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Hey Guys! This week I have a cool tutorial on how to properly attack a whoop section on a motocross track. I have included 4 photos that pertain to the 4 key points in successfully completing a whoop section. This is not something that you will necessarily get the first time, but if you practice enough and remember these techniques you will be screaming through the whoops in no time!

The First step is to enter the section with authority and speed. You cannot be afraid or hesitant at this point because it is what sets the pace for the whole section. It is also nice to come in with the front wheel of the ground, so your rear shock can take the majority of the hit from the first bump.

Once you have entered the whoops you want to keep a solid attack position on the bike. As you can see in the second photo the rider has his elbows out and its planted nicely on the bike.

Once you are into the section and hitting the bumps you want to try to keep your front wheel up to manual through the whole section. Hitting each bump with only 1 wheel rather then 2 with save you time and energy.

Towards the end of the section your front wheel will want to come down and this is where you really have to lean off of the back of the bike and hammer the throttle. This is the point that will really make or brake your whoop section. At this point you can start to swap out and lose control, but staying on the gas will normally straighten you out and get you through the rest of the section.

I had the opportunity to go to the Intro of the 2013 Honda Crf 250 to shoot and ride the new machine. There were not too many changes to the bike as Honda seemed to be more focused on their new 450 model. They did change the odd handling traits of the 2012 model with in balancing out the chasis but didn’t put much work into the motor. It is not a bad motor but it is overall pretty weak, compared to other manufactures like Kawasaki and KTM. I would say the 2013 Honda CRF 250 is a decent package. It has a pro level chasis with a novice motor. The motor can easily be improved with after market parts to add some more steam to your new bike.

I had the opportunity to go to the Intro of the 2013 Honda Crf 250 to shoot and ride the new machine. There were not too many changes to the bike as Honda seemed to be more focused on their new 450 model. They did change the odd handling traits of the 2012 model with in balancing out the chasis but didn’t put much work into the motor. It is not a bad motor but it is overall pretty weak, compared to other manufactures like Kawasaki and KTM. I would say the 2013 Honda CRF 250 is a decent package. It has a pro level chasis with a novice motor. The motor can easily be improved with after market parts to add some more steam to your new bike.

Over the weekend I started shaping my first surfboard. I have really wanted to do this for a long time but I just haven’t taken the initiative to do it. I went down to Fiberglass Hawaii in Ventura where I scored on a $70.00 blank and some great advice. My friend Roberto let me use his shaping bay and helped me out a lot! Chris Laughter heard that I was trying to shape a board so he came by with his camera to get some shots. He ended up getting a nice action shot of me using the planner and combined it with a sweet portrait. I don’t normally like my picture being taken but I love Chris’ work and knew he would create a portrait of myself that I would really like. As far as the board goes, I am really happy with it. It is a 5’6 with a squash tail and it is super thick with not much rocker at all. I think it will be super fast and great for smaller days in California…that is if we even get some small waves.

I have been shooting a lot lately and I’ve been really happy with the work I have been creating. Here are a few shots of my buddy Josh Mosiman. He is an up and coming amateur motocross rider and he rips! We went out to Zaca Station to shoot where we scored with a perfect track and no crowd. I hope you guys are as pumped as he is on these shots!

A few behind the scenes shots along with the finished product from the shoot! Thanks to koromp and Devin for the help!

These photographs were all created by Todd Glaser. He is a real inspiration to me because of how he captures the emotions of the situations a surfer is facing. In the top photo Kelly is ecstatic about the barrel he is chillin in. The next photo is of Rob Machado on a smaller wave but he looks to be one with the wave and mother nature. And the last photo Todd shows the fear of the surfer who is about to beat eaten by the monstrous wave. These photos have a lot more character in them and that is what I strive for.

Here are some more shots from the camping trip that I went on for my Natural History Photography class. These are my first attempts at shooting star trails, the milky way and light painting. It was a really great night for shooting with clear skies, warm temps and great people! These are all shot in Alabama Hills, Ca.