only got 2 runs in before the rain set in and pushed us to the North Side of the mountain. That wasn’t a bad thing at all, we got to skate 2 new roads which were pretty chilled out in the farmland area only had 3 drifts on it but man, its all about the scenery.
We moved on to another hill that the fellas (Zach and Dakota) looking after us, used to live on so they knew it really well. It was a chilled straight with a right sweeper into a tight left right over a creek while getting pitted by a tree. Day finished with Dakota taking us down to Costco dinner: 2 monster 18” pizzas for only $10ea.
Jack X heading into the left pin at Polis
Today we really just had a chilled day where we just hung out by the beach after grabbing some poke bowls, mangoes, watermelon and shitloads of water.
The water was choppy as hell so we were just hanging out and enjoying the chilled out environment, we even watched a fine as hell young lady have a photo shoot. After vibing out on the beach we went to Maui Brewing Co. and tasted a few beers that are locally made, I had 2 beers that were very different. The first was called a Pineapple Mana which was American Wheat and of course Maui Pineapple, had a solid flavour with cider-esque aftertaste, second up I tried the Double Overhead this was a Double India Pale Ale, so it was strong and very full flavoured, while not being overly bitter.
After the brewery we went to grab dinner at about 9:30 we weren’t really sure what to get but Dakota took us another of his favourite places to eat called Paia Fish Market South Side, we all got Mahi Burgers, which were so flavourful and so well put together, to accompany my meal I got a Coconut Porter, the coconut made the meal so smooth. Tomorrow, lost in the mountains Hawaiian style and getting the hire car stuck in a national park...
Mauka is a Hawaiian word, which means toward the mountains : inland, upland Hop's note: The Mauka Maui tour is three Central Coast homies: Jack Meyn, Miles Jones and Ian Coggan traveling, skating and experiencing the Hawaiian island Maui. They are mainly staying in the small county of Kihei. There is a long tradition of going on a "trip" in the surf and skate communities. A trip was not only to explore but to find others who shared your passion. Just because no one is skating in your local neighbourhood does not give you permission to give up and stop skating. It's time to get moving and find other rad places and skaters. Longboarding is a global community, just waiting for you to drop by and say hello. While you are planning your next trip, you can follow these guys on Facebook and Instagram with #maukamauitour or the next post here on the blog. Maui skaters Dakota Camp (illife trucks, Aloha Boardshop) Johnathan Valenzuela (Riptide Bushings, Aloha Boardshop) Zach Newman (Aloha Boardshop) Malachi Oertel.
Arrived in Maui at 8:30am, after a solid as hell 14 hour transit from home, and we were greeted by one of Jack's mates: Mikey. Mikey and Jack hung out together last time Jack was here, so I'm stoked to know we have a homie here who was down for almost anything. He took us from Kahului Airport to Kihei, where Dakota lives, who is putting us up for our time here. We are mainly staying in the small county of Kihei which only has a population of about 20,000, and is classed as a desert due to climate and lack of vegetation and rain.
Mikey took us to Foodland, where we all got Poke Bowls, which is raw fish like Mahi and Ono with white or brown rice mixed with Shoyu, which we ate by the beach. Then it was time for our first trip to Walmart, where everyone was so amused by our accents and you could here a small fuss being made about us reacting to prices and other items around the store, after picking up a few essentials like blow up mattress and pillows, we went to a local Surf, Skate shop called Hi-tech, just quickly sussed out some price differences and met Dave the local Skate Guru and handed him some ASRA and Hopkin for some Aussie Stoke.
