7.20.2014

Newest Update

It's Sunday the 20th of July, website still not fixed...at least the ability to post images. So, quick update on the Blotto Photto happenings, sans photos. Skating the Burton bowl daily with my fellow employees, always a fun session from noon to one o'clock, stop by if you want. When not skateboarding, I've been camping a couple times per week, checking out some great locations around Vermont that offer up some pretty special environments.

 

The photo shoot schedule has me in Oregon for the next couple of weeks, mostly on-hill action stuff, but I'm rolling with the camping gear, which should lead to additional nature shots along the way.

 

I'm continuing to research my website options...stay tuned. Thanks for checking in! Blotto

7.9.2014

Bogus Basin

Well, my website is still broken...harsh. In the process of figuring out what my choices are...hopefully in the next month or so I'll have some information. I apologize, but in the meantime please keep an eye on my Instagram @deanblottogray -or- 500px.com/blotto -or EyeEm @deanblottogray

 

Once again, sorry about the website. Blotto

7.2.2014

Website Update July 2nd

The situation isn't looking good in regards to keeping my website on the current server...with that said I'm looking into my options of keeping blottophotto.com going...I one hundred percent enjoy posting images and stories for y'all to view and read, so I'll do everything in my power to make a new site happen. Stay tuned...thanks a lot...Blotto

6.25.2014

WEBSITE UPDATE

The server hosting blottophotto.com is still broken...working like mad to resolve the issue...stay tuned! I'm keeping the website going with updates no matter what!! :) Blotto

6.6.2014

Web Server ILLIN

The web server that hosts my website is having some tech issues with photo uploads...so I can't post anything until it's sorted out. Total bummer...I have some blog posts ready and will upload them ASAP. Thanks for your patience!! Enjoy your weekend, Blotto

 

In the meantime, be sure to catch my photoss at 500px.com/blotto - and - http://www.wearethegoodlife.com/blog/

5.27.2014

Cruising I-90 East

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Visiting some fam in Spokane, Washington (State) so I flew into Seattle, grabbed a rental car and made the I-90 East traverse over the course of five hours. You hit Snoqualmie Pass, continue until the Columbia River, crossing over the Vantage Bridge and then its farmland for many many miles until you hit Spokane. Clouds were gracing the skies in force, so it made up for the bright midday sun. Outta here in a few days, back to SF, onto AZ and VT. Holler! Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto

5.20.2014

Highway 1 Adventure

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After finishing up at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Ramsay and I headed North on Highway One, intent on seeing as many scenic spots as possible until sun down. This type of adventure opens the day to mini-hikes, beach front chilling, discovering new zones to further explore later on...while seeing plenty of fantastic sights from afar and up close. Basically we drove sixty miles round trip...30 up, 30 back...gaining the knowledge along this part of Highway One to formulate multiple plans for later on this summer. Cruise this zone; the adventures will come to you...Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto

5.18.2014

Big Sur/N around

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Down in Big Sur for the weekend on some family bizz and had the chance to hike around a bit and check the scene. You could explore for weeks on end with all the trails, beaches and backcountry open to the public, epic place for sure. While walking around Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, we saw some skateboarders pointing it down the trails, something we like to call 'dirtboardin.' Come to find out, these individuals (the @gnarmads) are riding their bikes from New York to San Francisco, and hitting all sorts of skate spots along the way...some made for urethane, some not. Good stuff. Hoping to get another day cruising Big Sur, we'll see what pans out with the schedule. Peace, Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto @Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto

5.12.2014

Superpark Sunday

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Final day at Superpark 18...started off at the Woodward Rail Plaza with Shane and Tommy, then headed up to the Seven Springs double tabletop with Werni, Roope, Nik, Gabe and Ben, followed by the final shot of the winter season with Roope going ballistic on the 7springs hip. Definitely a proper ending to another incredible winter!

