I am honored that TWS chose my photo of Craig Kelly (RIP) for their “Celebrating 25 years” issue which hits the shelves pretty soon. The photo was taken in Truckee, California about a week after a freak snowstorm on Halloween in 1989. Burton had a team house where Jimi Scott and others had built a small quarterpipe in the backyard. After about 3 attempts with a 20mm lens, I got the shot of Craig that I wanted.
It’s always fun to go back to other images from that day and see who else was on the scene (l-r) Jeff Davis, Jimi Scott, Jason Ford, Noah Brandon, Alex Warburton, Jimi Scott, Jeff Davis, Craig and Craig.
After many years of avoiding personal requests for many of my snowboarding photos, I finally decided it’s easier to set up an online shop rather than spitting them out one-by-one on my inkjet printer. I just got the 5×7 proofs for a test and the quality is really good. The B&W’s look like the real thing. Check it out. Go to this link.
A new exhibit of the Bud Fawcett Photo Retrospective will start at the tasting room of the Pheasant Run Winery in downtown Aurora, Oregon. The photographer’s reception will be held at the opening from 6-10 pm this Friday, February 4. Food and a great wine sampling are available for a fee. This retrospective contains 16 images from 1985 to 2009. The reference prints are up to 10 x 14 inches on 12 x 16 glossy/luster photo stock.
The Pheasant Run Winery Tasting Room is located in the old Aurora State Bank building at 21690 Main Street, Aurora, Oregon. You can checkout their website for wine selections and hours of operation.
Facebook Link to the Event
Ken Achenbach on the cover of Int’l Snowboard Magazine – January 1987
Another classic issue of ISM with Ken Achenbach leading the tour of Mt. Bachelor as well as the first ballsy board test by Tom Hsieh and the crew of ISM. “This was the friskiest board tested, the Barfoot was as loose as a goose. Well who can forget those comments from the original board test. And of course the bonus of this issue was the one and only Keith Kimmel interview, not to be missed. This issue closes with a classic ad of Shaun Palmer on the back cover.
Check out the full magazine on my issuu homepage.
Jim Zellers at Donner Ski Ranch Lake Tahoe, ISM, Season Annual, Winter 1987 (Photo by Larry Prosor)
Now this is truly a classic issue of ISM. Their first 4-Color cover in 52 pages; there was no turning back. Check Out the following snowboarding stars of the eighties. You can look at the mag in flip-format here!
Shaun Palmer, ISM Cover, October, 1986 (Photo by Tom Hsieh, Jr)
Originally known as Absolutely Radical in March 1985, International Snowboard Magazine was the first seasonal snowboarding magazine and proclaimed the “last word” until 1991 when it discontinued publication.
Brainchild of Tom Hsieh, Jr. of San Francisco, the October 1986 issue can be seen in its entirety in flip-format. Thanks for checking it out!
Craig Kelly Backside, Soda Springs, Sims World Championships, 1985
At the third world championships, Craig ruled the pipe along with Kidwell, Kimmel, and Palmer. Craig had just picked up his sponsorship from Tom Sims a month before, and he’s sporting Raybans, Moto Gloves and Levis. In this photo it’s funny to see people sitting on the walls which is generally prohibited at today’s events. The World Championships moved to Breckenridge the following year.
Craig Kelly, Mt. Baker, 1991
Six years later, Craig had switched his sponsor to Burton and we had another miraculous sunny photoshoot at Mt. Baker during New Years vacation. Craig bounced off the tree top which was unexpected. The posse that day was pretty large and included Mike Ranquet (who was sharing a house with Craig), Shawn Farmer who was wearing all black, Jeff Fulton, Carter Turk, and Eric Jenko. Anyone else?
Snowboard pioneers from a 1985 roadtrip from Lake Tahoe to Park City to Jackson Hole.
(l-r) Chris Karol, Evan Feen (with Grell prototype high-backs), Terry Kidwell (father of freestyle), Matt “Boy Aggro” Vining, Jeff Grell (high-back inventor), Jim Sechrist, Steve “007” Link and seated is Bob Klein (Octagon sports agent).
Toms Sims, 1985, Soda Springs Halfpipe (Lake Tahoe), Sims World Championships
Tom Sims invented his own brand of snowboarding and was the original competitor in the early days of riding. His “layback, look back” is one of my favorite images.