X Games ZOOM gallery, January 2016
Jeff Rasp, St. Louis, Missouri
XGames.com returns with another version of the monthly ZOOM gallery for January 2016, featuring the best action sports photography across all disciplines. This month and the new year kicks off with skateboarding. "I was driving cross country and linked up with St. Louis local Jeff Rasp for an afternoon," says photographer Jeff Brockmeyer. "He had been talking about this construction site that had tons of different sized concrete pipes. We waited for the site to close and workers to go home and sessioned these things for a while. Jeff has a bag full of insane tricks but this simple tuck knee turned out to be the most timeless and stylish thing we shot."
Stale Sandbech, Austria
"This is Stale Sandbech blasting a backside 360 into the cotton clouds in Arlberg, Austria while filming for the RK1 movie," says photographer Frode Sandbech.
Ben Hatchell, San Diego, California
"Ben Hatchell showed up to the DC/Monster park and I happened to have my gear with me," says photographer Brian Shamanski. "I hadn't planned on shooting anything that day, just cruising. After a bit, he put this basketball hoop between the channel. That thing has been there for so many years and I have never seen it skated. So here it is folks, backside backboard ride?"
Abe Allouche, North Shore, Hawaii
"This image is from a shoot that I did on the North Shore in October with a group of friends for several days," says photographer Sean Davey. "The surfer in this image is AultaSurf team member Abe Allouche from Miami ducking under a wave at Rocky Rights while paddling back out for more."
Karl Fostvedt, Sun Valley, Idaho
"Karl Fostvedt made a trip home to Sun Valley, Idaho with as much motivation to build unique features as I've ever seen," says photographer Tal Roberts. "This redirect type feature is one of a handful of creative setups he put together and is the result of four days of building. Karl is taking off from the inside of the quarterpipe on the right which went a little past vert, doing a 540 blunt and landing on the inside of the quarterpipe on the left. The sketchiest part of the whole thing was driving up and down the skinny, icy road with no guardrail."
Remy Metailler, Virgin, Utah
"Every fall, the best mountain bikers in the world gather in Virgin, Utah to showcase their skills and push the limits of the sport for the premier event in freeride mountain biking, the Red Bull Rampage," says photographer Scott Markewitz. "French rider Remy Metailler was one of the fastest and most fluid riders down the course, and one of the few riders to hit this massive 70-foot canyon gap, flying through the air with great style in this suicide no-hander."
Metal Mulisha, Southern California
"When the Metal Mulisha gets together, make sure you aren't in its way because it rolls deep," says photographer Chris Tedesco. "Here the squad charged towards me for a 'Mad Max' style shot in the desert."
Alessandro Barbero, Mexico
"During his first-ever visit to Mexico City, Alessandro Barbero, lining up a foot jam nosepick here, was pleasantly surprised with the abundance of shreddable architectural cuisine dotted all over the vast cityscape to satiate his street-riding appetite," says photographer Rob Dolecki.
Daniel Lutheran, Albuquerque, New Mexico
"We were on a Toy Machine trip to Albuquerque, and Albuquerque local and Toy Machine pro Daniel Lutheran was showing us around," says photographer Joe Hammeke. "We were pushing our way around the University of New Mexico, checking out spots when it started to rain. The rain began picking up very quick, so there wasn't really time to make it back to the van. Daniel knew of a covered stairwell that we could not only get some shelter from the storm, but he had also been wanting to get a trick at the spot. Daniel noseslid it pretty easy and did it a few more times to get some other angles on the photo, this being one of them. From this angle, you can see the puddle on the concrete at the base of the stairwell. By the time we had packed up all the camera gear, the campus was nearly dry and we continued on to the next spot."
Geoff Gulevich, Italy
"Geoff Gulevich had been scoping this wallride at the 9 Knights mountain bike event for a few years," says photographer Grant Gunderson. "So this year while we where looking for some creative new angles at the event, Geoff came up with the idea to shoot this wallride on the way down to the gondola. After a few tries testing the speed and timing the run to avoid passing cops, he nailed it."