After coming back to the house, we were just hanging out and Miles pulled out the Milo Snack Bars and Jack revealed a Vegemite Tube, we got Mikey to try both and he was so stoked on the Milo Bar but in classic American style he squirted almost a teaspoon amount on to his finger and tried it, he was less than stoked about the taste referring it to Fish and Salt. Then we took off down to the homies local skate shop, Aloha Skate, there we met Zach, a local shredder who is always down for a skate. Miles had an overload of stoke and bought some fresh Black Arbor Sucrose wheels, Paris skate tool, Aloha Stickers and Aloha Shirt. Later that night, around 7:30pm, we went to a local night skatespot known as Maui Meadows, for my first time skating the run, we wore headlamps which was pretty gnarly only using those for light while all 5 of us skated down the run, Dakota, Zach, Miles, Jack and I. It was pretty gnar getting up to about 75km/h with only headlamps on, after a drifty run. After 5 full runs we took off to Monkey Pod for dinner and beers, we all got pretty rad Hawaiian themed Pizza.
After a huge sleep in, we woke up at about midday, Dakota took us to Breakfast at Cafe @ La Plage, I opted to go with the Maui Melt, which was crazy good, it had Avo, Turkey, and BLT. Jack messed up and got “chips” instead of the salad, he was so surprised when the cashier offered a packet of Doritos instead of fries. Dakota then took us to on our first trip to Polis Polis, which is where most skaters from Maui learn to slide and perfect their skillset. First we grabbed John, who recently skated a surfboard down The Crater, we sessioned a left pin for about an hour and learnt how the pavement handled and how our wheels felt on it.
The hill itself is so gnarly, like next level, its about 20 switchback hairpins, without including all the kinks and drops all while being only just over a lane wide and having traffic rarely but still traveling both directions. Surprisingly most people are stoked or chilled about us skating down in and even offer us lifts back up in their utes or cars.
We caught a lift all the way to the top, where it was crazy, clouds swamped the corners and even felt a light dusting of rain settling in for the first 4 pins. If you can imagine looking through a corner and being able to see another pin and 3 bends right before it, that’s what it was like. Once out of the clouds, I drove while Miles, Dakota and John smashed out the rest of the run, watching Dakota and John on their local run was so impressive, I almost couldn’t believe how fluent their riding was. Later in the day we skated a few spots, including the bottom section of The Crater, which was pretty cool got our first taste of skating switchbacks in the right-hand lane on a two way road, it was pretty chilled having 6 of us do the run, then we moved onto our final hill for the day called Ulus, which is a quiet main road which cuts through a small town, it goes for about 7km and has some pretty cool left-rights and straights which a surrounded by shrubs and grass. We skated that road twice until sunset which you could see in the background of the footage which made it that much better.
For dinner, we had a pretty chilled out meal from a food truck, which hooked us up with fish, chicken, and beef tacos. Was simple and but still very tasty. Tomorrow more poke bowls, mangoes, the other side of the mountain and we hear they have some nice beaches... #maukamauitour
Douglas da Silva, aka Dalua is a beast of a downhill skateboarder. For years he has been terrorising riders on race tracks all over the world, he is feared amongst all as the ultimate competitor with a monster push. He has been around the world more times than you can fart in a minute and has reached speeds higher than you would want to go without your dot puckering on power-mode. For the first race of the 2016 IDF World Cup series, Dalua returned to Oz to race at Mt Keira. The final between myself, Max Ballesteros, Dalua and Brennan Bast will go down in IDF history as one of the closest epic battles of all time. Max, Dalua and myself all hit the line within centimetres with Dalua and I ending up sharing second, Max winning. This interview was done by Hop a month before Mt Keira. It was suppose to be a Dalua is coming blog to promote the Mt Keira race and the Australia vs Brazil race we were expecting. Here it is, a Hop interview with Dalua, edited by myself. Enjoy!
So Mr. Dalua, right now, Who are your current sponsors?
Abec11, HondarSkate, D1D Skateboard, Muir Skate, Roxtec Brasil, Mad Rats, Onbongo Skate, Ojoom and RogerBros.
I see you have been running your own skateshop?
Yes, its called D1Dskateboard
Do you have an actual shop? Is this your fulltime job, or have you partnered with someone?
It is an online store, and it takes me fulltime to do everything with quality... realization of a dream.
D1dskateboard has a team - who are they right now? Are you team manager?
Dalua, Robert Rodrigues, Melissa Brogni, Miguel Moreira, Lucas Perdoná, and Allyson Pastrana
How to you mix racing, skateshop, team manager?
