Gabe watching Alex transfer the spine. Skate Style. ©Victoria Lise 2017

A Concrete Connection| Skating Colorado’s Concrete

Over the summer two of my cousins journeyed from Delaware to visit my husband and I on the western slope of colorful Colorado. We adventured through the mountains on old mining roads, paddled boarded on Emerald Lake, admired unique creations at the arts fair, attempted to fly fire lanterns and went to the local skatepark. We did a lot more but that was already a mouthful, ha! My cousin Gabe (pictured in yellow) loves to spend time surfing concrete and my husband while he hadn’t skated in years also enjoys the rowdy sport or any board sport for that matter. Luckily for my cousin Brit and I, we both enjoy photography so we excitedly brought our cameras along to explore a new photo genre.

Skating Colorado's Concrete. ©Victoria Lise 2017

It was like a little dream come true for me as I was a big fan of the documentary Dogtown and Z boys and the film Lords of Dogtown and skate culture in general. Ok maybe the long hair had something to do with it too. All jokes aside I tried skating at one point in my young teenage years (ok maybe the jokes still on the table) and found it to be completely unforgiving. Hitting hip bone to concrete was more than I was willingly to bargain for at the time and definitely prefer the snow or the ocean to the concrete. So this was the best of both worlds, photography and skating, only my hips were safe but the stoke was still rocky mountain high.

Gabe D park skating. ©Victoria Lise 2017Skate Tricks and Skate Shadows. ©Victoria Lise 2017Overcoming Barriers on a Skateboard. ©Victoria Lise 2017

The subjects were all over the park making it so we (the photographers) had to get in where ever we fit in but we also had to be quick to move out of the way.  There is a lot going on in the photo below but I really appreciate how it turned out. A little chaotic as it felt through the lens and maybe you can feel it too with the juxtaposition of Alex, the helmet below him, trash bin beside him, and scooter kid in the bowl below.

Rocky Mountain High, Skateboard style. ©Victoria Lise 2017Gabe watching Alex transfer the spine. Skate Style. ©Victoria Lise 2017

Gabe watching Alex transfer the spine.

A Concrete Connection. Skateboarding Colorado's Concrete. ©Victoria Lise 2017Gabe D fancy feet on the concrete. Skate Style. ©Victoria Lise 2017

Fancy Feet

Skate tricks in the skate park. ©Victoria Lise 2017.

There is a super palpable energy in the skatepark. From the focus and drive of the skaters to the pure joy that excrete’s from the kids of all ages. Call it a concrete connection. It’s amazing what we can do with our bodies when our minds come along for the ride.

Alex T gets air on the skateboard. ©Victoria LiseAlex T flys over barrier on skateboard. ©Victoria Lise 2017

Are you a fan of board sports or are you a sports photographer? What has your experience been like? Share with me in the comments!! 

Thank you for joining me here and until next time..

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10 thoughts on “A Concrete Connection| Skating Colorado’s Concrete

  1. Omg that’s amazing those two guys are so brave and love the thrill of concrete and air to say the least the beautiful eyes looking through the lenses are quite adventurous as we’ll roll on kiddos 👍👁🏂🧘‍♂️

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  2. I’ve always admired people who are capable of skating – I think I tried it for around ten seconds back in 2012 or something, failed completely and since then have not given it another go (maybe it could be something for me to attempt once again this year though?!). Sports photography is also super challenging and I think you’ve mastered it perfectly. I love the contrast between the concrete and the background greenery in the last photo in particular 🙂 xox

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    1. I’m actually thinking about giving it another try this year as well just on a less aggressive park than the one they were skating above. That ‘bowl’ is much bigger than it appears and definitely intimidates me! I’d love to know if you try it again that would be so neat! We can swap experiences. And wow I appreciate that so so very much! Thank you! There were a few more I didn’t end up including that I really liked the contrast of manmade and natural background. Wishing you well always, Maria! Xoxo

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