Striker’s Tales: Coastal Mtn Tour & Sheep Creek Outlaw!
Like so many others before them, this is my crew. Some new faces and some old. I love my crews and I love the tour. It’s a balance running these tours, keeping my family happy, my job happy, my crews happy, the Crib Bomb happy, the diehards that want to see the tour continue happy, my sponsors happy and of course keeping me happy.
Next year, if I decide to go for one more year, it will be five years on tour for me. I really don’t know where it has all gone. But since the first day of the tour I think I have been documenting my tour and my life to all of you and it’s something for my kids when they grow up and I die off to have forever. Billie, Cash if you’re reading this twenty years from July 14th daddy loves you!! The meaning of life is to live it, go find it.
Ok screw it, I’m diving into the Sheep’s Creek For Speed Freaks Outlaw Race and the Coastal Mountain Striker’s Crib Bomb Tour write up, here and now. I’ve been on a writing terror as of late getting a bunch of words out of my brain and into yours. This year was the tenth annual Sheep Creek race one of the oldest outlaws in the world. The only races that have been going on longer are the Jake’s Rash and Splash For Cash Outlaw and the Lions Urban Assault Race here in Vancouver.
If you read the last Striker’s Tales you’ll know that the Crib hasn’t been running all that great so that means $6000 in five trips. We started this tour on the hoist where Ricky worked like a zombie then I picked the sucker up drove it back to Van with Rachel Rayne. Then, we loaded up the crew and headed back to Whistler, paid Ricky $2000 cash and I hoped it solved my Spring problems. Well, it better have because we were just about to climb to the highest point in BC with a bus loaded with happy campers ready to skate and explore!
So, Ricky was paid now every time I gassed up it was coming out of my family’s bank account and on a six day tour driving over 1200 km in this RV packed. Chugging up mountain after mountain gas ain’t cheap at all and this is if everything runs great and I stay out of the shop because this bill could rack up real fast if we have any break downs this trip. Everything was on the line and I was at a time where I was going for it and running the tour another year or I’ll quit the tour and burn the Crib Bomb and call it good times.
Well I’m not in the best mood and we get stopped at the stoplight just before the highway and I noticed the cops at the intersection on my passenger side I yelled at the guys to keep the beer down but now we were already getting the evil eye. The light turned green I pulled out and we passed them like a giant “bust us” billboard we had four cars behind us and then the cops and before you know it the cherries and sirens are just a blazing.
I’m pissed off and now were scrambling in the RV while the fuzz steps onto the side of the RV and sticks his head in and tells me straight up the RV smells like weed and I’m under arrest. That was not the case, I’m a seasoned driver and that shit will get us impounded right now and wreck the whole tour. I look at him and telling the truth, tell him absolutely not we have not been smoking weed in the RV.
I step out and he asks me if I’ve been drinking. Again, I’m not stupid I’m not going to risk a drink for the tour you gotta be kidding me. Wreck my reputation with the entire world. Yea the sponsored guy that’s sponsored by Cariboo Brewing surprise gets busted for drinking and driving. Not a f%$kin chance I would give the cops or the people the satisfaction to judge me if that ever happened. I haven’t had a drop of booze I told the cop and I challenged him to test me right now.
So, by this time the next cop car pulls in and I have one cop working me the other three cops are digging around sniffing and being sneaky telling my crew I’ve been arrested for drugs and I’m going to jail and for them to give up all the drugs. Well anyone that knows me I have never in my life touched acid, coke, heroin, ecstasy, MDMA and whatever other drugs are on the market so when the cops tried to pull a fast one they knew I was the last guy carrying any drugs. They stuck to their guns I stuck to my guns and in the end I got a ticket $230 bucks for open alcohol. This is how I felt. Not often you see me without a smile.
Oh, I was very happy because it could have went any way and if the cops wanted to be pricks they are above the law and could have wreck the tour even if it was unlawful. So, I took the ticket and when I got back in the RV I was now extremely pissed by now and I started up the RV and just started ranting. Now I’m $6230.00 in the whole in five trips $2230.00 this single trip and I’m still going to be paying for all the gas still and I have a family at home. Just totally stressed out and nervous about the mountain climbs ahead.
