A Week at Woodward West
Last week I drove from Portland back down to Woodward West in Stallion Springs, CA (outside of Bakersfield) to shoot some photos for their catalog, web, ads, etc. I shot a little of everything… BMX, Skate, MTB, and even some cheerleading. Woodward West is roughly a fifteen hour drive from Portland, but it goes by fast as you cruise through Mt. Shasta and California’s desert. Driving also allows me to bring all the photo gear I like, as well as my bike without having to pay astronomical baggage fees. That, and you don’t want to be in Stallion Springs without a car. This post includes some outtakes from the trip, and features Codie Larsen, Josh Clemens, Mike Saavedra, and a ridiculously large ollie from Jaws. Keep your eyes peeled for next years Woodward West catalog, to see some of this stuff and more bangers.
One thing I noticed on this trip, is that every kid at Woodward who approached me while I was taking pictures asked “what site are these going to be on.” Years back the kids would ask “are these going to be in a magazine.” Read more…
Portland Summer Flatland Jam 2011
I’ve been down at Woodward West in California all week (I’ll post photos soon), but made a point to be back for the annual “Enjoy the Trick” Portland summer flatland jam that went down today. Last year’s summer jam was actually what got me psyched on riding flatland again, so it was fun to get back and actually get to ride a bunch this year. I didn’t shoot many photos, but I did make a point to get some shots of OG Plywood Hood / Aggro Rag ‘Zine maker Mike Daily (left), and Bill Freeman (right), who made the trip up from Los Angeles. There’s a lot of flatland BMX history in these shots. To be honest, I had a couple shots of both of them that I liked, and I couldn’t decide on my favorites, so I posted a couple more after the jump. The above shots can be blown up by clicking the image. I love the contrast here. Both guys have been riding bikes forever. Mike’s riding a CW California Freestyler from the 80s, while Bill is riding a much more modern, brakeless flatland setup. There’s also a clip of me from the jam that Mike filmed at the bottom. Read more…
NW Vintage BMX Show
When it comes to BMX bikes, it doesn’t get any better than the stuff from the early days — the late 70s and early 80s. In many respects, the late 70s Patterson Racing bike shown above (and in some of the other photos, it was definitely my favorite of the show) was ahead of its time. BMX frames have come full circle to a similar design and aesthetic, yet the Patterson was built over 30 years ago and stands the test of time. Amazing.
The NW Vintage BMX show happens annually in Vancouver, WA. This is the first year I’ve been able to make it out and check out some of the bike builds, and the stuff was amazing. Freestyle, racing, cruisers… there was a little of everything. Check out some more photos after the jump, and if you’re in the area, be sure to make it out next year. Photos can be expanded to a larger view by clicking.
Jay Eggleston has been blasting to the sky as long as I can remember, as part of the Denver area “Lip Lords” crew. You’ve probably seen him if you’ve watched a vert contest… he’d be the skinny guy going two feet higher than everyone else on the ramp. Just a real nice, mellow, down to earth guy, who was once sponsored by a porn shop. He’s one of my favorites to watch, and his straight up and down style makes a photographers job very easy. I always end up with good photos of Jay when he’s on the ramp. Jay had a bad crash at a contest in Maryland this weekend, and remains unconscious. We’re all pulling for him to come out of it okay. I’m just staying informed via text messages through the grapevine. Sounds like the Athlete Recovery Fund got involved and got his wife out to MD. Those guys are on it. If you have some free cash, donate to them for sure. They’re doing good things for good people. Get well soon, Jay. Hope to see you blasting soon. I’ll try and update this post when I hear any developments in Jay’s condition. The photos above are from the old school BMX reunion in April.
The ARF has posted a press release about Jay here.
Update: Mike Mancuso added a link to the comments with a page the family set up for regular updates.
Update 2: ESPN have put up a news post about Jay here.
Jay’s family is updating the carepage site above pretty regularly. Keep up with him there… the latest news tonight was that he opened his eyes, and was responsive to a few commands, which would seem to be a good sign.
Flatland BMX w/ Matt St. Gelais
I met Matt back in the mid to late 90s, before I moved from Massachusetts to California. When I moved in 1999, Matt was starting to get better at flatland, and over the next few years I started seeing him at some contests around the country. In 2000 I shot a photo of him at a contest in Florida that ended up in Ride Magazine, where I was working at the time, but I’m not sure I’ve shot photos of him since. Matt ended up going to school for Graphic Design at the same school I went to (The Art Institute of Boston), and recently moved to Portland to work at a small time advertising agency called Wieden+Kennedy. They do work for some upstart brands like Nike and Old Spice. He now lives a few blocks from the flatland spot downtown, so we’ve been riding quite a bit. I saw him doing the above seatgrab plastic man variation the other night, and thought it would make a cool photo, so tonight, despite heavy parking lot traffic from a Major League Soccer Game, we shot it. There’s another shot after the jump as well. Check it out. Read more…
From the Archives: Jamie Bestwick, 2003
It’s possible I posted this years ago on here. But either way I’m bringing it back out because I like it. It’s a turndown flair, over a channel on the B3 BMX Ramp at Woodward Camp in 2003. I was laying on the roll in that runs through the channel, and getting attacked by birds which were nesting in the side of the ramp. It was off-season for camp, so birds had taken up residence in the ramp, and they were dive bombing me between Jamie’s runs.
