Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Summer X-Games . LA . 3- 6 August

The annual Summer X-Games will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles from 3 thru 6 August 2006. Over 300 of the world's best alternative sports athletes compete for medals and nearly US $1 million in cash.

The competitors defy gravity and test fate by launching off jumps, sliding down rails, spinning and flipping in a variety of sports.

Skateboarding action takes place in several disciplines - Street/Park, Vert and Luge. The Street event takes place on a specially-designed course with stairs, handrails and banks. Vert skating is performed on a vert ramp, where the skaters compete for singles and doubles titles on the huge halfpipe. The Street Luge is the final event, where the racers pilot highly-modified skateboards downhill at high speed.

Though I've captured skateboarders in WDC, mostly in Freedom Plaza, since 1992, one of my first BMX photo sessions would take place at the Navy Memorial in October 2004 when I captured the Wartown Hoodlums Crew. Which until Easter Sunday 2006 when I'd happen upon Eric, from Fairfax VA, represented my favorite BMX and perhaps X Games series.

When capturing sports in action scenarios two of my many foci are "Hands" and "Tattoos and Other Taboos".

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