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Donnis x “Gone”

Sunday, September 19th, 2010


Superdrunkhandheld Donnis vid from Nextdoor a little while back ther.

TheTrapPirates

Friday, September 17th, 2010

You know how watching a scary movie creeps into your subconscious and you end up having a fcked up dream related to the film? Well I think I might have inputted too much info into my subconscious two days ago and got some weird results.

900am - 1100am watched the Johnny Depp cocaine epic BLOW. Depp does a lot of blow and looks like a natural. Derrick Forreal is a cool alias. “The girls are hotter (dealing yayo vs weed).”

1100am - 100pm banged out emails and caught up on blogs while iTunes shuffled only Young Jeezy tracks. Trap or DIE!

200pm - 400pm went surfing. tide was high, but it was fun. floating on the water. ran errands and listened to more Young Jeezy. Trappin’ Ain’t Dead!

500pm - 700pm read response emails and then read an article on Johnny Depp and Pirates of the Caribbean. Blow co-star Penélope Cruz to appear.

900pm watched new episode of Weeds. You can make hash in a dryer with ice cubes?

1030pm went to bed.

As I dozed off into sleep world, I awoke aboard the Black Pearl. The air is salty and humid. The hull lined with narcotics. We coast through the Caribbean Sea. Penelope Cruz is gogo dancing with ugg boots (not sure where that came from). Jeezy blasting from the Black Pearls subs. Jack Sparrow is chopping lines like the SuperBowl Cowboys, with a huge diamond studded Trap or Die piece and Louie V aviators. He turns to me and says, “We invented the market place. In fact, if you snorted cocaine in Tortuga between 1692 and 1710, there was an 85% chance it came from me.”

An ode to Lele Kawa (Cliff Diving)

Friday, September 17th, 2010
*inspired by the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series Championship at Kawainui Falls in Hilo

Orlando Duque. Image by Red Bull Photo Files/Balazs Gardi

We share the same roots–
Wave sliders and
Cliff divers.
Back to the motherland for us both,
Where pursuits of boldness
Were purely for fun.
They come from all corners of the world
Seeking elite competition.

We pledge allegiance to different flags
But, culture precedes nationalism
So welcome home, brothers.
The Hawaiian sun shines
Over the ancient protocols

And Christian blessing
May the God(s) be with us.
For today,
You’re three leaps of faith
From competitive glory
In the birthplace of Aloha.

Gary Hunt. Image by Red Bull Photo Files/Balazs Gardi

Hilo is such a rainy, old town
It’s bound

To pour a little.
But, it’s the ‘aina
Acknowledging your presence.
When the heavens weep
The Earth lives
So let it’s tears
Wash away your jitters.
You could cut the mugginess with a knife
Making the chilly, pond look so sexy
I’m into it.
But, stuck on the cliff.
It’s your time to shine.
Athletic, acrobatic artistry
In controlled descent.

85 Feet to shine.
60 miles per hour speeds.
2 and a half seconds till impact.
Twisting.
Flipping.
Falling.
Fast.
Minimal splash!
Props to that dude.
Clap for ‘um because
It takes a huge set of balls to cliff dive,
And, rock a banana hammock on the reg.
Respect in the birthplace of Aloha.

Image by Kaina Ito.

Your author interviewing the event's winner: 9-times World Cliff Diving Champion Orlando Duque. Image by Kaina Ito

Tonight, we dance.
A toast to your victory.
Drinks up again to the kings
That left this land long ago,
Leaving legacies of bravery and boldness.
Their pursuits happiness evolved
Into our passions.
‘Okole maluna (bottom’s up)!
Another round of those of yellow cocktails
For my kinsman and The Champs.
Drinks on the dance floor.
Let Eskae spin us away to bliss.
May we all fall for a pair of pretty brown eyes
Set on sexy swaying hula hips
With sweetly-tasting full lips.
It’s so on, dude.
Drink up tonight,
We rage in the birthplace of Aloha!

Gary Hunt pops champagne, wooooaaah. Image by Kaina Ito

Gary Hunt pops champagne, wooooaaah. Image by Kaina Ito

Kamea Hadar Art Exhibit Opening At Manifest Saturday 9/18

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Come checkout the artist (Kamea Hadar on the right) and the muse (Damien Strand on the left) at The Manifest, located on Hotel Street across from Bar 35, on Saturday September 18. Doors open at 6 p.m. Kamea will also be debuting a brand new painting titled “Bloodline” that evening at The Manifest. From what I hear, the painting depicts a chicken fighter and his prize bird. Sounds edgy! I dig the concept. You will too.

iViva Machete!

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

LA artist David Choe paints one of the most animated faces in all of film, Danny Trejo, the star of Machete. Those posters are frame worthy! The Machete character is derived from the movie Spy Kids (really) that later expanded to a fake trailer made by Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis. Quentin Tarantino got behind it and enlisted the help of a star-studded cast including Michelle Rodriguez, Steven Seagal, Lindsay Lohan, Cheech Marin, Jeff Fahey, Don Johnson, Jessica Alba, and Robert De Niro. See the trailer below.

you don’t know, you don’t really wanna know

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

B90X 2 from Sharks & Rays on Vimeo.

Gary Hunt Wins Championship, Orlando Duque Wins Event

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Congratulations to 2010 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series Champion Gary Hunt, and Orlando Duque who won the sixth event in Hilo today.

Hilo Hosts Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series Championships

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series Championship event will be on Sunday, Sept. 12 in Hilo, Hawai‘i. An 85-foot platform was erected for this momentous occasion. There will be 12 divers competing at Kawainui Falls in Pepe‘ekeo. It’s kind of a bummer because this event is closed to the public, but the show is promising to be amazing.

