[Above: Taddy Blazusiak]
Last weekend I had an awesome opportunity (Thanks to Drew Ruiz!) to go to Las Vegas at the Orleans Arena to shoot an event I have never shot before & was completely new to me: Endurocross. I remember the first time I have seen this event, which was X Games 2010. Shooting motor sports are still really new to me, but it was a fun challenge!
Endurocross (Enduro X) is similar to super cross, but the track consists of obstacles on the track mimicking the sport of off roading. The track incorporates various elements such as large boulders, a sand pit, water hole, logs, etc. So the the sport is a lot slower than super cross.
A map of the track:
Because of how slow pace EX is, it made a major challenge in shooting since it’s difficult to show how extreme this sport is.
This last section of the track was just before the finish line, where a lot of the riders got stuck.
[Above: Taylor Robert]
On Thursday, we pre rigged everything. Lights were set up in the cat walk, and the slider and a few other equipment was used just to get a feel of using it on the track.
Drew interviewing Taddy before the race that same day.
Friday was absolutely crazy. The day started at 8 AM, getting up early to go get breakfast, and then setting all the equipment up in the meeting room. The most hectic part was all the red tape – meaning rounding up all the riders to sit down for a quick interview. We were finished at around 1:30 AM wrapping up the highlight video, making it about a 15 hour day. Now I see how it would be like if I were a portrait photographer, working with celebrities – it’s not very glamorous kids! High stress.
Surprisingly, Taddy didn’t take home first, but instead Colton Haaker won his first ever Endurocross win! Congrats!
To wrap it up, I’ll leave you guys with this:
This little guy was being the cutest baby ever during the race. Couldn’t resist!!
Check out the highlight video! Click here!
Until next time!