Skater at Venice Beach

Skater at Venice Beach

One of my favourite parts of Venice Beach is the skate park. My friend Michael introduced me to this skater who had amazing skills. The skaters didn’t mind being photographed and even in the heat of the mid morning got some excellent air. This photograph is probably my best as you can really see the concentration on his face. It did make me wish I had a much faster lens, I was able to freeze the action here but the background is far to clear and in focus for my preference.

Paddleboarding

Paddleboarding

Paddleboarding is a water sport that appears to combine padding with surfing. The first time I saw someone doing this was across a small bay in Sydney Harbour, Australia. This photograph was taken in Judge’s Bay. This is a very still bay of water in Auckland. Although the boards look like surf boards and from this angle seem short, they are usually around 12 feet long.

Back flip kick at One Tree Hill

Back flip kick at One Tree Hill

Not sure what to expect, as I headed down to the ASB Show grounds last Saturday, for Big Boys Toys 2012 show. I focused on two massive ramps, that BMX riders and Motocross riders were using to perform some insane stunts. In the background of the above photograph is One Tree Hill, a 182 metre volcanic peak. Although some of the stunts, especially from the motocross guys, pictured below are probably more impressive.

My aim was to capture a rider next to the obelisk at the top of the hill. This proved much more challenging than excepted. Firstly, I had to get further back and zoom in as far as much camera would let me. Then there was no way of telling exactly where in the air they were going to be. Still I got a couple of photographs that I like.

BMX Air at Aotea Square Auckland

BMX Air at Aotea Square Auckland

Reading events listings on the internet, I came across Living Room 2012. A 10-day public art event, with free performances in Auckland. One of these performances was a group of BMX riders. I was sceptical at first, especially after seeing a single ramp. However, the sun was in the right place and the riders had some great tricks.