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Scott Graham: Mountain Biker

Scott Graham: Mountain Biker

I was at the new Trailshare MTB trails on the weekend to shoot some product and some portfolio shots with Scott Graham. Scott is currently leading the competition in State Downhill series and needed a few shots to pump up his portfolio for his sponsors. We thought we should also tie in a product shoot for Tyres and Soles shooting the new AMS bike strap, a silicon strap designed to hold your tyre repair kit and spare tube on your bike.

Trailshare and its cabins

We also had an exclusive tour around the new bike park on the NSW Central Coast called Trailshare. Chief trail-builder Josh Paul Smith pointed out a few of the features on the black trail for us to session. It’s still a work in progress though it already boasts 27kms of trails of varying degrees of difficulty. We spent the day on the Black run but I am looking forward to seeing the Red trail, very picturesque from all I hear. to top it off it has its own set of cabins tucked away in the bush. The trails start right at the doorstep making it the perfect little weekend getaway for riding.

It’s a great area and I look forward to getting back up there soon and checking out some of the other trails.

If you need some images for a portfolio or some new images to upgrade your profile send me a message and let’s see what we can make happen.

Posted by Richard in Bikes, Portraits, Sport, 0 comments
Matthieu Perez: Snowboarder

Matthieu Perez: Snowboarder

French snowboarder Matthieu Perez has been living and working his way around the European Alps all his life. Originally from a small town in the Pyrenees he now finds himself based in the snow sure region of Tirol in the Austrian Alps.

Matthieu Perez,

Date of Birth:
Somewhen in the mid 70’s

Nationality:
European

Home Mountain:
Pyrénées forever. Insane landscape and technical terrain

Sponsors:
Arson, Deeluxe, Arva, Shred optics, Pipolaki

Favourite board:
Capita Charly Slasher 164 aka the « Shovel » Best board in powder, it is surfing with a skate control, IT IS A MACHINE. So far the best powder board I ever rode.

Matthieu Perez , St. Anton Am Arlberg, Austria

Matthieu Perez , St. Anton Am Arlberg, Austria

Favourite spot:
Domaine du Tourmalet, Pyrénées, France

How did you get involved in snowboarding?
I was a skier for many years, was skateboarding, my friends were snowboarding, I jumped on train and never left the path.

Plans for the future:
Being happy and make my life an artwork.

Favourite Country:
Planet earth

Influences:
My parents have been a source since the first day. My family showed me the community side of life, life showed me the rest. My grandpa was a ski pioneer in the Pyrenees and is still the reference for me. Snowboardwise, AK pioneers, Johan Olofsson and my riding partners played an essential role in growing my passion every day.

Motivations:
I like bad weather, low pressure brings me exultation and fills up my expectations.

Matthieu Perez, Powder turn on the ridge, St. Anton Am Arlberg, Austria

Matthieu Perez, Powder turn on the ridge, St. Anton Am Arlberg, Austria

Best Moment:
Every morning when the sun rises.

Worst Moment:
Every morning I go to work.

Matthieu Perez , St. Anton Am Arlberg, Austria

Matthieu Perez , St. Anton Am Arlberg, Austria

Last Words:
Big up to the people who supports me, protect mother nature, enjoy the journey.

Click here for Matthieu Perez’s photographic gallery

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Posted by Richard in Athletes, Skiing, Sport
Athlete Profile: Jacob Slot, Telemarker

Athlete Profile: Jacob Slot, Telemarker

Jacob Slot, St. Anton Am Arlberg, Austria

Jacob Slot on Schindler, St. Anton am Arlberg

Ski-mountaineer Jacob Slot’s exploits have taken him to some extraordinary places from the minefields of Afghanistan to the high peaks of the Patagonian ice-cap. He has achieved numerous first descents around the world and shows no sign of letting up.

Date of Birth:
01/09/74

Website:
www.piltriquitron.com

Jacob Slot, St. Anton Am Arlberg, Austria

Jacob Slot throwing the Austrian powdernear Langen am Arlberg

Nationality:
I’m a Danish passport holder but I class myself as a world citizen.

Home Mountain:
St.Anton am Arlberg and entire Patagonian Andes.

Sponsors:
Arc’teryx, Crispi, Black Diamond.

Favourite set of skis:
Black Diamond Zealots.