Pipe to Pipe Skate
The annual Pipe to Pipe went down today up at Mt. Hood. There’s a snowboard portion at Timberline, followed by a skateboard contest at Windells Camp. I hit up the skate portion this evening, and shot a few photos,
some of which should be in the Yobeat gallery tomorrow. I’ll ad that link when it’s up. Until then You can check out the story and full gallery here on Yobeat. There are two photos above: Rion Linderman, who unfortunately left his front teeth on the concrete in qualifiers (but won best trick for the day with a huge McTwist on the quarter) and Omar Hassan, who recently relocated from SoCal to Portland. Omar is boardsliding from the wedge in the background, around the bowl corner, to revert out. Smooth as glass.
King of the Rock
Basketball? Yes, basketball. I shot some basketball for Red Bull in Portland last weekend at it’s King of the Rock event. It’s a one-on-one battle from 64 competitors down to the winner, who qualified for a spot at the main event later this year at Alcatraz. I’m not a fan of traditional basketball, but this was much more entertaining and energized. Fun to shoot, and it didn’t rain in Portland. Check out a few more shots after the jump. Read more…
Bike Portraits:Vertigo MTB
Matt Haughey brought be another custom bike last week, this time around it was a MTB. Matt’s a tall guy, so a fitted custom bike is the way to go. In the past I’ve shot his DeSalvo Cyclocross bike, and more recent his Cielo roadbike. His new MTB is made by local builder Vertigo, and outfitted with as many local-made or made in the USA parts he could come by (Matt is the founder of buylocalcycling.com so all his bikes have a lot of locally sourced components). Check out more shots after the jump. Horizontal shots can be expanded by clicking. Read more…
A Summer T-shirt for Snowboarders
Since summer is in full swing, and two of the major snowboard summer camps are on Mt. Hood, right outside Portland (there is snow there year round), we wanted to do a special Yobeat shirt for the summer that had a kitchy tourist sort of feel… A souvenir of sorts for some of the campers and staff up there to take home. We ended up with a nice clean vector illustration of Mt. Hood’s silhouette, with a two-color print.
Rather than just design them and hand off a disk to someone else, I printed a ton of them myself right here on our press. One of the things I like about design and photography is the hands on part… the process of making shit. That hands on process is easy to lose when you pass off a computer file to a printer. I try to get as much hand done process in as I can, when I can, which is part of the reason I like screen printing. Now that we have a set-up in house, I get to do more experimenting, and keep myself sane and off the computer at times.
These are sort of a “locals only edition.” We’re not selling them in our online store. We gave away one free to each of the snowboard campers at the first week of camp at Windell’s (it was “YoBeat Week” at camp) and they’ll be for sale exclusively through Exit Real World’s Government Camp location throughout the summer. I just shipped up a batch yesterday for those guys so keep your eyes peeled in their shop if you want to get your hands on one. After the jump I’ve posted a few detail shots, and some images I poached from the Yobeat Facebook Page of kids wearing them around snowboard camp last week. Turned out to be a great promo, and kids like free stuff. Read more…
Welcome to the Jungle, Again.
Last summer, Mark Rainha built the weirdest ramp I’ve ever ridden, hidden on a hillside in Southwest Portland. It’s small and tight, but fun, and hidden in a bizarre jungle environment that overlooks downtown. I posted this shot last summer after the ramp was finished, and now that the weather is clearing up around here, Mark has added to the ramps sketchy nature, and added an extension off the side. The weird jungle ramp is now even weirder, and it’s added to the challenging fun. You just have to be careful not to go over the side, or you’ll end up dropping a few hundred feet into the heart of PSU. The photo above is Mark, transferring from the new transition in the background into the mini. If you look closely, you might also see Ryan Barrett wearing a sweater over a collared shirt in the background. “It’s formal Friday.” At least he looked good, on and off the bike, while making the rest of us feel under-dressed. Heavy session on the ramp tonight, though, Barrett, Mark, Anthony Levenda, Anthony Buglio, Caleb Ruecker and more. I suspect I’ll shoot more on this fun contraption as the summer continues.
