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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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.
Back in 1992 me and this dude @nealhendrix both won the NSA Finals at Encinitas in street and vert. We were the "1992 world champs" which I remind my wife jokingly of from time to time. "I'm a world championship athlete you know". Not sure which one of us had the harder task of winning. I skated a 1 run finals against Danny Way, Koston, Senn etc while Neal skated a head to head format double elimination vert format and had to beat @tonyhawk 2 times in a row to win. I think yours was WAY harder @nealhendrix Mine was luck.
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.
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