Narrows Trip - In Search of Adventure

Oct 29, 2013
by SRAM  
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I had barely even had a chance to catch my breath from a contest trip in the U.S. when I got back to the Sunshine Coast and met up with my good friends from the Coastal Crew. They were getting ready to leave for Narrows Inlet that same evening, on a trip that would be one of the most unforgettable experiences of their lives. Norbs gave me all the details - they had picked out this insane location in a secluded ocean inlet. Barges and boats were all lined up for bikes, dirt bikes, their truck, and five days worth of food and beer. It sounded unbelievable and I couldn’t help but be jealous of this adventure they were about to embark on. Next thing I knew, Norbs added that there was an extra spot available on the trip and it had my name all over it. The boat was leaving in three hours and I went straight into scramble mode. I enjoy a hectic lifestyle filled with unexpected adventures and it was a rush to pick the pieces up and pull them together so quickly. Coming off my last trip and heading straight onto a boat destined for the BC wilderness with the best crew ever, our bikes and a thirst for an adventure that would end up delivering memories sure to a last a lifetime was the best possible scenario for me to recharge. I couldn’t wait to see what was in store for us over the next few days.


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bigquotesComing off my last trip and heading straight onto a boat destined for the B.C. wilderness with the best crew ever, our bikes and a thirst for an adventure that would end up delivering memories sure to a last a lifetime was the best possible scenario for me to recharge. I couldn't wait to see what was in store for us over the next few days.


Narrows Trip with the Coastal Crew and Logan Peat. All photos by Adrian Marcoux.
Narrows Trip with the Coastal Crew and Logan Peat. All photos by Adrian Marcoux.
Narrows Trip with the Coastal Crew and Logan Peat. All photos by Adrian Marcoux.

The Coast always seems to surprise and this day is no different. Today finds us exploring just one small fork in the road but has us realize how far the land and the sea can take us. Standing on the bridge between these two mystery worlds gives a true feeling of what-if and what’s next. We witness a little of the unknown everyday and in our case you can never get to the end, all we can do is open our arms and take it in. Finding a balance in what the dark, vast ocean inlet can give you, and the gargantuan rain forest (we call home) can offer – Endless adventure.

We based ourselves out of Tzoonie Outdoor Adventures, a wilderness resort that takes its name from an interpretation of the aboriginal Sechelt Indian dialect that means "place of shelter", which is fitting given the relative safety that the inlet offers from the open ocean. It would also be our own place of shelter, and we arrived just as the sun sunk out of view and were rewarded with a stunning sunset to cap off the first night.



I grew up on the water, swimming, fishing or just boating around. I have this strong connection with water - a curiosity of what is lying beneath the dark glassy surface. The inlet was no exception. Art, owner of Tzoonie Outdoor Adventures, could see my love for fishing and was nice enough to take me out one morning. Art is one of a kind; he is a hard working, good guy with the best sense of humor. He would always set the mood right by cracking off jokes first thing every morning. It was the final day of the trip, when we got up bright and early to hopefully hunt down a lunker. Art has the best knowledge of the area and I was spoiled to get the goods on our twenty-minute boat ride in the first mornings’ light. When we arrived at Art’s honey hole, I was giddy with excitement. I was given the low down on how to get the big ones in the boat. Art explained it wasn’t about brute strength, but more a game of finesse. The boat was sitting in a hundred feet deep or more when Art let me know, this was the spot. I dropped my live shiner with a four-ounce weight down to the depths.

Once my rig got to the bottom it was only two seconds before I felt that familiar bite on the end of my line. When I set the hook, instantly I knew it was big and the look on my face alerted Art of the same. I played the finesse game all the way to the top. Gaining line, to have the fish just take it back. Slowly but surely I worked him to the surface where Art gaffed the big Lingcod and dragged it aboard. My jaw dropped when I finally got my eyes on the fish, followed by that satisfying fish slimy handshake with Art.

