Graveside DIY – Hawaii

Skate PUNKS NOT DEAD (Part 2 of 3). By Jon Steele.

Graveside, appropriately named, sits next to a real grave yard and is in all essence a hardcore bowl to skate. The location is beautiful but still raw. Graveside was established in 2004 when Tippy and John B just went out back his house and started throwing down cement. In 2009 it was broken down after the construction of four bowls, all DIY. But after being built two times already, it seems to be holding this time.

The trannies are tight, the coping is rough the and the spot just screams DIY with skulls, trucks and an array of stuff cemented into the foundation giving it a uniqueness worthy of a spot called Graveside. Show up with beers or check in and help bucket and maintain it if you want to skate. Be respectful, and this spot should be around for a bit.

Enjoy the North Shore, don’t paddle out when the surf is huge as the lifeguards don’t want to save your ass. Respect the locals like you would any place, ask the right questions and buy the right beer or amount of beer and the land of Aloha will show you Aloha.. Just remember to give back.

Words + photos: Jon Steele

Graveside.

Graveside.

Rob Brown. Frontside grinding the hip.  Photo: Jon Steele.

Rob Brown. Frontside grinding the hip. Photo: Jon Steele.

Mike Yonkers. Frontside grind.  Photo: Jon Steele

Mike Yonkers. Frontside grind. Photo: Jon Steele

Graveside stairs

Graveside stairs

Kyle Thierman taking a hefty slam going for the stairs.  Photo: Jon Steele

Kyle Thierman taking a hefty slam going for the stairs. Photo: Jon Steele

Billy Fortier frontside grind with no distractions in site. Photo: Jon Steele

Billy Fortier frontside grind with no distractions in site. Photo: Jon Steele

Fixing up the bowl.

Fixing up the bowl.

Mike Yonkers. Stalefish.  Photo: Jon Steele

Mike Yonkers. Stalefish. Photo: Jon Steele

Grind it down... to the axel.

Grind it down… to the axel.

Mike Yonkers. Backside tailslide nosegrab.  Photo: Jon Steele

Mike Yonkers. Backside tailslide nosegrab. Photo: Jon Steele

Kyle Thierman. Feeble in the corner. Photo: Jon Steele

Kyle Thierman. Feeble in the corner. Photo: Jon Steele

Rob Brown. Frontside grinding in the corner.  Photo: Jon Steele.

Rob Brown. Frontside grinding in the corner. Photo: Jon Steele.

Bucketing out the tropical rain water. At least in Hawaii, you don't have to wait too long for the pool to dry up and be ready to shred.  Photo: Steele

Bucketing out the tropical rain water. At least in Hawaii, you don’t have to wait too long for the pool to dry up. Photo: Steele

Graveside local Jason "Tippy" Tipp slash grinding the hip.  Photo. Jon Steele

Graveside local Jason “Tippy” Tipp slash grinding the hip. Photo. Jon Steele

Grave Side 4 Life.

Grave Side 4 Life.

Billy Fortier.  Frontside stale fish in the background while Jon Steele is in the middle of another one his model shoots.

Billy Fortier. Frontside stale fish in the background while Jon Steele is in the middle of another one his model shoots.

Gravedside. Go home.

Gravedside. Go home.

The walk back. Graveside, Hawaii.  Photo: Jon Steele

The walk back. Graveside, Hawaii. Photo: Jon Steele

Kyle Thiermann slamming then making it over the stairs at Graveside.

Filmed/Edited by Jon Steele / Death Weasel:

For a Confusion GRAVESIDE video from 2012, check here: www.confusionmagazine.com/2012/02/15/graveside-hawaii/

For more photos of skateboarding, surfing, live bands, bikini chicks, portraits, and travel, check out: www.jonsteelephoto.com

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