After a year and a half of weekly Firing Squad battles, Yobeat has crowned eight champions of photography. Long time team rider/photo taker Robbie Sell is one of the talented few who made it into the championship. Check out the contest and vote for your favorite.
Check out my homey Jake Devine’s interview on Yobeat.com. A couple smooth photos of a smooth ass pimp. http://www.yobeat.com/2009/05/a-devine-hump-day-with-jake-devine/
It’s officially summer! I’ve started riding my bike around town, putting ice in my drinks, wearing cut off jean shorts, sweating, etc. I’ve smashed all my winter snowboard gear into a couple bags to ferment for the next 5 months; maybe the Thrift store is a better idea for that.
Anyways, now that I won’t be taking pictures of snowboarders n’ such, I’m going to be looking for something to keep me preoccupied for the next few months. …actually if the right opportunity came about I would do in for an indefinite amount of time.
My first plan is I have a bike tour coming up next week, that is a continuation of a trip I took last fall with Pierre from People Films. That tour was from Washington to San Francisco, and lasted 10 days. This one is going to be from the point we left off, the Golden Gate Bridge, and traveling along the coastline to the Mexico border. We’re going with ThirtyTwo’s marketing manager Brian Cook, and Ben Gavelda from Transworld Snowboard Magazine. They have a limited time off work, so we have to finish this one in 6 days. Total distance is a little over 600 miles. I hope there isn’t too many hills.
When I get back, I’m going to need some projects or work. Anybody hear of any job opportunities they could pass along to me?? I’m multi-talented, so I’m available for any job these days. If so, please help me out and give me a shout- [email protected] , or pass along that info to anybody. I don’t suppose any snowboard companies need an ex-pro on the team? jk!
Check this photo from last month. Right after I was finished shooting with Nick Dirks, I strapped in and went for a couple tuck-knee indy grabs. I still got that tweak! Check for the cameo in VideoGrass.
Cody Rosenthal recently broke his L3 vertebrae on day two of Super Park 09. He was flown out of Mammoth Lakes Hospital to Renown Hospital in Reno and is currently in ICU. His surgery took place May 10, 2009.
This is a link to a group for all of us who love Cody and wish to support him and his family financially during this very difficult time. Like most talented snowboarders in this industry, Cody does not have Health Insurance. Any donations anyone can give are deeply appreciated. Just follow the link below to donate. If you don’t have a paypal account already, its FREE and EASY to get one, it only takes a second… Give a little to someone who gives a lot.
Here’s the link to the Facebook group- http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=106109520029&ref=nf
There is a link on the page to the account where donations can be made. I did, hope you can too.
Rome snowboards was kind enough to set me up on one of their new Mod snowboards this year. I have to say, that sucker rips. It’s right up there with the K2 Believer that Sean Tedore designed.
Anyways, I entered a high ollie contest this spring at Northstar. I’ve won the event the past two years, but this season I came into it with only a couple weeks of riding, which showed in how damned tired I was jumpin over that stick. My legs aren’t what they used to be back in the pro days, but I still got some pop in them. I was hyped that I at least made it to the finals… not bad for being washed up camera guy.
Check the Rome website
Joe Mertes is a proper American, a real Brawny™ man. He’s a hard worker, is respectful and polite, and handles business. That’s all I can say at the moment. Joe’s a good man.
Here is Fourplay with Joe Mertes:
1. Kenny Anderson
2. Geoff Rawley
3. Mark Appleyard
4. Lizard King
2. Judist Priest
3. 3″ of Blood
4. Johnny Cash.
1. Summit Extra Pale Ale
2. Grainbelt Premium
injuries from this year-
1. bruised heel
2. cracked ribs
3. bleeding head
4. broken back
I’m out in SLC at the moment, been here a few days working with the People Creative crew. I picked up Eiki Helgason in Reno, and brought him out to meet up with Jon Kooley and Will Tuddenham, and filmer Pierre Minhondo.
