- Brian Sandlin ~ Originally from California, he decided the way to have the best parks to ride was to learn how to build them so he worked for and learned from national skate park building companies. He now has thirty professionally built skate parks to his credit. Brian is the designer/builder for Roots Skatepark. He is a father, husband, and local business owner. Brian is dedicated to building and maintaining Roots Skatepark.
- Dudley Caravalho ~ Born and raised in North Kohala, Dudley has always been involved with sports. He trained in water management in California and returned to North Kohala, securing a position with the Public Water Department. He has coached little league, basketball and paddling. His involvement with Roots Advocates for Youth has been integral with his lifetime connections to the community. Dudley has seen the effects of “Crystal Meth” personally and says “ I can make a difference for the kids and grandkids.” He believes a positive and safe place to recreate can make all the difference in a child’s choices and future.
- Kimberly Lepold ~ Raised in a small town in Texas, Kimberly knows what it is like to grow up with few recreational outlets. When her partner said he wanted to build a skate park in North Kohala, she was on board immediately. Kimberly is a local business manager and the administrative force behind these efforts to build and maintain a skate park. She handles the tasks of administration for their non-profit and oversees fundraising as well as making sure everyone is fed.
- Richey Riggs ~ Born in rural East Texas, skateboarding terrain was limited to what you could find or build. Richey wants the youth of North Kohala to have opportunities he never had growing up. He has been in the construction field for twenty-five years and has built several wooden skate parks. Richey is dedicated to building and maintaining this skatepark for the youth of North Kohala and their families.
THE FOUR AGREEMENTS
The way we act, the way we play, the way we are…
The Four Agreements: A way of life that guarantees love & happiness (excerpted from the writings of Don Miguel Ruiz)
1) Be Impeccable With Your Word
Speak with integrity. Say what you mean. Avoid speaking against yourself or others. Use the power of your words to speak truth and love.
2) Don’t Take Anything Personally
Respect the Humanity in everyone. What others say & do is their own perception. Don’t allow the opinions & actions of others to affect you negatively.
3) Don’t Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
4) Always Do Your Best
Your best will change depending on if you’re sick or healthy. Simply always do your best & you’ll love yourself. Respect that others are doing their best for who they are in the moment.
But a diversion the most common is upon the Water, where there is a very great Sea, and surf breaking on the Shore. The Men sometimes 20 or 30 go without the Swell of the Surf, & lay themselves flat upon an oval piece of plan about their Size and breadth, they keep their legs close on top of it, & their Arms are us’d to guide the plank, thye wait the time of the greatest Swell that sets on Shore, & altogether push forward with their Arms to keep on its top, it sends them in with a most astonishing Velocity, & the great art is to guide the plan so as always to keep it in a proper direction on the top of the Swell, & as it alters its direct. If the Swell drives him close to the rocks before he is overtaken by its break, he is much prais’d. On first seeing this very dangerous diversion I did not conceive it possible but that some of them must be dashed to mummy against the sharp rocks, but jus before they reach the shore, if they are very near, they quit their plank, & dive under till the Surf is broke, when the piece of plank is sent many yards by the force of the Surf from the beach. The greatest number are generally overtaken by the break of the swell, the force of which they avoid, diving and swimming under the water out of its impulse. By such like excercises, these men may be said to be almost amphibious. The Women could swim off to the Ship, & continue half a day in the Water, & afterwards return. The above diversion is only intended as an amusement, not a tryal of skill, & in a gentle swell that sets on must I conceive be very pleasant, at least they seem to feel a great pleasure in the motion which this Exercise gives.
Thus, Lieutenant James King, commander of the Discovery, 1779, recorded in the ship’s log the first written description of Hawaiian surfing by a European.