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Best of 2014 - Part 2 : May - August

Round two - same idea.  May started off casually at a vert ramp with some cold beers.

Tim Jarman - Front Rock

I got to shoot a wedding for my friends Sam and Alexis and that's all I did in May.  I probably shot some film stuff and rode my bike a lot too.

June came and it was hot.  I shot more vert ramp and another wedding.

Brian Drake - Frontside Air

Jesse Peveler - Backside Air

July must have been super hot or busy or something because I didn't shoot anything worth posting here.  August was fun though.  Will Smith and I took a skate trip to Raleigh.

Will Smith - Ollie

Will Smith - Frontside Ollie

Jed Shooter - Ollie

Will Smith - Wallie

Jed Shooter - Gap Front Board

Matt Hartzel - Smith Grind

Shane Kassin - Switch Crook

My brother's band Avast and I cooled off and shot some band photos at Jungle Rapids.

Business is picking up.  I shot another wedding and despite the rain, it was beautiful.

Me and my friends skated some impromptu boxes and it was memorable.

Tim Jarman - Front Rock

Alec Chambers - Melon

I spent a day with Hunter and his dog for a day trip to Masonboro Island.

My buddies Alec and Alex had an art show at the Satellite.

More skateboarding, of course.

John Futch - Ollie

Tim Jarman - Frontside Wallride

September - December coming tomorrow!

Recent Skateboarding

A collection of recent skateboarding things.

Josh Weathers - Fakie pop shove it

Jonathan Mincher - Frontside air

Will Smith - Front blunt

Will Smith and Coley Martin - Nosemanual

Coley Martin - Boardslide

Chet Childress - Backside disaster

Brian Drake - Backside tailgrab

Zach Radabaugh - Frontside air

Mark Yonkers - Nosegrab 5-0

Chet Childress - Frontside grind

Recent Skateboarding, pt. 1

Finally got to shoot a few skate photos on a trip to Raleigh/Durham.

Will Smith - Ollie

Eric - Blunt fakie

Will Smith - Losi stall

Will - FS ollie

Behind the scenes.

Eric - Lipslide

Will - FS ollie

Will - Alley-oop frontside air

Jed Shooter - Front Rock

Eric - Tailblock

And then the rain started pouring down, so it was off to Stoak City.

Jed - Nosegrind

Isaac White - Frontside grind

Isaac White - Frontside boneless

Jed - Frontside ollie

In Memoriam

Punk rock, pool coping, tail smacks, and beer cracks - it must be a Ross Rogers birthday session.  We miss you bud.

Andrew Miller - Frontside Rock

Ryan Harshbarger with a manly frontside wallride yank out on a rickety fence.

Ryan Harshbarger with a manly frontside wallride yank out on a rickety fence.

Harsh - Same trick, bottom view.  Lander.

Harsh - Same trick, bottom view.  Lander.

Nick Bland ain't a punk bitch with this sweeper fence plant.

Nick Bland ain't a punk bitch with this sweeper fence plant.

Talba will taildrop anything. Case in point.

Talba will taildrop anything. Case in point.

Timmy Jarman, no stranger to the wallride, gets one in.

Timmy Jarman, no stranger to the wallride, gets one in.

On to the main event.  Blando judo kicks over the band and into a tailblock,

On to the main event.  Blando judo kicks over the band and into a tailblock,

Jason Brant hovers above the coping, in the style of frontside air.

Jason Brant hovers above the coping, in the style of frontside air.

Harsh getting blunted to fakie.

Harsh getting blunted to fakie.

Chris Roberge tries to vibe out the tourist photographers with an intense stare-down.

Chris Roberge tries to vibe out the tourist photographers with an intense stare-down.

Mark Yonkers graced the fat concrete coping with an upside-down backside hand-touch board-grab.  I think that's the proper name for the trick.

Mark Yonkers graced the fat concrete coping with an upside-down backside hand-touch board-grab.  I think that's the proper name for the trick.

Talba looks on in sheer amazement as ZTR grabs the nose and prepares for disaster.

Talba looks on in sheer amazement as ZTR grabs the nose and prepares for disaster.

