Tuesday, December 30, 2014

RVCA Backyard BBQ Winter 2014

Big Mahalo to PM Tenore and the RVCA ohana for having the Shakas x Alohas and Blue Hawaii Surf ohana over to your guys annual winter BBQ on the North Shore! Dustin Barca prepping a mean uhu to go on the grill!

Nick Ramon and Steven Stinson

RVCA Advocates Nestor Judkins, Austin Stephens, Kelsey Brooks, Josh Harmony, and photographer John Bradford

Kevin Ancell

Dennis and Estevan Oriol

(All photos by: Jordan Kim @letsk8hi)

Monday, December 29, 2014

Jef Hartsel

If you were a skateboarder during the 80's and into the early 90's, then chances are you know of Jef Hartsel. I've come to know Hartsel over the past 20 + years dating back to when I used to work at Island Snow back in 92' where I first met him. He's been a big influence on me and other skateboarders young and old here in Hawaii. Besides being an amazing skateboarder and artist Hartsel is also a dad and spends most of his days raising his son Nainoa along with his beautful wife Eri. I recently caught up with Hartsel this past weekend at Kapolei which is where we usually end up bumping into each other. I noticed he was still wearing the same SXA trucker hat I gave him some time last year and it really made me feel good about what it is that I'm doing. Big mahalo Hartsel for being a friend and supporting Shakas x Alohas!!!

Friday, December 26, 2014

SXA Coozies available in the SXA Shop

SXA Coozies availabe in the SXA Shop. You can click HERE. For purchases email rod.chmolack@gmail.com

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Russ Pope

Russ Pope has been around for a long time and done so much for skateboarders and skateboarding. Not to mention he's also an amazing artist and human being. Mahalo for supporting SXA Russ!!! You can check out Russ' art at russpope.com and you can get your SXA Trucker Hat HERE!

Thirsty Nick!

Thirsty Nick? Hell yeah! Get your SXA Trucker Hat HERE!

Gary Owens

Gary Owens aka G.O. of Royal Hawaiian Pool Service. Always appreciative to have one of Hawaii's O.G. Skateboarders supporting SXA. You can get your SXA Trucker Hat HERE!

SXA on the Gram

Mahalo to everyone who continues to support and show love for SXA! I truly appreciate it! If you're looking for something original and made in Hawaii, you can do so HERE! Mahalo for your support!!!

Beardo's FXR

Davey Beardo's FXR in Hollister, CA. Davey said every time he rides his FXR he gets hungry for some reason! Mahalo for supporting SXA braddah Davey! When out riding don't forget to stop and eat. Remind yourself with an SXA decal that you can get HERE!

SXA Multipurpose Patches

Awhile back I got a request from my friend Nelson Kanno to make some SXA patches for his kimonos. Nelson is all about supporting Hawaii being that he's from Mililani and has been living in Long Beach, CA for the past 10 + years now. Finally after putting this project I aside, I got them done! It was a bit time consuming having to measure out the canvas, cut the canvas to size, individually screen each patch, and then finish up the edges with some adhesive. I must say that when all was said and done that I was really pleased with the end result! I hope everyone that got one is stoked on them as well. If you'd like to purchase one of these d.i.y. patches made here in Hawaii you can do so HERE! 

Nelson & Renzo

Renzo Gracie and Nelson Kanno at the 2014 World Jiu-Jitsu Expo in Long Beach, CA.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Keystone Light x REALTREE x SXA

Be careful where you set your set this Keystone when out in the woods hunting! You just may lose it!

Monday, September 29, 2014

The amazing Russ Pope

Here's another amazing sketch from my good friend Russ Pope! Always look forwards to waking up to see what new sketch of the day he will be posting on his IG @russpope. Mahalo for thinking of us here in Hawaii Russ!

Friday, August 8, 2014

SXA Outdoors: Peacock Flats

To hike or not to hike was the question on Bev's mind on this particular Saturday morning. The night before we were planning to hike Peacock Flats out in Mokuleia, but when the morning came Bev had a change of heart and was pondering some place closer like Palisades or Aiea Loop. When all was said and done she chose to go with the hike that would provide the best possible workout wich ended up being Peacock Flats. We planned the night before to head out at 6:30 am but after a couple cups of coffee and lounging around, we ended up heading out the door closer to 9:30am. This meant that it was gonna be a hot one! This particular hike is a 4 mile paved road all the way to the top versus the typical dirt or muddy trail on most other hikes.  
So we made it through the half mile stretch just to get into the hike and now we're starting to hit some incline. By this time the sun is out and warming up the pavement rapidly and this is just the beginning of the hike. We're about 20 minutes into the hike at this point.

This pic shows a good example of the steep incline.

It was so hot that we had to take frequent breaks and find shade to drink water and cool down. The people in the background down at the bottom were hiking up with their camping gear. One of the wahine was struggling at this point and this was maybe only 1/4 of the way in.

What a beautiful view covering the stretch of coast all the way out to the Pupukea / Ke Iki beach area at the furthest point. Just below you can see the beginning part of the hike on the right side of the valley. If you look closely you can see the winding path on the left side of the valley where the it gets real steep real quick switching back 3 times with a lot of distance between each switchback!

Another great shot of the North Shore from the Mokuleia side.

At this point this is about the half way point about 2-2 1/2 miles up.

This is a spectacular view of the Mokuleia side going out towards Kaena Point.

Our destination was the ridge line of trees to the right. Although it looks close, the road start to increase in steepness making it feel further away than it really was.

This is a view of both sides of the valleys that the trail winds its way through.

We stay!

After reaching the campgrounds, Bev and I hiked another 1/2 mile in up a dirt road and found this rock in the middle of the woods where we could stop to have lunch.

Lunch never looked so good and water never tasted better!

Don't forget about a banana to help out with leg cramps!

What do you know! Looks like we reached Camp SXA out in the middle of nowhere!

Wish we had a 4 Wheel drive to navigate through these steep windy trails. Would've been rad to go all the way to the top to see the Makaha / Waianae side of the island.

This was campsite B at Peacock Flats. Hoping to one day get a permit for this spot and set up camp with the rest of the SXA Ohana. In order to get up here by vehichle it takes 2 hours. You can only enter from the Waianae side and from what I heard it's about an hour up and then another hour in to get here. Throw in some weather and muddy trails and it could take 3 hours. Once you get here it's beautiful and well worth it though!

Happy campers here! The SXA truckers came in handy providing shade and keeping us cool (literally)!

Time to head back down. It's way faster going back down. Probably takes about 45 minutes to an hour versus and hour and 45 minutes coming up. It's pretty hard on these old knees though!

Once you make it down successfully, you have choices of beach to which you can cool off and wash away all the fatigue and sweat from your tired and weary body. We really are lucky to live in Hawaii!