Video: Parallels Between Mountain Biking & Surfing in 'True to the Woods'

Nov 19, 2020
by Volcom True To This  


At Volcom, we align with people that are authentically ‘True To This’… and we support stories rooted in the irrational pursuit of their passions.

R Dogg, Nik and Warren are great riders and members of our family! We are excited to support their new surfing adventures as well as their mountain biking passion!

True To The Woods is a representation of that feeling you have when you spend a week with your homies surfing, chilling, and mostly enjoying the woods! It's not the trails you do, nor how fast or slow you go… is the time you have laughing with the crew!





Nick Nestoroff is an all American up and coming racer from Southern California. But it s not all race results and training. Kid s got style in front of the camera as well
Nick Nestoroff is an all American up and coming racer from Southern California. But it's not all race results and training. Kid's got style in front of the camera as well.


You may not have heard of Warren Kniss because he is a bit of a silent shredder. He is not only one of the most talented all around riders but also rips on a Moto skateboard and surfs. That s why he s on the Volcom crew.
You may not have heard of Warren Kniss because he is a bit of a silent shredder. He is not only one of the most talented all around riders but also rips on a Moto, skateboard and surfs. That's why he's on the Volcom crew.


When in Aptos you are more than likely to see a classic invert from R dog.
When in Aptos you are more than likely to see a classic invert from R dog.


Couple of kooks cruising down the line. Mid shoot surf breaks for the crew were part of the daily routine of course.
Couple of kooks cruising down the line. Mid shoot surf breaks for the crew were part of the daily routine of course.


Jacob Hyde is a local shredder that puts just as much work into digging as riding. He is as loc as they come
Jacob Hyde is a local shredder that puts just as much work into digging as riding. He is as loc as they come!


True to my crew...
Always true to my crew...


Fasthouse s legend R Dog has our back as well When he is not riding his bike he s in our surf program
Fasthouse’s legend R Dog has our back as well! When he is not riding his bike, he’s in our surf program!


Warren Kniss staying true to his home town forest.
Warren Kniss staying true to his home town forest.


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51 Comments

  • 15 3
 Love MTB and it's become my main hobby since i moved a little further away from the sea. But surfing was my first love and still nothing quite makes you feel better about the world than a fun surf in the sunshine (and conversely nothing makes you decide "I want to live!" more than a horrific day in a big, deepest-winter, cold chunky swell).
  • 4 0
 Same here 10 minutes to ride or 2.5hrs to surf for unknown condition and packed peak make it easier for me to ride but man the whole paddling sitting waiting riding a waves is an awesome feeling that is hard to beat.
  • 13 0
 @ybsurf: I don't know.. I agree nothing beats a perfect surf session, where you scored great waves and it was just you an your friends... But that happens once or twice a year. Localism, agro riders who think every wave is theirs, douche bags that work in surf shops that vibe you hard when you ask an honest question about a new board technology... That's all I remember because that what surfing has become. I'm stoked to have found mtbs. The community is way healthier and every ride is a good ride. Countless 3 hour surf sessions just sitting there and then you finally get one out the back and you spend the whole ride dodging and weaving kooks that didn't see the set coming.
  • 6 0
 @dwmetalfab: exactly my thoughts our summer spot here is way over crowded for shitty waves 75% of the time and in winter nice point break but yeah 50 people waiting a set every 10 mi ites on a take off zone the size of a pick up truck. I keep surfing for travelling in remote area but when I'm home I ride I have awesome riding right in my backyard and more within an hour. Like you said nothing beats a good prefect session but it doesnt happen often, and biking is not as condition dependent, how many times I drove 3 hrs to wind blown choppy soft waves.
  • 4 0
 @dwmetalfab: and you from Oregon man seaside and manzanitta is so crazy with localism they think its indo or Hawaii and defend it like it's the best waves in the world... lol bunch of white trash douche bags. But rest of oregon was awesome with cool chill people.
  • 7 0
 @dwmetalfab: True words from someone who surfs. Only non-surfers wax poetic about the mellow surfer vibe lifestyle- That vibe was killed and buried decades ago with industry exploitation.

