Jason Rothmeyer Skater Profile
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Hometown: Long Beach CA, Stance: Regular, Age: 43, Status: Pro
Last Update: Friday, March 21, 2014 Submit an Update
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Ended up finding two of these awesome little Mexican Hognosed snakes while we were in AZ a couple weeks back. They're much smaller than I imagined. These snakes only creep into the U.S. in a small range so it was neat finding them out and about. I think I'll get one more Arizona trip in this year as I have to go out there to show the shoe line in Sept sometime. Probably I'll go out at night to find snakes while there too. Probably.
Here's the view coming down off that same mountain from my photo yesterday. Late afternoon Mojave Rattlesnake we found out and about. This is the same one I shot video of a couple weeks ago with the odd pattern @droconnor82 love seeing this when driving on a road. Gives me a reason to get out and stretch the legs to shoot photos.
Oh man do I love long dirt roads that go to "nowhere". I drove this road in AZ all the way till it ended a couple weeks back. Found some cool snakes and really just enjoyed those big open Arizona skies. I've had that car since 2012 and put it through hell already. It's holding up nicely with 100k miles on it now.
Sunset in New Mexico right before the sky lit up with a super good lightning storm on Saturday night. Had to stop looking for snakes just long enough to shoot this and try to get some lightning shots (too far away to look good). Right after this is when we saw the bobcat mom and 2 kittens which we spent about 15 min watching.
Here's probably the best image I got from my trip to AZ/NM last weekend. Shot this early morning on Saturday. I had lay down pretty far away from this basking Western Diamondback and it slowly got up and reared up at me. I wasn't really even close to it so I was a little surprised to see it pissed, but then not really because these guys always have a crazy attitude when you deal with them. Love that early morning light you get on the scales and road contours.
Just got back from Az last night. Still have some iphone videos to post up before going through and editing photos off the camera in the next couple of days. On Friday, these dark colored Mojave Rattlesnakes were out in force it seemed. Found a couple in the morning and this one later in the afternoon lounging on the dirt roads in the Chiricahua Mountain foothills. This one kept a watchful eye on me as I made sure he moved off the road and out of tire range from cars.
Lots and lots of driving around SE Arizona today looking for stuff. Saw maybe 14 of these Atrox along with some Mojaves and other common stuff. But tonight my wife and I did road cruise a family of Bobcats. It was a mother and two kittens which we saw cross the road. So we slowly drove up to where they were and got out. Got to watch them for a good 10 minutes before we left. It was pitch black so no pics but a fun experience.
A couple of firsts for me today while out exploring. First this morning my wife and I cruised up on this Mexican Hognosed Snake and then later in the afternoon during a rainstorm I found my first ever Mountain Kingsnake (Az or california). It crossed the trail right in front of me and I saw it pause in some grass. Super stoked on both these finds. @crotalusfr3ak thanks for the tip on the canyons!
Was supposed to be camping in the Huachuca Mountains tonight but this massive road washout sort of changed things around for us. So instead of risking going the other direction into where we wanted to be, we just headed to the Chiricahuas instead since we were gonna be here friday and sat nights anyways. Found a bunch of babies like this one as well as this not super happy Mojave Rattlesnake. Dude wasn't psyched on me saving him from being roadkill. Maybe he has a death wish. @slaveskateboards your hats are awesome snake covers.
Finally got a trip in to Arizona and got here today about 3pm. Cruised this evening and am crashing out hard now. Found 2 of these blacktails tonight along with a Whipsnake that was eating a lizard but got spooked when I got out of the car to check it out. This Blacktail was a beast. Lots of hiking to do over the next 4 days...stay tuned!
Been off instagram for a few weeks. I had planned for an Arizona trip last week but some health issues with my mom came up and changed plans around real quick for a few weeks. But things are going smooth for her and I've planned on heading to AZ now NEXT Wed. Hoping to duplicate this amazing find from last year. @snakemannick found these two beauty Ridgenosed Rattlesnakes under a rock while we were hiking trying to find them. I've got 4-5 days of solid hiking and exploring planned with my wife. Sorry Maya, you're going on a serious snake finding mission.
28 hours in NYC over fri/sat, then heading to Berlin on wed for another contest....then I'm finally home for like a month and a half with just local HB and LA events to do. So I planned a nice 4 day trip to AZ to see some of these and enjoy the monsoon season with my wife. Hoping to find one of these Banded Rock Rattlesnakes and show my wife how awesome they look. This is from last year, spotted by @intothemojave while we were hiking in the Huachuca Mountains. Found exactly like this.
Just booked a week in Costa Rica for Dec 26-Jan 2. Should be a good time exploring areas I've never been to. Hitting La Selva Biological Station for 4 days then the Costa Rica Amphibian Research Center for the next 3 days. I'll be sure to see many species of these Glass Frogs I saw last time. Especially at the CRARC. Been wanting to visit La Selva for a while now. Any advice from anyone who's been to either?
