A few months ago my friend released a video documenting a sunrise skate session they’d put together at the new Arvada park. Immediately I was inspired and a little jealous that I didn’t get the call to go shoot it, but mostly I was just stoked to see what they’d put together.
A few weeks later I was talking with Mike Peterson, and asked him if he’d be down to do another sunrise shoot for my book. If you don’t know, Mike is an insanely talented filmmaker and the main man behind sixelevenproductions.com. He also happens to be an insanely good skateboarder. Lucky for me he said “Let’s do it!”
It’s never that easy, however. Shortly thereafter, Mikey hurt his knee or something and couldn’t skate for a while. I’d text him every week or two to see how he was feeling, and I’d always hear back something to the effect of, “Sorry man, can’t make it happen this week.”
FINALLY this week I got the response I’d been waiting for. ”I could be into that!” was the text I got back and we were on. We picked Tuesday morning because it looked like it was going to be the clearest morning of the week and I set my alarm for 4:30 a.m. Ugh.
Like I always say, waking up early sucks, but BEING up early is awesome. When I got to the park it was still completely dark, Mercury and Saturn were bright in the sky, and Mikey was already warming up. By the time it was getting light enough to shoot, I had all my flashes set up and Mikey was in go-mode with some backside disasters.
After I had a few of those the sun was starting to peek out from behind the eastern plains and we decided to go for some melon grabs to fakie. At first it looked like this one was going to be a lost cause because Mikey wasn’t coming anywhere close to landing one. After about 15 tries he popped a huge one, caught it, whipped it under his feet and rode out perfectly. Luckily I caught it just right and we didn’t have to go through 20 more minutes of trying to catch another one.
After that we shot a few more disasters since the light was a little different. We got a bunch of them, but I can’t figure out which one I like the best.
As I was packing up, Mikey cruised the park and started slaying this bank to jersey barrier with some frontside boardslides. They looked awesome and the sun was directly behind him so I set up to shoot a couple quickies. Although he’d never landed one before on this setup, he tried a frontside bluntslide which looked awesome, but launched him onto his back.
Luckily Mike’s a trooper and got back up, tried about 4 more and landed one bolts.
After having my mind blown by how quick he’d learned that trick, it was time to pack up and have some breakfast. It wasn’t even 8:00 a.m. yet and we already had bangers in the bag.
I think I need to shoot at sunrise more often…