Van life + Skate life, a perfect combination

Moonshine team rider Victoria Waddington ditches city life for van life…and loves it!

Words by: Victoria Waddington.  I’ve always wanted to live in a van. Ever since I can remember, I daydreamed of hazy summer days, cruising down the highway accompanied with nothing but good tunes, the clothes on my back and never ending expectation of adventure. Home would be both nowhere and everywhere, the world literally becoming my backyard.

Van life, Hill hunting in your home.
Van life and hill hunting in your home.

My boyfriend and I had been living in Vancouver for the past few years. 3 years deep into city life and with rent continuing to rise, I was ready for a change. We’d been following some van conversions on social media and played with the idea of building our own, so when we came across a rusty old Ford E150 on Craigslist it seemed like unreal timing. We decided to check it out, and after seeing for ourselves that she still ran, we jumped on it and suddenly became two proud new owners of a steel box on wheels. Van life was becoming a reality.

Building it didn’t come without challenges. With Vancouver’s cold winter rain begging us to stay inside, we worked hard when the sun shone. With both of us having very little carpentry or electrical experience, we relied mainly on other people’s van conversions online, Instagram and the amazing help of a couple friends. Finally in early in May she was finished (building started in September).

The interior of the van, set up with king size bed. #van life
The interior of the van, with our king size bed set up for maximum chilling on the road.

Since moving into the van full time, it’s been completely eye opening.. North Vancouver to Whistler has so much beauty, which is where we’ve been spending most of our time. Being able to wake up at the top of a favorite local skate run or different mountain view every morning is amazing. We can still cook awesome meals, relax in a king size bed and enjoy the basic necessities. There’s also something really nice about living with the bare minimum. I’ve found that I’m able to focus my time more on reconnecting with the outdoors, which is something that I lost a bit when living in the city. Each day feels like a new adventure, and besides the obvious challenges like finding washrooms in town and staying warm when it’s cold and rainy outside, the experience has surprisingly comfortable and such a trip!

Ocean view is our living room.
One of many dreamy ocean views.

As summer draws near we’re excited to take the van on some serious road trips and skate adventures. We’ve built an amazing storage compartment for all our gear, which means we’ll be leaving no boards behind. I’m stoked to be able to take my two current favorites, the Moonshine Spirit and the Spark wherever I go! You can find me rolling up to BC’s COAST races this year, including Danger Bay, Jake’s Rash and the Slasher. Sunpeaks and the Giant’s Head Freeride are also on the list, with even more races and events added to the calendar as we go. An extended skate trip to Cali or even Mexico is even in talks. If you see us rolling by, come say hi and check out our awesome home on wheels!

Van lif with skate boards
The complete package. With everything we need in tow, our opportunities have become endless, and adventure leads our days.
Van life from the cockpit. Storage space and comfort.
View from the cockpit. Maximizing our storage while maintaining space and comfort while driving was key.

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