X Games ZOOM gallery, March 2016
Van Homan, Philadephia, Pennsylvania
XGames.com returns for March 2016 with another version of the ZOOM gallery, featuring the month's best photos across action sports disciplines. This month kicks off with BMX legend Van Homan, shredding the roofs of Philadelphia. "Having access to a city rooftop with incredible skyline views of the City of Brotherly Love doesn't come around often," says photographer Rob Dolecki. "Van Homan utilized the opportunity to its fullest by hauling some sheets of plywood and 2x4s up a steep, rickety staircase and assembled this ramp for some trickery on the very door he hauled everything through."
Mikkel Bang, Galena, BC
"Last spring we were up in BC at CMH Galena for a shoot that was pretty rough," says photographer Adam Moran. "Galena has some of the best terrain in the world, but we showed up in the worst winter in history, on a week with bad weather. We spent a lot of time sitting in the lodge waiting for the clouds to clear and only got out to ride a couple times and this run here was the only moment we saw the sunshine. It was such a tease to see how amazing the terrain was, but only get light on it for a few minutes. Thankfully, Mikkel Bang worked quickly and snapped this little air while cruising into a dreamland."
Surfers at Pipeline, Hawaii
"December on the North Shore is a site to see. Unbelievable waves, and the best surfers on the planet," says photographer Gabe L'Heureux. "This photo was taken the day before the Pipe Masters, so needless to say, all the big boys were in town. The ocean was firing and everyone was trying to get a wave. This shot just lined up -- the current in the foreground was ripping and really added to the experience."
Red Gerard, Aspen, Colorado
"I've shot at Aspen X Games for many years in a row and am always looking for new ways to highlight the action," says photographer Gabe L'Heureux. "Lately I'd been messing with double exposures in camera quite a bit and figured it would be a good way to mix things up at X. Red did the best laid-out backflip I had ever seen, so I figured I'd try to get creative with it. I ran the double exposure idea by him and he was down. Shot the goggle shot and Red went up and laid that backy out once again. We got it first try."
Jordan Hoffart, Vista, California
"I was out shooting with the Bones wheels team around Vista and Jordan Hoffart took us to this church that looked to be in a strip mall," says photographer Joe Hammeke. "Some other skaters had already glued a piece of angle iron down so you could gap from the stairs and grind the mailboxes. On Jordan's first attempt, the angle iron came unglued and crashed to the ground. It must have awoke the priest, because within several more attempts, we were getting kicked out. Jordan gave it one last go and grinded off the end of the boxes. The angle iron came crashing down as well, so he picked it up and threw it in the back of his truck and we were off."
Bernard Rosow, Mammoth Mountain, California
"Early in the winter at Mammoth Mountain the sun hangs low in the sky, making for interesting shooting conditions," says photographer Christian Pondella. "This photo was taken during classic Mammoth conditions with chalky, wind-buff snow. Our goal was to capture some dynamic moments combining the light, spray and shadows, compressed with a longer telephoto lens."
Chuck Patterson, Maui, Hawaii
"I took a break from the my usual winter ski photo season to catch one of the many massive El Nino swells coming into Jaws in Maui this winter," says photographer Erik Seo. "I was expecting to shoot big-wave surfers riding 50-footers and somehow, in Hawaii, I still managed to shoot skiing when Chuck Patterson towed into Jaws on water skis mounted to alpine ski bindings and boots and even ski poles. I had seen him skiing waves before, but never imagined he'd step it up to Jaws!"
Jason Watts, San Diego, California
"Four hours from any body of water and an international border on the horizon, Jason Watts blasts a one-footed tabletop out of one of the strangest pool configurations ever ridden by this young Australian gypsy BMX rider," says photographer Justin Kosman.
Nate Adams, Southern California
"Red sky at night is a riders' delight," says photographer Chris Tedesco. "This shot came together in a moment's notice when Nate Adams called to see if I was in town to shoot. It's a good thing my truck was loaded up for me to head out to a local's yard with just enough time to catch the sunset."
Mikkel Bang, Germany
"On the way back to the Munich airport after a amazing Austria snowboard trip, we stumbled across this tiny church in the middle of nowhere in Southern Germany. Luckily we had our skateboards with us," says photographer Gabe L'Heureux. "Mikkel Bang and I began messing around with some shoot ideas and shot a few different angles before running back to the van to warm up. It was beyond freezing!"