Maui Babe: We Shall Return
Due to the exorbitant price of hotels on Maui, we knew we’d be able to stay longer and skate more if we camped, so we made reservations at Camp Olowalu—$10 per night per tent. Perfect! For those who didn’t have quality Poler supplies, Walmart became the retailer of choice for camping gear. Walmart doesn’t have the highest-quality goods, but it had to do. What Walmart does have is a no-questions-asked return policy, which immediately came in handy when Navarrette realized that his one-man tent was more suited for a child than a lanky man with arms long enough to stretch the channel of a vert ramp in classic style. So, after one night of sleeping like a cannonball, Navs exchanged his tent for something more comfortable. It seemed like we went to Walmart every day to either buy or return something. But the real test came on the last day, when Preston Harper packed up his soaking-wet tent, equally soaked foam mattress and sleeping bag, and proudly marched up to the counter.
“Um, yeah—this tent leaked, and now my sleeping bag and mattress are ruined. I’m pretty much over camping after last night.”
A full refund was issued, and Harper now had close to $60 in his pocket. But that wasn’t the end of the road for him. While the rest of our flights departed at noon, Preston’s wasn’t leaving ’til 11:00 pm. We awoke the next morning to the following text:
“While you guys were flying home, I walked to the movie theater, snuck in and watched two movies, then got caught in a downpour on my walk back to the airport. I bought a 40 at the gas station and drank it at the bus stop and waited for the rain to slow down. It truly was my day!”
Basically every morning started out looking like this.
And then this...
Corpsey adapted nicely to his new Poler tent.
Andrew Cannon brought the possitive mojo daily.
Cranston ended up with too small of a tent...
...and took it to higher grounds.
Becker happy to be on the island for his first time.
MAnderson before the night begins...
MAnderson after the night is over.
Every morning Dan provided the crew with coffee to get the essential vibes in order.
Parts searching for a signal.
Only got rained on once...
Maui Babe part 2 of 3 tonight at midnight PST
4/17/2018Massive air and wicked lip trickery as vert skating's finest break in Grosso's new ramp!
4/17/2018The old guard and yüng bucks vie for sky time and have a blast on Mothra's new swingset.
3/28/2018Cowtown’s 17th annual PHX AM contest presented by Vans was hectic! Check out some photos here.
3/26/2018Old crusty spots separate the men from the boys. Parque de Carolinas in Quito, Ecuador has been there for 40 years. It ain't going nowhere. I took the best of '97 there and it went off—cops, broads, beers and busting. The next time I went 20 years later, the kids that grew up with the mag wanted some Eccy juice. Took the now dudes and, needless to say, Hellride was on, "Rocky Mountain Way" all the way. —Jake Phelps
3/26/2018The last three years I’ve been starting out the year with a trip to South America. Following the Sun in life is a good rule. –Jake Phelps