Skateboarding is mostly all failure. You spend so much time trying a trick without seeing any results. Most tricks take at least an hour and can extend to having to come back to spots multiple days. You can work so hard and come so close to success, but have to stop due to injury, broken boards, or just simply being frustrated and exhausted. As a photographer, I strive to capture the most climactic part of the trick(photo wise) and it's usually the middle of the trick. When someone comes so close to landing a trick, but for some unfortunate reason doesn't ride away, it leaves me with a satisfied photo as a photographer without the ability to share it due to the incompletion of the trick. Some of my favorite photos I shot are of tricks that were never landed so I wanna take a couple posts to share them all for everyone to see. This was a spot that we just randomly decided to light up one night. Everyone skated and tricks went down. James Valdez was trying this switch heelflip for a while, but it just didn't end up happening this night. Don't know if he ended up landing it on a separate day.
We spent one year skating this spot quite often. This was the only part of the spot that no one ever touched. Jonathan "Potato" Yanez always liked to skate and do different things so it was no surprise that he ended up trying to drop in on this wall. This occasion wasn't a struggle for hours trick. It was just something fun to mess around with and once he gave up, we just went on living our lives.
Frankie Guerrero and Koki Kasai were actually both trying this same trick. A spot like this requires endless amounts of running to throw down your board then non-stop pushing until you hit the bank. Koki was getting really close to landing this wallride melon over the hole, but it just didn't happen. This was years ago so I bet they could do it easily now with all the transition and wallrides we've all been skating more of since this time. Either way this became one of my favorite photos of all time. I'm a sucker for symmetry
We probably drove out to this spot at least three times. This triple set is enormous and for Clair to try a switch flip is completely insane. The speed needed to clear the lengthy triple set alone is crazy until you throw in the fact that he's pushing switch. He came so close to landing this, but with having to light up this church at night in a residential neighborhood kinda speaks for itself why we got kicked out every time.
I can't remember if we came here so Frankie Guerrero could try this fs hurricane on the L.A. High banks or if we were there for someone else. Regardless, Frankie tried this trick for a little while and didn't end up getting it until another day with an added layback. This photo just had so much of what I love in photography. Back lighting, flare, and a silhouette? This is what I live for.
Part 2 will be up after the weekend's over