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You like mangos? If you like how sweet and honest those thick-skinned fruit balls taste, then you’ll freaking love Manny Aloha. Manny is the most sincere life-lover you’ll ever meet. Whether he’s shredding the cracks and curbs of Makiki, paddling out at Diamond Head, or making awesome art at home with the family, his style rolls naturally like a mango growing sweeter in the sun.
“Makiki is a rad little area in Honolulu about three miles uphill and north of Waikiki with mostly older homes and small apartment buildings. Barack Obama was born and went to high school here. I love Makiki because skate-distance away are: Honolulu’s best south shore surf breaks, art museums and galleries, the University of Hawaii, night life, music venues, restaurants, bars, a skate park and plenty of street obstacles to sidewalk surf.” —Manny Aloha
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A family penned The Cycle Zombies from Huntington Beach, California, seems to have missed the boat, pushing the pedal to the metal 24/7 on a permanent vacation fueled with highways, getting high on speed (I don’t mean the shit truck drivers smoke), and swimming in shark-infested waters, all while completely sober.
Chase, Scotty, and Turkey Stopnik all do it because they are passionate humans believing 100 percent in their journeys. A rare sight in today’s shopping mall society, where everything is made safe and convenient. It is midnight at the Stopnik ranch and instead of soaking in potato chip blankets watching reruns of Dr. Phil, the boys are instead out in the garage covered in grease slamming together a pre-1960’s Harley wheel. The whole neighborhood is asleep. These moments are good reminders that if you are true to yourself you can live a fulfilled life and get by because of it.
Chase, a tall lanky fellow, has the personality of a stray dog that ate too much MSG-filled chicken discarded in the bushes. Always nice as can be, he is never sitting and always on the move−whether it be making art, building rideable art, or skateboarding a ditch.
Turkey, Chase’s cousin, is soft-spoken. He pays great attention to everything he does−from his bike builds to the way he moves about his board.
Turkey’s brother, Scotty, lives across town. He is a business man, always buying and selling past-era chopper parts while finding time to surf, skate and raise a family.
More often than not, you see these men strolling a swap meet together or on a motorcycle roadtrip heading up north. The spontaneity, need for adventure, and passion of the Cycle Zombies is the real deal.