Headed out from work early today to go to Vegas. I'm planning on hitting the same roads I did last time tonight. Hopefully the rain yesterday along with the cooler temps today bring out some stuff. No doubt I'll be seeing these Western Banded Geckos littering the road all night. It's hard not to stop and move them off, but also hard to keep stopping every 100 ft to move them. Good luck little dudes.
Last month near Vegas, the day after going out and finding 7-8 snakes in one night, I almost got completely shut out. Sometimes it just doesn't make any sense when you're trying to find stuff. Perfect conditions....find nothing. Super cold out and windy? Snakes everywhere. But right as I was getting back on the highway, this Great Basin Gophersnake was chilling on the shoulder. It wouldn't sit still so I just shot it as is and let him continue on his merry way. As merry as a snake gets that is.
Hoping I can find another one of these Panamint Rattlesnakes near Vegas this Thursday when I head up there. This one was from a month ago in late May. Very grey looking compared to all the others I've seen photos of. @intothemojave found this one right before I got there when I met up with him. Super awesome snakes. I found 2 more that night but both were DOR (dead on road).
Got home from Louisville just now after judging the Skate Copa yesterday and had this waiting for me. Got a pic published in this book on the Snakes of Suriname. I've never been to Suriname (yet), but some of the photos I've shot from Peru have the same species so they used it. It's all in Dutch, so I can mostly just look at the pictures. There sure are a lot of cool snakes down there to find. Looks like I'm gonna have to go "slangen in Suriname" sometime. Hey @fredvanschie can you translate this book for me?
I haven't been very snakey on here in a while so here's a really nice looking Groundsnake that @intothemojave and I found up near Vegas a couple of weeks ago. With all the travel I've been doing lately I finally just got around to editing these pics. I'm headed back out to vegas this coming week on Thursday and am gonna drag my wife along to the same roads to see what we can find.
One of my other favorite videos for the #xgamesrealstreet contest that we judged was this banger from @silasbaxterneal so much good stuff in here. I had about 4 real solid favorites during the judging process and this was one of them. Awesome part Silas, love that bluntslide! Tune in today at 3pm Eastern/1pm pacific (I'm aware those don't match) on Abc to watch the World Of Xgames and see me, @jamescraig24 @pduffplanb @thetimoconnor and @mike_sinclair_ discuss and judge this contest. One of the hardest contests I've judged to this day was this event. So much good skating and only 1 gold medal to give out.
A month ago I sat in a room with @thetimoconnor @mike_sinclair_ @jamescraig24 and @pduffplanb and we judged the XGames #RealStreet contest. If you want to watch me and these fine gentleman talk skatenerd stuff or just miss seeing my beautiful face on TV, tune in tomorrow (Saturday june 27) to ABC at 1pm PST to check it out. Even after watching all of the videos it's still so hard to pick a winner. @bradcromer nails it so hard in this thing. The more times I watch it the more I like it. I'm still amazed on regular TV I'm gonna sit and talk skateboarding for an hour. Thanks @theboardr and great job @hidefjoe on the edit. Killed it!
There's only one kind of reptile/amphibian in Alaska....the Wood Frog. They happen to be pretty populous near my dads cabin and I went out to a marshy area and had no problem finding a bunch of them. They store various fluids in their bodies before winter and can survive having up to 65% of their bodies freeze up during the long, cold winters. Seeing as it regularly gets -40 or lower in this area in winter, it's pretty amazing that any amphibs are able to live there.
Here's my Happy Fathers Day pic of me, my brother my step mom and my Dad from last weekend at his new home (used to be just the cabin) near Gakona Alaska. I say near because it's really not near anything other than being about a mile from the Alaskan Pipeline and directly on the Gulkana River. Spent time moving his freezers (lots of game meat), fridge and couches to set up the cabin as the new home. Hopefully I'll be back up in Sept if they can find an RV to buy and I'll be driving it down to Seattle for them to winter down near Portland/seattle and avoid the peak harshness of winter there.
Here's another one from last week in Alaska. Momma moose with her twins grazing and munching on flowers on the side of the road. We saw 2 different moms with 2 calves each as well as a solitary female later on. Never did see any caribou or large predators while down there. But seeing moose always stokes me out.
Golden hour pair of fledgling Great Horned Owls on my dads property at the cabin in Alaska. I was looking up at an old abandoned owl nest (cobwebs on the opening) and noticed a large dark brushy area high up in a tree just over from it. After looking on the ground I found a ton of owl pellets. Owl pellets are basically all the things an owl can't digest from what they eat...bones, fur, feathers and what not and they puke it up when done in these perfect little fur balls. The ground was covered with them so I knew there was activity there. Looked up and found these two jokers. Never saw the adult in two days. Checked it often but got lots of cool shots of the babies.
Had to go skate an OG Alaskan skate spot while I was up there last week. I met @joshuarayburn and @clockradiospeaker at this spot in 1995 among countless other Alaskan homies who have migrated down to Long Beach and SoCal now over the years. Time flies gentleman. And my waning ledge skills are flying by too. I need to step my game up. 📹 @clockradiospeaker
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