All photos by Ruben Vigil
Well, by now you have probably seen a handful of videos and photo galleries from one of the best and biggest BMX events all year, the Texas Toast Jam! Although this year we weren’t able to make it out to Texas for the jam, we were fortunate enough to have our good friend Eddie Welsh out in Austin snapping photos for us! Today we’re stoked to show you 25 of his photos that he shot featuring the likes of Mike “Hucker” Clark, Greg Illingworth, Dennis Enarsson, Broc Raiford, Ryan Nyquist and many, many more! Check out the photogallery in the link below!
All photos and captions by Eddie Welsh
When it comes to Australian street riders Jack Elkins is at the top of the list (hang-5 barspin in the middle of a line!). Seeing him ride in person definitely didn’t disappoint. I got lucky enough to shoot this hefty switch 180 with him while he was on a Fit Bikes Texas to Nevada trip earlier this year.
The other day, our friend Ronny Skevis, hit us with a selection of photos from a trip to an island we had never heard of called Tinos Island that he took with Panagiotis Manaras last month. Now, we know about Panos and Ronny and how good they are on a bike and behind a camera, but we had no idea what this island was hiding for riding spots! After checking out the amazing photos, we quickly realized that this island is definitely an untapped gem. We asked Ronny if we could run the photos in a photogallery so you guys could get a look for yourselves and here it is! Definitely check this one out!
A few months ago I received a phone call from Panagiotis Manaras asking if I was available for a photoshoot for one of his current sponsors, Vodafone CU! Of course I gave him a positive response and after a few weeks we loaded up Panos’ 4×4 with his bike, his monkey scooter and some surfboards and we headed to the port for this island called Tinos in the Aegean sea!
My first thought was why would they send us to an island? And why that one specifically? Tinos is an island known for its religious tourism, there was some kind of a big tradition being held there August 15th where a lot of people go there to pray and practice one of the weirdest rituals… They kind of crawl on their knees on a carpet for 1 kilometer up to this temple dedicated to the Holy Mary and ask for forgiveness or just pray for blessing. Fortunately or unfortunately we were there during the first week of August so we didn’t really see it happen, although we spotted a few people practicing the knee bending rituals during our stay…
Anyways, I guess the reason they sent us there was that Tinos is a big island and it had a lot of possibilities to score some decent riding spots. With a bit of creativity and Panos’ riding skills, we managed to take more photos than expected. So here you can see some of the action that went down during our trip! I’ll try to explain everything through the images! – Ronny Skevis
All photos and captions by Ronny Skevis
This was one of the first photos we took. Sunset shots are always a treat! Panos spotted this bench, so I set up my camera and flash and he gave it a go! The funny thing is that there was this cafeteria across the street and some people had an eye on what we were doing. About 10 minutes after we had left, Panos received an iPhone photo taken from one of the guys watching us on his Facebook profile of him bunny hopping with a message saying “I saw you! ” from this dude that we didn’t even know….
Our good friend and photographer, Nick Steben, has been spending his days in sunny Southern California cruising around to the endless spots with a ton of riders. As of late, Nick has had the chance to shoot with a ton of different riders from the U.S, U.K and Canada that were all spending some time there as well! As always, Nick sent through some dialed photos we just couldn’t pass up for a photogallery! Click the link below to check out the new photogallery featuring the likes of Chase Hawk, Gary Young, Bob Manchester, Matt Priest, Ben Wallace, Andrew Lazaruk, Johnny Elia, Erik Noonan, Joey Johnstone and Heath Pinter!