Felix Arguelles & Manny Santiago

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

I shot this photo at the very first Maloof Money Cup in South Africa.  It was quite a wild experience and I have to say one of the best photographic jobs I have ever had.  Being a life long skateboarder and not only seeing but also getting to photograph some of the top professionals from around the world, how could it not be.  Felix Arguelles(left) was a top pro from back in my days of skating and here he is with Manny Santiago(right), one of the top pros from today.  Manny has become a high-light for the spectators here in South Africa for what is now known as the Kimberley Diamond Cup, he’s always having a good time, even if he’s competing in the final.

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Mike Koroczynsky, AKA – CHINNER.

Monday, March 25th, 2013

I just got back to Johannesburg after spending a fun long weekend in the town of Kimberley, South Africa.  It’s a strange little town with a very diverse population, including 1 lone American…  “Mike”, or as most people would call him, “Chinner”.  Mike has been living out there since early last year and runs the Maloof Money Cup skate park while seeking shade from that African sun.  If you ever get the time to head out there, you’ll find Mike at the Maloof Skate Plaza, towering over all the kids, and their parents for that matter!  If he’s not busy with some contest or hanging out with the kids, he’s probably on his board, his uber wide board, perfect for the 7 foot tall man.  Here are some photos I shot with Chinner enjoying his board.

Garrett Hill & Lizard King in Kimberley

Monday, December 10th, 2012

I shot some photos of these 2 having fun on the Mini Mega Ramp while at the Maloof Money Cup in Kimberley South Africa this year.  Fun watching the guys step away from the seriousness of the contest to have some fun and laughs and mess around on the stuff they actually wouldn’t be skating on during the contest.

Braydon Szafranski and Garrett Hill on Safari

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Being a photographer at the Maloof Money Cup is definitely a great experience, watching the pros skate and getting to shoot photos with them is such a pleasure!  I spent more time this year hanging out with the guys and gettin to know them a little better.  It seriously helps for the photography side of things and you are no longer just some random guy shooting photos.  I took Braydon and Garrett to see the Lions at a sanctuary just outside of Kimberley…  All the animals on this farm were pretty much rescued from being hunted.  There are many ‘canned’ Lion Hunting farms around Kimberley, it’s absolutely disgusting on every level.  I was really stoked to take these guys to this farm and see that there are still people trying to do some kind of good out there.  Braydon was definitely not too sure about being in the cage with the Lions, as you can see…  Garrett didn’t mind it too much!  Braydon did teach a small Bat Eared Fox about Ozzy Osbourne though…

 

Braydon Szafranski

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

It was definitely a privelage to meet and hang out with Braydon at the recent Maloof Money Cup here in South Africa.  Nice to see a pro-skater that get’s involved with everything that’s goin on with the locals.  I think my favorite memory was walking across from our hotel to the campsite late one night to see what was goin on.  There were kids everywhere, just goin crazy!  We walked to the back of the campsite where some locals had formed a huge cirlce around some burning tyres!  The scene was insaen and I’m sorry now that I never took my camera with me.  Kids were standing around the tyres as the smoke bellowed into the skies above and some other brave dudes started jumping over the tyres, through the flames!  Once the locals realised that Braydon was there, they went comepletely nuts!  Once again, so cool to see a famous guy just hangin out and getting the locals stoked!  Braydon even joined the craziness and jumped through the towering flames and thick black smoke which got the locals goin even more!  Here are a couple portraits I shot with Braydon during some “free time” away from the skating and all the craziness.

Jp Du Preez – R.I.P

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Life is the strangest thing known to man.  No one knows why it exists or why we have it, for centuries and centuries cultures have come up with ideas to settle our minds with all kinds of religions and reasons for everything,  giving us meaning here on earth and places to go after we die.  My truth is is that no one has ever died and come back to us to tell a story and validate any religion or after-life place.  I like to think that good things happen to good people.  JP was a great guy and you didn’t even have to know him all that well to see it.  People loved this guy and he radiated energy in a way that I can only dream of.  My heart goes out to those that have lost a dear friend and the families that have lost a brother, son, cousin, nephew or whatever he might have been.  Rest in peace JP, I know your memory shall be cherrished by all and your life an example to those who wish to live as freely as you did.

Maloof Money Cup Mega Ramp

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

I recently shot photos for the Maloof Money Cup which was held in Kimberley, South Africa.  It’s a huge event with skateboarders from all over the wolrd.  These are a few of the shots I took while up on the Mini Mega Ramp which, trust me, is not mini at all!  Witnessing the guys flying through the air blows my mind, no matter how many times I see it!

Maloof Money Cup Activation at Stoneridge Skatepark

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

I actually hadn’t planned on goin to this event on Saturday as I was scheduled to shoot photos with Maanda Mulaudzi for some article.  We had made plans to meet at Stoneridge Skatepark where this was goin on when I arrived.  It was difficult to get some shots amongst the chaos but I did manage to capture Adam Woolf doing a monster kickflip and Tian Van Rensburg doing a huge blunt to fakie on the over-vert wall.

Elliot Sloan

Friday, October 7th, 2011

These are some photos that I shot of Elliot Sloan at the Maloof Money Cup that was just held recently in Kimblery, South Africa.  I think Elliot is the only pro very skater ever to come out of New York, or at least one of the only, I can’t quite remember!  Either way, his skating and style on the vert ramp had me stoked!  Check him out!