From the Archives: Mat Hoffman 2002
I came across these shots of Mat Hoffman from 2002, sort of by accident, while searching for some shots in my files. I’m not sure if they ever got used, but they’re from a “Soul Bowl” contest in Huntington Beach, CA in 2002. HSA (Hoffman Sports Association) was the sport organizer for the event, and while Mat wasn’t riding in the contest, he took some runs during practice. I can’t remember if he was injured or healthy… Injured or not, when Mat drops in it’s full throttle. Judging from the photos, whatever limb was almost detatched from his body at the time wasn’t holding him back. The photo on the left is a no-hander one-footer, which I’ve been know to call the “best trick in freestyle” on several occasions. Subjective, yes, but I stand by that, as it’s one of my favorites to shoot and to watch. Sure there are harder tricks, but that’s one that will never get old, at least to me. The photo on the right is pretty serious. The Soul Bowl was/is a full-size vert ramp, but also featured a 45-degree hip and bowl corners. People would jump the hip, but they’d mostly creep over it, and do feeler airs. Mat on the other hand, blasted the shit out of it with very little practice. In all the years the Soul Bowl events ran, I don’t think anyone else went this large over the hip… and Mat wasn’t even in the contest. Check out both shots larger after the jump. Read more…
From the Archives: Joe Rich 1999, Part 2
Back in 2009 I posted another photo from this Warped Tour shoot with Joe Rich from 1999. I just came across two more slides from that day, and since Joe Rich photos are gold, I figured I’d scan them. The shoot resulted in an Etnies ad/postcard which you can see after the jump, as well as the other photo I scanned. You can also blow up the shots by clicking. Read more…
Grounded in Seattle
I drove up to the Seattle area today for a flatland BMX jam. I only shot a few photos as I spent most of the day riding, but you can see a few more shots after the jump. Above is Mark Florek, who I spent many years riding with on the east coast. Mark now lives in Seattle, and fired out plenty decade variations and combinations. Read more…
Hillsboro, Oregon Mike Tag Benefit Jam
A little while back, FBM Bikes Team Legend Mike Tagliavento (or Mike Tag as we all know him) was diagnosed with cancer. Aside from being all together shitty, we all know that stuff like that is unbelievably expensive to treat. FBM immediately set up a fund for Tag, and riders all over the globe have been coming together to kick in money. Today’s gathering in Hillsboro, Oregon was organized by some locals including Pro rider Chester Blacksmith, in an effort to raise some money through prize raffles and a BBQ. From a turnout perspective, this was one of the larger Northwest jams I’ve been too, which hopefully resulted in some decent help for Tag. If you’d like to help out Mike, here’s a link to the FBM Bikes page where you can do so.
Above is Portland’s favorite former Huffy rider, Josh “Boyd” Cornell, who took some time off of the Party Planet and shredded some lookbacks. You can check out some more photos after the jump (the horizontal photos, including the one above can be blown up by clicking them). High turndown ration warning. Read more…
From the Archives: Banton & Powell, 2005
The original Chenga World Skatepark in North Ridgeville, Ohio was one of the most important indoor skateparks of all time. If you were a rider, or BMX photographer in the early 2000s, there’s no doubt you made your way there, no matter where you were from. It was that good. Designed with bikes in mind, the flowing style created by Nate Wessel essentially changed the way we thought about indoor ramp set ups. Owned by two flatland riders, Scott Powell and Dave Schaffer, Chenga also boasted a huge area dedicated to flatland. The original Chenga World closed its doors a few years back when they lost their building due to real estate development, but they still have two other parks in the Cleveland area: Chenga 2, and Chenga 57. That’s Adam Banton above (click to enlarge) on a rigged curved wallride setup. Check out a photo of Chenga founder Scott Powell after the jump. Read more…
Tigard Skatepark, Again.
I hit up the Tigard skatepark for the second day in a row, since my friend Anthony Napolitan was in town on a trip with a fancy shoe company you’ve probably never heard of. A bunch of people were down there shredding including Anthony, the shoe crew, and the usual Portland suspects like Ben Hucke (above), Caleb Quanbeck, and Roman Tencza. Check out some more photos after the jump. Read more…
Sunny Day Tigard Session
The sun is back in Portland, hopefully for a while now. I cut out of the office early, admittedly for the second day in a row, to go ride bikes. I met up with Roman Tencza, Mark Rainha, and a few others at the Tigard Skatepark, and fired off a few photos of Roman and some local skate rippers. You can view them bigger after the jump. Read more…
Draplin “Show and Tell” for Level
I mentioned this video a couple weeks ago, that’s been up over on LevelMag.com in their player. I had a bunch of great stuff left over from the Yobeat interviews I did with Draplin that I posted a little while back, and just couldn’t leave this stuff on the cutting room floor. Like the Yobeat videos, this one got featured over on the design site Notcot.org, and received a lot of good feedback. Aaron’s become a big name in the design world in recent years, and his work hold up to the image he’s built. Check out his workif you haven’t already.
