Coastal Crew Ep.10-Time For a Change

Sep 3, 2010
by Coastal Crew  
We, The Coastal Crew have decided to focus our efforts in a similar but different direction, hence the title. Expect a periodic supplement of the web persuasion to hit this vast worldwide connector from time to time, but nothing to the extent of this seasons. We have appreciated all the positive props and support, but a collective decision has been made to put a stopper in this fine web-video bottle and shift our creative direction towards ...


Photos & The final webisode inside.
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Words By David Peacock

The Blackbox Labs van, The Coastal Crew’s diesel fueled, human filled bike transporter became the only solid home that our six-man troop knew for two weeks. We started, after driving east for an eternity to Fernie, BC, then west through Rossland and finally finishing off with Silver Star. To say the least we are stoked with what we’d accomplished. All of that can be seen in the road trip video put together by The crew, but for now, enjoy a narrative taste of our journey to three of BC’s primary riding destinations.

While the behemoths of the mountain bike park industry draw all of the attention and crowds, a morsel of mountain bike cheese remains uneaten by the down hilling masses. Do you remember the trails, often remote or impossible to find, that incur a collective yearning amongst the group for more? Often these ribbons of dirt prompt calls for lift access because they are pure, they are unencumbered by clumsy incumbents who are responsible for the alteration of trails to suit the mountain bike park mold. Fernie Alpine Resort does not fit that casting; it is everything other parks are missing, and everything other parks wish they had.

Fernie is the premier bike park of the most infamous North American mountain range: The Rockies. The trails that string their sinuous selves around the mountain’s peaks vary in every imaginable category. There are a collection of rocky, steep, technical trails that feed into strips of forested loam and finish with wide open berms and jumps, which are quite possibly the most decadent of mountain biking’s many joys. It is an irrefutable truth that Fernie is a DH and a free ride heaven.


Even if one disregards the extensive on-hill trail network, Fernie is still an amazing place to visit because of wildlife, sky-scraping off-hill shuttles and the Elk River. During our short stay we bore witness to more than 10 bears and countless deer. All of these animals were passive around humans, but one must always remember to exercise caution when dealing with wild animals. As professional photographer Nic Teichrob put it so candidly while we shuttled the trails, “welcome to the zoo”, in reference to a mother bear toting along three miniscule bear-lets. The cubs were so small they looked as though they had been lifted straight out of the local toy store. Needless to say, they weren’t, despite Kyle Norbraten’s assurance that these were “friendly bears”.

The service and amenities provided by the resort were unbelievable as well. We arrived the week before the resort was scheduled to open, but Mark and his trail crew made themselves available to shuttle us. Driving to the top of a ski resort to ride was a bizarre experience, but it speaks volumes about the dedication of the people at Fernie Alpine Resort. We stayed at the Lizard Creek Lodge, which is directly adjacent to the Elk chair; while we were in the unique position of not using the lifts, it was apparent that our accommodations were second to none in terms of both location and amenities. Free breakfasts for all!


With Fernie finished, we re-boarded our intra-provincial space ship, Curtis Robinson kicked the Blackbox van into warp drive, and we arrived in Rossland mere hours later. Once in Mike Hopkins’ and my own hometown, we unloaded gear and bodies into respective dwellings, and after a quick trip to Dylan’s much beloved Sunshine Café, the trails were once again calling. First up was a section of the Trans-Canada Trail known as the Dewdney. While the Dewdney is undisputedly one of the most fun trails I’ve ever ridden, we overlooked a particular detail that would make our filming experience less than enjoyable: mosquitoes. It seemed that every portion that was suitable for filming was also under the threat of nuclear bugs. These were not ordinary proboscis toting mozzies, but vicious, saber-wielding insects seeking out bare flesh with an untold vengeance. Frustrated with this, we left the trail in somewhat of a hurry, taking the small amount of footage that Hopkins and Norbz were able to get with us. Afterwards, we rode two trails purely for fun, while Mike kindly took a break from destroying corners to shuttle us. Whiskey Trail was probably the highlight of our time in Rossland, if you’re ever at Red Resort in the summer remember to spend some time on the old school trails!


