Jimmy Riha shot by Jon Huey

Throwback Thursdays: Jimmy Riha in 2013

The most recent issue of Skate[Slate] Longboarding Magazine that has just dropped features Jimmy Riha photographed by Don Sheffler. For this Throwback Thursdays post, I want to share with you all some photos I made three years ago when I stayed with Jimmy in La Jolla, California to feature him in the mag. We skated around for three days and made a bunch of cool photos. Enjoy!

Back in 2013 when I shot these, Jimmy was in between sponsors and riding just about anything he could get his feet on. I got him to stand next to his immense quiver of boards to choose from.

Jimmy Riha and his quiver.

Jimmy Riha and his 2013 quiver.

It’s always sunny in SoCal. It was great weather for shooting skateboarding while I was there. La Jolla is affluent municipality right on the beach in San Diego County and Jimmy knows all the good spots.

Idyllic non-native La Jolla palm trees line the streets.

Idyllic non-native La Jolla palm trees line the streets.

We definitely hit the usual spots, but I didn’t want to shoot the usual shots. I opted against the cliche Black’s Beach photos as it had been done enough times. I did manage to get this candid of Jimmy though, before shooting some photos of him wrongboarding the ditch. After standing in the sand in between the road and the ditch for a minute or so, I noticed there was a scorpion just a few feet from my bare legs. Jimmy was like, “Oh yeah, there are scorpions out here, by the way.” That would have been good to know ahead of time.

Jimmy at his favorite local spot, Black's Beach.

Jimmy at his favorite local spot, Black’s Beach.

Jimmy Riha 50-50 stall on his longboard.

Jimmy Riha 50-50 stall on his longboard.

The next day, Jimmy showed me some neighborhoods that he skates, but doesn’t usually bring other people to. And with good reason because we got a note from a “concerned citizen” that Jimmy noticed after we skated a run.

Jimmy surfs the wide open asphalt.

Jimmy surfs the wide open asphalt.

Jimmy rides that inside line  with the corner spotted by Max Capps.

Jimmy rides that inside line with the corner spotted by Max Capps.

No spotter necessary when you slow down like this.

No spotter necessary when you slow down like this.

Jimmy contends that it wasn't private, actually. And I'm sure he came back.

Jimmy contends that it wasn’t private, actually. And I’m sure he came back.

On another day, Jimmy took me and Louis Pilloni out to a famous east San Diego County spot we’ll call Rock River. There are a bunch of awesome spots in the east part of the county.

Jimmy shreds in the precious light under the shadow of the forest.

Jimmy shreds in the precious light under the shadow of the forest.

Jimmy is trippy mane.

Jimmy is trippy mane.

Jimmy always has his phone by his side. How else did you think the Rad Train keeps rolling?

Jimmy always has his phone by his side. How else did you think the Rad Train keeps rolling?

Jimmy Riha continues to kill the game to this day. He’s traveling, hitting events, keeping the Rad Train rolling. His current sponsors are Sector 9 Skateboards, R.A.D. Wheels, Ronin Trucks, MuirSkate, and Don Carlos Taco Shop. He recently scored the Issue 30 cover of Skate[Slate] Longboarding Magazine. Les Robertson wrote an article about Jimmy and the ongoing struggle to be a professional downhill skateboarder today. Pick up a copy to give the article a read and to see the beautiful photos by Don Sheffler.

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