X Games ZOOM gallery, September 2015
Matahi Drollet, Tahiti
XGames.com returns for September with another version of the ZOOM gallery, featuring the month's best photos across action-sports disciplines. This month, ZOOM kicks off with surfing in Tahiti, as shot by Kelly Cestari. "Matahi Drollet may only be 18, but he is already a winner of the 'Tube Award' in the 2014/15 XXL Awards," Cestari says. "Living in Tahiti, Teahupo'o is his home break and was almost always on the best waves during the free surf sessions when the WSL was in town. This was my first-ever trip to Tahiti; swimming in 8-feet of water with a large wave breaking over your head is rather daunting, but Matahi did his part while I did mine."
Stephon Fung, New York, New York
"After getting the boot from this rooftop rail, I decided to make use of the building in a less destructive way," photographer Nick Jones says. "This nearly empty South Street intersection caught my eye, and soon after, I was directing Stephon Fung via phone call [he's got his headphones in] as he did a few hop whips through the crosswalk."
Tatum Monod, British Columbia
"This image is of Tatum Monod in the backcountry outside Revelstoke, British Columbia," photographer Elliott Bernhagen says. "It features some of the most unique light you can come across, and we were fortunate to be poised on top of these freshly covered spines. I'm forever grateful for moments like this."
Joey Ragali, Los Angeles, California
"This rail was at the end of a strip mall in Los Angeles," photographer Ben Karpinski says. "We heard that it was best to skate it after the business was closed, and as luck would have it, we saw the security guard getting in his car and driving away as we pulled up. With only a few minutes of light left, Joey Ragali handled the boardslide before it was too dark to see."
Ray Rankin, Evergreen, Colorado
"Ray Rankin of Denton, Texas visited my local trails last winter on a snowboard trip and expressed great interest in coming back out in the summer," photographer Theodore Van Orman says. "Colorado received steady rain the days leading up to his arrival, and luckily it dried up just enough for a very memorable session. Here, Ray fufanus the mushroom rock with ease."
Russell Holliday, Yosemite, California
"We woke up at around 5:30 a.m. to get images of the sun peaking into Yosemite Valley," photographer Chris Burkard says. "As the sun continued to rise, the sky remained crystal clear -- it was literally a perfect Yosemite day. Russell Holliday grabbed his skateboard and bombed the hill right in front of the iconic background of Half Dome. Personally, I saw this as such a timeless moment."
Brody Wilson, Templeton, Massachusetts
"You've more than likely never heard of Templeton, Massachusetts, but it is home to breathtaking sunsets and one of the best FMX courses on the planet," says photographer Chris Tedesco. "That is why it was a no-brainer for me to take the trip there when Brody Wilson asked if I wanted to shoot with him at his backyard course. The result speaks for itself."
JoJo Ducros, Portland, Oregon
"The taildrop at Burnside is not a make," photographer Tal Roberts says. "It's far from it, but there is something to be said for looking at things differently and trying something at a place where so much has been done. JoJo Ducros had taken a two-year sabbatical from his job as a postman in France and was spending it traveling the world and skateboarding. He said he wanted to try something new at Burnside before he left town. We got a ladder, climbed up and scoped it out, and he was down to give it a try. He lost his board halfway into the bowl, and it looked really bad, but he hobbled out with just a badly bruised heel. He never stopped smiling."
Chase Webb, San Diego, California
"This DIY spot is under one of the freeway bridges in San Diego," photographer Chris "Rhino" Rooney says. "It's not the first time this spot has been doctored up and demolished. It's situated near some office buildings that have destroyed some skate construction there. Recently, word got around, and skaters from all over Southern California got some while some others were denied of their tricks. Chase Webb made the drive down from Orange County and nailed a bluntslide."
Ben Ferguson, Grand Targhee, Wyoming
"The fourth edition of Peace Park went down at Grand Targhee [Wyoming], with a quality list of riders taking the better part of four days riding Danny Davis and Snowpark Technologies' perfectly groomed top to bottom design," says photographer Dean Gray. "The bowl was expanded on this year to be a true 22-foot tall monster that sat at the lowest part of the course, just below the halfpipe with kickers going either direction to allow you entrance frontside or backside. Ben would enter riders' right, keep speed with a frontside carve, then shoot over to the opposite side of the bowl and whip these backflips to fakie. With maneuvers and creativity like this on every part of the course, the riders voted Ben as 'Overall Champ' of Peace Park for the second consecutive year."