Cuckoo For Canary Island And Arico El Bueno Freeride
As you all know, Bigmountain skate hosted an event presented by Kebbek Skateboards on the one of the Canary Island (Tenerife), the Arico El Bueno Freeride.
I always thought that the Island was awesome and told myself that I’ll go there one day. Then to my surprise, on the day of my birthday, Joey Bidner (brand manager of Kebbek Skateboards) sent me a message telling me Kebbek will send me to the event. Maannnnn, you don’t even know how hyped I was. I am a full time student in Finance, so it was a bit of a struggle to get a full week off school. But I pleaded with my teachers and got the time off.
The event was on the 21st of March, Joey and I left on the 18th and the day we left, Montreal was hit with a 30 centimetre snow storm. Part of me was sad to miss an epic day of snowboarding, but it was definitely outweighed by the hype to shred El Bueno! With me I brought my new promodel, the Crafty TopMount 36, and my ShortCut Mini Cruiser (which was the best idea of all, runs at El Bueno was tooooo hype on the ShortCut, check the edit below)
First thing that we did when we arrived in Tenerife was to rent a car, which was a huge pain in the ass as we got ripped off big time and got charged more than twice the quoted price! Be careful out there! Good news is, thanks to our host and epic event organizer, Felix Ripitsch, we got an awesome spot just up the hill from the beach! A 2 minute skate to the water, filled with cute little restaurants and markets. This was RAD. Only problem …. No Kraft Dinner!
The Bigmountain skate crew did an awesome job for the Arico El Bueno Freeride. The event was well organised and the hill was ready for us on Monday. The hill is cool. The pavement … wow, you know that the pavement in Quebec is shitty, so we loved it out there.
I met a lot of people on the trip and the one that sticks to mind is Marco (Cave Man, owner of the shop, The Cave in Belgium.) He stayed with Joey and I. He is a rad dude, helped us to bring the gear to the top of the track every morning, but most importantly was our Spanish translator! This came super handy. One time we spotted an epic run from across a canyon. We went back to try and find it but it was buried deep in private land. So because of Marco’s linguistics, we got talking to locals and they let us hop the gate and skate their private road!
5 epic days was not enough for us, so joey and I got up at 5am one morning (so we would not miss our day on the El Bueno Track) and decided to drive up to the highest point in Spain to skate! El Tiede is a 3,700m volcano and it has endless roads and a serious variety of terrain. Going up there is incredible. It doesn’t matter what the weather is, because you are above the clouds.
We Also ventured to a nearby ruin of an abandoned leper’s colony. It was super creepy. Basically, a bunch of barrack style buildings with a big church in the middle. A place they threw people with leprosy to live. We were a little weirded out when we saw guys running back and forth from buildings with assault rifles… wedid not know what to make of that, but we shrugged it off as we saw military training around there, so we kept skating.
Then at one point, the building we were skating in, got rushed by guys with guns. We got freaked out and bolted! But we really wanted to skate that spot again, so we tipped toed back to ask what was up, and it turned out to be a military training session with airsoft guns! The guys were super cool, they let us skate, they tried our skateboards, and they let us shoot their airsoft! A fair trade.
All in all, Tenerife is amazing, and Big Mountain Skate killed it. Stoked that Kebbek partnered with them on such an epic event. Next year…GO!
Thank you to my sponsors, everyone who supported the trip along the way and all the rad people I got to meet and skate with.