Striker’s Tales: STRIKER BUYS CHURCH OF SKATAN!!! BUILDING COAST HOSTEL & MUSEUM OF DOWNHILL!! STARTS NOW!
COAST LONGBOARDING BUYS THE CHURCH OF SKATAN!!!! THE BUILDING OF THE WORLD HEADQUARTERS, COAST MUSEUM & DOWNHILL HOSTEL STARTS NOW!!
Wow, what can I say here!!! Coast Longboarding helped blow up downhill and longboarding through the 2000’s-PRESENT!!! We’ve put in almost twenty years in building a wild and crazy Coast family and community on the West Coast of Canada that spread worldwide!
We put on the first downhill race in Canada, paying out huge cash sixteen years ago, called “The Attack of Danger Bay.” A race that changed the world!! A race that still runs today, paying out over $8000.00 bucks to the racers every year!!! While the skate industry closes their doors to events that brought them to this point.
In the past nineteen years Coast has held well over four hundred events from cruises to races to outlaws to charity events, bringing the community together and changing lives forever.
In these past years longboarding grew like wild weeds, it hit heavy worldwide and all Coast ever set itself up for was the next event. Never a five-year plan, just keep busy creating and skating.
Over the years, all the Coast effort has brought a lot of people joy and pain, companies have cashed in or crashed out and Coast has stayed the same, true to our roots, with never a thought of the future.
While Coast has been busy creating and helping fire everyone up, the main man behind the scenes…(Me – Bricin Striker Lyons) was told by his longtime girlfriend and even more important behind the scenes, that she was pregnant with our first child while I sat on an empty keg at Danger Bay ten, burnt right out waiting for bands to load up after the last big night.
Fast-forward to Danger Bay sixteen and we have two kids, we have been together nineteen years and we live a block from the beach. I have a steady job at the Post office when I want it, we live in a CO-OP downtown Vancouver, with over thirty other little kids Billie and Cassius’ age to grow up with, it’s perfect!! (But I could lose two hundred pounds!! Hahahaha nothing is perfect I guess eh.) We’re really happy here!
Last year on my cross Canada Cribb Bomb longboard tour, I brought a crew of riders to the Cabot trail with me, the Cabot Trail and me go back almost twelve years now.
The original Push For The Cure led me to the Cabot Trail after I finished up my work promoting Ben, Aaron and the guys, helping them raise awareness for their cause, since then we have raised over a million bucks fighting cancer!! Something that is dear to me, seeing as I lost my grandma at age 54 and then mom 47 to that Cancer shit!!
So I got dropped off at the Cabot Trail and pushed into a life changing journey, but stopped and ate a Lobster first, all alone at the restaurant just off the highway leading into the trail. I skated the biggest, craziest hills I’ve ever seen in all of Canada and there were even some I was not even skilled enough to skate, some I couldn’t skate!!!
I slept on the beaches; I partied with locals in a barn while listening to the legendary Cape Breton fiddler Buddy MacMaster while he raised the roof. I met a couple good buddies, went bear hunting, shotguns and crossbows, shuttled more of the Cabot Trail hills, I had the full experience and I promised them the next time they see me “I’m bringing a crew to skate these hills.”
I kept in touch with these two even today and eleven years later I showed up with the Cribb Bomb Tour with a crew and blew their minds!! I knocked on my buddy’s door and said I told you I’d be back one day and I would bring a crew, along with huge smiles and hugs!!
This time around I did everything but sleep on the beach with my crew, trying to give them the same experience I had in Cape Breton that changed my life!! We hit the beaches, we skated the hills, and we went to a community hall and danced to the fiddle!!
So that second trip really ate away at me!! I got home after a month long tour and I slept for a day and loaded up with a new crew and we hit the Calgary Rocky Mountain Tour and this was a 6 day tour! It was incredible but it was on the way home on the Coquihalla Highway, at about two in the morning, I looked over at Stumanchu and told him I was done… I told him I was done here in B.C. and there is nothing left for me to do here!! Coast needs to grow!
I thought long and hard and realized that there is nothing left for me to do here. The West is set up!! We have races all summer long in a bunch of different towns; Ive been doing the tour non stop or sixteen years now and my Cribb-bomb tour has been running five years all over the B.C., Alberta, Washington and Oregon. I’ve announced over two hundred events in fifteen years. People have started careers off of the Coast wave and are killing it.
Racers have lived the life getting paid and flown around the world to race!! We can brag about at least six world champions coming out of our Coast scene!! TV shows with us have been on TV nation wide, we’ve been viral, and it’s been unreal!!
Nineteen years invested into the real life hype, Landyachtz has three buildings downtown, Vancouver.
Shintzel is partners with them and bought a bank in Kimberly, producing high end boards
and me, “Striker” still after nineteen years, pushing harder than ever, creating energy and stoke but where will that lead me…. nothing lasts forever. I’ve got the Post Office I guess or maybe a Bus Driver downtown, they pay more. It was never a question until this trip. It was never a question until I got the vision… the slap in the face!
