Striker’s Tales: Muir Skate’s Downhill Disco! Striker Claws in a California Hospital?!!
Muir Skate’s Downhill Disco!! Santa in a Californian Hospital??
Start of the season I got a call from California’s Muir Skate boss Scott Lembach it was that time again the Downhill Disco was here and I was lucky enough to get invited back to join the team and help with the show!!!!
Scott picked me up from the Airport and brought me back to my second home in America and that’s the Muirskate headquarters somewhere in California eh. I just go with the flow and love it. The shop has a few rules that we need to follow when sleeping in the shop in the showroom and if break the rules Liam Morgan will get slapped in the face by El Beasto. I set up my bed and the place was already packed with skaters volunteering making a mess and skating the huge ramp in the Muir Skate warehouse.
Every year I’ve been coming to this event it’s gotten bigger, the ramps have gotten bigger and the stoke has gotten bigger it’s like a huge California reunion and the amount of love and passion that the volunteers and organizers put into this event really impresses me. It shows the community cares about the disco and events like these.
Its what needs to happen to keep core grassroots events like this to continue. What would we do if the core people in our community’s just stop creating all together? It’s something we shouldn’t need to think about we just need to join forces with the organizers and ask what we can do to help. That’s what this crew does here. I love seeing this stuff!!
While all the setup was going on you wouldn’t believe it but Striker Claws showed up with bells on. What the hell was he doing here in California this time of year!? Muirskate must have behaved this year!
Striker Claws was rolled in on a huge truck and backed in to where he would post up for the day entertaining the skaters and the crowd calling the event.
It didn’t take long for all the nice young Americans to start feeding Striker Claws. You know Striker Claws didn’t get this big by just drinking Cariboo Brewing Bandit Red Nose Stout.
The first American hamburger came from James Kelly a very well known pro downhill skater. Boy Striker Claws liked that he was hungry.
Then this nice young man brought over a burger
Then this nice fellow brought over some more hamburgers and fries
Then a Twinkie!??? Striker Claws thought they didn’t make those anymore he loved those!!
It sure was hot in California Santa stuffed back all the yummy food and was loving the west coast style of skating that was going on. California was where it all started so Striker Claws got to see nothing but style!
Then more of the American youth brought over some more food. This was more burger and fries for Striker Claws!!
Sector Nine’s main man Jeff Budro seen that Striker Claws was sweating and hot as hell so he fanned down good old St Cariboo with one of his signature killer tricks!!
that really helped and so does this picture thanks to Wheelbase Magazine
The Thriller Jonny Miller was a good boy this year and asked Striker Claws for some Cariboo Gear this Christmas season and of course Striker Claws is always watching and knew this legend of downhill got hooked up just right.
Striker Claws was having a hard time calling all the action because he kept getting interrupted with more and more of America’s finest foods!! Some more fries
Then another flipping burger, everyone thought they were doing Striker Claws a favor but they were really killing him one whopper, one large fries, a milkshake at a time.
This was really getting out of hand here!! Striker Claws needed to start filling up his toy sack with all this fast food!! Wait a second!! Chicken fingers too!!?? OK!!
There was a big air contest that blew Striker Claws away it was very exciting and dangerous he loves that!!
In all the excitement Striker Claws had his Frosty dumped all over the ground but he was ok with that because one of the young skaters seen that he was upset and hooked him up with yet another burger.
Striker Claws had so much food by the end of the he emptied his Christmas sack on the floor and look what was left in his bag. He told me he wasn’t feeling so good and later on I heard he got rushed to the nearest hospital to get is stomach pumped.
After the first day of the disco was a wrap so we headed back to the Muir Shop to skate and party!! Things kicked off with a art show where we seen Max Capps selling his chopped boards and Alicia Fillback rocking some of her artistic talents.
Jonny the Thriller Miller had some incredible designs and I couldn’t believe this piece just blew me away this man works with all types of wood and creates magic like I have never seen before. In the end he signed this board and hooked me up with it. What an absolute gentlemen I tell you. I might have even shed a tear for the thought of it you know.
The downhill Disco party was heating up and you could smell the skaters ripping the ramp entertaining the crowd!!
The Disco band showed up, set up and funked down!! The Downhill Disco Party was alive and well in California!
Everyone was having a great time even industry leader Andrew Mercado!! he was dancing with his sister outside or was this his cousin?
I caught up with Jonny but he was crashed out sleeping in the back of his truck. He ran his art show, he spearheaded all the ramp building with El Beasto’s brother Larry and then he was a huge part of track setup and take down this guy is a machine ill tell ya!
I didn’t want to stay up too late but I always do. I knew with striker claws gone after day one to get his stomach pumped from all the burgers day two of the disco was up to me now. It was loud as hell in the shop, I knew the Sector 9 step van was outside in the back and I know how to break into it. I made a bed there and to sleep I went.
I woke up the next day to someone opening up the door and smashing it shut I grumbled and to my enjoyment it was Captain Louis Pilloni Sector nine boss man!! I scared him we had a good laugh and headed to the Downhill Disco for day number two thanks for the ride Louis!
We showed up and all the venders, private venders were all set up spreading the longboard love. Skaters and volunteers were setting up the last of the ramps and I had my spot set up with a nice leather chair overlooking the track.
