The best action sports photography, in black and white
Brandon Semenuk, Virgin, Utah
"Brandon Semenuk and I were in Virgin, Utah, last fall working on his new movie project, 'Revel in the Chaos,' and were only shooting at night," says photographer Scott Markewitz. "The crew brought in big movie lights so Brandon could to ride these really big, Rampage-style lines through an illuminated desert landscape. It was incredible to watch him, and it made for some great photo opportunities."
Tristan Funkhouser, San Diego
" 'T Funk' is a classic all-terrain skater, so it's always fun to photograph him at places like Washington Street," says photographer Mike Blabac. "I saw the dog sit down where Tristan was skating earlier, and got ready for the shot. Tristan saw the same thing I did, then did a hurricane around the corner. Luckily the dog is a local at the park, so he wasn't startled, and enjoyed the view just as much as everyone else there that day."
Matt Ray, Phoenix
"What better way to start a line than with a switch downside whip?" photographer Nick Jones says. "I doubt many people find themselves thinking that, but Matt Ray is the kind of rider who can do them flawlessly, and on command."
Lynsey Dyer, British Columbia, Canada
"This image was shot on our last day at Last Frontier Heli in Northern B.C., right on the Alaska border," says photographer Grant Funderson."We had been up there all week and we're having a blast skiing powder, but had been itching to get onto some of the bigger lines. When we woke to perfect bluebird conditions on the last day, we knew we were going to get everything we had been hoping for. This was the first run of the day, and Lynsey Dyer charged it."
Blake Thornton, Tahiti, French Polynesia
"This photo was taken on a stormy day in Tahiti just a few days after Blake hurt his leg pretty bad," says photographer Jussi Grznar. "Once the swell arrived and the surf started getting better, Blake couldn't sit still any longer, so he strapped his leg and went for it."
Evan Smith, Pittsburgh
"I went to Pittsburgh to shoot with Evan Smith, who lives there in a music venue with his uncle, Mike," says photographer Mike Blabac. "Evan and I travel the world together, but I wanted to shoot some photos of him in his hometown. I saw this sidewalk on the river while skating to a spot. I asked Evan to bomb the hill and skate past the tunnel a few times. He did this tre flip right away. It's my favorite photo from the whole weekend!"
Jeremy 'Twitch' Stenberg, Temecula, California
"When Twitch called asking if I wanted to shoot a moto wall ride with him, I didn't know what I was in for," says photographer Chris Tedesco. "He definitely took moto wall rides to the next level with this one."
Aaron 'Jaws' Homoki, Phoenix
"Aaron Homoki is always searching for new spots," says the skateboard photographer known as Rhino. "His approach is different than most other skateboarders. This place is near his house in Phoenix at a state park. Most people use it as shade for picnics. Aaron used it as a rooftop gap -- he frontside 180'd from one roof to the other."
Nicolas Mueller, Laax, Switzerland
"I was visiting Nicolas at his home in Laax for a week this winter," says photographer Frode Sandbech. "Laax is definitely a beautiful place with a super boarder-friendly resort. On this particular day we found this natural hit with an ocean of clouds in the background, which made the scene dreamy."
Unknown chargers, Waimea, Hawaii
"I photographed this image at Waimea Bay during an exceptionally large swell," says photographer Sean Davey. "The surfers were very much silhouetted against the glare of the afternoon light, so I really couldn't tell you who they were. It's just a crazy large wave with three takers."