Anthony Acosta March 2014 portfolio
Chris Cole, B/S tailslide
Skate photographer Anthony Acosta debuts 10 new photos for his March portfolio on XGames.com. All photos and captions are by Acosta, beginning with Chris Cole: This back tail was just a warmup trick to Chris. I asked if he minded if I shot it, and he said it was cool. He gave me four tries and landed every single one. This dude is on point.
Chris Pfanner, ollie
This was Chris's first time to this OG Inland Empire spot and he loved it. It has all sorts of rails, stairs and other rad stuff to skate. He got a couple gnarly tricks this day that I'm sure will be in the upcoming Vans video. He nailed this double rail ollie on his first try.
Curren Caples, B/S Smith grind transfer
Sometimes I forget how gnarly Curren is at tranny. I guess it's kind of what he's known for, but I'm used to street skating with him all of the time, and that's how I know him. This weird backside Smith grind transfer was no big deal for him, and he didn't even mind that the take off ramp had no flat bottom!
Elijah Berle, Tailgrab to smack
I really like how Gilbert Crockett and AVE are watching Elijah skate one of the world's oldest private skateparks, Kona in Jacksonville, Fla. This park has been around since 1977 and is one of the most fun parks that I have ever skated. If you ever find yourself in the area, I highly recommend spending some time here.
Jesse Alba, Hurricane
In case you didn't know, Jesse's dad is Steve Alba, aka Salba. His uncle is Micke Alba, aka Malba. Jesse grew up around the block from where my wife grew up in Alta Loma, Calif. She remember's seeing Salba skate with Jesse to school when he was younger. Now I get to skate and photograph Jesse, and I thought it's important to share his history and my wife's connection with him. I'm sure you will be seeing more of this dude in the near future.
John Fitzgerald, Layback Smith grind
Big John has a stylish and unique bag of tricks, like this layback Smith grind. Simplicity and style are two key elements that I feel make this photo cool. Also, throw in some B&W Vans sk8 hi's into the mix, and the photo is that much more classic-looking.
Josh Borden, B/S over crook
Learning a new trick is the one of the best feelings in skateboarding. There's nothing like rolling away from a trick that you have never done before. This backside over crooked grind was brand new to Josh, and this was the first one that he shot. What was the last trick you learned?
Rowan Zorilla, Cannonball air
This new skate park in Montana was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. It was not far from Yellowstone National Park and was surrounded by mountains as far as the eye can see. It was spectacular.
Skreech Sandoval, B/S Smith grind
While on a Vans trip to Europe a while back, I came across a familiar face in Hamburg, Germany. It was Skreech, and he was putting up posters for an event that was happening that night. He told me that he had just moved there a few days before and was still trying to figure out his new life abroad. He skated with us at this bowl while on his lunch break and ripped like usual. His boss eventually showed up and found him skating with us. And then it was back to posting bills just minutes after shooting this back Smith.
Zach Miller, B/S tailslide
Finding new angles to shoot from can be fun and challenging. I was pleased with how this photo from Lance's tree turned out. At first I was a little bummed because I liked the angle, but the branches were in the way. So instead of trying to get rid of them I decided to try and incorporate them into the shot.