Chase Hawk - No Distractions
Solo missions in tire slashing country
27 Jul 2015
Words and Photos by Andrew White
As I said before, last December I was handed a BMX photographer’s dream assignment: Chase Hawk riding pools solo in California for etnies over the course of a week. A small crew, early morning wake up, cooperative weather- needless to say I didn't’ think it could get any better.
To break it down further, consider the elements. Chase Hawk: ultimate respected rider from all angles. Abandoned pools: great to photograph, always different, rewarding, and weird. One-on-One: some riders would buckle under the pressure but with the ambition Chase had for what he wanted to get done it was a necessity. And with local Fresno skate legend Peacock not only tour-guiding us around the area but also lending his pool cleaning equipment, the recipe was there for a solid time.
The experience certainly didn’t disappoint. Chase produced so much on that trip, handling nearly as much riding as an entire team would on a similarly lengthed mission. It was rare we’d wrap before the sun forced our end to the day. And though I love street riding and all its charm, it was refreshing to be shooting a rider who wasn’t in anguish at the top of a stairset doing internal mental gymnastics trying to validate his plane ticket. The sessions were chill, though by the nature of Chase’s smooth riding that may be a bit deceptive.
The cream of this trip as well as all DIG’s other ongoing coverage of the Etnies Chapters project is being saved for a cumulative print piece to go alongside the DVD release. We shot some heavy bangers which will be reserved for print (at Chase’s insistence no less, a rarity these days). To see a rider so stoked to save photos no less for a long term project was pretty refreshing. Here’s the others from our trip to the sketchiest weirdest place in California.
Chase produced so much on that trip, handling nearly as much riding as an entire team would on a similarly lengthed mission.
it was refreshing to be shooting a rider who wasn’t in anguish at the top of a stairset doing internal mental gymnastics trying to validate his plane ticket.
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