Sandy Carson's pool adventures
Stu Scott, Austin, Texas
For over two decades, XGames.com contributing photographer Sandy Carson has traveled the globe, shooting BMX pool riding throughout the world from South Africa to New Jersey and everywhere in between. What follows is a collection of Carson's favorite pool adventures, beginning with Stu Scott in Austin, Texas. "Who is having the most fun here, the riders shredding the choppy pool, or the people swimming in the finished product during a hot Texas Day? Stu Scott makes the most of a night time table," says Carson.
Ryan Corrigan, Austin, Texas
Ryan Corrigan pocket airs a pool that once housed homeless people. Years after this photo was taken, the pool was demolished and replaced with condominiums.
Dean Dickinson, Austin, Texas
Pool veteran shralper, photographer and author of the 100 pools book "You Wont," Dean Dickinson icepick grinds some pool coping in the suburbs of South Austin.
Shawn "Elf" Walters, San Antonio
You can tell how old this photo is because Terrible One rider Shawn "Elf" Walters still has brakes on his bike. Timeless abubaca at the Shallow Hal Pool in the dark depths of San Antonio, Texas.
Garrett Byrnes, Asbury Park, N.J.
Garrett Byrnes airs a perfectly tranny'd pool in the once upon a time, thriving beach town of Asbury Park, N.J., just off the famous boardwalk.
Joe Rich, Salton Sea, Calif.
Sometimes we can thank mother nature for its beauty in disaster, even if it smells like dead fish in abandoned pools at defunct hotel resorts. Joe Rich lets one fly for the fish eye at Salton Sea, Calif.
Joe Rich, Tempe, Ariz.
It's hard to keep a leash on this guy when it comes to shredding pools. T1's Joe Rich grinds a wall at an empty water park in Tempe, Ariz. with the aid of a floatation device.
Jon Sherwood, South Africa
Jon Sherwood airs a pool as local children pose for the camera in Greytown, South Africa.
Mike Lausman, Romford, U.K.
It's not technically a swimming pool, but it was one of the first U.S. pools replicated at a U.K. skatepark (based on the San Diego Soul Bowl.) Here, Louisville BMX racer Mike Lausman replicates a gate start and bunnyhops the entire pool at Romford Skatepark.
Morgan Wade, Malibu, Calif.
Etnies founder Pierre-Andr Senizergues built this pool in the middle of the Malibu Hills in California, and he knew exactly what was in store for the pool when team riders stopped by. Here, Morgan Wade turndowns the deep end.
Pool shark, Austin, Texas
This particular photo requires no caption. Enjoy!
Matt Roe, Bastrop, Texas
Mutiny Bikes team rider Matt Roe cranks a lookback at this Bastrop, Texas area pool. Following wildfires in the area in 2011, the pool has since been plowed.
Mike Santana, Austin, Texas
Having a pool at your apartment complex can be a tease, especially if you can snorkel down and feel out the perfect transitions. It's all a waiting game till they have to resurface and the shred window is a short one. That was time enough for a steezy pocket air by pool legend Mike Santana.