Last weekend was the 11th Annual Hot Dawgz And Hand Rails at Bear Mountain Resort in Big Bear Lakes, California. It’s the first snowboard contest in North America, always full of wild fans, and one of the best ways to kick off the season. This year over half of the contenders were friends like Ryan Tarbell, Lucas Magoon, Frank Bourgeois, Justin Mulfurd, Jaeger Bailey, Scotty Vine, Luke Haddock, Mariah Dugan, Riley Nickerson, Jordan Smalls, Johnny Lazz, Tommy Gesme, Brandon Hobush, Chris Bradshaw, and Dead Lung. The fact all these homies were riding in the contest made photographing the event a lot more enjoyable. I covered the event for Transworld Snowboarding and was able to have my long time friend Keenan Cawley write the story and tahoe bud Danny Kern film the edit. Check out the photos below and peep the full photo gallery and video at http://snowboarding.transworld.net/photos/johnny-oconnor-wins-2014-hot-dawgz-hand-rails.
Frank Bourgeois is a mean snowboarder hailing from Quebec, Canada and although you might not be able to pronounce his last name you won’t forget it anytime soon after watching his Stairsmasters 2014 part below. The photograph above I shot during my trip to Canada with Frank and the Brothers Factory crew. It is the first one images to be released from the trip with the rest appearing in snowboard magazines this coming winter.
For a week this fall I photographed Corey Smith and Mike Parillo making homemade snowboards for a new collaboration project called “Neon Daze and Winter Waves” presented by Spring Break Snowboards and Asymbol. See more photos, get info about the project, and even buy one of the snowboards by checking out the following articles at Transworld and Asymbol
In January I traveled to Japan with the Smokin Snowboards team consisting of Deadlung, Lane Knaack, Kyle Clancy, Will Bateman, and Jake Rose to snowboard street and powder. The trip was a lot of fun and I got to meet a bunch of cool new people. Click on the following link to see all the photos I shot and a video that was made by Matt Mead http://snowboarding.transworld.net/1000219679/photos/smokin-japan/.
Forest Bailey airs over filmer Greg Weaver on the cover of last months Freerun Magazine. I shot the photo last December at Boreal in Tahoe while filming for the Snowboarder Magazine’s 12 days of Christmas. The trick was a frontside 360 nose grab to tail grab and was shot as a sequence at night.