Striker’s Tales: Attack of Danger Bay Deep Thoughts Pt.2
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Attack of Danger Bay number sixteen is coming up fast and one thing you need to do while your there is hit up the longest running Mayday Parade in British Columbia! In its seventy-second consecutive year, I always encourage everyone that comes to Danger Bay to come take part in the parade and show the community that were there and to promote our big race the next day.
For my event there is no parking around the race site so we run shuttles from the Oak Tree Market in Madeira Park to Danger Bay for free!! I wish I could charge something because it cost me thousands of dollars to pay for the buses and bus drivers. Money these days don’t come easy so it’s a big cost for us. Hit up the May Day Parade with us this year!
Skateboard Hockey and Danger Bay go hand in hand!!! Shortly after the Pender Harbour Mayday Parade we head over to the field where they have all kinds of fun things going on for all the family’s including Food vendors and a sweet little market of tents that sell all kinds of goodies. They crown a local Mayday Queen, got fun bands, games and music going on and if you look over at the basketball courts you see a bunch of skaters getting ready to rage in the cage!!
Teams of six to eight players join forces and its game on! We even throw sticks in the middle to pick teams just to change it up and have some fun. Skateboard Hockey!! You need two feet on your board to score, one foot on your board to pass the Cariboo can (the puck) and that’s it really. It’s a rough and tough game a few fingers have been broken and of course the odd tooth gets knocked out but that’s hockey. The Basketball court is surrounded by fencing so it’s safe for the crowd watching but it keeps the animals in the cage with no place to escape. Come watch us and expect full contact body checks, high-speed collisions and highlight reel goals!
This game got rough and tough and the cage was shaking with thundering hits! The crowd loves the action especially when a few cheap shots are taken and given because normally after that the tension boils over for a BENCH BRAWL!!!
After a few bumps, bruises, and some fat lips the players meet in the center of the court for a sportsmanlike handshake before we award the mighty Cariboo Cup!! It’s just like the old Chanley Cup that we awarded back in the day for years as our LHL covenant trophy but it’s not the original. King Brian found us this second identical trophy all these years later and it took seconds before Stumanchu smashed it with his stick and destroyed our then fresh new cup. Jerk!! Ahhaahahah
Some local kids decided to give Kibbling a rude awakening with a golden ice tea shower while he tried to get some rest in the sun after staying up all night at camp. Watch out for the Danger Bay kids!
Saturday after the skate hockey game, everyone spreads out and enjoys Pender Harbour and the island life. Hitting up the lakes, skating, exploring, eating, or just plain old sleeping is always popular. People like to head into Garden Bay for a nice meal and a Cariboo at the Garden Bay Pub home of Team Irene. Laverne’s Grill is also a very popular spot for the best fish and chips on the coast or even a killer hangovers breakfast!
Saturday at the camp Team Irene checks in all the racers that show up from all over the world and slaps them on the wrist sometimes even putting the fear of god in their minds to respect our camp and clean up after themselves. Team Irene is not only a skate team but the behind the scenes gang members are made up of a hardcore group of locals that love Danger Bay so you best respect the place and our history.
For me, Saturday is nuts! From an early start getting the slide comp going to the Pender Harbour Parade to the Skate Hockey game back to the camp to get ready for the racer registration. It doesn;t stop there I’m looking for drivers to drive the hay trucks and volunteers because right after racer registration we head up to the race hill with road signs, barricades, two full U-Haul Trucks jammed with hay and then me driving all the volunteers in the Cribb-Bomb to help unload the hay and build the track.
By the time I get back from all those Danger Bay duty’s it’s already getting dark and Island Luke, Badner and Sloppy Steve are starting to set up the P.A for the bands. Soon as everyone sees me I got bands chasing me down for their Cariboo Beers, Cariboo band tags, concert posters and money. Team Pizza and the guys from Flatspot are normally tucked away cooking up pizza after pizza so when I get a bit of a break I find them and get some much needed food but not any rest.
After I eat I check into my office at the Lions Hall and try to run every through my head. I’m trying to keep my head on straight. Normally Rob the race host is in there working on brackets making sure he’s got everything he needs for our big day in the morning. While he’s doing that I’m making sure all the radios are working and charging. Once I have the first batch of batteries charged I charge even more. I’m making sure that the keys to the U-hauls are in a safe spot it would be a total nightmare to lose those keys and in the past I’ve even went as far to get copies of those keys just in case because you can never be too careful!
