Jared Souney: Photography + Graphic Design | BMX Photography http://www.7aacc.com Jared Souney is a Photographer and Graphic Designer based in Portland, OR known for his BMX Photography and Art Direction. He is also the Creative Director of Yobeat. Fri, 09 Nov 2018 01:59:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.22 I’m Part Mexican Now http://www.7aacc.com/2013/08/im-part-mexican-now/ http://www.7aacc.com/2013/08/im-part-mexican-now/#comments Tue, 27 Aug 2013 04:57:57 +0000 http://www.7aacc.com/?p=4138 mexicoonly

I’ve been self-employed for 12 years now.? Since retiring becoming self-employed 12 years ago, I’ve been carrying health insurance, and throughout half that time I carried dental insurance. I moved to Portland in 2007, and for one reason or another, good dental insurance for the self-employed is a bit more difficult to come by up here, despite my being more than willing to pay for it.So I’ve been paying for regular dental work out of pocket since. Which is fine, it’s tax deductible. Except for the fact that I keep having shitty luck when it comes to dentists here. I keep finding people who I think might actually be used car salesmen masquerading as dentists.

Recently, after breaking a tooth, and attempting to get it fixed at my — now former — local dentist, I learned I also needed another tooth behind it filled, and was handed a laundry list of things he had to do and what it was going to cost. About $800. It is what it is, but the dentist rubbed me the wrong way, and it didn’t make me want to give him money.? So I figured I’d go another route. But I wasn’t sure what.

A few weeks after a failed trip my local used car salesman dentist to get my tooth repaired, I had a trip booked to LA during X Games. Two days before I was leaving, a light bulb went off. Dental Tourism. It’s something people joke about in this part of the country. But a lot of people really do it. To Americans in border regions like Arizona, Texas, and California, jumping the border to Mexico for dental work is not uncommon. I knew this from my time living in Orange County, CA, and since I had half a tooth in my mouth, I figured it was a good time to go down there with a camera and see what happened.

I emailed a dentist I’d researched in Tijuana, and quickly got a response with an appointment at the last minute. I changed my return flight, in favor of a drive South for Churros and fillings. Tijuana is the closest and easiest city to access from where I was in Southern California. It is ratty, and in recent years the drug cartel wars have made it much more dangerous. Like anywhere else, go there knowing where you need to go, and go with a plan. If you wander around looking like a lost tourist, you’ll wind up in trouble quickly. There have been a lot of American kidnappings in recent years, and once you’re on the other side of the Mexican/US turnstile, you quickly realize that things are different. American pride is great, but keep that shit to yourself when you leave the country. People aren’t necessarily as stoked on us as you think they are globally.

If you’ve ever crossed the border you know that dentistry and pharmaceuticals are a huge part of their tourism industry. There are billboards everywhere, as soon as you cross over. But I didn’t want to just head somewhere as a walk-in. There are some really shitty places to chose from. I did some research online and found a place that was dialed in, in a nice office building downtown, and they have a driver that picks you up and returns you to the border.

The most nerve racking part of the trip was waiting for the shuttle on the Mexico side of the border. I called them from the US side to tell them I was on my way, but I had arrived early for my appointment, and wound up standing on the corner for about 20 minutes. So when the white mini-van showed up to get me it was a bit of a relief. Despite being a Saturday morning, when we arrived the waiting room was full. I knew a large percentage of their clientele was American, and most of the staff I dealt with spoke English really well. Again, I was considerably early, so I had to wait a while, but the more people I saw come out of the treatment areas, the more I realized what I was doing was not out of the ordinary. I was definitely not the only one there from the States. Seinfeld played in the waiting room. In English.

When I was called I sat down in the chair and the dentist asked me what I wanted done. It was clean. To my eye I could have been in an office in Portland, or Tulsa, or Newark. I was there with specific fillings in mind, so outside of an X-ray I don’t think I even got charged for, he got going. He gathered supplies, and explained that since he had to remove the old amalgam fillings in both teeth first, it was slightly more expensive than the usual $50 fee as it was more time consuming. Fair enough. An all-inclusive price of $100 each was still a bargain.

