The Crash: Doin' it Baja (Part 8/8)

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ARTO SAARI: It's the day of the crooked eyes after the Day
of the Dead.
That was a good kick in the nuts.
I'm going to have to do that again.
Where are we going, Cabo today?
-I think so, yeah.
ARTO SAARI: Holy shit.
Oh, yeah.
Cabo's not in the itinerary.
But we're trying to stretch it and make it all the way to the
tip, if possible.

How much longer do you think the loop is?
BILL BRYANT: It says that it's 100 to Cabo.
So we would come down that.
ARTO SAARI: That looks [INAUDIBLE] pinnacle, sort of
there a little, that road.
We might just go straight.
BILL BRYANT: Or we can go--
what Chris was saying, let's just go to Pescadero, set up
so everybody knows where we're at, where everything is, and
then just ride down to Cabo.
It's supposed to be--
ARTO SAARI: And then we can drive up.
On the way up, we can go, though.
BILL BRYANT: Yeah, you can do whatever you want.
-Yeah, let's go straight then.
BILL BRYANT: So everybody knows where the base camp is.
And you can do things at your own pace.
ARTO SAARI: All right.
Straight down.
-[INAUDIBLE] sit there and keep driving in
circles if you want.
You can go up to Sierra La Laguna if you like.
We're just cutting right across the peninsula again.
-How long will that take?
HIME HERBERT: All fucking day, bro.
Seven days of motorcycle riding.
BILL BRYANT: It'll take as much as we've got.
HIME HERBERT: And we're still alive.

BILL BRYANT: It'll be pinnacle.
HIME HERBERT: My ass is numb, but my mind is strong.
BILL BRYANT: I was really excited to go to a part of
Baja that I hadn't seen.
I'd seen Cabo from a boat.
And I'd been as far as La Paz before.
But I'd never been in that stretch in between.
Sometimes you have to pay attention to the riding so
much that you forget to stop and smell the
roses, so to speak.
I really enjoyed it.
Pescadero was fun.
ARTO SAARI: You could retire there fairly peacefully by
yourself, I reckon.

I think the place is named after fish.
HIME HERBERT: El Pescadero means the fish.
ARTO SAARI: El fucking fish-eria?
HIME HERBERT: Fish-eria.
What's Black Bart's mean in Spanish?
ARTO SAARI: Black Bart's?
Black Horses.
HIME HERBERT: What was it called?
Lord Black's.

ARTO SAARI: Take me to your biggest skate park.
Take me to your biggest whatever it is
to skate right now.
in my stomach wants to roll around.

-I don't see no skate park.

HEATH KIRCHART: Played for the Chargers and the Colts, that
never skated?
HEATH KIRCHART: Just thought the town needed it?
That's the story, right?

ARTO SAARI: There's no way.
It looked pretty fucking insane.
It looked like whoever built it were pretty fucking amped
and a few margaritas deep when they started digging that, and
obviously digging more and then pouring concrete on it
and then even building it on top of the concrete, coping
fucking semi lobbing down on it.
I mean, it looked awesome.
It was just fucking full of water.
And you couldn't skate it.
-What are you doing?
HIME HERBERT: I'm doing a test run.

-You got it.
Fuck you.
-Want some help?

I definitely got some kind of fucking
disease out of this shit.

HARVEY FOSTER: I had fun skating in that park.
And we didn't do rad tricks because of the situation.
But I don't know.
I had fun.
It could have been the worst skate park.
It could've been really nice.

ARTO SAARI: What is this?
HIME HERBERT: It's a helmet.
ARTO SAARI: When life sucks, you ride the helmet.

I got to go take a poo now.

Because obviously no one--
HIME HERBERT: No one skates sleeveless anymore.
ARTO SAARI: No one brought toilet paper to the session.
So you gotta come up with something.
-Hey, [INAUDIBLE], please film that.
HARVEY FOSTER: So remote, man.

KEEGAN SAUDER: I think it was when I figured out that there
was a full moon and that the rental hut,
although nice, was concrete--
and then I found out that the beach was a half a mile away,
and you can camp on it for free.
So that pretty much sealed the deal.

I just was going to go down there no matter what, even if
it was alone.
And then everyone seemed to get stoked on it.

-It bit you?

ARTO SAARI: Grab a seat, fellas.

I found two gods on this trip, the god of fire
and the god of margarita.


-And that was the story?
-How old were you when you lost your virginity?
How old are you, Harvey?
-No, I was 17.
Arto, what about you?
-For some reason when I was at 17, I thought everyone--
KEEGAN SAUDER: Viking lord?
ARTO SAARI: 15, I think.
I could see boning at that age.
But I just never had the balls to do that.
I don't think I could have pulled it off.
ARTO SAARI: It was like, I didn't know at
all what I was doing.
It was just like, [MAKING SOUNDS].
A few pumps.
Oh, no.
What happened?
KEEGAN SAUDER: It's pretty rad that we're at an amazing
beach, full moon, and we're just talking about dicks.
Fucking typical.

