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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Had to drive out to Phoenix last night for @newbalancenumeric showings today. So instead of sleeping in a motel I found a tight spot in the desert to sleep. This was my commute this morning along with a lil homie Sidewinder I found last night. Cheaper and a lot more fun than a motel for sure. Take that road that goes to nowhere....always.
Found this Leopard Tortoise while driving around the Mkuze Reserve in South Africa 2 weeks ago. Luckily he gave me a good view even though I was in my car. This is a good example of why it's almost always better to shoot at sunrise/sunset. That shell wouldn't have looked nearly as kickass had it been blaring sun at noon. Love that pattern and shape. @kampkenan @_iliketurtles @anthonyfurlong
Found this cool looking Brown House Snake on my last night in South Africa. They always seem to have interesting patterns. It was very cold out when we found it crossing the road, about 66, so we didn't expect to find anything out still. Scored this and 2 chameleons as well, but overall our snakes were far less than what I found last year.
I've been neglecting my fellow skate nerds with old footage. More curb action from 1993. Foundation days from a homie video we made. We used to skate these curbs all day long and go play video games inside the bowling alley. Back before you had games inside your house that were a million times better than any arcade. Let me get some damn photo incentive @tumyeto @mike_sinclair_ I'm selling more than @dakota_servold is from this! Just kidding Dakota!
This was a serious traffic jam. I got in the middle of a 250+ herd of elephants one day while in the Hluhluwe reserve. I kept my car well back as to not disturb them. Then a safari vehicle went around me and parked right up against them. I thought it was a bit rude and sort of against the normal protocol of first come first dibs on wildlife in the park. Usually if you're the one who comes up on wildlife the cars in back have to wait until you move up.
This little jammer is a shield-nosed snake, a member of the cobra family. They found this about 2 hours north of the lodge I stayed at back in January. It's the first of it's species to be found in that province so they kept it to see if it's a new species. They're debating letting the biologists have it (meaning they would have to kill it for DNA samples), keeping it until it dies of old age then giving it to them, or just straight releasing it where they found it. I think they're leaning toward release. Such an amazing snake.
The "pets" here are a bit interesting. Spectacles caiman baby, rock monitor and an African Pygmy Hedgehog. Hopefully I'll be able to get another post in later or tomorrow AM. I fly home Friday at 2:40pm from Durban so I'm waking up at 5am to drive one more game drive early am on my way to the airport. With my luck I'll finally see a lion or leopard right as I'm leaving the park and have to decide to miss my flight and shoot photos or go out.
This big boy was getting a drink of water and his homies were mad dogging me. First time I've had some decent reception here while in Zululand north of Durban. I'm here till Friday. This was from my solo game drive through South Africa's oldest reserve, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, established in 1895. Saw tons of rhino, elephants, buffalo but no predators. At this part of the day it was super hot and about 15 giraffes were waiting their turn to get water. It was pretty sick.
I tried uploading some video from our game drive but the wifi here in Kimberley is pretty slooooo. So here's a shot of the homie that greeted us yesterday before we took off with @drjeggle @nealhendrix @tysonbowerbank @louielo @mitchiebrusco84 @mattberger_ @tjrogers @jamescraig24 @vernlaird thanks for waking up super early for the mission. Headed out tonight after the contest to look for some snakes.
On my way to South Africa now. A nice short 22 hour travel day to Johannesburg, short 8 hour layover there and then on to Kimberley. Stay tuned for iphone pics and vids for the next 2 weeks. Hopefully we'll see some cool stuff. This is @nealhendrix taking a photo of a Blue Wildebeest that won't be running away from him anytime soon. See you there Neal!
Here's a little manual mix from the AT&T days. This is all pulled from a homie video called The Sellouts, so you get a chopped up Snoop Dog mix in the background. Man, I sure did love this spot. I think @chillrobgee was the first one that told me about it in like 1990. I skated here almost daily from then until they put a damn Office Depot there in 1995.
Love seeing these African White-backed Vultures when I go to South Africa. Nothing says you're out in Africa like seeing these sinister looking birds sitting on top of a camel thorn tree. Looks like a new tat opportunity for you @redcole I believe this is a juvenile on the right paired with the adult on left. Leaving in 6 days.
Hey @tysonbowerbank weren't we just talking about this trick with @jamescraig24 the other day (270 flip over the hip)? More #powellskatezone footage from 1993. Airwalk One's, Firm shirt, this was when I was in between Foundation and getting back on @santacruzskateboards I did enjoy this park so much.
I'm not super satisfied with my elephant photos from last years visit to South Africa. Bad backgrounds, poor lighting, obviously having to stay inside the car (for good reasons) doesn't help much either. This year I'm determined to get better elephant pics and also do my best to find a leopard. 1 week from today I take off.
This one is for you @mannyslaysall and @chriscobracole since you're my "biggest fans". Ha. More 90's madness. This is early 1992 when pants just started getting big and wheels small. I had to chop up this line to make it all fit, pretend there's some more shaky camera work and a few shoves in there and you'll paint the whole picture. Great Western Bank spot. A mainstay of all the #508crew videos. @markniznisbet @chillrobgee @mosteff
Looking forward to views like this in South Africa again in a couple weeks. I could sit all day and watch these guys. Check the horn on the guy in the front? Nice healthy white rhino. Not many out there like that anymore. This is from the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi reserve that I visited last year when I went. For sure going back there a couple days this year. Hoping to see a leopard while driving the park.
Stoked as always to be headed back to South Africa in 10 days. During the contest days, I usually leave at like 530am from the hotel and shoot photos at this guys property that is just outside of town called Marrick Safari. He's super accommodating and we either drive his dirt roads or just simply walk them looking for animals. I'm always stoked at how many of the guys in the contest are down for such early morning missions. @silasbaxterneal @bamahardy @nealhendrix @rtclem And I saw this Waterbuck last year while out in the early am cold.
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.
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