January 11th, 2010 by garrettcortese


This week’s battle finds two more strappers in two very different situations. Billy Ely’s photo features a sweet backside 180 behind the boat, while RJ’s shows “Mish” winching in questionable waters. Both are well composed and well lit, now it’s up to you guys to decide which is your favorite photo for a chance for the shooter to win some schwag. Cast your votes!

Photo 1 By Billy Ely


Photo 2 by RJ Flake


Which photo is tops this week?

  • RJ Flake's winching image (59%, 211 Votes)
  • Billy Ely's boat shot (41%, 145 Votes)

Total Voters: 356

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This Alliance Photo Battle is brought to you by Pro-tec. The winner of the battle will receive a brand new wake helmet from Pro-Tec. A new battle begins every Monday; for information on entering your own photo in the battle, go here.


14 Responses to “Alliance Photo Battle: January 11, 2010”

  1. Jackson Says:

    Rails are harder then airs, and rails have nails, so its easier to pull nails when your jibbing, and Mich never pulls nails. Much LOve, Goonies all across the nation. Learn about the future, No Fins Means Mo’ Spins

  2. Josh Says:

    RJ is my HERO!!!

  3. Mikey P Says:

    RJ is always illin it

  4. Facebook User Says:

    Winch way did he go?

  5. Yup. Says:

    Nice composition Jizz… somewhere over the rainbow

  6. Darren Says:

    Chuch! wood is good!

  7. NickB Says:

    I had to go with the boat shot and a lot had to do with the photography. I think it’s just so much easier to get in the right position and really get an awesome shot when winching and I don’t think the angle used is all that great. Both are sick though!

  8. captain cosmo Says:

    nick b, thats some interesting insight. i think sitting on the tube and looking back is probably the easiest way to get a photo. might as well have been riding in the boat.

  9. R.J. Says:

    Thanks for the kind words guys!


    Lets take it to the next level!!!

  10. Krista Bre Says:

    gET iT RjJjj ….. iMpeCabLE tIMinG my FRiENd dOpE shoT

  11. john D Says:

    Captain cosmo, im going to have to disagree with you about sitting on a tube taking pictures as it is much harder than many think. Moving at 25mph trying to frame the picture while sitting however on the tube is not easy as you u may think. You have to deal with constant splashing and vibration while controlling the camera in a housing. Standing in water next to a rail imo is easier as your not moving. Also im not sure how you can say sitting on a tube is as easy or easier than sitting in a boat.

    But i feel the difficulty of taking the photo shouldn’t be accounted for whos is better. What should matter is the end product, the photograph, and how well of a photograph it is.

  12. captain cosmo Says:

    john d, chances are he’s not sitting on a black 10 dollar tube from k-mart. most tubes these days are big enough to take a nap on while cruising at “25mph”. additionally, i doubt the driver is trying to throw the guy off the tube. judging by the rest of the water in the photo it doesn’t look like the lake is exactly choppy. i think a shutter speed and a little cropping in photoshop can easily accommodate for the vibration and framing up a photo. as far as splash is concerned there seems to be a lot more near the guy standing in the water than the guy in the tube. although water housing is probably recommended for both situations.

    never the less i agree that the end product should be the main component for judging. but i’ve seen enough shots from the tube of a lake barely unrecognizable from any other.

  13. canada Says:

    photo 2 Nice to see the pot of gold at the end of this rainbow is the winch! Great Shot !

  14. Roby Says:

    Thanks alot – your answer solved all my problems after several days srtggulnig


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