I broke it down and if everyone chipped twenty bucks I would chip in the rest and we’re good. You know what, every single person in that bus even if they weren’t drinking kicked me the cash and if you’re reading this you might have saved the Striker’s Crib Bomb tour because at that point all I could see was money disappearing faster than ever so thank you. Here’s a picture after my crew calmed me down and I finally snapped out of it.
We made it up our first big climb up the Duffy and that was reason to be happy and the fact we were in nature with great company things were looking up. It was what it was can’t change nothing so hopefully through the year I could make this cash back through the next eighteen tours… yikes!
The beer pong tables were dragged out the PA and generator were dragged out it was time to get loud on the top of the mountain. Be good to get some sleep Rachel Rayne and me were dead tired from the whole couple days of getting the Crib ready for the pick up point at the Stoop.
It didn’t take long for Mack to get crazy and want to get a little violent with a member of the crew and honestly this went on for at least two hours straight it was great but we still found a way to have fun hahahaha. Gotta love some people’s reaction to alcohol. But you know what this is a tour and now were road tripping this stuff goes on and you gotta love it all were a crew and we grow as a family as the days go on and at the end of the tour we all share the experience from the road.
From there on in there were no more crazy times. But I did get blamed for taking the axe to Mack’s glasses and blamed by not one but three of the crew members on the tour but all three of them couldn’t say they actually seen me do it if you can believe that. Hahahaha I swear I never broke Mack’s glasses. We woke up and it was time to for my crew to get their leathers on and go for a skate.
These were my soldiers and every single rider on the Crib this tour got out and skated. There were times I had to leave the door swinging down the hills because I had nobody to close it and lock it for me while I drove. This crew meant business and when I stopped at a brake check they parachuted out the Crib like soldiers of speed. I yelled go go go go and they pushed out the door and went for it. I’m not going to lie I have had crews that were faster getting on the road and out the door and they did struggle at that for most of the tour but what can you do, there was a pile of them.
When they are slow out the gate and then the first few just jump on the hill I’m hooped for good group shots because then I’m stuck behind the last guy out the door and now last one on the hill so what’s the point. How do you expect me to take great photos of you guys on tour when I’m stuck behind the last guy? So what needs to happen is yeah get the hell out the door and do it fast but have your gear all ready and the first crew wait for the last guy then all push like the devil and attack the hill.
It’s a bit my fault too, I’ll take some of the blame for not explaining that to the guys. But the rule is if you’re not ready you don’t skate. Have your helmets on and if you have your leathers and want them you better have them on. Gloves have them on your hands or in your hands while you push down the hill or I will straight up leave you in the bus and you can watch the riders rip. No holding up traffic fast exit and fast entrance back in the bus after we executed our mission, the hill. No waiting lighting a smoke like a cool guy after the bomb get in the bus and lets get the hell out of there like pirates. Get on the bus and then freak out about how rad of a run you just had. That’s what it’s all about that’s what keeps us going and under the radar. I run a tight ship and was all fuckin pirates.
First run Ireland Pearce crashed. So, as soon as he got back in the Crib I told him he was done I didn’t want him riding anymore of the hills today especially if he was going to crash on something so easy. The roads only get tougher and rougher from here on in. It’s a good hill to test my crew out and I knew the skills of my whole crew but him so that was it for him. The guys spoke up for him saying he’s raced the Europe IDF circuit but it sure didn’t look like it from what I just saw.
After that nice warm up it was time for a rough and tough 13% goodie for some of the guys there was some serious foot-braking going on. The sweet thing about the Duffy route is there is next to nothing for traffic on this road so we never get cops called on us for this and even if we did we’re not doing anything wrong, we’re actually allowed to be riding on the road gotta like that.