We came out with the intentions of getting the first day of sun after a storm, and a little bit of last season powder. Well, we got here and it’s probably 80 degrees. I now have a sunburn and dehydration.
Here’s a couple B photos from the past couple days.
Pierre Minhondo giving Eiki Helgason an instant replay of his shot. Buy the new People movie to see it.
We showed up to this hip jump, and a full Japanese film crew was sessioning it. Turns out Yugi (shown here) is on the Nitro team and friends with the guys. They ended up all hitting it together. I even sent a few frontside airs off it at the end of the day… still got it.
P.S. Last week I assisted Andy Wright in a DC team photoshoot, and he’s being kind enough to let me couch surf his place while being here. Check out this amazing photo gallery of some of his photos that didn’t get published in the last mags–> http://snowboarding.transworld.net/2009/04/16/through-the-cracks-andy-wrights-unpublished-images-from-2008/
A few years ago when I was making a bunch of cash as a pro snowboarder (Santa Cruz, Hoven, COAL, Quiksilver, Flux, ACTIVE, etc) , I was into expensive things. I have really been into modern design the past 5 or so years, especially mid century work by Frank Lloyd Wright and Charles Eames. I’ve started to be a total style snob, and nerd out on the design work in anything.
My friend who helped create my website (robbiesell.com), Dave Benton of Metajive, sent me a link to Semigood Design. It was for a tshirt line with illustrations of famous skate spots… amazing! Check it- Semigood
One of their shirts of the famous soCal skate spot.
I then browsed around the rest of the site and came across their Rift Collection furniture line, and my jaw dropped… brilliant work. Unfortunately it’s priced accordingly to how nice it’s designed. And since I’m not a pro snowboarder anymore, my $10 thrift store chair is going to continue to be my main seat. …maybe someday when I become a big time photographer. …maybe someday.
(Jake Devine. Snowboard noseblunt. From a different shoot with the T9 crew.)
One of my favorite photographers Mark Kohlman organizes an online action sports photo gallery for ESPN, called Zoom. I used to worked with him while I was a pro snowboarder, and got some of my best stuff then. I try to keep in touch with him these days, which is difficult, but when I can I give him previews of my new photography hoping it will make his gallery.
I was lucky to get this very recent photo of Jake Devine. It almost didn’t happen because we got “caught” by the cops. It was at an empty vacation home, but the neighbors didn’t like our company. Instead of asking us to leave (which we maybe would have), they called the police.
When the cops arrived… blah, blah, blah. Same old story this, same old shit that. I was well spoken when they asked questions… telling them that I’m responsible for my actions, we weren’t destroying anything, we would shovel the snow bump near the rail when we were done, we knew we weren’t bothering anybody since it was a rental home, et cetera et cetera.
They didn’t give a shit, took our info, and when getting Jake’s they all of a sudden changed their tune. -“Oh, Jacob. Why didn’t you tell us in the first place??” -“uhhh, I didn’t think it mattered.”
It turns out Jake’s father is “the man” at the local sheriff station. They let us go immediately. I laughed. I was lucky I got the shot, because they still made us leave.
Here’s a link to the gallery. Photo #5
Zac Marben. Not sure what I can say about him, except I’ve had the pleasure of watching his snowboarding abilities come a long way.
I first rode with him on the slopes of Mt Hood about 9 years ago, where he landed a cameo appearance in Pierre Minhondo’s (of People films) first movie titled “Mixed Elements”. It’s online on Vimeo or something I believe, if you want to check it out. Later Zac lived on our couch for the winter filming for Neoproto and he really started to make it happen. Fast forward a few years and he put out the amazing last part in “Down with People”.
I just had Fourplay™ with him, and this is what he said-
1. Musicians: Stevie Ray Vaughn, Warren Zevon, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison.
2. Over seas chicks: German, French, Spanish, Japanese
3. Best methods: Jamie Lynn, Terje, Bjorn Leines, Nicolas Mueller
4. Places to vacation this summer: Greece, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Bali
And while I have your attention…
Last night I was having a conversation with a friend on iChat, talking some shit, and then was shown this today-