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'll be documenting the trip with a few blog posts, and this is part two.
Tuesday-Thursday, January 19-11th, 2018:
Continuing the (almost all) good times this week, we all enjoyed watching the massive surf that has arrived out front of the house late into Tuesday evening. The athletes that were interested were even given IV’s with vitamins and nutrients to help recover from the efforts of their respected disciplines. Weedmaps has made it a point to create an environment where they can recover their health and wellness, and there is not a more relaxing place than the North Shore. On Wednesday we made it to a local Hawaiian motocross track called Kahuku Motocross for a day of moto and trail riding, but not before some scooter casualties with none other than Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg on Tuesday afternoon. Yes, Twitch broke his collarbone on what became a small sidewalk jump out front of the house. We had all planned on cruising the island on scooters and exploring, and when we were all about to leave he had an unfortunate wash out and ate it straight to his collarbone. A quick trip to the emergency room later, he came back with unfortunate news that he did indeed break it and would be flying out the next morning to get it addressed. Twitch had a short trip to the island this time, but the laughs and good times were had while he was here. Tyler and I did what Twitch would have wanted and sent it all over the island on the scoots. We even got some spicy garlic shrimp at the local truck after finding some hits on the island. Heal up Twitch!
Back to moto and Kahuku – this place is magical. Located higher on the hill and overlooking the world famous Velzyland surf break, the track that is operated by HMA (Hawaiian Motorsports Association) is as scenic as it gets. They arranged bikes through Sam at Hawaiian Rides for Tyler and the crew, and we were given free reign of the local track and trails. Weedmaps skateboarder Tommy Sandoval jumped at the open opportunity to get in the car and Twitch was nice enough to loan him his gear to get after it. Tommy’s skate style was apparent through his riding as he charged down the trails aboard his loaner CRF150. Local ripper Donovan Canionero was also out riding with Tyler and they spun some fast laps then sent it for the camera. After the sessions we all headed out to a short trail ride to the overlook the surf break and then took turns hitting a cliff side hillclimb. Solid times with a solid crew – peep the photos! Wednesday wrapped up with another sunset session at Pipeline, with the best surfers around the world all getting theirs.
The alarm sounded early this morning on Thursday as we had a 6am wake up call to meet Hopper from Grand Slam Fishing Tours, and our day would be spent out on the water deep sea fishing. Barely making it to the dock at 6:30, the boat was chugging and the crew helped us board – go time. Remember, the swell in Hawaii is insane right now…this means no calm water for multiple hours and plenty of sea sickness to be had. I fell victim for a bit, throwing up straight off the side of the boat like Captain Hopper advised. Tyler had no issues, and we all reeled in a handful of Ahi Tuna and Yellowtail and even got to see some sharks and whales. It was great day out on the water and we can’t thank them enough for the hospitality. The best part about the WM Pipehouse is when everyone comes back from their day’s activities to hang out, kick it, and share stories. You know what 8 hours out on the rough ocean will do to you? That’s right, make you tired! I’m ending this here for some much needed rest. More to come this weekend!