Cody Yardwaste had a rough time and slammed nice and god while his board shot over a cliff. Chim Snert was still foot braking not wanting to let himself go stopped and helped out a brother in need. For me when I take my foot off my board I’m letting go there is no stopping till the bottom for me, or it’s just a straight up crash. I got a foot brake but when you just take your foot off your board and let it go there’s no stopping for me. I’ve paid the price for that kind of riding over the years as you know.
Mack found himself in the barricade but it stood him up more than anything so he was still good to go. So, enjoy some of the shots from the rest of this run
Longboarding rules nothing better then rolling through big mountains on your precious skate.
It’s a leg burner eh here’s a little relaxing role into the last decent right here you’re thinking holy shit what the hell was that. Riders leave this tour a changed forever and for the good. It’s like a day at Giant’s Head but for different skills.
We got to the bottom and my brakes were on fire so we waited for Chim and Cody. I checked the engine and tires making sure we looked good. When we finally collected the rest of our crew we headed into Lillooet for some much needed breakfast after most the crew woke up hungover and chucked right into Coast Longboarding heaven or hell.
We left town pillaged the last little bomb out of town and headed north. After sitting for the couple of hills Pearce the fighting Irish wanted to show himself and the crew that he was here to skate and had what it took to tackle any hill on the tour. I guess he just needed to make a few adjustments because after I seen this run there was no doubt that he had a nice tuck and should be fine from here on out.
If you’re a Striker Tales fan you’ll know this section at the bottom is very tight and you need to use extreme caution when entering Satan’s anus.
It’s all fun and games but if you read any of the past Striker’s Tales you know this was a set up for destruction. The guys asked if this was the dirt road section I told them no that was fixed a long time ago. If they want they can stop but the boys went for it making me proud!
Next up was Lake Incredible, we all took a nice break it was hot as hell out and it was time to wash up refresh and reload because Slimer was starting to smell a bit.
Then we were back on the and on our way to Ashcroft. The Crib Bomb was holding together but just didn’t have the power I was used too and it was starting to chug a bit but we kept pushing. When we arrived to Ashcroft it’s a tough call for me to make. Do we hit this little gem into town past the cop shop letting them know we’re here or test our luck with bad timing or drive down sacrifice the run for the big sucker on the other side. Well, we risked it and hit the hill into town with a straight shot and we had to be sneaky I tell ya.
We never did get caught and now we climbed nice and slow to keep from overheating I thought this could be it for the Crib but she kept climbing. Look at Rachel’s face kind of tell you what most of the riders were feeling climbing this monster. I put the fear of god in them while we climbed trying to wean out the weak my mind tricks never worked. We climbed.
We got to the top and I don’t know why I never took a shot of the brake check sign but I was overheating I think and wanted to get on the hill and cool the engine down so I kicked them all out soon as it was clear of car are they were deep in it. Pearce was back on his board and we now looking solid. This is another huge run with no traffic normally. Big empty BC side highway towards Merritt from Ashcroft.
The top half you got to watch out for the potholes and the waves in the road that the dulies on those big heavy semi trucks press into the road. The fastest line is the oil patch in the middle of your lane.
It’s a good old British Columbia gem I tell ya! We got to Williams Lake late and the RV was really starting to act up so I thought maybe it was the cat converter so I was the first one awake at seven in the morning again after virtually no sleep fired up the Crib and drove to Shields Automotive where I met one of the coolest guys on the block I tell ya. Just a really happy short stocky old mechanic who owns what looked to be a family business and when we rolled in it was nothing but cheer.
Eric and the rest of the crew that decided to stay in the Crib over night woke up to Ray’s infectious laughter. He would say something and just burst out laughing every time. One of the things I remembered he said before busting another gut was, “I lost a lot of good times having good times!” bahahahahahha!
He squeezed us in and got one of his workers to rip out the cat converter weld a pipe and we were ready to go.
