Striker’s Tales: Splash for Cash & The Team Irene Mystery Bay Outlaw!
Its was that time of year again! The annual “Splash for Cash Outlaw” up on the Sunshine Coast’s “Jakes Rash”! Two big races!! Thirteen years of outlaws on the Rash and now Team Irene added the Mystery Bay Outlaw race for another chance for racers to win some more cash!!!
This was our season-ending celebration that we always kick off with in Vancouver at Flatspot Longboards Shop. Flatspot is one of the major Striker’s Cribb-Bomb Tour sponsors and an unbelievable supporter of everything Coast Longboarding pulls together year-round. It’s nice to get the community together for a bit of a celebration after twenty two Cribb-Bomb events since we started back in May.
We parked the Cribb in the back alley behind Flatspot and this is where we met and loaded up our whole Sunshine Coast crew. The plan was to get to the ferry after the party so we could get on the first ferry and start the take over of the Sunshine Coast nice and early!
Caleb from Team Irene showed up in the Cribb with some sick custom hand-made Coast medals with dog chain instead of ribbon to hang around the podiums necks. These were absolutely killer and how about the time, love, and effort he put into these one of a kind beasts! Thanks Caleb!!
Inside Flatspot, the place was packed up with all sorts of skaters ripping the skate bowl, beer pong was going on and Banjo Man was center stage playing all our favorite Coast songs like “Longboard Life” and “Rash on Jake’s Rash” to name a couple.
Downstairs was all “doof doof” dance music but I guess people were digging the Banjo man and his longboard songs a bit more upstairs because not too many people were in the underground tunnel around the secret beer pong area. This is a good area to know about because this is where the beer is sold!!
It wasn’t a dog that did this to my wheel, It was Julian from the Stoop! I’ll remember this little Julie.
We ditched out of the party to get to the ferry and of course it’s not a Cribb Bomb Tour without more broken pieces of the Cribb. This time it was my other front speaker so that was that! Had to trash it.
Everyone slept on the ferry ride including me. I’m not sure who was driving the Cribb off the ferry but I do know I drove after we ate some A&W breakfast in Gibsons heading towards Pender Harbour and our first set of hills for the day!
I guess breakfast wasn’t so good or Hannigan lost his wedding ring because he couldn’t get his head out of the garbage can. The crew knew we had some hills ahead of us, they could smell them but all I could smell was Hannigan’s morning skater breath from his failed breakfast.
I slowed down to a slow roll and kicked the riders out like they were army paratroopers one by one flying out the Cribb door and on their boards to attack the first hill. “go go go go go go!! F%^*in go go go go go!!!” is close to what I’m yelling to speed up the exit process! This crew was pretty good and caught on fast!
It was a tough morning for some of the crew especially after a morning bomb down the highway. Stumanchu had a bad breakfast at A&W and while he was healing himself in the rain forest we got some much needed fresh air.
Dirt roads are a bit of a tradition while on the Cribb Bomb Tour, and it’s about skating downhill so a couple dare devils got out and put on a bit of a show for us. Love riders that love putting on a show!
We got to “Jake’s Rash” since it’s on the way to Pender Harbour, and I guess it was defending champ Troy Yardwaste’s turn to spew out his breakfast. I guess they were all skating their guts out literally.
The Cribb was wet and soggy from all this rain and so were a few of the crews shoes for some reason they decided that their feet were already wet so why not keep it wet and save a cup for beer pong later. We were on our way to the next spot up the other side of the mountain where we could find some more dirt runs.
We heard that Team Irene, the local Pender Harbour skate gang, was holding their weekly “Meat Draw” at the Garden Bay Pub. This is always a huge event for funding the local riders to get to races, pay for the team bus and cover whatever other expenses there are for the race weekends. They really have a good thing going here and it’s very very positive.
Everyone was quite stinky so I brought up the idea of a nice swim to help the cause and sure enough a few of the brave riders jumped on in for a scrub in the Garden Bay Lake! Or at least Hannigan did. Look at him just relaxing in Garden Bay’s drinking water.
