2014 ZOOM "leftovers" gallery
Youness Amrani, Lisbon, Portugal
By now, you're probably sitting around with a refrigerator full of leftover Thanksgiving food, wondering how to spend the rest of your holiday weekend in between football games and shoveling snow. XGames.com can help. On top of our monthly ZOOM gallery, we selected 10 action-packed photos spanning the four corners of the globe. Here, XGames.com presents our own version of holiday leftovers, beginning with skateboarder Youness Amrani landing a frontside flip in Lisbon, Portugal.
Nate Tyler, Central Coast, California
"Hurricane Marie was a special time for California," says photographer Chris Burkard. "Waves broke all over the state like never before. We drove up from horded lineups of Newport and Santa Barbara to this secluded Central Coast cove that rarely breaks. And Nate Tyler found himself with no one around but a few curious tourists."
Halldor Helgason, Iceland
"Iceland is a dark place with very short days around Christmas," says photographer Frode Sandbech. "Halldor Helgason, who is Icelandic, always makes the most out of it, though, searching for rad spots in snowstorms during the dark."
Matt Miller, New York City
"Matt Miller (switch frontside noseslide) and I were skating around Midtown Manhattan in NYC around 2 a.m. when we found this construction zone," says photographer Mike Blabac. "It's amazing skating through the city at that time of day when most everyone else in the city is asleep. Usually when we're out skating -- there are lights for filming, which makes a photo like this difficult to shoot, but fortunately there was no one filming this night. Matt is one of the few people who can skate one of these barriers without a ramp -- especially switch. Luckily we happened to skate down the right street that evening and found this spot rather than dodging security guards at all the usual skate spots."
Linus Archibald, Switzerland
"We had a pretty bad summer in Engelberg, Switzerland, with a lot of rain, but it was still good enough to get some nice riding in," says photographer Oskar Enander. "On one of many misty days, myself and Linus Archibald got this shot as the sun tried to break through the clouds."
Michael Piccolo, Italy
"Michael Piccolo is one of the best flatland BMX athletes in Italy," says photographer Ricky Monti. "I met him in Lake Como, situated in north of Italy close to the Alps, which is where I live. This shot with Michael was taken next to the Como's Gothic cathedral, which was built in the 14th century."
Tim McChesney, Sandpoint, Idaho
"Some jumps are big, and some are excessively big," says photographer Eric Seo."Tim McChesney had to ski in at 60 mph to clear this 110-foot gap jump while shooting for the Level 1 Productions film "Less" at Schweitzer Mountain last year. That's ridiculously fast. But would you go any slower when you have to gap over a chairlift?"
Shuriken Shannon, Laguna Beach
"I was asked to meet up at a mansion in Laguna, right on the beach by OC Ramps to shoot photos with some of their team riders, which included Shuriken Shannon, pictured here doing a frontside noseslide," says photographer Brian Fick. "Apparently, the home owners also owned the mansion next door. They let their kids use this one to skate in for a little while before they started to remodel it. The parents bought a small halfpipe, some launch ramps, ledges and flatbars from Derek at OC Ramps and part of the deal was to let us come in one day and shoot and film. It was a definitely a very unique experience being allowed to skate inside a mansion in Laguna Beach."
Kris Garwasiuk, British Columbia
"I was shooting with Kris Garwasiuk in British Columbia last fall, and we decided to explore an old riding spot he knew of in the hills above Kelowna," says photographer Mason Mashon. "It had been overcast the whole day, but for the last 10 minutes of the day the sun poked out beneath the clouds and illuminated the area with golden light. We had a power session photo shoot on this berm and captured some sweet moments in just a few minutes. I love it when all of the right elements come together in buzzer-beater fashion."
Andreu Lacondeguy, Virgin, Utah
"Andreu Lacondeguy rides during practice during Red Bull Rampage in Virgin, Utah," says photographer Christian Pondella. "Here's his casual version of a backflip at height."