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MAUI Words and Photos by Ryan Spencer

MAUI Words and Photos by Ryan Spencer

For the tourist, Maui is one of those idyllic locations where you will be in awe the moment you step off the plane. Perfect beaches, warm water, epic sunsets, and beautiful ladies await you in our Island paradise. Lucky for those of us who live here we get to experience all these things on a daily basis. But as with everything, you start to take it for granted.  I know I do.  When you grow up here the island becomes a stifling rock. Conversations for us locals often become bitch sessions about how boring it is, and how we can’t wait to leave. In fact, I wrote this whole first page complaining about Maui.  But when I began to really think about Maui I realized how lucky I am to live in such a relaxed and beautiful place.

Hi my name is Ryan Spencer and I’m addicted to stalefishes. Writing a caption about myself seems kind of weird. Photo: I set my camera up and my friend Kale Kaaikala snapped the flick.

Hi my name is Ryan Spencer and I’m addicted to stalefishes. Writing a caption about myself seems kind of weird. Photo: I set my camera up and my friend Kale Kaaikala snapped the flick.

The skate scene in Maui is small but super tight knit.  Everyone knows one another and we are all good friends. If you skate here, you are part of our brotherhood. I imagine this how it used to be back in the early days of skateboarding on the mainland. I can hit up our skate park on any given day and there will be a few of my homies there and we can have ourselves a nice little session.  This contrasts my experience of other places I’ve traveled.   I skated a park in Phoenix not too long ago and it was crazy how many people were there.  I couldn’t take it because I had never had to deal with weaving in and out of people before.

Maui is full of cool old hippies.  We found this fellow doing yoga in nothing but a speedo and Mikey Guest couldn’t pass up an opportunity to hippy jump him. You could say he is hippy jumping a hippy.

Maui is full of cool old hippies. We found this fellow doing yoga in nothing but a speedo and Mikey Guest couldn’t pass up an opportunity to hippy jump him. You could say he is hippy jumping a hippy.

If you start getting bored with the parks, which can happen fairly fast, we have a good amount of spots.  It isn’t Barcelona but there are plenty of good spots to skate that haven’t been in every magazine, and certainly haven’t been killed by thousands of people.  Best of all you don’t have to drive hours in traffic just to get there.  Before I had my license we would get dropped off at one place.  From there we would just start skating down the line hitting everyone one of our spots.  We’d make a pit stop at Jack In The Box and keep going all the way till we ended up at the skate park hours later.

Nate Guest is a ripper for sure,  he’s lived in Maui his whole life.  This ditch was just built and Nate does some stylish ollies into it at sunset a couple of times a week.

Nate Guest is a ripper for sure, he’s lived in Maui his whole life. This ditch was just built and Nate does some stylish ollies into it at sunset a couple of times a week.

In such a relaxed place, the majority of the people in Maui are super laid back.  That includes the cops.  One time we were skating a spot and 2 cop cars rolled up.  He told us he had to kick us out but because someone called to complain.  Before he made us leave he wanted to see our footage. Not because they need it for evidence, but because they were all stoked on skateboarding. The cops chilled with us for a while and watched our footage. I guess things like that just don’t happen everywhere.

If you really feel like you want to visit, then by all means do it.  Save up money go with some friends, take a family vacation, whatever it is just get over here because it’s one of the best places in the world.  Visit the beaches; go to a luau, whatever.  Don’t forget to visit 180 Board Shop, the best skate shop on Maui.

Aloha.

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