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Portraits of Legends, Skaters, Artists, and Groms | Board Rescue

Portrait of skater Jake “Ginger” Jeffers, Santa Cruz, CA | Board Rescue

Shooting Skateboarders and Artists

Board Rescue is a non-profit corporation. They partner with companies within the skateboard industry to supply decks, trucks, wheels and safety equipment to organizations that work with children while targeting low-income and at risk youth. A fund raiser art show to benefit Board Rescue was held at The Santa Cruz Boardroom Skate Shop and turned out to be an incredible event. It not only helped raise money for the organization, but it was a gathering of many Northern California legends, pros, artists, skaters, parents, and groms from within the sport.

Portrait of skateboarding pro Steve Caballero, Santa Cruz, CA | Board Rescue
Jason Jessee, 100% Skateboarder

Portrait gallery for Board Rescue

Below is a gallery of portraits I photographed of those who were in attendance. I built a 8’X8′ background wall inside the space with wood paneling, some heavy duty light stands, and about 10 pony clamps. The wood background was a last minute decision to play off the Board Rescue name. It was well worth the effort. I photographed some friends who I normally skate with, made some new friends, ate Sushi from one of my favorite places, and had a blast while working.

Portraits of skateboarders and artists in Santa Cruz, CA | Board Rescue

View the Full Gallery of skateboarding portraits in Santa Cruz, CA for Board Rescue

Included in the gallery: Camillo Arana, Eli Atkins, Rick Blackhart, Don Bostick, Danielle Bostick, Steve Caballero, Terry Campion, Michael Chantry, Chasen Christensen, Mikey Donnelly, Joe Fong, Scott Foss, Joel Gomez, Gary Holl, Andrew Huberman, Jake Jeffers, Jason Jessee, Gary Myall, Keith Meek, Richard Novak, Judi Oyama, Jimbo Philips, Eli Roe, Ray Stevens, Kori Thompson, Ryan Wade, Cameron Weaver, Mark Whiteley.

Thanks to Judi Oyama of Maximum Impact Design and TC of The Santa Cruz Boardroom Skate Shop for inviting me to be part of the event. An extra special thanks to everyone who stepped in front of the camera for a visit. If you dig this work please give a like. Chest bump for a share.

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Jay Watson
San Francisco Bay Area based lifestyle and people photographer Jay Watson shoots editorial, apparel, automotive, corporate, and sports subjects for commercial clients. Published in over 70 magazines.

3 Responses to Portraits of Legends, Skaters, Artists, and Groms | Board Rescue

  1. Yeah Jay, awesome pics as usual.. Was a super fun event, even with the alarms going off downstairs from the breakin by the SC crew, LOL… Thanks for the great pic.. Mike…….

  2. I love the way you are able to capture the personality of the people and who
    they are rather than by what they do. So cool and true!

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