About an hour into the procedure something happened that I never expected. I was not under the influence of any sort of laughing gas, but all of a sudden “Bad Boys, Bad Boys, Whatcha Gonna Do” started playing out of my dentists pocket. Yes, the theme song to the American TV show cops by Inner Circle. I sort of started laughing despite my mouth being held open by instruments. “It’s my girlfriend” he chuckled. About 15 minutes later it happened again. All-in-all the whole procedure took about an hour and a half. Bad Boys was the highlight.

They prefer cash. I knew this ahead of time, so I paid $200 and they took me back to “La Linea” or as we call it, the border. This was the downside of the process. Since I’d gone on a Saturday, the pedestrian line back to the US at about 2pm was outrageous. It wound down the street and around a few corners for what seemed like a mile. It took just over three hours to get back through.

Was it worth it? I think so. In hindsight, I’d probably not go on a Saturday again if I could avoid it. But I would go back. My entire trip to SoCal including the flight and rental car along with the Mexican fillings cost less than I would have spent if I’d gotten the fillings at my Portland dentist initially. And it was a much more direct transaction. It sounds odd, but I felt like I was getting swindled much less in Tijuana than I did in Portland. It’s a shame really. I should note that many Mexican dentists accept American insurance, at least according to what I’ve read. So it’s not just for the uninsured.

I flew back to Portland the next day, and so far so good with the fillings. If nothing else, it’s a story, and some photos below.

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Driving South on I-5, parked at the last exit in the States and walked across the border.

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They know Americans love their guns.

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There is a new footbridge from the parking areas to the border on the US side.

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You could also take a pedicab from the parking areas to the border, but it’s a short walk.

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If you have to go the bathroom it will cost you $.25.

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Mexico from the footbridge.

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You won’t wait in line going into Mexico.

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This McDonalds is the landmark they gave me to wait for the shuttle/van.

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Drug Discounters.

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Those buildings back there are covered in dental billboards. Also there are payphones in Mexico.

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Tijuana streets from the van.

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The Tijuana Arch.

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The van that dropped me off/picked me up.

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The elevators in the dentist’s office building. More modern than my Portland dentist.

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The full waiting room on a Saturday.

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Seinfeld, in English. I can relate.

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The supplies for my filling.

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Me in the hot seat, with my dentist working on my teeth. This was well before “Bad Boys” started playing from his pocket.

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Receipt for services rendered.

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Hand painted signs are commonplace in Tijuana.

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How many pallets can you fit in your car?

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Here’s the very end of the line I saw about a mile back from the entry point, which I saw upon getting out of the shuttle.

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Border line entertainment.

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This guy was playing toward the end of the line. He wins the tip cup placement award.

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Midway through the line back to the US. Finally on the home stretch.

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Wisdom to Youth / Wicked Ride http://www.7aacc.com/2013/06/wisdom-to-youth-contest/ http://www.7aacc.com/2013/06/wisdom-to-youth-contest/#comments Mon, 10 Jun 2013 20:24:27 +0000 http://www.7aacc.com/?p=4106 pauldelario

I flew out to Providence this weekend for Kevin Robinson’s Wisdom to Youth contest, an 80s style freestyle contest, as well as the premiere of A Wicked Ride, a new documentary about BMX in New England in the 80s. I almost didn’t bother to get on the plane as the weather was looking terrible, and I was only supposed to be there for one full day, but the weather turned around early Saturday morning, and it was sunny all day for the contest, premiere, and the entire K-Rob Foundation Family Fun Festival the events were part of.

The contest was inspired by the contests we rode in the 80s utilized 3 8-foot tall quarterpipes and a wedge ramps, just like in the 80s. They also through a box jump in the mix… not totally era correct, but it made for a fun set up. There were Veteran flatland and ramp classes, as well as a younger generation class. Old Pros and icons from all over turned out including Ron Wilkerson (who won ramp), most of the original GT/Mt. Dew Trick Team (including promoter Ron Stebenne), Large Ray, Brett Downs, Warren Marchese, Joe Johnson, Paul Delaiarro (pictured above), Chris Lashua, and New England staples of the era like Rich Upjohn, The Chapman Brothers, Dave Alden, and many more. The documentary, which was still in a rough cut stage, was really well done (Directed by Scott Moroney). It picks up where Joe Kid on Stingray left off, with a freestyle focus, and a New England story line.