Narrows Trip with the Coastal Crew and Logan Peat. All photos by Adrian Marcoux.
Narrows Trip with the Coastal Crew and Logan Peat. All photos by Adrian Marcoux.
Narrows Trip with the Coastal Crew and Logan Peat. All photos by Adrian Marcoux.

bigquotesThe Coast always seems to surprise and this day is no different. Today finds us exploring just one small fork in the road but has us realize how far the land and the sea can take us.

Narrows Trip with the Coastal Crew and Logan Peat. All photos by Adrian Marcoux.

When we dropped in to the deep dark depths of the lush forest, we could only begin to see what has been saved for a lucky few. We slowly massaged, and in some cases - violently shaped some of the most natural flowing terrain into one of the most exciting trails to-date. We pushed our trail bikes into a perpetually perfect speed to carve berms and make those tranny’s we could see in the distance. The words from the boat stayed with me… “It’s not about brute strength it’s about finesse.” So, I tried damn hard not to over think our adventure and keep it simple. I think the boys did too and all week we just pushed further and took full advantage of being out there, in the wild making new unforgettable memories that would last a lifetime.

Coastal Crew and Logan Peat. Photo by Adrian Marcoux.
Coastal Crew and Logan Peat Photo by Adrian Marcoux

We can push, we can try, but knowing we will never-ever get to the end of this unique and mysterious landscape keeps us unsatisfied and wondering how far we can wander.

What you will see in the video and photos is the account of an unforgettable trip, a unique combination of amazing days of riding, searching, exploring, fishing and soaking every bit of life in


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Photos by Adrian Marcoux
Words by Logan Peat

