HIGHNOON SCRAMBLE 10

On October 29th, the TENTH High Noon Scramble went down at the end of # 6 road: The Richmond Dunes. The race is a multiple-lap loop around some sketchy obstacles, jumps, hill climbs, and burms. The categories include mono shock and vintage. Us spectators don't really care too much about all that though, we just love watching these dudes dress up and eat shit in the sand. Overall, some highlights included:

  • Mike Babs Goul head costume
  • Nicks Maico 250
  • The EZ TV Broadcast crew
  • The trike dude that smashed into Elliots new truck
  • Keddie lighting off a firework when he won runner-up
  • The snowmobile over-heating and then proceeding to hit the jump over and over again
  • The beer pong crew
  • Myk Roc
  • The dude who didn't bring a costume and was forced into riding in his underwear
  • Bri's Filth Mode cookies
  • Some random girl who gave me a cheddar smokey
  • The winners belt
  • Curtis wresting the winner (WWE style)

All in all, the event was awesome as it is every year. The new belt that has been made for future years will be up for grabs next Halloween season... Who will take it next time!!?? For now, here's some 35mm film photos I shot on my Olympus Stylus:

HIGHNOON SCRAMBLE 10 - Starting Lineup.

HIGHNOON SCRAMBLE 10 - Starting Lineup.

Wilf, learning he had to do 1200 laps to win.

Wilf, learning he had to do 1200 laps to win.

Old Yamaha TT500

Old Yamaha TT500

It was a very serious starting line.

It was a very serious starting line.

Carnage, right off the bat.

Carnage, right off the bat.

Snowmobiles welcome.

Snowmobiles welcome.

Vans & cute kids everywhere

Vans & cute kids everywhere

Jangus, costumes mandatory - even if you aren't riding!

Jangus, costumes mandatory - even if you aren't riding!

Myk Roc showed up but didn't make it very far...

Myk Roc showed up but didn't make it very far...

EZ TV was on location, documenting the event as it should be documented.

EZ TV was on location, documenting the event as it should be documented.

Tyler Lepore sighting.

Tyler Lepore sighting.

Hotel Tacoma 2017

Well, it's Wednesday and I am still sleepy from 3 days at Hotel Tacoma this weekend. A driver picked us up at the airport and drove us straight to the Oregon Coast without telling us any details about where we were going or what we were about to do. We got to the sand dunes, the driver got out, put his flag up and rallied the brand new truck into the sandy desert. We eventually popped onto the beach where he drove a couple miles along the ocean to the entrance of Hotel Tacoma. Over the course of the next 3 days: We ate yummy ass food, dirt biked beside the Goonies rock on the beach, got in trouble for rallying a Polaris side-by-side too hard, met some famous cool people, threw axes into trees, swam in a lake at 2am, did 300 shots of tequila, pet Loki the Wolfdog, mountain biked on $7,500 mountain bikes, ate a pound of sand trying to win the mini bike races, jumped a brand new Tacoma off the ground, crashed one into the ditch, rolled down a hill in a blow-up orb, got a massage in a rainstorm & tried to collaborate all of that into a video that would fit into Instagram. Here's what I put together with the help of the new Hitcase 2.0 PRO case and lens. The thing is waterproof & shock proof - thank God cus' I dropped it in the ocean and also drunkenly threw it against a wall trying to prove to people that it worked.

Hotel Tacoma

Hotel Tacoma: Not 100% sure what I'm getting myself into this weekend, but after watching this video - I think it's going to be good. Last year was the first year that Toyota did their "Hotel Tacoma" activation in Arizona. They invited 96 influencers, athletes, Insta cool peeps, and all around awesome people to their "5-Star" 3-day adult-play place in the middle of no where, gave them all a truck, Yamaha dirt bike & Polaris side by said and let them go to town. This year the event is somewhere in Oregon and I only know that because I'm flying into Portland... Let the games begin dudes!! I am so ready. I will do another post when I get home. In the meantime, follow along on mine and Jenny's Instagram accounts: @actuallyitsaxel & @hookersandpopcorn

SQUATCHERS

Last night we checked out the premier of Mickey Bobby & Craig Snacks Grandfield #shotoverg1giveaway SHOTOVER contest submission at The American. These guys make some funny shit. Check out their video and vote for them cos' they're creative and deserve it more than the other nerds who want to win stuff. Just watch the vid below & vote HERE