Mountain biking, however, still has that vibe.
  • 5 0
 @dwmetalfab: Couldn't agree more.
Too many D-Bags in my surfing world made me hang up my boards and grab for my bike every time...
  • 1 0
 @ybsurf: I've been lucky in that where i surf is still relatively chill despite being know across the UK as a great place to surf. Sure it can get busy, but there's always room for everyone and it's mainly just people who want to get in the water, have a surf and a good time and go home. I was never part of a 'surf scene', just me and my friends would surf together and that's it so that's maybe why i've not had the same experiences as other people who have commented. Although the UK surf scene is very different to North America i imagine.

I have come across the odd D-Bag surfing though. And to be honest, when you find out there are D-Bags, even in a sport as pure, joyful and (dare i say it) perhaps sometimes spritual as surfing, it's disappointing but also one of the most important life lessons you can learn:

Regardless of how fundamentally good the ethos of a particular group or community is, there's still A-holes who want to join in too. Just because somebody shares the same interest as you is no guarantee they'll uphold the same values. A-holes get everywhere and that's life.
  • 7 0
 Surfed every day for 8 years. Stopped when I got a mtb and realized EVERY DAY is a great day to mountain bike. Have surfed maybe 5 times since that day 12 years ago.
  • 8 0
 It's always triple overhead if you let go of your brakes... rarely ever blown out, no back paddlers. Surfing is for kooks!
  • 2 1
 @Eatsdirt: nothing beats a good surf sessions but they are rare as biking no need to worry about tides, winds, currents and swell on your bike you just see if its dry or wet that's it and even if the trails are crowded it's never like tons of people waiting for the same wave. But like I said when the condition aligns there is nothing that beats a good surf session.
  • 3 0
 @ybsurf: that's why mountainbiking is such a good complement to surfing, you can choose which sport you want to do depending on the conditions... but yes doing a sport that does not depend on weather/tides/wind/swell/sand banks (+ daylight hours during winter) makes you realise how satisfying it is to just get out there and go for a ride
  • 1 1
 @ybsurf: There is absolutely nothing that compares to getting barfed out of a big deep barrel... but I get perfect uncrowded set waves every day on the bike even in blown out kitty litter. Sounds like you're trying to sell me on it... you a fan of crowded lineups?
  • 1 1
 @Eatsdirt: what? When did I say I love crowded line ups? Set wave on a bike?
  • 1 1
 @ybsurf: You seem to be selling surfing, while most seasoned surfers are of the “ if you don’t surf - don’t start” mentality. Setwaves was an analogy for unfettered fun free of crowds and kooks. Get pitted brah.
  • 1 1
 @Eatsdirt: maybe I didnt say it well but like I said as much as I like a good session of surf I dont bother much anymore because I'm 3 hrs away from the surf and it's always a gamble for conditions and super crowded nowadays. When I can drive 10 minutes and have great bike trails and a bike park 30 minutes away, so not sure where I'm trying to sell surfing like another said when you have perfect condition with only your friends it's hard to beat but it's a few times a year while biking it's always good no matter what.
  • 4 0
 Just come back from a nice cold uk surf , a fair few people I know do both sports . They share the addictive balance of being outdoors and adrenaline ! The main difference I’ve noticed is you generally can’t drown on your bike
  • 12 0
 South Wales: "Hold my trail snorkel"
  • 8 2
 Love that volcom are making moves in Mtbing. Board sport vibes in the woods is where it's at!
  • 18 2
 Although I doubt a surfer would have the nuts to turn up at a break with an electric surfboard claiming it helps them "surf longer"... although having just checked I see there is such a thing as an e-surfboard - jeezus we really are f*cked.
  • 2 0
 @Status1: Surfers have plenty of nuts apparently. Dongboards at shortboard spots, SUPers everywhere. An E-board would be just another nail in the coffin.
  • 4 0
 @Status1: oh man I know a lot a lazy "so called" surfers that would get a e-surf right away because they are too lazy and out of shape to paddle like the sport intend to do. If they make it it will sell and like @eatsdirt said it will not be a nail in the coffin but the LAST nail as every single kook will get to surf.
  • 5 0
 @ybsurf: Sounds familiar.....
  • 1 0
 @DarkSid3: I know right!
  • 6 2