It’s the night before race day so I need to make sure all the sponsors banners are waiting in piles and loaded in the van with zap straps and duct tape ready to go. I need to make sure the leaf blowers are full of gas with a back up Jerry can full of gas and pack those in the van. All the prizes that were giving out needs to be loaded up as well as the pile of Coast metals need to be sorted and ready to go. The P.A. all the cords and plugs for iPod, speakers all need to be loaded in the van. Garbage bags! You can never forget those suckers they are the most important part of the day almost. Safety vests need to be jammed in the van and the list goes on. All this while people are bashing on the door trying to find me and pull my mind away for a bit, not to mention it’s dark by now so out come the wolves. Absolute madness and people are still showing up from the ferries.
While I’m doing this, A guy needs to enjoy himself or at least try to! Like I said I spend months tossing and turning plugging away at this event then I get all these people coming to have a good time but I never get to hang out with them and enjoy the event. This means I need to stay up, sometimes all night visiting and enjoying some “Michael Crow Danger Bay Cup” chugs and some beers with some loud music.
Its time for me to walk around the camp and check in with my whole crew so that means saying hi and having a quick sit down with the Team Irene camp registration crew on the highway. They set up a little six wheels for the legendary Irene and her bodyguards. There’s always a fire and a few of the Danger Bay die-hards visiting our Danger Bay momma and keeping her smiling. She’s got a tough job keeping track of who’s coming in while handing out wristbands and shaking racers down. I’m extremely lucky that she comes back year after year she’s been a real pillar for the whole event, for her team and for me personally. She’s a beauty totally irreplaceable. I love Irene! Find her Danger Bay and give her a bag of Salt and Vinegar chips, a beer and two smokes!
I always end up staying up all night making sure all the bands are paid and their gear is taken care of.
If I do get any sleep before the race it’s not much because in no time the buses arrive at the camp and its go time. Attack of Danger Bay is in full force. That feeling of waking up on race day after another punishing Saturday gets me a bit depressed just thinking about it but nothing is compared to the feeling of waking up Sunday when everyone scatters the camp and packs up and I feel so alone stuck with a huge mess. The Monday after Danger Bay is enough to make a man die. The absolute worst! I dread it and so do what everyone did last year and just stay up all night partying and cleaning the camp!! That was the best thing that ever happened in fifteen years! Waking up and people are still awake having a Danger Bay cleaning party.
Ill let you in on a little secret. If you’re coming to Danger Bay and you don’t wanna get kicked out of the camp you find me Monday help me clean and I host all the racers that stuck around in the hall for a nice warm nights sleep and a ride to the rash for the freeride the next day!! Man I’m getting excited writing this!! DANGER BAY!!!!
Thanks for reading these weeks Tales everyone next week I have a bunch of last year’s race pictures I collected from Danger Bay and the Jakes Rash events. This years coming up fast so make your plans to make the event and bring your business suits for the Business Class racing!!!Skate slate published this beauty in their magazine this past summer of last years Attack of Danger Bay!! Its called “OBSERVATIONS AND INSITE FIELD NOTES FROM A NORTHERN JOURNEY COASTAL BC” By legendary English slider and Coastie Will Edcombe
Local News!!! MARCH 17th Skull Skates and the Smiling Buddha Café also known as the SBC is an indoor skate ramp in the heart of the downtown Eastside are holding a ten year anniversary “Skate Patrick’s Day” festival. It’s a two-day event and on the first night they are having bands kick some ass. Loose Tooth was asked to play this event ten years after playing the first Skate Patrick’s Day show! What an honor and were in!! The bands are the Tubuloids a surf punk band, Loose Tooth a Dental Core punk band and Selfist a local hardcore band, All Vancouver skate bands. After the bands are all done Neil E Dee is hitting the stage with his Danger Thrill Show!!
The next day they are holding a free skate contest with the launch of a new Zine called “Ghost Machine” and some Art showcased from “EL BOYO” so it’s going to be an action packed weekend and of course sponsored by Cariboo Brewing!!! If you didn’t already know Loose Tooth is Guff on drums me on guitar and making his big return after three years of not playing a show Shitshow Shadow!!! We’ve been in a dental core band for almost thirteen years now!! We play when we get asked were all really excited for this one.
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THANKS FOR READING!! NEXT WEEK WE’LL HAVE SOME MORE DANGER BAY DEEP THOUGHTS!!