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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

Donkey Label Racing - Inside an elite Minnesota cycling team

Donkey Label Racing - Inside an elite Minnesota cycling team

Donkey Label, a Minnesota cycling apparel and accessories brand, has been committed to bike racing since it's inception, but this year they also began sponsoring a team of elite racers. The team was created with a goal of having more transparency and allowing people a behind the scenes look at life on an elite cycling squad.

DonkeyLabelRacing.com was built to highlight photo galleries from races, and publish articles written by the team members about racing, diving into things like training, bike tech, and nutrition. 

Here is a small selection of images from the North Star Grand Prix. DonkeyLabelRacing.com has a larger gallery, and images from a track night of racing at the National Sports Center Velodrome in Blaine, MN.

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