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Legendary pro Ron Wilkerson won the ramp class, and included a pedal picker drop-in, a variation of the cherry-picker drop-in originally done by New England Haro Pro Paul Delaiarro in 1985.

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Rich Upjohn has been a staple at contests in NE for 30 years, and still kills it. No-handed forward rope-a-roni.

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For more photos check out Tony Long’s on Tables and Fables, Kieran Chapman’s on Flickr, and Ken Labelle here.

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Polaroidical http://www.7aacc.com/2013/05/polaroidical/ Thu, 23 May 2013 06:54:31 +0000 http://www.7aacc.com/?p=4098 brendan560

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When I got interested in design and photography in the late 80s and early 90s things were still very hands on. My first magazine job in the mid-90s still utilized Stat cameras, paste-up boards, wax, x-acto knives, and rollers. I processed a lot of B&W film in my kitchens over the years. At the same time, I liked using computers in the process in those years. But a lot more of the hands on disappeared from the day to day process than I would have liked.

I still have to mix the hands on, with the instant / digital world. Polaroid style peel-apart films, are disappearing, but I’ve got a small stash for a few old cameras I’ve got kicking around. It’s sort of like an early version of Instagram. It’s almost instant… at least by 70s and 80s standards it was. Anyway, I’ve been shooting portraits of some of the folks that come in the office. The neat thing about the peel apart film, is that the part most people peel away and discard is actually a negative, it just has a black coating on it that needs to be cleared off. So I’ve been using some alternative techniques to clear the negs (toilet bowl cleaner) and then scanning them. A couple of them are above. The top is snowboarder Brendan Gerard, shot for Yobeat, and below that is Freestylin’ editor / Lofter of Jive / Nemo Creative Director Mark Lewman.

It’s a neat process that creates a raw, somewhat varied and sometimes unpredictable aesthetic. You end up with 4×5 negatives you can scan and hold onto for years, and still get that cool little almost instant print. It has a raw look. Yes, you can create that look digitally. But it goes back to getting your hands dirty.

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Eugene Amazon Micro-skatepark http://www.7aacc.com/2013/05/eugene-amazon-micro-skatepark/ http://www.7aacc.com/2013/05/eugene-amazon-micro-skatepark/#comments Mon, 20 May 2013 05:49:44 +0000 http://www.7aacc.com/?p=4077 lookback

The Amazon park is tiny. It’s a mini-snake run in the middle of a public park in Eugene, Oregon, which has a DIY quarterpipe at the end (which has a bit of a corner to it, and some ratty transitions). Shad and the crew from Goods BMX held a jam there today to raise money for some potential future DIY additions. A fresh knee height flat bar had just been DIY installed, and made for some extra lines in the park. This place has been there for several decades and is the type of place that if people keep chipping in to add to, could be really awesome. Regardless, it was fun. That’s Nathan Sykes above looking back. Read on to check out a few more snaps.

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Levi Hucke’s dad Ben Hucke doing a can-can or something.

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Shawn Mcintosh, mid pegs to over to manual line into the “deep end.”

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Shawn Mcintosh again, can-can foot jam on the slick DIY quarter deck. He may be shitty, but this trick is not.

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Nathan Sykes was blasting the quarter, and included some old school flair. A Joe Johnson-esque one-footed invert.

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Ben Hucke, toboggan.

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We hit up Frank Walter’s bad ass trails on the way home. Evan Lane was blasting.

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J. Mascis. Snow. People. Bikes. Skate… http://www.7aacc.com/2013/03/j-mascis-snow-people-bikes-skate/ Fri, 08 Mar 2013 18:52:56 +0000 http://www.7aacc.com/?p=4061 jmascis

This is a compilation of some misc. photo work from the last few months. A smattering of everything from the shot above of guitarist/singer J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr., Witch) to bikes in a studio, to snowboarding and skateboarding.

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Peter Line, Seattle, Washington.

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Kevin Kowalski, Battleground, Washington.

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Argonaut Carbon Fiber Road Bike in Studio.

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Argonaut Carbon Fiber Road Bike in Studio.

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Sarah Morrison, Portland, Oregon.

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Reed Schneider, Big Sky, Montana.

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Bonfire Snowboards founder Brad Steward, Portland, Oregon.

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Johnnie Paxson, Mt. Hood, Oregon.

