Jason Rothmeyer Skater Profile
Sponsors: Fallen Rep, Skatepark of Tampa Gambling Team, SPoT Productions, Slave
Hometown: Long Beach CA, Stance: Regular, Age: 42, Status: Pro
Last Update: Friday, March 21, 2014 Submit an Update
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Jacob Park mix of footage. This place rules so hard. It's got some skate stoppers on it now but it's still somewhat skate able. But when we found it in 1990 it was perfect! Nobody to kick you out on any day, different sized ledges to learn on. It was so good. Side story about this spot...one day we were shooting photos for SLAP with Rick Kosick and some cholo dudes rolled up and aimed a gun at us and opened fire. We all dove over the blocks for cover. But Kosick was too big to get over the block and got stuck on top and got hit. "I'm hit!" He yelled. Well, it was a paintball gun and his shirt was so baggy that the pellet never exploded it just wrapped up inside his xxxxxxl shirt. Good thing it wasn't real bullets.
Quit trying to front! I was able to shoot this Mozambique Spitting Cobra last year at the lodge I'm going back to in 2 weeks. The lodge owner was kind enough to have found a wild one the day or so before I got there in case I didn't find any myself. Here's to finding one on my own this upcoming trip. Leaving in 13 days.
Before there was a thing called switch crooks, we used to just to blunt slides that turned into them. Thanks to @slappysgarage for being the first one I saw do these on curbs. Next is just some good ole curb dancing followed by a Sketchy impossible nose manny in 1991 at AT&T my favorite manny pad of all time.
Cross-banded Treefrog from a night hike in Costa Rica this past April. We went out looking for eyelash vipers for 4 hours in a very good spot for them but I was at least rewarded with this lovely frog and a boa earlier in the night crossing the road. Love the colors and pattern on this frog. My frog game is tight yo!
Quick pause for a sloth photo. I don't go up and touch wild animals if I don't have to (move them off a road for example). But that doesn't mean I didn't want to climb up this tree and give this guy a hug when I saw him. They've got to be the most inviting looking critters out there. Costa Rica trip earlier this year is when I found this fellow.
When I got on @santacruzskateboards in 1990, my buddy @rm_pastry jokingly said that everyone on Santa Cruz did finger flip lein to tails and that i had to learn them. I could only take it to hips and mini ramps though, this is as close as I got. Visalia Skatecamp from 1991. It's so funny to see that we used to have to wear pads at all these contests and parks. Ugh, how uncomfortable it was.
Keeping with my current skate/nature/skate system, here's another South Africa preview of what I'm sure to find out there. This is a Puff Adder from last year that the lodge owner at Umkhumbi held onto the day before I got there so I could shoot photos. Hopefully I find some more this time as after this I only found dead ones on the road. @drjeggle let's try to score one of these by Kimberley! 17 days till I fly back there.
More 1990's curb action! Yeah! Ha. As soon as I saw @tempster_returns do a bigspin boardslide on a curb I learned it as quick as I could. Damn this double sided curb at Tetzlaff was fun. I think I was there every day one summer. My good homie Bryan Paz is in the background of the first clip...RIP my man. Good ole 90's low impact skating.
Keeping with the theme of me headed back to South Africa in 3 weeks for the 4th year in a row (I can't believe I get to say that), here's a bad ass African Fish Eagle I saw last year cruising around the wetlands near St. Lucia above all the crocs and hippos. Wish I would have seen it blast something in the water but I was still stoked to have a fly by. Big birds these guys.
The greatest skatepark that ever existed...the Powell Skatezone. This place ruled so hard. I used to make the drive from Long Beach to Santa Barbara about 2-3 times a week it seemed to skate here from 1991-1994. This was 1992 and literally the first back nosegrind 180 I ever landed, hence the exaggerated landing. Slayer in the background, that place was epic. I met a ton of friends there and was so bummed when they shut it down.
Headed back to South Africa in 3 weeks to judge the @kimberleydiamondcup and do some exploring afterwards at the Umkhumbi Lodge near Hluhluwe. I read an article today that said at the current rate rhinos are being poached, they may not be around past 2-3 years. What a difficult job to protect them and sad state that people keep buying their horns. I really loved seeing these white rhinos for the first time last year. Hopefully I'll see some black rhinos this year.
While shooting this Arizona Ridgenosed Rattlesnake last month, I was off the ground a bit and it was pretty much drab and brown in the background. But I changed positions and when I layed down it made a huge difference to get that green grass in the background. Sometimes I really have to focus on changing spots to see what the photo will end up looking like. Background and foreground make such a huge difference.
I used to skate with #oceanhowell a ton around 1991-1993. This is from a contest we went to at the Moreno Valley skatepark. Ocean rules and happens to have the single best front foot impossible of all time. Now he's blowing minds as a professor at Berkley. @koolmoeleo @headclean @manolostapes bet you guys will enjoy this.
Here's a ground shot of the speckled rattlesnake I found out near Anza Borrego a couple weeks back. These guys blend in so well to the rocky terrain that they hang out in. It didn't stop rattling the whole time but never struck at me. Found it just as it started to cross the road at dusk so I was able to move it off and out of harms (cars) way. @socialtatts @devinbergquist @intothemojave
So obviously I'm on an old footage kick now. I think I'm gonna do one nature post and one old skate post per day until I run out of these clips. This was a tight setup that me and my buddy made use of in Murietta back in 1991. Damn, I really liked those front truck grinds back then. My first car ever too, 1974 Toyota celica. Ha.