There is more to this ramp than the extension.  Roberge demonstrates another lip stall in a different location.

There is more to this ramp than the extension.  Roberge demonstrates another lip stall in a different location.

SRR catching coping and grabbing nose.

SRR catching coping and grabbing nose.

Zach gives a holler and Harsh ollies backside.

Zach gives a holler and Harsh ollies backside.

Bland lets all the kids know he skates by showing off his board scratches on a lien tail.

Bland lets all the kids know he skates by showing off his board scratches on a lien tail.

Ron Lodzinski makes butter look like sandpaper.  That means he's smooth.

Ron Lodzinski makes butter look like sandpaper.  That means he's smooth.

Another example of smooth.  Locked in.

Another example of smooth.  Locked in.

Dear Ryan Ford, I am sorry I missed my opportunity for a good photo of your sugarcane but this is still kind of tight.

Dear Ryan Ford, I am sorry I missed my opportunity for a good photo of your sugarcane but this is still kind of tight.

Harsh and Alec Chambers, inspired by Shr3dCrust's incessant chant of "Human Deathbox", go low to high into a 5-0 grind.

Harsh and Alec Chambers, inspired by Shr3dCrust's incessant chant of "Human Deathbox", go low to high into a 5-0 grind.

Is this enough proof he made it?

Is this enough proof he made it?

Thanks everyone for shredding, beers, pizzas, entertainment, and camaraderie. 

2013 - Year in Review Part 3 : September - December

The final installment of my own Year in Review starts off with a skateboard road trip to Raleigh.  We managed to be the rain to a spot or two...then it poured and we took refuge under ground.

Wells Shaw - Nosebonk

Wells Shaw

Shortly after returning home, my long time friend Alex and I set up a photo shoot I had been wanting to do for a while.  I need to do more of this.

I took another road trip.  This time to Boone where we got some last minute river swimming in before the cold.

The boys back home were enjoying the September weather by performing skateboard moves on various objects meant for other uses.  I documented this one session for the ages in particular.  Lots of people, even random dudes, were out after dark.

Will Smith - 180

Tom Hyson - Nosegrind

Adam Meyer - Melon Grab

Will Smith and I worked hard to get a "Bro Spotlight" together for Skateboner Issue #2.  Here he exhibits his abilities with a never-been-done hip ollie on Carolina Beach.

Will Smith - Ollie

The very next day, he stepped up to a tallboy with a frontside boardslide.

Will Smith - Front Board

October showed up and I shot my second wedding.  Congrats again to Steven and Misty Mangiacapre!

My friend Reiss got engaged and I eagerly offered to shoot his wedding as well.  I spent a weekend in Asheville with him and his fiance (and my new friend) Jane and shot their bridal portraits and drank good beer.

I managed to fit some skateboarding and skate photography into the trip as well.  Ben Bradford always does things over and over again for me and this boosty ollie was no exception.  You are the man, Ben.

Ben Bradford - Ollie

Back home, the backyard sessions were going off!

Zach Radabaugh - Smith Tailgrab

Brandon Crockett - Backside Smith

November came and the Another Skate Shop boys and I went out to California.  I took lots of photos and wrote an article about it on The Subalterns.  Ryan Rullman made a video about it and it's real good.  You can watch it here : http://youtu.be/uhcneT0cOmM

Will Smith - Front Board

Wells Shaw - Backside 180

Wells Shaw - Nollie Flip

Devan Rice - Lipslide

Devan Rice - Smith Grind

Gary Bolos - Backside Overcrook

Almost immediately upon returning, I drove up to Asheville to shoot the Powell wedding.

December didn't involve much photography.  My 18-55 lens broke shortly after my River Road photo adventure with Nic True.  So here it is, the anticlimactic end to 2013.  Big things coming in 2014 and whenever I get a new lens.

I also shot lots of film, so here it is in no particular order.

Wilmington, NC

Yanceyville, NC

Devan Rice - Carlsbad, CA

Devan Rice - San Diego, CA

Wilmington, NC

Wilmington, NC

Wilmington, NC

Wilmington, NC

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