Video: Surfing Trails in Kamloops with William Robert

Mar 1, 2019 at 9:32
by Damien Vergez  

Words from ION:

Our fundamental mission remains unchanged: "Surfing elements" unites a global movement of stoke. We all chase the flow and face the elements, enjoying every spectrum of life. Thrill, forces, gravity, confidence, dedication, and passion - all the same. Follow ION athlete William Robert hitting the trails in Kamloops, BC. That truly represents what mountain biking stands for us – SURFING TRAILS.

Surfing Trails - BTS - RED - Gemini fastfokus - Damien Vergez
Surfing Trails - BTS - RED - Gemini fastfokus - Damien Vergez

Surfing Trails - BTS - RED - Gemini fastfokus - Damien Vergez
Surfing Trails - BTS - RED - Gemini fastfokus - Damien Vergez

Surfing Trails - BTS - RED - Gemini fastfokus - Damien Vergez
Surfing Trails - BTS - RED - Gemini fastfokus - Damien Vergez
(Left)Andy Criere : Hendaye/France(Top) Hossegor/France(Bottom) __ (Right) William Robert : Whistler/Top of the world(Top) - Sun Peaks/BC (Bottom)


Words from Damien Vergez // Director:

After 2 weeks shooting in Whistler for Dirt Diaries last August, William Robert and I decided to go north explore the Kamloops surroundings. ION asked us to find trails that represent perfectly the ION slogan "Surfing Trails", with big air, dust, high speed, smooth curves and corners... and I had the feeling we would find we this in Kamloops. And my feeling was right. It was a true paradise, really. Corners after corners it's a huge network of dynamic and beautiful trails that truly represent what mountain biking is for us. The landscapes and wildlife also play a huge role in the riding experience. You feel good in Kamloops.

Looks like we found the mountain bike heaven... Life is better when you ride.

Surfing Trails - BTS - RED - Gemini fastfokus - Damien Vergez

Surfing Trails - BTS - RED - Gemini fastfokus - Damien Vergez

Surfing Trails - BTS - RED - Gemini fastfokus - Damien Vergez

Surfing Trails - BTS - RED - Gemini fastfokus - Damien Vergez

Surfing Trails - BTS - RED - Gemini fastfokus - Damien Vergez
Surfing Trails - BTS - RED - Gemini fastfokus - Damien Vergez

Surfing Trails - BTS - RED - Gemini fastfokus - Damien Vergez

Surfing Trails - BTS - RED - Gemini fastfokus - Damien Vergez

Surfing Trails - BTS - RED - Gemini fastfokus - Damien Vergez
Surfing Trails - BTS - RED - Gemini fastfokus - Damien Vergez

Surfing Trails - BTS - RED - Gemini fastfokus - Damien Vergez

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LOCATION: Kamloops, BC
RIDER: William Robert
DIRECTED BY: Damien Vergez / www.fastfokus.com


MENTIONS: @FASTFOKUS



48 Comments

  • + 51
 Oh don't even compare mountain biking to surfing. Epic days are rare in the water - usually you're surfing mediocre everyday waves, and once in awhile a magical perfect day happens. On trails, every single day can be epic pretty much. And the aggro thing with surfing - where too many people makes every pissed off - is so lame. More the merrier with mountain biking. No comparison. The 100% day surfing can definitely compare with, or beat, the 100% day mountain biking. But 100% days in the water are few and far between, while 100% days on the bike can happen any time you ride.
  • + 24
 As first becoming a surfer then later becoming a rider, I would respectfully disagree. I get the same feeling when getting the flow on the bike as I do when getting good waves. I enjoy how difficult surfing can be, and feed off the energy of figuring out swell direction, period, winds. Finding new zones and figuring how the waves work is directly relateable to finding new trails and figuring out the fun lines So yes they are comparable, for me anyway, but what do I know.
  • + 2
 @HaydukeLives: Couldn't agree more, you put it perfectly.
  • + 16
 With this video, the idea was not to compare the sports, but the feeling of riding the elements. That's it :-)
@ HaydukeLives is totally right, you can get same feeling when getting the flow on the bike as you do when getting good waves. Surfing is more difficult, for sure (swell direction, period, winds). But riding as good as William on a bike is also difficult. Right ? In the end, what's the most important here, whether it's surfing or biking, we all have the same passion !
  • + 10
 This. This is why my boards are collecting dust and my bike is dirty and beat up. Such a better vibe on the trails.
  • + 4
 Surfing vs MtB? Why Choose? Surf and Turf!

I do agree that the vibe is far better on the trail than in the water. Too much competition for limited resources in the water - everyone's stressin'.
  • + 2
 You were all surfing when you clicked this bike video Big Grin
  • + 2
 i have no frame of reference for surfing, but just wanted to chime in with this bit of history. at 2:32 Joe Breeze shows off the first published article on mountain biking that features the headline "California bikies are 'mountainside surfing'". Not sayin a mainstream newspaper gets things right either, but thought it was a funny/relevant piece of history for all the bikies out there.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGMbXIkye88
  • + 2
 First off, banger edit....thanks for that guys! Always afraid one day i'll come on here and DH/FR will be a myth of the past...thanks for keeping it alive.

@HaydukeLives: nah man....i guess maybe you have a point if you have limited time to surf/MTB. But I too was a surfer first, and even with 6 days a week in the water at some of the best breaks in socal....there simply no comparison relative to how many good days you have versus meh days.

