Saturday, August 28, 2010
I've been shooting Devun Walsh for almost 20 years now. I've watched him go from the kid without a sponsor, to the kid everyone wanted to look like, to the legend he is today. It took him a lot of hard work, on and off the snow. Whether it meant hiking the jump just one more time, driving solo to Utah for a photo shoot or only spinning a switch backside 5 because a 12 will look like shit, Devun knows that being a professional snowboarder is more than chuckin' whatever the newest trick is. He does it all better than anyone else out there, and here is the proof.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
About 10 days ago I left Canada for Chile to shoot with Brain Farm for the making of their feature film "Flight". The snowboarders for this portion of the film will be Jake Blauvelt, Scotty Lago and Travis Rice.
We landed in Santiago and stayed in the city to shoot the lifestyle and the travel portion of the film first before leaving to Farallones, a small town near the ski hill Valle Nevado. With a huge house for us waiting in Farallones along with 2 helicopters, this is where we were to base ourselves from for the next month.
Due to a lack of new snow we decided to leave the house behind and fly south a few hours to Termas de Chillan. All our gear following in 2 cargo vans. Unfortunately the expected snow in Chillan never showed. While waiting, we were able to do a lot of fun things that will end up in the TV show, a kind of a behind the scenes and making of the film. One day consisted of flying to a winery for some tasting, and the next to the beach to check out the Volcom Nutcracker surf contest and finally a day of heli shopping.
We are now back in Farallones, regrouping and planning the next week of the shoot. We still have close to 3 weeks left so we are all optimistic that the snow will come. With this group of riders, all we really need is 3 good days to get it all done. Fingers crossed.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
I recently submitted a few photos to American Photo for their feature on sports photography and was thrilled to find this photo of Mikkel Bang was published. The photo was taken this winter. We were in the Whistler backcountry, it was late in the day, and my crew was still motivated to get shots. This was Mikkel's first time hitting the jump. He was trying a backside 180 and misjudged his speed and went way too big. He opened up like this to keep his balance. On the next try he got the trick but it just doesn't look as cool as this one.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
This summer Dana White, president of the UFC, visited the Transworld offices in Carlsbad California to speak at a sales meeting. Apparently he saw this Mike O'Meally photo hanging on the wall in the skate department and needed to have it. Everything is for sale I guess, especially when your potential client walks around with a gangsters wad in his pocket 24/7.
For $5k Dana literally took the photo from the wall and back to his jet, which didn't fit into the Carlsbad airport. Bummer.
Skin Phillips flippin' through 5K.
Outside the TWS office in Carlsbad.
Dana and Skate photo editor Skin Phillips, I hope O'Meally sees some of that cake.