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Finals with Taylor Ballard

Sep 29th, 2016 / Posted By: Sarah Samuth

Meet Taylor, an up and coming skateboard photographer we invited out to Finals last weekend.


My name is Taylor Ballard, i'm a skateboarder/photographer from Edmonds, Wa. I have been skateboarding for a little over thirteen years now. Skateboarding is what originally sparked my interest in photography and other forms of art. Both skateboarding and photograph have taught me a lot about people and how the world works. Like skateboarding photography feels limitless. There are always new places to explore, or different ways to capture things you see everyday; the same way there are always new things to skate or new tricks to learn on things you have skated a million times.

Having photography as another creative outlet over the past few years has been really rad. It gives me something to do when I can't skate and has helped give me some sort of direction and idea of what I want to do with my life. Having the opportunity to shoot the best foot forward finals this last weekend was really cool. It gave me an opportunity to meet some new people and watch some amazing skateboarding go down, all while capturing some unique moments throughout the day. The combination of having a camera and a skateboard in my life has given me some really unique opportunities that wouldn't have been possible without them. Wherever I end up, and whatever I end up doing I always plan on keeping a camera and a skateboard close by.

- Taylor

For more from Taylor, you can follow him on Instagram at @directionless_creativity

Meet the winners

Sep 28th, 2016 / Posted By: Sarah Samuth

Photo: Arel Watson

Congrats to our 2016 Zumiez Best Foot Forward Finals winners!

1. Zach 'Ducky' Kovancs
2. Chad Poor
3. Julian Christianson
Best Trick: Jayden Bono

Finals Are Among Us

Sep 23rd, 2016 / Posted By: Sarah Samuth

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Seattle, Washington - Zumiez Best Foot Forward, an Am Skate Contest Series Presented by Bones Bearings, celebrates its 10th year with its Finals in Seattle, WA. In 2016 the contest toured over 10,000 miles across North America in search of the best amateur skateboarders hosting 37 contests across 30 states and provinces. Local winners from every city will be flown to the Northwest to compete in front of fans and the action sports industry on September 24th at the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field...

Finals Venue Sneak Peek

Sep 7th, 2016 / Posted By: Sarah Samuth

In the past, Zumiez Best Foot Forward Finals locations have included the middle of the desert of Joshua Tree, CA in 2015, inside an abandoned Gothic Theater in Detroit in 2014, and on Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay in 2013. This year, we're heading to the Museum of Flight in Seattle. Here's a sneak peek of the 2016 Finals venue.