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X-Games Skateboard Gold Medalist: Mariah Duran

 
 Mariah Duran

Mariah Duran

 

I grew up watching the X-Games, and got into photography looking at the photos in BMX magazines, so it was a bit of a return full circle this summer when I photographed skateboarder Mariah Duran for Ozy.

Meeting Mariah just after she arrived at her Minneapolis hotel, I had a little over an hour to capture a full mix of portraits, action photos, and video clips for website loops. Knowing I would be shooting in the midday sun, I had scouted locations that would be filled with diffused, bounced light, or where the hard shadows could turn into crisp graphic elements. It was fortunate that there is a small skate park in the corner of downtown Minneapolis. While not exactly competition quality, Mariah was happy to stretch her legs and get some time on her board after a morning of travel, nailing some serious tricks for our shoot.

Just two days after our shoot, Mariah clinched the gold medal in the X-Games Skateboard Street finals. 

 Pro skateboarder Mariah Duran, photographed in Minneapolis Minnesota, ahead of the Summer X Games, July 17th, 2018. Photo by Nate Ryan
 Pro skateboarder Mariah Duran, photographed in Minneapolis Minnesota, ahead of the Summer X Games, July 17th, 2018. Photo by Nate Ryan
 Pro skateboarder Mariah Duran, photographed in Minneapolis Minnesota, ahead of the Summer X Games, July 17th, 2018. Photo by Nate Ryan
 Pro skateboarder Mariah Duran, photographed in Minneapolis Minnesota, ahead of the Summer X Games, July 17th, 2018. Photo by Nate Ryan
 Pro skateboarder Mariah Duran, photographed in Minneapolis Minnesota, ahead of the Summer X Games, July 17th, 2018. Photo by Nate Ryan
 Pro skateboarder Mariah Duran, photographed in Minneapolis Minnesota, ahead of the Summer X Games, July 17th, 2018. Photo by Nate Ryan
 Pro skateboarder Mariah Duran, photographed in Minneapolis Minnesota, ahead of the Summer X Games, July 17th, 2018. Photo by Nate Ryan
 Pro skateboarder Mariah Duran, photographed in Minneapolis Minnesota, ahead of the Summer X Games, July 17th, 2018. Photo by Nate Ryan
 Pro skateboarder Mariah Duran, photographed in Minneapolis Minnesota, ahead of the Summer X Games, July 17th, 2018. Photo by Nate Ryan

Green Acres Cyclocross

Green Acres Cyclocross

Fall for cyclists is cyclocross season, and this weekend was one of the best races annually held in Minnesota – Green Acres cyclocross race. The course snakes up, down and around a snow tubing hill, and surrounding farm fields. I was only able to catch the 2nd day of racing, missing the 300+ racers on Saturday, but still 200+ racers were out with bright sunny skies through the day.  It was great racing, and a lot of fun out on the course cheering and heckling the racers. I didn't get out and race this year, hopefully I'll have my bike re-assembled before the next race. 

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