Garric Ray January 2014 portfolio
Aaron Daily, Switch ollie
Portland, Ore., area skate photographer Garric Ray checks in with 10 new photos from his area and beyond, beginning with Aaron Daily. "Lincoln High School in Portland, Ore., has always been a hot spot for local skating," says Ray. "It's pretty much a skatepark at this point. Aaron Daily surprised a lot of people with this proper switch ollie over the bump to bar. The bump is really just an illusion, and most people would struggle to ollie it to say the least."
Ben Krahn, Dirt ollie
"Ben was the first person I brought to this former BMX dirt park that was located in Portland, Ore. At first Ben and I got all sorts of strange looks for walking into the park with our skateboards and a ton of camera gear. I think one of the bikers even cracked a joke about the skatepark being a couple miles down the street," says Ray. "But the bikers quickly went from making fun of us to taking out their cellphones to record Ben blasting this ollie over this set of dirt doubles."
David Gravette, Ollie
During a road trip back to his parents' house, David Gravette decided to ollie this gap that was probably avoided by the majority of the people that skate the Marginal Way Park in between this recent concrete pour.
Jeremy Tuffli, Blunt fakie
"This is easily one of the scarier spots I've seen someone skate in person," says Ray. "The quarter pipe isn't even three-feet wide and there is a 12-foot drop on each side. If things don't go well, you could easily fall off. When Jeremy called me, I thought he was kidding when he said he wanted to go shoot. But he wasn't joking at all and Jeremy rolled away in less than 30 minutes."
Mark Gutterman, F/S flip
These trailer beds get moved around all the time. Sometimes they stay put for a couple weeks, and maybe if you're lucky, you'll get a month. But rarely do they work out as a spot. Mark Gutterman wasted no time in putting down this frontside flip at an epic spot.
Peter Watkins, F/S 5-0
Peter took a lot of slams until he rolled away from this frontside 5-O around the corner of this barrier spot. He even hit his head on one slam. And surprisingly enough, he landed it the next try after hitting his head.
Sebo Walker, Switch heel
Anyone who has skated before knows that you're bound to get kicked out of spots and after a while you'll hear some pretty funny reasons as to why you have to leave. This stair set in downtown Portland is a great example of that. Surprisingly enough, it's not the skating at this spot that will get you kicked out -- it's actually the filmer and photographer who will get you the boot. "Due to Homeland Security related laws, anyone with a camera at the park will be told to leave because it's on government property," Ray says. "Luckily, Sebo and I were able to sneak in there and get this switch heel before security spotted us."
Steven Reeves, Front 180 fakie 5-0
"I'll never forget shooting this photo of Steven Reeves in San Francisco," Ray says. "There was a guy walking his dog right behind me while I was shooting this photo. The gentlemen came up to me and told me how 'clich' my photo was, and how a real photographer would think outside the box. He then proceeded to say, 'Wow, another sunset Golden Gate Bridge photo, good job, kid!' I guess you can't please everybody."
Tyler Bledsoe, B/S flip
This has been a popular spot in Portland for well over a decade now and tons of tricks have gone down. But it's always nice to see someone take a different approach. "I'm pretty sure Tyler was one of the first people to mix it up and take his cruiser board over this gap," says Ray.
Willis Kimbel, F/S air
"Willis is definitely one of my favorite people to shoot photos with. I honestly think I would have to really go out of my way to shoot a bad photo of him," Ray says. "When you could do frontside airs like Willis, I would have to be asleep at the wheel to take a bad photo."