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Johnnie Paxson, Mt. Hood, Oregon.

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George Cutright, Welches, Oregon.

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Clearing the Fog http://www.7aacc.com/2012/12/clearing-the-fog/ Sat, 15 Dec 2012 06:53:09 +0000 http://www.7aacc.com/?p=4050

It’s not that I’ve been too busy to post stuff here, and it’s not that I’ve been slacking on it. Somewhere in between. Either way, it’s been too long. Allegedly blogging is dead anyway. Instagram, twitter, blah, blah, blah. Hands are full, having fun, working, etc. etc. I’ve shot some stuff the last few months… everything to the guys in Dinosaur Jr. to high-end custom road bikes to snowboard legends. A little BMX too. I’ve designed a few catalogs, did a bunch of logo projects, and did a ton of stuff for Yobeat.

The above shot of Ben Hucke is from one of the BMX shoots I did. This one was just for the heck of it in our parking lot… something loose I wanted to play with for a bit and never did. A couple years ago I bought a couple fog machines on clearance the day after Halloween. Finally, a few days prior to halloween this year, I finally got around to using it. Now that we have our own parking lot that we own (re: can’t get kicked out of for doing weird shit like this), I set up a giant black backdrop, brought out some flashes, and got the fog machine going. Flashing lights and fake smoke really confused the neighbors and local tweakers. The tailwhip shot of Ben above got used for a Diamond Back bikes ad. There’s an alternate angle from the shoot after the jump. There’s also a flatland shot probably my favorite of the night, of Matt St. Gelais.

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25th Anniversary King of Flatland http://www.7aacc.com/2012/08/25th-anniversary-king-of-flatland/ http://www.7aacc.com/2012/08/25th-anniversary-king-of-flatland/#comments Mon, 06 Aug 2012 03:58:42 +0000 http://www.7aacc.com/?p=4026

It’s hard to believe 1987 was 25 years ago. My father drove me up to Manchester, NH for the first “King of Flatland” contest that year, and from there I made it to most of the series until it ended in 1993. The contests the Cote family put together were instrumental in growing flatland freestyle in the Northeast and beyond… riders came from all over, so that influence was undoubtedly global. I could write thousands of words about what that contest series did for the scene, and freestyle in general, but fortunately Kieran Chapman has already done it in book form. Kieran made the iconic New England ‘zines Radazine and Wire during the late ’80s and early 90s (it eventually became the web site eWire, one of the first BMX content web sites). For the 25th Anniversary of King of Flatland, Kieran collected all of his historical coverage into one great book, complete with a DVD of seemingly endless footage. It is a must have for anyone who went to the series, and you can buy it here.

I couldn’t miss going to the 25th Anniversary contest, after all, I’m still doing this little bike stuff all these years later. So I packed things up and flew out from Oregon. 3000 miles for a parking lot, and it was worth it. I rode a bit, took some photos, and caught up with some old friends, some of which I hadn’t seen or heard from in 20-some odd years. There were plenty of KOF legends who made it out, including former Hutch riders Darren Pelio and Greg Macomber. Pro class winner Jim Cavanaugh (above) was a staple at the early KOF contests, and he’s still progressing to this day.

Check out the photos below. The horizontal photos can be expanded by clicking, and I’ve put a link to a full-resolution version of the group photo at the end of the post for anyone from the crew who wants to download it.

Darren Pelio was one of the riders out of KOF to receive national recognition, and factory sponsorship. Darren traveled all the way from San Diego for the 25th.

Sean Maher nearly took out my lens on this one, but that's a good thing.

Gabe Kadmiri got second in Pro... I think Gabe was barely walking in the early days of KOF, but he's since become a well known New England flatland ripper.

Group shot of those of us who attended the original series . Riders, Parents etc. Click to expand. I've linked to a full-resolution version at the end of the post.

Greg Macomber, all grown up. Greg rode the 13 and under class at KOF, and was part of the Hutch Factory Team in the late 80s.

The man behind Radazine and Wire, the KOF 25th Anniversary book, and one of the legends of KOF. He also won the veterans class.

Jim Cavanaugh.

Scott Denoncourt's run in the veteran's class was one of the highlights of the day, and he placed at the top of the pack. The run included his signature high speed rollaid, pulled clean.

