We all got into skating because of somebody-who got you into it?
MB:  At the age of 10 I was living in Southern Cali at the time I started skating.  I moved around a lot  at a young age from Hawaii to Philippines to Cali and back and forth knowing that I had family in these locations.  My cousin Allan was one early 90s skater who showed me a thing or two on a board.  I was amazed to see somebody in the family that skated.  


What’s your first set and trick?

MB: Living in Cali I was exposed to local skateshops.  I don’t know why I didn’t just go in to one and buy a legit board.  My first complete was from this one store called Big 5 Sporting Goods my Dad bought for me.  Bearings could barely roll hahahaha, grip tape was not grippy enough, more like 20 grit (haha). 
 
 
Your first ad and/or hookup (brand or shop) ?
MB:  I never was sponsored to be honest.  No one asked me.  But I did skate with people who were sponsored in Cali.  I didn’t really make moves with skating in Cali.  I guess you can say when I went back to Kaua’i to live with my relatives and work, I got in touch with Cameron Lovelace at Yes I Skateshop in Kapa’a.  From then on, I felt Kaua’i opening doors for me with skateboarding. 
What’s your personal highlight in skating  up to this point?

MB: Just being able to meet and skate with a few pros I use to see in videos at the local skate parks in Cali.  They’re cool to watch skate in person.  For example, get one park I go to a lot called Stoner Park Plaza and I’d see Mike York, Daniel Castillo, Joey Brezinski, Aaron Snyder just to name a few.

 
What’s your favorite spot to shred and why?

MB: I don’t wanna say I shred here, but currently it’s Stoner Park Plaza in West Los Angeles because I get to see the homies kick it & skate and I get amped up when we all skate off each other’s vibes.  

A spot you wish you could have skated but never did?

MB:  Love Park in Philadelphia, PA

Who in your crew deserves some shine and why?


MB: my @Elephit Ohana and Cameron Lovelace!  Kaua’i is barely starting a skateboard scene.  We need help getting a new skatepark Plaza.  Them two have been working at it day in day out to get Kaua’i on da map!!! 

 If your not skating-what else do you like to do?

MB: I have my wife and my son to chill with.  We always take walks down to the beach.  Hang out with our friends.  If I’m not with my family I’ll stimulate my brain with skate videos on YouTube and that “Skater App” game on my phone.  I’m a simple man with a simple plan.  Moving in the flow how life unfolds before my eyes.

What’s your plans for the next 12 months?

MB:  Same thing I am doing now, being with and providing for my wife and my son, and continuing my skateboarding journey wherever the wheels take me.
Anything you want to say to the up and comers or any shout outs?
MB:   BIG shout out to bruddah Cameron @coconutsskateshack and bruddah Sean at @Elephit for making this happen for me.  #keepitkauai Cheeeeeeehu! – BS