While England’s Gary Hunt, 26, already has the 2010 Red Bull Cliff Diving Championship lock down, this Sunday’s dive-off is still a big deal. After five stops (Switzerland, Italy, Norway, Mexico and France), the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series will culminate in Hawaii, which is the birthplace of cliff diving.

Kawainui Falls– sight of the 2010 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series Championships. Image by Kuhao Zane

Kawainui Falls– sight of the 2010 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series Championships. Image by Kuhao Zane

According to Hawaiian oral traditions and the Red Bull press release, lele kawa (cliff diving) was invented by Kahekili, the last king of Maui before Kamehameha untied the Hawaiian Islands. This is believed to have occurred around 1770 when Kahekili used cliff diving as an initiation process for his warriors. In fact, there is a popular jumping spot on Lana‘i called “Kahekili’s Leap.” Therefore, the 2010 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series Championship is also a homecoming to Hawai‘i for the sport.

“After the take-off we have about 30 to 40 feet to do all the somersaults and all the twists. After those 40 feet you gain a lot of acceleration and you are going really fast. At that point you try to spot the water and prepare for the entry.”–Nine-time world champ Orland Duque in Greece. Image by Ray Demski/Red Bull Photo Files

“After the take-off we have about 30 to 40 feet to do all the somersaults and all the twists. After those 40 feet you gain a lot of acceleration and you are going really fast. At that point you try to spot the water and prepare for the entry.”–Nine-time world champ Orland Duque in Greece. Image by Ray Demski/Red Bull Photo Files

The 12 divers will be judged on the following criteria:

In each heat the athletes have to show their skills by performing stylish as well as complex dives, executed perfectly in order to impress the judges and to experience the “unbelievable feeling of relief after a difficult, but safe dive”, to express it in divers’ words. The three most important criteria for divers and judges are drop, position in the air, and dive, counting one third each. To get full scores the divers may not touch the platform during the dive or plunge into the water in a non-vertical position. Ordinary viewers would never recognize the subtleties that distinguish a perfect dive from a failed one; only specialists can tell and judge.

The degree of difficulty of a dive is evaluated on the basis of these figures: takeoff, number of somersaults, number of twists, position during the somersaults and entry into the water. Within the six different groups of dives, twists are rated highest. However, only perfect dives get perfect scores. To back this theory up: only one diver has ever earned a perfect “10” from all judges to this day – the Colombian Orlando Duque during the world championships in Hawaii ten years ago.

The higher the platform, the more difficult the dives; this can be taken as a rule. Although the divers will have finished their figures after approximately 50 feet, the height gives them the chance to perform the dive even more exactly and prepare for an excellent straight landing. And as tradition plays an important role in this adrenaline sport, “Lele Kawa” is always present in the divers’ minds.

Gary Hunt taking the plunge in Mexico.  Image by Ray Demski/Red Bull Photo Files

Gary Hunt taking the plunge in Mexico. Image by Ray Demski/Red Bull Photo Files

DIVE GROUPS

Dives are classified in six main groups: front, back, inward, reverse, twist, and arm stand.

•    In the front group (group 1), the diver takes off facing forwards and rotates forwards
•    In the back group (group 2), the diver takes off with his back to the water and rotates backwards
•    In the reverse group (group 3), the diver takes off facing forwards and rotates backwards
•    In the inward group (group 4), the diver takes off with his back to the water and rotates forwards
•    Any dive incorporating an axial twisting movement is in the twist group (group 5).
•    Any dive commencing from a handstand is in the arm stand group (group 6). The arm stand can be executed from either the forward or backward direction.

DIVE POSITIONS

During the flight of the dive, one of the four positions may be specified:

•    Straight – with no bend at the knees or hips
•    Pike – with knees straight but a tight bend at the hips
•    Tuck – body folded up in a tight ball, hands holding the shins and toes pointed.
•    Free – some sequence of the above positions.

DEFINITIONS

TWIST
A twist is any movement during a dive that occurs when the diver rotates around an imaginary vertical axis that runs from the head to the toes of the diver. Twists are performed in competitions up to four revolutions and can be added to dives in the forward, back, reverse, inward and arm stand categories.

BARANI
One somersault forward rotation with a 1/2 twist. Used as an entry maneuver, it gives the diver the best view of the water.

BLIND ENTRY
The last time the diver sees the water is at least half a somersault before entry and lines up “blind”.

INTERRUPTED POSITION
Interrupted dives incorporate a straight position after no less than one complete somersault in either tuck or pike position and must be followed by at least one additional somersault in either tuck or pike position.

FLYING POSITION
“Fly” describes dives consisting of at least one complete somersault and performed in the straight position for no less than 90°. The straight position must then be followed by either tuck or pike position.

Stay tuned to the Contrast Magazine to see who wins this momentous event.

Exit Through The Gift Shop

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Over a decade in the making, Thierry Guetta has been following and documenting underground street art and graffiti culture through artists Banksy, Shepard Fairey and Space Invader among others. This documentary focuses on Banksy the person and his motivations as well as his future plans. Or does it? Hawaii premiere tonight at Doris Duke Theatre at 730pm. Doors open at 6pm with a street art discussion with artists PRIME and DMIZE. Buy your ticket here.

Pick up our new issue while you’re there.

Pictures from B90x Pool party Pt.II

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Pictures from the Bacardi B90x aerobics pool party pt. II brought to you by Contrast, Eskae, and Super CW. Big, big thanks to Waikiki Beach Marriott Featuring Compose SSSolution and special guest Jules Gayton for spinning the Jamz bringing booty back. Bump, Bump, Bump! Check out the full gallery (here) If you want to see super cool pictures with super captions by SuperCw click {here}