 

BIG THANKS to everybody for making #winter2014 a banger...can't wait for next season. Summer starts now, so get out there! Peace, Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto

5.11.2014

Superpark Saturday

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High flying antics going down at Superpark 18, shredders catching air everywhere you look...big session on the step-up jump, followed by a hip session at day's end...but it all started with some springtime powder slashes during the morning hours. Good times...one more fabulous afternoon to go...Holler! Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto

5.10.2014

Weather Still Kickin

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Day two and the storm still kicking winter flavors with rain, wind and wild mixtures of wet snow...so we kept ourselves busy shooting portraits, editing and busting a couple of mini-hikes to get the legs moving. Day three is here, waking up to a good bit of snow in Government Camp...we'll head up to Meadows to see what's happening with the Superpark set up and maybe get a few pow turns in...Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto

5.8.2014

Day One Superpark / Weather

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Our day one at Superpark has been put on hold...heavy rain and inclement weather has led to lift closures, so we're keeping ourselves busy indoors shooting portraits...rental house knick knack based pictures with the crew...hopefully we'll get on hill tomorrow to start shredding the gnar. Holler! Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto

5.7.2014

Oregon Arrival / Superpark 18

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A quick flight from SFO into PDX, to the rental car, up to Government Camp to establish homebase...with a bit of daylight to spare, I drove back down Highway 26 to the Mirror Lake Trailhead, which I've driven past umpteen million times over the years. Today I would finally hike the trail up to Mirror Lake to take in the views and the chill environment...well worth it. Darkness was creeping in, so I booked it back down the well groomed trail, hopped in the vehicle and spotted a couple of Mt Hood photos at the Lake Trillium turn off. Superpark 18 starts tomorrow (for our crew), so I'll report back in ASAP. Cheers! Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto

5.5.2014

Living Proof Interview 2007

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Interview from Living Proof Magazine Number 2, circa 2007. Text is a bit small to read, so I've jotted down a few of the questions below...enjoy! Blotto

 

How did you get involved in snowboarding? Our posse of skate rats would hang out at this local shop called Bare Cover in Phoenix. One of the co-owners would always go ‘snowboarding’ on the weekends, but we really couldn’t comprehend it because we lived in Phoenix. Our buddy Craig Boone went on a skiing trip with his family, rented a snowboard and came back claiming snowboarding was beyond fun...eventually we tried it and were hooked immediately.

 

What first inspired your interest in photography? Does it still inspire today? Mofo’s images in Thrasher Magazine inspired me to pick up a camera. Yes, photography still inspires me to this day.

 

First camera? First snowboard? Leffler sold me his Minolta for 30 bucks (but the Canon EOS 530 really got things going). Boone drove me all the way across Phoenix to purchase a Winterstick for a 100 bucks.

 

How has snowboarding changed since you started photography? Riders’ ability on snow has been the biggest change over the last ten years.

 

What’s the weirdest place you’ve been to? Snowboarding indoors in Japan in August. It feels like you’re in a giant meat locker, then you walk outside and it’s a 100 degrees!

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto

4.28.2014

Wheres Waldo

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A far-sighted aesthetic can be described as stepping back from the immediate action filled area to take in a bit more of the surroundings. I want the viewer to look at the photograph for some time, figure out where the rider is within the image and then consider the surroundings that are contributing to the snowboarding action itself.

 

I favor the angle that’s pulled back, telling more of the story. It has a bigger impact on me than selecting a position that reveals the message immediately through tight angles and even tighter cropping.

 

This portfolio displays a few photos I’ve collected over the years within the ‘Where’s Waldo’ category.

 

I hope you enjoy them. .BLOTTO.

 

Original publish date: 2006/ish

Publication: Snow Planet Magazine (Spain) / Issue 61

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto

4.26.2014

Doski Portfolio 2007

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Dug up this photo portfolio from Doski Magazine (Russia) circa 2007 from one of the drives this weekend. I attempted to decipher some of the Cyrillic script in the introduction and saw that it talked about my first camera (Canon EOS 530) and what I was using at the time capturing these images (Hasselblad 203FE, Sekonic L358 Light Meter, Burton F-Stop Camera Bag, Canon Mark II N DSLR, Sunpak Flashes, ProFoto Strobe)...those were the days!