But this is how it’s supposed to be, it’s perfect timing and in life you need to see these signs and decide to take them or sit back and relax with what you’ve got now, because it’s pretty damn good. I’m not letting this wave pass, I’m jumping on it and thank god Patricia sees what I’m seeing and is in fully without even ever visiting the Cabot Trail!! Man I love her!! Nothing without her!
It’s time to start it all over again and set up shop with the knowledge I know now after living this life for the moment. If I never lived like this, this opportunity would have never manifested! I would have never seen this wave. I would never take anything back ever!
Like I said before I was fine and happy with everything we had, but I saw this opportunity to bring my family into the picture, keep Coast Longboarding strong and trail blaze ahead keeping life exciting and new, we need to do this!
This was never the plan, moving away from everything we’ve done, our roots, all of our family and friends wasn’t the plan, but this idea just smacked me square in the face like longboarding did. I see this vision!! But never planned for it and now were going to live it.
This is where it all started to take shape. I just started filling Stu’s ears with ideas and dreams that I have had over the years of traveling the world longboarding and announcing races while staying in hostels. I talked out loud working it all out for the last three hours of the drive home while the crew slept and Stu listened to me repeat myself like I’m doing today to you all writing this.
One of those dreams was to start a hostel, I never thought it would be a Coast hostel but I saw the vision the second time back to the Cabot Trail. There is no place in British Columbia where we can buy a church at the top of this many world class hills, white sandy beaches with surf, in the middle of a Canadian national park, if there was such a place we would be moving there instead!
The Coast Longboarding church has five runs and the first monster is five minutes away from our front doors! The roads surround us like the beaches.
The west and east side of the island have epic runs winding right down to the warm soft sands of the Atlantic Coast!! World-class roads world-class beaches where I will take you to eat crab, or lobster while we enjoy a beach fire and play in some waves taller than me!!!
See the poster below? Get on this trip!! Leaving from Vancouver to the 8th annual Central Mass Race!! Then open the doors to the Church of Skatan for the first time spending almost a week there touring the island then back across America to Colorado’s Devil’s Peak Downhill Race!! Then, back to Vancouver in time for the Yardwaste Memorial Freeride!
Another dream I’ve always talked about was to build a Coast Longboarding museum one day… I’ve got so much Coast memorabilia from over the years that I have packed under my bed, stuffed in closets and got it hanging from the roof. I got unlimited stories, pictures, videos that need to be seen. Memories from all these years!!
Faces that have built Coast to what it is today, faces that have disappeared over the years but can always come back to the Coast Longboarding museum and catch up, a place where you can relive the old times. If you can still skate, stay a weekend with us and I’ll take you on a tour around the Cabot Trail where you’ll be smoking yer shoes and scratching guardrails ripping downhill!!
Another dream has been to do something else with my life and start a business that involves my family. More than half my life has been devoted to the Coast community!! We only live once so change it up. How to tie it all in?
I want to use all the skills I have learned over the years and start something up. This falls right into the church vision. We’re right on the Cabot Trail. It’s in the middle of the highlands Canadian national park and the church is on commercial land!!
So we can use the basement to open up a store or some sort of art/coffee shop and work on some sort of tourist trap to trap those tour busses full of people that round the trail. This should fund us; we don’t need much to live at all!! I mean if the summers pay our bills, in the winter we could take this veggie oil bus, home school the kids and come see you all on the west!!!
I see this Church Hostel, Museum and whatever tourist trap we think of being in the main Cabot Trail, Cape Breton tourism book as a destination so everyone stops there!! Like Rolf the wood carver in Radium B.C. with his wild house full of woodcarvings and art!! He’s got it figured out! People pay two to four bucks to walk around his place!! He makes a killing and lives life to the fullest!!
This church will keep Coast Longboarding alive and moving on up. Progressing and creating this church will let Patricia and I teach and raise our kids around tourists, longboarders, family and nature. This will teach our kids how to start a business from scratch, keeping us all together!
I’m a broke skater that has given everything to the Coast community and it’s been a wild ride, but this is the next page of Coast and our lives and as of today April 28th, my late mom’s birthday, we put a lien on my mom’s place so we could take a loan out to buy this church!! Mom is proud as hell and if she was here with us she would be fifty-two today… she passed at forty-seven of cancer. We bought the church!!!! It’s official!! If she were still here she would be coming with us, guaranteed.
We bought the church, but we don’t have the cash to fix it to code, make the move east and open up the Coast Museum Hostel!! But I couldn’t let the fear of money get in the way so I have a few ideas. First thing’s first, we started this gofundme campaign to help with the reno’s and that means we need to WIRE & INSULATE THE WHOLE CHURCH first!! While we do that, we need to upgrade the church from 60amps to 200amps!! Once this is done, we can move in and save the $2200.00 rent we pay now a month in Vancity and put that towards us trying to open up!!!
