A Super Subsonic Britannia Classic with Kolin Quick
I met Kolin Quick a couple months back with this odd request from an email I had never seen before. It led to a couple beers and a walk around the Vancouver’s Chinatown for a bit and I started to understand that Kolin was going to be a lot of fun. Here’s what I have learned: Kolin Quick has lurked the cold and wet Northwest Skate scene since about 2010. He’s a photographer, occasional video dude and has worked with multiple NW skate brands. Not to mention he’s a totally Kook. He’s currently the Marketing Dude at NW-Dist which means he can often be found grilling up greasy burgers for skate children with Subsonic and Duck Pucks.
Kolin attended his first Britannia Classic with Subsonic actually presenting the event and I asked him to send me his experience. Here’s what he had to say: (pro tip – scroll to the bottom for the recipe!)
Well, I don’t really know what to say, but here’s how I recall it…
“Do you realize this van smells like alcohol?” says I man I am not sure is friendly, I don’t care how Canadian.
Fumes of our post Danger Bay sweat box of a van rushing into my nostrils. The pure fear of authority suddenly grips me as Bradley and I stared into a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers eyes and realize, this is getting serious right Meow. Shit… We do smell like booze and debauchery. The rest of the crew consisting of Michael Rivera, Rain Daley and Adam Little snickered in the back of the van.
It was One PM, and we were late for Hay Crew, sitting about 15 km south of Squamish. Bradley was asked to step out of the car and take a breathalyzer test. Being sober as a Nun, he blew all zeros and we were on our merry way again with a speeding ticket and a newfound respect for Canadian speed limits. We made finally made it to hay crew where we sweated our butts off. I forgot to take pictures because I was enjoying my first experience of throwing hay bales. Nothing beats the satisfaction of hay crew.
After our bit of daily exercise and realizing just how out shape we were, we headed to the Sandman Inn where we naturally did what all grown ass men do, spending two hours riding a water slide and screaming like little kids.
We worked up quite the hunger so we hustled over to Canadian Denny’s AKA White Spot. The funny thing about a bunch of skaters living in a van for 7 days is that our language skills had decreased to near primitive levels. Our English was mostly grunts, “chimsnurps”, and occasionally yelling “Wild Cat Strong” (for those who aren’t in the know, Wild Cat Strong is a mighty fine Canadian adult malt beverage). That being said the waitress was mostly confused by our inability to order. We ordered the only thing we knew how to say which was “poooouuuttinne”. I didn’t take a picture of our poutine because we were too busy eating it.
The next day we dealt with the stress of being the Presenting Sponsor of the event so I lurked off. I took some shots of the freeride, which it seems is why a lot of people were there.
Spencer Smith crashed into Bradley Cameron’s board.
I guess Rain Daley’s mom never taught him pointing is rude.
Noah Throckmorton looked really cool.
Sam Galus started thinking downhill is cool in his poop brown leathers.
Martin Depass lurked the Uhaul pretty hard in a Duck Pucks shirt.
Jack Craddock repeatedly skated Corner 5 while staring deep into my soul.
This guy wanted to play in the hay.
Look More Nature!
Just like Canadian Geese, Canadian Skateboarders fly in formation.
Troy Yardwaste won the no hands down race.. cause he’s a badass. Lee Cation, the event host, obviously was stoked.
After the free ride the Subsonic crew lurked the dirt track. Alex Tongue, Noah Throckmorton and Pat were playing extreme bocce ball somewhere but it was so extreme I couldn’t find them.
Saturday, an Asian news channel showed up and covered the race. The cameraman could barely speak English. That’s exposure!
Sunday, I lurked hard in the trees with Nate Blackburn and took some photos.
Some Asian Media kids took selfies in front of our bus.
Kaleb Haddish decided to take a little nap on some hay bails.
Redeyes decided to do some yoga in the middle of the track.
Sam Galus did a sexy cat pose.
And Sam Galus ate some food with Nate Blackburn.
Bradley Cameron enjoyed some skateboarding.
Nate Blackburn peed in the woods.
Subsonic team rider Noah Throckmorton made it to quarter finals. Stoked on that.
There was some crashing at Heckle Beach.
Flatspot Longboards Mischa Chandler found his way to the beach too.
Subsonic Team Rider Adam Little lost a dance battle.
Also Subsonic Team Rider Alex Tongue got 6th place! I’m very stoked on that.
Of course Kevin Reimer won and continued his world wide domination of downhill skating.
I didn’t take any photos of the podium because I was passing out trophy boards. You can watch me pass out boards in the video below! I would like to say thank you to Lee Cation and the crew over at Unkle Events for hosting what I would say is the best organized downhill skateboarding race in the Northwest.
Words and photos are fun. If you want to watch our super appropriate, mega safe for work video of the event, here it is:
Thanks for reading! Hope to see you at event this season, I’ll be lurking.
Duck Burger Recipe as Promised – aka. Duck Pucks
1 pound ground duck meat
1 ounce duck fat
5 green onion, finely chopped
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
4 slices Swiss cheese
4 Brioche rolls, big enough for a burger
mayonnaise, for garnish
In a bowl, mix the ground duck, green onions, ginger, duck fat, and Chinese five-spice together, season with salt and pepper.
Portion into 4 Duck Pucks
Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium high heat until it begins to shimmer. Cook Duck Pucks, flip once, about 8 minutes for medium rare.
Top with cheese and serve on the buns with a side of mayo.
Slide down your throat hole.
– with love, Kolin