-Were you sponsored when you went to Munster
when you were a kid?
ARTO SAARI: I got boards from this local shop
and stuff back home.
-What year was that?
ARTO SAARI: '98, I think.
Somewhere in '98.
HEATH KIRCHART: Wasn't your hair straight back then?
It's always been pretty fucked.
I had a Zoo York cap on the whole time.
HEATH KIRCHART: I'll never forget that gap, front board
over the pyramid.
ARTO SAARI: I either got second or
third, I can't remember.
I think it was me, Chris Senn, and BA.
But BA won it.
It was like us three.
-You must have been pretty stoked.
That's a solid entrance.
-Do you get health insurance?
KEEGAN SAUDER: I pay for it.
-He's Canadian.
KEEGAN SAUDER: Oh, in the US, though.
Because I live here now.
ARTO SAARI: I just got mine a couple months ago.
I guess I turned into a pussy head.
KEEGAN SAUDER: We can't talk about stuff like that.
We're rebels.

ARTO SAARI: We're filming for the Flip video.
Early on when I got on, my travel insurance ran out.
I wasn't even living in the States at the time.
I knocked myself out in San Dieguito, trying to warm up on
this rail, knocked myself out.
-Is that the one where you puked?
ARTO SAARI: Yeah, that's the cartoon out of-- yeah.
-Oh, that was fucking gnarly.
ARTO SAARI: That's the first one.
And then two months later, I go to the Vancouver Slam City
Jam, knock myself out in the contest.
Mike Vallely starts a riot.
Someone steps on my hand or kicks it or whatever.
And fucking I wake up at the hospital, my fingers
pointed that way.
My finger is like that.
So there's--
get some beers!
-That's what they're doing.
ARTO SAARI: Get couple.
Get couple.
You start using less and less words in your speech later on,
as Reggie takes over.
Warrior need drink.

ARTO SAARI: Eventually, at the end of this trip, it's just
going to be grunts.
That means let's go or I got to get gas.

KEEGAN SAUDER: Woke up at dawn.
Woke up every hour, really, through the night because it's
camping sleep.

HEATH KIRCHART: You look at Keegan, and Keegan is just, I
think, the freest one on the trip.
Keegan would be out here camping on
the beach by himself.
Keegan is the most adventurous one of the group.
KEEGAN SAUDER: I just need to do something physical.
I have to feel drained somehow, physically drained.
So that day at the beach, the owner of the surf camp showed
up with boards, surfed all day.
And then I just figured, we've been riding for six days.
And we're definitely going to do that again.
So if this is my one chance to do something completely the
opposite of being on a motorcycle, this is it.
HEATH KIRCHART: He was out there surfing with people, and
they're telling him their life stories.
That would never happen to me.
There's like a spot where 20 surfers are.
And Keegan will be in there, mixing it up.
I don't want to be in that mix.
I don't want to have to fight a surfer because I don't know
what I'm doing.
I've been skating for 20 years.
You'd think if I stood on a surfboard, I'd look OK.
But I'm just stiff.
HARVEY FOSTER: Tomas, I hate surfing.
HEATH KIRCHART: I'm that person that when I look back
on shit, I love it.
But when I'm experiencing it, when I'm in it, I'm just kind
of like, all right.
Let's get through it.
HARVEY FOSTER: Just sitting there with this fucking ball
and chain, trying to get out there.
HEATH KIRCHART: I've just been way too [INAUDIBLE] on myself.
That is not how I see it.
Like, I enjoyed this.
I think this is the best city so far.
There's a beach.
It's free to stay on.
People surfing, there's beautiful girls
on the beach here.
There's a bar right there.

I'd definitely stay longer.
Surf's up, bro.

ARTO SAARI: Reginald, how's Harvey doing?
Getting the hang of it?

Harvey Foster, I can tell that you're cool just by the way
you wear your jeans on the wave.

HIME HERBERT: Waves were bitching.
It was two to four, south swell, peeling like a mango.
So I had to get out there.

Yeah, we had a high five moment.
We shred the gnar out there.
HARVEY FOSTER: It was one of the funnest nights of the
trip, funnest nights followed by one of the funnest days.
That whole thing was so worthwhile.
I felt funny after because I was like, man, I was laughing
and having such a good time.
I probably got the worst laugh ever.
Those guys are probably so sick of me laughing right now.
Because I was having a good time.
In this trip, everyone brought something to the table.
Everyone did.
I don't think anybody lacked in any area.
HIME HERBERT: I think collectively, it's an awesome
group of people.
And if one person was missing, it wouldn't be the same.
I imagine we'll all be friends or acquaintances for life at
this point, depending who talks to me after I'm done
with this interview.
KEEGAN SAUDER: It's a bummer that's it's coming to the end
because everyone's seeming to really meld together nicely.
Sad to see the trip done because it's pretty awesome.
But pretty psyched to go home.
It's both, both things.
The end of the road looks pretty good.
But at the same time, it's the end of something.
HARVEY FOSTER: Now that we're going back, I'm kind of like,
whoa, it'd be kind of sick to stay longer now.
I don't mind staying longer.

