A final blog post from Jackson on the New Zealand tour (we might get one more from Gabe), Waiheke Island is about a 45 minute ferry ride from Auckland, and it is by far one of the most chilled places in New Zealand to hang out on. After the N-Tense D-Centz tour in December 2010, Tony Graves, Wicked-Sauce and myself went over there to hang out with our Bus Driver Bohdie. We had such a great time there chilling on the beach and checking out the scenery that I decided it would be awesome to go visit again after this NZ tour. After the Double Down outlaw, the crew jumped on the Ferry and cruised over to Waiheke to hang out with Bohdie and Dan from Beach Bum Bus tours and skate the hills the island has to offer. We decided it would be a sick idea to hire out scooters for the day, strap our boards on the back and rip around the Island skating hills, however we ended up having so much fun on the scooters we only skated one hill and ended up racing each other around the island on our scooters. The roads on the island arent the smoothest roads, however they are very steep and extremely windy. Riding some of these roads on skateboards can be pretty dangerous as there is a bit of traffic around, but we did manage to find a few gems that were sick to skate on. After a little session on some of the local hills we put the skateboards away and Bohdie led us on a tour around the island checking out the beaches and the awesome scenery. The sun was out and the water was warm, it was just the perfect way to wind up the trip. The vibes you get on the island are rad, everyone is super chilled out and friendly, so being able to cruise around freely and stop everywhere to meet cool people and check everything out was epic. This is a destination to add to any NZ travel itinerary, and definitely cant wait to go back there. Overall the NZ trip was so much fun. Getting a chance to hang out with some rad skaters and cruise around skating epic hills is what we live for, and being able to share that experience with good mate Gabe was even better. There is so much potential for downhill skateboarding in New Zealand, everyone in the country seems to understand skateboarding as they are all open to adventurous activities and just general extreme sports. There are plenty of mountain roads and awesome runs scattered everywhere around the country and we just cant wait to get back there and shred some more gnar.
Email from Jackson: Gabe and Api just copped the gnarliest fine I've ever seen for skateboarding. We were cruising down to the waterfront to grab some coffee and breakfast this morning, and on the way back we started to cross this extremely quiet road to get over to the other footpath. There were no other cars in sight as we crossed the road. About half-way across the road we heard a siren blaring so we crossed as quickly as we can to let any emergency vehicles go past, and then turned around to see an undercover cop car pull up and start having a go. The copper gets out of his car and says "Are you guys looking to get killed or something?" To which we replied, while looking around at the empty street, "What are you talking about? we are just crossing the road, not doing anything wrong". He then proceeded to tell us we were skating recklessly all over the road in front of many cars. I told the copper I was riding on the footpath and he said I'm all good, but then asked for identification from both Gabe and Api. After taking details he then hopped in his car and went through his handbook to find what he could get the boys with. After about 20 mins he got out and handed fines to Api and Gabe for $750 titled "Adult used skateboard recklessly on a road" By far the most ridiculous fine ever in the world.