 

In 2007 I was still shooting film and slowly entering the digital era, knowing good and well that the DSLR offerings at this time would soon be outdated...which they were in just a year's time. During this juncture in photography, as many photographers can attest to, it was difficult to hop over to digital using subpar equipment when you could capture a way better image to film. However, many film stocks that we were shooting (Agfa Scala for example) ceased to exist any longer through the years of 2006-2009.

 

All is good and well now, DSLR cameras get the job done and then some...do I miss film? Of course. Anybody who ever put pictures on to a 35mm or medium format roll knows the joy in shooting, processing and turning out some gems. Blotto

 


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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto

4.21.2014

Peace Park OUT

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Peace Park is complete, so we're putting away the camping equipment, mowing down the jumps, hips and halfpipe and moving on to the next shoot in Colorado. BIG THANKS to Grand Targhee for hosting the event, Burton Snowboards and Mountain Dew for the support, Snow Park Technologies for the insane build, Bryan Knox and Danny Davis for making everything else happen. Good good times in Wyoming...see ya next year! Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto

4.20.2014

Peace Park Media

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Peace Park will be edited down to a thirty minute TV show airing in December of 2014, so we have an entire grip of rad dudes here with fancy cameras, MOVI set-ups, a helicopter flying around with a filming rig attached to it, to name a few items. Pretty cool stuff if you ask me! There's also an indoor studio, outdoor location, all sorts of computers uploading massive amounts of footage, etc, etc. Here's a few photos of the stuff laying around...and of course a Jet Boil to keep the hot water moving through the ceramic dripper...nahhmean?! Enjoy, Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto

4.19.2014

Peace Park Cruising

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Day two of Peace Park saw a serious hip and tabletop session go down...lots and lots of 'big airs, tweaks and technical madness' happening under beautiful partly cloudy skies. We managed to stay on hill until sunset, enjoying the amazing surroundings before heading down the mountain for a musical performance by Goldtown. Upon waking up the in the morning, Mother Nature decided to drop in some fresh snow...no complaints...and you thought spring / summer was rolling in heh! We're off snow today because of visibility issues on hill, but the riders could definitely use a down day anyhow, they've been going hard for the filmers and photographers...thanks guys! Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto

4.18.2014

Peace Park Day One

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Day one is a wrap...and what a good one! Partly cloudy skies led to some great compositions in the photo and film world with a crew of radical riders pulling stunts on a slope filled with berms, banks, table tops, hips, a half pipe and a twenty-two foot bowl. The 2014 edition of Peace Park took a serious evolutionary step in the direction of using an entire mountain slope, not just a section of it, translating into full park runs and plenty of obstacles to choose from.

 

Starting the day with a quick event briefing from the hosts, we headed up the chairlift, grabbed the snowcat and sleds for the rest of the journey upward and began dissceting all the possibilities Snow Park Technologies created with Burton Snowboards and Mountain Dew. Top to bottom laps were in order for all involved to kick things off, which led to sorting out a few different sessions in the bowl and frontside hip, while rounding out the day in the halfpipe. As the sun was setting, we wrapped it up, high-fived and made our way down, excited for day number two just an evening away. Blotto

 

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto

4.17.2014

Stormy Drive

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With the first day of Peace Park all about organization and preparation, we grinded out the morning with logistics and planning, then I hit the road in the adverse weather conditions hoping for some sort of afternoon / evening light to break through.

 

Drove out of Grand Targhee, over Teton Pass, through Jackson and headed north on the 26, eventually hitting Moran Junction some thirty miles later. The entire drive was wind, rain, sleet and snow, but as I entered the national park an 'evening glass off' started to take effect and give me a sense of this mission being worthy! Without being in this area previously and sans guide, I started driving down random roads until I finally located Jackson Lake...which was 'sort of' the plan from the onset.

