Jason Rothmeyer Skater Profile
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Hometown: Long Beach CA, Stance: Regular, Age: 42, Status: Pro
Last Update: Friday, March 21, 2014 Submit an Update
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People like waterfalls on Wednesday? Is that how it works? Well, if you like waterfalls head to Iguazu Falls in Brazil. Me, @nealhendrix and @paulzitzer judged the #xgames down there last year and were drenched while out shooting photos of the hundreds of cascading waterfalls around. I ended up heading to the Argentina side and it was even better, mostly because it was less people.
I was walking around the beach in San Pedro yesterday with my niece and nephew and we saw some Dolphins. Reminded me to dig up this photo from Loreto, Mexico back in 2012. Shot some photos of these Dolphins on our boat ride out to one of the islands offshore. Since everyone is going to be instagramming the crap out of the Plan B premiere tonight, I figured I would change course and give you some nature.
Another line from the @danny_montoya spot that we used to skate a ton. These curbs were actually asphalt and not cement, but they slid so good after being waxed and skated that we annihilated them over the years. They were perfectly round and super easy for noseslide popovers. 1992 steez with the cutoff pants and cut shoes.
This isn't necessarily the greatest photo, but rather a very interesting and hard to find bird from Ecuador. While visiting an amazing spot in Ecuador back in 2011, our guide stopped alongside the road in a large thicket of vines and asked if we could find the bird hiding in them. It took a while because it's so well camouflaged. This is a Lyre-tailed Nightjar and this was the only way to get the whole bird in the photo. The tail feathers extend all the way to the bottom of the frame and are about 3-4 times the length of their body. Hard to find and they must look so crazy in flight.
Here's a little more 90's curb action. This is the Marshalls curb at the Traffic Circle in long beach. Epic late night sessions here, one memorable one right around this time with Gonz. Randomly skated with @chrissenn here one night too for like 4 hours and we became friends afterwards. This would be late 1991. #slappyhour
This is one of the 2 sidewinders I found a couple weeks back on my way out to Phoenix. It gives you a good view of how flat they lay when they're soaking up the heat from the road. Normally, Sidewinders are relatively calm and don't move much when they're laying like this. Right after I shot this photo, i scooted closer to it on my stomach to try to get a nice up close head shot and it freaked out on me. Striking and striking, nonstop the whole rest of the time. It was probably the closest I've come to getting bit, which wasn't really that close because I was out of its range but it still gave me a scare as I was solo.
While watching and shooting photos of a Leopard Tortoise last month in South Africa, we barely noticed that not 20 feet away from it was this big boy Rock Monitor cruising around in the grass. Monitors are so sick and it seems like these ones are pretty plentiful down there as I've seen about 3-4 each trip I've taken there. At Mkuze Reserve in Zululand.
This is the only other black and white image I'm posting @intothemojave it's also from #joshuatree back in about 1998 or so. I remember driving out solo to Joshua Tree in the late afternoon, and while gassing up at the station at the bottom of the hill by the park entrance, my car wouldn't start. I finally got it started and had to figure out if I was going to head into the park still or just drive home now that I got the car started. I decided to roll the dice and head in. I hiked into the park and found a huge heard of bighorn sheep and followed them around for an hour at sunset. I think this was the first "good" image I ever shot of wildlife that made me realize even with a crappy film camera I could still capture some good images.
@intothemojave sent me one of those black and white challenged but I'm only going to put photos I actually shot on black and white film in here.....and you only get 2 total photos my man. This is the Hale-Bopp comet from 1997 in Joshua Tree. I went out there to get away from the lights and shoot photos to try to get a good image of it on my old film camera. An awesome spectacle for sure. Hopefully we will have another banger comet like that in my lifetime.
Little Flap-necked Chameleon we found in South Africa last month. It was super windy and tough to get a good angle as this branch was moving up and down a ton. They're pretty pale at night so it make them easier to spot than in the daytime where they just blend in super good. I'm a sucker for chameleons, they're too cool.
Shooting photos directly up into the clouds while it's raining pretty much sucks all the way around. But when that's the only angle you have of a Replendant Quetzal then you have to snap away and hope for the best. I don't particularly like these pics of the first quetzal I ever saw in Costa Rica back in 2010, but it does show off the awesome color and tail feathers they have.
A little OG skate footage from 1994 to start the day. The bike rack at Ramona became its own spot after a while of skating there. We used to session the hell out of this thing. It was the perfect height and looked good in photos cause you could make it look way bigger than it actually was. I had an ad doing this fakie tre in Thrasher shot by good ole @cortizphoto
Although these all look like a bunch of Yoda's houses lined up in a row, they're actually charcoal kilns. They were used in the late 1800's as a way to product mass amounts of charcoal for silver mining. They would pile huge amounts of wood into these things and let it burn all the way down to charcoal. Inside they're totally blackened. Anyone besides @russellhoughten know where I shot this pic?
Blue-winged Mountain Tanager from the cloud forest in Ecuador from 2011. I'm trying to figure out when I can get back to Ecuador again. That place is incredible. I missed out on finding snakes and frogs while there, so a return trip is necessary. This is from Bellavista Cloud Forest. So worth a visit. They also have one of the worlds newest "discovered" mammals as a resident, the Olinguito.
Here's a photo of that Shield Nosed snake I got to "play with" back in South Africa. It's not technically a wild snake anymore as they road cruised it about 6 months prior to me getting there. They held onto it because it was the first of this species ever found in that province. They look like hognosed snakes actually. Thick body and sort of stubby. But since they're members of the cobra family, they pack a little more punch than a hognose would. Very interesting species.
I was trying to find a nice Halloween themed animal I've shot a photo of before, I think this Yucatan Banded Gecko from Belize last year fits the bill. I actually road cruised this on a dirt road full of leaves as I left the lodge. Pretty amazing. I barely saw it move as I was driving and was so stoked when I found it. Amazing pattern on this thing. It's only about 5-inches long or so. Looks like it's airbrushed on there.
Here's a line from one of the all time great Long Beach area (actually in Bellflower) schools, Ramona. The #508crew and I all used to skate there a ton from about 1992-1995. I took @ronniecreager there and along with a few other dudes they just crushed that place. Hidden gem in this line is amazing background at the end of the line. Keenan Milton was there filming that day. #keenanforever dude was so smooth and I always loved watching him skate. I cut out the pushing in the middle to make it all fit.
I didn't know it was national cat day today....until I saw like 10k posts about it. My best picture of a wild cat comes much closer to home than I would have expected. This is a bobcat I hiked up on in Anza Borrego back in 2011. I climbed up a rock face and it had it's head down drinking, so it didn't see me at first. I luckily noticed it before it saw me and got to rattle off about 15 quick pics before it got spooked from the shutter noise and bailed out. I still need to find me a big cat in central or South America soon.
It's a scientific fact that there's nothing cooler than having a baby rhino pass right in front of you while driving. Trust me. This was one morning while I was cruising around #hluhluwe Reserve and this big mom and child cruised up the road I was driving on. I just stopped and let them rumble on up. Love these White Rhino.
Just out on a walk in the Hluhluwe Reserve in South Africa a few weeks back. I parked at the top of a bluff and was just watching this lone elephant cruise around down below me. Awesome scene to just hang out and observe. I almost forgot to shoot a photo because I was just zoning out so hard on the beauty of the area. #addictedtotravel
I LOVE skating underground parking garages. They've always got the most smooth ground, good manny pads and back here in 1994 no security to kick you out if you went late enough. This was the "heat garage" in Long Beach that me, @chillrobgee @mosteff and the rest of the #508crew used to frequent for a couple years.
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