BEHIND THE BAR
Presented by SR Suntour
Photos by Margus Riga, Hoshi Yoshida, JP Gendron & Tom Beardmore
If you’re a fan of big mountain lines, big air and freeride, chances are Alex Volokhov has flown across your radar. Raised on the hallowed soil (and snow) of Nelson, British Columbia, Alex has grown up living the outdoorsman lifestyle. He continues to chase the dream while showing a thoughtful, responsible side beyond his years. Just before he left the grid for his winter job of moderating pine beetles in the cold northern forests of Canada, we sat down with the 25-year-old Volokhov to learn more about what makes him tick, where he came from and where he sees himself going. During our conversation we were impressed by Alex’s future goals, off-season work ethic and plans to invest in longer term strategies that will secure his financial future when sending huge jumps no longer pays the bills.
After watching Alex ride and seeing his confidence on mega-sized jumps a person may think he’s been working at the sport his whole life. In fact, even we assumed this. Quite the opposite is true however, yes, he rode bikes in his younger years, but Alex was priming himself to be a professional snow athlete, not a mountain biker. At the age of 13 Alex joined the Burton Development Team but soon after realized that the illusion of being a pro wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be. “I just got tired of all the filming, repeating lines over and over and just felt like I was losing the passion,” Alex shared. After riding on the Burton Devo Team for a while he decided the best way to keep the passion was to pull back and just ride for the love of the sport. It was about this time that Garett Buehler took him under his wing in 2013, just about seven years ago.
Pro rider Garett Buehler had some sections in Scott Secco’s film, Builder, and recruited Alex to help sculpt his lines. His natural eye for big mountain freeride crossed over naturally and Alex made the transition to the mountain bike world with a new sense of passion and excitement. Like many young mountain bikers, Alex grew up watching Freeride Entertainment flicks like the New World Disorder series, much of which was filmed in Nelson, B.C. Now it was Alex’s turn to be involved in the film productions pushing the sport of freeride MTB and he was stoked.
Since then Alex has continued to be involved in the progression of freeride in several ways. He recently competed in the Marzocchi Proving Grounds, where we came in sixth place, despite the bad weather. Alex has also quite literally helped shaped winning runs at Red Bull Rampage. Two of the three years that Kurt Sorge won the most famous mountain bike event in the world; Alex was there digging for Kurt. This experience no doubt has given Alex the confidence and desire to proclaim his biggest dream, “To ride Red Bull Rampage!”
Without further ado, let’s get to know who Alex Volokhov is, behind the bars.