Isn't today the day people put up old photos of themselves? Sorry to derail from all the nature photos, but sometimes you find old footage and it has to go up. 1991 ruled so hard. @santacruzskateboards sponsored me the year before, Everslick boards, Tom Knox, I need to find a good curb like this for my next video part. This place ruled. @andrewcannon where's my photo incentive homie! Don't worry @tommynakamura you're shaky camera work was just fine.
Pale-striped Amazon Dart Frog from a Peru trip I took back in 2012. Next time I go back I'm going to spend more time shooting at night. I think we went out about 2-3 hours each night but we were always up super early for travel as well deep into the Manu National Park. I want to post up in one spot next time so I can have more time hiking. Next time.....
Santa Fe Island land iguana from the Galapagos in 2011. These guys were everywhere and most were very defensive like this one. No fear of people or anything for that matter. The only predator they have is the Galapagos Hawk, and I doubt that hawks go for anything larger than hatchlings. @kampkenan @anthonyfurlong
On my way driving out to the desert last weekend, I noticed this small San Diego gopher snake just coming over the curb on the side of the road. Lucky I did cause he was moving into the road and would have been toast had I not moved him off. I'm a sucker for gopher snakes, they kill it and are usually super bitey. This one was chill.
Can't go a contest weekend without putting some @ronniesandoval_nfc footage out. My favorite tranny dude out there right now. He killed harder in other runs but this was the only one I filmed. The Copenhagen Pro is seriously the best contest every year. No doubt. Love this place and all these dudes #cphbowljam @keld_aabjoern
I'm chilling in Copenhagen right now for the Cphprobowl contest and enjoying the end of the Scandanavian summer, which is pretty rainy. Since I didn't film any skating today, I'll continue with pics from the stuff I found last weekend. This close up is of a Red Diamond Rattlesnake we found chilling on the side of the road. Love these dudes and never get tired of seeing them.
As soon as I hit the road I was going to cruise on Saturday night, I saw exactly what I had gone there to find. This big Speckled Rattlesnake was lounging by the side of the road. When I got out of the car it positioned itself on the backside of a tumbleweed. I couldn't get a decent angle to shoot a photo because of the steep cliff I was standing on. I wanted to get level with the snake but if I did that and slipped forward, I would have fell face first into it. So, I had to stand a bit back and shoot from the side and deal with the ugly shadows. It was a cool looking snake though and the first Speck I've found on purpose (stumbled upon a Panamint in 1999 by accident).
I headed down towards Anza Borrego on Saturday night to see if I could find some snakes to photo and met up with @socalrattler I found 3 on my own then he and I found another 3 after that. I never get tired of sidewinders. This little baby one I found was about as long as a finger. Super tiny and as I moved it off the road, it bit into my small tongs super hard. It's difficult to move such small snakes while making sure you don't injure them. Better than them being road kill though.
Yesterday my wife was gone with a friend and I had nothing to do (married guy problems) So I made a quick late plan to go towards San Diego and play some cards at a casino and then hit the desert to find some snakes. Came up $450 then rolled out and found some sweet stuff. First is a Beauty Red Diamond Rattlesnake followed by a real blurry Speckled Rattlesnake that decided to hide in a tumbleweed. I was standing on a super steep embankment and could barely film this sucker. Ended up finding 6 snakes last night. The speck was my first one ever. @socialtatts @devinbergquist @turtleheadphoto
The first time I went to Costa Rica back in 2006 the main thing I wanted to see was some wild toucans. Waking through the rainforest they're super easy to find, simply because they're so damn loud. You can hear this call for miles it seems and you can zero in on them pretty easy. Didn't have to go far for this one, it was at the end of the driveway at the place we always stay (Shelter From The Storm). At 4pm each day we coined it "toucan o'clock" because they always showed up exactly then.
The wind blowing behind this Osprey almost makes it look like a crested eagle or something different. When I visited Loreto back in 2011, we drove over to Magdalena bay and saw about 100+ osprey nests on the telephone poles there. Each telephone pole had a platform built for nests, it was awesome to see that the town there gave them places to nest instead of risking them nesting directly on the power line connections at the top of the poles.
Found this while hiking out in the Catalina Mountains near Tucson 2 weeks ago. I'm not fully sure but I think it's a badger skull. There's a white stripe of fur still visible down the middle of the forehead. Sure wish I could have seen a live badger though, I've yet to see one in the wild still. Mean streets of the Sonoran Desert got this little dude.
Here's another of the lightning captures I ended up with from last Monday in AZ. This one is a little more landscape and less close up but I still like the effect. Going to work on it a little harder next time as I only spent 20 min total shooting until I got too antsy and wanted to go find more snakes.
Here's a nice pink/red colored short horned lizard I found a couple weeks back in the Hualapai Mountains. This thing is just bigger than your thumbnail. So tiny when they hatch out but still very detailed. Horned lizards rule! But they're damn hard to find if they don't move and give themselves away.
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