December 7th, 2009 by garrettcortese


This week’s Photo Battle is all about the wakeskaters. Once again we have photos showcasing two very different ways to use a rail, going head-to-head against each other for a week of e-supremacy and some killer free schwag. But remember, this is about the photo, not the trick, so vote for your favorite!

Photo 1: Grant Roberts by Walt Leonard


Photo 2: Russell Brightwell by Derek Davis


Which photo do you like better?

  • Walt Leonard's Shot of Grant (54%, 432 Votes)
  • Derek Davis's shot of Russell (46%, 361 Votes)

Total Voters: 793

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This Alliance Photo Battle is brought to you by Arnette Sunglasses. The winner of the battle will receive a prize package including the Agent shades and maybe some other goodies. For information on entering your own photo in the battle, go here.

29 Responses to “Alliance Photo Battle: December 7, 2009”

  1. Krista Bre Says:

    uGhhh so Sad we CanT winCH this laKE spoT ne moReee

  2. Norbi Vasko Says:

    Lovin Dereks shot with the depth of field! yeya!

  3. ddavis Says:

    Thanks Norbi!!

  4. Bill the Thrill Says:

    I’m diggin Derek’s shot…clean.

  5. ODB Says:

    There is no contest, Diamonds shot of Russell hands down. I am also puzzled why they are referring to you as Derek Davis instead of the name God gave you – Diamond.

  6. Zacc Says:

    Thats a super dope shot of G Roberts, but as far as photography as an art and pushing wakeskating to where it needs to be, … The scene that is set up by Derek’s shot is timeless :) Well done man

  7. Grant Says:

    dereks shot is badass! haha

  8. Grant Says:

    props to walt as well for a sick shot! we need to get out and do some winter riding man!

  9. scootay Says:

    what kinda of nikes is Grant wearing??

  10. AFletch Says:

    Yeah Diamond!! Sick shot as always… Got my vote for sure!!

  11. Jeff Mathis Says:

    both are sick but i gotta go with russell. that shot equals radness.

  12. Gabor Vasko Says:

    Both shots are great. but as far as composition, originality and mood i gotta go with Derek’s shot. However I prolly would have taken it from a lower angle. But thats just me. Good job

  13. prophotographer Says:

    man. gabor wins 1 photo battle and hes giving tips to everyone. Russell’s shot is perfect. if everyone shot from the water into the sun like gabor we wouldn’t be able to see everyone pretty faces. Derek shot is going to win by a landslide

  14. The Captain Says:

    sick nasty foto!! Derek … def check more about Russell on

  15. Jo Says:

    Love the detail you can see in the water of Walt’s shot, plus so many things go captured in a single shot, its awesome.

  16. James Berti Says:

    Dirty colors and the good angle of Grant’s shot gets my vote…Respect to Derek though!

  17. Tara Michelle Says:

    LOVE Walt’s shot! The way the helmet is comin’ off is ironic or somethin’… and the colors & action are amazing!

  18. Gabor Vasko Says:

    Photographer says? at least i put my name there.
    And not giving tips, just saying my opinion.this is what commenting is all about. isn’t it? love the shot as I said before.
    and i love the heaters too:)

  19. vo7848 Says:

    Walt’s photo is off the chain!

  20. not heating Says:

    Gabor loves heaters and taking lame low angle shots.

  21. please Says:

    Shot of Russell by a long shot… the shot of Grant looks accidental

  22. Mike G Says:

    The timing on the shot of Grant is amazing!! Lots happening – the helmet, the feet, etc. Great shot!

  23. fowlman01 Says:

    How the hell can Grants pic be “accidental”? That is an awesome shot!

  24. Riley B Says:


  25. Sawyer Davis Says:

    derek’s shot looks like he’s hidin in the bushes catchin a prototype in the works or something..

    b&w vs. color ????? like apples to oranges no?

  26. Facebook User Says:

    dereks for sure its a lot more sick of a pic but grants is kinda funny with his helment fallin half way off lol

  28. Skins Magillicutty Says:

    Come on…its obvious with photos its just a popularity contest..rigged

  29. Pat Says:

    Seriously the black and white shot wins hands down, perspective, skate bumps, far more artistic and representing skating as it is right now. The other shot is ok but there are a million shots of shuvs off of rails and his helmet coming off looks kinda dumb. Why crop it in so tight too?
    Nice one Derek hope you win man…


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