A ripping in time
Aaron "Jaws" Homoki
As a photographer, I go out with a lot with up and coming skateboarders who are super good and are flowed gear from some pretty big companies, but you never know who will make it as a pro. Even the sickest of skaters might not get that extra boost they need to push them into the pro ranks. These are some photos of skaters who, at the time, were just prospects for skate brands. Thankfully, all of these guys ended up sticking around, beginning with Aaron "Jaws" Homoki. Even when he was just a little guy, Jaws would kickflip a 14-stair just for the fun of it. That's why he has turned in to the super pro that he is now. -Matt Price
Ben Raybourn has been a treat to watch on a skateboard for years, and I am really glad the rest of skateboarding is finally realizing it. This Judo was one of dozens of tricks he did in one line in this Chicago bowl.
Brandon Westgate has had pop ever since he was a baby, so it's no surprise that this F/S heelflip on one of his first Birdhouse trips was almost head high.
Collin Provost has been sponsored since he was about three years old, so this B/S Smith isn't really that old in the scheme of his career. But he was still scared of girls, so I consider this photo decades old.
I shot this B/S noseblunt of Jon Dixon when he had just moved out to California. I don't know if he was excited as I was to be night skating at the University of California at Irvine. The whole thing was very Heath Kirchart-esque.
This B/S 180 nosegrind was right at the beginning of Figgy experimenting with tie-dye. We all know now that tie-dye is just a gateway fabric that leads to torn up Black Sabbath shirts, accidental dreadlocks and rock and roll fame.
Levi Brown has been skating like a Greek God since anyone can remember. If Zeus could kickflip, it would look like this.
Nick Trapasso did a couple tricks at every spot on this trip to Hawaii. It was one of his first Volcom trips, and he was just crushing everything. You can't tell, but this B/S lip was right into rain. He truly didn't care.
The first time I skated with Robbie Brockel, someone had told me he lands everything third try. It couldn't have been truer. Maybe for the first 10 times we shot photos, every single one was pulled on the third try, including this switch heel.
This photo was the exact moment when Ryan Reyes went from "That little kid who flies around the skatepark" to "That dude who you want to buy a sandwich." I have been buying him sandwiches and watching him stalefish ever since.