So I’m reaching out to anyone out there whose life Coast has impacted or changed in anyway over the years to help me open up the Coast longboarding church of downhill, hostel and museum!!! Share and Donate!! First set of donations will be used to fully insulate the church and upgrade electrical so we can move there right away!!!
HELP COAST LONGBOARDING OPEN UP OUR MUSEUM & HOSTEL!!!!
THE FUTURE…. In the end… Coast Longboarding owns a Church at the top of five of the biggest roads in Canada!! We’ll hold a race on the Pacific Ocean (Attack of Danger Bay) and hold a new race on the Atlantic Ocean (not sure where yet) so we have both coasts with races rolling while running a Coast Hostel open to everyone along with a Coast Longboarding Museum to keep the memories alive and of course a sneaky little tourist trap to catch those tour busses driving right by to pay for us to live!!!
And that’s it everyone!!! We’re doing it with or without yer help!!! We will not fail!!!!! Coast Longboarding forever!!!! It’s like chasing the dragon, going to the East and doing it all over again. Seeing the rider’s fresh excitement & stoke!! Fresh events!! Everyone’s love of skating and living it all over again!!!
Love you thank you!!!
Bricin Striker Lyons!!
Patricia the Momma!!
Billie Rose Lyons!!
Cassius Lucky Lyons!!
HERE IS A LETTER PATRICIA SENT TO THE OWNER OF THE CHURCH BEFORE WE BOUGHT!!! VERY LOVELY!!!
I am writing to you from Vancouver, British Columbia on a rainy November evening whilst my two-year-old son and five-year-old daughter are sleeping soundly in our cozy, downtown, co-op apartment. My partner Bricin and my father
Peter are flying to Cape Breton, to meet with you and view what we’ve been calling in our family recently, ‘hopefully our forever home’. As I am staying West Coast bound with the children for this viewing, I wanted to write a letter and take this opportunity to thank you for meeting with our family and considering our offer on your lovingly renovated church. It would be a dream come true to call your church our forever home.
We are a young family with strong ties to our community here in Vancouver, the Cariboo and on the Sunshine Coast, British Columbia, yet we cannot afford a forever home in this West Coast housing market, where housing prices are astronomical. My partner Bricin has fallen in love with Cape Breton and the Cabot Trail over the past decade. He has journeyed there and back again, travelling across Canada twice: once for charity and once, more recently, for sharing the journey of a lifetime with like-minded travellers.
My father’s sister and two nieces live in NS and I have a dear friend whom I taught preschool with, who grins from ear to ear with the possibility of us moving to NS. Our family and friends in NS may be a small fraction in comparison to who we know and love on the West Coast, yet in my heart of hearts, and in Bricin’s too (we’ve been together for 18 years as high school sweethearts), we know that your lovingly renovated church on the Cabot Trail is the absolute, without a doubt, perfect fit for our young family.
I have to pinch myself to think that it could be a reality to raise my children surrounded by natural beauty, neighbouring a national park and minutes from sandy beaches. My daughter has always been a nature girl and that drive within her would only blossom further when taken out of downtown Vancouver to thrive on the Cabot Trail.
My toddler son has rhythm in his soul, and to have the opportunity to raise him with ceilidhs surrounding us, I just shake my head and smile! I crave a slower pace of life, surrounded by nature and friendly smiles and community connections. Reading the reviews on your Air BnB site and how guests mention the humming birds, reminds me of growing up in beautiful Pender Harbour, far far away from any city’s hustle and bustle. Bricin craves spending time with his children and showing them how to build a life on your own terms and follow your dreams. He also has a strong desire to share his energy and passion within our new community and the chance to meet new people and inspire others to live each day to the fullest.
To us family is everything and the opportunity to raise our young family in a ‘forever home’ such as your church would be immeasurable. Our children are so excited at the thought of moving. With my father joining us, they squeal “we’d get to see Grandpa every day!” each time we talk about it. So thank you again for meeting with our family and taking the time to read my letter. It is clear to see that you have created something truly special when renovating the church, and it would be an honour and an opportunity of a lifetime for our family to become the proud new owners of such a beautifully unique and special home.
All the best,
MAKE SURE YOU DONT MISS THIS TRIP OF A LIFETIME!!! FROM VANCOUVER, BC ACROSS AMERICA TO CENTRAL MASS THEN TO THE CHURCH OF SKATAN HOSTEL & COAST MUSEUM TO SKATE AND PARTY OPENING THE DOORS FOR THE FIRST TIME!! THEN BACK ACROSS AMERICA TO COLORADO FOR THE DEVILS PEEK DOWNHILL!!
NEW CARIBOO LIGHT IN STORES NOW!!! I LOVE THIS BEER THE MOST!!!!
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