Striker’s Tales: 16th Annual Longboarders Take Over The Seawall Cruise
Man what a year for Coast Longboarding Strikers F-Bomb Tour, and events!! We were so busy this year in fact this is the first time in the history of Coast, we never had time to throw our annual “COAST LONGBOARDERS TAKE OVER THE SEAWALL CRUISE.”
I felt guilty just to stop doing something after sixteen years, breaking the tradition that really brought Coast to life all these years ago. So, it was either give it up or run the cruise in the winter so we ran it in the winter and kept it alive!!!! Enjoy a few pictures I took of the event!! We had a blast!!
Having the event in the winter, it was really cool to see who actually showed up. It was like a mini reunion of old guys and girls in the scene with a mix of the new kids on the block. Like we do every year we met at the big tree on Beach and Thurlow around four twenty in the afternoon to enjoy some good company with a few laughs and lots of high fives too.
It was cold as hell, dark, raining and windy we were lucky to have as many riders show up as we did. It would have been much easier to just stay in bed cozy under the covers listening to the rain smashing off the only window in my room, and i’m sure i wasn’t the only one that was thinking that. Chase was ready for the wind not sure how good it worked for him this day but these types of things work!
After doing the seawall cruise all these years, the same old tour around the wall gets a little boring especially for me! I love to change things up and try to keep them fresh or it’s just lame so this year, with a bit of complaining we did the seawall cruise backwards and stayed on the seawall. It’s not much of a seawall cruise if you’re cruising on the road the whole way around or even parts of the way. A seawall cruise is a seawall cruise so for once we keep it on the seawall, and of course against the grain!
Going around the seawall backwards and keeping on the wall means we got to stop and enjoy different spots along the way. This stop worked out perfect because we were sheltered from the elements, it came with bathrooms, a hose for water and tables to eat off of or to roll on, if you need it.
You’ve got to keep your head up when you’re skating the seawall! Paul’s not the only one to fall off this thing. People have died falling off the seawall here in Vancouver.
Paul had to dive deep down on a high tide to fetch his board. Took him a few attempts but he got it then he needed to be pulled back on the wall to safety. This is what makes pulling this cruise together last minute worth it! We all had a good laugh here!
Around the seawall you always get to hit a few features along the way but going around the seawall after a storm you better expect to be hitting pine cones, bark and branches. I’ve seen a lot of crashes this day and my ears heard a lot of “F-BOMBS”
Nice little slippery hill sesh on our way around! We got to do a lot of cheering and laughing on this section of the cruise riders on edge trying not to slip out and crash here.
Gene brought himself a tube to play with! It was so wet out so I’d say it was worth it by the looks of his face!
Smokers had to smoke to keep warm, staying close together in a pack helped too!
Love living on the ocean here on the west coast! If you wanna go for a skate and skate by a historic Vancouver lighthouse along the way, you can!
Things got serious when Hoodie challenged me to go for a swim to the famous Mermaid under the bridge and he offered some big coin but I never bit! Pidgin decided he would do it and he said “I’m doing this for Coast Longboarding” so we pooled in some cash and we watched as things unfolded.
Kind of a daring, sketchy, stunt to be pulling the night was freezing, the wind was howling and the waves were picking up while the current with the tide was pulling quite strong. Pidgin said he was lucky to make it back. Made for some great entertainment and he must have made eighty bucks in change
It was quite the night and what a way to keep the old seawall cruise tradition going in Vancouver thanks to all the riders that came out!! Next year will be seventeen years!!! Were almost at twenty years!! Oh man unreal the time flies!
Whenever you see Cariboo Brewing contests enter them!!! This is not the first time a local Coast Longboarder has won some rad gear from the Boo!! Congratulations to Aidan Lynds for winning a brand spanking new Cariboo snowboard!!
Rest In Peace Victor nine!! Once a Pirate always a Pirate!! Downhill rules!! Love you brother! Your skin will forever be ground into the ground of Jakes Rash for us to ride with forever!!
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