September 2014 ZOOM gallery
Wojtek Pawlusiak, Newfoundland, Canada
As the days get shorter and our thoughts turn to colder days, these 10 images, including one of snowboarder Wojtek Pawlusiak, make up XGames.com's picks for some of the best photos in action sports this month. "We had high expectations when we flew to Newfoundland for a snowboard trip in the Island's capital, Saint John's," says photographer Matt Georges. "It had snowed over a meter and the streets were all covered up. Two days later, after a heavy rain arrived, and everything was gone. But we didn't lose our faith. Instead we set up a little transition right in front of our home at the lighthouse."
Maikel Melero, Pretoria, South Africa
Maikel Melero of Spain warms up in the South African savannah prior to the fifth stage of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour in Pretoria, South Africa, on Aug. 20, 2014. This is definitely the first time a giraffe has been featured on XGames.com, and perhaps anywhere on ESPN.com since the site's inception in the mid-'90s.
Blake Thornton, Tahiti
"Blake Thornton pulls in one of many perfect Tahitian barrels during our recent trip to French Polynesia," says photographer Jussi Grznar. "The photo was taken only three days after he hurt one of his leg muscles pretty badly. When the swell arrived, Blake taped up his leg, got out there and we ended up getting a few nice shots. Thanks for manning up mate."
Dane Beardsley, Atlanta, Georgia
"I was invited to Atlanta, Georgia for the RedBull Illume opening. Dane Beardsley lives in Athens, Georgia and we grew up riding together," says photographer Ted Van Orman. "He came up for the show and we noticed this vantage point from my hotel window. We cased the garage that night and almost got locked in. Dane left the next morning and told me he was going to have a short session if the garage was open. Ten minutes later, I look out my window and he is riding. I shoot his entire session and he headed back to Athens unaware that I had taken any photos. A photographer I had met at the Illume opening had shot a photo of Dane as well, posted on Instagram, from his eye level room. That made me think about of how many people were watching from their windows as Dane rode."
Steven Snyder, Phoenix, Arizona
"It's not much of a stretch to imagine us Arizonians holding off on most physical activity from May through August," says photographer Patrick Driscoll. "The heat is not only dry, but incredibly obnoxious. When I got the text from Steven to go skate, I was happily withdrawn in my studio enjoying my coffee and air conditioning. I met him at the spot on ASU's campus and instantly he began landing and falling off of this kickflip. Mind you, the temperature was somewhere between 113 and hell at this point. This was the first time I had met Steven to skate, but I can imagine he's going to have a busy winter."
James Doerfling, B.C., Canada
James Doerfling throws a suicide no-hander in Squamish, B.C., during the Deep Summer Photo Challenge.
Stan Rey, Rusutsu, Japan
"This image was shot while shooting with the Salomon Freeski TV crew in Rusutsu Japan this past winter," says photographer Grant Gunderson. "One of the resort employees had watched Travis Rice's Super Natural event last year, and thought that it would be cool to open similar terrain to the public. The resort had built countless features, including massive rainbow's huge kickers, and several platforms such as this one that where great for doing tip rolls off of and hand drags."
Patrick Rogalski, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
"This is Patrick Rogalski, a skater from Germany, doing a backside kickflip on a trip to Abu Dhabi in early summer," says photographer Daniel Wagner. "Although the city has some crazy laws and it gets very hot, Abu Dhabi is just perfect for skating. The spots are all marble and the people are friendly. At some spots, the security guards that showed up even stopped cars for us so we could skate better."
Chase Josey, Sun Valley, Idaho
"Sun Valley, Idaho, native Chase Josey has been out making a name for himself lately traveling constantly to rip contests and turn heads on shoots," says photographer Tal Roberts. "So it's nice for him to come home and do some low-pressure riding. Especially when the sun is always shining on an uncrowded and well-shaped 22-foot pipe."
Anders Johnson, Yosemite, California
"Half Dome keeping watch over lone skater Anders Johnson," says photographer Chris Burkard. "There is something special about fusing the graceful sport of skateboarding and the beauty of a sunrise in Yosemite National Park."