13/07/2015

IN SEARCH OF JAY ADAMS

Banza

In April, The Z-Flex team took a quick trip over to the island of Oahu in Hawaii, to catch up with team rider Malakai Montes and check out the skate scene. In between hosting events with local retailer APB, the crew got to know the local skating community.

Aloha

Aloha and welcome to Oahu

Acting as tour guide, Malakai showed Z-Flex team riders Liam McCabe, Oscar Navarro, Rayce Davis, Joe Dirt and Noah Doak around his hometown, beginning with a visit to Pipeline, one of the most famous waves in Hawaii. Surf and skate exist side-by-side in this part of the world, and the team shredded Malakai’s home skate park, located right across the street from Pipe.

Banza

Life’s a beach at the most famous wave Pipeline

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Banzai Day Care right across the street from Pipe

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Osacar Navarro jumps right into a Back Boneless on the vert extension.

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Malakai’s home park catching some fish!

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Oscar Hurricane to Fakie

Product-toss
Tossed out some product for the groms, they should grow into the large t-shirts in the next year or two.

After giving out merchandise to some of the local grommets, the team headed over to Graveside. Aptly named, Graveside sits on the edge of a cemetery, and was built from the ground up by a local guy called Tippy. Essentially, it’s a DIY skate park. Despite being a constant work in progress, this skate bowl is pretty legendary in Oahu. Some sections of Graveside’s bowl had seen better days, so the Z-Flex team decided to help out with repairs. Tippy’s truck was loaded up with bags of concrete and the guys patched up the worst of the cracks, which Tippy than decorated with his signature artwork.

Graveside
Graveside: By late afternoon it had cooled off enough to visit Graveside.

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Bucketing Graveside

Time-for-work

 
Time to help out and complete this thing….

 

Tippy-Truck

Oscar bags

We loaded up Tippy’s truck with about 30 bags of crete and headed back to Graveside.

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Tippy-Joe

Joe-Dirt-Crete
Joe Dirt and the guys pitched in to get the crete ready for troweling.

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Tippy’s artwork on the stairs.

Oscar-Crete

Oscar checking out the dried crete

Rob-Brown-Grind

Rob Brown with a Frontside Grind over the doorway, taking advantage of the new lines…

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Malakai brings some Texas to Hawaii.

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Oscar with a Crail over the hip.

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Malakai ended the night with this gnarly Nosegrind over the doorway…

Sleep-Beach

That night we camped on the beach.

Rayce-Dominos

Rayce hooked up Pizza

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Breakfast in bed.

A local hippy let the team skate an empty pool in his back yard, before they headed to the beach to feast on pizza and camp for the night. Over the next few days, the Z-Flex team skated some of Oahu’s best spots, including Ala Park, The University of Hawaii and The Wallows, a cement drain known for its rough and raw skate terrain. For the Z-Flex team, it was a great opportunity to meet Oahu’s skaters and spend the week trying out the best local skate spots.

 

Drying-pool

We heard about a hippy with a pool in his backyard. It was sprinkling when we arrived but the towels helped dry her out.

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Malakai shuts it down with a Front Feeble over the love seat

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Rayce with a Frontside Air

Noah-5050

Malakai’s little brother with a Front 50 over the stairs

It was time to hit the streets.

It was time to hit the streets

Backside-Ollie

Huge Backside Ollie from Malakai, loosening the legs at Ala Park while Liam sets up a board at APB

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Liam Front Blunt mid line

Wallows

“THE WALLOWS” Check this clip. Get a history lesson. The Wallows have been skated for many years and it certainly hasn’t gotten any smoother over the years.

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Rayce with a Boneless

Rayce-Kickflip

And Kickflip over the bush.

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LIam-Kickflip

Liam came through with a Kickflip at the University of Hawaii.

Liam-Bros

The bros were stoked

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Mahalo hoale’s

 

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