HIME HERBERT: You've reached the end.

So coming back was definitely weird.
Just because you knew that the trip was coming--
not to an end because it still had, fuck, who knows how many
more days until we get back?
That was the first point of the trip that it was like,
we're on our way back home.
-You excited to go back, Bill?
-What do you look forward to?
BILL BRYANT: As Arto would say, we have hit the apex on
our way home.
We achieved the pinnacle.
ARTO SAARI: I don't know.
As soon as you reach the apex, and you're going back the same
route, it's just kind of like, let's just fucking go.
Now it's just like, all right.
-The relationship is in a slump.
Everyone's sick of each other.
Everyone's heard everyone's stories.
We need to figure out how to make it a little bit more
"bromantic." We're going up.
We're going up north.
-Oh, my god.
HARVEY FOSTER: I'm trying to get us dinner tonight.
HIME HERBERT: Get out of the way.
BILL BRYANT: The new guys, I think, are generally pretty
alert at first.
And then they have a day or two of success and start going
faster, getting a little crazier and
having a little fun.
And that wild west part kicks in.
And guys are like, pfft, I can do what I want.
I can take my helmet off.
And then I think that's when you start getting in trouble.

So we were leaving the old mills in San Quintin, really
our last day here before we head to the border on the way
to Ensenada.
And I was rolling up.
And I could see something up in the distance.
And I thought, oh, it's one of those guys
stopped for a smoke.
And then I realized it's a bike laying on its side, and a
guy who's just sitting on it.
And I thought, oh, crap.
This is not good.
At least he's not laying out in the road.
He's sitting up, which means he's alert.
And can't be dead if he's sitting up on his bike.
Because the way the bike looked was shocking.
You don't see a Harley turned on its side without some
damage to man and machine.
Had that been a day when somebody was wearing skate
shoes and a t-shirt, it would have been a lot worse.
KEEGAN SAUDER: If I hadn't have been wearing that helmet,
I might be dead.
KEEGAN SAUDER: I took it off forever.
And then yesterday I did that skid.
And then Harvey's like, you should wear a helmet.
So I was like, OK, I'm taking Harvey's advice.
I was tumbling.
The tank slappers, the handlebars, it's just like,
build up, more and more.
And then it's [WOOSH].
I could feel that helmet hitting--
I could feel it hitting rocks and stuff, too.
That would have split my head open.
Maybe I'll slow down now.
That's the moral.
-All right.
Don't scratch it now.

HARVEY FOSTER: Look at this stuff, dude.
The holes could be gouges in your ribs.
KEEGAN SAUDER: There was a fucking machete sticking off
the back.
-The machete.
KEEGAN SAUDER: What if it had landed on me?
-I've thought of that so many times.
Like, dude, there's a machete right here, sticking up.
HARVEY FOSTER: I said that to you too.
I was like, dude, are you sure that's safe?
And you're like, oh, yeah.
It's totally fine.
-All the shit happens.
And you have--
KEEGAN SAUDER: I don't know how the fuck [INAUDIBLE].
-You're going to be sore.
KEEGAN SAUDER: I got away with it.
-No road rash.
-Oh, yeah.
Rib cage.

KEEGAN SAUDER: That's the worst one.
-That would have been all on the top of your head.

KEEGAN SAUDER: I could've just been dead.

-That little fucking ball.
HARVEY FOSTER: Because you rode through it.
You rode through it too.
I'm psyched on you guys for doing that.
That's a good ride.
I did it too.
ARTO SAARI: I'll go on a motorcycle trip to anywhere.
Tierra de Fuego.
That's it, right?
Tierra del Fuego.
The tip of fire.
Alaska's one place I want to go.
And fucking tip of fire is one place I want to go.
If you can combine the two, it would be most apex.
ARTO SAARI: Or start from the bottom.
Who knows?
Go all the way up and then take the Bering Strait across
to Russia, take the Road of Bones, Mongolia, side by side
Siberian Express, or even ride on the tracks.
Go to Scando.

Go up Norway all the way down to Morocco, the
southern tip of Africa.

Retire in Australia.
-What you just said there was--
-You're a real go-getter.
ARTO SAARI: Fucking go get her done while you're at it.
So what's going on with these beers, anyway?
It's as important as fuel at this point of the trip.
This is very important.