Ben Austin @ Random

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Nick Anderson
Turndown – Minneapolis, MN

This shot is actually from a couple years ago when Nick was riding for Eastern and we were trying to get some stuff together for their catalog. We were cruising along the Mississippi River road in downtown Minneapolis and stopped by this sculpture for a quick session. Nick had just learned this trick at the time, and was launching them off whatever was in his path. I think he was making up for lost time. Turndowns are one of those fickle tricks that just don’t seem to come easy. Nick has some ridiculous bike control, but had been so frustrated by the learning process. I remember seeing him at a skatepark a few months prior, sending mock-turnbar-kickouts and getting ready to throw his bike out the window in anger. A few weeks later he had them locked down, and the crusade began.

-Ben Austin

Ben Austin @ Random

Rider: Chris Brown
Location: Minneapolis, MN

This one is from a summer ago when Chris and Tony Malouf were visiting Reed Stark in Minneapolis on a trip for BSD. It was a pretty quick weekend, but everyone was making the most of it and putting together a little web edit dubbed “Minnesota Nice”. I was along to shoot a few photos and hang out enjoying the late summer days.

One thing that really stuck out to me about Chris is that he doesn’t take warm-up runs. This has caught me off guard, since I’m used to being able to take my time a little more and get myself set up before a photo. He just takes a good look at a spot, puts things together in his mind’s eye, and fires it out. This sketchy rail ride was no exception. The setup was far from ideal: downhill runup, harsh chunk where the path met the stairs, and a wobbly railing. It was no problem for Chris though, as he quickly took a look and went for it. It only took two tries before we had the photo, the clip, and were off to eat tacos before heading to the next spot.

-Ben Austin

Ben Austin @ Random

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