Bros On The RunTroyer and Rusty kick ass.
Every year, around the time of the NSSA Nationals (the end of June), the staff at TransWorld SURF pull their hair out trying to coordinate photo shoots with all the young surf stars staying in the area. Usually arriving a couple weeks before the contest, these kids are not only being sought after by all the magazines, but they have to make sponsors happy and get some practice time as well. Add in a certain weather pattern called “June Gloom” (a Southern California phenomenon where the sun never comes out), and you can end up with zero productivity and a grumpy photo editor.To avoid weak results for a third year in a row, we felt the need to do something original. A month before everyone started arriving, we decided that there was only one way to ensure the future young stars of America got photos across our light table-assign photographers to their respective teams and create a contest with a cash prize. Since VH-1 was doing a show titled Bands On The Run, we decided to call ours Bros On The Run. Some teams, like Rip Curl and Dave Nelson, already had their photographers picked, other names were put in a hat and picked by the luck of the draw.
Assignments included Keith “Hardwood” Edwards with Volcom, Dave Troyer with Rusty, Eric Blackhurst with HIC, Anthony Cappa with O’Neill, John Keppler with Billabong, D.J. Farley with Ezekiel, Mike Antorietto with Quiksilver, and Jason Reposar with Hurley. The contest quickly turned into a battle. Crews invaded the same places, teams were actually working for shots, and one photographer even called around claiming premature victory.
As for the judging, we had two basic rules: 1.) Get the photos in by July 2, and 2.) The best overall batch according to our judges wins. Our highly esteemed judging panel included TransWorld SKATEboarding Photo Editor Grant Brittain, TransWorld SNOWboarding Editor In Chief Jon Foster, and our very own Photo Editor Steve Sherman. We offered a first prize of 500 dollars, plus photo buyouts for the photographer and three pages of the winning team’s photos in the mag. Second place would get nothing.
Teams, such as Rusty’s, came into town approximately one week before the Nationals and immediately started driving back and forth from Newport to Mexico. Other teams arrived closer to the contest day, which gave some of the photographers less time and fewer spots to work with. Dave Nelson came down from Santa Cruz two days before the contest and faced some not-so-good conditions in order to fuse a competitive batch. Other photogs simply had trouble dealing with all the youngsters who were feeling pressure for the upcoming contest, getting sidetracked by sponsors, and pulled away for product shoots.
After all was said and done, surprisingly, everyone turned their photos in on time, and then it was up to the judges to figure out which pile of photos was best. After thoroughly scanning the entries twice, they came to one common conclusion: Troyer’s, Reposar’s, and Nelson’s stood out. Now they’d have to decide who should win overall.
Reposar’s batch included some top-notch land shots of Sean Moody and Joel Centeio. Nelson’s relied on one sequence of Clint Kimmins doing a no-hands frontside 360, which you’ll see in the next issue. Troyer’s (as shown) included a variety of angles both in the water and on land. It was this diversity that really caught the eye of the judges, who deemed Troyer and Rusty the overall winner. “He had the best variety of good, printable photos,” said Foster. All of the judges were impressed with Troyer’s ability to get the quality tube shots. “I think his water angles put him over the top,” added Brittain. “The sequence by Nelly was my favorite, but the barrel photo made me go ah-wooo!” Overall, the staff considered the experiment a success and wanted to thank all who participated. Look for “Bros On The Run II” next year when the prize ante’s upped and kids become vigilantes, flattenning the other teams tires.-AC