We had a bunch more hills to hit before we stopped off at the meat draw so we continued through the slimy soaked roads of Lee Bay.
This year was a special year for the “Splash For Cash” and the “Coast to Coast Tour” because we added a brand new event to the mix thanks to Team Irene. The Mystery Bay Outlaw was somewhere in Garden Bay but I never told any of the racers where so they skated the race track without even knowing it.
This is why Coasties are so good in the rain! Everyone needs to crash once on this tour! It all can’t be easy! Scoot Smith former IGSA World Champion even learned on these roads.
I skated the hell out of the crew and while they were flying down the last hill I ran into my uncle so we decided to head down and see what he was up to but first we hit up the local store I was happy to see they carried Cariboo Root Beers and Cariboo Ginger Ales for sale!! Pender Harbour loves their Cariboo pops! You can find them in Garden Bay at John Henry’s and in Madeira Park at the Oak Tree Market!! Now that I mention it I have four in the fridge I think I’ll slam a Root Beer right now while I’m writing these tales!
Oh yeah! That was good! I’m set for another few hours of writing now. Those Root Beers are so good I tell ya! They got bite and they leave your mouth watering and wanting more. Good thing I have one more here beside me as back up!
Like I said before, The riders were hurting and we still had two races coming up in the next two days not to mention the party eh!? We pulled in and parked at my Uncle Rick’s place and I couldn’t believe my eyes. He bought a bus!! My uncle is now the proud owner of a sick ass school bus. It’s a nice diesel full of seats and a good stereo. The plan is to gut half of it then convert this sucker into a camper. Perfect! Good on ya Uncle!!
Uncle welcomed us with open arms so we filled his fridge full of Cariboo and killed some time before we headed down a quick trail to the Garden Bay Pub for the big meat draw. Stu and Bhakti had themselves a game of very competitive Chess.
We had a good crew of around twenty-five riders show up at the pub. This was when I was reminded how welcomed and loved we are as longboarders in my hometown. As we piled in, The totally packed pub stood up clapping and cheering and giving us the warmest welcome one could ever ask for. I get Goosebumps typing this it was something we will all remember. Someone yelled “the longboarders are here!!!” the whole place full of older generations clapped loud and proud and I have never seen this in all my years and in all my travels. It was so nice to come home after a crazy busy season to this kind of welcome. Thank you Team Irene and the whole Pender Harbour community for a night we will never forget!
We sat down like we were right at home. The place was popping off the locals and longboarders were mixing it up telling stories introducing each other, we were in Danger Bay country now and this community has been supporting downhill skating for almost eighteen years! In the beginning, it was Coast Longboarding then it was Coast and Team Green and now we got Team Irene!! I wasn’t the only one who was happy with the welcome we got in our home coming Raggie and Sandman of Team Green loving there time home, loving the roots of downhill here in Canada.
Man, there was a ton of meat to be won! The Oak Tree Market always donates for the cause because “nobody beats their meat” so most of us bought tickets for the meat draw and we had our fair share of winners taking home the beer baby.
Stumanchu and Bhakti were big winners and I think even Troy Yardwaste was a winner too and took home a big slab of meat. Winning this meat was huge for all of us because you can bet your asses it fed us for the whole trip when we were hungry, then to top it all off Irene won the draw for all the cash if I remember correctly!! Man, what a great night!
While everyone was having a hell of a time inside, I had a member of the community Doug ask me if I had a moment? I followed him outside then he gave me a box and told me this was something he kept for over forty-three years and it’s something that he made back when he was in grade three. He told me he’s been holding it for a longtime until he had seen me.
“I just want to express my love for the B man, an extraordinary person who’s brought a lot of love, energy, a positive role model, someone to look up to and someone to have a laugh with.” was his words. Pretty special!
This kind of stuff gets me pretty emotional especially when it’s someone that really recognizes the devotion I have given all these years. It was really a special gesture and something I really needed to hear at that point near the end of a twenty-two event tour. People say it to me all the time but this was different, it was from the heart and really caught me off guard! Thanks Doug.