Jacob Slot, St. Anton Am Arlberg, Austria

Jacob Slot playing in the Austrian powder, St. Anton am Arlberg

Favourite spot:
Hielo continentales Patagonico (Patagonian ice-caps)

How did you get involved in skiing?
I’m over 30 and I don’t really remember anymore how it all started for me.

Plans for the future:
Explore more unskied terrain and do more fly fishing.

Favourite Country:
Patagonian Chile and Patagonian Argentina. Why do I like Patagonia so much? ……….no se

Jacob Slot, St. Anton Am Arlberg, Austria

Jacob Slot playing in the Austrian powder, St. Anton am Arlberg

Influences:
History and my girlfriend. By history I mean what people have explored before, where they went and what they did. All this influences my projects and ideas.

Motivation:
My motivation is my passion and obsession.

Best Moment:
When you feel ‘flow’.

Worst Moment:
A few which belong to the sport; one big storm in Patagonia, one avalanche in Chamonix and when my ACL broke.

Click here for Jacob’s photographic gallery

 
Posted by Richard in Athletes, Skiing, Sport
Athlete Profile: Barbara Zangerl, Boulderer

Athlete Profile: Barbara Zangerl, Boulderer

Barbara Zangerl, Pura Vida, 8a+/8b, Magic Wood, Switzerland

Barbara Zangerl, Pura Vida, 8a+/8b, Magic Wood, Switzerland

Austrian Barbara Zangerl is rising at a rapid rate through the climbing world. At just 20 years of age she is setting the pace for all to follow. She recently raised the stakes again by setting a new route called Pura Vida in Switzerland’s premier bouldering area, Magic Wood. Pura Vida (8b) is considered to be the hardest boulder climbed by a woman  .

 

How did you first get involved in climbing:
The first time I got in touch with climbing was when my brother took me to the climbing hall in Flirsch. That was at the age of 14. I enjoyed it from the very beginning. In 2002 I first climbed on real rock in Switzerland and in Tyrol…… that was great, lot of new places , lots of rock. That was much better than climbing indoor. Since that trip I knew that’s my sport.

What’s your local climbing areas:
Galtür in the Silvretta Mountains, Austria and Magic Wood in Averstal, Switzerland. These are very special places not far from my hometown. Galtür is a very cool place in Summer. There is always a good friction and the landscape is beautiful. In Spring I am often in the Magic Wood.

Climber, Barbara Zangerl

Climber, Barbara Zangerl

Favourite climbing area:
In 2006 I was in South Africa, Rocklands. This is my favourite climbing area. There are so many cool boulders, it’s a climbers paradise. But I’ve found good boulder problems in every area I’ve visited in the past. I like different rock and different styles of climbing.

What motivates you to keep climbing?
Climbing is a lot of fun, you have to concentrate just on moving! I like playing with the rock!!!!!! Having a good time with my friends, being outside in the nature and looking for new boulders. I like travelling to find new boulder problems. Basically, when I can do something on my limit, and I’ve worked really hard for it, I feel happy. It’s just an amazing feeling when you manage a move that you haven’t been able to do before.

What other types of climbing do you do. eg alpine, ice?
I like bouldering, climbing routes and alpine sport-climbing but I’ve never tried ice climbing.

Barbara Zangerl, Zwiederwurtz, 8a, Galtür, Austria

Barbara Zangerl, Zwiederwurtz, 8a, Galtür, Austria

What are some of your major accomplishments?
First place: Melloblocco 2006, 2007, 2008
First woman climbing: Pura vida 8a+/8b,
Niviuk 8a/+
X-Ray 8a
Team work 8a
Dr.Pintch 8a,
Rising sun 8a

A bit about bouldering competitions?
I started in some competitions in Austria last year and I will start in some more competitions next year. Climb competitions are exciting. With competitions you have to give it your best at exactly one moment. But for me bouldering on real rock is more important and more fun

Barbara Zangerl, Too young to die, 7a, Galtür, Austria

Barbara Zangerl, Too young to die, 7a, Galtür, Austria

Plans for the future:
At this time I’m still going to school, a medical technical school in Innsbruck. I’m in the last class so next year I will be finished. After school I want to travel more and go bouldering.

Sponsors:
Adidas, Black Diamond, FiveTen

Posted by Richard in Athletes, Climbing, Sport