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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Me and @chrissenn 20 years ago this dude won @thrashermag Skater of the Year in 1995, now he's killing it as the captain of his boats on the big island in Hawaii. #captainsoty He invited me to come out here 14 years ago when he moved here and I finally took him up on it. Took us swimming with the manta rays last night and dolphins today. If I didn't work in the skateboard industry, his job is what I would be doing for sure. Not necessarily in Hawaii, but in some capacity taking people on adventures and finding animals. Thanks for the good vibes today buddy. @streetplantbrnd @mikevallely
Chilled with these bros this evening at sunset. 7 green sea turtles in total chilling on their haul out at this black sand beach. The one on the far left is sporting a fashionable radio transmitter. Going to find some to swim with tomorrow hopefully. Too windy and wavy the last 2 days to get in the water.
I've seen a lot worse views from a balcony than this one. Living the Big Island life in Hawaii this week with my wife and our moms. Too windy and wavy to snorkel today so we hit the volcanoes instead. Anyone out there know of any big island spots to find invasive chameleons here near Kona? Would love to go find one for fun.
Warthogs are usually pretty boring looking. Grey or sandy brown and just fugly all around. But they have a tendency to roll around in clay/mud to keep the hot sun off of their skin and they get this cool reddish color. Saw this guy munching away next to me while exploring the Hluhluwe game reserve in October while I was in #southafrica Can't wait for next year already. Lots to explore.
First time in 13 years I'm not sitting on the judges stand for Tampa Am. Thanks to @spottampa @brianschaefer for all the good times at this event over the years. I'll be up here spectating with @jamescraig24 all weekend long making sure you guys don't blow it @milliganfm @kyleberard Some amazing dudes won this event in all the years I judged this. I'm proud of my work here. Let's see....starting with the first one I judged, winners off the top of my head were: Spanky, Sierra Fellers, Cody McEntire, Nyjah, Felipe Gustavo, Luan Olivera twice, Alec Majerus, Jack Olson, Trevor Colden, Elijah Berle, and I missed the year Decenzo won because I was at a wedding.
My Dad turned 70 a couple days ago. He's a true Alaskan hard as nails G and has been living up there for 30+ years now. Although he sometimes prefers shooting his animals with guns and I only use a camera, he is truly where I get my sense of adventure. This is from a couple of months ago when he got a bison up in Alaska. 400lbs of meat that won't go to waste a bit.
Black-chinned Mountain Tanager from Ecuador in 2010. To bring certain birds out, the guides would chop up some melon and put it out for them. Similar to having hummingbird feeders, the birds get used to getting a free snack and hang around at certain times. It wasn't at someone's house though, but fully out in the cloud forest.
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
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