I’ve had a lot of hard times having hard times is a quote I wish I could have shared with Ray but I think he knew that because when it was time to pay up he told me, “I’m going to give you the deal of the week” and he said he will take the cat converter and call the work even. I couldn’t believe it this never happens. If you’re in Williams Lake or going through Williams Lake stop by Shields Automotive Brake and Muffler, tell him you know the guy touring in the big RV and read the Striker’s Tales on the Cariboo website and I said he rules!! And I thank him!! It really saved my ass again on already an extremely expensive trip.
We blasted out of there and I thought the problem was solved but of course when we went up the first big hill it started fluttering and chugging again but it did have more power so I was happy for that. I ended up running into my dad the night before when I took the crew to the bar. I haven’t talked to him in what seemed years. He offered up his place to all of us and when I got back from Shields. He was already cooking breakfast for everyone but didn’t want me to take his photo, which wasn’t like him, before he would have been all over it.
Our videographer Danny Downey had a nice sleep at the bottom of Signal Point Mountain.
Breakfast was good and it was time for more skating. We had a huge day loaded with all kinds of activities so best start our first assault right in the heart of Williams Lake. If the cops were going to get called the plan was to hit this sucker in the town get the cops called on us while we work our way out of town while they look for us in the town. We started with a rough grade into a hard right then straight down into a chunder left down to the highway and a set of lights.
Then they even got to see Josh “crashski” crash right in front of their eyes. I’ve never laughed so hard in my life. Josh crashed on every hill this trip except for Sheep Creek, go figure. It was a running joke between all of us he just kept hitting the road and it never got old hahahaha.. But he will tell you he’s a much better rider after this tour. Then I took everyone up to Fox Mountain for our next run.
Got some good speed but the prime turned in to grim and the chunder was back and Rachel Rayne blasted through the middle of Cody Yardwaste and Colin Redeyes things got sketchy fast Rachel Rayne was absolutely ripping this trip. She never got sponsored because of her good looks after this trip id have to say I’ve never seen her ride so fast, so balls to the wall she really was bombing it was awesome to watch. Her blond hair couldn’t even keep up as she charged.
You know her legs were hurting after this one. Then off to the next one not sure what happened to Cody in this shot.
Then the next hill I convinced them to hit had a set of train tracks I never warned them about and a cattle guard after that. If this isn’t a test your skills kind of trip I don’t know what is.
Josh and Eric made it over the train tracks but the cattle guard was another story.
Eric and Josh just love skateboarding and getting dirty Eric never said no to one hill on the whole tour. Maybe just one now that I think of if but he has balls of steel and is a all round killer skater.
The Crib Bomb was howling and cheering for super Eric he just kept on picking up speed and almost crashing on the big sharp rocks trying to take the smooth route.
We headed over to the other side of the Rudy Johnston Bridge now it was Pearce from Ireland outing on a show for us. He exploded with speed to the point of no return blasting past Josh and super Eric pretty much out of control and it ended in blood and pain for the sore gutsy Irishman.
They both finished the hill one with more road rash then the next.
After the hard hitting cutthroat racing we helped the owner pull his track back together I mean it was the least we could do. By the way Colin Redeyes paid for all of us to race this day helmets in the air to him for being a kick ass guy!
Then it was back to some hills, a little bromance could have taken a turn for the worst.
You gotta love the random U-E this guy pulls after seeing the riders coming from a mile away.
Then it was up to the Cariboo baseball fields where the season opener tournament was in full swing. My family is apart of the Hell Raisers team we always come up here before the race and say hi and watch a little ball relax and play some beersbee.
I told you Saturday is jammed packed for my crew it’s like a mobile longboard sleep away camp. Here we met up with our caves extrodanare and guide biff. Biff loads up his dads truck every year and leads a crew deep inside the center of the earth. I’m too fat for the caves now thanks to my Cariboo sponsorship so I need to drink the Cariboo Light if I wanna join the crew next year but looks like Pearce from Ireland is ready for the next adventure.
Slimer while hiking slipped and fell into a hole and so the rest of the crew followed.