The road beckoning, we hit the pavement once again and made our merry way to Silver Star, where the driving range in Vernon greeted us with open arms and some quizzical looks. After displacing numerous balls onto the adjacent highway, and accidentally dismantling a golf club, we made the collective decision that it was time to get back to what we were used to: riding bikes. Silver Star’s trails are awesome, there’s nothing else to be said on the subject. With transfer lines, countless berms, and some man-sized triples that Curtis and Kyle claimed, the footage should speak for itself.

From there, Hopkins headed to Chatel, France. Nic Teichrob ended up back on the Sunshine Coast. The Coastal Crew piloted the Blackbox Labs van to Whistler for 5 weeks of coaching at Summer Gravity Camps. I went home to Rossland to do…whatever it is that I do. And thus, our trip was finished.

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36 Comments

  • + 9
 You guys were soo close to my house!!Man,I wish I was riding silverstar that day,but my friend was!!!He saw Dylan do his line,said he was just shredding!!!
  • + 3
 coastal crew is one of the best crew in the world

i love your videos.!

editing perfect.!

Beer
  • + 1
 siiiccckk, netsky remix of black & blue to a riding vid tup
  • + 0
 The best!
  • + 1
 I'm stoked to see more DH from you guys finally
  • + 1
 the first paragraph before the video upsets and confuses me. are they not going to be doing videos anymore?
  • + 2
 no more web edits but maybe a damn good full length film?!!!??!?!? can't we have both?
  • + 7
 towards what?????
  • + 1
 You talking to me????
  • + 3
 why are you looking at this article again churchill lol...
  • + 1
 I thought I'd check it out,good eye.
  • + 5
 I BET THEY'RE MAKING A FULL MOVIE!!!! WHOOOHOOOOOOOOOOO!
  • + 4
 whooooo I've been awake way too long! This video is so unlike the derivatives of logarithms, aka it doesnt suck, at all!
  • + 3
 this video will truly develop into a cornerstone in the vast pinkbike library.


ps. the cariboo beer is fu@k*n awesome!!
  • + 2
 It's a sad sad day for the mountain biking world. Thanks for all the ridiculous videos. And thanks for getting me stoked to ride so many times.
  • + 0
 These dudes are carrying this sport on their backs. Unreal filming and building. Big props to them for all the efforts. You can tell they take what they do seriously. But that music has got to go, all that shredding deserves a better soundtrack.
  • + 0
 Love the Coastal Crew videos, the riding, shooting and editing is great... but, maybe a different genre of music sometimes. I get tired of hearing girly-techno music all the time. Otherwise, rad vids!
  • + 1
 so f*cking rad love the coastalcrew videos there so sick anyone know how i could replicate the is side of there van uknow with all the trees and forest?????
  • - 1
 Reggae, Hip-Hop, and Rock should be the only types of music used in videos. The worst type of music that seems to make it's way into every full-length bike video at least once is some acoustic singer/songwriter shwag.
  • + 1
 Yep, these guys produced some of the best bike vids going. Awesome mix of speed, style, angles and amplitude...
  • + 1
 Yeeeeeaaaaaah sooooo siiiick!I want to go out and ride my biiike right now!...
  • + 1
 i've already seen this,its ultra secret how though
  • + 1
 so their not making videos anymore??!!
  • + 1
 That was intense! Wait to see Season 2 Wink Coastal Crew the best !!!
  • + 1
 This is the only blog i will read on pinbike.. GO COASTAL CREW
  • + 1
 you´re a bunch of drifters... :p VOD
  • + 1
 verrry nice. so your done with webisodes???
  • + 2
 SO SICK!
  • + 1
 i want to ride my bike.
  • + 0
 don't tell them what kind of music they should use in THEIR videos...
  • + 1
 RAD
  • + 1
 great vid!
  • + 1
 dopeee!!!
  • + 1
 really nice vid
  • + 1
 cool
  • + 1
 really sick video!

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