Must Watch: Tomomi Nishikubo is a Desert Island Castaway in 'Ride to Survive'

Dec 1, 2020
by rasoulution  

YouTube star Tomomi Nishikubo is known for his creative way of riding bikes. With a strong background in trials riding, the Japanese rider approaches obstacles in a unique way that never ceases to amaze. In “Ride to Survive”, his latest project, Tomomi finds himself stranded on a small, deserted island in Japan. Luckily, his trials bike got washed up there as well. For Tomomi, there isn’t a better tool to explore the island and to go on a trick-filled hunt through the woods, looking for food with lots of creative action along the way.


Making the most of it while waiting to be rescued
© Naoki Morita
Making the most of it while waiting to be rescued

The beginning of the video shows Tomomi lying on the island shore, half-covered by water, on a rocky beach, slowly regaining consciousness. After looking at his surroundings and a failed attempt to light a fire, Nishikubo finds the island’s only other “inhabitant”: his trials bike. With a few quick pedal strokes, Tomomi is back in his element. No matter if he’s lighting a fire, catching fish or picking fruits from a tree, the Japanese Bike-Ninja uses his bike in ways that would make MacGyver proud. With technical finesse, Tomomi shows top-notch trials riding in unfamiliar terrain and tricks like a tire tap to front flip on and off a slackline.



bigquotesThe Front Flip off the slackline is the most difficult trick of the video. This is a world’s-first trick, so there is no guideline, no example... I had to imagine the body movements on the slackline system. It took all day to build up and test the slackline. And I landed the trick the next day!Tomomi Nishikubo

By the end of the 7:51 minute-long clip, Tomomi climbs the highest ridge of the island and spots a ferry not too far away. Having proven his survival bike skills to the fullest, it is time for him to return to civilization on an improvised raft. Tomomi gives it the final push by jumping on it with a back flip and sails away into the sunset.



Building most of the obstacles all by himself, the Japanese dedicated the entire summer to bring his new project to life. Accompanied by two filmmakers, Daisuke Yamasaki & Jidai Malakar as well as photographer Naoki Morita, Tomomi had a brilliant time filming for this video and even managed to catch a fish with the help of his improvised fishing rod, which in his words was “the most delicious fish I ever had”.


If you find yourself stranded on a desert island you will have to improvise
© Naoki Morita
If you find yourself stranded on a desert island, you will have to improvise

If you want to find out more about the process behind the work for Ride to Survive, keep your eyes peeled on Tomomi´s YouTube channel to not miss out on the deep dive Behind-The-Scenes video, which will be going live in the upcoming weeks.



Follow Tomomi on Social Media:

YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/TomomiNishikubo
Instagram: www.instagram.com/tomomi_nishikubo/
TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@tomomi_nishikubo
Website: https://rasoulution.com/athletes/tomomi-nishikubo/


49 Comments

  • 106 0
 PLEASE PINKBIKE ASSIGN THIS VID A MUST WATCH
  • 53 0
 Done and done.
  • 2 0
 @brianpark: Much obliged!
  • 44 1
 Just when I thought Fabio was insane , Nishikubo rocks up!
  • 32 0
 Probably the most unorthodox front flip I've seen!
  • 8 0
 The crash take from that trick was surprisingly tame! I was expecting carnage.
  • 31 0
 You are amazing Mr. Tomomi. You and Danny should do an edit together! thank you for a great start to my Tuesday
  • 29 0
 What does a guy need to do to get a "must watch" tag these days?
  • 14 0
 this guy is one of my favourite instagram follows. so underrated. does danny mackaskill stuff on an aluminum kona process with an SX drivetrain
  • 8 0
 This guy deserves so much more coverage. His videos are unique and his street style blended with trials skill make him a pleasure to watch.
  • 8 0
 That flat drop backflip to landing on his back (on that roof) looked like it hurt! Amazing edit!
  • 8 0
 MUST WATCH! Believe me, twice at least.
  • 2 0
 That last photo when seen in a thumbnail on a phone looks like a guy with a silenced pistol held to his head in the jungle, which gives a whole other expectation to viewers... I thought we were going South Pacific WWII POW camp reenactment / mtb promo!
  • 3 0
 Interesting....first time for me to know of a person named Tomomi that is male. Don't hate, been living in Japan for a while now Wink its just that Tomomi normally is a girl's name. Impressive riding!
  • 21 0
 Weird. I have only ever met a Mrs. Kamot.
  • 5 0
 Thank goodness he gave up on the fire and found the bike! Otherwise we'd have to watch him make coffee to start the video.
  • 2 0
 Make coffee... stare over mug into the distance... pack gear... slow mo pedal out of camp...
  • 4 0
 Blew my mind and made me laugh...this is a standout in all directions. Amazing!
  • 5 0
 Anyone know if he gets of the island? Hope he is ok.
  • 3 0
 Hahah just the right amount of cheesy to make me laugh and stay on the video. Amazing skills and such a fun vid.
  • 6 3
 Great riding! I think the video was ruined by the music.
  • 3 0
 Wow. So creative. So good. So fun to watch.
  • 1 0
 Fantastic video, this guy looks up to the big names but he is on par with them riding wise!! I dreamed up a wall climb just like that, stoked to see someone do it Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Can only image what the crashes looked like from attempting the trick at 4:00
  • 2 0
 favorite vid in a long time
  • 1 0
 That was awesome. Very reminiscent of the quirky style of Gou Miyagi's skateboard videos.
  • 2 0
 Just wow! Incredible skills
  • 1 0
 That turning drop down the wooden structure, so cool! Rampage can be in the sequoia forests now too
  • 1 0
 These guys are killing it. His videos are always lighthearted, enjoyable and fun to watch. Keep up the great work gentlemen!
  • 1 0
 So rad! I know him from little clips on instagram but this long form is really impressive
  • 2 0
 5:48 was pretty insane.
  • 1 0
 That was killer! Always so fun to watch. VOD
  • 1 0
 This guy is f*cking class! Awesome Video!
  • 2 1
 Get this guy on american ninja warrior!
  • 2 0
 20/20
  • 1 0
 Great video with awesome riding.
  • 2 1
 Great vid, loved the music...Mega Skill.
  • 1 0
 The lock-on grip telescope XD
  • 1 0
 We need Danny and Fabio to join Tomomi for a game of bike
  • 1 0
 This was absolutely ridiculous! VOY!
  • 1 0
 Amazing! Excellent skills and themed video, more like this please!
  • 1 0
 this was super fun to watch
  • 1 0
 Impressive for sure.
  • 1 0
 MacAskill from the East!
  • 1 0
 Badass
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