Over the weekend there were two skate contests on Oahu, both on the same day even. In the morning and afternoon, my man Chuck from 808 Skate and the Association for Skateboarding in Hawaii put on their first event of the 2009 season at the Keolu skatepark in Kailua, and then later in the evening Mike Kays from the Pacific Amateur Skateboard Series threw a team challenge at the Hickam Hangar. That’s Hickam HANGAR. Not HANGER. Side note: ever since the hangar has been around and skated since the late 80’s a lot of people have been referring to it in written form as the hanger. Airplanes go in hangars. Clothes go on hangers. How the fuck do people make that mistake? The Skate Nazi loathes poor spelling. Absolutely abhors it.
Anyway, I was working and I got off in time to catch the very ending of the Keolu contest, and was super stoked to see that O.G. eastside ripper Vance Ricafort won the sponsored division. Vance has always been a gnarly skater with that distinct big man steez and a super nice guy from day one, good to see him still doing his thing, and doing it well. Also of note in the sponsored division was the contest debut of Troy Pintarelli riding for In4mation. Troy has been killing it all over the place, especially on the north shore where he resides and he used his all around skills to snag second place. Pretty fucking good debut in the big leagues I’d say.
The 17 and over division was the only other division that I noticed the results for. Chris Kono ripped consistently all day, according to my man Kenneth who was one of the judges, and he had a deep enough bag of tricks to hold off Jason Park, with whom he had a tiebreaker skate-off with. Jason apparently wrenched his back something fierce and had to settle for second place.
Oh shit, I almost forgot! My longtime homie Jose’ Caban’s little son J.C. killed it in the 13 and under division! J.C. is definitely one of the best little kids out there right now, legit style, none of this little kid baby steez. He looks like a full grown dude when he skates, no skatepark grom robot shit here. Go get ‘um, kid! You got a bright future ahead of you, and if you end up being even remotely as good as your dad, you’re set.
Chuck and Zana did a great job with the contest, and it looked like the kids were stoked on the entire event. Their next contest is at A’ala park in May, and you can peep the full details on the ASH website. Hopefully I can get off work and join my man Chuck for some side by side color commentary announcing. Looking forward to it.
Later in the evening the Hickam Hangar was the place to be, and the team challenge got underway at around 7PM. The street area of the hangar was where the contest took place, and there were to be four elements that would be skated by each member of each team. First, there was the “longest air”, which I found to be somewhat ridiculous. It was on one of the bank to banks and it was basically who could launch the farthest over it. Of course the dudes that skate there all the time handled that shit no problem. But I saw it as a fucking flyout competition, pretty lame in my opinion, and a total waste of time. Something like best trick over the door or best trick down the rail would have been more appropriate, methinks. But that’s just the Skate Nazi talking.
The second part of the team challenge was the high ollie contest. It’s crazy that back in the day there was a pro contest here in Hawaii held at the Blaisdell Arena, this was in 1990 I think, and they had a high ollie contest and I believe Matt Hensley won it by ollieing something like 32 inches. Nowadays dudes are winning high ollie contests with shit like Danny Wainwright’s 44.5 inches and Luis Tolentino’s 45 inches. Anyway, the Hickam team challenge had a pretty legit setup for the high ollie part of the contest. I saw my homie from back in the day Wayne Yata helping out Mike with running the contest and he was in charge of adjusting the heights during the highest ollie jam.
It came down to Justin Tamayo from the Hickam Skate Shack and Darin Lee from the In4mation squad. Justin set the bar pretty high with his 34 inch ollie and it held up for a while, nobody else could get that high until D. Lee went and boosted his shit with enough pop to tie the highest ollie of the night. Pretty damn good for a grown ass man in his thirties! Hell yeah, dirty thirty styles for miles. Neither of them could clear 35 inches so it ended up a draw.
The third and final part of the contest was the open skate jam on the entire course. Each team was given five minutes to session the whole street area, and it was pretty entertaining to watch. The Hickam Skate Shack dudes went first and showed their home field advantage by flying all over the place and I was especially impressed with Brandon Kays. I hadn’t see Brandon skate since he moved back here to Hawaii about five months ago and he straight up murdered the spot. His fakie ollie over the big bank to bank at high speed was one of the gnarliest tricks of the night, if not THEE gnarliest.
I have to say that the highlight of the whole thing was watching the APB squad kill the course during their five minute jam. OK, OK, first of all, I am extremely biased. I can’t front, these guys are my homies, definitely. But for a bunch of guys to come to a place like the hangar once a year and fuck shit up the way they did in that five minutes was exhilarating to say the least. Massive props to Danny Hamaguchi, Brian Wyland, Aaron Lee, John Oliveira, Conor McGivern and Alec Singer. I was on my feet the entire time and yelling like a motherfucker! The only letdown during the jam was that Aaron Lee fell while getting speed for a big backside nose grab air over the doorway and stepped into the Euro gap awkwardly, torquing his ankle pretty badly. In fact, it wasn’t until the next day that he found out that he had actually broken his ankle. I do not know how serious the break is or if it’s fractured or what the deal is, but it’s safe to assume that Foxy is going to be chillin’ off board for a while. APB won the free skate portion of the contest and then then it was time to tally up all the points to see who the overall winner would be and who would claim the 500 dollar winner take all prize.
The Hickam Skate Shack dudes ended up with the most points and won first prize overall, congrats to those guys for winning and defending their home turf.
Great job with the contest by Mike Kays and his whole crew, there was free food and drinks for everyone and a bunch of people came out and supported the event.
Good shit. See you next time.