November 2013 ZOOM gallery
Curtis Woodman, Tahoe
These 10 images, including one of snowboarder Curtis Woodman, make up our picks for some of the best early photos in action sports this month. "Curtis has been taking me to this zone for the past few years and every time we go, I try to shoot the spot a little differently," photographer Ben Birk said. "On this day, it was snowing and the daylight was very dark so I bought my Elinchrom Ranger out with the idea of using it to spice up the images. Curtis did his trick, I got my photo and we had a blast that day at Bo's Nest."
Michael Dunphy, Mexico
After days of hunting barrels and scoring the cleanest and largest south swell of the year in Oaxaca, Mexico, photographer Ryan Craig and surfer Michael Dunphy went to a new wave in search of ramps. "This was the final session of the trip and a great change of pace after days of draining sandbars," Craig said. "We surfed all morning, frothing on the punt-able conditions before packing our bags and heading to the airport immediately after."
Derek Garland, California
"I got excited when Doug Parsons and Derek Garland came to me and said they found a potential urban wall ride," photographer Chris Tedesco said. "The lack of a lip made getting onto the wall a real challenge, forcing Garland to ride straight into it, nearly bouncing him off the first time. After that, it was all magic. There goes the neighborhood."
Dane Beardsley, Colorado
"As I was photographing Dane Beardsley flat landing in a sliver of sunlight, two unannounced young boys moved into the frame walking in perfect unison," photographer Theodore Van Orman said of the picture taken in Denver.
"Josh 'Skreech' Sandoval lives wherever his skateboard takes him," photographer Brendan Klein said.
Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Utah
This is a classic jump spot across the street in Alta, Utah, called "The Hip of Love," and skier Sage Cattabriga-Alosa and photographer Adam Clark built it up hoping for the clear evening and sunset that was forecast. "We only got a few small breaks in the storm, but it made for some incredible light with sun, clouds and big snowflakes still lingering in the air," Clark said.
Thomas Vanderham, British Columbia
Pro mountain biker Thomas Vanderham is really into the process of creating captivating images. On this particular day in Kamloops, dust was flying everywhere behind him. "It looked impressive in the natural light but I was intrigued at seeing what we could do to it with some strobes," photographer Sterling Lorence said. "So, we hauled in my kit, and attempted to play up the drama of the roost dust as much as we could to try and intensify his two-wheel drifts through this berm."
Nicolas Wolken, Austria
Just above the city of Innsbruck, Austria, rises a unique resort called Nordpark. "Early in the season, when conditions allow, a group of friends will gather in the lower parts of the mountains around our hometown, aiming to explore," photographer Carlos Blanchard said. "Getting to know our backyard can be even more amazing than traveling miles away from home." Here, Nicolas Wolken rides a steep and short line in Seegrube, Austria.
Colin Mackay, Virginia
"It's always a double overhead day in Norfolk, Va., when you drop into the big bowl with Colin Mackay," photographer Justin Kosman said. "As a photographer, 'I think I can go higher' are usually famous last words, but Mackay ripped around the bowl another 10 times to squeeze all the juice out of this volcano hip."
Adriano De Souza, France
"I'm not a huge fan of crowds and there was a pretty big scene at the Quik Pro in France, so I took a walk down the beach away from everyone," photographer Mark Welsh said. "Luckily, the contest was running late and as the light was becoming juicy, Adriano De Souza rode this wave out as it was breaking just off to the side of these pilings."