Born a Bad Seed: Girls From the North Country

We drove up to Pemberton, BC for a day in the mountains with Born a Bad Seed and Amanda Leigh Smith. Amanda shoots amazing film photos and curated this shoot with the Bad Seed crew. "Girls From the North Country" is one of my favourite shoots we've done and I could not be more excited to be a part of it as well as be a part of this group of ladies. at the end of Summer 2016, we are launching a "Bad Company" market place on the Born a Bad Seed website where you will be able to purchase brands we love and wear, collaborated products curated by some of our favourite artists, seamstresses and leather makers, as well as some products that are locally made and totally exclusive to the Bad Seed site! We are wearing a couple things in this shoot that will be available on Bad Company, so keep your eyes out and watch for the launch later this year x

Amanda Leigh Smith

Credits:
“Girls From The North Country” 
Born A Bad Seed S/S ’16 - www.bornabadseed.com - @bornabadseed
Photography by Amanda Leigh Smith - www.aleighsmith.com - @a_leighsmith
Produced by Jill Whitford
Styled by Alberta Randall - @albertarose
Modeled by: Becky Goebel - www.themroadapples.com - @actuallyitsaxel
And Taylor Gardiner - @_verychill"

Federal Moto

"Federal Moto makes one-off custom bikes and functional soft goods that are inspired and ridden from the city streets to the mountain peaks. Based out of Wild Rose Country and the Windy City."

Fellow Canadians Randy & Benson from Edmonton, Alberta have been making waves in the motorcycle community up in these parts. They've built some cool bikes that have been mega popular online as well as featured in the One Moto Show for multiple years. Randy, the companies fab dude, machined up this gas cap for my '76 XT 500. They're talking about eventually selling little bits and pieces like this gas cap but for now, I'm the guinea pig with this one. So far, the thing fits perfectly, seals great and looks really rad. The original gas cap on an XT is plastic and cheap feeling so it's rad to have something so spiffy on a banged up old tank. Thanks guys! For more on Federal Moto, check out their website: www.federalmoto.com

Bike built by Federal Moto

Bike built by Federal Moto

Bike built by Federal Moto

Bike built by Federal Moto

The 1 Moto: Dirt Firsts' SR500

There's a shit-tonne of cool bikes at the 1 Moto show in Portland. This year I think everyone can agree that the calibre of bikes compared to previous years is out the roof. This year, I got to be a close part of one of the bikes coming down to the show hailing from Vancouver, BC. Tory Potoroka does "Dirt First" Garage here in Canada, where he is known to perfectly rebuild old Yamaha's top to bottom. He re-built the engine in my XT500 and has had his hands on the majority of XTs here in Vancouver and around the Province. 

For the 1 Moto Show 2016, he decided to rebuild an SR500 that he had been slowly working on over the past 3 years. The Show got Tory's ball rolling and under three months, the engine was re-built, the tank was painted, and the bike was shipped in parts from all over the world to his basement shop in Strathcona. 

On Friday morning we cruised the i5 down to Portland. We spent the weekend looking at crazy amounts of rad bikes, but this SR is one of my personal favourites. An old Yamaha at it's finest! Can't wait to see what Tory will mock up for 2017.

Them Road Apples

Video of Tory's SR500 engine by Mike Babiarz

Check out more of Tory's shop and bikes here: @dirtfirstgarage

Day at the Dunes

The Richmond dunes is a huge chunk of land in the Vancouver outskirts used for dirt dumping from local construction and mill sites. We use it to throw our bikes around. It's always changing and there's always a ton of different types of dirt biking going on here. Every sunny Sunday, Mitch Kirilo, Matt Savage and a bunch of his buds go out and rip around on their dirt bikes. It's starting to get pretty frosty out there but when you drop your bike in the sand and have to pick it up a million times, it starts feeling like the middle of summer.

Blaine Connolly photo

Blaine Connolly photo

Blaine Connolly photo

Blaine Connolly photo

Blaine Connolly photo

Blaine Connolly photo

Blaine Connolly photo

Blaine Connolly photo

Blaine Connolly photo

Blaine Connolly photo

Wendy Dyk film

Wendy Dyk film

Strange Vacation Moto Rugby

The ladies at Strange Vacation let me review their pullover sweater they call the 'Moto Rugby'. It's cold as fuck up here in Vancouver right now, so it was pretty good timing. This long sleeve is a thick cotton with extra elbow padding that feels really good under a jacket. I'm weirdly lanky so the extra long sleeves rule. I'm wearing an X-Small in the pictures below by Blaine Connolly. It's listed on their website here: www.strangevacation.com