Posts Tagged ‘race’

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro

Snow shovel racing in Angel Fire New Mexico on Feb. 11, 2012. (Steven St John)

Snow shovel racing in Angel Fire New Mexico on Feb. 11, 2012. (Steven St John)

Snow shovel racing in Angel Fire New Mexico on Feb. 11, 2012. (Steven St John)

Snow shovel racing in Angel Fire New Mexico on Feb. 11, 2012. (Steven St John)

Snow shovel racing in Angel Fire New Mexico on Feb. 11, 2012. (Steven St John)

Snow shovel racing in Angel Fire New Mexico on Feb. 11, 2012. (Steven St. John)

Snow shovel racing in Angel Fire New Mexico on Feb. 11, 2012. (Steven St John)

Snow shovel racing in Angel Fire New Mexico on Feb. 11, 2012. (Steven St John)

Snow shovel racing in Angel Fire New Mexico on Feb. 11, 2012. (Steven St John)

Snow shovel racing in Angel Fire New Mexico on Feb. 11, 2012. (Steven St John)

What can I say about people who race down a mountain at over 70 MPH on only a shovel that hasn’t already been said? It’s insane, and I mean that in the best possible way.

I didn’t hesitate for even a second when the opportunity came up to jump in my car at 4 am on a Saturday and drive to Angel Fire with the king of weird sport photography Sol Neelman.  Sol’s energy is infectious, and his book Weird Sports is due to hit the shelves here in the USA in June. I already have my copy and it is wonderful, one of the few photo books I own that I can show to anyone and they all love it. You should buy it too.

I’ll have more from the breaking bad tour of Burque with Sol & Jakob in a future post.

 

Jockey for The Communicator

© Steven St. John / The Communicator..Jude Baca watches the first race on TV while getting dressed before his race at The Downs at Albuquerque on Friday, Sept. 2, 2011..... (Steven St. John)© Steven St. John / The Communicator..Jude Baca, left, pushes his horse "He's A Slinky" past the competition during his race The Downs at Albuquerque on Friday, Sept. 2, 2011..... (Steven St. John)© Steven St. John / The Communicator..Jude Baca watches a replay of his race with his father Bernard Baca at The Downs at Albuquerque on Friday, Sept. 2, 2011..... (Steven St. John)

I’ve been really bad about posting of late, but the good news is that I have been busy so there is no shortage of work to share. Here is my take from a story I did for The Communicator recently on rookie jockey Jude Baca from Santa Rosa who is already winning races at the Downs of Albuquerque. My friend Jakob Schiller did a feature on Jude while he was still in high school, getting ready for prom, so check it out too.