Photo Story: Hitting Big Drops & Loamy Trails on Bowen Island

Apr 5, 2021
by Matt Bolton  


The NF Team is stoked to have OneUp components supporting them for the 2021 season.

To celebrate, we got the team together, brought out legendary photographer Margus Riga and headed over to Bowen Island.

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Spring weather on the wet coast

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Moody ferry ride

The day didn't get off to an ideal start, it had been pouring all morning and the general consensus in the ferry line was "what are we getting ourselves into". The sailing over wasn't overly encouraging, heavy rain and socked in clouds.

Morning coffees

Once docked we all grabbed some coffees and then headed to the trailhead. The weather still was looking bleak but the stoke levels were high. You always know with this crew things are going to get rowdy.

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Loading up

We loaded up and headed to the top of the hill. Once we arrived at the top the rain started to lighten up and the fog rolled in making for maximum dank riding conditions.

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Nate Blake into the fog
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Maximum Dank

The trail started off steep and loamy, these trails don't see a ton of traffic so even with the rain the dirt was primo. Thirty seconds into the trail we arrived at the first feature of the day, a 12' cliff drop with a flat landing.

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Huck to (almost) flat

The next feature we rolled into was this wild skinny bridge bolted into the side of a cliff. Although it doesn't look "super gnar" in the photos, the older moss-covered wood had the traction of ice. There was a 3" (5cm) patch of metal mesh in the centre for traction. If you veered off course, say goodbye to your front wheel. A few of the crew rolled into this feature blind and found this out the hard way.

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Slippery when wet
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A drop to end things off
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Classic Trail Mole Style
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Stay on the mesh or explode

After the bridge was a set of old, but still sturdy, wooden jumps. Luckily these had more mesh and a few of the team started to session.

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Matthew Tounge doing his thing
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Jay Boysen darkside
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Tandem Timing

While a few riders were hitting the jumps another crew scouted this rock line adjacent to the trial. After a few small branches were moved it was game on. These guys have a great eye for finding natural features.
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fresh lines
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Classic Nate "boing"

Jay had been teasing us all week with photos of this wild Dangerous Dan drop he had been rebuilding, an elevated ladder bridge with a roller and quick downwards slopping drop. After a quick slap on the landing it was good to go. Freeride lives on Bowen.

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look before you leap
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Jay put some dig time in rebuilding this landing
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Dropping in

After some high speed fast and loamy single track we stopped at this rad road gap Jay had built. 30+ feet of high-speed fun over a sea of coastal ferns.

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Brian coming in hot
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Jay laying one out
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Boltz dangling it
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Tucking a long and low? No problem for Max

Right after the road gap was a huge loose berm, perfect for laying it sideways and spraying dirt.

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Boltz two wheel drifting
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Jay knows how to hit turns
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Tounge spraying dirt

It was all smiles once the session was over. Some big sends, primo lighting and a solid crew.

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All smiles
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Even Moka was stoked
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Trail boss Jay


Huge shoutout to Jay Boyson as well as OG builder Dangerous Dan for all the trail work and helping keep freeride alive!

Another thanks to OneUp Components, Ennef (NF) Designs and Margus Riga for helping make this all happen!

Note: This article was created before the most recent British Columbia COVID guidelines. Pinkbike advises all riders to comply with local health regulations.

MENTIONS // @OneUpComponents @WeAreOne @RideConcepts @TransitionBikeCompany @Margus

Regions in Article
Bowen Island


28 Comments

  • 19 0
 Article and photos are awesome, that was an great day! Glad everyone had a good time and could make it out! P.s last name is boysen spelled with An e
  • 2 0
 @bikeronbowen I have an "en" as well. I'm guessing this is the only time you've ever had to make the correction...this morning.
  • 18 0
 If she don't know who Dangerous Dan is.... She's too young for you bro...
  • 5 0
 So awesome to see stuff like this built. If this was (and it never will be) allowed Along the front range of Colorado, It would be booby-trapped or blown up by ecoterrorists within a day.
  • 3 0
 I was on Bowen a couple summers ago for the first time. Stayed in a great little cabin on an organic farm and on the road to our place we passed a house that definitely was occupied by riders. Dirt jumps in the yard, tailgate pads, etc. I knew there *must* be a little scene there on the small island. Very cool to see this feature.
  • 2 0
 We’ve got 118acres of ocean view mountain side on Bowen for sale. Check out the MLS listing We would love to see a bike guy buy it and do something cool.

www.realtor.ca/real-estate/22740227/sl-19-smugglers-cove-road-bowen-island
  • 3 0
 That place looks insane. If you drop a digit off the end of the asking price I'm all in.
  • 2 0
 Ha yeah considering that city lot with a rotten old house near the ferry going to Bowen island sell for the same amount. We will keep it where it’s at. @nskerb:
  • 5 0
 bowen looks so sick
  • 2 0
 Legendary crew on a legendary Bowen Island!
Man that place looks like a blast and a half! Kudos to the people keeping it alive!
Thanks for sharing, cheers! Big Grin \m/
  • 4 0
 Dan Cowan my hero
  • 2 0
 Nice work boys. Just like Oldtimes. New school on old school. So sick!!
  • 1 0
 thanks Steve!
  • 3 0
 Awesome. Any women's gear on the horizon for NF?
  • 3 1
 Yes, definitely as soon as we have dealt with out current capacity issues. Women have been having a lot of success with our DP3 pant and Invader 3 short tho. Smile
  • 2 0
 @travis-the-tailor: how about some tall options for us apes out here?
  • 3 0
 Why aren't these pictures moving...? ; ) Great pics and post!
  • 1 0
 slippery when wet, no kidding. Had a massive head shaker off that wooden feature attached to the cliff in the pissing rain haha. Awsome stuff!
  • 1 0
 pictures don't do justice of the green slime haha
  • 2 0
 FR
  • 1 0
 Very inspiring beautiful photos. Thank you!
  • 1 0
 Stoked you liked it!
  • 2 0
 Animals!
  • 1 0
 Solid post, these photos are rad!
  • 1 0
 glad you liked it, cheers!
  • 1 0
 Pink and grey slayer?!? Best paint job ever.
  • 3 0
 fresh paints of whistler did that one for Matthew!
  • 1 0
 no dangerous dan cameo?

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