I opened it up and it was a very fragile kick ass homemade skateboard. He told me “don’t lose this” and “take care of this” it was extremely special to him and to just give it away to someone just goes to show you the meaning and importance of the words he was filling me up with. I’m truly thankful and have this in my home high on my shelf away from my kids in a very safe spot. “It needs to be in your house not my house” he said “It means more for you to have it than for me to have it”. Doug has carried this forty three years out of the fifty something years he’s been alive! Thanks for the gift buddy!
After the meat draw we headed to my uncle’s place and cranked up the music for the whole harbour to hear! My uncle has a piano, drum set, bass amp, and a guitar amp with everything you need to make noise, including a microphone!!
We figured out that Alex found his long lost brother. Don’t these guys look like family or what? its crazy, They were hanging out all night! ahahahaah!! it was a big night but most of the crew bowed out early knowing they had a huge day ahead of them and some serious cash up for grabs at Team Irene’s “Mystery Bay Downhill”
Like it always does on tour, the morning came early and Stumanchu was all healed up ready to go.
Troy found another way to wake himself up this race day morning and I’m too not sure what happened here but he was crashing! ahhahaahha that’s a fast spot to go down I tell ya and a popular spot for handfuls of deer to cross the street unexpectedly.
On our way to the race, Troy wasn’t finished. I love it when he gets all stoked and starts chucking himself downhill on the Cribb Tours even when he knows what happens from time to time hahaahahah him crashing!
We showed up and team Irene already had the road all shut down with course workers and breakfast. The shuttles were ready to go, all the walkie-talkies were charged up and Doug House had his Ambulance and medical team on-site for our safety!
Team Irene used the meat draw funds to help pay for some of the medical services that Doug house of Med Tech offered us and kicked up the “Splash for Cash podium as well as a five hundred cash prize purse for the Mystery Bay Outlaw.
The rain kept coming and so did the crashing the practice runs were full of carnage lots of crashing and riders pulling themselves out of the ditches!!
Some of the riders stood out more than others and Alex Hannigan was one of those riders. he was charging this hill and you could tell he loved it. Too bad the rest of the guys in the city didn’t take that leap of faith and jump in with us. I’m sure a few riders would have loved to race for five hundred bucks with free entry thanks to Team Irene!
The course has a very small push up section before the next section of danger and punishment! Team Irene are in the red and black leathers, when they ride as a group it looks so badass eh!?
In the end, it was Troy Yardwaste who stole the win, the glory, and the cash beating Landyachtz teammate Alex Hannigan and Team Irene’s Danger Dane Hanna!! Way to go Troy!! Another Coast gold!!
A huge congratulations to all the winners of the “Mystery Bay Outlaw” and a huge thanks to all of Team Irene, The Garden Bay Pub, the Hanna’s, Doug House, Uncle Rick and the whole Cribb-Bomb crew racing these events!!! Thank you to the whole Pender Harbour Community for all the support. Thank you all!!
After, We piled up into the Team Irene bus and cleaned up the track to keep the locals happy and got the hell out of dodge.
We loaded back up in our home for the weekend and pulled over to take a nice group shot of everyone here by the lake. Fun crew man, really fun crew loved this crew!
We hit the Dump Road on the way out of Garden Bay because our next destination was the Hanna’s palace in Kleindale. For the second year in a row they opened up their house to us to have a feast and a party, in past years we roughed it hard this weekend so this is the cherry on top of the weekend. It was a nice warm home to dry out in, food, fire and great company.
The Hanna’s live on a nice dirt hill and Kyle hadn’t had enough yet so he was back on his board going for it
We found a nice parking spot and after all the excitement I allowed myself to have an ice cold Cariboo Malt in the red can. I like the red can goes nice with flowers.
The guys gave Mr. Hanna a hand with the wood for the fire and Raggie got on the horn and ordered up the UFC fight while Billie Hanna’s wife was all fired up in the kitchen making us some of the best food I’ve had all year!!
