2012 Staff Picks : Brendan Lutes

With only days remaining in the year, we look back and share our favorite images and videos from the past 12 months. Our edit staff will share their choices, one by one, starting with Photo Editor Brendan Lutes.

Favorite Cover

Eli Tomac
October Issue
Farmington, New Mexico

“We had a lot of good covers this year, but the one that stood out the most to me was Chris Kinman's shot of Eli Tomac in the New Mexico sand dunes during filming for Kickstart 4: The Final Chapter. The image is almost surreal with the way the sand is flying off every knobby on his front tire, and it's a totally different cover shot than anything we've ever had in the past.”

Favorite Gallery

Riding With The Metal Mulisha
August 8, 2012
Temecula, California

“I've shot a lot of freestyle over the years--and I've shot a lot with the Metal Mulisha--but during this particular shoot, I got some of my favorite photos. The sun was just right and the riders weren't scared to go huge that day. I got one shot in particular of Sean Fogle boosting off one of the many huge jumps found at Jimmy Fitzpatrick's freeriding utopia. The photo actually ran in the magazine and is one of my favorites of the year.”

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Favorite Photo

Josh Hansen At Fitzland
November 8, 2012
Temecula, California

“Josh Hansen is arguably one of the most talented riders to ever swing a leg over a dirt bike and this photo proves it. During that day, Hansen showed up after everyone had already been riding for a little while, but as soon as he was geared up, he began hucking this huge 120-foot jump and was going bigger than anyone. This photo in particular was only the second time he had hit the jump after gearing up.”

Favorite Video

Ocotillo Wells with Rockstar Energy Suzuki
December 3, 2012
Ocotillo Wells, California

“It was a short video and dropped on our site during the last few weeks of 2012, but it is easily one of my favorites. Shot by Jordan Powell during a trip that him and I took with the Rockstar Energy Suzuki team out to Ocotillo, it features Davi Millsaps and the entire team going huge off some of the most impressive natural terrain jumps I've seen out in the desert. Millsaps was the most impressive during the trip. I knew he is very talented aboard a dirt bike, but I had no idea he would be that impressive off some very technical natural terrain jumps.”