A GoPro and I
I remember a few years ago as photographers we’d labor over strange ways and devices to get cool POV perspectives. In the last few years, GoPro and a few other manufacturers have made it incredibly easy and cheap. I’ve been itching to try some flatland stuff with it for a while, but kept forgetting. This time around, I remembered to bring it, but forgot to charge it, so I only got a few clips, but I thought it was neat. These suckers have become cliché in an “everyone’s doing it sort of way.” Nevertheless if gives a neat perspective that can be used well in moderation. Next time, with more planning and battery charging, I might try it with two of them, to splice different angles together.
Cielo Road Bike in Studio
Meta Filter founder/programming wizard Matt Haughey dropped off another nice custom bike (with an enormously tall stand-over height) to have shot. His DeSalvo cross bike, which he brought by last year, can be seen here. This time around it was a Cielo road bike, built by Chris King here in Portland, Oregon. Nice stuff. Built up with Chris King and SRAM components, in a Meta Filter-ish blue color. Coincidentally, Matt grew up riding flatland BMX in Southern California, and just built up a new flatland bike, so hopefully we’ll see him out at the flatland lot soon. Check out some more shots of the Cielo after the jump. Read more…
Yobeat’s Holy Oly Revival 2011 Video
We went up to the 2011 Holy Oly at the Summit at Snoqualmie near Seattle on Saturday. Holy Oly is a fun, mellow snowboard contest, which features a huge quarterpipe, and jib/rail set up. The winner for the day (as judged by a panel of notable snow industry veterans) wins a pallet of Olympia beer, and gets his (or her) name etched into the “Holiest of the Holy” trophy. This was the 8th annual event, and past winners include Peter Line, Austin Hironaka, and Wille Yli Luoma. This year, Manuel Diaz gets to lug a bunch of beer back to Chile. I put together the above video for Yobeat. Yes, the soundtrack is sarcastic.You can also check out the story and Brooke’s photo gallery on Yobeat.
I also put together a “Show and Tell” video for Level Magazine, with some cool footage I had of Aaron Draplin that wasn’t used in the Yobeat video series from a few weeks back. In this one, Draplin shows some of the neat old packaging he’s collected from estate sales over the years. Some would consider it junk, but as Aaron points out it has a “Fuckin’ Rad value of millions and millions of dollars.” Check it out here.
2011 Old School BMX Reunion Day Two
Today was day two of the 2011 Old School BMX Reunion. Another full day of riding, along with an after party, complete with the Dave Nourie flatland demo that has become tradition. Some new faces showed up this year, including Fred Blood, Scotty Freeman, and Rick Allison. Bill Allen, the actor who played Cru Jones in the movie Rad, made an appearance, along with Jose Yanez, who was the first rider to do a backflip. Jose is most well known as the guy who did the backflip stunt work for Bill Allen in Rad.
Woodward West opened up its Mega Ramp for a three hour session. In theory, given the group of 40-somethings, this could have killed some people, or broken some hips, but it actually went over pretty well, and things stayed relatively safe. A few riders jumped the gap for the first time, while others focused on just the quarterpipe, and Mat Hoffman blasted a few giant airs. There were a few scary moments to watch, and honestly a lot more people played around on it than I expected, but fortunately, no old men down.
It was an incredibly diverse group this year, and once again, well worth the trip to California. If you missed day one, check out those photos here. Check out the photos from day two after the jump. Read more…
2011 Old School BMX Reunion Day One
For the third year in a row I’ve made the trip down to Woodward West in Tehachapi, California, for what’s become my favorite event of the year: The Old School BMX Reunion. It’s sort of like a class reunion, only with 200-some-odd BMX freestyle pioneers from all over the world… all in one place. Many of these riders pro careers date back to the late 70s and early 80s.
This year many of the riders arrived later in the day, so day one was a bit mellower than in the past. Tomorrow is expected to be a bit more packed in and should see a heavier riding session. Today was mostly people getting into town, and playing catch up. So far, BMX legends floating around Woodward include Dennis McCoy, Joe Johnson, Gary Pollak, Dave Nourie, Pete Augustin (pictured above with Jimmy LeVan), Rich Sigur, Brian Blyther, and Eddie Fiola. You can check out some more photos and a small gallery from day one after the jump. I’ll post a more diverse gallery from day two tomorrow night. Read more…
Argonaut in Studio
Had this Argonaut Cycles custom built road bike, complete with integrated electronic shifting, in the studio the other day. Nice internal wiring, custom paint meeting polished stainless steel, and fancy removable (changeable) dropouts. Nice stuff. You can check out a few more shots after the jump. The bike was built for a tradeshow, and it’s for sale, so if you’re in the market for a bad-ass custom machine, and you’ve got a few grand (okay, almost 12) kicking around, go get it. You can see previous “bike portraits” here (you’ll find further links from there as well). Read more…