As soon as I sat down the kids started hooking me up I couldn’t say no to a bottle of diabetes.
Then another frosty from Wendy’s!! Man here we go again this is the same thing that put Striker Claws in the hospital the night before.
Then more burgers and fries!! This is the stuff that has happened to me announcing races for the last sixteen years. I go to these communities’ these events and I get fed so much food and rotten drinks but I’m on tour and starving so I take this crap!!
Next thing I know I have two guys massaging my feet!!!? Like what the hell is going on here in California this is really unheard of I’m not sure I should be even typing about this stuff!! I did have extremely sore feet so I couldn’t say no.
Then out of nowhere another hotdog fly’s by my mouth. Ketchup and mustard my favorite so of course I ate it while getting both my feet massaged!! This had to be some kind of joke here.
All of a sudden the two guys gave up they massaged my feet for fifty minutes total then this girl asked if she could massage my feet. I looked at my toenails and the stage my feet were in and I said, “sure fly at it” so she worked on my feet for thirty more minutes.
I mean I can kinda say I was in heaven but really cutting it close with the clogged arteries game. Good thing I don’t live in America I would dead or in an electric scooter ripping around Wal Mart buying dollar thirty packs of hotdogs. She’s pulling on my toes for heavens sakes
Then came another bag of death full of hamburgers and fries.
Then Scott’s brother Larry of all people comes over to give me a gas station sandwich, I mean there was no end to this until my heart stopped pumping. Next time Muirskate asks me to come down and announce another downhill disco I’m going to tell them “i’ll only do it if they buy me a defibrillator!!!” Because one more downhill disco could be the death of Striker Cariboo!!
I finally had enough I asked the people to stop feeding me and to pick up cigarette butts or something and that’s what they did!! Handfuls, buckets and bags of cigarette buts were getting delivered to me now. I hate smoking but this I could get used to. Clean the world of the butts!
I’m telling you I had no time to take pictures of any skating it was all day of accepting burgers, fries, beers, frozen malts, subs and hotdogs!!! I had food in one hand and the microphone in the other it was a fantastic event thanks Muir Skate!
After it was all said and done it was time to take it all down. This is a huge job and this is where the volunteers shine. Larry, Scott and Jonny Miller kept things rolling and kept the multiple crew working efficiently so we could get the hell out of there.
After the take down and the sun left Muir Skate hooked the volunteers up huge!! There were tons of products to give away in exchange for all the help. Completes, helmets, boards!! They had three rounds of picking gear. Scott would point at a worker and they would come and take something from the pile then he would repeat that but there was so much swag they went through three four rounds each everyone almost getting four five things!!! skaters were getting hooked up phat that volunteered! I love it!
it was all said and done we went and like kings at this crazy BBQ meat place! I tell you I gained thirty pounds this trip and am feeling it now.
The fun never stopped there I hooked up with Abec11 teammate Jonny Miller and we decided to go camping in California. Scott was busy with some other plans but we scooped up his brother Larry who is funny as hell and works behind the scenes in a huge way also building these ramps for the disco. Absolutely love this guy!
Miller was ready to go surfing so he took me down to the beach where we were staying and it was on.
This is the California lifestyle I loved it I grabbed my waterproof camera to see if I could get some shots of Jonny rockin some toes on the nose! Man what a blast best downhill disco trip yet!
we stopped by this sweet shop for some food and you would never guess who was framed on the wall…. it was the one and only Jeff Budro Sector nine Legend with an International Longboarder cover shot back in 2000 I had to get a shot of this.
Larry was just stoked on breakfast
By our camp spot were train tracks and beach two of the best things I tell ya I love hearing the waves crashing on the beach and the trains rumbling by in the night.
Couldn’t help it Jonny Miller and me relaxed and slept all day just chilling in the heat.
We woke up and Scotty had some phat steaks that he was cooking up for all of us I mean we couldn’t ask for anything more here now could we. California man California!!
Then it was bedtime Larry and I slept outside enjoying the crackling of the fire, the waves breaking on the beach and the train shaking the ground on its way by
We woke up and I needed to get to an airport, Jonny needed to get to work, Scott was heading to the desert to rip his motorbike so that left me and Larry to kill some time before my flight. On the seawall you can rent longboards if you like for ten bucks all day. Pretty killer deal if you ask me.
But this day we decided to rent bikes instead and Larry took me tourist shopping!
Huge thanks to Muir Skate!! Larry and Jonny Thriller you guys really made this trip one i’ll never forget!! Thanks for all the hard word, love and dedication you give towards the skate community and these events we all had a blast and if we don’t do this shit nobody will!! STEP UP!!! Thanks to Wheelbase Mag for letting me steal a couple shots!! You guys rule!
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BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS!!! PARTY ISLAND DOWNHILL!!!DECEMBER 7th Striker Cariboo will be flying out to St Lucia in the exotic Caribbean Islands to host a race and party with the legendary Shnitzel. So stay tuned for that wild tales coming to you as soon as they get back!! They’re going to rock this island and do some missionary work while they’re there teaching the young island youth how to skate and enjoy the Island’s first racer with some of the top pros in the world to come put on a show!!!
SEE YOU ALL NEXT WEEK!!! GOT LOTS OF CRAZY TALES COMING UP!!!