BMX

Ramp Riot Wows Idaho

Colton Satterfield is a BMX rider that grew up in a rather rural area of Idaho.  His childhood was filled with dreams of becoming the best in his favorite sport and one day winning a gold medal at the X-Games.  Because he lived in a small town it seemed to be an impossible task, but with determination he went out and achieved his dreams, becoming an X-Games gold medalist multiple times, including this year's big air contest where he landed a trick which hasn't been completed since 2006!  After realizing his dream, Colton decided to give back.  He wanted to show the young kids of Idaho that anything is possible if you want it badly enough.  Ramp Riot was how he planned on getting the message out...

Imagine walking into a stadium and seeing a three story ramp set up in front of you, along with three jumps, the longest of which is 30 feet across, with BMX riders practicing their lines.  Then in between these jumps there are two more jumps with landings 70 feet away designed for a dirt bike.  This is exactly what kids saw when they came for the show.  It'd be awesome in New York or Los Angeles, but in the small town of Pocatello, Idaho?  Unreal.  This is what Colton wanted.  For two hours he and other riders amazed the crowd, all the while talking about what can be accomplished when you set your mind to it, and most importantly not to let the negativity of others slow you down.  

Josh Hult

Josh Hult

Vince Byron

Vince Byron

Colton Satterfield

Colton Satterfield

James Carter

James Carter

Mike Mason

Mike Mason

Nate Adams

Nate Adams

Colton Satterfield James Carter Ramp Riot
Nate Adams Ramp Riot

50/50 BMX Demo

On April 20th, Mike Brewer, filmer extraordinaire, invited me to tag along on a trip to Richfield, UT to photograph the 50/50 BMX team put on a demo.  Mike is the team videographer and he's really lucked out lately getting to travel around (even out of the country) with these guys, so of course I was game to go get some shots of them.  First, these guys are GOOD!!!  Many of them are X Games and Dew Tour medalists, so they're right up there with the best in the world.  Second, these guys are fun!  For being celebrities in certain groups, they were so chill to sit and talk with fans in between shows, they took time for everyone that wanted to meet them.  It was so cool to see them interact and be real human beings, in my opinion that is the quality that makes a true professional, I know many little kids went home so happy that day, who doesn't love meeting a "real" athlete.  

For these shots I wanted to get a little more artistic, so I introduced a lot of red into most of the pictures by adjusting the white balance.  It didn't look too good on some, but it looked awesome on others!

Benny Voyles starting things off right!

Rob Wise giving the ladies a scare, that's his wife taking pics from the ground...

Jeremiah Smith, tail whip 360

Jeremiah Smith

Jayson Johnston

Rob Wise

Benny Voyles interacting with the crowd

Benny Voyles backflip

Jeremiah Smith with an awesome shadow

Jayson Johnson

Rob Wise, turndown over Skyler Pingree

Skyler Pingree Flair

Jeremiah Smith Barspin

Benny Voyles backfilp no-hander

This last shot has a great story.  11 year old Kale Tanner begged his parents to drive him from SLC down to Richfield and somehow he got in on riding with these guys.  He immediately became apart of the group and participated in every show.  For his second to last trick, he tried and landed his first 360.  The audience went nuts, the riders went nuts, the announcer went nuts, he went nuts, everyone went nuts.  It was so cool to see something like that happen, and I really really hope I get to be apart of the "moment" many more times in my life.  And I hope I can get them all on camera...

Kale Tanner mid-360