I’ve chosen a few images from some older trips that I was fortunate enough to have been on, I’ve picked them more for the memories that they carry with them than the actual images specifically. But hopefully that doesn’t affect your viewing pleasure too much.
Benson, Alley Oop:This shot was taken in 2008 at Dave Bergthold’s back-yard ramp at the start of a trip myself, Benson, Stu Graham, Div, John Rattray and Andy Scott made from San Diego to Portland. We had a van and everyone was broke so we ended up sleeping in campsites and waking up early enough to avoid the park rangers. Benson was absolutely ripping the entire two weeks we were away; definitely the MVP of the trip, and this day was no exception. This particular trick stands out in my mind as one of the most unexpected of the trip – he alley-ooped it corner to corner to the extent it looked anti-gravity or something. I mean Benson has always been good, and still is, but this was something I’d never seen done so well before. Thrasher’s Mike Burnett was on hand to blog a video of it so as a result this image never saw the light of day. The video sat on the Burnout blog for a while but I can’t seem to find it now, which sucks, as it was radical.