Hawaiian Gravel Jumps - Winter time in Hawaii

Dec 29, 2008
by thevishfiles.com thebyker.com  
It has been really wet lately, so we made gravel jumps to keep from going insane.

Living in Hawaii has many advantages. One of them is riding year round. We have been enjoying our riding time as much as possible thanks to the new pumptrack we built.
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Two weeks ago on Thursday, it rained sixteen inches in a twenty-four hour period. After going to our local riding spot and seeing that it was going to take an enormous amount of work to be able to ride again we were really bummed.

Kalaheo when it is dry, Mikey, Killer toboggan

Kalaheo when it is dry, Mikey, Killer toboggan

Vish, Sweet 360

Vish, Sweet 360

Me, boosting

Me, boosting


We have been waiting for it to dry up enough so we can do some work, but it has been so wet that trail work is just impossible right now. It has been raining non-stop since that Thursday. With nothing else to do, we have been watching biking videos like the one we made just before all the rain came.

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Thankfully the rain finally stopped for a few days, but sadly everything is too wet to ride. Ari who is an awesome guy and rips at downhill, owns a masonry company and he just got a load of basecourse delivered to his construction yard. He said we could come over to make jumps and that is exactly what we did.

The jumps

The jumps


Ari, and Vish had made the first jump on Saturday. On Sunday Ari, Nate and Mike were making the second jump when I showed up. I went right over to help but they already had it under control. Ari was on the bob-cat, Mike had a shovel and Nate had the compactor.

Ari and his daughter making the second jump.

Ari and his daughter making the second jump.


They had made the second jump in about fifteen minutes. We quickly put our armor on and started to session the jumps.

Vish

Vish

Nate

Nate

Ari

Ari

CJ

CJ

Mike

Mike

Me

Me


After riding a little bit, Mike decided he wanted to get some killer angles for pics, so he got up on Ari’s forklift and took some shots from above the jump.

A shot from the forklift.

A shot from the forklift.

Vish whip

Vish whip

Vish Table

Vish Table


After riding for about two hours we took a break to eat chicken and these awesome homemade frozen ice cream popsicles that Ari’s wife brought. (Thanks again!)

It was now starting to get dark and we wanted to make one big jump. Ari pushed the two jumps together and we shaped all of the basecourse into a big booter in about twenty minutes.

Ari Making the big booter.

Ari Making the big booter.


I had taken my pads off because I told myself I was done for the day, but when I saw everyone else hit the booter, I threw my pads back on and started jumping it myself.

Vish jumping the new booter right before dark.

Vish jumping the new booter right before dark.


Daytime transitioned into night in the blink of an eye and we had to tear the jump down so Ari could get all of his equipment out of his yard for work the next day. Hopefully the rain will stop and we will be able to ride Kalaheo again soon. If not Ari said we can make some more jumps in January.

Merry Christmas and ride safe!

-scottyy.pinkbike.com/


34 Comments

  • 6 0
 That was a great blog scotty. Smile more people need to see it.
  • 3 0
 Yeah. that was awesome!!!
nice table btw. Smile
  • 2 1
 im from hawaii but i live in california so i can't wait to go back to oahu and ride with these guys.
  • 2 0
 aye nice post - and i envy you guys out in Hawaii !!
  • 1 0
 Another local boy here linvin' in SoCal...

Supposedly there's an epic ride over near the North Shore that only the locals know.

Haven't been back since my grandfather passed in '06 but plan to as soon as the economy gets better (and I'm hauling my bike with me!).

My riding parter is also from the Island and we've been talking about one day riding the islands...

Props to the local boys of the 5-0 Smile
  • 1 0
 That's a great blog Scotty, I thought Vish did this way back when. I had just moved to Hawaii and I hadn't met all you guys but when I read this back then, I knew that I wanted to get in with the ktown crew! Now it's a bit disbanded but it was legendary in it's time!
  • 4 0
 Winter in Hawaii, GO SURFING!!!!
  • 4 0
 blasphemer!!!!! if its too wet to ride bikes then you build more trails...for riding more bikes.
  • 2 1
 Lucky for me, I been surfing since I could walk Wink
  • 2 0
 Crazy nice pictures man! You guys are lucky, over here in Vancouver BC we've got foot and a half of snow on the ground, I'm going insane not being able to ride!
  • 1 0
 another hawaii (hilo) local living here in socal. skating in hilo everyone knew everyone. in the mtb scene, is it the same? and is the vibe good?
  • 1 0
 I wish you and Vish were still riding more often. MikesMarin got busy with jr. now.
  • 1 0
 Look´s realy Amazing!!! :-)
  • 1 0
 yeah that was awesome pictures..
  • 1 0
 Cool blog thing, I like the angles on the last pictures
  • 1 0
 whats the song in the second Video
  • 1 0
 nice work!!! it gives me the stoke to ride!
  • 1 0
 Awesome pics from the forklift
  • 1 0
 chee scotty! that was a good blog dude. you're a published writer now son!
  • 1 0
 i'm only bringing my hardtail though Frown
  • 1 0
 that is a really nice blog
  • 1 0
 Thanks alot!
  • 1 0
 thats pretty tight, wish i had that in my back yard
  • 0 0
 I would like a winter like in your country in my country:P
  • 1 2
 I would love to make more trails but we have to much work maintaining what we have. Smile
  • 1 0
 Nice work guys!
  • 1 0
 nice job scotty.
  • 1 0
 Thanks everybody!!
  • 1 0
 cool scotty! nice one!
  • 1 0
 I'm movin here!
  • 1 1
 Love the birds eye
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