She spent most the night preparing this meal for us and she had quite the spread.While there was no way we could eat it all, we did pretty damn good. With the weekend we already had to this point and after a huge dinner how does one survive!? The “Splash for Cash” is a very special Coast Longboarding event that’s been going on around thirteen years! I love it and wish I wrote about all the early days. Take a look at the crew here. When they look like this it makes me feel good, like a job well done.
Danger Dane took me up to his room to show me his Coast medals and I was quite surprised at what I saw! He’s got quite the collection of metals, prize cheques and trophies. You just never know!? It could be Danger Dane that becomes the first ever local in sixteen years to ever to win an Attack of Danger Bay Championship!! I’d love to see a real Pender Harbour champion! Not sure why Dane has one of these I don’t think he knew I looked in his closet…
When you thought things couldn’t get any better, Team Irene broke out the fireworks!! This was the full experience I tell ya!
These were some good times at the fire with the family and the people under the beer pong table that got shut out now need to spend the entire next game in shame.
It got to that point in the night where we needed to start entertaining ourselves and if there’s a fire normally someone ends up jumping the sucker but Hannigan took it to the next level. He went for the leap and the landing and nailed them both perfectly! He was a hit that was a party trick if I’ve ever seen one he was airborne!
For the third day in a row we woke up in the Cribb but this time we were lucky enough to be sleeping at the Hanna’s and boy did we ever get a breakfast. I almost missed out but when I heard I was going to miss out, this big man moved like a superhero and I’m sure glad I did.
It was race day! this was it! The “Splash for Cash” for the thirteenth year in a row!! Talk about sweet C.L.B.C. history. Practice runs got right on there way and I decided to hang out in the last up hill right hander to see what kind of crashes I would witness. Here’s a couple shots starting with Ben the Stripper crashing at the carwash
The next time Ben came through I made sure to bless him with good luck so I shot some apple juice right in the puddle he would be ripping through for a full on golden Splash for Cash baptism.
Danger Dane was one of the favorites to win this years Splash! He was fast as hell all day. Dane could race this hill with his eyes closed in bare feet and still podium.
But it was Team RedEyez Mack Wacey who prevailed this time getting his name engraved on the Jakes Rash Trophy that wasn’t present at this years event unfortunately, but his name will be added.
Down at the bottom of the track Team Irene had set up a solid finish line with Irene’s special chili and buns feeding anyone who was hungry. Thanks Irene!!
Before the medals were handed out, I made sure to pull out the Cribb Bomb Shitshow Shadow Outlaw Trophy. Mack still owed us a drink out of the skull from his “Sheep Creek for Speed Freaks” win so after a lot of Swearing and yelling at me he finally drank from the skull and took it like a real champ keeping the tradition of the outlaw skull going.
I’m mean look at Stumanchu’s face in this shot it makes it all worth it after the fact! I’m grinning ear-to-ear right now! this is good stuff here. Atta boy Mack! Oh and hey now that I got your attention Mack, Quit telling everyone you’re not invited to my funeral and if you show up I’ll sick the dogs on you … that’s not true man! hahahahaah! I love ya buddy just won’t play any games with you anymore but your tagged for life bro!! FOR LIFE!
After the race, we rushed to the ferry Stumanchu cooked up a steak I burned my balls beyond repair with some sort of extremely high intensity burning hot A535 muscle relaxer that Troy hooked me up with. The fire hot burning got so bad I almost panicked the pain was unbearable I was walking like a cowboy until it wore off.
We got a very special guest while we were stuck in the ferry line up, it was Mr Ryan Theobald Coast Longboarding original!! Huge supporter and sponsor of Striker’s Cribb-Bomb Tour representing Landyachtz, Hawgs Wheels and Bear Trucks. I can’t remember the last time he actually came and sat down in the Coast Skatehouse!! It was a treat, lots of history with these guys here! Now we just need to get him on an old guy’s trip with his own bunk for a tour!
A few of the original Coasties stepped out to enjoy some pizza, high fives and hugs in the bus shelter at the ferry. Man, have we ever come a long way! It’s been a life long journey this longboard thing that brought us all together….DOWNHILL MAN!!!
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