 The marketing machine is here to sell you another cotton t-shirt with no adjustments to suit mtb! Lol I dont know any surfers that think volcom is cool.
  • 10 1
 Been surfing for over 25 years..(riding almost as long)...I'm wearing a pair of Volcom shorts at the moment, but only because I can get them for $15 and they fit me well...otherwise don't give any turds about the brand or what they make, but see multiple people here "excited" to see this brand getting into biking. And like you I can't help but wonder why anyone would care...just a brand for a person to pay to be a billboard for that's making the same stuff as the other guy
  • 6 1
 Hey new brand for biking! You are volcom!
  • 6 0
 Wait until they realize they can sell sell their $50 boardshorts to MTBers for $150.
  • 7 4
 Was going say that that MTB is closer to skateboarding or even scooters in skateparts?
But then realized the connection to surfing is all marketing?
  • 2 1
 Then, imo, you're doing it wrong. Maybe that's why the whole urban bike scene doesn't appeal to me. Riding in nature is just incredibly satisfying for me. And the feeling of the insanely powerful ocean surge just before the wave launches you is one of the most amazing things I've ever experienced. Again, my opinion, but I see so much beauty on this earth.
  • 2 1
 @rrolly: yeah I feeling only a surfer know
  • 2 1
 When the waves are on, I surf. When there's no surf (and here in Finale waves are only occasional) I ride my bikes. When my mtb riding is stagnating, I'm skating or skimboarding. Comes winter, I snowboard as much as I can. So, theoretically, I'm the stereotypical Rad Dad to whom Volcom caters. I think I just own one spare Volcom tee, actually, but I truly hope they can bring some new ideas to the mtb community. This video actually is not that promising, but who knows.
  • 2 1
 if Volcom started making mtb stuff that would be amazing. Dakine dont seem to have as much any more and dont like the moto brands personally.
as someone who surfs, skates and snowboards as well i prefer to support brands who support action sports/outdoors.
come on Volcom get amongst it.
  • 2 1
 There are so many parallels that one could do between both sports, too bad it is not really represented in this video! Although it is nice to see that such a brand is getting into mountainbiking.
Pumping, finding the right line, speed control... are things that you have to master to get better at surfing or mountainbiking. Been surfing for over 15 years and started riding a bike quite late, nothing beats a good surf but riding a new "bikepark"/bike spot got me back years ago when I first discovered surf breaks around my area. It's all about (re)discovering new spots to ride and learning along that.
  • 1 0
 Surf when the waves are good and ride when they aren't. It's not science. I love both for different reasons, but the trails never change conditions or are fickle due to tidal shifts or lack of swell. They will be there tomorrow.
  • 1 0
 MTB riding was a past time to keep me fit for surfing. Then family and work came and MTB took over as you don't have to worry about the right banks, enough swell, crowds, kooks and right winds. However given the choice there is something about the unpredictability of surfing and being at the whim of the ocean that will always win out over MTB. Time in the greenroom is like nothing else...ever...
  • 3 2
 Wait.... So R dog is sponsored by volcom who make cloths and fasthouse another clothing/gear company, and he owns or is part of "ride or die" that sells t shirts? Am I the only one a bit confused by this?
  • 2 0
 do you wear only one brand of clothing? he's a polygot!
  • 2 0
 I have for some time frequently referred to certain aspects of riding as "dirtsurfing." Although, having googled the term, I may have to reevaluate.
  • 4 0
 Surfing sucks. Don't do it.
  • 2 0
 Albee is waiting for you Rdog...
I’m little 2 old and fat too hustle.
But a surf and turf always puts a smile on my face!
  • 3 0
 Sold my ebike. Crf250 and a surfboard or bust
  • 4 0
 So...bro
  • 3 1
 Big opportunity missed not have Jack Moir onboard. The guy was surfing between EWS stages this year!
  • 3 1
 seeing Volcom venture into MTB does make a lot of sense.
  • 2 0
 No board mounts on their bikes?
  • 3 1
 Sick edit fellas! Volcom, welcome to mountain biking.
  • 1 0
 CHECK out Ben Deakin's surfing inspired race team?

www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmwwLNzPfVY
  • 1 0
 How does MTB compare to surfing? It’s always 2’ to 20’ just pick ya line!!
  • 1 0
 Cob!!!

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