Always fun to get wet, but back when I was obsessed with surfing, I would sit out in the water waiting for sometimes up to 30minutes between sets. I absolutely cherished surfing, but when i got into the business world and was no longer a student, I had to pick one hobby (i'm a guy that gets obsessed with stuff, not enough time working and having two hobbies for me personally)....and the choice was so easy....MTB. Every single ride can be epic, and you have SO MUCH more flexibility on your riding schedule.

When I surfed the waves dictated when I would surf....obviously....and that can become excessively burdensome when you want to surf every day, but can't just suddenly drop everything for a locals' moment or to chase the best waves around at different breaks. Not to mention, that's predicated on there being waves to begin with....which is not always the case. This is also assuming you can surf off hours, because if you surf early AM or PM after work...and there are waves...it will be CROWDED as f*ck. Sure, after you surf a lot, you know how to navigate crowds and get your waves, but still...used to hate that when I was new, so uncomfortable out there for a newer surfer when you don't want to take a wave and peril/f*ck it up haha. That does kind of increase the high of getting a good wave/ride though...and the best days where the surf is firing and consistent, well, those are special f*cking days, and I don't think MTB can compare...unless you're in whistler/on an epic trip.

MTB is always waiting...at least for those of us lucky enough to live near our trails. I even started riding at night with lights when daylight savings goes away so I can still ride after work starting at 6/7p.



I miss surfing...no doubt. So awesome...just couldn't get my fix without being a total degenerate career guy constantly flaking on things to chase swell. Now I can still ride 5-6 days a week if I want, while maintaining 10-12hr work days.

Highly recommend picking up skiing....lol...I used to dread rain because it would f*ck riding and surfing, but now at least there's a silver lining to it...
  • + 25
 William - Bill
Robert - Bob

*Billy Bob
  • + 15
 Send bobs
  • + 3
 He should absolutely go by Billy Bob! Nice observation!

"I Give it a 10, and Fn teennn"
"Miss Davis, you go prom wiff me ?"
  • + 2
 That was my first observation as well.
  • + 1
 Yup! Billy Bob rips
  • + 1
 You won today's internet!
  • + 6
 Wheel spinning: roost. Wheel locked: skid. Skids suck. I know, because I suck, and I can skid. Glory to the roost; shame to the skid.
  • + 4
 Where we live on the Mornington Peninsula,we surf when its on,and ride when its onshore. Most surfers ride,and most riders surf around here. The two sports blend perfectly with each other.
  • + 6
 Summer can’t come soon enough!
  • + 1
 Surfing since 10, Riding (BMX, now MTB, since I was 9). I am 46 years old and here's my take.
Surfing is more fun (to me) even when the waves are bad.If you learn how to make a shortboard go in mediocre waves you can have a blast, and when the waves are good it's even better. The issue is the crowd however. I have learned to enjoy beachbreaks and surf alone when I get fed up with surf school graduates.
With the above said, MTB is a very close second. The feeling of flowing singletrack with berms and kickers, with a slammed seat and flat pedals is very similar to surfing. The community/vibe is the same as surfing was back in the day.
The cool thing is that the fitness benefits (which are a small aspect of why I surf and ride) complement each other. Surfing is upper body and low intensity aerobic combined with hard efforts. MTB is lower body with some upper and core as well, and much more aerobic, with some anaerobic also thrown in.
Blessed to have those two sports in my life and to be able to enjoy leisure time when most of the world is just trying to feed their families.
  • + 1
 Sick! finally a good mountainbike video which should be outstanding from all the cloud rap and instagram clip swamp! videos like this, how they once used to be make me wanna ride! THANK YOU
  • + 3
 Commencal keep putting out edits, thank you!
  • + 1
 seeing this makes me think about moving in to Bali where you can do both surf and bike.
  • + 2
 Staring out my window the loops, current temp -18C. Thanks for the hope.
  • + 1
 HELL YEAH MA BOYZ!!
Another banger Damien!
Can’t wait to have back here in Whistler guys
  • + 1
 Really enjoyed this. Boosting stylish airs and hanging off the side of the bike—YEEEEEEOOOOWWWWWZZZers
  • + 1
 Hi @FASTFOKUS, cool video. Is this again part of a new MTB-Heroes dvd (or blu-ray)? I'd buy that!
  • + 1
 Hey @vinay, thanks ! No just an edit with William. There is still some dvd/bluray available here : mtbheroes.com
  • + 3
 The STEEZZZ!!!
  • + 2
 There aint notin i like more than a dank ass whip
  • + 1
 super stoke edit..nice to see william rock it!
  • + 1
 The two best passions to have. Biking and Surfing!
  • + 1
 Best video I've seen in a long time!
  • + 1
 5 thumbs up for the vid and the riding...Well done.
  • + 1
 I wish Kamloops trail would be ready!
  • + 1
 Flick right, lean left..... aaaaaand shredding........
  • + 1
 Billy Bob's good......damn good.......
  • + 1
 Ripping it! Great video.
  • + 1
 Fast 'n loose!
  • + 1
 Well done!
  • + 1
 Song?
  • + 1
 Vivid Orchestra - Time.
  • + 1
 @Neale1978: cheers
  • + 1
 @nojzilla: No problemo. Followmeplz.
  • + 1
 MORE ROOOSSTT!!!
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