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69 Comments

  • 82 0
 For me, The Coastal Crew are what riding is all about. Such a cool post with POD's all over the shop and some great writing from Logan. Nice work guys and all the best with the Coast Gravity Park.
  • 2 0
 cant wait for sram x01 long.
  • 24 0
 The coastal crew does mtb right.
  • 18 0
 i wanna quit my job
  • 3 0
 is never to late! Smile
  • 8 0
 They need to have Matt Hunter!
  • 20 1
 huh well i can go and explore my whole back yard from the deck:with a beer.
  • 9 0
 Amazing. What dreams are made of.
  • 8 0
 im sorry to ask but did i just see what heaven looked like?
  • 4 0
 I am truly jealous of those guys
  • 6 0
 Canadians are soooo lucky!!!! some 25 years ago I met an old guy from Powell River BC and he told me that BC was God´s Country.........he was right.
  • 5 0
 This all I needed to start my day. I came into work early to try and be productive, but here I am wow wishing I was out shredding on the trails. I must say, that was one of the top 5 best videos I've ever watched. So mush emotion and feeling is captured in this that I feel like I need to starting packing my bags and move out there.
  • 3 0
 This video perfectly highlights what I love to do... BUT I am sitting behind my desk and now I will not be able to have a productive day because I am dreaming up an adventure I probably won't make time for...
  • 2 1
 I get the pleasure of helping those guys build Coast Gravity Park whenever I can, plus I'm doing the Mountain Bike Operations program at Capilano. My life is pretty awesome right now.
  • 1 0
 @Kylelsaman how long is the program? and would you recommend it?
  • 2 0
 The program is 8 months. So far I highly recommend it, I'm having a blast every day and it is already giving me a ton of opportunities for work once we are done.
  • 3 0
 These guys are like gladiators when it comes to riding bikes. They aren't afraid to hit anything. They really push the sport beyond my comprehension. Kinda made me chuckle though seeing them plug their noses after jumping off a little bridge into the water.
  • 1 0
 Being from the US, I admit, I say my fair share of "We're the best country in the world" "Hell yeah 'Merica!" etc. etc. ...but watching all these videos in BC really makes me want to spend at least a month there and just soak it all in because it truly does look like an awesome place. To everyone who lives there: I am extremely jealous and hopefully I'll see you soon.
  • 3 0
 In b4 the comments about the abundance of POD's. True though. PODs, everywhere.
  • 1 0
 What a totally amazing Vid, now this to me is what mountain biking is all about friends, exploration, and soul searching. I only wish I could be part of that truly incredable journey.
  • 1 0
 03:11 - "...It's just been mossy fresh single track, we've been carving in our own turns, de layering moss, undermining, getting the tires underneath it...been a ton of fun..."
  • 1 0
 what's your point here? i feel like this comment could go either in the direction of unsustainable trail building, or jealousy of natural terrain that's so fun to ride...
  • 1 0
 This is awesome. What a great video (and article) - makes me feel like I was there. That must've been one amazing bonding experience. I love how mountain biking and the outdoors can bring people together.
  • 2 0
 one of the many reasons i like the coast you got all this freedom and its pretty much out my back door
  • 1 0
 Well coastal crew killed it again. I cannot wait til next spring when I take a vacation to BC. You Canadians are blessed with an amazing country.
  • 3 0
 I'm a little bit teary now. Ah shit.
  • 3 0
 Holy heck Logan can write. That was beautiful.
  • 2 1
 This is my life first (travel) .....................................................................................
  • 1 0
 I do live in the best place on earth...that's only 25 miles from where I am sitting at work right now!
  • 1 0
 Yes you do
  • 1 0
 Watching this video I feel that these guys have Life, I just have days, passing by..
I miss Matt Hunter from this video! Smile
  • 1 0
 They actually make all-mountain riding look exciting. Really want to get on my enduro and ride.
  • 1 0
 Looks lik this is a section cut from ARRIVAL. Dang that's a sick short film.
  • 1 0
 Loved the old guys attitude. Always great to meet someone like that. They usually have the best stories too.
  • 1 0
 don't think it gets much better than this. these guys legitimately live the dream!
  • 2 1
 this looks like a bloody dream!
  • 1 0
 Dayumn Coastal Crew you sure do get around
  • 2 1
 That is the dream life right there. 100% jealous!
  • 4 0
 100% jealous+1
  • 1 0
 That would be so awesome to do
  • 1 0
 coastal crew always setting the limits up!
  • 1 0
 what bikes are these guys riding?
  • 3 1
 mostly spesh stumpys
  • 2 0
 Logan rides for Santa Cruz Bikes, he was on a Bronson.
  • 1 0
 All you need is a stumpjumper, can do anything.
  • 1 0
 West Coast brought to you by Specialized
  • 1 0
 and sram...great video even though it was a commercial.
  • 1 1
 such a cynical way to look at things. pretty sure that's just how sponsorship works.. the fact that someone is funding these high quality edits that we get to watch for free is pretty sweet, i've got no issue with their logos everywhere!
  • 2 0
 *8:30.. Art of Flight.
  • 1 0
 hahahah fucking nailed it
  • 2 0
 Nicee fish buddy
  • 1 0
 I wish I rode bikes for a livingFrown
  • 1 0
 You can't get much cooler than the coastal crew.
  • 1 0
 cool story!! living on a bike!!
  • 1 0
 Unique ! Thank you for inspiring me everyday !
  • 1 0
 Whats the meaning of life you ask?
Answer: living like the Coastal Crew.
  • 1 0
 after that, my life will never be the same
  • 1 0
 Stoked on this short movie.
  • 1 0
 8:06 that flesh ripple left arm Smile
  • 2 2
 Next time you add a spot please put my name on it!
  • 2 2
 Chins are weird...why do we have them..?
  • 1 1
 damn is it me or Norbs is in like every mtb video, lucky guy.
  • 1 0
 EPIC!
  • 1 0
 it's a dream :-)
  • 1 0
 great video!
  • 1 0
 i want to do the same!!
  • 1 0
 Music 1:18 please
  • 1 0
 coastal crew is the best
  • 4 7
 Couldn't afford money for better titles or what?

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