Today was the Los Angeles leg of the MAKE IT COUNT contest series, and was held at the P-Rod park in Pacoima. The park is deep in the LA valley, and was a mixture of dry heat, kids amped on skating, and lots of Spanish beauty. The community center next door was teaching “baile folklórico”, a colorful traditional Mexican dance. And across the dusty field, soccer teams in full uniform, competed, with whole families cheering them on. Clusters of friends and family gathered under the shade of the trees to enjoy the day and each other’s company… The Latino world is truly a beautiful experience of family and community.

Here are some photos and portraits I shot of the skate contest.


Ps. The title “La Bamba” is in reference to Ritchie Valens, who was from Pacoima, Ca.

This guy was so stoked on his girlfriend skating.

Victoria Ruesga, She was my favorite skater of the day!

Still devastated that the delicious looking Mexican ice cream I bought was cucumber & chili flavor…

6 Comments on LA BAMBA

  1. Nick Ruiz
    April 26, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Great photos Amber! I’m glad you had a good time at the event!

  2. Adam
    April 27, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Ray’s smile always makes me smile.

  3. victoria
    April 28, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    hey! im that girl 🙂 aka your favorite skater of the day thanks for putting me up:) your a good photographer:) by the way i didn’t let you know. My name is Victoria Ruesga, im 12 years old, and i beat that other girl’s butt at a game of SKATE at the competition! haha well anyways thanks again

  4. admin
    April 29, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Hey Victoria, thanks for reaching out!
    You were so awesome and i am pretty sure you even have a trick in the weekly web clip from the contest!! So Rad. Keep killing it girl, you are amazing!

  5. victoria
    June 2, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    thank you, i dodnt do my best in the contest though i wasnt feeling well. but i asure you that i am the best girl in the san fernando valley that skates. NO JOKE. im am currently sponcered by bamboo and young and reckless. the skating life is very fun!

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