Scott Moroney was representing the original Mt. Dew GT Trick Team.

Steve Kiander, Darren Pelio, Greg Macomber.

Steve Jordan, 4th place in Pro.

For anyone who wants a full-resolution version of the group photo for personal use, click here.

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Matt St. G in the Studio http://www.7aacc.com/2012/06/matt-st-g-in-the-studio/ http://www.7aacc.com/2012/06/matt-st-g-in-the-studio/#comments Sun, 24 Jun 2012 06:05:01 +0000 http://www.7aacc.com/?p=4013

Old Boston flatland friend / fellow AIB alumni / now Wieden Kennedy advertising design wizard Matt St. Gelais came by the office earlier for a rainy day mini ramp session. After some micro-mini riding, we messed around with shooting some photos in the studio. Not the biggest space for getting into flatland BMX tricks, but we made it work. Matt, since I’ve known him, has a lot of weird positions and switches when he rides. We got a few shots under the lights of the studio, including the cross-handed, cross-footed megaspin thing above. More after the jump, including a shot of the new press we added to the screen printing room the other day. We upgraded from a table-top 4-color to a 6-color, 4-station. I had to do some rearranging, but the new office allows for a larger press which I’ve been wanting for a long time. We aren’t a screen printing shop, but we print all the Yobeat apparel in-house, and this will really speed things up, and give us more flexibility. Screen printing is what made me go to art school, so it’s awesome to finally have the space to have this stuff to work with. Being able to design stuff, print stuff, and shoot photos of stuff, then go out and play on the mini ramp, all under one roof, is awesome.

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Shad Johnson’s Vintage BMX Collection http://www.7aacc.com/2012/05/shad-johnsons-vintage-bmx-collection/ Mon, 07 May 2012 19:51:54 +0000 http://www.7aacc.com/?p=4011

I made this video for ESPN a couple weeks ago. Shad runs the BMX shop, Goods, here in Portland, and has a ton of cool old stuff around the shop that I end up poking through every time I’m in there. He’s in the middle of remodeling the shop, and starting to sell vintage stuff as well as new on the shop floor. Take a look inside.

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4th Annual Old School BMX Reunion http://www.7aacc.com/2012/05/4th-annual-old-school-bmx-reunion/ http://www.7aacc.com/2012/05/4th-annual-old-school-bmx-reunion/#comments Sun, 06 May 2012 09:32:52 +0000 http://www.7aacc.com/?p=3991

For the fourth year in a row I’m down at Woodward West in Central California for (the fourth annual) Old School BMX Reunion. Once again a grip of legends made the trip out including Brian Blyther, Mat Hoffman, Dino Deluca, Todd Anderson, Dennis McCoy, Dave Voelker, Xavier Mendez, Jason Geoffrey, James McGraw, Dave Nourie, Duncan Gore, Martin Aparijo, Eddie Fiola, Jose Janez and many more. I posted a couple photos of Martin Aparijo last night, which you can check out in the previous post or by clicking here.This year seemed a bit mellower riding wise, but it was good to catch up with everyone. Check some more photos including a small gallery after the jump.

Andy Shohara, mega ramp invert.

This was Jason Geoffrey's first Old School Reunion appearance. Later in the evening he brought out his B-boy dance skills at the after party.

Mat Hoffman was in the house once again this year.

Dave Nourie's flatland demo at the Saturday after party has become tradition. This year James McGraw, Danny Hubbard, and Martin Aparijo joined. Jason Geofffries also brought his B-boy skills to the floor.

Check out some more shots in the gallery below.

Groupshot1560 http://www.7aacc.com/biggerphotos/Groupshot1560.jpg Andy Shohara, mega ramp invert. This was Jason Geoffries' first Old School Reunion appearance. Later in the evening he brought out his B-boy dance skills at the after party. Mat Hoffman was in the house once again this year. Dave Nourie's flatland demo at the Saturday after party has become tradition. This year James McGraw, Danny Hubbard, and Martin Aparijo joined. Jason Geofffries also brought his B-boy skills to the floor. Dave Nourie's flatland demo at the Saturday after party has become tradition. This year James McGraw, Danny Hubbard, and Martin Aparijo joined. Jason Geofffries also brought his B-boy skills to the floor. 86sport560 Groupshot1560 ]]>
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