 

I was under the impression springtime was setting in around these parts and I would see some water in the liquid form...couldn't have been more incorrect...still blazing winter conditions! The lake was frozen over but looking as beautiful as ever, so I camped out as the clouds did their constant transformation in and out of the Grand Teton mountain face. A couple hours chilling in nature shooting pics made the stormy drive all worth it...mission complete I turned around and headed back to Targhee to get ready for day one of Peace Park 2014. Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / blotto Photto

4.16.2014

Prep: Peace Park 2014

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In getting ready for shooting the 2014 edition of Peace Park, here's a few flicks from the 2013 gathering in Squaw Valley, California (USA). This shoot brings out a whole grip of riders, media and the behind the scenes peoples from Burton and Mt Dew...always rad to see your colleagues in person that you chat with on-line all season! Enjoy the flicks...Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto

4.15.2014

Wyoming Arrival

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A quick reGear in the Valley of the Sun led to an afternoon flight out of Sky Harbor Airport, making the trek across the Four Corners, continuing over the southwest Rocky Mountains and into Denver International Airport. Barely making the connection to Jackson Hole, I was greeted by a host of my talented colleagues on board, ready to get the party started at Grand Targhee, Wyoming for Peace Park III.

 

When you deplane at the Jackson Hole Airport, you're immediately greeted by the overwhelming beauty of the Grand Teton mountain range, it's all time! Seeing how April 14th was going to be a blood moon occasion, it made the decision to stay out late shooting photos that much easier...not that the Teton Range wasn't reason enough!

 

I crawled around Highway 26 for a couple of hours watching the moonlight cast different lighting effects on the mountains, then swung a U-turn and headed back through Jackson, over Teton Pass (Highway 22 that turns into Highway 33 once you enter Idaho), through Driggs, ending at Grand Targhee Resort. As I pulled in, Gabe L'Heureux was front and center for the peak of the Blood Moon occasion...why not join 'em for a bit? Which I did!

 

That was the travel day to Wyoming from California/Arizona...not bad. Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto

4.13.2014

California to Wyoming

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A few days in California post Tokyo mission to edit the 2014 season leads to the next photo shoot in Wyoming...Peace Park III is on the books...I'll update as soon as possible with some 'behind the scenes' images of crew, location and happenings...stay tuned...Blotto

 

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4.7.2014

Tokyo Out

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It's a wrap! See you next time Tokyo! Thanks to everybody taking care of us, showing us around and hanging...peace, Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto

4.5.2014

Pedal Tokyo

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Great day in the city as spring is starting to roll in...the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, people are out in force enjoying Tokyo life...we opted for a look around the mighty metropolis via the bicycle.

 

Thanks to Rip Zinger and Moto at W-Base, we were outfitted with a couple of solid rental bikes to get our pedal on, pop a few wheelies, throw a skid here and there while visiting the crew at the Burton Flagship Store in Harajuku for some new threads, running across some fine folks visiting Tokyo as well, and of course enjoying the delicious espresso at Streamers, served up by award winning latte maker Hiroshi Sawada and his trusty sidekick Bambi

 

Errands completed we embarked on a day long ride navigating 'the other side of road' taking main streets, side roads and cut-thru's...heading here, then there...looping back to home base...and doing it once again. We'll see what tomorrow will bring...peace! Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto

4.4.2014

Cruising Tokyo

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Cruising the city via shoe leather express, trains and subways...checking Tokyo as the cherry blossoms are in full bloom...great time to be in the city nine million people call home. More photos to come...thanks for checking in! Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto

4.3.2014

Chari and Co NYC - Book Signing

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This evening (April 4th, 2014) in Tokyo, I'll be signing books with FDNY's Mike Hernandez at the 'Chari and Co' pop-up shop at Beams T Harajuku. I've been shooting photos of Mike as he pedals NYC the past few summers, and finally decided to throw all the images together in a 50-page soft cover. It turned out great! If you're in Tokyo, stop by...all the information is below. Holler!! Blotto
CHARI&CO NYC POP UP SHOP 
04.04 - 04.20.2014
AT BEAMS T HARAJUKU
RECEPTION PARTY 04.04  19:00〜
NY90年代のOG Skater で映画KIDSにも出演、現在 BrooklynのFireFighter である MIKE HERNANDEZ のストリートライドを
Burtonの専属フォトグラファーBlotto Photoが撮り下ろしたCHARI&CO NYC 初のBOOK 発売の記念も兼ね、
今回4/4のBEAMS T 原宿のPOP UP SHOP レセプションPARTYに両氏もアメリカより参加。
本に直接サインや彼らと記念撮影も可能。
 2008年にNYのLower East Sideにオープンしたバイクブティックのイメージを原宿で体感できるチャンス。
POP UP SHOP 期間:04.04 (FRI) - 04.20 (SUN)
レセプションPARTY:04.04 (FRI) 19:00〜21:00