Dark, wet, cold and even frozen in some places good thing the flashlights worked deep down inside. This was the first year the crew split up and followed the arrows. The spay paint will tell you the route but at the same time it will help you get very lost and even to a point you might not ever be able to get out.
After the caves we stopped by the stock car races and caught the finals
We came we went and now it was time for the best pizza in Canada!! Red Tomato Pie was voted the nation’s best pizza two years in a row and I just so happen to have a couple good friends that own the joint. There’s one in Williams Lake and one in golden so you bet your ass were heading to golden to see how it fairs to the Williams Lake pizzeria.
Classic Williams Lake it wouldn’t be a good night without a crazy dance floor with more ladies than shoes in the place and a good old country barn burn brawl at the end of the night.
Then we loaded up and it was time to burn some more legs as we made our way out to the Sheep Creek bridge where we have had ten years of good old fashion British Columbian racing. You can break a hundred on this hill it’s a local favorite its called pinch back.
Then the final bomb towards Sheep Creek the pack looked up and seen the bottom of what they were going to be racing for cold hard cash down.
This shot is me feeding the racers verbal diarrhea. I worry about my crew so I make sure they know what they are about to get themselves into. I scared Chim so much he didn’t even race and I glad he didn’t.
After jockeying for position by now some riders have given up when they see me pass them in the RV but on Sheep Creek you never quit sometimes it takes the whole hill to catch someone and then the Coast medal at the end means so much more. Keep in your tuck. This is monkey face, The Mountain in the background. In all the years of racing this race we have never ever climbed up into the dangerous caves but maybe next year. Farther down the hill, you get to this point I’ll keep the middle part a secret but I’ll tell you this just tuck a ride watch out for hospital beds.
This is the good section this is where you will or I use to make all my passes. Danny stood up and it would cost him here. Most racers stand up through here but this is when you really should be just tucking as hard as you can and hold on for your life.
Some of the best racing I’ve seen In years on this hill and I guess that is because I’m normally racing but now I’m in it hard taking picks. I’m not really proud of that but the last crash on the hill and only the second crash I ever took here haunts me. It was the only crash I never got up from and placed me in the hospital for five days.
Josh never crashed but he was on my Evo that’s why. Mack lead from top to bottom, look at this guys happy little face. Wins the trophy the cash the metal, bragging rights, his name on the Crib Bomb Shit Show Shadow Outlaw trophy that he still has to drink out of before we add him to the skull and he goes down in history as a Sheep Creek champ! Stoked for him. But I still think I could have beat him hahahaha look at me talking… just you young rippers wait if you haven’t quit by the time you get to be my age you haven’t crashed enough or broke enough helmets.
We said bye to Williams Lake and wasted no time and got the hell out of dodge it just felt right the Duffy was waiting for us and I had a good idea where we should camp. I guess it was Lynton we stopped for food at the “ROAD KILL GRILL” located in some trailer park off the main highway. It was a BBQ buffet I’ve drove by hundreds of times in my day but never stopped but always wondered about it well meet the chef.
Not sure his name but he started off by calling me “fat” he found out that Pearce was from Ireland and continued to tell him that “the Irish were raped by the priest” and then he go to Rachel Rayne and called her a “dumb blond” and then followed that with a, “You must be an American too” hahahaha we all had a good laugh Rachel didn’t take it so well and she never ended up eating there but the food was good the ugly chef was a good guy and it was fun watching him pick on the other people in the crowd while we ate.
With no real plan we all decided to climb a mountain through a little reserve and boondock for the night watch the sunset and enjoy a nice fire and reflect on the crazy trip we have had to this point.
Then while I was relaxing and taking a few pics I thought I seen a bear but when I looked closer it was just Danny creeping out in the bush again, he’s a little weird eh.
Then the pong table got pulled out!! Yeah we did it at the top of the world.
Cody woke up nicely too, in a good old school Crib Bomb fashion
This was the last run of the day and my crew knew their limits and we pushed them. Got everyone home safe and sound once again this one was for the books!!!
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