I have 6 riders, and try to help them in the best possible way. I'm still a small shop with limits, but I do it with love and dedication.
Everyone in Brazil would want to be on Dalua's team - how do you say no to so many skaters?
I try to help all I can...
What happened at Pikes Peak in 2015? That was one of your major IDF races, but you failed to qualify for the final 64. Injury? What happened?
Pikes was my first World Cup after one year and four months standing still. I have had 3 Achilles Tendon surgeries. After Pikes I improved my physical state, and the last three races of 2015 I was in 3 podiums, not bad!
Mega Grand Prix you were very consistent, but you battled with Dillon Stephens all day?
Dillon beat me all day, his focus was bigger than my will, I was the only athlete to reach the final against the third best of the year (Dillon Guto and Lessa), this was my reward.
How did that Mega Grand Prix final end? Did Carlos get such a big start no one could catch him? You and Thiago side by side in the last corner? You got him on the inside? Was that the master teaching the young one a lesson...close the gap or I'll skate through it?! :-)
Carlos had an incredible year, earned his conquest, everyone has his moment and his moment came. I have won what I have won, it's an incredible taste, but I am 33 years old, and they have a maximum of 26 years on them. I ask you, They will be on my level when they are 33 years old? ha ha ha :-)
Carlos Paixão is the new IDF World Champion, one of the young guns of Brazil - does that make you feel old? Or hungry for more wins?
I think I need to adapt to the new style of champion, this leaves me with more enthusiasm and will. I race against Martin, Mike Zietsman, Stuart Bradburn, Bassi Haller, and other great old riders over the years, I believe myself to be the second single generation of world athletic activity against These giants...Old age, young mind.
The South American Championship did you see positive impact on the sport? In business and as a competitor?
No, I never gave me some return...but I gained many friends in South American, who I have for life.
It is amazing the amount of talent in South America. Carlos Paixão only competed in two events, won both but only placed 12th in the South American championship! Should we be expecting big things from Mateus Cavinato (1) and Tiago Mohr (2) in the future?
Matheus is a great future, humble and very talented, we have many other athletes who deserve respect here ... very good riders ...
La Violenta looked to be a locals (South Americans only) race, were the IDF international competitors just too scared to race?
I believe that it will be one of the biggest races of 2016, La Violenta is special, amazing vibe ...
You dominated that race (La Violenta) - why? Did it suit your style?
No, I was just recovering my race pace, it made me ride more safely after a long time of not riding.
I see Robert Rodrigues came 5th at La Violenta - is he your protege?
he's my brotha! I sponsor him, it's like a different mother's brother, much respect to him.
What is the Dalua racing plan for 2016? Do you still want to win another World Championship?
That's my main goal for me to stop and retire with a clear mind, I want to prove to the world that age and injury are nothing when you have your mind prepared to win.
How do you win a World Championship? (answer anyway you like - as advice or what you do - ie if you plan to win the World Championship in 2016 what do you have to do? Is there a certain amount of WC races you have to do? Certain amount of training?)
A world championship is won years earlier, is gained, training hard, focused, and dedicating before race. The level is now very high, and any point can be a weapon against great riders.
What advice to you give young Brazilians who want to get into downhill?
Never give up your dreams, fight to the end, be an example for the younger ones, and ride a skateboard with a big smile. It will leave you the happiest person in the world.
You have been unlucky racing in Australia and the rain has not co-operated. Australia is one of the driest countries in the world but you seem to get rained on in Australia! In 2010: I thought no one could beat you at Newtons except it rained on finals day. You almost had Mischo in 2012, if Mt Panorama was 50m longer you would have won! Mt Keira was a wet track in 2012 which made it slippery for the fast skaters. Is rain the only thing that can stop you from winning?
(we have moved Keira race to February so it will be drier :-))
God knows the hour of each, I love Australia, this country would be one of the few I would take my family to live. I think if my time will be, I'll be prepared and ready to go ...