 

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4.2.2014

TOKYO arrival

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Just landed in Tokyo for the start of a 72-hour mission...book-signing event in Harajuku on April 4th at Beams T (Ton-Chan Street). I'll post some more information tomorrow with location, times and other pertinent info! Stay tuned! Blotto

 

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3.28.2014

Mammoth Cruising

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Arrival to Mammoth via the automobile from SF...highway 88 was the nearest mountain pass open for winter travel...bringing you past Kirkwood Resort, through Markleville, graze _______ (one of Standard Films epic backcountry locations / early 2000's), then connect with the 395 and swoop into Mammoth Lakes 137 miles later (220km).

 

Always a pleasure to collaborate with Tyson and TJ at the Unbound Terrain Park...this would be our umpteenth photo shoot on their slopes over the past decade...memories. The plan for the next few days is capturing resort riding with the Burton crew, while mixing in a couple of custom features during the day and night.

 

I'll try to get another Mammoth blog up sooner than later...thanks for checking in y'all! Blotto

 

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3.22.2014

BC Mission Complete

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The mission to British Columbia for work on the Burton movie is complete…six days of accessing the backcountry via snowmobile. Our crew(s) were hit with every type of weather scenario imaginable…white outs, bluebird, fog, partly cloudy, semi-sunny and on and on, Mother Nature put on a daily display of beauty and the frustrating shut downs.

 

The snowmobile (filming) grind is one heck of a work place! Up at 4:30am, depart the trailhead by 6am, watch the sunrise from the first spot around 6:30, start shooting (or building), then spend the entire day moving around the beautiful backcountry in every direction.

 

After an entire day spent on snow, you make your way out down the logging roads as the sun is setting, make it back to the parking lot, load up, meet for dinner then peel the gear off and get ready for the next morning that’s a mellow eight hours away! Gotta love it! Thanks for checking in y’all! Blotto

 

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3.19.2014

Canada Updater

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Up to Canada after the US Open...Sled Land...early ups daily battling the elements, snowboarding, building, being patient. Movie clips coming together...Blotto

 

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3.8.2014

US Open Day Four

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The weather was in full cooperation with the halfpipe finals schedule, so the vibes were "fun under the sun" up on the slopes of Vail Resort. Six women and ten men competed for the 2014 title that reads 'US Open Snowboarding Championships Halfpipe Champion.' On the ladies side, Kelly Clark took home her seventh title, while Taylor Gold won his first US Open halfpipe.

 

In addition to the contest snowboarding and the incredible riding that came along with it, the poachers made their appearance in the U-tube, much to the delight of the spectators as multiple riders were flying through the air at any given time between TV breaks and contest runs. BIG UP to Burton and their team of contest organizers for feeling the poaching vibe and truly making this a unique contest that all strive to be a part of. Until next year...Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto

3.7.2014

US Open Day Three

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Day three consisted of Men's and Women's slopestyle finals...the day starting out with consistent snowfall which never let up through out the afternoon. Fresh snow on the course didn't seem to slow down the progressive nature of the spins and flips as the eventual winners weaved their way through the course claiming gold, silver and bronze. Day four will be pipe finals...stay tuned.

 

Burton.com has all event information for live webcasts...check 'em...Blotto

 

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3.6.2014

US Open Day Two

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Day two out here in Vail, Colorado...halfpipe semifinal qualification scenario...lots of ladies and dudes laying down big airs and tweaks, spins and flips...you know the deal. Good people on both sides of the fence today, great times. Blotto

 

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