Photos and Words by Mike Emery | @emeryphoto
What's your idea of a great start to the New Year? For Weedmaps (and myself, to be very clear) it's bringing all of your athletes to Hawaii for a health and wellness retreat that combines moto, surf, and skate athletes for a week of good times and relaxation. Welcome to the Weedmaps Pipehouse V2, their second year of what is a damn nice setup. I've been documenting the journey in this aloha blog, and this is the third and final entry.
Friday-Sunday, January 12-14, 2018:
Our Friday on the North Shore began with little to no agenda, and the only thing the crew was for sure on was checking out the Da Hui Backdoor shootout that was going on all week. Arriving to the beach just in time for Weedmaps athletes Bruce Irons and Nathan Fletcher's heats, we were lucky to watch them crush it on some epic sets. Pipeline is rarely this perfect, and those on hand all knew that they were watching something special go down.
Being a skateboarder, I brought my board on the trip hoping to check out the Banzai Rock Skatepark and Friday was the day that allowed me enough time to sneak in a session. Tyler rolled with me and asked to shoot some photos with my Nikon, and he got some killer stuff – jack-of-all-trades Bereman! I didn't eat shit, and even came away with a little clip. That's success on all fronts, thanks for shooting TB! Friday night brought us to downtown Honolulu where adult drinks were consumed and good times were had.
Saturday morning came quick, and after a message that read "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMIDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL" came across my phone we all collectively started scrambling on what to do and where to seek shelter. To say it was scary is an understatement, and texts/calls to loved ones filled with confusion were standard. No less than a half hour later another message came through and let us know it was indeed a FALSE ALARM. Wait, what? How does this even happen? Regardless – hectic times, and we were all thankful we weren't going to be blown up by a missile. YEW! Onto the scheduled demo with Tyler at Kahuku Motocross Track!
Kahuku's motocross scene is alive and well, and a lot of people came out to see Tyler throw down some demo riding and cruise around their local spot, even after missile threats loomed an hour earlier. The locals took Tyler over to a spot called "The Playground" that was filled with natural hills and hits, and the Weedmaps skate guys even came out to check out the riding. With a bit of chaos (almost getting landed on once!) Tyler found some lines and cruised while impressing everyone on hand. A big whip session on the main tabletop concluded the day's events, and we headed back to the house after grabbing some more acai bowls– still all stoking that we didn't die!
With the rising swell came more surf spots coming to life – Waimea Bay being one of them. Local videographer Chad Christenson mentioned heading up the hill to a spot that overlooks the entire bay. The only problem? One scooter, three bros. Nuts to butts it was, and the two-stroke scoot was puffing premix out the half inch diameter exhaust as it chugged three laughing idiots up the big hill. Unless you've been living under a rock, you already that Hawaii is mental – beauty everywhere. Check out the photos from the top of Waimea and I'd recommend you to book your travel ASAP to experience some of this for yourself. Saturday night was the final hoorah, and I called it early for some much-needed rest while Tyler decided to head to see Diplo downtown.
Sunday was the last morning of the trip, and our realization that the trip was coming to a close. A short walk to the ocean to see the huge waves, some coffee, and some tunes were all I needed to smile and look back on what has been an insane trip. Tyler and I headed out to the airport and before we knew it we touched down in San Diego. I want to extend an enormous thank you to Weedmaps for having us out and allowing me to document what is a true movement in action sports. Until next time, Mahalo!